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
The signs - Build Bridges Not Walls, Every Species Matters, Smash the Patriarchy, Strong Girls Strong World, Orcas Not Oil and many more - reflected the variety of concerns that drove an estimated 1,500 women, men and children to walk in the Women's March in Friday Harbor. Approximately 200 people from Shaw, Lopez and Orcas Islands arrived on the interisland ferry to join the event. Marchers of all ages joined together in peaceful protest. The election of Donald Trump has unnerved and frightened millions on U.S. citizens and people from other nations. According to the Washington Post millions worldwide participated in marches including Seattle, Washington, D.C., Barcelona and Prague.
Photos by Matt Pranger and Sharon Kivisto
Islanders stood at Spring Street Landing, on shore or on board the Pintail to view the annual Lighted Boat parade at Friday Harbor on Saturday, December 17, 2016. One special passenger disembarked at Spring Street Landing. and greeted excited children before going to Friday Harbor Middle School. At the school, Santa Claus listened to the children's wishes. and LEO Club members handed out toys, candy canes and fruit.
Photos by Matt Pranger
Singers, young and old, sang carols, as islanders waited for Santa to turn on the lights festooning the two tall elms in Memorial Park. San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce's Island Lights Festival drew crowds on a rainy, chilly evening December 2, 2016 in Friday Harbor.
Islanders Bank outdid itself with a Monopoly theme including a jail and bags of Monopoly cash. Cats were popular with Dana at Spa d'Bune rocking a stray cat hairdo, Kira Sable at the Auditor's office toyed with a skull. Spring Street School sent in a colorful photo of its students. Bill Waxman sent in a series of photos from the activities on Spruce Drive in Friday Harbor. And Marie d'Cristina shared two collages of what attendees are calling an amazing "Frightmare" at the county Fairgrounds.