VCA GARDEN TOUR
Vashon Center for the Arts’ 28th annual Garden Tour happens this weekend. Tour-goers can visit five lush gardens on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. A special garden party at Froggsong Gardens will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 22. From 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, there will be a talk by island farmer, Kurt Timmermeister, who will speak at VCA about his latest book “Farm Food, Volume II: Spring and Summer.” (See story, at left.) Following the lecture, there will be a tasting of wines from Andrew Will Winery and Pollard Vineyard. Throughout the tour, there will also be a garden-inspired art exhibit in VCA’s Koch Gallery, as well as an art bazaar in the Katherine L. White Hall lobby, featuring island artists. For information and tickets, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Drama Dock is looking for volunteer set builders for its summer show, “Noises Off,” which will open the first week of August. Set construction begins in the middle of June. Volunteers need not have theater experience, though it helps if they have used power tools in the past. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an hour, a day, a month or more to dedicate to putting on the “funniest farce of all time.”
Vashon Events will present a musical tribute to the Beatles at 8 p.m. Friday, June 22. Numerous local musicians will take the stage as solo, duo or ensemble performers to interpret a Beatles song. More than 20 songs will be performed, each by a different act. The event is a fundraiser for Vashon Events, a nonprofit organization that promotes and produces music experiences and supports musicians by providing access to instruments, education, resources and opportunities for paid performances. The event is expected to sell out, so plan to arrive early to get a seat. This is an all-ages event until 11 p.m. and ages 21 and older after that.
Vashon’s Lit Lounge will return at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Gather Vashon. Island storytellers and writers are invited to come with a true short story, five minutes or less, around the theme of heat. People who bring a story will drop their name in a hat at the door when they enter, and up to 12 names will be drawn as the event unfolds. The brainchild of islander Cara Briskman, Lit Lounge is inspired by similar salons nationwide and by programs like the Moth Radio Hour. Briskman and islander Maria Glanz launched the program in 2016 at Open Space. Now, they say they look forward to presenting Lit Lounge in the more intimate downtown space of Gather Vashon. Admission is a $10 suggested donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
KIDS SHAKE A SHOW
Vashon Center for the Arts’ Shakeskids program will present free performances of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29, and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Ober Park. Teacher/director Aimee Nicole Lewis van Roekel leads the popular youth theater program.
MODERN FOLK AT OPEN SPACE
A husband and wife duo, Moody Little Sister, will bring their road-inspired sound at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30, to Open Space. Their 2015 debut album “Wild Places” was produced by folk-rock icon and islander Pete Droge. Tickets are $20/per person and are available at Open SpaceVashon.com.