In the News

August 2, 2003

Vintage Vehicle Show

Sweet! But then it always is. That’s the Vintage Vehicle Show brought to the community by Bill Mitchell, renowned for his historic art murals. Bill was at work early this morning, directing traffic from the three-wheeled electric cart so familiar to Anacortes residents. Another familiar “star” of the annual car show is the 1917 Mack […]

August 1, 2003

Festival Day One

Anacortes Arts Festival Director Joan Tezak (right) was pleased with the first day of the Festival, as evidenced by the smile in this portrait with friend Delphine Haley. The weather was great, the crowd congenial as the busy island weekend got underway. In another scene, artist Bill Jamieson of Vitreous Designs talks to a customer […]

August 1, 2003

Festival comes to life

Vendors began “putting down stakes” Thursday afternoon in preparation for the three-day Anacortes Arts Festival. Anacortes will be in the news for the weekend during the most highly attended festival on the community calendar. Among those setting up along Commercial Avenue Thursday was radio personality Scotty VanDryver of Soft Rock Kafe, 104.3 FM. This Bellingham-based […]

July 31, 2003

NAS Whidbey memories

These black and white photographs (as opposed to color) reflect the fact that I was a photojournalist working in Oak Harbor at the time they were taken. Kodak Tri-X was the film of choice. The first image, taken by NAS Whidbey Public Affairs Officer Jim Kennedy, shows an excited young Steve Berentson readying for a […]

July 30, 2003

Anti-drinking fountain

This small statue/fountain of a woman and a bird stands outside the Anacortes Museum, a former Carnegie Library. According to Anacortes Museum researcher Alex Dunn, the cast iron/zinc water fountain was created by J.W. Fiske Co. of New York. It was donated by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1906 in memory of long-time Union […]

July 27, 2003

An-O-Chords barbecue

It’s like a family picnic, really … a major difference being that those who step up front to sing can actually carry a tune. Boy, can they carry a tune! It’s the annual An-O-Chords barbecue, the salmon feast and entertainment event that follows two nights of performance at Brodniak Auditorium. This afternoon barbecue was great, […]

July 26, 2003

Tugging a ferry

In many cities, crowds gather to watch construction crews. In Anacortes it is more common to see crowds gather on the waterfront, as was the case yesterday at the Port of Anacortes dock on the Guemes Channel. It was late afternoon when the crews of two Crowley tugs, the “Response” and the “Protector,” threw lines […]

July 25, 2003

Pleasant surprises

Sometimes our day includes a pleasant surprise or two, as was the case earlier this week while visiting Randy’s Pier 61 Restaurant on the Guemes Channel. My eye caught a glimpse of color from a tree near the rocks just north of the restaurant deck. When I went closer to examine the fruit, I discovered […]

July 19, 2003

Shipwreck ‘Vettes

Commercial Avenue became “Corvette Alley” for a few hours today as proud car owners gathered at the north end of town in conjunction with Shipwreck Day. Among the five dozen-plus classic vehicles was a white beauty owned by Don of Anacortes. Another, leading a “five generation” row of Corvettes, was a gorgeous red and white […]

July 19, 2003

Happy ‘Wreck Day

One of the most important elements of the annual Shipwreck Day is the opportunity to see family and friends … and the “stuff” they score on during the course of a couple of laps up and down Commercial. My first photo here is of Dee Andrich, who snagged himself a fishing pole. Then there’s sister […]

July 17, 2003

Windows and walls

An early morning visit to downtown Anacortes yielded photographic opportunities as the rising sun illuminated the windows and walls of businesses on the west side of Commercial Avenue: a bright orange crab “captured” in the glass of a plate at Donatello Flowers and Gifts; another Donatello display with a rust-colored heron and a small lighthouse; […]

July 12, 2003

Kids R Best Fest I

We’re talking puppies, food, music, games, paint, military vehicles, inflatables … and more! It was a great Saturday for hundreds of kids at Storvik Park, where once again many organizations volunteered to make their day special with the Kids R Best Festival. Pictured here are kids doing their thing with paints at the dinosaur farm […]

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