10th Annual Bark in the Park – Anacortes

Hope everyone had fun at the Waterfront Festival last weekend! The summer events in Anacortes continue this weekend with the 10th Annual Bark in the Park.

As the name suggests, this event is all about our four legged, furry little friends! The gathering location will be  at the Storvik Park starting at 10am.  There will be a lot of activities through out the day including a dog parade, games, contests and demos that are sure to entertain everyone attending.

As in previous years, the event is to benefit the Anacortes Dog Park and there is an event/contest entry donation of $5 per dog.

So don’t forget this Saturday June 14 @ 10am – Storvik Park on 32nd St in Anacortes. See you there!

Anacortes Waterfront Festival 2014

25th Anniversary

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is celebrating its 25th year anniversary! Unlike the 2013 Anacortes Waterfront Festival, this year they added even more music and entertainment.

This fun filled weekend event will have activities for everyone including: car shows, art shows, community dance, boat shows, milk carton derby, boat building demonstration, remote controlled sail boats, guided walking tours, music, lots of food and FREE boat rides!

A Formation Flyover by the BlackJack Squadron will be included this year in honor of D-Day and the 25th Anniversary.

It is going to be a beautiful weekend in Anacortes so gather your friends and family and plan your day at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Skagit County.

See you there!

June 7 & 8, 2014
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Anacortes Waterfront Festival


Celebrating its 21st year in 2010, the Anacortes Waterfront Festival combines the charm of an arts-and-crafts fair with live musical entertainment, a great food court, and a variety of family events. The 2010 Waterfront Festival will be held May 14-16 and celebrates Anacortes’ long marine heritage and includes a community “big-top tent” and other educational opportunities. The 2010 event will also see a “quick and dirty” boat building competition/race and a kayaking competition. A gala dinner is always held the Friday night prior to festival weekend.

Some of the activites for you to enjoy:

  • FREE boat rides provided by the Anacortes Yacht Club
  • Children’s Boat Building
  • A Self Guided Walking Tour of a Working Waterfront
  • The Quick & Dirty Boat Building Competition
  • Entertainment on the Main Stage
    from reggae to blues & funk; from Tijuana Brass to NW Eclectic the student from Fidalgo, Island View & the High Schoolwill show off thier talent throughout the weekend.
  • The Majestic Glass Corvette Club’s All Corvette Show on Sat & The Custon=m Classic Car Show on Sunday (both located at 9th & R Ave
  • The Popular Marine Swap Meet – from 7am – 12 noon on Sat.
  • The Skagit Remote Controlled Boat Club – near thepromenade at the north end of the Marina throughout the weekend

 Festival admission is free.

Waterfront Festival Kick-off Dinner
hosted by the Port of Anacortes and presented by the Economic Development Association of Skagit County and the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, this event launches the festival with a community gathering. Tickets $50/person or $390/table of 8 are available by calling EDASC 360.336.6114

Stay safe and enjoy your summer!

This is the time of year that seems to bring out the home-improvement expert in everyone.  It is the perfect time to tackle those large and small projects aroundthe house that you’ve been putting off for months, but before you get started consider these important safety tips:


– Before mowing the lawn, do a walk-through of the area and remove any large rocks, sticks or debris.
– Do not clean the grass exit of a mower by hand; keep the mower on grass, not pavement, which can kick up debris. 
– Wear clothing that offers protection, like sturdy closed-toe shoes and safety goggles or glasses.


– When using a ladder, make sure to place it on level ground and open it completely, making sure all locks engage, this way you can be sure you won’t fall due to a ladder dysfunction.
– Stand at or below the highest safe standing level on a ladder.  For extension ladders specifically, it’s the fourth rung from the top. 
– Always face the ladder when climbing and use slip-resistant shoes.

Power Tools

– Always remember to keep your tools away from oil, sharp edges and heat.
– Disconnect tools when you’re not using them or when replacing a blade, bit or part.
– Keep your work areas well lighted and wear gloves and appropriate footwear to avoid unexpected injury.


Enjoy the rest of the summer and don’t forget The 48th Annual Anacortes Arts Festival is set to begins TODAY!

Anacortes Arts Festival


blogging-jingles2The 48th Annual Anacortes Arts Festival is set to begin this coming weekend. On August 7, 8 and 9, 2009, the streets of Anacortes fill with 250 outstanding juried Booth Artisans

First class fine art exhibitions at Arts at the Port

Culinary Art with an international selection of foods…

A full lineup of Entertainment with free music on three stages during Festival hours and $15 concerts in the evenings…

And a creative Youth Activities area for the youngest artists.

So many wonderful ways to explore one of the largest festivals in the state. The Arts Festival hours are 10 am to 6 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

And as my friend Jingles suggests….

Do Fido a favor….for this festival, it is best to leave him home.

There are so many other places your best friend would rather visit on our island than to be tangled up among the foot traffic, heat and exhaustion of trying to maneuver the many blocks of displays.  Jingles recommends a run on the beach, a walk at the dog park, or even a long drive in the car with the windows rolled down would be much more fun! I think your dog would agree. Thanks for your consideration.