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Open Streets promises fun on Sunday

The 3rd Annual Anacortes Open Streets will be happening this Sunday from 11am to 3pm in downtown Anacortes. Downtown will be cleared of cars and opened to bicyclists, walkers, strollers, and skaters…non-motorized movers of all types.

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Hope Island Burning

I was heading to a team meeting Thursday afternoon with watermelon for the park staff when a park neighbor called me to report seeing smoke in the grass meadow of Hope Island. 

Summer Entertainment

  • The Naught Blokes @ Seafarers' Fri. Aug 26, 2016 6:00 pm The Naughty Blokes are an original Rock Band from Bellingham, WA. Warren Meier-Lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Johnny Brewer - Lead guitar and vocals, Denny Segel - Bass guitar and vocals, Tim Kraft - keyboards, and Tim Maloy - Drums. The Blokes took off after winning the KISM Road to RockStar Com...
  • Scary Monster & The Super Creeps Sat. Aug 27, 2016 5:00 pm Scary Monster & The Super Creeps was hatched as a David Bowie Tribute band in 2009 by lead vocalist Sean Meyer. The band added Prince’s Purple Rain to the repertoire in 2014 for the thirty year anniversary of the album’s release. Bobby Yost plays lead guitar, Ken Pierce on keyboards, Davi...
  • Riverwalk Summer Concert Series Thu. Sep 1, 2016 6:00 pm The City of Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the2016 Riverwalk Summer Concert Series. Mount Vernon Riverwalk Plaza. The two hour concerts will begin at 6:00pm July 7: Chris Eger Band and the Powerhouse Horns July 14: Rivertalk July 21: Rabbit Wilde Jul...
  • First Friday Gallery Walk Fri. Sep 2, 2016 6:00 pm Anacortes art galleries are open late on the first Friday of each month, from 6 pm to 9pm. Many galleries will have their featured artists on hand to discuss their work. 
  • Alan Hatley Band Sat. Sep 3, 2016 6:00 pm The Alan Hatley Band is a fun loving band that plays and performs Rock/Blues and Original music. Hendrix, SRV, Cream, Clapton, CCR, ZZ Top and much more! 2016 Summer Concert SeriesPresented by City of AnacortesSponsored by the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts (501c3) September 3rd – 6:00...


Demolition is under way Monday morning on the old Packard House, built in 1929 at 101 Fifth St, in the Cap Sante neighborhood. A 2005 survey of historic homes in Cap Sante done for the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, called this home, "One of the city's most significant properties."

The home's first occupant was Charles Q. Adams, the great-grandson of President John Q. Adams. Charles Adams died the day he and his wife moved into the home. Lyle and Doris Packard, both now deceased, lived in the home from 1948 until 1999.

The prime view lot was subdivided for the construction of other homes, leading to some community opposition. Brent Morrison, an Anacortes High School alum and 2002 Dartmouth grad, led an effort to look for other options than demolition.

One neighbor opined, "While some might wish that it could have been possible to save this historic house, unfortunately the previous owners allowed it to deteriorate so far that it was a health and safety hazard and could not feasibly be saved or moved.  Demolition is the only reasonable option at this point, and will make the site available for new development of an appropriate scale."

Another neighbor watching the demolition Monday morning said, simply, "Finally!"

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