October 2014

Happy 125th Birthday, Washington State!

The winds packed quite a wallop the other day, but that doesn’t keep Shaw Islanders from packing a lot of activities into the shorter, cooler days.

Oct. 31. Look forward to the annual hair-raising Halloween at South Beach. This is a unique kind of trick & treating, with young islanders in disguise moving among decorated camp sites with the chance to meet some friendly and some scary (but generous) characters. Call Allison Lengyel (468-3696) if you’d like to participate. There will be refreshments.

Nov. 8. Three events in one! The Shaw Library will launch its new cookbook, “Shaw Cooks,” at the Community Center. Cookbooks are $20 each. But first there will library merchandise for sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., bring your favorite potluck item for an all-island dinner. It is hoped that you will bring your submitted recipe prepared just the way you like it.

After dinner we will unearth the Time Capsule buried Nov. 11, 1989, the year of Washington State’s Centennial. Did you see the article on the opening pages of your voters’ pamphlet? It was a statewide project. We are asking you for suggestions as to what to put in the next time capsule. Perhaps you’d like to write a letter about life on Shaw Island, or suggest a small item representative of 2014? Feel free to be creative. Contact Heidi Laursen or Diana Wisen.

Nov. 15 (submitted by Lola Deane). Five years ago we held a potluck to introduce the Safi School Project to people and tell them about the Ngateu Secondary School in Arusha, Tanzania. The Safi board will be here in November and will present an update on the fantastic things that have occurred at the school. There will a video tour and interviews with students. The Shaw Fellowship is sponsoring this potluck event at the Community Center and everyone is welcome, especially students, to share this evening in Africa. Please come at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, with a potluck dish. For more information, call Lola at 468-3351.

Nov. 22. Let’s go shopping at the annual Holiday Boutique featuring local artists and vendors, plus lots of food! What more could you ask for to kick off your holiday activities? Gifts, Christmas décor, baked goods jewelry, knitted items, woodworking, swags, specialties from Our Lady of the Rock, and more cookies than you have seen in a long time. If you would like space as a vendor, we’d love to have you. Contact Dittie Weinel or Diana Wisen.

Last call for Shaw Island Directory updates and changes. Please contact Diana with even the smallest change or correction. An addendum (sheet of paper) will be mailed with the annual letter in November. Please use this email address: dmwisen@fidalgo.net

Many thanks to Shannon Klohr for the wonderful skills-share workshop she presented on fermenting foods. Many thanks to the Swansons and to Ben Nevis Farms for sharing the bounty of beautiful cabbages.

A huge ‘Thank you!’ to Alex MacLeod and Willie Williams for donating a brand new laptop to the Community Center. Technology changes were making it almost impossible for presenters to use their flash drives with the old computer. This generous donation is much appreciated.

As we begin to prepare for the winter months ahead, the Shaw Emergency Response Team (SERT) will be reviewing the program and making updates. I will keep you posted.

The recent ferry meeting about the upcoming reservation system was well attended. Representatives promised that adjustments would be made if the need arises. They are very aware of the challenges at the Anacortes terminal area. You may begin making reservations on Dec. 5 for travel beginning Jan. 5, 2015. Having been on overload and not getting on the last ferry twice on Friday nights recently, I can see that I will have to train myself to make use of the reservation system.

Stay warm and dry as you count your blessings that include being part of the Shaw Island Community.

Diana Wisen,
Shaw Islanders, Inc.