Preparations are underway for the 56th Anacortes Arts Festival, August 4 – 6. This community event is one of the largest and oldest arts festivals in the Northwest, consisting of more than 250 juried booths filling downtown Anacortes. The event also features a regional Fine Art Exhibition and three stages with extended evening hours. There is a demonstrating artist area that highlights sand sculpting, chainsaw carving and more. Culinary vendors and new Food Truck Alley offer creative, regional, ethnic foods. Four beer & wine gardens serve Northwest microbrews, craft beer, wine and cocktails. A hands-on youth activity area and certified half marathon 10k & 5k (Art Dash) round out the Festival activities. The festival is a non-profit that will give back more than $65,000 this year to community arts programming and education. Visit AnacortesArtsFestival.com for more information.
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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