Those attending the Florida-Island Party were: Donna and Larry Russell, and Grace Ann and Barry Carpenter who organized it, after many years of Lois and Larry Harvell doing it, since Jay Hagen's death. Lou and Gloria Small, Deb Clarke, Cynthia Bowen, Bev Cook, Kathleen Dixon, Pastor Frank and Mary Maxwell, Larry and Carol Johnson, Steve and Marge Tobey, Bob Kelly, Bonnie and Andy Munao, Jeanette and Andrea Munao, Larry Harvell, and Ken and Linda Henning, and Peg Matthews, a guest from the park. This event is held every year on February 22, Washington's actual birthday. The picnic was begun over thirty years ago by Jay Hagen, but after Jay's death Lois Harvell, who wintered in Sarasota, along with husband Larry, carried on the
tradition. For many years they coordinated the picnic which was held in Punta Gorda until Lois passed away in 2014. Three years ago Grace Ann and Barry Carpenter, and Donna and Larry Russell became the coordinators of the event which was moved to Naples, where many Islanders spend the winter. Attending: Donna and Larry Russell, Grace Ann and Barry Carpenter, Lou and Gloria Small, Deb Clarke, Cynthia Bowen, Bev Cook, Kathleen Dixon, Pastor Frank and Mary Maxwell, Larry and Carol Johnson, Steve and Marge Tobey, Bob Kelly, Bonnie and Andy Munao, Jeanette and Andrea Munao, Larry Harvell, Ken
and Linda Henning, and Peg Matthews, a guest from the park. (Thanks to Gloria
Small for the party news.)
The annual walk around the circumference of the Island began on February 24th with 11 joining the leader Lee Engstrom. Each day for about a week the group takes a section of shoreline to walk until they have completed the entire exterior of the Island.
Before bed on Saturday night March 7th remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour.
It’s not too soon to plan on being here for the Island Party April 25th. The theme this year is “Island Country Style”. The dinner will feature country favorites like fried chicken and pulled pork. Come out and kick up your heels. The band and square dancers are from Door County, “The Sugar on the Floor”. You will be drawn out to dance with them. You don’t even need a partner! A mailing will go out mid-March with the invitations
and raffle tickets. Again this year there are five great prizes. Prize #1: $500.00 CASH !!! Prize #2: Cedar Swing handmade by Larry Young. Prize #3: Family Membership at Washington Island Rec Center. Prize #4: Ferry Line Auto and Passenger Pass Books. Prize #5: Lunch from Time Out Concessions and tickets to Rock Island State Park on the Karfi for a Family of Four. Winners will be drawn during the evening. There may be some surprises on stage also. 5:30 PM: Mix and mingle. Hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar. / 6:30 PM: Fried chicken and pulled pork dinner. 7:30 PM: Square dancing and music by “Sugar on the Floor”. Your generous donation to this fundraiser supports the Red Cross swimming lessons, the Red Barn park area activities, the Scandinavian Fest, and other community projects. This past year we helped support the renovation of the Rutledge Room at the Community Center. Thank you for your support!
The Island Party date is set for April 25th, the last Saturday in April.The theme is 'Country Time'. The featured band and group is "Sugar on the Floor" from Door County. They will perform and then lead people in a number of square dances so get out your dancing shoes. The dinner will feature favorite country foods and there may be some surprise stage appearances. More details as we get closer to the date.
Edited Island school basketball update from Jim Rose: Last Thursday the girl’s team watched the UW-GB women's team beat Valparaiso 87-45 in Green Bay. The next day at Michigan Tech University, they toured Great Lakes Research Center, forestry department, including an under-ground forestry research tunnel, at root level called the Rhizotron. That evening the girls played the Copper Country Christian School but lost 22-27. Two of the starters, Katy Jordan, and Hailey Jorgenson could not play due to injury, leaving our team with six players competing against a team of 14. Elena Waldron scored 10 points for us, including two three pointers. Tiffany Wacaser scored six, in a sort of a 1-2-3 run, a free throw for one point, a basket for two, and a three pointer. Molly McGrane grabbed a bunch of rebounds and scored two points, and Lydia Schultz scored four. Later that night, the boys played the CCCS home team also, but won 51-43. Ben Johnson scored 21 points. Bradley Jordan started off with a three pointer, and ended up with 15 points. Alex Johnson had six points, Oscar Montoya had two, and Josh Ervin had seven. We had nine players against twelve. That night, the host team provided a pot luck supper for us, and put us up and provided breakfast at one of their churches. The next morning, the girls played the DC Knights, a home school team from Delta County, MI. They won 29-24. In this game, they were six against nine opponents. Elena Waldron 11 points, Karoline Jordan 2, Lydia Schultz 4, Molly McGrane 6, Tiffany Wacaser 2, Korrina Ervin 4. In the next game boys played the DC Knight boy's team and ended 33 points to their 34. Ben Johnson scored 15, Bradley Jordan 6, Alex Johnson 8, Josh Ervin 2, and Christopher Cornell 2. Thursday night's game against the Wolf River Lutheran School Islanders lost 28-46. In the last game the boys played the CCCS, again, and ended with a 46-42 win. Ben scored 21, Bradley Jordan scored one, Alex Johnson scored six, Josh Ervin, seven, Oscar Montoya scored three, and Shammond Ervin scored three. Jonathan Bass scored five. "Kerry" Zongpeng Li, a foreign exchange student who lives at Liz and Tom Pratt’s, has joined the team and made his first trip. Thanks to the coaches, to Bethel Church for the use of their van, and to Larry Hermanson, who drove the bus.
Above, The cast: Left to right -Craig Litterio, Ham Rutledge, behind Ham, Jens Hansen, Jim Sorensen, Sarah Peters, Rylee Johnson, behind is Bill Nauta, Brittany Wacaser, Tony Woodruff, Grace Woodruff, Amy Rose, Liz Pratt, Howard Scott behind, Lorel Gordon , Kyle Joanou, Cindra Hokkanen, Dan Westbrook, John Nouse, Terry Henkel, Mike Miotke, Steve O'Connor.
“The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon was presented by the Island Players February 20, 21, 22 at the TPAC. Director: Howard Scott. Producer: Joyce Morehouse. Stage Manager: Heidi Gilbertson. Many others helped with lighting, sound, the set, costumes, props, and more. The setting is in Russia in the late 1800s. The narrator (Ham Rutledge) was a frustrated Russian writer who had written a variety of plays but never expected to see them come to life. Each scene was played out as he had imagined. Most were delightfully funny starting with “The Sneeze”. Two couples (Jim Sorensen and Sarah Peters – Amy Rose and Jens Hansen) are at a theater and one of the men, a common worker, accidentally sneezes on the other, a Russian dignitary. The “sneezer” cannot get over this unfortunate happenstance and continues to apologize until he becomes a great annoyance. The second scene, aptly named “The Governess” features a mistress of the house (Grace Woodruff) who tests a governess (Brittany Wacaser) by seeming to take from her rightful wages trying to encourage her to stand up for herself. In “Surgery” an inexperienced dental student, filling in for the absent dentist, has to pull an infected tooth of a priest. After a valiant and painful try, and being unsuccessful, the patient (John Nourse) and the aspiring dentist (Craig Litterio) end up chasing each other around the chair until they are exhausted and fall on their knees, both praying. The patient for the dentist and the dentist for the patient. “Too Late for Happiness” included singing and was a poignant scene of an older widow (Lorel Gordon) and widower (Jens Hansen) who feel like life is over. Finally the man asks the woman out to tea and although she doesn’t agree to his acceptance immediately, she leaves the door open for a possible meeting and both are encouraged that perhaps there could be happiness in their future. The last scene of Act I is “The Seduction” and it features a clever womanizer (Jim Sorensen) who informs the audience of his tips for success. His subject is the wife (Rylee Johnson) of his friend (Craig Litterio). When the two finally meet, the seducer changes heart and cannot go through with it. The wife is very thankful that he has changed his mind. Act II begins with “The Drowned Man”. A sailor (Mike Miotke) performs realistic drownings as part of entertainment at a marina. A gentleman (Tony Woodruff) initially calls to a nearby policeman (John Nourse) who notes this is a common entertainment at the docks. Eventually the gentleman is too curious and finally makes a deal to watch the show. The key is that the person on the dock observing needs to call out the name of the person who pulls the drowning man (who can’t swim) out of the water after the third time going under. After the drowning man goes under for the third time, the sightseer realizes he cannot remember the name of the person who is to save him. “The Audition” is about a woman auditioning for a part after waiting for many months and walking a great distance. By now she is sick with a high fever but determined to go through with the audition so as not to fall to the back of a long line again. When she is finished the director is impressed and orders someone to catch her before she leaves and walks all the way back home. “The Defenseless Creature” includes a simple woman (Cindra Hokkanen) trying to get money from her husband’s account that is rightfully hers. She is at the wrong bank but after wearing down the bank representative (Terry Henkel), whose foot is bandaged up with a bad case of gout, he says to give her anything she wants, just “get her out of here!” The next scene is “A Quiet War”. Two retired gentlemen, a former Army officer (Bill Nauta) and a former Navy officer (Tony Woodruff) who meet on a bench in the park once a week at three o’clock. On this day they cannot agree on what to have for lunch beginning with an appetizer and ending with dessert. “The Arrangement” is about a “modern” father wanting to educate his son’s coming of age by visiting a prostitute to learn about being with a woman. The end result is that the father does not force him but decides there is plenty of time for him to grow up and perhaps take a different route to become a man. The writer ends the show with a thank you to the audience for taking the time to hear him out.
Above: Two of the winners, left Jim Jorgenson, right Dennis Young.
The Lion's Club Fish Derby began February 7th and ended Sunday the 15th with lunch at Nelsen's Hall followed by B-I-N-G-O. At noon the winners of the derby were announced. Northern – (1) Hannes Johnson, (2)Jim Jorgenson, (3) Vesta Davidson. Trout/salmon - (1) Ryan Jorgenson, (2) Aaron Cornell, (3) Alex Johnson. Perch - (1) Todd Jorgenson, (2) Mike Cornell (3) Dennis Young. Since no lawyers, walleye or whitefish were caught, the prize money for them was added to the other categories making first prize, $75, second prize, $50, and third prize $25. Bill Jorgenson announced the winners and Ham Rutledge handed out the prizes.The final weekend saw temperatures dip below zero. A strong northwesterly blow brought wind chills down to -20 degrees on Saturday. The afternoon ferry on the 14th was cancelled with an extra trip added to Sunday’s schedule. The Ice Party traditionally held on Detroit Harbor ice was moved to KK Fiske because of the frigid temperatures.
“The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon will be presented by the Island Players February 20, 21, 22 at the TPAC. Friday and Saturday nights at 7 P.M. and Sunday at 2 P.M. There are 12 separate scenes which include a cast of 20 actors with some playing in more than one scene. A narrator connects the scenes. Ham Rutledge, narrator. Other cast members: Amy Rose, Jim Sorensen, Sarah Peters, Jens Hansen, Craig Litterio, John Nourse, Lorel Gordon, Rylee Johnson, Tony Woodruff, Mike Miotke, Liz Pratt, Cindra Hokkanen, Terry Henkel, Dan Westbrook, Steve O’Connor, Kyle Joanou, Bill Nauta. There are also those who work with settings and props, sound and lights, costumes. Director is Howard Scott. Producer is Joyce Morehouse. Step out of winter and into the fun, funny, and thoughtful world of “The Writer” imagining scenes that will make him famous.
It's a wild windy day for the first day of the last weekend of the Lions Club Fish Derby. The chili cookoff at noon will hopefully warm everyone up. Tomorrow is the wrap-up day with winners announced outside at Nelsen's Hall followed by Lions Club lunch and B-I-N-G-O. There were a couple of extra boats to get people over here and the special boat scheduled for Sunday afternoon is already full for those heading off the Island.
Attention all Islanders and friends of Washington Island. The Washington Island West annual luncheon and get together will be held this year on March 4 at Lou's Tivoli Gardens located at 12555 West Bell Rd in Surprise, Arizona. We will meet in a private room at 12:30 PM and lunches can be ordered off the menu. If you are interested in coming please call Don Jensen at 623-215-3625 or 920-737-8507 or you can email Don at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see everyone there!
On Thursday, Feb. 12, our boy's basketball team hosted the Starr Academy from Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London. The visitors had a problem we have had in some or our games: a couple of their better players could not make the trip. And they may have been cold, not only figuratively, but literally, after their ferry ride. Our boys pulled out to a 38-11 lead by half time. In the second half our boys kinda let up on the gas, and we also played some subs, and the lead dwindled. The Starr Academy kids also did not give up. In the end, we won 49-39. This makes three wins in a row for our high school boy's team. Ben Johnson was our high scorer with 22 points. Alex Johnson had 11, including four in the 4th quarter that were important for us to maintain the lead. Oscar Montoya was also in double digits with 10 points. Bradley Jordan had two, and Josh Ervin had four. Younger readers may not know that this school was founded by Bart Starr, winning quarterback for the Packers in the first two Super Bowls, etc. It is a residential school for young men who have troubles with the law. (Thanks to Jim Rose for basketball report.)
Today was the beginning of the Lion's Club Fish Derby. There are about 20 shanties on Detroit Harbor. No new snow yet and mild temperatures provided a great day to be out on the ice.
The annual Washington Island winter picnic will be held in Naples, Florida on February 22. The annual Washington Island winter picnic will be held in Naples, Florida on Sunday, February 22 from 11-3 pm. Anyone with an Island connection, and their friends, are invited to attend. Bring a dish to share. The picnic will be
held in the Cape Sable Lakes Cabana, and will be hosted by Grace Ann and Barry Carpenter, and Donna and Larry Russell. No need to RSVP....just show up! Exit I 75 at exit 105. Head west on Golden Gate Parkway. At first light, turn left on Livingston Road. Drive 1.6 miles. Turn left on Radio Rd Drive and go .6 miles. Turn right on Cape Sable Dr. Club House and pool are on the left. Call Grace Ann at (630) 638-5295 or Larry at 239-877-1572 if you need more information. Hope to see you there.
The Lion's Club Fish Derby began February 7th and culminates on the 15th with lunch at Nelsen's Hall followed by B-I-N-G-O. At noon the winners of the derby are announced. Entries can be displayed outside of Nelsen’s for the following: northern, trout/salmon, perch, lawyer, and walleye plus a 1st prize for the largest whitefish. All entrants for the contest must be registered at Karly’s, Middle Bar II, Nelsen’s Hall, KK Fiske or Mann’s Mercantile prior to the beginning of the contest.
There is a Chili Dump fundraiser sponsored by the Art and Nature Center on February
7th from 6-8:30 P.M.
On February 14th the annual Ice Party will be held on the ice in Detroit Harbor. This is a family affair that starts at 1 P.M. and goes til everyone goes home. There is a big bonfire, food (bring a dish), beverages, some sale items and fun. There is usually ice cleared for skating and saucer rides for the kids.
The Washington Island Chamber of Commerce sponsored Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday, February 14th at Karly’s. All entries have to be submitted by 11 A.M. in order to be judged.
A Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Community Center on Saturday the 14th. It is sponsored by the 7th and 8th grade students for their Washington D.C. trip. Serving 7 A.M. to 10 A.M.
The Washington Island School Board approved putting a referendum on the ballot for the spring election. It would be a two year non-recurring override of the state imposed revenue caps. The referendum will be asking voters to approve an override of $564,766 for 2015-2016 school year and $574,383 for 2016-2017. The override was $391,000 for the 2013-2014 school year and $481,000 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Bethel Church began in 1865 with a building constructed with donated land, materials and labor from a community that wanted to have a church. Then a steeple was donated. Many have answered the call to serve as pastors over the years.
This year is the 150th anniversary of Bethel Church and there will be many special events planned to celebrate this occasion.