The annual Island Lights Festival took place this year on Friday, December 1 in Friday Harbor. The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce partnered with Brickworks, the Whale Museum, Island Rec and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild to provide a fun-filled evening for the whole family.
A generous crowd of party-goers celebrated at San Juan Community Theatre's annual Holiday Festival Saturday, December 2 in Friday Harbor. They perused the numerous items in the silent auction ranging from art work to Seattle Mariners tickets. After wine and appetizers, attendees moved into the Whittier Theatre and participated in the 20-item live auction.
The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island held the 11th annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 27. Categories included German, American, Other Countries, Custom/Modified/Hot Rod, and Motorcycles.
A 1956 Chevrolet took top honors at the first Rick Campbell Memorial Hot Rod Show this past weekend in Friday Harbor. Appropriately, the cherry red and silver coupe was owned but the late car buff and auto repair and parts store owner. Rick's son Ryan, who now operates the family business, entered the car sponsored by Friday Harbor's CarQuest. Matt Pranger photos
Following the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade, residents and visitors wandered up Spring Street to the San Juan Historical Museum on Price Street. The Kiwanis had organized their annual Pig War Picnic. Local band, The Chameleons played, kids and adults tossed eggs, contestants gobbled up donuts.
Friends of the San Juans and 15 other environmental protection groups joined together to put a spotlight on the plight of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. The groups' entry, The Orca Protectors, in the 2017 Friday Harbor Fourth of July parade included people carrying cutouts of whale fins. Each black one represented one of the members of J, K or L pods. Seven white cutouts stood for the orcas that died in the past year. The entry won the Judges Special Choice prize.
The judges, Mark Madsen, Christine and Patrick Minney had the difficult job of selecting the winners among the 60+ entries in the 2017 Fourth of July Parade in Friday Harbor. The prizes for the parade, sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, are:
Best Vehicle: Kenmore Air
Turnout for the 2017 annual Memorial Day parade in Friday Harbor may have been a bit reduced by lack of updated information about a change in start time. A press release from the Town of Friday Harbor listed a 10 am start time. Later the Town asked the American Legion to change the start time to 11:30 am to avoid traffic from an off-loading ferry. Unfortunately a press release containing the new information was not sent out.
Twenty-four drivers, ages 5 to retired, entered their homemade racers in Island Rec's second annual Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race Sunday, May 21, 2017. Hill of Thrills Soap Box race is a classic old fashioned ‘gravity’ race where people race their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover Street by the elementary school.
About 1,000 eggs, dyed by volunteers the night before and strewn amid the driftwood at Jacksons Beach, awaited San Juan Island children Sunday afternoon. The San Juan Island firefighters hosted their annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Bunny was there to greet children and pose for countless photos. Volunteers distributed toys in exchange for plastic eggs which had been hidden among the hard-boiled dyed eggs.
In addition some of the participants won fire safety items. Photos by Matt Pranger
Dozens of children scampered through the gardens at Roche Harbor gathering colorful eggs Sunday, April 16, 2017 during the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The six lucky participants who found the gold- and silver-colored eggs, redeemed them for a large stuffed animal and a basket of their choice.
Ages infant to three years old
Golden Egg: Emilia Garcia of Friday Harbor
Silver Egg: Jocelyn Peinado of Friday Harbor
Ages four to 6 years old
Golden Egg: Evelyn Relanga of Friday Harbor
Silver Egg: Kira Wilson of Friday Harbor
Ages seven to 11 years old
Golden Egg: Drake Hambidge of Kirkland
Silver Egg: Eric Corbin of Friday Harbor
A Canadian boy almost lost out on collecting his prize after accurately guessing there were 575 jellybeans in the jar. The winner had to be present. A family member found him and he came running up in time to collect the jar with the jellybeans and a $100 bill inside. Brent Snow, emcee and Executive Director of Roche Harbor Resort, quipped the $100 was worth $300 in Canadian dollars.
Photos by Sharon Kivisto