Things to Do Week of August 24 to August 30

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It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and Labor Day is almost here. I hope you enjoy some or all of the activities I’ve suggested below. Enjoy our great Summer weather while it lasts.

Here’s a great way to start off the week with Kate Schuman at the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club.

Kate Schuman Tuesday Night Music
Date: Tuesday August 25th
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored By: San Juan Golf & Tennis Club
Admission Information: By Donation
Join Kate Schuman and friends for great music and songs every Tuesday evening thru Sept. from 5:- 6:30 p.m. Happy hour from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Here’s a great way to spend your Wednesday afternoon outside and get a little history of our island at the same time.

Frazer Homestead Walk
Date: Wednesday afternoon August 26th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored By: San Juan Island National Historical Park
Admission Information: Free
Many of today’s island families are descended from U.S. Army soldiers. Join Park Historian Mike Vouri and learn more about how American Camp’s “frontiersmen in blue” played a key role in pioneering Euro-American settlement on San Juan Island. Vouri also will discuss how agricultural operations changed the character of island landscapes, at American Camp. This season’s walk may be limited to the park boundary because of the Cattle Point Road construction activities. Stay posted to the park’s web site for information.

Enjoy the artwork of Tim Schumm at Waterworks Gallery.

Artist Tim Schumm artwork on exhibit at Waterworks Aug. 15-30:
An exhibit of Tim Schumm’s painting, The Magnificent Landscape runs August 15 – 30 at Waterworks Gallery in Friday Harbor. While honoring the vastness of scale, Schumm’s portrayal of the Northwest landscape is intimate and human in scale.
The viewpoints of the Rocky Shore, the sea at low tide, and the sun glinting off the Douglas fir trees at dawn are the subjects for his brushes and paints.

This emotive experience, is the foundation of Schumm’s painting. By allowing the visitor to experience this emotion, you share his sense of wonder of the northwest landscape

Here’s a great opportunity to listen to John Williams lecture entitled “From Watersheds to Whitecaps: Myriad Lives Intertmingled” .
“From Watersheds To Whitecaps: Myriad Lives Intertwingled” Presented by John Williams
Date: August 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored By: The Whale Museum
Admission Information: Free
The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome John Williams as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series.

John will discuss how creatures in the Salish Sea are inexorably linked to each other, linked to those in our uplands, and of course, linked to us. Excerpts from John’s collection of films will highlight some of our amazing local creatures, and the equally amazing scope of their relationships.

This will be a fun evening with amazing music and chocolate delights with wine & beer.

Melodious Notes Over the Harbor at SJCT Aug. 27:
San Juan Island clarinetist Sue Collado has gathered a few of her musician friends for a “mini” version of her popular Melodious Notes Over the Harbor classical music concerts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015. Social time begins at 7 p.m.
In San Juan Community Theatre’s popular concert series, a variety of San Juan Island friends share their musical talents. Special chocolate desserts, wine and beer will be available for purchase in the adjacent Steele Memorial Garden.
This summer treat will include (pictured above L-R): vocalist Celina Wright, Sue, pianist Howard Wright, violist Hanneke Klein- Robbenhaar, flutist Traci Wilson and (not pictured) bassoonist Pat Nelson.
Island composer Richard Hieronymus’ It Wouldn’t Be a Bad Thing…to Be Loved will be featured as well as a diverse array of classics from Mozart to Joplin to Rossini’s Barber of Seveille and Paquito D’Rivera’s Habanera.
All tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the Box Office. Festival seating

Here’s a great way to spend Friday evening with Martin Taylor. It’s a bit pricey for the island but well worth it after you read part of his resume below. ENJOY!

Concert: Martin Taylor at SJCT Aug. 28:
Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin Taylor has earned global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. His signature style combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 at San Juan Community Theatre.

Taylor has enjoyed a musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit. He has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist. Several of his albums have been in the Top 10 in the USA and Europe; and in 2002 he was appointed MBE “For Services to Jazz Music” by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain.

Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of four, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world. His innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, California has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.

In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including: Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.
“He out-shreds all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it.” –Jeff Beck

Adults/$30; Student Reserved/$15; (Student RUSH/$5 at door only if tickets are still available) can be purchased online or at the Box Office.

San Juan Island Museum of Art presents the paintings of Michael Dailey from Seattle. 8/29/15 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Art Opening Reception

Opening on August 29 are paintings by Michael Dailey from Seattle, WA; and watercolors by Joe Miller from San Juan Island. August 29–November 9, 2015. Also, life-sized ceramic sculpture by Kathy Venter from Salt Spring Island, BC. from August 29-December 14, 2015. Everyone is welcome to the opening reception, Friday, August 28, 5-8 p.m. San Juan island Museum of Art in Friday Harbor, WA.

Event Date: 08-29-15 – 05:00PM – 08:00PM
Location: San Juan Island Museum of Art – Spring Street
Contact Person: Diane Martindale 360-370-5814

Don’t miss this encore presentation of AIDA in HD.

Encore! The Met: Live in HD AIDA

In this special HD series, the Met presents select encore presentations from their award-winning Live in HD program. Verdi’s Aida The Met’s spectacular production of Verdi’s Egyptian epic captures both the grandeur and the intimacy of this powerful tale of love and politics

Event Date: 08-30-15 – 02:00PM – 05:00PM
Location: San Juan Community Theatre
Contact Person: SJCT BOx Office phone: 378 3210
Liudmyla Monastyrska is Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess in love with the Egyptian warrior Radamès, sung by Roberto Alagna. Olga Borodina is her rival, Amneris. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 Student Reserved

Enjoy the week and I hope you enjoy some of my suggestions. Till next time.

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