September 7th, 2005

Sweet music

For the second consecutive night, jazz great Ernestine Anderson delighted an Anacortes crowd with her talent. On Friday night Anderson helped to kick off the three-day festival with a dinner performance at the Port warehouse. Tonight (Saturday) she was on the main stage at Curtis Wharf, entertaining hundreds as the sun set over the San Juans. Anderson told the crowd of the day her grandmother accompanied her as she auditioned for her first paying job. She knew only two secular songs … the rest were gospel songs from church. When someone asked her what key she would sing in, she responded “C,” and moments later she when she realized she had made a mistake, she scrambled (with all of her considerable God-given talent) to cover. When the song was over, the band leader announced: “You’re a jazz singer.” That she is. The festival continues tomorrow, starting with a gospel brunch featuring “Miss Edna.” See www.anacortes.org for details. Tickets are available on site at Curtis Wharf on the Guemes Channel.

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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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