The annual Washington Island winter picnic will be held in Naples, Florida on Monday, 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.
Congratulations to Nick Petrie, son of Island home owners, Pete and Lucia Petrie, on the publication of his book, “The Drifter”. For more information go to www.nicholaspetrie.net where you can read the first chapter and see his event schedule. See also www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrie.writer He will be a participant in the Washington Island Literary Fest this fall. He and his wife, Margret, and son, Duncan, have been frequent summer visitors to the Island. The book is described as an “explosive thriller”, and it exposes the plight of veterans returning from war.
Nick will be a participant in the 2016 Island Literary Fest.
The Lions Club Fish Derby starts on February 6th and wraps up on Sunday, February 14th at
Nelsen’s Hall with lunch and winner announcements at noon. BINGO starting at P.M. There will also be a Chamber of Commerce sponsored Chili Cook-Off on the 13th.
Island Players will present “Spoon River Anthology“ by Edgar Lee Masters on February 12th at 7 P.M. at the TPAC and February 13th at 1 P.M.at the TPAC. There are 28 participants, each representing 2 characters of those “sleeping on the hill”. The author created this collection of readings from real and imagined characters in the Spoon River cemetery. Music, apropos to the play, by Steve O’Connor, Kathy O’Connor, and Kyle Joanou, will be interspersed during the readings. Participants include Tony Woodruff, Dan Westbrook, Alan Schaffmeyer, Doc Westring, Joan Blair, Craig Litterio, RyleeJohnson, Mitt Austin, Mike Miotke, Barbara Schall, Ryan Jorgenson, Max Johnson, Amy Rose, Steve Lynch, Bob Anderson, Steve Reiss, Jordon Harris, Judie Yamamoto, Don Benson, Dave Ranney, Amanda DeWitt, Patricia Hewitt, Terry Henkel, Grace Woodruff, Lorel Gordon, Charlotte Manning, Michael Cornell. This play was first presented in 1988 directed by Mitt Austin (who will be a participant this year). Joyce Morehouse directed this play in 2004 at the new TPA
The car temperature read 25 degrees outside as I arrived at Schoolhouse Beach to witness the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The number of cars parked reminded me of a summer day. Finding a parking space was challenging. The crowds for this event have greatly increased over the years. The polar bears gathered on the stone beach. They formed a circle and gave a loud shout. Led by Papa Bear, Jens Hansen, they headed to the water where the "rule" is to get wet from head to toe. Someone even went in with a blown up pink flamingo. As near as I could count there were more than 15 this year... (According to my records there were only 9 last year and 7 the year before.)
Below: the group
Bottom pic: Jens emerging from the lake