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.
There was a full house at the Community Center on April 26 for a community potluck with our Spanish visitors.  A spirit of shared community and heartfelt friendship filled the air.  Rob Carter, who was the first to tell Ernesto about Guemes Island (when visiting Ernesto's alburgue on the Camino del Norte 9 years ago), was a surprise guest.  There was much emotion in the reuniting of these special friends. The evening concluded with a presentation by Ernesto which included slides of Guemes, Spain and Ernesto's pilgrims' shelter. Ernesto used the path to Santiago as a metaphor for other Caminos, both spiritual and social. A reporter from the Anacortes American was present to provide coverage of this special evening.
After a very full week, we bid a fond farewell to our newfound friends on April 30, wishing them a good voyage and thanking them for having connected our hearts from one Guemes to another. We are so much richer for their visit.
Thanks to all who invested so much time and energy into making this incredible visit a fantastic success! We should all be proud to be part of the Guemes Island community. Our friends from Spain were overwhelmed by our generosity and our "embracing" spirit; they expressed their gratitude profusely.
To learn more about the "De Guemes a Guemes" adventure and see how our friends from Spain spent their time on Guemes Island (as well as other Guemes-es along the way and, now, on through Canada), please visit their travel blog, which can easily be translated to English on PCs by using a right-mouse click and selecting "Translate to English" from the menu that appears.
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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.