Things to Do Week of June 29 to July 5

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What amazing weather we are having here in the San Juan Islands! As I’m writing this it is over 80 degrees and it’s still morning (11:55 AM). I hope you enjoy some of the venues I’ve recommended and I hope you at least go to the 4th of July parade followed by the picnic.

Here’s a fun way to start the week and it’s outdoors at English Camp.

Contra Dancing at English Camp
Folk singer Michael Cohen and local folk musicians present an evening of traditional folk tunes and dancing for those wishing a turn on the floor. Cohen plays regularly at the San Juan Farmer’s Market. He has worked with the Smithsonian Institution in cataloging American folk music. Experienced dancers on hand to help the novices.
Monday, June 29, 2015 – 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM
Contact: Doug Halsey
Phone: 360-378-2240

Here’s a great opportunity to see a presentation by Susan Middleton and have her sign her book for you. This will be very special and I hope you are able to attend.

Susan Middleton talk on Spineless for Art As A Voice – San Juan Community Theatre
A Presentation and Book Signing by Susan Middleton
Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life
at the San Juan Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. June 30, 2015
Wildlife photographer and author Susan Middleton shares anecdotes about her field work and the process of creating the stunning images now on display at the IMA exhibition Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life, from her acclaimed book of the same name.
Middleton offers a rare glimpse into a mysterious and beguiling world in a talk that features the essential role of marine invertebrates in the web of life. A unique blend of art and science, this special presentation highlights the spectacular diversity and astonishing beauty of this under-celebrated realm of life upon which all other life depends.
With special emphasis on the spineless creatures that inhabit the marine environment of the San Juan Islands, Middleton will take us on a visual adventure as we learn about the elegant natural design, fragility, and resiliency of these amazing lifeforms that make up more than 98% of marine fauna.
The book signing will follow the presentation.
Contact: Rebecca Parks
Phone: 360-370-5050
Cost: IMA Members $13, General $16, Student $8

Here’s a great way to enjoy the afternoon at American Camp and learn some history about our island.

Frazer Homestead Walk – American Camp
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 settlements on San Juan Island. Vouri aslo will discuss how agricultural operations changed the character of island landscapes, including American Camp.
This season’s may be limited to the park boundary because of the Cattle Point Rd construction activities. Stay posted to the park’s web site for current information.
Meet at the American Camp Visitor Center.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 – 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Contact: Doug Halsey
Email: Phone: 360-378-2240
Cost: Free

This will be an amazing lecture that you won’t want to miss if you have an interest in the evolution of organisms and animals. The lecture will be by Dr. Stefan Bengtson who is a professor emeritus of paleozoology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden.

17th annual Illg Distinguished Lecture: ‘The Dawn of Visible Life’ – San Juan Island Community Theatre
Illg Lecture press releaseBENGTSON
University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories is pleased to announce the 17th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Stefan Bengtson, Professor emeritus of Palaezoology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Swedish. Dr. Bengston will present a free public lecture to the San Juan Island Community on Thursday evening July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theater. His talk is entitled “The Dawn of Visible Life.”
We are fortunate to have Dr. Bengston as the Illg Distinguished Lecturer in 2015. His main interests concern the origins and early evolution of multicellular organisms, including animals. One of the greatest innovations in the history of life has been multicellularity-the ability of cells to stick together to form larger and more complex organisms. Multicellularity distinguishes microbes from plants and animals, and most life forms visible to the naked eye are multicellular. Multicellularity has arisen many times during evolution, through different mechanisms and in different lineages. Of those lineages that survived, only a few have gone on to form advanced mulitcellularity, where cells specialize for diverse functions. The fossil record reveals many evolutionary experiments in multicellularity, but it was not until the end of the Proterozoic, about 600 million years ago, that multicellular creatures started to play a major role in the biosphere. We will look at fossils from about two billion to half a billion years in age to learn how the exclusively microbial biosphere was eventually transformed into the kind that characterizes today’s world. In particular, we will see new fossil evidence that throws light on one of Darwin’s greatest mysteries: the origin of animals.
This endowed lecture series is presented in honor of Professor Paul L. Illg, who made many important contributions as a scientist, teacher, mentor, and friend. Paul excelled as a faculty member of the UW Zoology Department from 1952 – 1982. An expert in the biology of crustaceans, he participated in many summer sessions at Friday Harbor Laboratories. He invited world-renowned scholars to FHL to join him in teaching invertebrate biology and thus greatly enhanced the quality of the graduate program and research at the Laboratories. The lectureship endowment was established through memorial gifts by Paul’s family, many friends and colleagues.

Thursday, July 02, 2015 – 07:30 PM
Contact: Box Office
Phone: 360-378-3210

Don’t miss the opening of the fourth season of the “Friday Art Market”. It will be from 3:00 – 7:00 PM every Friday. Bakery San Juan will be there in case you get hungry. Enjoy!!

Friday Art Market on the Brickworks Plaza
The Friday Art Market has begun its fourth season on the Brickworks Plaza and will run through September 4th. The art market will run every Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm. This year we are pleased to announce the addition of Bakery San Juan to the Art Market. There will be several new artists joint the the “Artisans on the Plaza”, not only from San Juan Island but also from Orcas, Lopez and Waldron Islands. The variety of work will include jewelry, pottery, photography, baskets, clothing, woodwork, glass, paintings, soaps, art cards, screen printing, lotions and more.
The music lineup is almost complete as the market announces the following musicians: Teddy Deane, Oliver Strasser, Kuba Tana Marimba, Stone Soup Marimba, Tony Florino and David Bayley.
The Creation Station, our hands-on activity will be back. This is an interactive art station for all, kids to adults. Anyone who drops in to the station will walk away with their own artistic creation. Claire Wright, Cosecha Textiles, will be running the creative station this year and has a full line up for the summer.
For more information please contact Becki Day, San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, or 360-378-5240
Friday, July 03, 2015 – 03:00 PM – 07:00 PM

I think this is the main event of the year. See you there and at the picnic.

July 4th Parade
Plan now to be in Friday Harbor for the Fourth of July weekend in 2015!
The parade begins at 10:30 am, and will be over 50 floats long, all celebrating the 100th anniversary of Friday Harbor’s movie house, The Palace.
The theme is Hooray for Hollywood, so come rub shoulders with the celebrities, both local and perhaps international!
We strongly recommend you make your lodging reservations as soon as possible – weekends on San Juan Island are usually busy, and this year, the 4th falls on a Saturday.July4th2012Parade
We invite you to be a part of our community for the celebration of our country’s Independence Day festivities.
Saturday, July 04, 2015 – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

What a way to end the week with “Abbey Road LIVE”. Their 5th time to the island since 2009. Don’t miss it.

Abbey Road LIVE! Beatles Tribute Band – San Juan Community Theatre
ABBEY ROAD WEBSITE 2015Abbey Road LIVE! Whittier Theatre, Sunday, July 5, 7:30 pm
After one summer without them in Friday Harbor, it just seemed right to “get back” to our favorite Beatles tribute band in 2015.
Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! has been rocking the music of the Beatles at theaters, clubs and festivals across the country. This will be their fifth time to the island since 2009, with each performance bringing in folks of all ages to share in the magic.
Initially a tribute to the monumental Abbey Road album, the band has expanded its repertoire to include more than 100 Beatles tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four’s career.
Not your typical Beatle look-alike tribute act (don’t expect mop-top wigs and fake British accents), these guys are all about the MUSIC of the Beatles. Combining attention to detail with a creative exuberance, Abbey Road LIVE! delights its audiences with its energetic take on Beatles classics.
Adults $20, Students $10, Student RUSH (at door only) $5
Artist information:
Buy your tickets NOW at or 360-378-3210

Enjoy your week and our Islands. It doesn’t get much better than this. See you at the parade!

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