Jazz and a bit of naked dancing in Langley

Gypsy jazz aficionados won’t have to wait until September’s Djangofest to get their fix of a variety of Django Reinhardt-inspired sounds.

ALL ABOARD | Slipping into the New Year

Given that this is my last published column of calendar year 2008, I feel pressure to make this entry really dynamic, something that the previous… Continue reading

Snowmen on view now at Freeland Library

Steeped in snow as the island is these days, it’s not uncommon to see the usual drive-by gallery of snowmen dotting the yards and fields of islanders.

Instrumentalists ring it in with ‘Twelfth Night’ concert

The “Twelfth Night” concert by contemporary instrumentalists Tingstad & Rumbel has been a mainstay at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for as long as the performance hall has been open.

Island Polar Bear Dive returns to Freeland Park

Don your best swimsuit and take a piercing-cold plummet into the New Year.

Island feels the‘Twilight’bite

Young women are swooning regularly over Edward the gorgeous vampire. Meanwhile, local librarians are doing some swooning of their own.

WHIDBEY RECIPES | If this is global warming …

Hundreds of flights canceled in and out of major airports, ice and snow still making any travel difficult, plans changed, trips postponed or given up… Continue reading

ISLAND BIRDING | Field guides can help develop a love of nature in children

“Give a kid a field guide.”I heard these words recently at an Audubon Society lecture and have taken them to heart for my holiday shopping.… Continue reading

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Counting down the days until Christmas

According to my calendar, we are now exactly one week away from Christmas Eve, the last shopping/baking/wrapping/assembling day before there is, finally, no more time… Continue reading

ALL ABOARD | Phobia, oh phobia, where art thou oh phobia?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a tad down lately.Since our folks have been gone, the holidays don’t seem the same.Now that our… Continue reading

Young Clinton man beats cancer, twice, and gives back

The tumor on the base of his spine was the size of grapefruit. But it took time to convince doctors that something was very wrong.

Singer-songwriter brings a bit of Texas to the Dog House in Langley

A tall drink of water strolls into Langley tonight with a guitar under his arm and ready to quench the musical thirst of everybody at the Dog House Tavern.

Silent night, snowy day: Jordan and Govedare show new work at Greenbank Farm

Pete Jordan and Joan Govedare are married but go their separate ways when it comes to media. But although his oil and watercolor paintings have nothing to do with her raku-fired pots, there is a common quality of silent serenity in both their bodies of work. Both artists are featured in a show at the Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm through Feb. 4.

  • Dec 12, 2008

IN REVIEW | “The Nutcracker’s” spirit is bolstered through the eyes of a child

To get a pure, unadulterated impression of a performance, ask a baby.Imagine my luck when I found myself sitting next to a 1-year-old girl at… Continue reading

WHIDBEY RECIPES | My cookie classics for Christmas

One of my earliest memories of what we always called “getting ready for Christmas” is being in my grandmother’s kitchen, learning from her how to… Continue reading

ALL ABOARD | Dishing dirt with Charlie and Leon, who needs a dish?

While sitting around the caboose the other afternoon, instead of enjoying our splendidly sporadic December sunshine, it occurred to me, since I was alone at… Continue reading

Storyteller talks toys in Coupeville

Up at the North Pole, Santa Claus is filling his sack with the latest and greatest amusements.