Arts & Leisure

Lots to do this Mother’s Day weekend in Anacortes. In fact, along with the good weather forecast, it almost feels like summer is starting, though the official start of summer is still more than a month away. Here are some things to do this weekend…

Music and a classic film Friday evening…get outdoors on Saturday…enjoy Mother’s Day on Sunday…


The Anacortes Library kicks off its spring film series at 7pm Friday with The Black Stallion. Based on a classic children’s novel, this family adventure features a young boy and a wild Arabian stallion shipwrecked on a deserted island. They befriend each other and are rescued, then secretly train for a race challenging two champion horses. It stars Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney and Terri Garr. Nominated for 2 Oscars. (G, 1979, 118 mins.)

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Meanwhile, at the Croatian Cultural Center, aka The Little Church, the performers of Trio Affettuoso (affettuoso meaning 'with warm affection and tenderness') play the music they love, largely of the Baroque and early Classical eras. They combine the ancient harpsichord with the modern flute because of the great beauty in the balance of the silver instrument's sonority with the quality of the harpsichord's metal strings, and add the warm foundation of the contrabass viola. 7pm Friday.


The Anacortes Farmers Market opens their summer season at the Depot Plaza on R Ave. and 7th St. Come by and check out great new vendors plus all your old favorites. Enjoy some refreshments while you shop and listen to great music. Find just what you need for that special Mom and enjoy the wonderful community that we all know and love! Great Music this week on the Music Stage by Jaspar Lepak, 10:30 - 12:30! The Farmers Market is open 9am-2pm.

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Right next door…Help celebrate the release of Wallie Funk’s new book “Pictures of the Past” and the Anacortes American’s 125 anniversary at an open house and book release party 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot. A short program by American Publisher Jack Darnton is at noon, followed by the book release party. Funk, who was editor and co-publisher of the Anacortes American from 1950 to 1964, plans to attend.

2015 0508 guemes trailA new extension of the Guemes Channel Trail opens with a dedication Saturday morning. The City of Anacortes and the Anacortes Parks Foundation would like to invite you to come between 9:30 am-11:00 am for a waterfront walk and dedication ceremony as another portion of the trail is now complete. You can show up any time after 9:30 to take a leisurely walk on the trail and if you want to be around for the ceremony plan to finish your walk at 11:00 which is when the “speeches” will start at the San Juan Passage Overlook Park (check the map). Refreshments will be available at the east end of the trail…about one mile from the start at San Juan Passage.

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Saturday night at 7pm…enjoy the music of the An-O-Chords at Broadniak Hall on the high school campus. In honor of their 60th anniversary, they will stage an A Cappella music festival with music groups from local schools and quartets. No admission charge, but they’re asking for a donation to support local school music programs.

Sunday, Mother’s Day

All state parks are open without charge today, so go visit Deception Pass State Park.

Speaking free, the Library’s Sunday Jazz program features Carrie Wicks and pianist for an afternoon of swinging jazz. Their material includes not-so-standard tunes mostly from the 1940s as well as jazz-imbued original compositions. An Earshot Jazz “Vocalist of the Year” nominee in 2012, Ms. Wicks exhibits a rare combination of relaxed listenability and deep, intense musicality. Her two CDs on Origin Records—2010’s I’ll Get Around to It and 2012’s Barely There—received rave reviews and national airplay. She’s recording a third CD in the spring of this year. Sunday, 2-3:30 pm.