Jim Crook, whose family homesteaded the former British Royal Marine Camp at Garrison Bay after the U.S.-British boundary dispute was settled in 1872, embodied the island way of life. Items from the San Juan Historical Museum’s Jim Crook Collection have been digitized and are now available for the first time online as part of a cooperative project between the San Juan Island Library, the museum and the Washington State Library Rural Heritage Initiative.
Some things in this life can be disappointing. The market. The weather. Your aching back. Forget it. If you go to a performance of a play directed by Andrew McLaglen, written by Neil Simon and performed by our local thespians at our beautiful theater, you can be sure you won’t have a gloomy thought.
Lack of physical activity is believed to be a leading cause in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children. Driving students to school by private vehicle contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution. The local Safe Routes to School program believes it has an answer.
Today, Friday Harbor Elementary School students and parents participated in the Walking School Bus and walked to school.
Every one of our 61 vets in the Legion and any other local vets or widows or widowers of WWII service men or women, will be guests for a catered dinner at the Legion Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008.
Stewart Powell Redfern of Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Sept. 28, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. He was 65. Stew was born June 24, 1943 in Seattle, Wash., to Don and Mary Redfern. Stew grew up with a love of the outdoors and exploring the many places of the Pacific Northwest. The proverbial wild child, Stew had a small habit of finding trouble where no trouble seemed to be. If trouble could not be found, he would settle for mischief. These traits were with him to the end.
For more than 40 years Tom Rush has been making an impact on American music. James Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.”
Johnny Moses, a Coast Salish master storyteller and memory keeper, will speak Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange. Admission is $20, but no one will be turned away. Children younger than 12 get in free. The event is billed as a potluck celebration.
More than 400 people (an estimate; we lost count) participated in the Centennial Photo Sept. 20 on the courthouse lawn. The photo is published as a full page, in color, in the Oct. 1 Journal.
Grisha Krivchenia and Sally Browne will be joined by Ayako English, a violinist from the San Francisco Bay Area. You’ll hear Franz Schubert’s “Piano Trio Op. 99 in B flat major” and “Impromptu in A flat major,” and Krivchenia’s “Impromptu” and “Postlude from the Poison Arrow.”
May Boyce celebrates her 102nd birthday on Monday at Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor. A check of assisted living facilities, care centers and senior services offices on the islands indicates she may be the oldest resident of the San Juans. She was born on San Juan Island on Sept. 29, 1906 to Julius Oscar Bergman and the former Mary Ellen Madden. Her Irish-born grandfather, Daniel Madden, emigrated to the U.S. in 1855 and settled on San Juan Island in 1862.
With great happiness, Kim and Keoki Raymond and Victor and Phebe Smith announce the marriage of Rose Risucci to Alex Smith. They were married in a small but memorable celebration of family and friends in Friday Harbor, Aug. 17, 2008.
Ask Lloyd Jones how to describe his soulful and intelligent fusion of funk, blues and R&B and he’ll call it “storytelling with a Memphis groove.” The Northwest guitarist and singer/songwriter brings that groove to the San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Summer may have ended Monday, but the fun sure hasn’t. Sure, the air may be a bit cooler, it’s getting darker earlier and the leaves are changing color. But the spirit of summer lives in a month of art, culture and music events.