Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year!
Here is a revised list for your shopping and entertainment convenience. Check this handy guide for holiday happenings all around Whidbey Island, including where to get great gifts and fun cultural stuff that includes music, dance, theater and merry revelry!
Local poet Judith Adams hosts an evening of poetry, music and dance at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Zech Hall at WICA in Langley. Celebrate the Winter Solstice and the end of the Mayan Calendar with Adams’ poignant blend of poetry and performance. She’ll be joined by cellist Siri Bardarson (a WLM blogger), vocalist Matt Bell and dancer Marta Mullholland.
STILL ON! HOLIDAY SHOWS:
- Dec. 21, 22: “Willy Wonka” at Whidbey Island Children’s Theater in Langley.
- Dec. 21, 22: “Fruitcakes” at Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor.
- Dec. 21: “Winter Solstice Evening with Judith Adams: Poetry, Music and Dance” at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.
- Dec. 22: Jack Knauer Trio at Useless Bay Winery Tasting Room in Langley.
- Dec. 22: Tim Donovan and Band: Rock & Roll at Ott & Murphy Tasting Room in Langley.
- Dec. 23: Al Benson sings holiday favorites at Taste For Wines in Bayview.
- Jan. 5: Tingstad and Rumble play their annual Twelfth Night Concert at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.
- Jan. 8: Two performances of “Prop 8” at Outcast’s Black Box Theater at the fairgrounds in Langley.
- Pacific Northwest Art School Holiday Gift Show: Pop into the lobby of the school at 15 NW Birch St in Coupeville and see an array of gifts offered by local artists, as well as a chance to win a gift basket through Dec. 22. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out hours or visit www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org.
- Bayview Holiday Market: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 22, at Bayview Community Hall at Bayview Corner.This year features two floors of great locally grown and produced gifts.
BUY SOMETHING THAT WILL CREATE A MEMORY OR AN HEIRLOOM
Buy something that will still mean something years from now. Create a memory; buy some art. When you see the look on their face, you’ll be glad you did.
- “The Art of Giving” at MUSEO, on First Street in downtown Langley will run through December and features favorably-priced smaller works by gallery artists. Artists featured are Connie Anthon, Danielle Bodine, Denise Brunberg, Jodi Cable, Keke Cribbs, Gordy Edberg, Larry Halvorsen, Katrina Hude, Kim Kelzer, Patti King, Meredith MacLeod, DH McNabb, Callahan McVay, Brian O’Neill, Inge Roberts, Anne Smidt and Teri Jo Summer.
- Artworks Gallery at Greenbank farm features a special selection of artist’s cards for the holidays through December. These cards have handmade, one-of-a-kind-designs or feature images by one of the Artworks’ artists.
- Raven Rocks Gallery at Greenbank Farm presents “Finding Balance,” new work by photographer, printer and experimenter Joe Menth is on display at the gallery, which also features work by a stable of artists who make small pieces that are perfect for holiday shopping, including special holiday bells! Go in and take a look.
- Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm is showing “Home for the Holidays” – glass, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, giclée prints and cards in an affordable price range by 24 gallery artists. Runs through Jan. 1.
- Brackenwood Galleryon First Street in Langley presents its annual “Small Pleasures” show through December. Almost all their artists are bringing in special offerings for this show with the caveat that the price be under $500. We encourage you to think about giving the gift of art this year. Consider looking for accessories for that holiday outfit in the gallery as well. Art is unique, fun, crafted by creative hands and a treasure to receive.
- Christina’s Real Estate and Fine Art Gallery just off Main Streetin Freeland across from the Payless shopping center features lots of sweet gifts by local artists. Stop by the office and gallery to check out the array of treasures.
- Galeria Chiropractica in Bayview presents The ChromoAlchemy Holiday 2012 Exhibit featuring Kim Tinuviel’s Abstract Impressionistic Photography. Take a look at the artist’s work here and also at Brackenwood Gallery in Langley.
Galeria Chiropractica is located in the Bayview Sears House at 2812 Meinhold Road in Langley and the show will be on display through Jan. 31. Viewing times outside of opening celebration is on an appointment-preferred drop-in basis. Please call 331-5565 to schedule.
- Whidbey Art Galleryon Second Street inLangley is an artist-run gallery and presents “Art under $100” through December, promising great treasures at reasonable prices.
- Garry Oak Gallery on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor has gifts for all pocket books, including hand made original ornaments and holiday cards.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AND DRAWINGS
Langley Main Street Association hosts “Deck Your Doors” where more than 50 Langley merchants will have their doors and store fronts decorated to ring in the season. Deck Your Doors is a fundraiser for Good Cheer Food Bank. Visitors can vote with pennies at participating stores for their favorite door, to create the “Plum Puddin’ Pennies” that will be donated in the name of the winning store after the contest ends on Sunday, Dec. 23. Winners will be announced at noon on Sunday, Dec. 23 at Boy & Dog Park on First Street. The donation to Good Cheer will be made in the name of the winning business.
Langley Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Holiday Cheer Giveaway where one lucky shopper will win $1,000 for supporting Langley’s businesses. Spend just $20 and you’re entered into the giveaway and every $20 spent with participating businesses gets you another white giveaway ticket. The giveaway runs through Saturday, Dec. 22, when at 3 p.m. the winning ticket will be drawing at Boy & Dog Park on First Street. Winners must be 18 years of age and present at the drawing to win. Tickets can be donated to local non-profit organizations, but a representative from the organization must be present at the drawing.
Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association hosts its annual Red Ticket Drawing for local shoppers. Shop, dine and stay in Coupeville with more than 30 merchants participating and be eligible to win $1,000 cash prize or three $100 cash prizes at the Sunday, Dec. 23 drawing at 1 p.m. in front of the Island County Historical Museum. Winners must be present to accept prizes. All prizes that go unclaimed will be donated to a local nonprofit by the merchants. Find out all about Coupeville’s shop local extravaganza here. Also, check out this comprehensive schedule of holiday happenings in around Coupeville and Greenbank.