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August 3, 2016

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.

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.  This collection of 62 black and white photographs and 10 essays offers a look into the rich connection of community that is unique and emblematic to the island.

August 3, 2016

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.”

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.”

July 20, 2016

“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.

“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.

July 20, 2016

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.
 

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.  It’s a showcase for the incredible depth of creative talent on this island. If you miss the live versions of any show, you can stream it at your convenience through the free KVSH mobile web app. Thus, KVSH is on its way to becoming one of the most compelling and eclectic community FM stations in the country.

July 6, 2016

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.

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.

July 6, 2016

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.

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.
 

June 22, 2016

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

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, people were showing a lot of restraint and it paid off with Vashon having an extremely low incident rate – no injuries and one small fire that was possibly caused by fireworks.

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.