Central Whidbey workday helps build community

— Created July 21, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed It may not be happening until Sept. 25, but already volunteers with Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers (CWHH) are hard at work making plans for the first workday the organization has had in well over a year. The nonprofit, which serves residents living within the Coupeville School District boundaries, is the very […]

It’s Whidbey Island Fair time!

— Created July 14, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The day has finally arrived – the Whidbey Island Fair is back! The gates are open as of 9:30 a.m. today and the fun will continue through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Langley. The traditional parade will take place Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and will feature grand marshal Gary Gabelein. After […]

Hanks assumes command of NAS Whidbey Island

— Created July 14, 2021 by Kathy Reed

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. β€“ Capt. Matt Arny, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, has turned over command of the air station to Capt. Eric Hanks. A change of command ceremony was held July 9 in the Indoor Wash Rack Facility. Guest speaker for the event was Sarah Rhoads, vice president, Amazon Global […]

Back with a bang: Floats and fireworks return to Oak Harbor

— Created June 30, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Prepare for a weekend full of patriotic spirit and a parade in Oak Harbor. After cancellation last year, Fourth of July festivities will return and the chamber of commerce will hold its firework display starting at dark in Windjammer Park July 4. The Rotary Club of Oak Harbor and Oak […]

Unexpected gifts ensure Coupeville art school’s future

— Created June 30, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. Such is the case for the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville. A bequest by one of the school’s founders and another by a longtime student and supporter have given the arts education center financial stability well into the future. “They really wanted to […]

Whidbey Island Music Festival: Emerging from pandemic with fresh perspective

— Created June 23, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed As long and as hard as the pandemic has been, it has provided artists with time to delve into their creativity in new and imaginative ways. So, while the Whidbey Island Music Festival is still all about the classics, audiences may find new depth and new experiences await them when they attend. […]

Camp Casey pool remains closed for summer

— Created June 23, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller The pool at Camp Casey Conference Center has long been the site for swimming lessons and summer fun for a number of Whidbey Island residents.  Robin Myers, conference services manager at Camp Casey, said the pool will not be reopening this year. β€œThe pool was closed in 2019 due to age-related […]

Active duty, veterans to have separate vaccination incentive

— Created June 23, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Active duty military personnel, staff, veterans and their families who have received or begun their COVID-19 vaccinations through the Department of Defense, the Veteran’s Administration or the National Guard will now have their own incentive program through the Washington State Lottery. Gov. Jay Inslee announced “A Heroes Thanks” at a press conference […]

Saratoga Orchestra sets pop-up performance dates

— Created June 16, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed As COVID restrictions begin to ease, all kinds of live entertainment opportunities are popping up – like Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island’s Pop-Up Pops concerts. There are six free performances on three different dates, the first two set for June 26. And, while not a musical term, “pie” does figure prominently into […]

Ready, set, Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival is a go!

— Created June 16, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has been given the green light to proceed. The 57th annual festival, produced by the Coupeville Festival Association, will take place Aug. 14-15, and will be the first festival of its kind to take place on Whidbey Island since the pandemic brought an end to such […]