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Nightcrawlers continue on: Garden cub celebrates 39 years

The South Whidbey Nightcrawlers Garden Club turns 39 this month. The club formed in 1980 with 12 members. The original planning committee included Janie Gabelein.… Continue reading

  • Sep 27, 2019
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

Welder finds healing among discarded scrap metal

Transforming rusty metal into art connects Aidan Rayner to his late twin brother

  • Sep 27, 2019
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.

Doughnuts to please all palates, even pooches: Popular Bayview shop offers vegan option

Whidbey Doughnuts at Bayview Corner working on new creations

  • Sep 17, 2019

Find cheddar from another udder at these local dairy farms

St. John Creamery and Glendale Shepherd produce goat and sheep cheeses, respectively.

Service dogs compete in ‘Puppy Olympics’ at volunteer picnic

With tails wagging and ears perked, eager canine “athletes” dashed and demonstrated their skills at the Doggie Olympics during the Summit Assistance Dogs’ annual volunteer… Continue reading

Guide offers tips for ‘Hiking Close to Home

Washington state is known for its flannel-wearing, IPA-drinking, nature-loving residents, and Whidbey Island happens to be a haven for all of those activities. Freeland resident… 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

Shaquille Walker, youth advocate at Ryan’s House for Youth, helps clean the kitchen at the drop-in center.

Ryan’s House celebrates 10 years of helping youth

Youth homelessness might be a hidden problem in Island County, but there’s one organization that’s continued to seek it out and offer support for the… Continue reading

Shaquille Walker, youth advocate at Ryan’s House for Youth, helps clean the kitchen at the drop-in center.

Bug guy gives bird talk

An insect ecologist will be discussing an order of birds that was once accused of stealing milk from goats. Coupeville resident Joseph Sheldon, who has… Continue reading

  • Sep 10, 2019
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
Hometown heroes Cliff and Donna Slade (left) with Coyla Shepard, founder of Tiny Houses in the Name of Christ. (Photo by Judy Thorslund)

Cliff and Donna Slade: We are all Members | Hometown Hero

“Oh yes, brothers and sisters, we are all members one of another. The difference, beloved, ain’t in who is and who’s not, but in who… Continue reading

Hometown heroes Cliff and Donna Slade (left) with Coyla Shepard, founder of Tiny Houses in the Name of Christ. (Photo by Judy Thorslund)
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