GIHS, Dec 9
With the end of the year comes many holiday festivities but please add one more to your list. On Monday, December 9th, the Guemes Island Historical Society invites you to our annual “open house,” celebrating the holiday season and the new year to come. We'll have refreshments, lots of conversation and the annual reading of the 1888 Guemes Christmas Story.
There won't be a formal program but we will be displaying an assortment of “Guemes Gear” from years gone by. T-shirts, hats, etc. will be on display along with a bit of their history. We'd love to have you share your vintage (or perhaps new) Guemes items with the group by wearing them or just pulling them from that sack in the back of the closet to astound us all.
The open house begins at 7 p.m. at the Guemes Island Church and will be preceded by our monthly business meeting at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!
Holiday Dinner, Dec 14
Join us for our all-island annual holiday dinner and potluck on Saturday, December 14 at 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Bring the kids early for children's activities at the Church from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Santa will be visiting by 6:30 with gifts for the kids!
The Church provides roasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and gravy. GIPOA provides beverages. GICCA decorates the Hall. The Fire Department puts up the outside lights. The Ferry Committee sets up tables and chairs. Everyone helps clean up. If you're able, bring a potluck dish. If not, just come and share a meal at this festive community event!
Chamber Music, Dec 29
Guemes Island Chamber Music
Guemes Island Community Center
Dec 29, 3:30 pm
Tickets $25: Purchased at the door
Featuring the musical talents of:
Nancy Bean, Violin
David Bean, Violin
Karie Prescott, Viola
Lloyd Smith, Cello
Performing the music of Stamitz, Haydn, Tartini, Vivaldi, and Simon and Garfunkel Scarborough Fair.
Holiday Special — Anchor Away!
This 3000 lb monolith made from leftovers from the stage foundation concert pour, with an embedded chain, would make the perfect stocking-stuffer for the boater who has everything! At the next very high tide, we can place this anchor on your mooring site with your chain clevis and buoy attached. Make a donation of $500 to the Stage Project and own a piece of island history!
Please contact GICCA Stage Project Manager, Rick Norrie at 360-661-5770 for donation information. Thank you for supporting this Guemes Island Community Center Association project.
More GICCA Stage Progress
As you drive past Schoolhouse Park at Edens Road and Guemes Island Road you can see the latest progress at the GICCA Stage. The "showcase" log, donated by Lorrie Steele, is now in place atop the two front vertical logs, donated by Yadi Young. This large arch frames the beautifully crafted back milled beam that is made from timber from Darrington, WA.
Skagit Transit Van Offer
Skagit Transit has offered to place a 15-seat van on Guemes Island if the island provides volunteer drivers. Skagit Transit will provide training to the drivers. The van would deliver passengers to the Guemes-side ferry dock. Skagit Transit would arrange their bus schedule to meet van passengers who want to take the bus on the Anacortes side.
Any groups or individuals who would like to volunteer and help provide van service on Guemes should contact ferry committee member Bud Ullman at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message to email@example.com.
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