Patricia Duff

Grand pianos will help jazz students, campers

March 17 will be a grand day for Island Girls Treasure Chest thrift store in Freeland. Thanks to Start Me Up, a nonprofit founded by Lynn Bangston, the store has recently received a facelift, as well as an 1893 Victorian Decker Brothers grand piano for folks to play by appointment.

A coterie of collage at Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm

The word “collage” is from the French, a coller, meaning “to glue.” Kindergarten is a place where glue stands out in the memory.

South Whidbey High School jazz students take first place at Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Idaho

February is always a big month for young jazz musicians in America. That’s when the annual Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival is held at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Local women artists take the stage through March in Langley

Local Artist Series begins Friday at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Celebrating digital and diamonds at the Clyde Theatre on Whidbey Island

The Clyde Theatre family has a lot to celebrate this year. That’s why the party has already started and will culminate with some community oriented festivities in September, for the theatre’s official 75th anniversary.

Langley Middle School Jazz Band swings at Sweetheart Ball

Sean Drake jams on his sax, along with Mara Bush and Catherine Ballestrasse during the recent Sweetheart Ball held at South Whidbey High School.

Harris wins her spot for Poetry Out Loud | NOTABLE

South Whidbey student Sommer Harris has earned a spot in the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud contest to be held March 10 at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts’ Rialto Theatre in Tacoma.

Whidbey Children’s Theater celebrates thirty years of giving children the chance to shine

It was something like out of one of those old movies. Judy Garland or Mickey Rooney would shout, “Hey, there’s a barn! Let’s put on a show!”

Clinton 9-year-old shares his love of birds on ‘BirdNote’

Nine-year-old Corbin Klaft said he likes the chickadees that visit his backyard birdfeeders, though the Great Blue Heron that lives high in a nearby tree bugs him a little bit.

Experience a French cabaret for Valentine’s Day

Can-can dancers, good food, champagne and a smoky chanteuse are all that’s needed for this night of romance and love.

Two techno-savvy youths help out Whidbey Island Nourishes, design new posters

Two young, ambitious members of the 4-HD Video Club recently created new, eye-catching posters for Whidbey Island Nourishes.

South Whidbey teen builds tiny transportable house

SUNLIGHT SHORES — Celina Dill is not your typical 16-year-old girl. Since October of last year, Dill has had her head deep into the design process of the very small house she is going to build for herself. On wheels.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts opens ensemble piece set in the deep South

Southern charm, over-the-top ‘80s style and plenty of comedy are the main tools used to tell one poignant tale of love and death.

Couple scoop up the chance to keep a Whidbey business going

DOUBLE BLUFF — Down a country lane on a sunny, cold February morning near Useless Bay, a gorgeous gleaming ice cream machine is churning away. Florence Hecker has her plastic bouffant cap on and bounces from task to task in the small Whidbey Island Ice Cream plant she runs with her co-owner husband Ron Hecker. Her son-in-law, Chris Johnston, whom she calls a “jack-of-all-trades plant manager,” is busy filling bright, white cardboard pints out of a machine that oozes an impossibly thick stream of “Now This Is Chocolate.” The enticingly named ice cream is just one of 45 flavors the company produces using all natural ingredients, including the 18 percent butter fat cream it gets from Lochmead Farms in Junction City, Ore.

‘Best of Broadway’ performance at WCT will benefit Saratoga Chamber Orchestra

It’s a long way to the Great White Way, but somehow Whidbey Island has the uncanny magnetism to pull even Broadway talent to its stages.

‘Steampunk’ packs them in at MUSEO

It was the social event of the season at MUSEO’s opening of its “Steampunk” show Saturday. Artists, families, friends, neighbors and art lovers steamed up the standing-room only gallery on First Street in downtown Langley during its opening reception for 40 local artists.

Two bands, two unique flavors, share a musical evening in Langley

It’s like what happened when the chocolate bar fell in a jar of peanut butter. Douce Ambience is a string trio with a new musical flavor that’s as tasty as a peanut butter cup.

Local designer signs books today in Langley

It all started at her kitchen table 22 years ago. Still, even after publishing her 14th book, “M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Precut Quilts,” this crafty Freeland businesswoman is humbled by the inspiration of family, friends, her beloved animals and the island that feeds her soul.

Local fabric designer and quilting author signs books Saturday in Langley

It all started at her kitchen table 22 years ago. Still, even after publishing her 14th book, “M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Precut Quilts,” this crafty Freeland businesswoman is humbled by the inspiration of family, friends, her beloved animals and the island that feeds her soul.

Of clockworks, top hats, goggles and adventure: ‘Steampunk’ at MUSEO in Langley

It’s that time of year when MUSEO is compelled to lend a rebel yell to the quiet winter streets of South Whidbey.