Upcoming Luminary Classes

Upcoming Luminary Classes

In 2017 Guemes Islanders, friends and family came together to learn the craft of creating lighted paper and reed luminary lanterns. The varied creations lit the south shore of Guemes Island for the 1st Earth Day Luminary Parade. The 2nd Annual Luminary Parade will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018, preceded by this year's series of classes making new lantern designs and introducing newcomers to the craft.


The day will also include a community supper with a fundraiser supporting the Guemes Ferry Trail Project.


Classes are as follows:

  • Teen and adult newcomers to Luminary classes can attend the 5-session Class 1 on March 23, 24, April 4, 6 & 7 for $45.
  • Returning teen and adult luminary crafters may attend the Advanced Class 2 series of 8 sessions on March 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, April 4, 6 & 7 for $60.
  • Children, accompanied by a parent, may attend a two-session Children's Class on March 17 & April 7 for $5. They will create a small globe luminary.


Luminary artist and Guemes resident, Loalynda Bird, donates her time to bring this craft to our community. The class fees cover all materials costs, refreshments during class and use of the Community Hall.


Classes will be held at the Guemes Island Community Center Hall on Guemes Island Road, 1/2 mile north of the Guemes ferry dock. Wednesday & Friday classes - 6 to 9 PM. Saturday classes - 11 AM to 1 PM. Please note that the last ferry back to Anacortes on Wednesdays is at 8:30. Saturday last ferry is at 11 PM.


To register please email Loalynda@loalyndadesigns.com or text to 818-497-0239. Check the Events Calendar for information on this and other happenings on beautiful Guemes Island.


This craft will open your imagination and bring light into your life. Please join us.

Kelly’s Point Saved – Campaign Success!

Skagit Land Trust Protects Kelly’s Point and Yellow Bluff

The immense bluffs, coastal forest, and marine shoreline of Kelly’s Point have been conserved by Skagit Land Trust. Over 450 families, businesses, and organizations donated towards the $1,380,000 purchase that conserved the property on the southwest corner of Guemes Island. Other funds were provided by The Conservation Fund as a bridge loan while the Trust awaits a federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant award. The purchase of these 27 acres, with 3000 feet of marine shoreline, ensures that the land will remain forever undeveloped, maintaining its rich wildlife habitat and natural shoreline. Skagit Land Trust will manage the property as one of its conservation areas.


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GIPAC Focuses on Groundwater Protection

GIPAC Focuses on Groundwater Protection

The Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC) is an elected community group recognized by Skagit County as representing the island’s interests in the implementation of the Guemes Island Subarea Plan. Because protection of island groundwater resources is a primary concern of the subarea plan, GIPAC has committed to focusing on water issues as a top priority in its current work plan.


GIPAC recently published a background paper reviewing the current status of Skagit County regulations and programs that affect the drilling of new wells on the island and the impact of wells on the island’s aquifer. In addition, the paper outlines strategies that GIPAC proposes to undertake to protect our aquifer. This summary is designed to provide an overview. The full paper is available here.