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Have you seen the 10,000 year old Bison antiquus skull on Orcas? Did you ever stand in the old jail on San Juan whose inhabitants included the murderer, Richard Straub, the only person to be hanged in San Juan County? Have you viewed the restored gillnetter, the Sally J, on Lopez? Make 2016 the year you visit all of the historical museums in the San Juan Islands. Not only will you have fun and learn more about our history, but you can also qualify for a chance to win one of three island getaway packages.
Community Events, May 2016
San Juan Community Theatre's monstrous spring musical has its final curtain calls Thursday* through Saturday, May 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Whittier Theatre.
The Opening Day Boat Parade, "A Community Afloat" on May 1 was a wonderful, fun community event! Forty boats were involved in the Opening Day festivities. Orca Star with the American Legion Post 163 Color Guard led the parade, saluted by 3 volleys from the American Legion Rifle Salute Squad, and followed by the classic wooden boat Baten with Grand Marshall, Sheriff Ron Krebs. The Port of Friday Harbor and American Legion cannons added to the festivities, getting everyone's attention. Representatives of the community in the parade included the Lion's Club, Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge, Community Theater, Children's Theater Workshop, Peace Island Medical Center, University of Washington Labs, Friday Harbor Power Squadron, the Library, Pintail, the Port's Pumpty Dumpty, four vessel assist boats, three Sheriff's boats, a USCG patrol boat, and a host of other community boats. The Sheriff – Fire boat Sentinel closed the parade with her water monitors spraying the harbor.
Renowned landscape photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly has paired her large-format black and white images with poems to create a book, "For My Daughters." The poetry that inspired the book was written by the photographer's mother, Dorothy Darling Kerper between 1920 and 1945, the year she died.
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents a taste of the musical atmospheres generated by the celebrated musicians of the court of Louis XIV in this program entitled "Versailles" with baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan, viola da gamba player Joanna Blendulf and baroque guitarist and theorbo player John Lenti on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Brickworks.