Vashon Island historian Bruce Haulman’s new book, A Brief History of Vashon Island, was released this past week. Haulman indicates that this is the second of three books chronicling island history that he has been working on. The first, written with Jean Cammon Findlay, was the pictorial history Vashon-Maury Island in the Images of America series. The third book will tell the stories of the people who have made our island what it is.
Rooting for Bernie? Pushing for Hilary? In a remarkable show of unity, Bernie and Hilary have combined their campaigns to run for Unofficial Mayor(s) of Vashon! In a joint statement, they said, “As seniors ourselves, we know the importance of Vashon’s Senior Center to the health and well-being of Island seniors, and to the vitality of the entire community.”
The winners of this year’s Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s History Project Contest were celebrated at a party at the Heritage Museum last Friday evening in the same way that their championship endeavors celebrated the Island’s history.
Like bears emerging from hibernation, we are a bit grumpy and out of sorts at Chez VHP. Papa Bear has a busted eye tooth that requires an extraction or a root canal. This tooth is one of the most examined and x-rayed choppers in the world! Papa Bear is inclined to have it pulled so he can just be done with it.
Chuck Kimmel was halfway across the street, his white butcher’s apron flying from his hand. George and Earl McCormick were right behind him, all pell mell for the fire station just west of the Vashon State Bank, where US Bank is now.
The current trends for employment seem to be heading toward a train wreck. There is a strong push to lower labor costs as more and more work is being outsourced to lower wage labor pools around the world. In fact, slavery seems to be on the comeback. Free trade agreements, although not advertised as such, have lower labor costs as a main goal among others.
Tuesday, May 3rd is a day of inspiration for all. It’s GiveBIG Day-- the one-day online event when donors can give to all their favorite non-profits at once and every donation is “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.
Lately there has been a foofaraw about where transgender people go to the bathroom. Some people have this idea that if transgender people are allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify, male pedophiles will put on dresses so they can go into women’s restrooms and abuse little girls. At least I think that’s the argument.
Today’s column is inspired by Steve Silha’s request for more Greek recipes. Some of the best dishes we ever tasted were those we ate in small Greek restaurants, the kind with only three tables and the cook working at the back of the room or in her adjacent kitchen.
With a flip of his unkempt white wool, and a sheepish grin, Noodle the Sheep announced his candidacy for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon. Noodle rose to prominence after his appearance on an episode of the HGTV show Island Life. He is also known locally for his heroism, as seen in video footage posted on vyfs.org.
From the opening shot of Krisha, this month’s First Friday Art Film offering from the Vashon Film Society, the viewer gets the feeling of being dragged by a locomotive that’s about to go off the tracks.
Comprised of about 20 Islanders ranging from professional musicians to amateurs, the community musical group is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year. Charter member Lou Engels still plays in the band.
The Vashon Beethoven Quartet Project continues on April 17th with the Quartet op.18 no.5 in A major. The Girsky Quartet performs this fifth of the early Beethoven quartets along with the charming Mozart Bb quartet K. 589. Join Artur Girsky, Natasha Bazhanov, Joseph Gottesman and Rowena Hammill as they continue this highly popular series.
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival offers a rare opportunity to hear the complete Musical Offering and other chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach on period instruments with German harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor, baroque violinist Ingrid Matthews and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan in Bach’s Musical Offering on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM at Bethel Church at 148th Ave SW & 119th Street (14736 SW Bethel Lane) on Vashon Island.
Open Space and Drama Dock are delighted to partner to produce this acclaimed contemporary play with a very special Vashon connection.
Becky’s New Car was commissioned in 2008 as a birthday gift from former islander Charles Staadecker to his wife Benita. Written by Steven Dietz and premiered at ACT Theatre, Becky’s New Car has grown into an extraordinarily successful phenomenon with dozens of productions worldwide.Open Space and Drama Dock are delighted to partner to produce this acclaimed contemporary play with a very special Vashon connection.