What’s Happening || Thursday, April 2 through Sunday, April 5

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BY KATY SHANER
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
April 2, 2015

Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. Many weekend events start on Thursday night so this “What’s Happening” covers Thursday through Sunday. “What’s Happening” is a collaborative information guide project between the The Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

The Widow Wave book cover

“The Widow Wave” book cover

MEET THE AUTHOR: JAY JACOBS
at the Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Avenue, Clinton from 4 to 5 p.m. The Clinton Library invites the public to meet author Jay Jacobs. Jacobs will talk about writing his book, “The Widow Wave”— three stories in one: a riveting nonfiction courtroom drama, a tragic sea story, and a widow’s determination to clear her husband’s name. Jay Jacob’s prose pulls you into a compelling drama, deftly transporting you from the courtroom to the storm-tossed Pacific and back to the courtroom again. Book sales and signing will follow the program. 4781 Deer Lake Road Clinton (360) 341-4280 www.sno-isle.org/.

WHALE WATCHING
Gray whale migration is anticipated to be the largest in local History. Whale-watching excursions aboard the 100′ M/V Mystic Sea will depart from Langley three days per week, increasing to five weekly tours through May 10! Approximately 250 Gray whales will find their way into our inland Salish Sea. Departure time: Thursday – Monday, until May 10 at 11 a.m. Additional cruises on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Reservations www.mysticseacharters.com or call 1-800-308-9387 or 360-588-8000 Monte and Cindy Hughes Mystic Sea Charters mysticncia@seanet.com www.mysticseacharters.com

FRIDAY, APRIL 3

FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATIONS
Greenbank Farm from 5 to 8 p.m. Fine Art, Food, Wine, and Community! On the First Friday of each month, businesses stay open late for gallery receptions at Rob Schouten Gallery, Artworks Gallery and Raven Rocks Gallery, special tastings in our Farm Shop and Greenbank Cheese Specialty Foods and Gifts, plus reservation-only dinner seatings at Whidbey Pies Cafe. For more information about First Fridays visit: greenbankfarm.biz/first-fridays.

The Gold Medal-winning crew of University of Washington (photo courtesy of Jeff Day)

The Gold Medal-winning crew of University of Washington, subjects of “The Boys in The Boat” (photo courtesy of Jeff Day)

SHARING STORIES OF WWII
at the Langley Library from 10 to 11 a.m. In “The Boys in the Boat”, the Whidbey Reads selection for 2015, author Daniel James Brown introduces the sinister rise of the Nazi Empire and the sophisticated propaganda machine used by Hitler, Goebbels, and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in preparing for the 1936 Olympic Games. In this round-table discussion, join us as Whidbey residents share their own firsthand experience of WWII. Learn about the English Land Girls, dispatched to farms when the men were at war, childhood in Denmark when the Nazis invaded and a soldier’s perspective serving under General Patton and going into Germany in 1945 to liberate concentration camps. 104 2nd St., Langley, (360) 221-4383, www.sno-isle.org.

LIFE AFTER THE GREAT RECESSION
From Middle Class to Millionaire to Muddling By” with Tom Trimbath from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Langley Library. Fighting foreclosure, being tailed by the police, turned down for old jobs and barely affording healthcare really can be funny. Find the fun in the dysfunction—after the Great Recession—as Tom Trimbath, author of “Dream. Invest. Live,” published just as the market crashed, tells tales that challenge taboos. In addition to “Dream. Invest. Live,” Trimbath is the author of “Just Keep Pedaling”, the Twelve Months series of photography of Whidbey Island, and “Walking Thinking Drinking Across Scotland”. 104 2nd St., Langley, (360) 221-4383 (x6320), www.sno-isle.org.

CHANCEL CHOIR and ORCHESTRA
“Eternal Light: A Concert of Reflection and Hope Through Music and Word” at 7:30 p.m. at the Langley United Methodist at 3rd and Anthes Streets in Langley. Selections will include Faure, Rutter and Goodall Requiems. Judith Adams, Poet; Anna McLeod and Suzi Stonebridge, sopranos; Gloria Ferry-Brennan, violin; Frances Kenney, oboe; James Hinkley, cello; Kathryn Fox, piano/organ. Also, Brian Kenney, violin; Linda Morris and Louise Fiori, violas; and  R. William Humphreys, conductor.  Free-will donations will be gratefully accepted. langleyumc.org/.

Greenbank Farm barn  (photo courtesy of Greenbank Farm)

Greenbank Farm barn (photo courtesy of Greenbank Farm)

SPRING FLING!
Community Barn Dance featuring live music by PETE from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. All ages welcome! Dance held in the Historic 1904 Big Red Barn as First Friday Receptions begin to wind down. Dress in your springtime best! $10-20 suggested donation at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds support the small non-profit that manages the farm’s 151 acres of publicly owned space for the Port of Coupeville. events@greenbankfarm.com, Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Rd., Greenbank, greenbankfarm.org.

Ott & Murphy Wines
Beverly Graham 7 to 9 p.m. In her voice you hear Fire and Ice resolve their antipathy. No heart can withstand her.  No heart should. A special evening at OM. Enjoy Beverly’s original compositions and her beautiful vocals. OM offers award-winning wines and sweet or savory small plates to balance the musical fare. The sunset view of Saratoga Passage sets a perfect stage for this performance. $9 cover Reservations recommended. Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room, 204 First Street, Langley, (360) 221-7131

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

S. Whidbey State ParkSOUTH WHIDBEY STATE PARK WORK PARTY
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The focus will be cleaning up the campsites. Bring a rake and gloves. Park in the lot next to the restrooms. No parking pass is needed for work parties. Help get the campgrounds ready for the season! 4128 S. Smugglers Cove Rd., Freeland, (360) 331-4559. www.parks.wa.gov/585/South-Whidbey-Island. Questions? Contact Kathy Stetz at katstetz@gmail.com www.foswsp.org.

OTT & MURPHY WINES
The Greg Beck Group with Bahia 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Greg Beck’s stunning guitar playing moves through a variety of jazz genre in the group’s first set and leads to a second set, where the addition of Roger Bennett (congas) and Dale Fuentes (flute and percussion) transforms the group into Bahia, a Latin Jazz ensemble. Spring is in the Air! Ott & Murphy award-winning wines, savory and sweet small plates, and non-stop romantic sunset views of Saratoga Passage. $9 cover charge. Reservations recommended. Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room, 204 First Street, Langley, (360) 221-7131.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Richard Hughes, Teresa Mooney,  SwayBLOOMS WINERY TASTE FOR WINE and ART  
3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Sunday afternoons with live music. On Easter Sunday you will be treated to an afternoon of jazz with Richard Hughes and Teresa Mooney (aka Sway), playing their favorite jazz, blues and swing tunes. They include songs of wide-ranging styles that just seem to fit! Their first performance at Blooms! No cover, no minimums. Just fabulous wines and great music!

Blooms Winery Taste for Wine and Art at the Bayview Corner Cash Store. 5603 Bayview Rd., Langley. (360) 321-0515, www.bloomswinery.com, www.tasteforwinewhidbey.com.

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The Visitor Information Kiosk is funded by the Greater Freeland Area and Langley Chambers of Commerce and What’s Happening is prepared by Katy Shaner, Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, contact Katy at ktshaner@whidbey.com.

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Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 22,000 visitors to Whidbey. The island offers a wealth of activities, places to stay, eateries, shopping and an abundance of the natural environment to enjoy and appreciate. Welcome and enjoy your visit. Do come back.

Event contributions from Katy Shaner, Whidbey Life Magazine www.whidbeylifemagazine.org, and Drewslist drewslist@whidbey.com.

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