The San Juan County Fair is Aug. 18-21. The theme is “Locally Grown.” The fair features four days of competition, live entertainment (the headliners are bluegrass/Celtic rock group Clumsy Lovers), equestrian events, exhibits, rides and shows.
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park is co-sponsoring a series of DVD viewings with the island libraries of acclaimed architect James Hubbell’s life work, to prepare for his appearance at several public events on San Juan Island Sept. 3-5.
Grace Eltinge was the youngest and Jackie Douglas Hubbard was the oldest family member at the Guard family reunion Saturday at San Juan Historical Museum.
The 24-page San Juan County Fair Guide. Our annual series of information pages about the Southern resident orcas. And Opinion, Sports, Island Scene, Mary Frances Crossword, Classifieds and Public Notices. It’s all in this week’s Journal of the San Juan Islands.
Members of the Guard family gathered Saturday at the San Juan Historical Museum to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the Paul Guard family on San Juan Island. Family members came from near and far; one relative came from Abu Dhabi, another from Alabama, and a group of relatives came from Alberta, Canada.
More than 80 children participated in Vacation Bible School at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, July 13-17. More than 30 leaders and volunteers coordinated activities for the youngsters.
Memorial service is Thursday, 5 p.m., at St. Francis Church for Beatriz Velilla de Tobon of Friday Harbor. Mrs. Tobon passed away July 25. She was 64. Her family remembered her today as a person who loved children, loved dancing and parties, and enjoyed the company of friends.
Numerous islanders are descendants of American soldiers and British marines who served here during the joint military occupation of San Juan Island.
What we now call the Pig War was referred to in 19th century documents and press coverage as the “San Juan Affair,” “San Juan Imbroglio,” and “San Juan Difficulty.” The term “Pig War” is likely a local creation. “It is a 20th century iteration,” historian Mike Vouri said. “I have never seen it in 19th century documents.”
The release parties celebrate the CD “We Rocked and Rolled / The First 25 Years With Jim Basnight: The Moberlys and Beyond.” “This is a huge step,” said Basnight, 52, a former stockbroker. “I moved to New York City when I was 19 to pursue music, and I’ve been pursuing music and supporting myself as a musician for the last 17 years.”
By all accounts, Storm Bridgmon was one cool character. He was named after a brand of bowling ball, enjoyed rock climbing and exploring caves, and fished for crab on Stuart Island. He lived on a boat in Friday Harbor and, when he tired of life as a liveaboard, his grandmother bought a condo that became known as the Dog House.
History was made on San Juan Island 150 years ago. While the event is a mere footnote in world history books, it was an event of national and international importance. In 1859, American and British troops occupied San Juan Island to defend their claims to the archipelago. What ensued over the next 12 years was a peaceful occupation that proved that nations, even superpowers, can resolve conflicts without bullets or blows.
It’s a “Hard Days Night” of classic rock at the San Juan Community Theatre, tonight at 8, when Abbey Road Live! performs on the Whittier stage.