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We were Dad’s rear view mirror coming down Fauntleroy Avenue.  On our knees, in the back seat of our 1949 Oldsmobile Super 88, only the 98 had a bigger engine.  Our Olds had a “whirl-a- way” gear that was triggered by a hidden button under the gas pedal.  When Dad tromped it, to pass or run a yellow light, our heads would snap back from the power of “whirl-a-way.”

Coffee and Community – The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie is a new book featuring the photographs of island photographer Terry Donnelly along with stories from ten fellow islanders who frequent The Roasterie.

Just four months ago, Voice of Vashon opened its Storefront Studio in uptown Vashon. Today, there are twenty-two new live shows on the air, each with its own unique reflection of life here on Vashon and hosted by Island residents.
 

“Can we make it to the big log”, I asked my brother Mike. He was four years younger. I was the better swimmer. Mike never liked the water and like myself, had barely made it through swimming lessons.

Jonathan Burgess and Tim Hulley will co-lead this Kirtan, along with talented and enthusiastic friends, including Scott Wurtz on tabla (Indian drums) and Solana Chavez on response vocals.

I saw a lot of long faces at the landfill today.  It didn’t appear that people wanted to be where they were.  It was as if going to the landfill was something they would rather pay someone else to do.

In 1986 the American Craft Museum opened its doors directly across from the Museum of Modern Art on W. 53rd St. in New York. For many artists, this celebration of the functional and less rarefied arts and crafts came as a welcome change from often tired theories of overblown 80s art.

Want a great way to have a garage sale without inviting people to your own garage or to tap into the popular estate sale market on Vashon?  Or even to sell new items or other things like fresh produce or arts and crafts?  Booths are available for Vashon residents, non-profit organizations and other commercial vendor.  Judging from registrants so far, there will be a great variety interesting sale items for buyers.

Last year’s fireworks season was during a record breaking heat wave, the fire danger was extreme, but people used the most important piece of safety equipment – good judgement. Fireworks sales were down more than 50% and that was a good thing

Johnny Adams was not one of those 10-year-olds that was full of the gimme-gimme’s.  He was a typical Vashon boy who generally worked for what he got, picking strawberries for the Matsumotos, or mowing lawns down at Cove.

In June, VCA celebrates
 our 50th anniversary 
as one of Washington state’s oldest nonprofit arts organizations.
It’s hard to believe that in the last half century, VCA has grown from the old Lisabeula schoolhouse off Wax Orchard

We children whispered among ourselves in conspiratorial tones as soon as we got the first whiff of garlic, hoping against hope that Daddy was making a pot of spaghetti. We debated back and forth like Rabbinical scholars our interpretation of the sounds and aromas coming from the kitchen

Partners in the ongoing Tacoma Smelter Plume contamination cleanup at Maury Island Natural Area host a community meeting on Monday, June 20 to discuss upcoming restoration work at the former Glacier gravel mine site.

The Enchanted Forest––the theme for the ninth annual Vashon Center for the Arts Father-Daughter Dance, taking place at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club on Saturday, June 11.

When the wind blew out of the South at Portage, the water in Quartermaster was always warmer. When the wind came out of the north, the water was always colder.

We are savoring a spring bloom of cetaceans and pinnipeds in Vashon–Maury waters. In addition to our ubiquitous Harbor seals, we have Harbor porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, a Humpback whale

Listen in the Kitchen returns to Vashon Bookshop on June 3rd from 7-8:30 p.m. for the First Friday Gallery Walk, a monthly celebration of arts and culture that brings out locals and tourists alike to enjoy new works by island artists and musicians.

There is a group of beach residents who neither live with unprotected soft bodies, nor grow tough shells like clams and crabs. This is the group of odd crabs known as the hermits, which have soft, curled, bare abdomens, but also have armored claws and heads.

The steep bluffs, ravines, and beautiful shorelines of Vashon Island provide spectacular views of the Puget Sound, but they are also prone to erosion and landslides. On June 4th, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, the King Conservation District will hold a free, educational workshop for landowners on marine shoreline and bluff properties.

The concept of family and what it means has been transformed in recent years, but most definitions still describe family as ‘a group of people who share common ancestors’ and ‘a group of people all living in one household,’ or ‘a group of things that are similar.’

Everyone is invited to attend the launch of Vashon Reads about Racism, Culture, and White Privilege, at the Vashon Bookshop, June 2nd, 6 pm.

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.