July 4th starts with the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Department.
From 11 AM to 3 there is a picnic on Rock Island. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of Rock Island group that supports rennovations and other improvements on Rock Island.
American Legion Fish Boil starting at 4 PM
Fireworks at the ballpark at dusk.
The Red Barn summer schedule begins! Events are $5 and $3 unless stated as free. Every Wednesday night starting at 7:30 PM free jam sessions with Jordan Harris. Bring an instrument. Friday nights start at 7:30 PM unless stated otherwise.
July 3 - Annual BIG Picnic-Potluck at 6 PM followed by the Hagen Family Singers at 7:30 P.M.
July 10 - Set I is Scott McDonald / Set II is Day Kelly
July 17 - Kristy Larson and Mark Roeder
July 24 - Set 1 is Trisha Hansen and Nick Urick / Set II is Matt Grandy and Steve Reiss
July 31 - Jake McDonald
August 7 - Hansen Family Singers
August 14 - "Celebrate Island Childhood" by Melodie Ellefson and Trygvie Jensen. Potluck lunch at noon followed by the presentation.
August 21 - Set I is Audrey and Walker Shadle / Set II is Annabelle and Jesse Hansen
August 28 - 13th Annual Folk Music Fest International
September 4 - Eric Lewis,Rory Hoffman, Carolyn and David Martin
Pioneer Days on Wednesdays in July:
July 1 - Ice Cream Making
July 8 - Candle Making
July 15 - Corn Husk Dolls
July 22 - Making Bird House Gourds
July 29 - Old Fashioned Candy Making
Check out the wagon rides on Ted's Trail and family crafts.
The Sportsman's Club is raising 400 pheasants for release later in the year.
Island soccer teams have begun to practice for summer games. Thanks to the coaches who give of their time and experience in the game.
Scholarships presented the night of graduation inclluded:
Tammy Kielbasa G. Olivia Anderson
Margie O'Conner Women's Club
Orion Mann W. I. Electric Co-op
Helene Meyer Island Foundation
Ham Rutledge W. I. Lions Club
Butch Gordon W.I. Foundation Scholarship
Connie Sena W.I. Yacht Club (Clay Blair)
Tammy Kielbasa Harry and Reggie Hansen
" St. Norbert College
" Student Council
" Rotary Club
" Distinguished Student Scholarship, Inc.
Jim Rose Senior Quilt Presentation
I don't ever remember there being one high school graduate - but this year that was the case. The only senior was Katy Jordan, daughter of Tom and Michelle Jordan. She alone had to choose the class of 2015 colors, motto, flower, speaker, and music. Katy well deserved the title of Valedictorian having earned stellar grades throughout high school. The Commencement Exercises were held at the Community Center on June 5th. The gym was beautifully decorated. Katy wore a blue robe with the Gold Honor Cord for earning her high grade point average. After her processional Andy Munao III gave the Welcome. Opening remarks and scholarships were announced by Washington Island School Principal, Tammy Kielbasa. Katy gave the Valedictory Address. Andy Munao III and Pastor Ryan Schmitz performed the song "Home" by Phil Philips accompanied by student musicians. Ryan Schmitz was the Guest Speaker. Tom Jordan (father of the graduate and school board member) presented the Diploma. The Class Motto: Keep one foot in the past as you take your next step into the future. Class Colors: Royal Blue and White. Class Flower: Peach Rose. Ushers were students from the Junior Class. Katy (Kathryn Rose Jordan) plans to attend St. Norbert College.
The Washington Island Ferry Line provided transportation of well drilling equipment to Rock Island. A new well was drilled on Rock Island. Below is the ferry, off the west side of the Island, hauling the trucks and equipment back from Rock Island.