Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2016 National Park Service Centennial at English Camp

This year's National Park Service Founder's Day on San Juan Island was an opportunity not only to celebrate the service's first hundred years but also to bring together Saanich, Lummi, and other Coast Salish tribespeople in a historic gathering. The event was held on a sweltering August 25, 2016, at English Camp, part of the San Juan Island National Historical Park. I was lucky enough to cover it for the San Juan Islands Journal.

Speakers included Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy and Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, along with an array of tribal elders. Highlights included the dedication of a Reef Net Captain Totem Pole by carver Charles Elliott of the T'sartlip Nation and two accompanying Salmon Story Boards by Jewell Praying Wolf James -- all now permanently installed at the camp -- plus two canoes newly built by Dean Washington of the Lummi Nation. There were also three birthday cakes from the park service!

Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 Trashion Fashion Show

The annual Trashion Fashion Show is part of the San Juan County Fair, but it's also an event unto itself. This year's, held on August 20, was the tenth and possibly final show, as founder and local textile artist Francie Hansen is retiring from organizing it. I covered it for the San Juan Island Update. It was actually my first time seeing the show, and I was glad I did!

You may (or may not) recognize former World Wrestling Federation star Lisa Moretti in a hilarious take on the Bride of Frankenstein. Also of note is the lithe and limber Madrona Jameson of Spring Street International School, leading a flash mob dance. And of course, Francie Hansen herself appears at the end to lead the models off in a triumphal parade.

2016 San Juan County Fair

The San Juan County Fair is my favorite time of the year for taking photos. So much to see, so much to capture! This year was no different, with an abundance of visual riches. Here are some of my favorites, all taken on the first day of the fair, August 17, and later appearing in the San Juan Island Update.