Let the holidays begin: Decorating contest judging tonight, tree-lighting Friday

There were smiles aplenty at the San Juan Historical Museum
There were smiles aplenty at the San Juan Historical Museum's Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration, Dec. 2 at the museum. The museum's 1894 King Farmhouse was decorated and there were holiday refreshments in the farmhouse and the resource center. In the resource center, visitors enjoyed caroling, live music, and Phil Mayer's elaborate train set. Top photo, Deborah Hopkins and her daughters, Sammantha and Hannah, tour the farmhouse. Second and third photo, Tristen Joy enjoys the caroling in the resource center. Bottom photo, Julia Coffey Vouri and her sister, Rebecca Smith, enjoy the festivities.
— image credit: Richard Walker

The first party of the holiday season on San Juan Island was big, colorful, musical, and tasty. And it was free and open to the public.

The San Juan Historical Museum's heritage farmhouse and resource center were crowded Dec. 2 for the museum's Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration. The event has traditionally been the first holiday event in December on the island.

The museum’s heritage buildings were decorated in holiday lights and finery; the 1894 King Farmhouse gave a sense of what a large holiday gathering might have been like in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

As outside temperatures dipped into the 30s, visitors warmed up inside with free chili and hot apple cider. They joined carolers in some holiday songs, and enjoyed live music by Kirk Fuhrmeister & Friends.

The holiday fun continues today with judging in the Christmas Decorating Contest in downtown Friday Harbor, beginning at 5 p.m. Call the Chamber of Commerce, 378-5240.

Roche Harbor is hosting its Hook em’ and Hold ‘em Salmon Derby and Texas Hold ‘em Tournament today through Saturday. Call Debbie Sandwith, 378-5562.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is Friday, 5 p.m., at Memorial Park, followed by announcement of the decorating contest winners.

Look forward to a busy, event-filled weekend.

Saturday, Dec. 5:— St. Francis Church Altar Society bake sale and tea party, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 425 Price St., Friday Harbor.

— Old-Fashioned Holiday Social, noon to 3 p.m., English Camp Barracks. Join San Juan Island National Historical Park staff and volunteers for the annual old-fashioned social, tree-trimming and cookie potluck.

— CATS annual Festival of Trees, “20 Magical Years,” 5 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre, 378-3211, ext. 32.

Sunday, Dec. 6: — Sixth annual Tours to the Top of the Lighthouse, 1-4 p.m., Lime Kiln Point State Park, 378-2044.

Look forward to a busy, event-filled rest of the month.

Tuesday, Dec. 8: — Gallery San Juan’s 11th annual Kids Art Show, 4-7 p.m., Gallery San Juan, 378-1376.

Thursday, Dec. 10 to Saturday, Dec. 12: — Giant Flea Market and Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Juan County Fairgrounds, 378-4310.

Friday, Dec. 11:— Dance of the Elders procession, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Port of Friday Harbor parking lot.

Friday, Dec. 11 to Thursday, Dec. 24: — Island Stage Left’s “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” Roche Harbor Pavilion. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Call 378-5649.

Saturday, Dec. 12: — Roche Harbor’s annual Christmas Block Party, 4 p.m., Roche Harbor Village. Featured activities include a lighted boat parade, the arrival of Santa, and a long list of complimentary seasonal hors d’oeuvres.

— Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, 5:30 p.m., St. Francis Church, Price Street, Friday Harbor. Commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in 1531.

— Lighted Boat Parade and Santa Ship, Friday Harbor, 5:30 p.m. Call the Chamber of Commerce, 378-5240.

Saturday, Dec. 19: — San Juan Singers perform in the San Juan Community Theatre. Yariv Aloni will be the guest conductor and the major work performed will be John Rutter’s “Magnificat.” Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. 378-3210.

Sunday, Dec. 20: — San Juan Singers perform in the San Juan Community Theatre. Yariv Aloni will be the guest conductor and the major work performed will be John Rutter’s “Magnificat.” Performance starts at 2:30 p.m. 378-3210.

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