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The 5th Annual PASSPORT TO PAIN on Vashon Island: The toughest, most fun ride in the Puget Sound region. Is Saturday Sept. 12.

 This July 18 and 19, during the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival, the M/V Lotus, a 92 foot, 1909  cruising houseboat will be docked at the Quartermaster Yacht Club.  This spectacular floating museum and B&B will be open to the public from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday during the festival.

VoV returns for the tenth year to the corner of Bank Road and Vashon Highway to announce the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. New volunteer hosts Tim Everitt and CC Stone, formerly of the KVSH Friday Morning Scramble, will host the live broadcasts on KVSH 101.9FM,,

One of the contenders running for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon this summer, a revived Strawberry Festival tradition, is Joe Thieme, also known as Joe T, with a campaign slogan of “Vote for THE Old Goat!” – a subtle nod to his competitor Bandit, a pet goat.

I’ll be honest. Talking with youthful islanders about Carrie The Musical was remarkably easier than talking to adults. Begging the question, why? After three weeks of chatting people up, I’m beginning to craft an answer to that question.

The Strawberry Games, Straw Fest TEEN DANCE, plus an awesome surprise...
Open Space for Arts & Community jumps into Strawberry Festival fun! For the first time, we are working with Festival Organizers to expand Strawberry Festival activities beyond the traditional town core.

 In the early 50’s, every school morning was chaos getting ready to run for the 7:30 AM ferry.  Molly and I had just started school in Seattle, she to Holy Rosary and me to Seattle Prep.  My job was to start Dad’s 49 Oldsmobile Super 88 with the rocket V-8 engine to warm it up for the mad dash to the ferry.

We have had  a second home on Vashon for almost 35 years and we access our property via Pillsbury Road, south of Burton. I became curious about the name, so I consulted the history books by Ronald Carey and O. S. Van Olinda, but found no reference to any Pillsbury family on Vashon Island.

Writers are like chameleons. They tend to disappear into the multi-colored canvas of life unintentionally and generally without regret. As such, most islanders are unaware that the Vashon they know and love is considered to be, by the Seattle Writing Scene, “an island of writers.”

The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum’s special exhibit on its indigenous people, the sxwoabc, which was displayed from June 2014 through mid-March 2015, has received three awards from state and national organizations.

To help plan your Tour, here is a preview of the amazing gardens and Garden Art Market, a schedule of gardening seminars, and sneak peek of artists in the gardens. Tickets—$25, valid both days—are available at VAA, Heron’s Nest and

 “Oh-No, another red light”, I said to myself, as I pushed hard on the brake pedal, trying to stop my 38 Pontiac for the light. The mercury in the back seat slopped yet another time and rolled out the rusty holes in the floorboards to grease the street between East Marginal Way and the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

Opening night is always exciting. But this summer, opening night holds special meaning for island youth. Maijah Sanson-Frey summarized it like this, “There are shows where the audience is saying, “Oh, what a cute play!” With a show like Carrie, it’s more of an art piece and more of a moving piece. People will say, “ did a really great job of sharing those messages.”

The second season of Picnics in the Park, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank’s newest program, designed to provide free lunch and activities to Vashon’s kids and teens, starts on Monday, June 22, and will run, five days a week, through August 28.

Sellen Construction began earthwork following the demolition of the existing structures on the site. Materials were recycled or properly disposed, and the ground cleared of stumps and brambles. Old underground tanks were decommissioned and removed. Testing showed that there were no toxic materials in the soil.

When I was a boy of 10 or 12, my family had 5 acres at Cove and we loved every square foot of it.  There was a story for every part of it.  One day I nearly drowned my brother Mike on purpose; or at least he thought so.

Voice of Vashon will launch a new email service this week, dedicated to keeping people informed, comfortable and safe. It’s a major new addition to the Voice of Vashon Island Emergency Alert Service and it was created with support from partners VashonBePrepared and Vashon Island Fire and Rescue.

Under the Sea is this year’s theme for the eighth annual Father-Daughter Dance. On Saturday, June 6, girls and their partners celebrate at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club. The dance is limited to 120 participants, and an early sell-out is expected again.

Vashon Audubon Society presents Dr. John Marzluff screening two short films and discussing his new book Welcome to Subirdia.  The event is free and open to the public.

In October, I found out I had been hired as the Family Support Specialist for our new ECEAP preschool.  ECEAP stands for Early Childhood Assistance Program and is funded by the State of Washington and Vashon School District.  It is a FREE preschool for 3, 4, and 5 year old eligible children.  An affordable (free) preschool had long been a dream of many on Vashon.

I was recently presented with a big problem at the Church wood lot. Steve, a fellow wood stacker, couldn’t find the water line to his house. His line is plastic and therefore undetectable. “Would water witching work to find the lost line”, I asked?

Five students, all 4th and 5th graders at Chautauqua Elementary, celebrated their winning entries in the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s second annual “History Project Contest” on Friday evening, May 8.

King County Parks wants the community’s help in determining the future of the public docks in Vashon-Maury Island’s Dockton and Tramp Harbor parks. These recreational amenities have been subject to deferred maintenance and are in need of improvement. In order to plan for the best use of limited public funds, King County Parks wants to understand how these docks are used.

Three seats are up for grabs in the November election. Bill Ameling and Joe Wald have refused to say whether they are running again. Bill has been on the Park Board almost since its beginning--nearly 30 years now. Term limits, anyone? Scott Harvey had a short term because he was filling out the seat originally vacated by Michael DeBlasi. But to be on the ballot in November, all candidates MUST FILE WITH THE KING COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE BY MAY 15 (by 4:00 by email, or 4:30 at the KC Elections Office itself--where you can look to see who else is filing for each seat).