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Vashon Opera founders Andrew and Jennifer Krikawa - Michele AnneLouise Cohen
Vashon Opera founders Andrew and Jennifer Krikawa
— image credit: Michele AnneLouise Cohen

Destination Vashon — published this week — is, of course, meant for visitors. But we believe Islanders — even those who have lived here many years — will find gems tucked within its 74 pages. There are articles about Island history; a look at the role the Vashon Theatre plays on the Island; a take-out on Vashon's quilting community and a wonderful opening essay by Bianca Perla.

Particularly special this year is something we’ve never done before in an issue of Destination — a photo spread of 32 Islanders who have a certain style or flair, people who have a look that captures something about who we are as an Island. Farmers and artists. Rowers and soccer players. Baristas and super moms. Conceptualized by arts editor Elizabeth Shepherd and shot by freelance photographer Michele AnneLouise Cohen, it’s a rich portrait of the Island and a profound statement about our shared humanity. We think many of our readers will enjoy it.

A nod of gratitude to our advertisers, whose support of this project makes it possible. To the photographers who so graciously contribute work. And to our freelance writers, a small but skilled stable of contributors.

We have many copies of Destination Vashon here at the office. We hope you’ll stop by and grab some extras. Take one to your doctor’s office, another to your place of employment. Send one to that college roommate you’ve been trying to lure out for a visit or those East Coast relatives who haven’t a clue what this far-western corner has to offer.

And feel thankful that through some bit of good fortune, you washed up on the shores of a place where the air is fresh, the woods are thick and the people are creative, thoughtful and fun.

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