Looking Back

July 14, 2020

Memorable day for Jay

“Viking boat” builder Jay Smith presided in November 2017 over the launch of yet another amazing vessel built in his Fidalgo Island shop. Master boatbuilder Smith apprenticed in Norway, worked in the Faroe Islands and Denmark, and studied under master boatbuilder Nils O. Ulset. The well-attended launch took place at Bowman Bay.

July 11, 2020

Wharf house on channel

I took this photo in 2004. A small wharf house on the Guemes Channel, next door to Anchor Cove Marina.

July 10, 2020

Then & now, Ship Harbor

An archive photo from 2005 demonstrates how far we’ve come in terms of walkable pathways at the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve adjacent to the state ferry terminal. The path from the parking area is natural but soon gives way to a wide gravel walkway, which then becomes a boardwalk. Just a few yards away is […]

July 9, 2020

Cap Sante Marina & environs: 2005

These images serve as a reminder of the dramatic changes that have occurred in the Cap Sante Marina / Seafarers’ Memorial Park area since 2005. Among changes to come were new floating docks, new fuel dock, new boat launch, Anthony’s Restaurant and Cannery Building.

July 7, 2020

Looking down, looking back: 2006

Aerial of Cap Sante and downtown Anacortes, May 2006.

July 5, 2020

EMP: 2001

Wow. Almost 20 years ago now since my son and I made a visit to the new Experience Music Project (EMP) in downtown Seattle. The EMP, which opened in 2000, was designed by Frank Gehry with the late Paul Allen providing the bucks. Fascinating photo opportunities, inside and out.

July 3, 2020

Flying the colors: 2016

Looking back today to 4th of July 2016, when Town Crier Richard Riddell led a contingent of Boy Scouts up Commercial Avenue to start the Lions Club Independence Day parade! Memories, sweet memories.

July 2, 2020

Flashback photos, Fourth of July

I am saddened, here on Independence Day Eve, to come to grips with the reality that there will be no parade or related gatherings in our community this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. In an effort to ease the pain of this loss, I spent some time in AnacortesToday.com photo archives gathering photo memories of […]

July 1, 2020

City’s 125th birthday: 2016

A new twist on an old American tradition was a July 3, 2016 celebration at The Depot in downtown Anacortes, celebrating not only the Fourth of July but the City’s 125th Anniversary. The family friendly event featured patriotic music, a “cry” by Town Crier Richard Riddell, fun and games and a brief review of American […]

June 29, 2020

4th of July parade: 2012

I’m already missing the annual 4th of July parade in downtown Anacortes. This photo shows crowd and giant inflatable firemen from Shell Anacortes Refinery fire department. The inflatables are a perennial favorite among children at the parade. In 2020, another COVID-19 related cancellation.

June 28, 2020

Surrendered to the elements

This photo of a derelict boat in the Samish neighborhood was taken in 2009. Not sure there’s anything left to photograph now.

June 25, 2020

Dropping in at lake park

Note sign, lower right corner. I wonder if this sky pilot had a “Discover Pass” in his back pocket? Lake Campbell boat launch, 2016.

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