Yankee Doodle re-visited

Published July 28, 2017 / by Steve Berentson

Anacortes muralist Bill Mitchell has a highly visible “work in progress” at the Kennelly Keys Music building on Commercial Avenue. Recently moved into a new display spot on the north side of the building is the “Yankee Doodle” mural, first mounted in 1996 and now being refurbished by the popular Anacortes artist. The reader board with the mural reads: “Captain Bill and Adelaide Kasch ran the first mail and passenger service to the San Juans. 1900.” This is one of dozens of art pieces making up the Anacortes Mural Project, with works by Mitchell dating back more than 30 years.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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