Dick Warwick, Cowboy Poet and Songster, to perform at the Guemes Island Community Center Nov 3

Dick Warwick, Cowboy Poet and Songster, to perform at the Guemes Island Community Center Nov 3

Dick Warwick is a man of diverse talents. He’s a fiddler in the Urban Coyote Bush Band and an artisan who crafts silverware into sculptures. He’s a cowboy who still bucks hay bales and a songster who’ll sing you a tune. He’s a poet whose writings reflect the life he’s lived in the rural west. And, he’s a man whose poetry has taken him around the world.

This sought-after bard has performed throughout the US and Australia for over 20 years. His honors include winning the Cowboy Idol poetry competition at the Columbia River Cowboy Festival, being all-around champion at the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Utah and featured poet multiple times at Nevada’s and Colorado’s Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Australia’s National Folk Festival. He also bears the distinction of being selected as a cultural ambassador by the US Consul in Western Australia.

Warwick authored the book “Out West to Outback and Beyond” and his poems have been published many times in the Australian Anthology “The Swagman’s Book of Verse.”

As for recordings, he’s got nine under his belt! His latest two, "Cowboy Poetry Lite" and "Cowboy Poetry Plus," were both Western Music Association finalists for cowboy poetry CD

of the year.


This event is being presented by The 4 Chicks – the four-woman team of Cheryl Mansley, Suzie Gwost, Lorrie Steele and Libby Hinds Boucher. The 4 Chicks believe in creating community events with a “down-home” feel.


So, on Saturday, November 3rd, round up your posse, put on your boots and mosey on over to the Guemes Island Community Center at 7549 Guemes Island Road for some cowboy music and poetry. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15/person suggested donation @ the door. Cowhand-style refreshments will be served during intermission. Feel free to come in cowboy and cowgirl attire!


The Community Center is less than half a mile from the ferry dock on Guemes. For more information, contact Cheryl Mansley at 304-702-0554 or cherylmansley@gmail.com.

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Meet Your Neighbor – Karen Lamphere

Meet Your Neighbor - Karen Lamphere

Karen Lamphere will bring a new perspective to our GICCA board. She has a Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University and recently retired after 15 years in private practice. Our luminary and rock painting classes piqued Karen's interest in GICCA offerings.

We look forward to some possible new workshops utilizing the Community Center kitchen and Karen's nutrition experience. Music is also a passion for Karen. She graced our talent show with a piano performance and sang a rendition of "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele. Karen is married to Tim, a retired electrical inspector, and has a son who is a professional musician in New York City.
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Meet Your Neighbor – Chris Skinner

Meet Your Neighbor - Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner greets everyone with a smile and a wave as she and her dog Hemp walk the Island roads. Guemes has rekindled a creative spirit in Chris and she brings contagious enthusiasm to whatever Community Center activity she participates in.

The Skinner family made Anacortes their home 22 years ago and they were fortunate to finally have the opportunity to move across the channel to Guemes in 2013. Chris has three grown children and her husband is a writer.
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Ferry Public Forum

Ferry Public Forum

Join the Skagit County Commissioners, Public Works Department and naval architect Glosten for a public forum on ferry operations. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Guemes Island Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Road. Agenda items include an operations update (ridership and revenue statistics, as well as revenue target report), conceptual design and cost estimate for the Guemes parking lot project, and an update on the ferry replacement project from Glosten’s Will Moon.

For more on the replacement project, see our Guemes Island Ferry Replacement Project web page.
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Meet Your Neighbor – Elke Macartney

Meet Your Neighbor - Elke Macartney

Elke is an adopted Guemes islander – at least by the Guemes "Zumbanistas” who can’t wait to see her radiant, smiling face every Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8:45 a.m. for Zumba Gold classes at the Hall.

Elke first experienced Zumba seven years ago and had so much fun she decided to become an instructor, even going further and acquiring additional Zumba Gold training. She has many other talents in addition to dance - writer, educator, spiritual leader and healer. But sharing her love of dance, keeping people young and helping them dance their way to health is some of the “most joyful work I do” according to Elke.

You simply can’t help but feel good when you’re around Elke. She exudes warmth, compassion, and positivity. You might see her sharing her pure joy of movement and expression through music at one of the many local festivals, shows, and music events. You might even see her inventing a new Zumba routine as she commutes on the Guemes ferry – a process she calls “ferry-ography.”

We invite you to join Elke and the happy Guemes “Zumbanistas” and dance yourself into health with Zumba Gold, a low impact form of Zumba. Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:45 -9:45 AM at the Community Center Hall. Or at least give her a good rock-step or two when you see her on the ferry. Most certainly she'll give you a high-five in return.

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GICCA Stage Project

GICCA Stage Project

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GICCA maintains a master list of names of stage volunteers, donors, and business partners.  These names are documented from the Guemes Tide Archives and from prior GICCA Board minutes and Treasurer records, in some cases going back at least 10 years. Using these sources, GICCA has made every attempt to compile the most complete and accurate list of documented names possible. The list currently contains over 145 names and continues to grow - thank you! GICCA looks forward to publicly acknowledging all the hard-working and generous volunteers, donors, and business partners in conjunction with a well-deserved and long-awaited community celebration at project conclusion.

Guemes Island is home to many talented as well as budding musicians. Music is an important and integral part of our culture. The concept of an outdoor stage was the brainchild of a group of island musicians in 2010. Planning and design ensued over the next 2-3 years. Since then many, many hours of volunteer time have been invested in site preparation, materials gathering and prepping, and stage construction activities. More than $70,000 has been raised and spent from numerous fundraisers, generous community contributions, and an Anacortes Parks Foundation Grant.

The stage design has changed over the years. Volunteers, as well as paid professionals, have come and gone for various reasons. GICCA Board members have transitioned numerous times as terms expired and new Board members were elected. All of these transitions have presented new challenges and impacted project timelines and budgets.

Thanks to all who have so generously donated valuable time and money to the stage project! Stage performances, including music, talent shows, fashion shows, theater, etc., will enrich the artistic culture on the island and enhance our strong sense of community. The stage will be a wonderful asset for us all to take pride in and enjoy!


To learn how you can make future contributions, please go to the Donate/Volunteer page. Make sure to indicate that your donation is for the stage.


The GICCA Stage Project at Schoolhouse Park is being built on Community Center property. As such, GICCA is responsible for project oversight including project structure and operating guidelines, budget management, volunteer and construction coordination, and the safety of all involved. All stage construction and purchasing decisions must be approved by the GICCA-appointed project manager. All volunteers involved in tasks that require them to be physically present on the stage site must sign and submit a Volunteer Waiver before engaging in such tasks.


Important reminder to everyone working on the stage: Fiscal responsibility by the elected Board to our generous donors demands the central coordination of tasks and purchases. We have an ongoing policy that all work is coordinated through the GICCA-appointed stage project manager.


TASKS are delegated as needed to volunteer coordinators with specific knowledge and skills. They, in turn, call on our talented volunteer workforce to complete these specific tasks. Safety and liability concerns may require outsourcing of certain tasks.


MATERIALS must also be coordinated through the project manager. This ongoing policy is necessary to keep costs for this monumental project in check. Unauthorized purchases will be considered a donation and CAN NOT be reimbursed. We thank you for respecting this long-standing policy.


Welcome Bags

Welcome Bags

Groundfloor Guemes would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Guemes Island neighbors on behalf of the entire community!

We're a community outreach group within the Guemes Island Community Center Association. We strive to support environmental and economic sustainability within our community while supporting island non-profit groups and projects. The Welcome Bag project is just one of the many fun projects we've undertaken.

We have prepared a small tote with information to help new islanders become acquainted with our community. If you're a new island homeowner and would like to receive a welcome bag and/or would like to learn how to get involved with our group, please use the CONTACT US tab above to introduce yourself and provide your contact information.

Organic Food Procurement

Organic Food Procurement

You are invited to join our island food-purchasing group!

The Groundfloor Guemes group of the Community Center strives to encourage an environmentally and economically sustainable community on Guemes Island. We support the purchase and distribution of island products as well as the ordering of organic and sustainable products from Azure.

Products ordered from Azure are delivered monthly to a drop site in the town of Anacortes. Groundfloor has organized a system of cooperative-buying, whereby small orders can be combined to avoid a minimum-amount charge, and participants can profit from the cost-savings on items purchased in large quantities. A monthly list of large-quantity purchases is mailed to all participants. In addition to the Azure foods and products, island-raised Yak meat and Guemes Sunrise coffee may be ordered. Groundfloor members pick up the orders at the drop site and bring them back to the island for distribution. Participants pay only the purchase price of the items ordered.

Islanders may participate in this program in one of two ways.
Create an account with Azure and join the Anacortes drop site. There is no required membership fee. There is a $50 minimum order amount. You may, even if you have your own account, choose to order less than the minimum order amount by joining a group order. You may request that your order be picked up at the drop site and brought to the island by a Groundfloor volunteer.
Simply place your (less than minimum amount) order with one of the island coordinators and then pick up your order from the designated island location.

If you would like more information about Azure, please review their catalogs at the Guemes Library or browse their website at www.azurestandard.com. If you would like more information about joining the island buying group, contact Marianne Kooiman at eyrie@cnw.com or Edie Clark at bneclark@gmail.com.

Vision Project

Vision Project

The purpose of this project is to explore the possible expansion of the community center, how it may be used in the future, and what changes might need to be made to serve current and future residents of Guemes Island. The Vision Committee, a sub-committee of GICCA, will be comprised of 5 members from key stakeholder organizations and 2 community-at-large representatives:

  • Guemes Island Community Center Association - Rob Schroder
  • Guemes Island Library - Morna McEachern
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - Barb Ohms
  • Guemes Island Historical Society - position open
  • Guemes Community Church - Lynn Prewitt
  • Community at Large/Funding Advisor - David Werthheimer
  • Emeritus - Carol Pellett

At this time, meetings will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month, 7 pm, at the Guemes Island Community Church. Meetings are open to the public. The Committee will report to the GICCA Board on a quarterly basis; more often if deemed necessary.