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Art's Alive 2022 a great success

Some 1,900 people viewed fine art in Maple Hall Nov. 11-14 during La Conner’s 37th annual Art’s Alive! Forty-seven art pieces sold, generating $50,000, including donations. Maggie Wilder sold eight paintings and Janie Olsen and Ria Harboe each...

 

Paul Newman's life, as he told it

By Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm The eyes must've been two feet tall. And they were looking right at you. For a minute, you imagined that they were following you as you sat eating buttery...

 

Library Happenings

By Jean Markert, La Conner Swinomish Library director In this season of Thanksgiving, the library has so many things to be thankful for. We are extremely thankful for the amazing community volunteers...

 

MoNA Giving Tuesday

Donate to the Museum of Northwest Art’s year-end campaign on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29. Help raise $135,000 by the end of the year to sustain the quality and impact of MoNA’s programs. Donations can be made at monamuseum.org/make-gift or by mail...

 

Same decade, different views

Looking at the photos and reading the stories in Jeanne Hansen's book, "Alternative Voices: 1980s Punk San Francisco," one thing is clear to me. We lived in different worlds during the 1980s. I was...

 

'Always Patsy Cline' sold out

“Always Patsy Cline” was sold out Friday and probably on Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Version and deservedly so. Ria Peth as Cline and Kelly Visten as fan Louise Seger were great and...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 16, 2022

Community was all-in at Art's Alive opening gala

Art, appetizers and wine and lots of buzz about the quality of the show – in short, the Art's Alive opening gala Friday was "a wonderful night," observed La Conner Arts Foundation board member...

 

Historical Museum Holiday Sale

The Skagit County Historical Museum is hosting a holiday sale Nov. 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Skagit City School at 17508 Moore Rd, Mount Vernon. Featuring hand crafted items by local artisans - jewelry, textiles, cards, cookies, pottery and...

 

Dance opportunities abound in Skagit

By Judy Booth “Get up offa that thing … dance and you’ll feel better!” – James Brown Whether you’re a six-year-old aspiring ballerina or a closeted John Travolta, Skagit Valley is chuck-full of dance performance and instruction. “May I...

 

Seaport Books tops magazine's list to visit on state road trip

La Conner is not just a prime destination for travelers. It is also one for those in search of a good book or three. That according to Seattle Met magazine. Seaport Books, in Gilkey Square near the...

 

38th Art's Alive! opens Friday with gala

Art's Alive! opens Friday with a 5 p.m. gala in Maple Hall, just like in the old days, pre-coronavirus pandemic. This year's fitting theme is "Peace and Solidarity." The 12 chosen to exhibit are a...

 

Music from early keyboard museum floats back to Europe's classical era

Neither time nor distance was an issue at a local museum during an October tour. About two dozen visitors to the Skagit Early Keyboard Museum near Snee-Oosh Beach were transported back centuries and...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 2, 2022

'Little Women' a play to sing and dance about, on stage at Anacortes Community Theatre

Imagine being creative, intelligent and head strong, the oldest of four sisters, in 1861. Imagine having a writing talent and the will for a career in a society where you are, legally, the property...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 2, 2022

'Earth and Sky' converge in Oak Harbor

"Earth and Sky," a mystery opening Friday at the Whidbey Playhouse, is a hard play to figure out. That might be part of its mystery nature. The Playhouse' theme is "The Season of Love," but, not...

 

'Noirvember' films at Lincoln

The Lincoln Theatre is showing classic noire films every Tuesday in November on its 35mm projectors, "the way they were meant to be shown." Source: Lincoln Theatre...

 

'Patsy Cline' live

"Always ... Patsy Cline" is at the Lincoln Theatre Nov. 11, 13, 18-19. Based on Cline's friendship with fan Louise Seger, it stars Ria Peth and Kelly Visten, respectively, and their 7-piece country...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 2, 2022

38th annual Art's Alive!: Great art, Friday gala

This year, raising a glass to the artists featured in the annual Art's Alive! festival will be a cinch. Instead of sipping your wine or beer outdoors in a tent – a measure taken in 2021 to keep the...

 

Historical museum fall party Nov. 5

The Skagit County Historical Museum hosts their fall party, "Seeds For The Future" on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in Maple Hall. There will be live music by the C.C. Adams Band, catering by Santo...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    October 26, 2022

'Rocky' at Lincoln sexy, not scary

There is over the top and then there is an incredible, all in, completely and enthusiastically well executed over the top production of "Rocky Horror Show" playing at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    October 26, 2022

Friday Harbor Film Festival now on-demand

You are reading about last weekend's 10th annual Friday Harbor Film Festival in part to get nudged to click on and watch on demand over 30 films through Oct. 30. They are worth your time. For $75 you...

 

Roger Small's sculpture honors town's visionaries

A Small project is a big addition to downtown La Conner. Skagit Valley artist Roger Small, whose work is on display at Earthenworks Gallery, is making an impact on the town's outdoor landscape....

 

New exhibits open at MoNA

Come to the Museum of Northwest Art for three new exhibits. "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: Honoring Our Stolen Sisters" examines the human rights crisis and national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls....

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    October 12, 2022

Skagit River Poetry Festival's return offers delights

Early morning fog and mist lent a magical twist Thursday to streams of students hauling books from the old to the new La Conner Swinomish Library. The rumble of wheels along Morris Street from carts...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    October 5, 2022

Ruby Fortune's life shines in 'Hardland'

With the main character’s name Ruby Fortune, the novel’s setting in the Arizona Territory at the turn into the 20th century and its title “Hardland,” the reader can guess this read is going to be quite a ride. And it is from the first page,...

 

Enjoy La Conner Poetry Festival 'a la carte' this week

Tickets are still available for the Skagit Poetry Festival, which starts Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. While a full Festival pass costs $300, you can purchase daily passes. Pick and choose and chase favorite poets and sessions on your schedule. For...

 

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