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Every working artist juggles the need to create and to market those creations with more practical considerations such as shelter and food.
Whether she’s traveling, gardening, cooking or spending time with her grandchildren, Beth Whitman of Freeland is always thinking about quilting.
As the sun set on a sunny September Thursday, about 70 Clinton residents and business owners gathered at the Clinton Community Hall for a potluck dinner and a healthy serving of optimism about the future of their “town.” The Sept. 27 meeting channeled energy from a group of Clintonites who mobilized at a Future Search conference last January and are currently working cooperatively to boost and beautify Clinton.
At 11 p.m. when most people are asleep, Kelly Baugh is grinding fresh red wheat and starting a large batch of bread.
Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN), a 7-year-old South Whidbey nonprofit organization that provides nutritious free food to hungry children and adults, has opened a new coinless food vending machine behind Clinton Community Hall.
Concerts and workshops by world-class musicians, and impromptu “djam” sessions all over town make for an exciting five days of “le jazz hot” as Gypsy jazz fans and musicians gather in Langley Sept. 19 through 23 for DjangoFest Northwest at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.
Artists offer a glimpse of their worlds, demonstrate and explain their creative processes, and sell their artwork during the 16th annual Whidbey Island Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.
“Now that we’re blessed with the new shop, it’s time to do some good work,” said Sharley Lewis, owner of Island Fabric & Sewing Center in Freeland, which she opened with partner Kris Schricker in 2012.
On a cold and windy March Friday, eight women gathered at 4 p.m. at Bayview Corner. All were dressed in black and bundled up against the chilly wind that whipped their hair and threatened to sweep away the white banner they held in gloved hands.
Chilly Sunday nights promise to heat up with sizzling jazz at the OutCast Theatre at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley through December.
“I just love walking into the Uncommon Threads event on the first day,” said weaver Linda LaMay of Clinton. Uncommon Threads is the Whidbey Weavers Guild’s annual event that will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Greenbank Farm.
For nearly 75 years, the Pole Building at the Island County Fairgrounds has been the first building fairgoers encountered when they passed through the gates. Recently, the iconic Pole Building and 13 other rustic barns on the fairgrounds were named to the Washington State Heritage Barn Registry.
“I came to a time in my life when I knew I still had one thing I wanted to do — to reach out to mothers with young children,” said Kristin Lasher, founder of Mother Mentors.
Whidbey Reads, an all-Island program that encourages everyone to read the same book and experience events that support its themes, has chosen Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison’s portrait of the Olympic Peninsula, “West of Here” for their 2013 selection.
“We hope Playscape will be plumb full of moms and their children,” said Kristin Lasher, as she joined other Mother Mentors volunteers in preparing a new space for the popular Playscape program at the South Whidbey Primary School campus.
When you’re home alone with a new baby and maybe a toddler too, it helps to have support and a friendly helping hand. That’s what Mother Mentors do.
Families come to be in a number of ways. “God’s love goes where it will go,” said Larry Fox, who was instrumental in coordinating support for the “Love Makes a Family” photo exhibit now on display through Nov. 4 at Langley United Methodist Church.
“People like helping Habitat for Humanity,” said Sandra Stipe, manager of the nonprofit organization’s retail store in Freeland.
Lynn Swanson is a longtime farmer who loves to grow, cook, preserve and enjoy good food.
Lambing season started in late January this year at Stan and Lynn Swanson’s Glendale Shepherd Farm. The Swansons raise a mixture of European East Friesian and Lacaune dairy sheep on their hilly acreage overlooking Saratoga Passage in Clinton.