Cathy Sarkowsky’s waterfront garden on Maury Island is included in this year’s garden tour (Cathy Sarkowsky Photo).

Cathy Sarkowsky’s waterfront garden on Maury Island is included in this year’s garden tour (Cathy Sarkowsky Photo).

What’s Happening June 13 – 20

Tributes to music greats, a showcase of island gardens, beer and the Blues, and more.

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:20pm
  • Arts

Fab Four fundraiser for Vashon Events

“Come Together,” a showcase of island bands and musicians performing songs by The Beatles, will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Advance tickets, $10, are on sale now at Tickets at the door cost $12. The show is for all ages. There will be a bar for those 21 and older, as well as non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. The show is a benefit for Vashon Events.

Drama Dock tackles ‘Tommy’

Vashon’s venerable community theater company, Drama Dock, will go glam with a production of ‘The Who’s Tommy,” slated to begin a run at Vashon Center for the Arts on June 27. Based on The Who’s iconic 1969 rock opera “Tommy,” the show has music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and tells the story of a disabled boy who triumphs over extreme adversity through his pinball-playing wizardry. Drama Dock’s production will celebrate the show’s messages about empathy and healing, said Pamela McMahon, who is involved with the show.

The production is helmed by production director Elise Morrill, musical director Christopher Overstreet and choreographer Hallie Aldrich. The talented cast includes Allison Shirk, Tony Mann, Hailey Quackenbush, Gabriel Dawson, Phoebe Ray, Elise Ericksen and Sarah Howard. Dates and times for “Tommy” are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 27, 28 and 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Tickets, $25 general, $22 seniors, students, VCA and Drama Dock members, are on sale now at

Garden Tour good to go

Vashon Center for the Arts is set to launch its annual Garden Tour at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 with an exclusive garden party, followed by a weekend full of foliage at four island private properties and the island’s beloved historic site, Mukai Farm and Gardens. Tours of the gardens will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

In addition, “Tree,” a nature-inspired visual arts exhibition curated by Georgetown’s Studio E Gallery, can be seen in VCA’s Koch Gallery. Free gallery art walks with tour guide Jim Demetre will take place at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. Northwest gardener and legend, Ciscoe Morris, will also deliver a lively lecture, “Gardening in the Time of Climate Change,” at VCA from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at VCA. The lecture comes complete with a beer and cider tasting featuring Camp Colvos Brewing, Dragon’s Head Cider and Nashi Orchards. This year’s tour will also include the official unveiling of the VCA native ecology field, directly behind VCA’s building. The field, which includes wetlands, is being restored as part of a partnership between VCA and Vashon Nature Center.

Tickets to view the gardens only on June 22 and 23 only are $30 for members and $35 general. Tickets to the garden party ($145) and Ciscoe’s lecture ($25 for members and $35 general) are sold separately at

Early music at Bethel Church

The final concert of the 2019 Salish Sea Early Music Festival, a presentation of 18th-century quartets, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Bethel Church, 14736 S.W. Bethel Lane. Harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie, violist and violinist Stephen Creswell, baroque cellist Caroline Nicolas and one-key baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan will perform, on period instruments, quartets by Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, Joseph Haydn and others. Admission is by suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25; tickets are free for those ages 18 and younger.

Students show work on the silver screen

Students who took part in this year’s McMurray eighth-grade photography exploratory week will have a special, free presentation of their work at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Vashon Theatre. It’s a chance to see what the 12 students who participated in the program this year accomplished in a week spent with photographer and educator Ray Pfortner, who led the group on an urban and rural photo safari that included shoots in Seattle, Tacoma and Vashon. The students will narrate the slide show, talking about the experience and the subjects they captured in their photography. Exploratory week at McMurray lets students choose their own adventures in selective programs that take place outside the school’s walls. Pfortner has led the photography program at the school many times.

Blues and Brews at Open Space

Members of Vashon Rotary are preparing to pop the top on one of their biggest fundraisers ever — an outdoor Blues and Brews Festival, set for 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The headliner for the event is blues legend Coco Montoya, whose festival appearance is co-presented with Debra Heesch. Other performers will include Bill Brown & the King Bees, Nick Vigarino and One More Mile, whose frontman is island guitar wizard Jason Lollar. In addition to the music, attendees can feast on cuisine provided at food trucks and sample beers, cider and wine provided by local Vashon and Northwest brewers and wineries. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Vashon Rotary projects, grants and scholarships. Tickets range in price, depending on packages, from $35 to $150; they are available for purchase online.

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