A candid slice of Island life, from short feature digests to guess-where snapshots.
You wouldn’t want to miss seeing a couple dozen bands on Vashon this summer, would you?!
Island sound guru and laidback promoter Ruben Arnot of Rez 1 Productions (I dare you to ask him about his nickname!) has already assembled a raucous lot for what promises to be his biggest and best Vashon Island Music Festival yet!
Here’s what we know:
In the spirit of the great outdoor concerts (think Woodstock and Lollapalooza !) this year’s show will feature 24 bands and artists over three days. Held on the weekend of July 30 to Aug. 1, shows start at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Concerts end at dusk each day. This year the venue will move from its former Agren home to Paradise Ridge Equestrian Park, with the addition of camping available for the public.
The 2009 event at Agren Parklast featured 21 bands over the three days. V.I.M.F. is proud to feature a majority of local or locally affiliated bands for a real hometown showcase. Returning favorites include:
- John Browne
- Radio Daddyo
- Subconscious Population
- Trolls Cottage and many more
Visit rez1productions.com for updated band roster and more info
Earlier I posted about Roxy Hathaway’s and Nancy Scott-Wienker’s intent to join Annalisa Lafayette of the shop, Good Merchandise, in her move to the a shopfront next door to The Hardware Store—the three planned on forming Good Merchandise and Friends. Well…the best laid plans…yeah.
Rox and Nanc are hanging back after all, and Annalisa will enjoy her very own, wonderful new space on the main drag. So that’s it.
VIP MS, aka the MS Warriors from Vashon Island raised $4,025 for the Walk MS benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the team walked yesterday at Husky Stadium with about 11,000 other walkers.
There have been several promising breakthroughs relating to the neurological condition, putting research fundraising as a top priority as the Society edges toward the causes of and cures for MS.
Catch the KOMO4 news clip of the Vashon team at MS Walk in the very beginning of the footage here.
There is an Island support group with more than 20 members living with MS. They meet for lunch the first Friday of every month. Contact Heidi throught the Beachcomber office to learn details.
Two groups on the Island are walking to raise funds for MS treatment, research and education in the 2010 MS Walk at Husky Stadium on Sunday. I am on one of them! VIP-MS (Vashon Island People MS) decided quite spontaneously to form and raise funds. Islanders Patricia Birgen Redwolf, Valerie Manusov, me, family and friends are walking Sunday at Husky Stadium. Those who want to help out are welcome to walk with the teams or donate.
In just four days we’ve managed to raise $3,100 and counting! Thanks go to Islanders close to us and anonymous donors who’ve rallied for the cause. You can read the personal stories of two Islanders dealing in different stages of MS here and here. Follow the links on those links to take you through more information.
Way to go, Vashon!
Who loves running? No, I mean REALLY long distance kind of running? Vashon Island has its fair share of hardcore runners. Heck, I see them constantly as I drive along Vashon Highway to go swim laps, being reminded that I truly suck at running. Heh. I digress.
Vashon Ultra is coming up as a summer event for the endurance-enabled, running elite. 50K and 10 miles, this event is currently rallying for volunteers and you could be one of them!
Here is a tad of the info from VashonUltra.com. You can pull Bruce Cyra aside the next time you catch him in motion if you have questions! LOL
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Time: 8:30 a.m. There is no early start.
Course: All unpaved except for a couple of short road sections. 70% trail and 30% dirt road.
Aid Stations: Two stations per 10-mile loop — roughly every 5 miles at the beginning and middle of each loop.
Drop Bags: Drop bags can be accessed at either aid station.
Cutoffs: Course is open for 9 hours. All runners must leave for third loop by 2:30 p.m.
Pacers: Pacers welcome for 50k runners on last lap only. Pacers must sign a waiver on race day.
Awards: First Male and Female Open (39 and under) & Masters (40+)
The USATF Sanctioned race will start at 8:30 am at Paradise Ridge Park, and the proposed course will consist of three 10 mile loops from Paradise Ridge to Fisher Pond and back. The 10 Mile racers will finish at the end of the first loop, the ultramarathoners will continue on for two more loops. This rolling race course will include Vashon park trails, dirt roads, gravel driveways, grass shoulders and some short sections of paved road. The run is approximately 90% unpaved running. Those portions not on trails will be mostly gravel roads/driveways and grass shoulders. The start and finish of each loop is at approximately 365 feet in elevation above sea level; the lowest point is at 267 feet, the highest point is 415 feet, and the total elevation gain and loss per loop is approximately 750 feet.
Course is still being finalized so the Course Map is Coming Soon
After its first day, Vashon Food Summit volunteer and “Food Sovereignty” presenter Emet Degermenci reported a strong turn-out after Day One of an estimated 125 attendees. Today, Sunday, is the last day to get in on the action. Presentations begin at 1 p.m., including permaculturist Degermenci’s, who will speak about Via Campasina as a case study on food independence. Presentations are followed by a wrap-up celebration.
Don’t forget tonight is Oscar Night (on a completely unrelated note!), if you want the fun to take you through the evening.
The late Leslie Creed, formerly of Vashon Island, was recognized as one of several Washington’s terminally ill who tried but failed to fully exercise the newly implemented “Death with Dignity” law. The story, published in today’s Seattle Times, takes you through not just her experience with treatment but also her challenge in getting the “toolbox” prescription (citing her local pharmacy did not carry the rx) needed before it was too late. Definitely worth a read. The comments are pages long already on this heated and morally-debated topic.
Those who participated in “ski club” aka Vashon Ski School will celebrate March 10, 7 p.m. at Vashon High School. The event serves as a season wrap-up and awards ceremony for its annual Race Day held last Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Summit at Snoqualmie.
VSS noted more than half of its 2010 participants were snowboarders, which saw more females learning the sport. The median age for participants is 14. The program is for those ages 8 and up. Sign up for 2010-11 through the Vashon Park District in fall 2010.
My heart goes out to the family. What a shock. What a remarkable life Tom made for himself and those around him.