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Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 by Anacortes Magazine

The Mayor of Anacortes, Laurie Gere, will proclaim Anacortes “Home of the Original Seahawks” on February 2, 2015, ninety years to the week from when the students of Anacortes High School claimed the name for their sports teams. Continue reading

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 by Steve Berentson

Marius Hibbard hosts a benefit show of photographs from the Island of Brac in Croatia. A remarkable collection of more than 500 photographs stands as evidence of Anacortes resident Marius Hibbard’s recent trip to the historic Island of Brac in … Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Anacortes Magazine

On a dark and rainy October day, the Anacortes Museum – located in the historic Carnegie Library at 1305 8thStreet – can feel imposing. A long flight of stairs is flanked at the top by after-life-like murals of steel tycoon … Continue reading

Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Anacortes Magazine

There’s a new state giant pumpkin champion. Well, almost new. State Champion giant pumpkin grower, Joel Holland of Sumner, broke his current State record today with a pumpkin weighing in at 1,450.5 pounds at the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival held at Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon. Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Anacortes Magazine

For nearly 75 years a beautiful Great Depression-era mural painted by “Northwest Mystic” artist Kenneth Callahan has been enriching the lives of postal customers in Anacortes, Washington. And for over thirty years this masterpiece depicting crewmen on a salmon purse-seiner has been misidentified with the name “Halibut Fishermen.” What’s interesting about this error is how it hints at the artistic struggles concealed in the layers of paint on Callahan’s canvas, compelling us to wonder if there is more to it… Continue reading

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 by Anacortes Magazine

Come listen and dance to the A’Town Big Band playing swing classics at an outdoor Plaza Dance at the Depot during Waterfront Festival. Join us as we renew the tradition of the fishermen’s “pavement dances” which welcomed the salmon seine … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 by Shane Chapman

Shane Chapman offers up a slice of Anacortes music memories that inform his new New York power pop sound, which is well worth a listen. He’s given the band a catchy name: anacortes. anacortes was born out of a chance … Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Anacortes Magazine

Croatian seafarers were instrumental in developing the twentieth century salmon industry on Puget Sound. This article is excerpted with permission from Croatian Fishing Families of Anacortes, written by Bret Lunsford, Anacortes Museum Education. The account traces the often harrowing stories of immigration … Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Mitchell Babarovich

Filmed in Anacortes, WA, Thunder From Heaven is a Second World War independent short film that depicts paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division who were dropped into Germany to support the final push into the heart of the Third Reich on March 24th, 1945. Thunder From Heaven features Anacortes residents; Jacob Leiker, David Mitchell Boyd, Peter McKinley, Mitchell Babarovich, Peter Sladich, Anthony Capasso, Kyle & Knute Fosso as well as Jim Spain and Bryce Pacchelli. Continue reading

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Bret Lunsford

Everywhere you look there’s a Seahawk, on TV, hoodies and foam fingers. The most famous “Seahawks” are obviously Seattle’s football team, which selected their NFL moniker in 1975. Anacortes has that beat by fifty years, when the AHS student body voted to select “Sea Hawks” as our school nickname in February of 1925. This makes the Anacortes Seahawks the “Original Seahawks” in Washington, the United States of America, and probably the first Seahawk named team in the world! Continue reading

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 by Lara Dunning

On most Wednesday nights you’ll find me at A’Town Bistro. Why? Let the menu lead the way; Made-to-Order Clam Chowder, Hand-Cut French Fries, Local Peel and Eat Prawns, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Alaskan Arctic Char, CAB Ribeye Steak. But, there is … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 by Edith Walden

In an effort to bring the island to Justin, friends organized an all-island photograph on March 23, on the lawn in front of Anderson’s General Store. Continue reading

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