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June 22, 2016

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.

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.   

June 22, 2016

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.

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. Crafts were finally getting their due in the art world, constructed and clothed without pretense as opposed to the Naked Emperors I saw in many galleries. That grandiose art was so pervasive from 1980-1988 I almost thought Hans Christian Anderson had NY Art in mind when he wrote that amazing story.

June 19, 2016

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

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 Road, where a handful of volunteers offered art and ballet classes, to a freshly built, state-of-the-art theater with seating to accommodate more than 300 people.

June 19, 2016

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

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. It would be an understatement to say that my father’s spaghetti was known far and wide, and even today is among the best I have tasted ever. His sudden decision to make a pot of spaghetti was a rare treat, one he didn’t give often.

June 19, 2016

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.

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.  There was the wizened old Norwegian lady on the west side of the Church camp who had Johnny cut her grass every two weeks whether it was needed  or not.  He didn’t like walking by the Baptist Assembly because he was Catholic.

June 8, 2016

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.

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.

In keeping with tradition, dress will be semi-formal—dresses for daughters and coats and ties for dads. Desserts and drinks are provided, along with a complimentary photo, frame and rose for daughters.

Music selections will be handpicked by an expert committee of island daughters. John Sage graciously returns to provide the photography.

June 8, 2016

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.

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.

Set for 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Vashon Public Library, the meeting will include current information about stewardship and soil remediation activities planned for the site, which was contaminated for several decades by material from a metal smelter in Pierce County.

June 8, 2016

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.

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.

Back by popular demand, Listen in the Kitchen is known for their particular brand of tight harmonies, rowdy humor, and tales of questionable behavior that enliven the traditions of bluegrass, gospel, shape note, folk, and old- time music.

June 8, 2016

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.

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. That was the “north wind rule.” The incoming tide warmed itself on the hot sand but a north wind caused us to think twice about swimming in front of the homestead. Dockton followed the “north wind rule” which caused the swimming class to shake from the cold and made our teeth chatter.

June 8, 2016

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

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, California and Steller’s sea lions, and flamboyant Transient orcas roaming around the Island. Can you guess which species is here to eat the others?!

May 25, 2016

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 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. This workshop will be held at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust and will bring local experts to discuss marine nearshore and riparian ecology, recognizing geologic hazards, and using native plants to reduce erosion.

May 25, 2016

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.

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.  Cindy Young relates that, “Since they have no carapace to protect them from predators like most other crabs do, the Hermit Crab larvae must find empty shells of dead snails to use.

May 24, 2016

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.’

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.’

May 24, 2016

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

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

Lois Watkins, author of What It Was Like, and Janie Starr, contributor to What Does It Mean To Be White In America?, will provide an interactive reading of their works. Watkins, black, and Starr, white, are both islanders who grew up in the southeast, living in completely different worlds. They have come to their activism from flip sides of the race coin.

May 11, 2016

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.

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.
   

May 11, 2016

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.”

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.”

May 11, 2016

Rebecca Wittman, owner and President of The President of Me, has thrown her hat into the ring for Honorary Mayor of Vashon, naming the Vashon Heritage Museum as her SuperPac, er non-profit cause.

Rebecca Wittman, owner and President of The President of Me, has thrown her hat into the ring for Honorary Mayor of Vashon, naming the Vashon Heritage Museum as her SuperPac, er non-profit cause.

May 11, 2016

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.

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.

May 11, 2016

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.

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 fire siren on the wood awning of the Vashon Hardware Store went off and the whole town erupted.

April 27, 2016

 The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 Strawberry Festival Grand Parade Grand Marshal.

 The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 Strawberry Festival Grand Parade Grand Marshal.

Nominate someone special to be Grand Marshal, send us a letter or an email telling us the following things about your nominee:
How they have enhanced Island life.
In what ways have they given back to the community?
What is their involvement in community?
Let us know any service work they have done or are doing.
How long have they lived on Vashon?

AND MOST IMPORTANT

April 27, 2016

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.

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.

April 27, 2016

As venerable cherry trees bloom on the Mukai House and garden grounds, the landmark farm property, after years of dispute, has finally returned to community control. On April 4th, State Court of Appeals Judges Spearman, Appelwick and Leach issued a unanimous and definitive decision affirming King County Judge Monica Benton’s 2015 ruling granting Friends of Mukai full legal rights to the landmark Mukai House and Garden

As venerable cherry trees bloom on the Mukai House and garden grounds, the landmark farm property, after years of dispute, has finally returned to community control. On April 4th, State Court of Appeals Judges Spearman, Appelwick and Leach issued a unanimous and definitive decision affirming King County Judge Monica Benton’s 2015 ruling granting Friends of Mukai full legal rights to the landmark Mukai House and Garden.

April 27, 2016

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.

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.

April 27, 2016

Have you dreamed about being an elected official? Want to ride the coat tails of the national election? Here is your chance to become the Official Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island AND support your favorite Island non-profit organization at the same time!

Have you dreamed about being an elected official? Want to ride the coat tails of the national election? Here is your chance to become the Official Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island AND support your favorite Island non-profit organization at the same time!