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Islanders and visitors alike have a double dose of enjoyment coming their way the next two weekends — and for many weeks and weekends down the line.

Celebrate the much-anticipated Grand Opening of the renovated Brickworks building Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m. And we encourage everyone to “leave the driving to them” by using San Juan Transit’s “Byway Explorer Bus” on Orcas and San Juan islands, a new service developed by the Scenic Byway team.

You will be amazed at the transformation of the former dingy and dilapidated building at the corner of Sunshine Alley and Nichols Street into a “community hub” that will host a year-round farmers market, art markets, community gatherings, and culinary, musical and educational events.

Even opponents of the project extend grudging respect to the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild for its early efforts, which culminated in the property’s purchase in 2010, using $475,000 in state and federal funds. The Guild deserves a salute for its diligence in raising $450,000 more to renovate the space.

The Byway Bus is another civic project that is getting some well-earned respect, and we hope and expect the Byway Bus will earn the support and ridership it deserves.

On San Juan Island, you and your traveling companion can hit the best spots for $15 per day - from Cattle Pass and American Camp in the South to English Camp and Roche Harbor Resort in the North, with a host of great stops in between. The same pass can be used (the same day!) for all the great spots on Orcas Island, or you can call San Juan Transit at 360-378-8887 and check out other fare packages.

The Journal welcomes the Brickworks and the Byways Bus to the long list of attractions and amenities that all of us can use and enjoy.

 

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