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

Cold Springs Trail – Difficult

4.3 miles. 2058 feet elevation gain. Cold Springs Trail connects the Cascade Lake Day Use Area with Mount Constitution Rd. and is the trail most often used for training by prospective mountaineers. The trail climbs up the west side of the mountain with numerous switchbacks, creeks, and vistas looking out towards East Sound. Start at the trailhead on top of the mountain beside a picnic shelter and head down for an easier route, or commence your hike from the Day Use Area for a rigorous journey that locals use to prep for hiking in the Cascade Mountain Range. This hike can take a few hours going up or down, and several flat promontories are great for snack breaks and picnics. Hikers can travel from the trailhead across Mt. Constitution Rd. to the Little Summit/Mount Constitution trail for further mountaintop adventures. Biking is permitted during the offseason.

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A Bite Of Orcas

Matthew’s Smokehouse and Deli – By Simon

A Brief Overview Southern cooking, at its essence, is comfort. Comfort for both body and soul, and a place for people to come together in an environment, created as much by the food as anything else, and share experiences. Fueled by salt and fat, southern cooking is not a tame cuisine and takes a skilled and sure hand to wield it well. A chef must walk the path of authentic southern cooking lest they move towards unflattering imitation, slathered in store-bought barbecue sauce, reliant on little more than sugar to mask the clear lack of flavor. It is unexpected then, at least to me, to find something so outlandish as a Southern-style smokehouse located here on Orcas Island, especially in the building that once housed what was perhaps “just another American-Italian semi-fine-dining restaurant”. While I came away from my meal somewhat conflicted, certain things were never in doubt. Clarity, however, eludes me when examining the intricacies of the ownership of the establishment. Despite this fact…

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