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Haller House talk to delve into history

Restoration work on the 155-year-old Haller House in Coupeville continues to make progress.

Haller House
Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

If looks could kilt: Whidbey club celebrates Scottish garb

More than four dozen lads and lasses from South Whidbey are part of the Rampant Kilt Society.

Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Photo by Kira Erickson

In the trees: Couple takes Whidbey Island vacation rental to new heights

Max Lindsay-Thorsen and Tatiana Rocha always knew they wanted to build treehouses.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Photo by Kira Erickson

Whidbey Island Fair returns

Visitors gather to take their turns on carnival rides and watch beloved 4-H animals compete.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Adrienne Lyle (Photo provided)

Whidbey Islander will compete in Tokyo Olympics

Adrienne Lyle and her horse, Salvino, set two American records in their Olympic qualifying events.

Adrienne Lyle (Photo provided)
Photo by Kira Erickson
Gary Gabelein, this year's grand marshal of the Whidbey Island Fair parade, with his donkey, Cleopatra.

Longtime fair volunteer, community member chosen as this year’s grand marshal

Gary Gabelein has a long history of involvement with the Whidbey Island Fair.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Gary Gabelein, this year's grand marshal of the Whidbey Island Fair parade, with his donkey, Cleopatra.

Whidbey Island Fair makes return after year off

A beloved tradition that took a hiatus in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic is back this year.

Kids decorate cookies at the 2019 Whidbey Island Fair. (Photo provided)

Cookie decorating returning to Whidbey fair

More than 500 people stopped by for a creative and delicious treat at the 2019 fair.

Kids decorate cookies at the 2019 Whidbey Island Fair. (Photo provided)
Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.

Decades of fair memories saved by South Whidbey Historical Society

Thousands of pages digitized and free to view online

Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.
Becca Heavrin paints in her studio. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

New resident sets up her art studio in Greenbank

F or Becca Heavrin, creating art is a process of discovery.

Becca Heavrin paints in her studio. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Mark Saia points to a repair on the Suva's NAME OF EQUIPMENT

Suva returns to the water after undergoing repairs

The 95-year-old wooden sailboat spent the last month in dry dock to replace its horn timber.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Mark Saia points to a repair on the Suva's NAME OF EQUIPMENT
Photo by Kira Erickson
Kayla Bodenhafer, 15, with Kenny, a goat who broke his leg and avoided a death sentence earlier this year. The Bodenhafers refused to put him down and instead made him a cast. In years past, he has been at the Whidbey Island Fair.

Goats with success stories — and more — at Whidbey fair

Goats who miraculously recovered from injury and illness will compete at the upcoming fair.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Kayla Bodenhafer, 15, with Kenny, a goat who broke his leg and avoided a death sentence earlier this year. The Bodenhafers refused to put him down and instead made him a cast. In years past, he has been at the Whidbey Island Fair.
Pacific Northwest Art School founder Muriel Pickard (Photo provided)

Pacific Northwest Art School recipient of legacy gifts

During their lifetimes, Muriel Pickard and Ellen Marott gave much more than money to the art school.

Pacific Northwest Art School founder Muriel Pickard (Photo provided)
Espyn Gassett, 3, pets a dog who walked in the parade. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

An old-fashioned Fourth: Oak Harbor’s first post-pandemic celebration a blast

Oak Harbor residents lined Bayshore Drive for the Fourth of July parade.

Espyn Gassett, 3, pets a dog who walked in the parade. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Karen Achabel holds up a piece of kelp at Fort Ebey State Park on April 24. Seaweed harvesting at state parks is limited to April 15-May 15, although seaweed can be harvested from non-state park land at other times during the year.

Seaweed Smorgasbord: Greens from the sea the next power food?

Whidbey has seaweed on its shores and there are many ways an adventurous eater can try a bite.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Karen Achabel holds up a piece of kelp at Fort Ebey State Park on April 24. Seaweed harvesting at state parks is limited to April 15-May 15, although seaweed can be harvested from non-state park land at other times during the year.

Sportsmen’s association to teach NRA basics of pistol shooting

North Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association is offering a series of monthly safety classes to the public.

  • Jul 2, 2021
Artist display

Work by local artist displayed at Oak Harbor Library during July

Ruth Mattson is the Oak Harbor Library’s featured artist for July.

  • Jul 2, 2021
Artist display
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2019 Lions Swap Meet at Blue Fox

Lions Swap Meets kick off July 10

The Whidbey Island Lions Club of Oak Harbor will launch its third annual Swap Meet July 10.

  • Jul 2, 2021
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2019 Lions Swap Meet at Blue Fox

Kiwanis Beachcomber Bazaar bringing a bonanza of booty

The 17th annual Oak Harbor Kiwanis Club Beachcomber Bazaar will take place on July 10.

Amanda Ferrara poses with ball python Lemon and bearded dragon Drogon. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Whidbey woman has warm heart for cold-blooded critters

Amanda Ferrara owns 14 scaly friends of her own, each with its own unique personality.

Amanda Ferrara poses with ball python Lemon and bearded dragon Drogon. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)