The VoV Emergency Alert Team are Jeanne Dougherty, Leila Khatapoush (front row) and Susan McCabe, Michael Golen-Johnson, March Twisdale, Luke McQuillin, Jane Slade (back row). Photo from the Glamorous Alert Team video by Jeff Dunnicliff
If you’ve ever seen one of the blinking yellow lights around the island and tuned to 1650AM to hear a ferry alert, or read about a big storm on Voice of Vashon’s Facebook page, then you can thank members of the VoV Emergency Alert Team.
The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick, is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband recently died and left her ten million dollars. Contrasting the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the avarice and vanity of “respectable” public figures, it calls into question conventional definitions of sanity while lampooning celebrity culture.
Inherent in the recognition and celebration of the darkest time of the year is the return of the light. Our confidence in the promise of the winter solstice is reflected in the birth of Christ, the miraculous Hannukah light that carried us through the dark time, the reinforcing of community ties of Kwanzaa, and personal resolve to reinvent ourselves in our New Year’s resolutions.
On December 26, 1995, Mark Sears spent the day tracking an elusive J Pod. With his own children in tow, Mark and the Sears Pod circumnavigated Vashon-Maury. Near Blake Island, the Sears Pod finally caught up with J Pod.
Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS) is a collaboration between Vashon Allied Arts and Vashon Island School District, pairing professional artists with teachers and students (k - 12) for meaningful, curriculum based arts learning.
The Christmas cookie-baking season rushes on in my neighborhood. There are going to be lots of children, and older people, too, high on sugar if we don’t lock up some of the cookies. Also, we can choose our sugars wisely.
On December 3rd, Vashon Island School District Superintendent Michael Soltman hosted King County Executive Dow Constantine for a tour of schools, meetings with principals, and a “round table” discussion with District leaders that included students.
Three times in the last week I have experienced people screwing up and then putting the blame on me. That’s actually kind of a low number of incidences for a week isn’t it? You experience that all the time don’t you? A lot of lies are told during the holidays.
I will never forget snuggling up with my older sister Christmas Eve, and looking out the window at the red sky. It was red because we lived in the city and the holiday lights were reflecting on the clouds. I was just sure that it was Rudolph’s nose lighting the way for Santa’s sleigh.
High and Lonesome was formed in 1985 and played all the bluegrass festivals throughout the Northwest. The band broke up at the end of 1989, but reunited in 1993 and were hired to play 3 shows at the very first Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival that year.
Rumor Has It began in 2009, when a group of long-time island musicians began loitering around a cabin on Vashon. From diverse musical backgrounds, they started jamming, pulled a rabbit out of a hat, and realized their musical destiny was string-band rock.
Vashon Events presents “Will Sing For Food,” on Saturday, December 20th starting at 8pm. Local musicians are signing up to perform holiday carols to earn tips to support the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank. We’ll have a list of songs and performers available soon!