Week of July 10, 2024

Parade participants dress as two Founding Fathers

Happy holiday crowds have a blast

Bill Reynolds

This year's July 4 celebration in La Conner was a double feature times two. Several entries in the town's Independence Day parade looped downtown a second time. That evening, tribal vendors led by Rodney John filled the sky with fireworks for hours following the official pyrotechnics show over Swinomish Channel. Both the parade and fireworks received positive reviews as did the two-band holiday evening concert at the Port of Skagit's La Conner Marina. Social media was filled Thursday night and...

Reception set for Quilt Museum Director Amy Green

Bill Reynolds

Amy Green has for the past decade been the very uncommon thread binding together diverse exhibits and educational programs at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum at historic Gaches Mansion. Her focus has been uncommon in that Green brought with her to La Conner in 2013 an extensive background in a wide range of artistic impression and managerial experience, including six years as director of operations at the famed Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. Now Green is returning to...

  • Five people gather in front of a painting of flowers

    Library displays its local art appreciation

    Sarah Christensen

    Discovery. Connections. Inspiration. The La Conner ­Swinomish Library's mission is to create a safe, supportive and welcoming place that goes beyond providing traditional library resources. Over the past four years, a small group of board members, library staff, community leaders, Tribal leaders and patrons of the arts have worked together to develop displays of Northwest art and Skagit historical pieces for our library. A little background is needed. As the library neared completion, the...

  • 'Holler' in La Conner with Poetry Foundation

    Cora Thomas

    The Skagit River Poetry Foundation celebrates the summer sun by "making you wanna holler" at its free, fun and family friendly "Make Me Wanna Holler" from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in beautiful Pioneer Park. Come for live music, a barbecue and poetry open mic. The delicious food for purchase includes burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, beverages and vegetarian options. Rock the afternoon away with the Delta Promenade Band. Enjoy acoustic delta, country, ragtime and hokum blues songs on guitar,...

  • A&E Briefs

    Mark your calendars for these upcoming fun activities. Skagit City School Picnic, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 17508 Moore Road, Mount Vernon. Join us for this time-honored tradition of celebrating community. Food will be available from the La Conner Rotary Club. The 20th annual NW Art Beat Studio Tour sees 22 artists showing their works in 16 studios in a free, self-guided Skagit Valley art studio tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 and 21. NW Art Beat is presented by Skagit Artists. Get the map guide and learn more at ­NWArtBeat.com. La...

  • May character trump ego

    Ken Stern

    Our country is in a pickle, politically, and, oddly, a vast majority of us seem to agree that our two major political parties are the primary factor. While more Republicans are enamored with their presidential candidate, Donald Trump, the polls show that most voters wish we had two different people to choose from to lead the country. Neither the Republican Party, as an institution – or its adherents – have any inclination of dealing with the deficits of their candidate, whether it is his age, his character or his criminal record. The...

  • Explaining closure of Little Braves Preschool

    Mary Ellen Lykins

    I would like to share some clarifying information about the closure of Little Braves Preschool in La Conner. Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) partnered in quality preschool programming in La Conner for many years. We continue to believe it could be an important contribution to the community. It may have been unclear to the contributors writing the Weekly News this spring, but the funding model for the Little Braves preschool was never intended to rely solely on SIHS funding. SIHS agreed to provide a contracted amount to the district preschool...

  • Will airplanes and renewable energy ever get to co-exist?

    Greg Whiting

    “What about airplanes?” That’s one of the most common questions I get when people start talking with me about renewable energy. It’s like asking Henry Ford “Hey, Henry, when’s that Model A going to be able to run 200 miles an hour for about three hours at Talladega?” The answer: Not immediately, but a Ford that’s a direct descendant of the Model A will be able to do that. It’s not like asking when a Ford car will be able to land on the moon. Switching to renewable energy will...

  • Town wants ideas, just not from Glen

    As an active community member, I read almost every article in the La Conner Weekly News, usually by early Wednesday afternoon, so I typically find things about which to write. Sometimes I just sit and let the soup simmer, see if it needs some seasoning, maybe some seasoned reasoning should come to bare. I found the town council’s priorities (“La Conner council sets priorities at retreat,” July 3) very interesting. One member of the council brought up the importance of community involvement, another stressed volunteerism, communication...

  • MoNA has more great exhibits

    A recent article in your paper reviewed the new exhibitions at MoNA, the powerful paintings and glass work of Joseph Gregory Rossano’s “Portrait of the Divine,” and “Early Rituals,” the iconic creations of a master in glass, William Morris (June 19, 2024). However, two upstairs exhibitions were not mentioned. The first is a beautiful exhibition from MoNA’s permanent collection, “At the Seam,” including new acquisitions and the last is “SOMOS (WE ARE)” in the small Outside/In Gallery. It is the latter upon which I would...

  • Celebration of Life: Holly Gwinn Graham

    There will be a Celebration of Life for Holly Gwinn Graham Saturday July 20, 2-5 p.m. at The Evergreen State College House of Welcome Long House, 2800 Dogtooth Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98505. No reservations are required. Holly Gwinn Graham, Feb. 18, 1946-Feb. 4, 2024, was a singer, songwriter, actor, director, writer, artist, teacher, activist, mother and...

  • Police Blotter

    Sunday, June 30 11:28 p.m.: Dog bites dog – Caller reported that a neighbor’s dog attacked his dog and this led to an $1,800 bill at pet emergency. This is not the first time this dog has bit a person or animal and the case is being investigated by animal control. Young Road, greater La Conner. Monday, July 1 10:55 a.m.: Here’s a story – Caller found a set of carpet installing tools hidden in the bushes and believed they may be stolen. A deputy collected the found items and saw it was labeled with a company name out of Kent. The items...

  • Potato salad

    Aqiimuk's potato salad

    Patricia Aqiimuk Paul Esq.

    The varieties and brands of mayonnaise are numerous. I use Kraft mayo made with olive oil. It's my current favorite! The dill pickle and dill pickle juice add the best flavor to this dish. Ingredients Potatoes, 4, unpeeled, cut into quarters Eggs, 4, hard boiled Mayonnaise, 1/2 to 3/4 C Yellow mustard, 1/4 C Dill pickle, 1 diced Dill pickle juice, 1 T Paprika Salt and pepper Preparation Boil potatoes. Hard boil eggs. Cool potatoes and eggs in refrigerator. Often, I cook them the day before...

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