Light up the tree and raise a joyful noise! Join us for the fun Chamber of Commerce annual Island Lights and Music event at Memorial Park starting at 5:00 p.m.
Island Rec starts the ornament making at 4:30 p.m. San Juan Island kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the big tree, along with holiday performances by the Island Chordsmen Barbershop singers and FHES Eagle Spirit Choir. Angel Michaels will lead a community sing-along, with take-home song sheets provided. Free cookies and hot drinks served by Kiwanis from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the foot of Spring Street.
Last year, cinema buffs descended on our little island from all over the region for the inaugural Friday Harbor Film Festival. The theme was the Pacific Ocean and its Rim, with films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean. Many of the showings were accompanied by discussion panels with the directors and stars of the films, a very exciting thing to happen in Friday Harbor. My personal highlight was to see the now famous Blackfish for the first time, followed by an incredibly stimulating Q&A that had passionate opinions flying around the room.
This year’s festival will focus on the same theme, “Stories of the Pacific Rim.” Last year’s festival was a huge hit, with many of the films being sold out and getting rave reviews in local papers. The Journal named it one of the top 10 stories of 2013. You can donate now to help make the 2014 festival a success. Contributors of $300 or $500 will receive one or two All-Access Film Festival Passes with admission to all films, priority seating, plus admission to the special opening night soiree for film-makers, their guests, and event sponsors. Schedule of Screenings.
1 ticket Adult $15 Student $12
4 tickets Adult $50 Student $40
8 tickets Adult $88 Student $72
12 tickets Adult $120 Student $96
All Access $150 Student $120
Box Office for ticket sales
Stay 3 nights or more and receive a 12 film pack – $120 value for 50% off
Contact the Inns for special package pricing at 360.378.3587 Dates/Times: November 7-9, all day
Location: San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St. N.
We had such a fabulous turn out on our 1st world tour, we are planning a second Global Cuisine tour this winter. Stay tuned as we finalize our “ports of call.” If you have any favorite countries or cities that we should not miss, please let us know.
Coho Restaurant’s last winemaker dinner for fall on Friday, October 24th, will feature the wines of Christian Sparkman from Sparkman Cellars from Woodinville. The Sparkman wine portfolio includes 25 wines mostly focused on Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. We will select 6 to showcase for this dinner. Chris’ wines are elegant, expressive and food-friendly.
Chef Bill Messick will create an autumnal menu paired with the wines. Six courses and five wines – $50/person food + $35 for wine pairing. Our tasting is planned for September 16th, so look here for a menu by Friday the 19th.
Make a night of it – the Tucker House Inn will offer $99 queen Jacuzzi guest rooms for those attending the dinner.
OKTOBERFEST – Island Style! Saturday, October 11, 5 to 10 p.m., at the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Argyle Street in Friday Harbor. This fun and crazy annual family event features San Juan’s original Blaskapelle oompah orchestra, Bavarian menu and drinks, professional polka instruction and kids’ activities.
Break out the liederhosen and dirndl skirts for the costume contest! Win a collectible SJI OKTOBERFEST stein! Brought to you by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds go to the charities of our partner service clubs: Lions, Rotary and Soroptimists, show the community that your business supports local service clubs and their charities. Wear a costume for FREE admission. This is a family friendly event!