Vashon celebrated the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency in high style on Tuesday night, as more than 500 Islanders gathered at the aptly named “O” Space for a rollicking inaugural ball.
This weekend boasts a wealth of options for Island music lovers, including concerts by up-and-coming Seattle songwriters, favorite Island players and the return of Trolls Cottage, a band that began on Vashon and now tours widely.
“On Golden Pond,” a play that won Oscars for Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn in its 1981 screen adaptation, will open on the Blue Heron stage this month with an all-star Island cast. The play is a co-production of Drama Dock and Vashon Allied Arts.
In one of the largest rallies on Vashon in years, more than 500 sign-toting Islanders gathered on the rocky shores south of Gold Beach Sunday to protest Glacier Northwest’s efforts to dramatically expand its mining operation.
Gov. Christine Gregoire last week released her capital budget, which includes a line item for Vashon Allied Arts to receive $1.115 million to help pay for a multimillion-dollar new facility housing a theater, exhibition space, offices and classrooms.