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Langley proclaims July 26 as Island Shakespeare Festival Day

Langley city leaders, wearing bandanas in support of the upcoming Island Shakespeare Festival production of “The Taming of the Shrew” set in the Wild West, hold the proclamation declaring the fourth Saturday of July as Island Shakespeare Festival Day. From left are Mayor Fred McCarthy, Councilman Jim Sundberg, Councilman Thomas Gill, Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rene Neff and Councilwoman Robin Black.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Langley city leaders, wearing bandanas in support of the upcoming Island Shakespeare Festival production of “The Taming of the Shrew” set in the Wild West, hold the proclamation declaring the fourth Saturday of July as Island Shakespeare Festival Day. From left are Mayor Fred McCarthy, Councilman Jim Sundberg, Councilman Thomas Gill, Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rene Neff and Councilwoman Robin Black.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Let it be known throughout the realm that evermore, the fourth Saturday of July shall be Island Shakespeare Festival Day in Langley.

The Langley City Council agreed to the proclamation, as read into the record by Mayor Fred McCarthy, at its July 21 meeting.

As such, it is asked that people in Langley wear a bandana on July 26 in honor of the Wild West theme of “The Taming of the Shrew” produced by the Island Shakespeare Festival that opens this weekend.

Bandanas may be purchased from Good Cheer thrift stores.

To mark the occasion, some of the festival’s organizers and board members came adorned in Western garb — leather boots, Stetson hats, denim, vests — including McCarthy and Clerk-Treasurer Debbie Mahler.

“I just want to thank you so much for being so Whidbey,” said Donna Hood, a festival board member, as the council sported their Old West attire.

 

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