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Wigging out on stage: Director brings '1776' to Whidbey Playhouse

Fernando Duran, left, Lola Paja and Ralph DuBois take part in a rehearsal for ‘1776,’ which opens April 4 at theWhidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor.   - Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
  • Mar 31, 2014 at 12:00PM

Life is slowly returning to normal in Cassandra Woodcock’s home. No more hum of a sewing machine in the wee hours of the morning. Her husband Matthew can finally get a good night’s sleep. “There were times when she was just getting to bed and I was just getting up,” he said. In charge of costuming for the Whidbey Playhouse musical, “1776,” Woodcock and her wardrobe team had their work cut out for them to create outfits that would pass for the American Revolution period.


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Crime solved: Langley’s mystery weekend comes to a close

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 9:58AM

Langley’s 30th annual mystery weekend came to a close Sunday, as residents and out-of-towners cracked the case of “The Deadly Deed.” More than 1,000 people joined fictional detective I.B. Fuzz to solve the murder during the 30th Langley Mystery Weekend sponsored by the Langley Chamber of Commerce. The complex story, by Loretta Martin, wove together 24 characters as suspects in the murder of fictional Italian citizen Carmelo Geaherdelli.

Frightville organizers have urge to scare in their blood

  • Sep 25, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Sep 27, 2013 at 12:17AM

With a rumble of busy feet overhead and a tub full of decapitated and limbless dolls beside him, Brian Boyle stands in a dank, chilly basement and marvels at his surroundings. The organizer of Whidbey Island’s scariest haunted house, Boyle couldn’t ask for a better setting to scare people than the ground floor of the 100-year-old Neil barn. “Those cobwebs are real,” Boyle said proudly.

Expectations naturally high for Whidbey Island Kite Festival

  • Sep 20, 2013 at 11:00AM

Members of Whidbey Island Kite Fliers are crossing their fingers for decent winds this weekend. Why else? So they can fly kites. The club is hosting its 13th annual Whidbey Island Kite Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 at Camp Casey Conference Center. Festival coordinator Lisa Root said the event has something for just about everyone. “We try to make something for all different types of fliers,” she said.

Pieces come together for Saturday's autism fun run

  • Sep 19, 2013 at 10:56AM

For those who have autism, it’s like their minds are a puzzle and a piece is missing. That’s how Lonnie Schopen, mother of an autistic son, describes the inner world of those who have the developmental disorder. “They just keep working until all the pieces are put back together,” Schopen said. For this reason, Schopen has organized a 5K fun run with a puzzle theme — to illustrate how difficult simple tasks are for those with autism.

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