SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER
Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor
Sept. 24, 2014
The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend.
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.
Whidbey Island, ‘as a crow flies’ is 45 miles long but by road about 60 miles. There are public beaches open to visitors, hiking trails, five state parks and the only one of its kind in the whole of the US – the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve!
Welcome and enjoy your visit. Do come back.
The Visitor Information Kiosk is funded by the Greater Freeland Area and Langley Chambers of Commerce. Prepared by Katy Shaner Manager and Volunteer Coordinator – Visitor Information Kiosk, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions from email@example.com and Whidbey Life Magazine, www.whidbeylifemagazine.org.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 25
TREASURES OF SYRIA: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK this Thursday, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Langley Library. See Syria, for millennia a Middle East crossroads, in a rare look just months before the current war began. Explore and learn about Syria’s historic sites, its culture, and its people. Presented by Rich Thom. Contact Vicky Welfare at 104 2nd St., Langley, 360-221-4383 (x6320), www.sno-isle.org.
FRIDAY, SEPT 26
KEEP THE CREATIVITY FLOWING for new and experienced artists this Friday, at 10 a.m. at the Freeland Library. Join other local artists to participate in informal sharing, discussion and creation of your artwork. Take advantage of the group energy for inspiration and new ideas. This group meets monthly on the morning of each 4th Friday. Everyone welcome, no registration required. Tracy Miller Library Associate II Sno-Isle Libraries, Freeland Branch 360-331-7323 www.sno-isle.org.
DANCING WITH THOREAU this Friday 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary. This documentary by local filmmaker Chris Korrow explores the numerous, subtle, yet astounding benefits that connecting to nature has for all of us, but especially for children. The film features interviews with scientists, educators and religious leaders who are deeply engaged in sharing the health, cultural and psychological benefits of working and playing outside. Afterward, the filmmaker will take questions. Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located on Highway 525, two miles north of Freeland, at 20103 State Route 525 Sponsored by the Greening Congregations of Whidbey Island. breathedeepproductions.blogspot.com/p/new-film-dancing-with-thoreau.html.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINE OUT this Friday, 4 – 8 p.m. Friday Night Dine Out will kick off a series of dinners at local restaurants who donate their proceeds to support the South Whidbey Schools Foundation to raise more than $25,000 in teacher-requested classroom grants. Restaurants include Prima Bistro: 360-221-4060, Patron Mexican Restaurant: 360-341-4121, Cafe Langley: 360-221-3090, and Joe’s Wood Fired Pizza: 360-321-1819. Jean Shaw: southwhidbeyschoolsfoundation.org.
OTT & MURPHY welcomes Kimmer Morris & Debbie Zick “The Morris~Zick Duo” this Friday, from 7– 9 p.m. The Morris ~ Zick Duo features mandolin, violin and 8-string Hardanger Fiddle from Norway playing a potpourri of music from Scandinavia, Ireland, England, France, Romania, Ukraine, and Bulgaria, with excepts of Klezmer, Cajun, Old Time Fiddle and a splash of Bluegrass. Enjoy Award-wining Ott & Murphy Wines and selections from a small plate menu during this rare performance. Cover Charge: $9 per person. Winery Tasting Room, 204 First Street, Langley, www.swedehillcellars.com. Reservations: 360-221-7131
OUTCAST PRODUCTIONS presents “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Black Box Theater. OutCast Productions delves into a play that couldn’t be more relevant to our time. The play, written by award-winning Irish playwright Frank McGuinness, is inspired in part by the traumatic experience of Brian Keenan, a writer and teacher who was captured in Beirut in 1986 and held hostage by Islamic Jihad for four years. $18 for adults, $14 for students & seniors. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/822113. Tickets can also be reserved and paid for at the door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Whidbey Island Fairgrounds, 819 Camano Ave., Langley, www.outcastproductions.net.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27
CHILDREN’S DAY! Here it comes! This Saturday at 10 a.m.. One of the biggest, friendliest, “familiest” events on Whidbey Island. Kids, grab your parents but leave your money behind because it’s FREE. There will be creative activities, entertainment, bounce houses, animals and lunch. Enjoy 30+ interactive booths provided by service agencies, and businesses that support children and families. Come join the fun! South Whidbey’s Community Park, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley. www.swparks.org Contact Carrie Monforte email@example.com, 360-221-6788. Bad weather alternate location: South Whidbey High School, 5675 Maxwelton Rd, Langley.
CELEBRATE WHIDBEY ISLAND’S BIRDS Meet artist and author Craig & Joy Johnson! This Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Wild Birds Unlimited, Freeland. Freeland locals, Craig and Joy Johnson are photographer and author of “Our Pacific Northwest Birds & Habitat” and the filmmakers who created the captivating local wildlife documentary, “Birds, Backyard Habitat & Beyond.” Passionate about Whidbey’s wildlife, this dynamic team has also created books for children and delight in connecting kids with birds. • Enter your name in a drawing to win a FREE original watercolor painting, by Craig Johnson, from their Harry the Woodpecker book. • Share your bird stories with these local bird experts! • Each child (10 & under) present will receive a FREE autographed copy of Harry the Woodpecker’s Search for a Home! • Look for WBU special offers! Wild Birds Unlimited, Van Barr Place, Ste AB, Freeland, 360-341-1404, freeland.wbu.com.
WHIDBEY AUDUBON SOCIETY leads a field trip on this Saturday to explore the Del Fairfax Preserve on Zylstra Road, another jewel of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Stroll in the woods, listen for forest birds and walk around an open field with a small wetland. 1.2 mile loop trail is level and takes about an hour to walk. Trip continues down Zylstra Road to Grasser’s Lagoon (intersection of State Route 20 and Zylstra) to look for ducks, shorebirds and raptors. Carpools meet at 8:45 a.m. from Coupeville Prairie Station Transit Park, off South Main Street (behind Dermatology Building), or meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at the Del Fairfax Preserve on Zylstra Road. Please do not block the gravel road or the Zylstra Road Fire Station bay doors. For more information contact the trip leader Kim Shepard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-720-1711.
BAYVIEW FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Bayview Corner. This year the season continues all the way to Dec. 20! Bayview Farm & Garden are hosting the market in their greenhouse during November & December, so all the stalls will be on one level, lit by natural light & warmed by patio heaters! www.bayviewfarmersmarket.com.
KITSCH ‘N BITCH: SEPTOBERFEST this Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts: First show of the new season! Host Sue Frause chats, eats and drinks with Pacific Northwest foodies as we celebrate the fourth annual “Septoberfest” — a celebration of seasonal food and beer. Guests include celebrated cook and former cafe owner Marty Fernandez of Langley making homemade sausages and Seattle food writer and cookbook author Cynthia Nims creating homemade pretzels. Guest bartenders are Damien and Tiffany Cortez of the Taproom at Bayview Corner. Tickets: $15 www.wicaonline.org, 360-221-8268. WICA, 565 Camano Avenue, Langley, email@example.com.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 28
PAWZ BY THE SEA 5K & KIDS FUN RUN this Sunday, at 9 a.m. The event takes place on 2nd Street in Langley. Dogs (on leash) are encouraged to attend! PAWZ by the Sea benefits the Happy Hounds 4H Club and the Good Cheer Pet Food Bank. pawzbythesea.com. Anyone can register online at our website or in person at the Animal Hospital by the Sea in Langley. Registration is only $25 for the PAWZ by the Sea 5K and $15 for the Kids Fun Run.
5TH ANNUAL TASTE OF WHIDBEY Come celebrate the unique Whidbey food traditions with Slow Food Whidbey Island, featuring the best of local seasonal food and beverage this Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Rd. Experience the tastes of over 15 local chefs, vintners and brewers. More Chefs, great food, seminars, People’s Choice Award for the “Favorite Taste” and Live Music. This event is always a sell-out! Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, which admits one and includes 10 tastes. Extra tastes are $2 each at the event. Questions? Contact Trish Zapinskimat: 360-678-7700, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com.
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT THE ALDER STRING QUARTET this Sunday, 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Sue Baer and Margaret Storer, violins, Linda Morris, viola, Buell Neidlinger, cello. The Alder String Quartet is pleased to share this special Fall program, with music reflecting Nature and written by Mozart, Schubert, Hovhaness, and Beethoven. Concert helps to support Good Cheer Food Bank and the South Whidbey Homeless Coalition. 301 Anthes Ave, Langley, 360-221-4233 langleyumc.org.
SUNDAY MUSIC AT BLOOMS WINERY TASTE FOR WINE & ART It’s Siri Bardarson doing her cello thing this Sunday from 3 -5 p.m. Going solo, Siri brings some of her original songs along with some other favorites for a cello and vocal combo. The Art Show for September and October includes paintings of Carol Hurless along with paintings, etchings and prints of the late Betty Rayle. We also have glass jewelry of Sherren Anderson, plus Rust Revival jewelry, fiber arts and jewelry by Marcy Johnson and more. Available for private parties too! No cover, no minimums. Just fabulous wines & great music! Bayview Corner Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Rd. 360-321-0515 www.bloomswinery.com
TILTH FARMERS’ MARKET Peter Lawlor, the elder poet-laureate from down under, performs on his melodeon at the Tilth market from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Sunday. Stop for the music, great produce, tasty food, glorious flowers and inspiring crafts. SNAP cards and FMNP coupons are welcome. This farmers’ market is open through Oct. 26. 2812 Thompson Road and Hwy 525. www.southwhidbeytilth.org/market.
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