Meet Your Neighbor – Liz Hartley

Meet Your Neighbor - Liz Hartley

Liz Hartley moved to Guemes from Mukilteo where she was a practicing ophthalmologist for 26 years. With two sons in college and newly retired, she is finally finding the spare time to volunteer and become more involved in the community.

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GIHS – History of the North Wind Gallery

Nov. 13, 7 p.m. (Church)

Guemes Island Historical Society
November 13, 7 p.m. Church

Before it became the Northwind, Ria Foster's gallery was The Green Frog, located in downtown Anacortes circa 1967. Not long after, like it's amphibian namesake, it changed and became Island International Artists and moved to Guemes Island where once again it morphed, becoming the Northwind Gallery in 1980.

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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.

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Linda Porter – Free Spirit

Linda Porter - Free Spirit

The Guemes Island Historical Society continues its tradition of great presentations diving deep into the historical treasures of our island.

“Linda Porter: Free Spirit.”

Presented by: Carol Deach & Nancy Bush

October 9, 7 p.m.

Guemes Island Community Center

As an artist, master gardener, realtor and part original owner of the Red Snapper Gift Store, Linda clearly touched many lives. She spent most of her life involved in the Guemes and Anacortes communities, while also teaching printmaking at Skagit Valley College.

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In Case You Missed It – Harvest Moon Dinner Cruise

In Case You Missed It - Harvest Moon Dinner Cruise

Meeting on Seafarer’s Way at the Anacortes Marina was an expectant group (~50) of friends and neighbors waiting to board the cruise ship Mystic Sea for the promised “Harvest Moon Dinner Cruise” planned by the Guemes Island Historical Society. This was a new idea for the Society (which is headed by me, President Tom Deach) to ramp up the fun while adding to our treasury at $100 per head.

Other ‘fun’d raisers have been the selling of the historical calendars each year; the “Dog Days of Summer Dog Island Dog Show”; Fall Bazaar where we sell soup and baked goods in the fellowship hall of the Guemes Church plus rent space there and at the Community Center to local artisans. 

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Meet Your Neighbor – Michael Brown and Cheryl Mansley

Meet Your Neighbors - Michael Brown and Cheryl Mansley

Guemes Island is home to many talented professionals. Some come here to retire and others actively run their businesses from the island. Michael Brown and Cheryl Mansley moved to Guemes in September 2015 and launched Skagit Signal four months later. They have been the saviors for many of us with wifi, computer, website, smart TV and cell reception issues.

Michael has 30 years of Information Technology experience, including 15 years with a Fortune 500 company and several years as a Software Consultant for complex manufacturing facilities.

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Beyond the Gates – A Walking Tour of the Guemes Island Cemetery

Beyond the Gates - A Walking Tour of the Guemes Island Cemetery

We are so lucky that our Guemes Island Historical Society is deeply passionate about preserving and sharing the rich history of our island. If you've never attended a presentation, I'd highly suggest it. Though I may be a "young" person on this island at nearly 40, I am always enthralled by the stories and information GIHS has in their pockets. Their next presentation is no exception.

“Beyond the Gates: A Walking Tour of the Guemes Island Cemetery”
Presented by Adam Veal, Guemes Island Cemetery District Commissioner.
Monday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. Cemetery Gates

Adam will lead a walk through our historic Guemes cemetery focusing on several early settlers, such as the Edens family, whose influence is still felt to this day. In addition we'll learn about some of the later arrivals on the island. Adam will share his knowledge of those that have come before us, with his favorite stories and amusing anecdotes. Please join us in a stroll through time.

The regularly scheduled GIHS business meeting will immediately follow Adam's presentation.
The meeting is open to all, and we encourage your participation.

Please contact Tom Deach (360-708-2582)with any questions you may have.

Meet Your Neighbor – Justin Rothboeck

Meet Your Neighbor - Justin Rothboeck

He's a volunteer firefighter, a lawyer, and an all-around nice guy. Meet your Guemes neighbor, Justin Rothboeck.

Justin grew up in Coupeville, attended college in Walla Walla and law school in Salem, Oregon. He’s a member of the Guemes Island Fire Department and has twice participated in the Dog Island Run. He moved to Guemes a year ago, and like so many of us, knew this was the place. His long term goal is to own a small farm on the island that is sustainable and operates on the principles of permaculture – care for the earth, care for the people, and return of surplus to the earth and people.

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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.

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GICCA Stage Project

GICCA Stage Project

Stage Inspiration 2009
Lindsey Stage Concept
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2 Breaking Ground Nov2014
3 Stage Slab Pour 5_2015
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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.
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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.