Ring in the New Year where ever you are on the island

With New Year’s Eve approaching, there are several events and celebrations planned for just about everywhere on the island.

In Oak Harbor, catch the fireworks at Windjammer Park, starting at 9 p.m. For 15 glorious minutes, these “tall” fireworks will light up the sky. Surrounding Flintstone and Smith parks will also offer views.

Penn Cove Taproom will be hosting a Decades Party on New Year’s Eve at its Oak Harbor location from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Food and drink specials, party favors and a midnight toast are all features of this soiree.

Down in Langley, a smattering of restaurants will be offering New Year’s specials.

Anthes Ferments’ event begins at 6 p.m., accompanied by music group Puff and Scrub.

Ott and Hunter Tasting Room will be hosting a speakeasy-themed party from 9 p.m. to midnight. For $55, participants receive a glass of wine, hors d’ oeuvres, dessert and midnight champagne. Attire reminiscent of the 1920s is strongly encouraged. Reservations can be made at 360-221-7131.

Saltwater Seafood will have seatings 6-9 p.m. for a four-course meal, costing $95 per person. To make reservations, email manager@lekkerlangley.com

For those on both ends of the island looking to ring in the New Year with an icy swim, the Polar Bear Dive will be happening in both Oak Harbor and Freeland. Sponsored by the Navy, a group plunge will be happening at 10:15 a.m. at Rocky Point Recreation Area. Call 360-257-2420 for more details.

Freeland’s Double Bluff Beach will serve as the South End’s location. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the jump happens at noon. This event costs $15, which includes a T-shirt and hot drinks and benefits local youth programs.

And for those looking for a less damp way to start their new year, several First Day Hikes will be held at Deception Pass State Park and Fort Casey. Discover Passes will not be required to participate.

More in Life

See caption
Picker finds a toolbox full of Pacific Northwest history

John Norris found custom-made tools that were hand-forged during the first half of the 20th century.

Michael Stadler/Stadler Studio
Melyssa Smith plays the Nutcracker.
Whidbey Island Dance Theatre is back live on stage with ‘The Nutcracker’ at WICA

Tickets are on sale now for the show which opens Friday, Dec. 10 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 19.

BLT
Lunch at The Braeburn is worth the wait

By RJ Benner rbenner@whidbeynewsgroup.com Last Saturday, my family and I decided to… Continue reading

Jared Bessett is the first program manager
New program manager’s family has long history with Deception Pass Park

The Deception Pass Park Foundation’s board of directors decided to hire its first full-time employee.

Tilth Market opens for holiday

South Whidbey Tilth’s second annual winter market is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Dec. 5 and 12.

Library to host chocolate-making event

From 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, a local pastry chef will demonstrate how to make chocolate truffles.

Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times
Virtual field trips increase park accessibility

Washington State Parks developed online resources to allow people to learn park history and nature.

Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times
Whidbey to host plethora of holiday markets, bazaars

Local artisans are sharing in the holiday spirit at markets across the island in the coming weeks.

See caption
Bedtime story brought to the page in “On Wings of Wonder”

What started as a children’s picture book evolved to a 260-page novel for readers ages 9-12.

Most Read