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  • Guitar Festival brought luthiers to La Conner

    Kylee Fortygin|Jun 7, 2023

    La Conner is a cool place with its incredible dining, magic Skagit views and small town charm. It is no wonder a Guitar Festival has been added to the list of things to do. In mid-May, Maple Hall becomes home to some of the finest handcrafted and carefully sourced guitars one could imagine. "They're almost like living things" says John Carrigan of Curly Creek Guitars. "I know my child is out there and it wants to be played." Carrigan specializes in Archtop guitars, a passion he developed as a...

  • Tulip Town's Locals Night more sun than blooms

    Kylee Fortygin|Apr 19, 2023

    It was a beautiful, sun-filled evening to catch up with locals at Tulip Town last Wednesday April 12. Instead of encountering big crowds of tourists, Skagit residents flocked to the colorful tulip fields. Since it is a late season, only a few rows had popped up, but that didn't stop people from coming out. "It's a long season," murmured a passerby. "It will probably pick up later." Staff ensured there was a spectacle to see no matter what, which was evident by their detailed mural artwork...

  • Women hold up sky at all four corners of Morris and Sixth streets

    Kylee Fortygin|Apr 12, 2023

    At the corners of Morris and Sixth streets you will find three booming businesses and a library that are owned or operated by women: Beaver Tales Coffee, Stompin Ground Coffee Co., Tillinghast Postal & Business Center and the La Conner Swinomish Library. All serve the community in unique ways. Library Director Jean Markert started in September 2022 after serving as chair of La Conner Regional Library board of directors, where she had a key role in the process of building the new library, a project that had been in the works for ten years. Becau...

  • Mommy and me dance time

    Kylee Fortygin|Apr 5, 2023

    Early Friday mornings you can find parents and their children dancing up a storm at Crescent Moon Yoga Studio on Morris Street in La Conner. That is where the fabulous "Ms Mo" teaches kids dance and learning skills through fun activities. "We've been coming since September" said Jessica Van Wagner who brought her toddler, Mae Mae, along. "My daughter learned her colors, better coordination, and how to take direction in an exciting way. This is a fun group setting to engage with others." Ms Mo...

  • La Conner's murder mystery draws big crowd

    Kylee Fortygin|Mar 29, 2023

    It's no mystery that combining costumed actors, fun and suspense will draw a crowd. That what happened in La Conner Saturday, when the town's Chamber of Commerce's "The Case of the Slain Slough Swindler," unfurled across Morris and First streets throughout the day. Huge crowds came out on a sunny, yet blustery spring day. Businesses dotted along the Swinomish Channel had people lined out the door during lunchtime and there was a buzzing of suspicion in the air. Who murdered the fictional...

  • The second annual pet parade raises the woof!

    Kylee Fortygin|Mar 22, 2023

    The La Conner Chamber of Commerce's second annual pet parade shone bright last Saturday on what was arguably the nicest day of the year so far. The sunshine brought people from all corners of town – and outside of La Conner – to participate in and watch this fun event. Canines were the center of the show, but a few exotic pets showed up – a Rhode Island Red hen named Jennifeather, a rabbit and a cat named Gizmo. Gina McCarthy Torpey, event organizer, said nearly all 50 registration slots were...

  • Beezie + Co. grows blooms that color the Magic Skagit

    Kylee Fortygin|Mar 15, 2023

    The La Conner Civic Garden Club invited the public to hear Colleen O’Brien-Miller of Beezie + Co. Flower Farm discuss her flower business last Thursday, March 9. O’Brien-Miller’s flowers were the talk of the town among interested attendees in the Second Street building. She was peppered with questions about flora species and ideal planting strategies in the Pacific Northwest. Her flowers grow on five of the 120 acre Fir Island homestead that has been in her family for five generations. Among the tips she shared were to store dry tulip bulbs...

  • Will you figure out 'The Case of the Slain Slough Swindler?'

    Kylee Fortygin|Mar 15, 2023

    The La Conner Chamber of Commerce's first annual community murder mystery, "The Case of the Slain Slough Swindler," may blanket the business district with amateur detectives throughout the day, Saturday, March 25, a Daffodil Festival feature. This creative event encourages locals and tourists to take their time perusing around town, interviewing suspects and collecting clues to solve a puzzling murder mystery case. Over nineteen local businesses are participating as sponsors, involving a cast...

  • Chamber pet parade calls for animal lovers – and pets

    Kylee Fortygin|Mar 8, 2023

    Mark your calendars: Saturday, March 18 is the Second Annual La Conner Pet Parade presented by the La Conner Chamber of Commerce ( It starts at 11 a.m. at the La Conner Marina parking lot. From there adorned pets and proud owners will make their way south to Gilkey Square for activities lasting to 2 p.m.. "A lot of people know people just by the animals" says resident and parade coordinator Gina McCarthy Torpey, owner of Enchanted Locks Hair Salon. She is relying on La Conner...