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The Penn Cove Water Festival will once again honor the region’s Native American heritage with canoe races, performances and education. The Water Festival allows Northwest tribes to share their heritage through tribal dancing, singing, storytelling, native artists’ booths and demonstrations. The event also includes food such as fry bread and salmon cooked over an alder wood fire.
The fate of one of Whidbey Island’s long-standing festivals is up in the air. Whidbey Island Area Fair’s move to the end of July now conflicts with Greenbank Farm’s annual Loganberry Festival. The date change prompted Greenbank Farm and Port of Coupeville officials to cancel this year’s festival.
Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual awards banquet later this month. Keeping with last year’s popular theme, The OHscars, the evening will be focused on comedies.
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.
Coupeville is gearing up for one of its biggest weekends of the year. The annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along the historic town’s waterfront. A kickoff event is 7-10 p.m. Friday with a juried art gallery opening and wine reception at Coupeville Recreation Hall.
In recent weeks there has been discussion amongst downtown businesses about utilizing parking spaces on Front Street for outdoor dining.
Starting this week, Coupeville Lions are setting up what’s advertised as the “biggest and best” garage sale. It’s the club’s largest fundraiser of the year.