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It was a dark and stormy night . . .

Dec. 9 was a wretched, cold day with sideways rain and bone-chilling wind. The annual La Conner lighted boat parade, put on by the Swinomish Yacht Club, was scheduled for 6 p.m. and all day long peopl...

 By Anne Basye    A & E    December 13, 2023

Shelter Bay Chorus holiday concert sings strong

"It's time for your audition," announced Director Lyle Forde midway through the Shelter Bay Chorus's holiday concert last Friday evening. The 200 people in the audience at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse em...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    December 13, 2023

'Elf' is a spritely show

The hardest piece is suspending your disbelief in watching TJ Fantini’s superb performance as Buddy the Elf, is not that a 30 year old believes he is an elf or that elves live and make toys in Christmas Town or that Santa (the real one) narrates a...

 By Judy Booth    A & E    December 6, 2023

'Seussical the Musical' an extravaganza

“Adults are obsolete children and the hell with them.” – Dr. Seuss “Seussical the Musical,” a whimsical, fantastical stage production based on the works of Dr. Seuss, is the most performed show in America. The local production at the...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 29, 2023
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Time to celebrate holidays with lights, music, boats and Santa

Santa is coming to town early this long holiday shopping season. He makes his first appearance today, Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the La Conner Swinomish Library to read stories to children from 4:30-5:30...


Skagit County Historical Museum's holiday fundraiser is this Saturday

Head up the hill in La Conner to the Skagit County Historical Museum on South Fourth Street Saturday, Dec. 2, to celebrate the holidays. The museum is The combined holiday party and annual appeal kickoff is 6-8 p.m. The museum is decorated for the ho... Full story


Shelter Bay Chorus holiday concert

The Shelter Bay Chorus’ annual holiday concerts are Dec. 8, 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Shelter Bay community clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Drive. Admission is by donation. The program offers “Joy to the World,” “God Rest Ye Merry... Full story


Anacortes makes Creative District

The Washington Arts Commission has announced a Certified Creative District in Anacortes. The Anacortes Creative District is located in the heart of Fidalgo Island and nestled between the San Juan Islands, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. As a part of a...

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Library Corner

In this Thanksgiving week we have so many things to be thankful for here at the library. First and foremost, we are thankful for our many supporters. You are the people who make our amazing library...


Poetry at Pelican Bay Books Saturday

The Madrona Poetry Series brings Robert Michael Pyle and Abigail Prout to read Saturday, 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes. Steve and Kristi Nebel are providing music....

 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 15, 2023
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Maple Hall lit up by Art's Alive

When power failed in La Conner late Friday night and Saturday, the cell phone flashlights came out at Art's Alive. "It was art in the dark," said La Conner Arts Foundation board member Sheila Johnson...


Plant bulbs now for spring color

Bulbs are an important part of the spring garden. Their flowers provide color and interest when it is most appreciated, as well as food for early pollinators. Early bloomers such as snowdrops, winter aconite, miniature iris, crocus and muscari are... Full story


Last weekend for 'Wizard' at Lincoln

“The Wizard of Oz,” the Theater Arts Guild’s wonderfully performed production has its final shows this weekend, Thursday-Sunday. This stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale features the iconic musical score from the MGM film. Enjoy...


Rexville Grange Art Show through Sunday

The 2023 Rexville Grange Holiday Show is your chance to find fine arts and crafts for gifts. It continues Nov. 18-19 at the Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Road. Information: rexvillegrangeartshow.com...


Jingle Belles Ladies Night Out is Friday

The La Conner Chamber of Commerce organized Jingle Belles Ladies Night of Shopping in La Conner is Friday, 4-8 p.m. Pick up your SWAG bag at the Chamber office, 210 Morris Street. The Christmas tree on Gilkey Square will be lit for the evening....

 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 8, 2023
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Art's Alive! 2023 opens Friday at Maple Hall

Expect to see an exciting array of art when Art's Alive opens at Maple Hall this Friday at 1 pm. "Northwest Focus," this year's theme, was inspired by poster artist, greater La Conner resident and...

 By y Judy Booth    A & E    November 8, 2023

Go off to see 'The Wizard of Oz'

BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! The opening night performance of “The Wizard of Oz” filled the Lincoln Theatre to capacity and the evening ended with a standing ovation. Since 1939 audiences have loved L. Frank Baum’s story of young Dorothy, a Kansas...


'The Father' Alzheimer's benefit at Lincoln Nov. 15

Skagit Adult Day Program, a local nonprofit which cares for dementia clients, is showing the Academy Award winning movie “The Father” 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 15 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon. This is a community awareness opportunity, in... Full story


Jingle Belles shopping is Friday, Nov. 17

Ladies, Nov. 17 is your night of shopping at the La Conner Chamber of Commerce’s organized Jingle Belles, a Ladies Night of Shopping, with downtown stores staying open to 8 p.m. Start at the Chamber office, 210 Morris Street, picking up your SWAG...


Calling craft vendors

Calling all artists and crafters. La Conner Kiwanis will be hosting their annual Holiday Craft Show in conjunction with the Rotary Santa Breakfast Saturday, Dec. 2 in Maple Hall. The craft show will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It is a fundraiser to... Full story


Rexville Grange Art Show starts

Make your way to the 2023 Rexville Grange Holiday Show starting with its opening party Thursday, Nov. 9, 5-8 p.m. It is time to find fine arts and crafts for gifts. The show is open this weekend and next, Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 18-19 at the Rexville... Full story

 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 1, 2023

Film festival included '20 Days in Mariupol'

The eleventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival showed 25 feature and 14 short documentary films last week, Oct. 27-29. The volunteer staff and festival volunteers once again offered a well organized and smooth running experience, with screenings at...

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Sweet Adelines sing with red lips

Harmony Northwest Chorus, Skagit County's only Sweet Adelines International acapella group, entertained the residents at the La Conner Retirement Inn last week with a fun twist in their patriotic...


Government & Resiliency Panel at MoNA Saturday

Attend the Government & Resiliency Panel, part of the “Surge” exhibit, at the Museum of Northwest Art Nov. 4, 1 p.m.. The program is part of the education programming for the exhibition “Surge: Mapping Transition, Displacement, and Agency in... Full story


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