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Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Chris Terrell

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 Chris Terrell

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 Chris Terrell

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

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 by Chris Terrell

Anacortes Word Waves 2012 was a joint community collaboration for a public poetry literacy project that resulted in several public poetry events benefitting our community members, students and artists. Word Waves was designed to incorporate the spoken word, written word … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 by Sherry Chavers

“This dance turns your eyes into rivers and tears into streams.” “This booth is still full of wood scraps given new life through a carver’s hand.” “The color of the ocean is like my dad’s eyes…like a shooting star in … Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Chris Terrell

Marcia Neu reads her winning poem “This Rainy Place” at the Anacortes Public Library. Continue reading

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Chris Terrell

Although school took him to Los Angeles for two years, it is in Anacortes that Gaelan Sylvia’s passion for music was ignited … and it is from Anacortes he continues to pursue his career dreams as drummer with the local … Continue reading

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