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.

Linda's involvement and personality has inspired the two women to share her history. This presentation will cover her early years, her art, her entrepreneurship and her lifelong exuberance.

As usual, the GIHS business meeting will follow directly after the program. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Tom Deach (360-708-2582) for information and comments regarding the GIHS programs and events.

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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. 

We also welcome and accept donations toward the mission of the group which is to reveal Guemes history, work toward safe-guarding the ever-growing collection of historical artifacts and have fun!

I arranged for cheerful volunteer taxi drivers to transport folks from the Guemes ferry dock and back again. Carol Harma managed the passenger list as Kit Harma, Kevin Green, Al Bush, Edith Walden, myself and others helped load the boat with the delectables - delicious cheese trays, “slider” sandwiches, pasta salad and the decadent cookie bars to top it all off! – all planned by David Rockwood. A satisfying variety of liquid refreshment was supplied and expertly served by Michael Brown and Mickey McEachern.

The captains of the Mystic Sea and their crew were very welcoming, helpful and friendly. Monty and Eric pointed out such interesting sights as the named coves and beaches on Guemes as well as on the other islands we passed by.

The cruise began as we swung out into “Fidalgo Bay” heading for “Casperson Point” on the SE point of Guemes. Continuing toward the north, the Mystic Sea skirted the point and snugged in between Guemes and Huckleberry Islands. Rosie Cayou James had supplied us with very interesting maps including notable historical references. She gave commentary on the recent acquisition of Huckleberry Island by the Samish Indian Nation. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has transferred ownership of the approximately 10-acre island to the Samish since owning the island no longer fits within the vision of the state agency; plus the Samish have found evidence of ancestry there. Staying north, we soon passed “Long Beach” beneath “Holiday Hideaway” and then “Square Bay” before following the north shore of Guemes. Along that stretch we had good views of “Seaway Hollow” and “North Beach” from the “Flats” all the way past the “Guemes Island Resort”, toward the most northwesterly “Clark Point”.

Views toward the east included Samish, Jack, Vendovi and Lummi Islands with Bellingham Bay in the distance. Heading around “Clark Point”, we could see towering fir trees, spreading maples and ancient cedars in the once dense forest high above this end of the island.

As West Shore Road turns down the hill toward the beach, home sites appear. Rosie pointed out the land on “West Beach” occupied by her tribe many years ago. She sang a tribute to her family nd tribe as we motored on by the home of her aunt, Jackie Bohn, who came out on the deck to give us a wave.

Swinging away from “West Beach”, we then crossed “Bellingham Channel” and motored over to Cypress Island where we saw the recently collapsed fish pens, “Secret Harbor” and “Strawberry Bay”.

As the sun began to sink into the sea the crew gave us a nature tour of “Bird Rocks” in “Rosario Strait” with the many cormorants, gulls and the 2000-plus pounds of sea lions curiously checking out our passing ship. Circling “Bird Rocks” as the sun set was a very special treat. Lights on shore began to come on and we saw two state ferries, all lit up as they passed each other.

The Mystic Sea turned across the strait and toward “Guemes Channel”, heading back east along the Anacortes waterfront, past the Guemes ferry dock, past Piers 1 and 2, around Cap Sante and back to port. We all disembarked, clutching our maps, looking for taxi ride back to the ferry dock, hoping for a repeat performance of friends, food and fun in 2018!

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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.

Cheryl has over thirty years of teaching experience, including 27 years as an Events Producer and several years as an Events Management Consultant and Expressive Arts Director.

Together, they have combined their skills to create a company that provides honest, reliable, and knowledgeable technical assistance to residential and commercial customers.

In today’s world, entertainment, information and communication needs are fulfilled via phones, computers, tablets and televisions. Mike and Cheryl use their expertise and experience to give consumers and businesses the connectivity they depend on to fulfill these needs. They are a welcome and valued part of our community. Thanks to this talented and creative couple for keeping us all connected!

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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.

His short term goals are to run a marathon in the fall and to start bike commuting.

Justin runs a small law office on 6th Street in Anacortes and specializes in estate planning, probate, real property and civil litigation. If you see him on the ferry, now you can say, hello, because you know a little more about him.

Justin R. Rothboeck
Attorney at Law
1015 6th Street, STE 108
Anacortes, WA 98221
Tel 360-299-3663

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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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