Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbors

Betty Crookes Guemes Gold Scholarship Winners (L to R): Paula Gunning, Katherine Butler, and Brynna Bone

2018 is the 27th year that Guemes Island honors outstanding students, both juniors and seniors, with the Betty Crookes Guemes Gold Scholarships. This year's recipients are Paula Gunning, Katherine Butler, and Brynna Bone. Congratulations to these impressive young people. Thank you also to those Guemes residents whose donations fund this ongoing scholarship program.


“A Very Guemes Adventure”

“A Very Guemes Adventure”

A warm welcome was extended on April 22 to special guests from Guemes, Spain - Ernesto, Francisco, Miguel, and Marina. The celebration of friendship lasted all week with many activities and opportunities to learn about our two communities and cultures. Our guests had the opportunity to meet many island residents, including several who have walked the "Camino de Santiago" (or the "Camino Frances"), the most famous pilgrimage in Spain.
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A Farewell Gift

A Farewell Gift

Ernesto's presentation at the Community Center on April 26 focused on the paintings in the chapel at his pilgrims’ shelter in Guemes, Spain by Mino Cerezo de la Ermita. Ernesto emphasized the universal message of the paintings, the richness of the diversity of people who pass through the shelter, and the harmony between all peoples.

At the end of his presentation, Ernesto presented the community with a gift of 2 books - a guide of the Cantabria region of Spain, where his pilgrims' shelter is located and a book about the shelter. Barb Ohms, GICCA president, accepted the books on behalf of all islanders.

The books are on display in the Guemes Island Library and are available for check out.


GIHS – The Misadventures of “Wild Bill” Mitchell

The Misadventures of “Wild Bill” Mitchell

Wild Bill and Debbie Brado ham it up (Photo credit: Wally Funk)


Please join the Guemes Island Historical Society on Monday, May 14th when celebrated artist and lifelong resident of Anacortes and Guemes Island, “Wild Bill Mitchell” recalls the past and present of life in this community. Bill has major ties to Guemes Island through his Grandfather, Bill Bessner, an early ferry owner and captain serving Guemes Island. Perhaps best known for his wonderful murals depicting scenes and characters of Anacortes, Wild Bill is also an accomplished storyteller and area historian. Don't miss the chance to hear of his deeds of daring, many close calls, miraculous escapes and fish stories you won't believe!


Our program begins at 7 pm at the Guemes Island Church on Monday, May 14th. Our regularly scheduled business meeting will follow the presentation. All are welcome to attend. For more information please email or phone Tom Deach at 360-708-2582.