Life

Peter, Peter — Writer, Seeker

I opened my front door to the quietest of knocks. Our six-year-old son waited with a stranger. My heart raced at the realization of what… Continue reading

Get Outside!

Take in the outdoors on New Year’s Day

Picturing working Whidbey artists

New book highlights studio space and the creative process

Contributed photo — Island Jazz Collective perform at Rustica in Oak Harbor with their full quintet. From left to right: Dale Stirling, Don Wodjenski, Ken Bloomquist, Dr. Bob Wagner and Mark Strohschein.

Jazz collective changes tune, shape as needed

Bands on Whidbey Island have a dilemma when it comes to performing, according to Langley resident Don Wodjenski. There aren’t many venues to play, and… Continue reading

Contributed photo — Island Jazz Collective perform at Rustica in Oak Harbor with their full quintet. From left to right: Dale Stirling, Don Wodjenski, Ken Bloomquist, Dr. Bob Wagner and Mark Strohschein.

Christmas time is tamale time

Preparation brings family together

The exhibit showcases a range of mediums, including wood carving from Dexter Lewis. Lewis uses a chainsaw for his carving. Photos by Kyle Jensen/Whidbey News Group

Playing pool leads to collaborative art exhibit

‘So many artists hidden away in the woods or studio’

The exhibit showcases a range of mediums, including wood carving from Dexter Lewis. Lewis uses a chainsaw for his carving. Photos by Kyle Jensen/Whidbey News Group

Binoculars, birds and keeping tabs on habitat

Whidbey’s Audubon annual count adds up for conservation

Leaping into ‘The Nutcracker’

OH dancers perform this weekend

  • Dec 13, 2017

History haunts OH Poetry Project

Meetings encourage deep writing, listening

Island Unseen: Lab Girl, The Lorax, The Hidden Life of Trees and Me

I used to think of trees as majestic, oxygen-producing shade-providers. Not anymore. Reading Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees and Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl… Continue reading

Santa Claus sitting awhile in Oak Harbor

Posing for photos until Dec. 23 at Harborview Mall

Oak Harbor performer juggles two productions at once

She’s here, she’s there, she’s everywhere

From regret to redemption in Dickens’ classic Christmas tale

Whidbey Playhouse ‘A Christmas Carol’ a family affair

Saratoga Orchestra offers Peter, a wolf and a ‘petting zoo,’ too

Saratoga Orchestra hosts traditional kid-friendly concert

Potters of Whidbey hosting first holiday sale

‘So many of us between Oak Harbor and Clinton’

Among family treasures is a plate that traveled west by stage coach. A handwritten note taped to the back reads: “Grandpa Angell’s Mother brought this plate across the plains in 1861.”

Reflecting on family’s past a ‘never-ending’ pasttime

Tracing ancestors focus of local genealogy club

Among family treasures is a plate that traveled west by stage coach. A handwritten note taped to the back reads: “Grandpa Angell’s Mother brought this plate across the plains in 1861.”

Island Unseen: Beach combing at Bowman Bay

Making my way over and between barnacled, blunt-edged rocks and boulders along the north shore of Bowman Bay, quiet clickings increase in proportion to my… Continue reading

Kyle Jensen / The Record — Francisco stitches a piece of fabric using her sewing machine.

Langley seamstress discovers passion in creating era designs

From a well-lit corner room in her Langley home, Patricia Francisco can often be found working magic on a sewing machine. But her work space… Continue reading

Kyle Jensen / The Record — Francisco stitches a piece of fabric using her sewing machine.

Rockin’ A Hard Place: Thanks, Whidbey, for everything you have, every day

I know it sounds a bit Pollyanna-ish, but living here on the Rock does make me think it’s Thanksgiving every day. How could you not… Continue reading

The Greenbank Trading Post is full of collectibles for all tastes. Anthony Gatto turned the old family barn with items from estate sales over the past two decades. Years ago, his store was one of 13 such stores along Whidbey’s main route but many have closed. His mother, RuthAnne Gatto, also helps out in the store, which got its beginnings as a olace to sell her homemade crafts.

Greenbank Trading Post packed with collectibles

Shop may soon become another relic of yesteryear

The Greenbank Trading Post is full of collectibles for all tastes. Anthony Gatto turned the old family barn with items from estate sales over the past two decades. Years ago, his store was one of 13 such stores along Whidbey’s main route but many have closed. His mother, RuthAnne Gatto, also helps out in the store, which got its beginnings as a olace to sell her homemade crafts.