Wendy Leigh

Blooms Winery owner Virginia Bloom inspects rhubarb in the winery garden, which is used to make the award-winning Blooms Ambrosia Wine. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record

Winery’s bistro blooms

On a week devoted to all things Whidbey Island Grown, it’s hard to imagine a place that more singularly embodies that island spirit than the… Continue reading

Blooms Winery owner Virginia Bloom inspects rhubarb in the winery garden, which is used to make the award-winning Blooms Ambrosia Wine. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record

Students set sail to save the Salish Sea

When the first of 200-plus elementary students from the South Whidbey School District stepped aboard vessels in the Langley harbor this week, the concept of… Continue reading

Stone and rock artist Rick Hahn from Earth2Art Studio prepares an artisan water fountain for the Whidbey Island Grown Week open studio hosted by himself and fellow artist/wife Rayna Hahn. Photo by Wendy Leigh/Whidbey News Group

Whidbey Island Grown Week grows with the flow

If there’s one thing that brings north and south islanders together every year, it’s Whidbey Island Grown Week. From Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct.… Continue reading

Stone and rock artist Rick Hahn from Earth2Art Studio prepares an artisan water fountain for the Whidbey Island Grown Week open studio hosted by himself and fellow artist/wife Rayna Hahn. Photo by Wendy Leigh/Whidbey News Group
Bob Brunjes, distiller at Cultus Bay Distillery, will teach a class at the Whidbey Island Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record
                                 Bob Brunjes, distiller at Cultus Bay Distillery, will teach a class at the Whidbey Island Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record

Whidbey Island Harvest Festival offers a captivating cornucopia of classes

Harvest Festival covers everything from building clay ovens to distilling whiskey

Bob Brunjes, distiller at Cultus Bay Distillery, will teach a class at the Whidbey Island Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record
                                 Bob Brunjes, distiller at Cultus Bay Distillery, will teach a class at the Whidbey Island Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record

Whidbey Island Grown Week grows with the flow

If there’s one thing that brings north and south islanders together every year, it’s Whidbey Island Grown Week. From Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct.… Continue reading

Workers Mason Tau, right, and Barry Brown, left, begin restoration project at Bayview Community Hall in Sept. 2019 after community meets its fundraising goal. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record

Bayview Hall getting spruced up this fall

“Honey, we’re gonna paint the town tonight.” That expression has no doubt been uttered countless times in the decades that Bayview Community Hall has served… Continue reading

Workers Mason Tau, right, and Barry Brown, left, begin restoration project at Bayview Community Hall in Sept. 2019 after community meets its fundraising goal. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record
Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record
                                Rob Schouten welcomes one of the newest sculptures to the sculpture garden at Rob Schouten Gallery in Langley.

Sculpture garden comes alive in downtown Langley

To say “it’s been a long time coming” is an understatement for Rob and Victory Schouten, owners of the Rob Schouten Gallery in Langley. Since… Continue reading

Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record
                                Rob Schouten welcomes one of the newest sculptures to the sculpture garden at Rob Schouten Gallery in Langley.

One person airlifted after crash in Freeland | Updated

A motorcyclist was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Tuesday afternoon after a collision on Highway 525 at the intersection with Scott Road in… Continue reading

DjangoFest kicking off with food, beer and a big key

It’s time once again for South Whidbey to be Django’d, and there’s a festival kick-off party to get the action going. Everyone is invited to… Continue reading

A pressing need: Cider events proliferate as apple season begins

Autumn means a lot of things on Whidbey Island, but one that invariably tops the heap is a plethora of cider happenings from north to… Continue reading

Premier gypsy jazz violinist and guitarist Christiaan van Hemert will lead four workshops at the DjangoFest NW in Langley. Photo courtesy of WICA.

Gypsy jazz workshops draw musicians to DjangoFest

When gypsy jazz sashays through Langley next week, it certainly won’t be the first time. Since the debut of DjangoFest Northwest on Whidbey Island 19… Continue reading

Premier gypsy jazz violinist and guitarist Christiaan van Hemert will lead four workshops at the DjangoFest NW in Langley. Photo courtesy of WICA.

Whidbey Island Indivisible group joins banner march protesting immigration policy

Whidbey Island lies off the main drag stretching from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, but it became an integral part of an impassioned… Continue reading

Fiber artist Cheryl Lawrence spreads out a selection of her 131 katazome textile art portraits of the women currently serving the 116th U.S. Congress

Textile artist celebrates 131 women of Congress

South Whidbey fiber artist Cheryl Lawrence can think of 131 things to celebrate in 2019, and they happen to be the brave and powerful women… Continue reading

Fiber artist Cheryl Lawrence spreads out a selection of her 131 katazome textile art portraits of the women currently serving the 116th U.S. Congress
Employee Seth Haynie stocks organic produce at The Goose Community Grocer in Bayview

The Goose that lays many golden eggs: Store run by nonprofit celebrates 10 years

To most people, shopping at a community grocery store means ticking off a weekly list of veggies, breads, seafood and snacks at a convenient nearby… Continue reading

Employee Seth Haynie stocks organic produce at The Goose Community Grocer in Bayview
Client Jackie Milligan, left, and driver Millie Leengran, right, participate in the Medical Transportation program at Island Senior Resources. Photo courtesy of Island Senior Services

Senior Resources seeking volunteers for medical transportation

Hitching a ride to the doctor can be a big ordeal for senior citizens or those with disabilities, but fortunately Whidbey wheels get turning when… Continue reading

Client Jackie Milligan, left, and driver Millie Leengran, right, participate in the Medical Transportation program at Island Senior Resources. Photo courtesy of Island Senior Services
Kayakers glide from Langley Harbor on bioluminescent adventure in Saratoga Passage. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record

Whidbey waters glow with bioluminescence

Bioluminescence is not a word tossed about in everyday conversation among Pacific Northwesterners, but that doesn’t mean it’s absent in the waters surrounding places like… Continue reading

Kayakers glide from Langley Harbor on bioluminescent adventure in Saratoga Passage. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record
Picker John Norris shows off circa 1600s cannon discovered in abandoned storage locker. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record

Picker finds 17th century cannon in storage unit

One type of weapon a customer might not expect to find when browsing at the Whidbey Arms gun shop in Langley is an ancient cast-bronze… Continue reading

Picker John Norris shows off circa 1600s cannon discovered in abandoned storage locker. Photo by Wendy Leigh/South Whidbey Record
Gleeful Gleaner Mary McMurty does a readiness taste-test before harvesting an apple tree for the Good Cheer Food Bank

Gleaning with purpose

There’s a saying in Italian cucinas that chefs must connect with the food by holding each ingredient in their own two hands. If that’s the… Continue reading

Gleeful Gleaner Mary McMurty does a readiness taste-test before harvesting an apple tree for the Good Cheer Food Bank

Candidate night set for Mr. South Whidbey Pageant

For 14 years now, the Mr. South Whidbey Pageant has drawn contestants with big hearts and even bigger personalities to compete for the title —… Continue reading

New life for old farm: Dahlias in bloom around historic home restored by descendant

Tamara Knapp walks like a woman with purpose, and rightfully so. For three years, she worked nonstop restoring her family’s 1907 Anderson farmhouse in Langley,… Continue reading