In the News

August 17, 2003

World in miniature

Children and adults alike enjoyed a world in miniature this weekend at the Anacortes Arts Depot. The Depot’s annual fund-raiser featured N-scale railroad trains and miniature scenes. Six-year-old friends Peter Smith and Alyssa Ould were fascinated by the trains. “Engineers” included Paul Erley and Keith Lyons of the United Northwest Model Railroad Club. Erley’s displayed […]

August 14, 2003

Summer guests

I could see from Oakes Avenue it was going to be a beautiful sunset, so I headed straight for Washington Park. I arrived at Sunset Beach just in time to share the sunset with six Fidalgo Island visitors … a couple from California and a family of four from British Columbia. Sean Traverse, his wife […]

August 11, 2003

Ripchords travel memory lane

Some five decades after they originally experienced success in the world of barbershop harmony, members of The Ripchords got together in Anacortes for several days culminating with performances at the wedding anniversary of one of their founders. When Don Coughlin gathered family and friends at the Skyline Cabana Friday night, he brought live entertainment with […]

August 11, 2003

Causland Park renovation

Good old fashioned elbow grease is a major element of the renovation underway at historic Causland Memorial Park near downtown Anacortes. AHS graduate Bryan Elliott, now owner of Elliott Stoneworks of Sedro-Woolley, is the contractor with responsibility for replacing all stonework on the sweeping park bench seats in the Causland “amphitheatre.” Forms in one corner […]

August 4, 2003

Music fills the air

Some musicians inspired their listeners to close their eyes and relax … others to step to the street and dance. As always, visitors to the Anacortes Arts Festival were treated to a wide selection of musical options, ranging from classical strings to rock and roll. Rhythm Culture entertained Sunday afternoon, as did members of Little […]

August 3, 2003

More vintage vehicles

From fire trucks to custom hot rods, the annual Vintage Vehicle Show scheduled in conjunction with the Arts Festival offers something for everyone with an appreciation of the classics. Pictured here is the interior of Anacortes resident Fred Miller’s 1956 Thunderbird, the only model to include the rear-mounted spare tire. The headlight/grill photo is a […]

August 3, 2003

Delicious festival food

I ran into a guy yesterday who attended the Arts Festival with one purpose only: the food. It’s been a great couple of days for folks who like food and beverages in a festival atmosphere. Local bakeries including La Vie En Rose featured outdoor tables piled high with goodies. Many Bela Isola guests chose the […]

August 2, 2003

Artists at work

Within a stone’s throw from the Guemes Channel is a rare treat for Arts Festival guests … an opportunity to watch artists at work. Among artists near the Port of Anacortes offices/Festival Art Display are metalsmith Paul Thorne and Native American carver Kevin Paul (Paul at top, Paul and Kevin together in bottom photo). Also […]

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 […]

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