Art spirit is alive and well in San Juans | Ferry Home Companion

Back in 1938, I was considering getting out of high school in mid-winter. My Omaha Central High School adviser told me it would be tough entering a good college that way unless transferring from another college.

California Guitar Trio performs at San Juan Community Theatre

They’ve played for audiences around the world. And now, California Guitar Trio brings their whirlwind of instrumental styles to Friday Harbor and the San Juan Community Theatre on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

‘Tempest’ is a great show, but wear long johns | Ferry Home Companion

Seventy years ago at Northwestern University, Professor Bergen Evans used to insist that his students read the King James version of the Bible and the works of Shakespeare while taking his sophomore English class.

‘Drumship Enterprise’ touches down Tuesday at SJCT

A fabulous fiddler and soulful alto lead singer — combined with a trio of instrumental wizards that even use cat food tins as instruments — make up the eclectic American roots band of Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

San Juan Relay for Life profile: Dolores Fantin

My mother lost her brave battle with cancer Oct. 3, 1997. Her grace and bravery with cancer will never be forgotten. I miss her dearly.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Zimbabwe musicians play the Grange Hall Friday

Mawungira Enharira are masters of African instruments will play one night only for San Juan Islanders.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Friends of San Juan Library annual book sale July 25-26

The Friends of the San Juan Island Library will hold its 29th annual Summer Book Sale on July 25 and 26

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Playwrights wanted for San Juan Community Theatre festival

Playwrights: get ready to share your works in hopes of seeing them come to life at the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Around Town

San Juan Community Theatre is offering two Children’s Summer Theatre Workshops in July, presented by professional theater artists.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Lummi, Chippewa artists in Friday Harbor for arts festival

The Lummi Arts Festival is Friday through Sunday, with events planned in three locations: The gallery on the corner of West and First streets, Dance Workshop II on Second Street, and the San Juan Historical Museum. The events are free and open to the public.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Does your ink reveal more than you think? | Jill Urbach

Ah, mid-July. A welcome respite from the chill of “June-uary.” The days are reliably warm. Sandals can be worn consistently without socks. Swimsuits have been donned … and the lack of coverage displays just what sort of ink people are wearing these days. Yes, tattoos.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Island Rec eighth annual Music on the Lawn July 9 to Aug. 6

Island Rec’s free summer concert series, Music on the Lawn, runs five consecutive Wednesday nights — July 9 through Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the lawn of the San Juan Historical Museum on Price Street.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Poisoned apples, personal growth

The more comfortable you can get them in their own skin prior to adolescence, the better they’ll be able to handle the onslaught on their identity during their teenaged years. Life skills. Empowerment. That’s why Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and activities like it are so important.

San Juan’s Devorah to perform songs from new CD at Pig War Picnic

Devorah, aka “Firecracker,” that whirling dervish of musical energy and talent, has just spun-off her third music compilation, “Irrepressible,” a 10-track CD that marks a sea change in her music, featuring several songs of her own writing.

A tribute to Caleb the Wonder Dog

Caleb the Wonder Dog came home with me from the Animal Protection Society shelter in 1997 and, in the almost 11 years we had together, we were seldom far apart. He went everywhere with me, off-island and on, and especially loved going to his job as shop dog for Griffin Bay Books and Friday Harbor Pet Supplies, where he made the widest circle of friends I've ever known a dog to have.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Friday Harbor’s Peterman sisters bicycle from Seattle to San Francisco for women’s health

Friday Harbor High School graduates Amber and Kelsea Peterman bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco to raise money for – and awareness of – women's health issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The ride was called the Bike to End Fistula.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Cancer survivor participating in Relay for first year

Every year my friends and family tell me I should be recognized for being a cancer survivor. So this year, I gave in. I have been free of cervical cancer since 2001. It was  the scariest and most painful two years of my life but I made it through with the help of my family and friends! Without them, I am sure my outcome would have been different. They gave me the strength to fight it.

  • Jun 26th, 2008

San Juan Relay for Life profile: Frank Wilson

Relay for Life — July 25-26, 5:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society. To put a face on the fight against cancer and encourage participation in Relay for Life, families are invited to submit photos of loved ones who have fought the battle. Write Richard Walker, The Journal, P.O. Box 519, Friday Harbor 98250. E-mail

  • Jun 26th, 2008

Grammy nominee among performers at San Juan Theatre June 21

Chamber Music San Juans presents “Music for a Summer Solstice” on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier Stage on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Artistic director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek brings together some of CMSJ’s favorite performers, including violinist Ron Patterson, violist Roxanna Patterson, and Grammy Award-nominee bassoonist Martin Kuuskman.

  • Jun 19th, 2008

Who knows who’s naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows's eye on the town is taking note of your attitude, your deeds, your jokes, your personality.

  • Jun 19th, 2008

San Juan art galleries celebrate birthdays | Around the San Juans

Updates and announcements of various happenings in the San Juan Islands.

  • Jun 19th, 2008

Upcoming events connect islanders with rich heritage of the San Juans

For thousands of years before the Spaniards first saw the San Juans in 1791, the islands were the home of Coast Salish peoples and a culture that was intertwined with the natural beauty and resources offered by the archipelago. Coast Salish peoples were forced to move to reservations, but their cultures and ties to the islands — and those of other Northwest Coast Native peoples — survive. And in the next few weeks, several events will take place that will help San Juan residents connect with the original cultures of the islands.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Lessons I learned from my exchange student

Next week, I lose a member of my family. For the past year, my husband, daughters and I have been a host family for a Norwegian exchange student. Although I wasn’t surprised we decided to embark on such an adventure, I’d be lying if I said we did much pre-planning for the experience.

A look at four of the latest by San Juan authors

“MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis,” by Allison Shadday; “Of the Law,” by Susan M. Wingate; “Naturally Attracted: Connecting with Michael J. Cohen,” by Michael J. Cohen; “Getting Around in China: Notes from an American Traveler,” by Fred Richardson

Experience the ‘Sounds of the San Juans’

San Juan's own Gary Gibbons hosts an online radio show on City Sounds Radio, Internet blues and jazz with a San Juan connection,

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Relay for Life profile: Jobelle Lees

Relay for Life — July 25-26, 5:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Relay for Life profile: Doreen Carter

“A few words in remembrance of a woman of few words: You fought the good fight for five years and touched so many lives with your quiet dignity, courage and grace. We love you and miss you every day. You’re the best.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Relay for Life profile: Meghan Robinson

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for San Juan County will be held in Friday Harbor on July 25-26. The event raises money for cancer education, prevention, research and treatment.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Catching up with an old San Juan reporter

One of the greatest things about travel is running into friends of yore and seeing them happily ensconced in the glamorous areas we visit. Thus it was when we attended a family wedding in Puerto Vallarta May 8. We found Liana (formerly Lee Ann) Turner on Turner, who worked five-plus years on The Journal with me, had moved there in 1995.

Sleepovers return to San Juan Whale Museum June 28

Pod Nods return to The Whale Museum for four nights of marine science adventures this summer: June 28, July 5, 11, and 25. These popular “pajama party” sleepovers in the museum for children ages 5-9 will be led by a museum educator, with assistance from other adult professionals and students.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

U.W. Friday Harbor Labs welcome jazz musicians to raise money for local students

The best are back to raise money for science education. Jazz at the Labs will sell out again, you can bet on it. Last year, people packed the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs dining hall to listen to a bunch of guys from the Seattle music scene who have been playing together in various incarnations for years.

Dance Happy returns to San Juan Community Theatre on June 14

Join Bill and Rita Ament and more than 60 local island performers — ages 2 through adult — as they entertain you in their 23rd annual celebration of dance and song Saturday at 7 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Who knows who’s naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows …

Who knows who's naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows.'s eye on the town is taking note of your attitude, your deeds, your jokes, your personality.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Surprises in store at Pig War Picnic

The Pig War Picnic, the Fourth of July island tradition, is offering something old as well as something new for this year's event. The picnic, on the San Juan Historical Museum grounds after the parade, is being presented by the Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club. The event was presented by the museum until last year, when the San Juan Island Fire Department presented the event. The Kiwanis Club now has a five-year agreement with the museum to present the event on the museum grounds.

  • Jun 7th, 2008

Friday Harbor, Spring Street graduations this weekend

The Class of 2008 will be saluted with all of the traditional pomp and circumstance in graduation ceremonies that begin this weekend.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

San Juan artists to showcase work during studio tour June 7-8

San Juan Island artists throw open their studio doors for all to come in and see this weekend in the 17th annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The event is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eleven featured artists will invite in not just the public, but also 16 other local artists who will show their work in the featured artists’ galleries.

Advice to text-happy grads seeking work: spell it out

Noted historian David McCullough gave the commencement address at Boston College last month. In his speech. he urged the graduating class of 2008 to improve their communication skills by eliminating needless words such as “like,” “you know,” and “actually” from their speech. Good advice, to be sure, but not enough. Today’s graduates need practical, “real world” advice that will help them get a job.

New arrival marks start of seventh generation on Lopez Island for family

The Burts of Lopez Island recently posed for this five-generation picture.The Burts…

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Dance Happy returns to San Juan Community Theatre with June 14 show

Join Bill and Rita Ament and more than 60 island performers, ages 2 through adult, as they entertain you in their 23rd annual celebration of dance and song June 14, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

New York museum director to meet with locals, discuss creation of accredited art museum on San Juan

Dr. Annette Blaugrund, director of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York, will meet with trustees of the Westcott Bay Institute and the Visual Arts Museum June 14 to discuss issues related to creating an accredited art museum on San Juan Island. The meeting will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the San Juan Island Library conference room.

  • Jun 6th, 2008