We had such a fabulous turn out on our first two world tours, Coho Restaurant’s third Global Cuisine tours begins in November. Instead of jet setting from country to country each week, we are planning a “Slow Food” tour. We will savor the cuisine of each country for 3-4 weeks and then travel on. This will give us more time to savor and explore the distinctive flavors of regional cooking.
Starting on November 12th in the southern Italy, we will feature dishes from Sicily. Then we will travel north to Rome, Tuscany, Liguria and Piedmonte. After our winter recess, we will pick up our tour in France. Chef Bill will offer a special 3-course prix fixe dinner each Wednesday in addition to our regular menu. We’ll also feature some of our favorite wines during our travels. Great value along with great food!
November 12 – Sicily
November 19 – Rome
November 26 – Tuscany
December 10 – Liguria
December 17 – Piedmonte
We look forward to having you for dinner.
Friday Harbor Art Market (FHAM) – 3-7pm
Friday Harbor Art Market Starts June 19
The third year of the Friday Harbor Art Market will be on Fridays, from 3-7pm, starting June 19, 2014. The Art Market will continue to be held outdoors on the Brickworks Plaza on Sunshine Alley until September 04. The Art Market provides a great venue for artists and musicians and an additional fun, family experience for tourists and island residents and their guests.
There will be several artist booths each week with a variety of local art for sale: pottery, jewelry, photographs, clothing, sculpture, textiles, paintings, soaps, woodwork, and more. There will also be a little food and live music throughout the afternoon. For more information, contact Debbie Pigman, email@example.com or 360 472-0216.
Picture yourself taking a short walk from your suite at Tucker House Inn or Harrison House Suites in Friday Harbor. It is a summer evening, the sun doesn’t set until much later, and it is cool enough for a light jacket. You might be going to sit on the lawn at the San Juan Historical Museum to listen to the tunes, or you could be joining a crowd at the San Juan Community Theatre at a blues concert. Down at the harbor, musicians are gearing up for music down near the docks.
How cool is that?
Music on the Lawn: Wednesdays – July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5th at 6:30 pm. Music offerings are classic rock, eclectic fiddle, percussive guitar, gypsy jazz and high energy latin. Admission is free. Check out the schedule on the Island Rec website.
Summer Music in the Park: 5:00 pm on Friday, 2:00 pm on Sundays – July 3 through Sept 6 – Head down to the water, and go northwest for a couple of hundred yards, and follow the sound of fun and music. Admission is free.
San Juan Community Theatre: Admission prices and concert times on their website at www.sjctheatre.org:
June 7 – Barbershop Bonanza
June 26-27 – Friday Harbor Chamber Music Festival
July 5 – Abbey Road Live
July 18 – Albert Cummings
August 22 – The Paperboys
August 28 – Martin Taylor
There’s so much to do on San Juan Island! Whale watching, sailboating, walking, shopping, taking photos, birding, hiking, exploring…by the end of the day, you’ll need some downtime, so make a quick stop at your Tucker House suite, then head out to join the community of Friday Harbor with our hometown family delights.
Movies in the Park – Saturday evenings in August and September – Sunken Park
Just across the street from Tucker House is a newly renovated park where the community enjoys family movies in a “sit in” form rather than drive in. This summer’s schedule includes The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia, and Footloose. Admission is free.
Drive In at the Fairgrounds – County fairgrounds, Friday nights in June, begins at dusk
This is the 2nd year for this innovative project, and last year was a fantastic hit with the local community. This year includes Night at the Museum, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, and more. Admission is $5 each, family up to 5 is $20.
Dinner at Coho Restaurant – 120 Nichols
This is a Friday Harbor favorite! Just a block away from Tucker House Inn is an intimate restaurant featuring Northwest cuisine. After dinner, stroll down Spring Street and down to the docks for a pleasant cool walk.
Palace Theater – Celebrating its 100th year in 2015, Friday Harbor’s only movie house shows first run films, and the lobby contains a display of memorabilia from Andrew MacLaglen, the famous director of Shenandoah and many, many other films. Until his passing in 2014, Andrew contributed his talent and love to San Juan Island.
So, don’t grab that tv remote or put your jammies on just yet – the summer evening of Friday Harbor awaits!
One of the common questions residents of Friday Harbor hears during tourist season is: “Where do you all live in the winter?” The answer is that about 2,000 residents make their homes here year round. The town was incorporated in 1909, and there is a rich, and sometimes amusing, history of people on San Juan Island.
Here is a brief list to get you started:
- There have been restaurants on the island with rather unique names: The Wounded Pig, Turnagain, and the Wobblygobbler, to name a few.
- At one time, a taxi service on the island was called The Rabbit Transit.
- During the 20’s and 30’s, a one-ring circus wintered on San Juan Island, off Mitchell Bay Road
- Electric power arrived on the islands in 1951 by way of an underwater cable. By 1969 four islands had power, and by 1999, the count had risen to twenty.
- The 4th of July celebration in the 1910’s involved boxing matches and turkey shoots.
- Orcas Island is not named after our beautiful killer whales, but after the 2nd Count of Revillagigedo, in Spain, who sent an expedition to the Pacific Northwest in 1791. His full name is Juan Vicente de Guemes Padilla Horcasitos y Aguayo. Perhaps his friends called him “Orcas”.
- In the 1930’s a ticket to see the movies in Friday Harbor was ten cents, plus one cent for tax.
Now, it is your turn to uncover some trivia about San Juan Island during your stay at Tucker House Inn!