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Orcas Today: May 17th-19th

Ladies Intermediate Tennis
Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:00-11:00am at Buck Park
Free, drop-in, ages 16 and older.

Orcas Library Storytime
May 17th from 11:00am-11:30pm

The Kitchen & Live Music at Orcas Island Winery
May 17th at 4:00-7:00pm
Join our beloved longtime island chefs Jasmine and Charles from The Kitchen at Orcas Island Winery for their summer return! The first pop up is tomorrow featuring their most loved dishes, including nori, specially crafted N/A beverages and their well-loved sweets. Plus, enjoy live music from local artist, Sam Sloane of The Northship. As always, families welcome!

Chamber Meet-Up at The Exchange
May 17th at 5:30pm
Join fellow business owners, operators, solopreneurs, farmers and food growers, and nonprofit members at The Exchange for a special tour of the Exchange Gallery and the latest news from Orcas Recycling Services director Pete Moe. The Chamber will also share important updates and plans for events through the remainder of the year, including our Shop Local campaign!

Salish Sea Folk Arts Fest at Moran State Park
May 17th & 18th
Come out to Moran State park for folk fest fun for islanders and visitors alike. Hostel style cabins and private lodging options and meals. This will be a small, welcoming community gathering limited to 150 participants. Excellent teachers, beautiful forest and lake location, and heritage skill-sharing. The main Fest is Saturday, May 18 with a full day of workshop options on Friday and more on Saturday. Special 2-3 night lodging options. Free kids activities on Saturday. All ages and abilities welcome.  Tickets are available at https://518folkfest24.eventbrite.com and include the day pass for the full Folk Fest Fair and an afternoon of music.

Salish Sea Folk Arts Barn Dance
May 17th at 7:00pm in the Old Gym
This tradition on Orcas is a popular gathering of all ages and features caller Amy Carroll, a familiar dance host with live music. If you need a refresher, or are a beginner, Amy is hosting a how-to class at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at https://517folkfest24.eventbrite.com. Kids under 18 are free.

On Screen at Seaview Theater: Civil War
May 17th & 18th at 7:30pm
Rated R.

Adult Intermediate Tennis
Saturdays from 8:00am-12:00pm at Buck Park
Free, ages 18 and older.

Orcas Island Farmers Market
Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm at The Village Green
Featuring live music every Saturday.  Come explore lots of local produce, plant starts, artisan crafts, flowers, delicious food, and many more goodies every Saturday through September.

Turtleback Kids Sale
May 18th from 11:00am-3:00pm
Turtleback Kids is having it’s last weekend and you can save up to 70%
off this Saturday!

On Stage at Orcas Center: The Orcas Choral Society
May 18th at 7:00pm & 19th at 2:00pm
From the sublime to the downright silly, Orcas Choral Society’s spring concert, Songs of Shadow and Light, features works of contemporary English composer John Rutter.

Indoor Pickleball
Sundays from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Old Gym
$2 drop in enrollment.

Chess Day at Orcas Island Library
May 19th at 4:00pm
The Orcas Island Public Library is launching its first annual Chess Day this Sunday. All ages and levels of experience are welcome, and for beginners, a chess coach will show them the ropes from 3pm to 4pm. The tournament will start at 4pm, and players will be matched based on skill level. A fun, low-pressure event, where everyone attending will be the winner of a free pizza!

Indoor Volleyball
Wednesday/Sunday from 7:30-9:30pm in the Old Gym
Ages 16+, $2 drop in fee.

Get out and Hike

Cascade Falls Trail – Easy

.25 mile. 130 feet elevation loss The perfectly and naturally framed Cascade Falls are some of Moran State Park’s most well-known and popular natural wonders. The trail to the falls begins just off Mount Constitution road, where parking is available and leads quickly to the Upper Falls. These smaller falls give a taste of what is to come and serve as the source for the gentle stream that flows along the trail down to the Lower Falls. Several promontories above the falls provide excellent photo opportunities and the spray comes all the way up to the trail during the rainy seasons. The trail ultimately winds down to a bridge over the stream, where primitive trails wind through the brush directly to the falls. The water is cold, but when the stream runs low visitors can walk out right under the falls. This sometimes steep but short trail is a wonderful chance for all ages to enjoy natural water wonders on Orcas Island.

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A Bite Of Orcas

Kingfish at West Sound – By Howie

I am not, in any way, shape, or form, a guru in the ways of fine dining. Asking someone like me for advice on whether one fancy restaurant is better than another is more akin to asking a robin which tree is better for them to build a nest in. I will, however, argue vehemently that I love food (not that there’s anyone arguing with me, just a self-debate to pass the time), more so than others; be it American, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, the list would continue to the end of the page if I had my way (though my editor would have quite the hissy fit). So while I may be spouting off my own nonsense about what I think of a restaurant, I hope that my personal preferences invigorate you to explore new places, and sample new dishes, as I will be doing throughout these reviews. Alright, enough BS; let’s get started with Kingfish at West Sound! Kingfish boasts a wonderful view from the deck, and a decent view from the seat facing the front door (I’m told by my esteemed colleague…

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