The late Dorothy Ives (left), widow of Burl Ives, brought special holiday decorations back to Anacortes to help the Chamber of Commerce and Island Hospital Foundation sponsor a new event during the 2007 holiday season: “The Celebration of Trees.” The late Burl Ives, balladeer, actor and voice behind this long-running favorite, spent the final years of his life in Anacortes. He provided the voice for Sam the Snowman, pictured here.
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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