The haunting sounds of English Camp’s ancient past

The haunting sounds of English Camp’s ancient past will return Saturday, 2 p.m., when Saanich flutist Che-ok’-ten performs on the English Camp parade ground.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Special Meds perform Aug. 16 at Herb’s | Around Town

Special Meds perform Aug. 16, 9 p.m., in Herb’s Tavern.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Tall ships are sailing the San Juans. And you can join in on the adventure

You won’t get to play Capt. Jack Sparrow, but you’ll be forgiven if your imagination goes wild.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

‘Sneaky Fitch’ is a heck of a meller-drama | Review

Not since Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” have I laughed so hard at a spoof of the legendary myths of the ol’ Wild West as I did watching friends and neighbors of San Juan Island going through their wild paces in the preview performance of “The Death & Life of Sneaky Fitch,” showing through Saturday in the San Juan Community Theatre.

Memories from the Canoe Journey

Betty Chevalier Nash, with blue visor, was the oldest Mitchell Bay Indian at the Canoe Journey gathering at Roche Harbor, July 24. Mrs. Nash, whose mother was Swinomish, is a descendant on her father's side of the Mitchell Bay people, whose place of origin on San Juan Island was near that of the Lummi.

  • Jul 31st, 2008

Two very special events for First Nations artist, Rande Cook

A blessing of two totem poles created by two prominent First Nations artists, Rande Cook and Calvin Hunt, took place at the new owners’ home on San Juan Island, June 20 during an unusually warm and perfect summer evening.

  • Jul 25th, 2008

Updated: San Juan’s Relay for Life begins today at 5:30 p.m.

They walk for their wives, their husbands, their parents and their children. Sometimes they walk for themselves. Breast cancer, skin cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, lung cancer ... the list of deadly culprits is as endless as the list of loved ones cancer has taken away.

Relay for Life profile: Carl Stoddard

Carl Stoddard has survived melanoma, bladder cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Remarkably, his name has been changed to "Comeback Kid."

  • Jul 25th, 2008

Orcas Island man swims channel for cancer awareness

Orcas Island resident Damien Stark will swim the Anacortes-to-Friday Harbor ferry route — 19.5 miles — Saturday and Sunday because he believes “There is no greater joy than ... not the swimming itself, but the ability to use swimming in order to help someone else.” This has been what he calls his personal mantra as he swims almost every other day, all year long, in East Sound. And this is how “Swimming the Crossing for Breast Cancer” began.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Coast Salish canoes visit the San Juans this week

Lummi, Nooksack, Samish, Suquamish, Swinomish and Tulalip canoes arrive in the San Juans this week en route to Duncan, B.C., as part of the 2008 Canoe Journey.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

In passing, as in life, San Juan’s Mr. Christmas left ’em smiling

It was a gathering Jimmie Jones would have liked. The sun shone brightly in a clear sky at this spot overlooking San Juan Valley, a spot he once told his family was the most beautiful place on the island. People shared funny stories. This was Jones’ funeral, but there was more laughter than tears. Then, as the small group of mourners dispersed, a plane flew overhead, as if in salute to this World War II airman who loved the skies.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Caleb the Wonder Dog: April 1, 1993 – June 24, 2008

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.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

San Juan’s Stage Left reprises production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

I’m in this show. I participate in community theater and was a member of Island Stage Left’s production of "The Tempest" 10 years ago. Forgive me if this doesn’t read like my usual stuff.

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