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Blue's the hue at Loganberry Festival

"WHEN, WHERE, AND WHO'S PLAYINGLoganberry Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16. The entertainment lineup is:Saturday, July 15Blue Marble, 10 a.m.; The Shifty Sailors, 11 a.m.; Bahia, Noon; Local Buddha, 2 p.m.; Whidbey Island Marimba, 3 p.m.; Junkyard Jane, 4 p.m.Sunday, July 16Dyanne & Chris Harshman, 10 a.m.; Guitonga, 11 a.m.; Danny Ward & Reality, Noon; 60-cycle Hum, 2 p.m.; Swamp Mama Johnson, 4:30 p.m. Free admission, plenty of free parking and no cover charge for entertainment.Visit the Farm online at www.greenbankfarm.com for additions or changes to the entertainment schedule. Whidbey Island is a scenic canvas for artists, many of whom have captured Greenbank Farm in watercolor, oil or India ink.Add a treble clef to the mix and you've got live entertainment in an open-air environment without the long drive to George.Junkyard Jane and Swamp Mama Johnson top the playlist of free entertainment at the celebration on the Farm July 15-16, but the onstage action doesn't stop there. From the smooth sax of Danny Ward & Reality to the saucy beat of Whidbey Island Marimba, the musical score is funky, eclectic and homegrown. Just like the loganberries.Originally a harvest celebration, Loganberry Festival remains rooted in its heritage. Loganberry pies, loganberry topping on mounds of vanilla ice cream and, of course, loganberry wine provide a splash of purple in the colorful event.Wine, music and food aside, there's lots more to this festival. Pacific Northwest artists and artisans will showcase such unique handcrafts as gourd baskets trimmed with kelp and shells, turned vases made from Banksea pods, stoneware tree spirits and metal obelisks, trellises and arches. And if the well-tended furrows and farmers' market aren't convincing enough, hayrides and ponies confirm that this is, indeed, still a farm. Since its establishment by Calvin Phillips at the turn of the last century, the farmland has nourished and sustained a way of life cherished by Whidbey Islanders. When that way of life was threatened by development, an intense acquisition effort spearheaded by the Friends of Whidbey Island was jointly financed by The Nature Conservancy and the Port of Coupeville. On September 15, 1997, the 522-acre farm became a ... living historic farm, agricultural park and community center for the citizens of Island County. That original vision has been expanded to a ... place that expresses our vibrant and reflective island life during this year's strategic planning process, which collated input from the island community to focus the Farm's growth for the next few years.Centered on the values of stewardship, community spirit, celebration, opportunity and creativity, the revised plan seems tailor-made for Loganberry Festival, a two-day event capturing the essence of each and distilling it into flavorful fun.Did someone say pie-eating contests?As a showcase for Northwest musicians, artists, handcrafts, specialty foods and wine, Greenbank Farm is the place to be in mid-July. Experience the pride of the island in an outdoor setting of unparalleled beauty.Whidbey Island Greenbank Farm anchors the midsection of the island, sandwiched between Admiralty Inlet with a view of the Olympics to the west and Saratoga Passage with a view of the Cascades to the east. Look for the kites dancing in the wind as you head toward the Farm. That'll be the place.For more information, call the Farm at 360.678.7700 or 222.3151."

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