Hey, its: Friday, December 8

What's Going On Today?

Orcas Today: December 8th-10th

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

Lum Farm Christmas Trees
Thursday-Sunday from 11:00-5:00pm
Noble, Frasier and Douglas Fir trees from 2 ft. to 10 ft. will be available Thursday through Sunday, 11:00-5:00pm while supplies last.  The Lum Farmstand will also be open with artisan meats, cheese and farm-inspired gifts. The farm is open Wednesday 12-5pm.

Winter Artisans Market
December 8th-10th at Oddfellows Hall
December 8th: Ticketed opening night with dinner, bar, and music from 4:00-8:00pm
December 9th: Daytime market with coffee, pastries, lunch, wines and cider from 10:00-4:00pm
December 10th: Sunday market with brunch baked goods, teas, and bubbly bar from 11:00am-3:00pm
Friday Dinner by The Kitchen, Bar by the Barnacle, Brunch by Olga Rising and Queen Bee Baking.

On Stage at Orcas Center: Sea Island Nutcracker
December 8th & 9th at 6:00pm
Orcas Dance Collective is proud to present their maritime take on a holiday classic: The Sea Island Nutcracker. Featuring many wildlife and nautical themes that make our island home so magical, this full length dream ballet showcases an inter-generational cast of local talent, with featured roles performed by The Orcas Dance Collective, Junior Dance Collective, Mini Dance Collective, and Class Series Students. Directed by Stephanie Moss. Poster design and photography by Bianca Cox.

On Screen at Seaview Theater: Priscilla
December 8th & 9th at 7:30pm
Rated R.

Krampusoke at The Lower Tavern
December 8th at 9:30pm
Head to the Lower on Friday where DJ Krampus and Sorelf will take you on a musical journey unlike any other. Half karaoke, half dance party.  Come early for photos with Krampus!

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

Orcas Library Storytime
December 9th from 11:00am-11:30pm

Santa Ship
December 9th at 12:00pm at the Orcas Ferry Landing
Join the Orcas Lions Club to welcome Santa and the holidays to our magical island!

Free Luminary Workshop
December 9th 12:00-4:00pm at Orcas Center
On December 21st the first “Be the Light” luminary parade will commence on Orcas Island. The parade is for ALL islanders, all ages and anyone who would like to participate. You are invited you to bring a luminaria to carry in the parade or just come and walk.  A free luminary making workshop will be held at the Orcas Center in the Madrona Room in preparation for the parade, hosted by local artist and A*OK art teacher, Brook Meinhardt.

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

Holiday Photo Sessions
December 10th at the Orcas Island Community Resource Center
Satya Curcio Photography will be producing incredible images of your family for the holidays. All products ordered at the time of booking will be delivered before the holidays.  book online here!

Indoor Futsal
Sundays at 3:00pm in the OHS Gym
Ages 16+, $2 drop in fee.

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


Get out and Hike

Little Summit Trail – Difficult

2.2 miles. 430 feet elevation gain/loss Little Summit rests above Mountain Lake on the eastern side of Mount Constitution. The Little Summit Trail starts at one of the best picnic vistas in Moran State Park, with several tables for visitors to relax on as they enjoy views of Mount Pickett and the south sound. The trail continues along the sloping ridge of the mountain towards the summit through variable terrain populated by switchbacks, ant hills, and ancient Lodgepole Pine growth. Several vantage points along the trail offer breathtaking views and photo opportunities of eastern Orcas Island, including Mountain Lake and Twin Lakes, and the waters of the Salish Sea. Take the mid-way cutoff towards the Cold Springs Trail for further hiking or continue the ascent towards the summit and see the best view in the San Juan Islands.

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A Bite Of Orcas

Orcas Hotel Café – By Howie

I am an American. Those four little words should tell you everything you need to know about how much I love burgers. Okay, not everything, but I hope you get the idea. There’s nothing quite like it: Meat, Toppings, Condiments, Crispy Toasted Bread, mix and match to your liking (yes, I realize I also just described a normal sandwich, but follow me on this one), and chow down! That being said, I do also realize that not all burgers are created equal: a gourmet burger is not a good comparison to a cookout burger, and while I do enjoy both (very much so), when you decide to up the ante and treat yourself to a restaurant, you expect something a bit more on the decadent side. And, I am pleased to report, that (at least) the food given to me by Orcas Hotel Café did not disappoint! Orcas Hotel has a long history of different chefs and restaurant names gracing its doors, but in the new world of Survive the Pandemic (take that however you will) they have opted for a simpler design: small café, small menu, daily specials, lunch, and dinner; no frills, basically. Their entire ordering process for dinner is online so my esteemed colleague and I had to change up our usual rules, and I took his recommendation for the Cheeseburger with Fries while he went with the Burmese Chicken Curry Special (read Simon’s review of Orcas Hotel Café here). Now, my overly simplified palate may suggest that I got the raw…

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