The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, SanJuanJournal.com will feature Friday Harbor-related music. The series begins with the Battlefield Band’s “Leaving Friday Harbor.”
What has shaped our community into what it is today? How different are we from those who called Friday Harbor home 100 years ago? How does our past influence our future? A series of events related to the town’s centennial addresses those questions and more.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a new book about Friday Harbor tells a unique and richly detailed story about this historic seaside village. And, according to all sources, it’s an entertaining read.
To help people overcome personal smoking triggers like stress, the state offers free coaching and a supply of nicotine patches or gum (more than $145 in value) through the quit line. “We know the tough economy is hitting people hard,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “It’s another good reason for those who smoke to try quitting. It will improve their health and they’ll save money at the same time. Our quit line is free, and callers receive at least a two-week supply of nicotine patches or gum at no charge.”
Jacob William Wright was born to Orcas Island parents Amanda Murray Wright and Buddy Wright on Jan. 5, 2009 at Island Hospital in Anacortes — the first baby to be born to San Juan County parents in 2009.
“Phoenix Island” is one of those books I can’t decide whether to love or hate. The cover art implies a bodice ripper, and sex and violence both run an undercurrent through the book, yet neither erupt with the force that their foreshadowing imply. The writing verges on potboiler, but the survival story it tells is certainly relevant, and of widespread current interest. It sold a million copies in its day.
Rock into the new year with the hit Broadway show, “Grease,” performed by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group, Jan. 8-11 at the San Juan Community Theatre. This smash-hit musical — the eighth longest-running Broadway show — is the second high school musical ever performed by the drama group.
I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! Coming back from a two-week sojourn with family in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley and The Big Apple for Thanksgiving, we wondered if we might feel like Little Appleseeds. Occasionally, we’ve heard comments that we go overboard comparing our local theater talent to the greats of the Great White Way.
Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.
On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.