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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.
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.
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.
Amidst the wackiness on stage, some stifled laughter could be heard from a front row seat at Whidbey Playhouse. It was the dress rehearsal for the comedy thriller, “Too Soon for Daisies.” Unable to contain short bursts of laughter was none other than the play’s director, Stan Thomas. It didn’t matter how many times he’d heard the lines before. It didn’t matter that he’d directed the play before in Chicago 10 years earlier. Thomas was moved time and again by the nutty behavior and mannerisms exhibited by the play’s three leading ladies.