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Skagit River Journal

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Home of the Tarheel Stomp (bullet) Mortimer Cook slept here & named the town Bug

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Skagit county and regional museums

See the panels below for specific exhibits and calendars from various museums for Summer 2006 and beyond.
Attn: Museums, we need your 2007 schedule. Are you an administrator or a volunteer for your local museum? These listings are absolutely free, so take advantage now.
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The Skagit River Hotel was a crude split-cedar cabin built by loggers. A replica can be seen at the Sedro-Woolley museum. Photo by Darius Kinsey. Click on photo for story.

Museum Events Summer 2006 and beyond
Skagit County:
Concrete Heritage Museum
7380 Thompson Avenue, Concrete . . . Museum open Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day Noon to 4 p.m.
(bullet)Concrete Heritage Tours 45-minute tours on the Sockeye Express, on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day to Labor Day, starting at the Concrete Saturday Market (Senior Center grounds). $3 per person. Or, we can schedule a special tour for groups of 6 to 12 people. Call Cheri, 360-853-7009 to arrange a time.
(bullet)Pancake Breakfasts: Saturdays, July 1 & Sept 2, 7:30 -11:30 am. Join us at the Concrete Senior Center/Saturday Market for all-you-can-eat pancakes and ham, $5 ($4 for Museum members)
(bullet)Annual Potluck picnic, Aug. 10, Concrete Senior Center, 6 p.m., live music
(bullet)Cascade Days Aug. 18-20, annual parade on Saturday, 19th Volunteers needed: meeting — second Tuesday each month, 7:00 pm, at the Concrete Senior Center
(bullet)Bald Eagle Festival Feb. 3, 2007, Old Timers get-together hosted by Jim Harris. Feb. 4 Pancake Breakfast.
Contact: Cheri Cook-Blodgett, Skagit County Upriver Services, 45770 Main, Concrete, WA, 360-853-7009, . . : Website Museum President: President: Robin Wood 826-3075

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Clearlake Museum
      Annual Clearlake Reunion always on the third Saturday in July in even years at the museum. On odd years, the reunion is in Day Creek at a date to be announced. If you wish to receive bulletins about meetings and events, please email or mail to get on the mailing list. The museum is in the restored IOOF (Odd Fellows) hall. For more details about the meeting or for appointments to tour the museum and view records, contact Phyllis Deanna Ammons . . . P.O. Box 333 Clear Lake, WA 98235, (360) 856-6798 . . . Chuck Hyatt's Memories of Clearlake book
Big Lake Valley Historical Exhibit Big Lake School Gymnasium
Aug. 12: 10-5 p.m . . . . Aug. 13: 1-5 p.m. Details This exhibit repeats in every even year

Museum of Northwest Art
121 South First Street La Conner, WA 98257
(bullet)Regional Art shows: La Conner Arts Festival June 24-25 . . . Mount Vernon Children's Art Festival at Hillcrest Park, July 15 . . . Anacortes Arts Festival Aug. 5-6 . . . July 15 Family Art Days Out and About . . . Mount Vernon Children's Art Festival, Hillcrest Park Located north of Blackburn Street, between S. 10th and S. 13th Street
(bullet)At Mona: Veggie Prints Supreme, Saturday, July 15, 10-4, Patty Weber, painter and educator. Use the unique and intriguing shapes of many common vegetables (beyond potatoes and carrots!)to print your own fantastic pictures. Artists Reception, 2-5 PM Thursday, July 27, Adult Program Curator's Gallery Talk "All in the Painted View and Italo Scanga: A Tribute", 1:30 p.m. Walk through the exhibitions with MoNA Curator Susan Parke.
Contact: Gregory Robinson, Executive Director . . . (360) 466-4446 . . . Email: . . . Curator Susan Parke . . . Art Educator Tamera Tollefson . . . website . . . Skagit Valley Herald article celebrating 25 years

Whatcom County:
Semiahmoo Park Museum
9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA 98230
(bullet)Open Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m., May 27 through Sept 2006. Group tours available. Features the history of Alaska Packers Association, Semiahmoo Cannery, a 28-foot Bristol Bay fishing boat, model fish trap, historic film footage on video, in a beautiful beach setting at Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine.
(bullet)Birding at Semiahmoo Saturdays, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, 2006 . . . Website . . . Want to know more about the local birds around Semiahmoo? Join Paul Woodcock from the North Cascades Audubon Society and discuss birding as you walk the rocky beaches of Semiahmoo, a premier birding location. Bring field guides, binoculars and scopes. Dress for beach walking and the weather. 9 a.m. to noon, Meet at the Semiahmoo Park Museum, More info: (360) 733-2900
Contact: Alice Brown Email:, (360) 371-3558 . . . Website

Island County
South Whidbey Museum
Langley, Washington. Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Noon to 4 or by appointment
(bullet)Saturdays, Historical Society sponsors guided walking tours of downtown Langley, begins at 1 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 2d and Anthes streets, last an hour, ends at South Whidbey Historical Museum. Donation: $5 per person, $8 per family, includes admission to the Museum.
Contact: Linda Beeman South Whidbey Historical Society, Email:, (360) 371-3558 or . . . (360) 221-2101 . . . Website

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Island County Historical Society & Museum
Island County Historical Society & Museum, 908 NW Alexander Street, Coupeville
(bullet)July 2 and Sept. 3: 1-3 p.m., Sunnyside Cemetery Tour, off Highway 525 & Sherman Road, hosted by local guides and authors such as Theresa Trebon. Donation $5 per person
(bullet)July 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Prairie Home & Barn Tour, self-guided drive around Central Whidbey Island, perfect for a picnic, $15 per person
(bullet)Oct. 7 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mammoth Day, A Children's Event, hosted by an archeologist, dig for mammoth bones, make fossils, see the largest woolly mammoth bone collection in the Puget Sound and talk to the man who collected them. Be a paleontologist for a day. Free with donation admission to the museum
(bullet)Dec. 9 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Holiday Home Tour, $15 per person
(bullet)Annual Fundraiser on June 24 Proof can be found in the Island County Historical Society's Museum which contains over 12,000 artifacts and 9,000 pieces of archival material (photos, letters, etc.) — donated by people here on Whidbey Island and across the country. In order to continue the work being done at the museum, the Society will conduct its 3rd
Contact: Diana C. Walti, Public Relations Coordinator, Island County Historical Society, P.O. Box 305, Coupeville, WA 98239, Email:, . . . Website, (360) 240-1709 (360) 678-3310

San Juan Island County
Island Museum of Art
314 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Westcott Bay Sculpture Park, Roche Harbor Road across from the Roche Harbor Airstrip
(bullet)Every Saturday Family Art Days 11 a.m.-4 p.m., from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend. Free.
(bullet)Sept. 8 and 9 "Artists In Action" all day. Sculptors demonstrating their stone carving, woodcarving, and bronzecasting techniques, and exhibiting their artworks, drop-in arts & crafts activities
(bullet)Sept. 9 Best of the San Juans Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., wine tasting, salmon, oysters, cider, local foods. Artists sell artwork and demonstrate talents.
(bullet)April 21-June 4 Northwest Stone Sculptors Association 2nd Annual Exhibit
(bullet)June 9-July 30 Steve Jensen, artist
(bullet)Aug. 4-Sept. 24 Jack Gunter, artist, reception: Aug. 4, 5-7 p.m.
Contact: Kay Kammerzell, P.O. Box 339, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Email:, (360) 371-3558 . . . Website . . . All 103 sculptures listed . . . (360) 370-5050

Orcas Island Historical Museum
181 North Beach Road, Eastsound Village, Museum open May 26-Sept. 29, 2006. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3p.m., except Friday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
(bullet)July 1 Historical Day Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Orcas Island Historical Museum & Eastsound Village Square Green properties. Craft demonstrations, non-profit presentations, food & product vendors
(bullet)Sept. 29 Closing House Celebration at the Orcas Island Historical Museum. 4-6 p.m. Last chance to view our summer exhibit on Orcas Island resort history, "Orcas Island, the Vacation Land Complete"
Contact: Email:, (360) 376-4849 . . . Website

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