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Each ‘Vote’ for David Welton Means a Dollar for Friends of Friends

by Kate Poss in Festivals, More Stories, What's Happening

There are lots of nonprofits competing for donations on Whidbey Island, but only Friends of Friends raises funds by crowning someone “Mr. South Whidbey.” At the annual pageant, fashion and talent might be entertaining, but it’s the man who raises the most money for Friends of Friends who wins.

The organization supports South Whidbey residents who have medically-related expenses they can’t afford to pay. This year, retired cardiologist David Welton is in the running. Welton has lived on Whidbey for 12 years, and you may know him as the talented and prolific photographer who has taken many photos for Whidbey Life Magazine.

There Goes—Here Comes the Sun

by Kate Poss in More Stories, Nature

The great American solar eclipse will cover our nation like a sash on a beauty queen on Aug. 21. The last time this phenomenon extended from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast was in 1918. Oregon is expecting an overload of visitors to view the eclipse in its totality, but on Whidbey Island, only 90 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon. Nonetheless, it’s worth observing to see the sun’s corona, the part of the sun that Earthlings get to see only during solar eclipses. The celestial show begins at 9:08 a.m., will reach maximum darkness at 10:20 a.m., and ends at 11:38 a.m.

A Lavender Wind Wafts Over Whidbey

by Shawn Berit in Farming, More Stories

There is a place on Whidbey Island whose very name evokes opposing images: rustic and elegant, tranquil and stimulating, delicate and forceful. From this place, one can see the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and a landscape of pines and prairies. Some consider this one place to be the essence of Whidbey Island. This place is Lavender Wind Farm.

100-Word Story: Managing Tough Times

by Guest Contributor in More Stories

Jake kept his sense of humor about everything except Minnie’s lung cancer. Jake was a typical, confident 65-year-old Texan; Minnie, an 85-year-young feisty Native American. They had many worries: the cancer, finding a home for their 16-year-old granddaughter, and managing Jake’s drinking.

One morning, Jake met me at a café in their tiny Texas town. Delightfully, he greeted everyone who walked into the cafe with: “This here’s Karen, our hospice social worker. She’s psychologizin’ me.”
“Jake,” I began, “some folks believe feelings come down to: sad, glad, mad, or scared.”

He liked that simplicity and began sharing his feelings.

Enjoy the Sights, Sounds, and Smells of the Whidbey Island Fair

by David Welton in More Stories

Did you miss the fair this year? Or did you go and want to re-live the memories? Through his photos, David Welton enables you to smell the kettle corn, hear the brass band, and see what a pig pile actually looks like.