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Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

If looks could kilt: Whidbey club celebrates Scottish garb

More than four dozen lads and lasses from South Whidbey are part of the Rampant Kilt Society.

 

Up Up Up Inc., a traveling circus on a flatbed truck stage with a crane, performs Wednesday in Langley and Friday in Everett on its monthlong Pacific Northwest tour. Seen here at a show on Guemes Island. (Submitted photo)

Circus coming to Whidbey, then Everett, on a 30-foot crane

Theatrics include the world’s largest wedgie, a flying piano, human ceiling fan and a hair hang act.

 

Photo by Kira Erickson

In the trees: Couple takes Whidbey Island vacation rental to new heights

Max Lindsay-Thorsen and Tatiana Rocha always knew they wanted to build treehouses.

 

Photo by Kira Erickson

Whidbey Island Fair returns

Visitors gather to take their turns on carnival rides and watch beloved 4-H animals compete.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Adrienne Lyle (Photo provided)

Whidbey Islander will compete in Tokyo Olympics

Adrienne Lyle and her horse, Salvino, set two American records in their Olympic qualifying events.

Adrienne Lyle (Photo provided)
Photo by Kira Erickson
Gary Gabelein, this year's grand marshal of the Whidbey Island Fair parade, with his donkey, Cleopatra.

Longtime fair volunteer, community member chosen as this year’s grand marshal

Gary Gabelein has a long history of involvement with the Whidbey Island Fair.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Gary Gabelein, this year's grand marshal of the Whidbey Island Fair parade, with his donkey, Cleopatra.

Whidbey Island Fair makes return after year off

A beloved tradition that took a hiatus in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic is back this year.

Kids decorate cookies at the 2019 Whidbey Island Fair. (Photo provided)

Cookie decorating returning to Whidbey fair

More than 500 people stopped by for a creative and delicious treat at the 2019 fair.

Kids decorate cookies at the 2019 Whidbey Island Fair. (Photo provided)
Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.

Decades of fair memories saved by South Whidbey Historical Society

Thousands of pages digitized and free to view online

Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.
Becca Heavrin paints in her studio. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

New resident sets up her art studio in Greenbank

F or Becca Heavrin, creating art is a process of discovery.

Becca Heavrin paints in her studio. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Kira Erickson
Kayla Bodenhafer, 15, with Kenny, a goat who broke his leg and avoided a death sentence earlier this year. The Bodenhafers refused to put him down and instead made him a cast. In years past, he has been at the Whidbey Island Fair.

Goats with success stories — and more — at Whidbey fair

Goats who miraculously recovered from injury and illness will compete at the upcoming fair.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Kayla Bodenhafer, 15, with Kenny, a goat who broke his leg and avoided a death sentence earlier this year. The Bodenhafers refused to put him down and instead made him a cast. In years past, he has been at the Whidbey Island Fair.
Photo by Monte Cline 
Pianist and composer Walt Wagner is making a return to WICA. This time, he will be bringing members of his jazz trio to perform.

Walt Wagner Trio performing at WICA July 17

Tickets are selling fast for a performer who has a special connection with Whidbey Island.

Photo by Monte Cline 
Pianist and composer Walt Wagner is making a return to WICA. This time, he will be bringing members of his jazz trio to perform.
Steve Ross

Cabaret artist to peform at WICA later this month

International cabaret artist Steve Ross will bring his talent to Whidbey Island July 21-22.

  • Jul 9, 2021
Steve Ross
Espyn Gassett, 3, pets a dog who walked in the parade. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

An old-fashioned Fourth: Oak Harbor’s first post-pandemic celebration a blast

Oak Harbor residents lined Bayshore Drive for the Fourth of July parade.

Espyn Gassett, 3, pets a dog who walked in the parade. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Karen Achabel holds up a piece of kelp at Fort Ebey State Park on April 24. Seaweed harvesting at state parks is limited to April 15-May 15, although seaweed can be harvested from non-state park land at other times during the year.

Seaweed Smorgasbord: Greens from the sea the next power food?

Whidbey has seaweed on its shores and there are many ways an adventurous eater can try a bite.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Karen Achabel holds up a piece of kelp at Fort Ebey State Park on April 24. Seaweed harvesting at state parks is limited to April 15-May 15, although seaweed can be harvested from non-state park land at other times during the year.

Sportsmen’s association to teach NRA basics of pistol shooting

North Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association is offering a series of monthly safety classes to the public.

  • Jul 2, 2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County holding Scavenger Hunt

The event will run from 11 a.m. Friday, July 23 through 4 p.m. Monday Aug. 2.

  • Jul 2, 2021
Artist display

Work by local artist displayed at Oak Harbor Library during July

Ruth Mattson is the Oak Harbor Library’s featured artist for July.

  • Jul 2, 2021
Artist display
Amanda Ferrara poses with ball python Lemon and bearded dragon Drogon. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Whidbey woman has warm heart for cold-blooded critters

Amanda Ferrara owns 14 scaly friends of her own, each with its own unique personality.

Amanda Ferrara poses with ball python Lemon and bearded dragon Drogon. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.

Beatbox is a one-rooster welcoming committee

The friendly rooster resides on a North Whidbey farm.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.