The American Legion annual fish boil dinner is on the 5th of July at the Legion Hall downtown Washington Island. It starts at 4:30 P.M.
The Washington Island Fire Department hosts a pancake breakfast on the fourth of July at the Fire House on the corner of Airport and Townline Roads. This is a great start to the day!
July 4th is the children's parade before the fireworks. Gather at the American Legion Hall downtown Washington Island. All children invited to participate. Walk, skate board, ride bike, ride in a wagon. 4th of July decorations encouraged! The children's parade ends at the ball park where they line up in the ball field. The parade is hosted by the American Legion Gislason-Richter Post #402. The fireworks, sponsored and run by the Washington Island Fire Department, will follow at dusk. The weather report is great for the 4th. Come out and enjoy the display and support the W.I.F.D. Celebrate this holiday but be safe!
A "picture" window.
Pioneer Days begin on July 2 at the Washington Island Farm Museum with ice cream
making from 1-3 P.M. Activities for other Wednesdays in July include Candle Making July 9, Newspaper Kite on July16, Corn Husk Dolls on the 23rd and a Toffee Pull on July 30.You can also enjoy wagon rides on Ted's Trail, view spinners, weavers, and black smithing as well as the museum displays and some farm animals.
A course record was set by Erik Borgnes in this year’s Washington Island Canoe
and Kayak Event for the circumnavigation of the Island. He made the 23 mile
paddle in 3 hours, 12 minutes, and 11 seconds. The half-marathon was won by
William Feiges. A triathlon was new this year and it was won by Phillip Taylor.
It included 8.3 miles of kayaking, 8.7 miles of biking, and 4.5 miles of
running. There were 17 participants for this 6th annual race held
June 13-15. The Sunday morning crossing of Death’s Door was cancelled this year
due to high winds and waves.
These are a few of the 70 bike riders on Washington Island yesterday. They were participating in "Pedal Across Wisconsin" for a week long Door County ride. There is another event planned by this organization that will include Washington Island in the fall. Particularly scenic routes are chosen for the bikers to experience.
Seagulls are common at the shore but ducks off the open west side shore are more unusual and generally just passing by. Today there were two - one with babies on board.
The Grand Opening of the Lavender Isle shop was held yesterday. It was a cool and cloudy day but there was a huge turnout for the event. Food and drinks were available for guests and Doc Westring provided music. The winner of the lavender gift basket was Carrie Whetter. (Presenting the basket is Edgar Anderson, owner of the shop with his wife, Martine, and Helene Meyer). The drawing was held at about 4:15 p.m. Lavender Isle has included an ice cream and candy counter and there is seating inside and outside. Light lunch selections will be added soon.
Fragrant Isle lavender shop is having its Grand Opening on June 21st from 3-5 P.M. Located on the corner of Townline and Airport Roads. There will be food and refreshments and live music. Enter to win a gift valued at $200. Drawing will be at 4:15 P.M. For more information, go to fragrantisle.com
The Washington Island Sportsman's Club holds a trap shoot on Wednesdays at 7 P.M. The clubhouse is located on eastern end of Townline Road just before the intersection of Deer Lane Road.
The Town Crew was working on the Lobdell Point Road today to patch a black top area that had been damaged by the truck traffic from the Detroit Harbor dredging project. This will allow for safer travel for cars, mopeds, and bikers til it can be fixed more permanently.
The annual Jay Hagen Memorial Grilled Whitefish Dinner will be hald at Jackson Harbor dock on June 27 at 5 P.M. It will last as long as there is food. This is a fundraiser for the Washington Island Maritime Museum located at the dock area.
Dick Purinton will present an Archive's program about acquaintances of Thordarson of Rock Island at Trinity Lutheran Church on June 22 at 4 P.M.
Buoy tender seen off the west side today. It is used to place buoys in Detroit Harbor.
In light of the canoe and kayak event it is well to note that the northern Lake Michigan buoy that lies between North Manitou Island, Michigan and Washington Island registered a water temperature earlier this week of 36.5 degrees F. It measured a bit warmer in shallower water by shorelines but it is still dangerously cold.
There will be a full moon tonight on Friday the 13th and that won't happen again for 35 years. The last time a full moon coincided with Friday the 13th was October 13, 2000. Get out and take a look if your skies are clear.
There were lines of cars headed to the Island today keeping the ferries running off-schedule to keep up. Kayaks and canoes topped vehicles for the annual Canoe and Kayak Event, people were coming for their first weekend after schools let out, others were on board to attend a variety of other events on the Island.
The crested caracara can still be seen around Washington Island. It is a large bird in the falcon family and it is rare for it to be north of states like Texas. This sighting has caused excitement for birders and non-birders.
Competitors and spectators are already arriving on the Island for the Canoe and Kayak annual event. There are many opportunities for participation. There is a marathon race to circumnavigate the Island, a half marathon, guided eco-tour, a sea kayak symposium, an expedition to Rock Island and crossing Death's Door. There will be a key note presentation at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. New this year, is a triathlon which will include paddling, biking, and running. For registration and more information: washingtonislandcanoeandkayakevent.com
The eighth annual bird fest was held last weekend on the Island. Last year over 100 species were identified. Adding to the excitement and the number of birders this year was the presence of a crested caracara on the Island.
JUNE 16-20.Daily Vacation Bible School.
International Spy Academy: Agentsfor the One True God!
Grab your spy gear and headoverseas to become special agents for the one true God! Kids follow fun mysteries learning to know, love, and live for God. They will uncover clues leading them to understand God as the creator of all who calls people from every tribe and nation to know Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Ages: Toddlers to Grade 6 (2 - 12 year olds). Sign up sheets are inside the main entry doors in the foyer or call the church or Pastor Ryan or Ellie McClanathan. Day 1: Uncovering Counterfeits Day 2: Finding Fingerprints Day 3: Cracking Codes Day 4: Collecting Clues. Day 5: Hot on the Trail. End of week carnival and picnic for family and friends of VBS kids from 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. Please keep this outreach in prayer, for the workers and the children and their families.
Congrats to the Grads!