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Orcas Today: Thursday, December 8th

2022 GiveOrcas Campaign
December 1st-15th at GiveOrcas.org
We invite you to give $10 or more at www.GiveOrcas.org from December 1st–15th. Making meaningful donations to programs that you care about improves and strengthens the Orcas Island community. Be sure to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to make a gift to this year’s Campaign. Giving together, we all do better.

Tree Sales at Lum Farm
Thursday-Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm
Tree sales continue, with an assortment of Nobles, Frasier and Douglas Firs from 2-10+ feet. For more info, visit www.lumfarmllc.com or email lumfarmorders@gmail.com.

Youth Basketball Clinic
Thursdays from 3:45-4:45pm, Saturdays from 1:00-2:00pm at the OCS Gym
Coach Kami Griffin will host a coed basketball skills clinic for 1st and 2nd graders at the Orcas Christian School Gym.

Orcas Island School MS Band & Strings Concert
December 8th at 7:00pm in the OHS Gym

Indoor Pickleball
Monday/Thursday at 7:30pm at the Old Gym
All ages, $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

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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