Dockton’s history is a story worth telling — Vashon group now has funds to tell it

Dockton once had the largest dry dock north of San Francisco, a booming shipbuilding industry and a thriving maritime economy. But to the casual eye, there’s not a trace of the town’s past. “There are no signs at all that indicate the heritage of Dockton,” said Anita Halstead, a founding member of the Dockton Historical Committee. “There’s not even a ‘welcome to Dockton’ sign — there’s only a Dockton Park sign.”

  • Jul 23, 2008

‘Vendetta’ to be shown in Lunavision

Lunavision, an ongoing film series curated by Islander Peter Ray, will feature a free screening and post-film discussion of “V for Vendetta” on Thursday, July 24, at Café Luna. The 2005 action-thriller, directed by James McTeigue, stars Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry and John Hurt.

  • Jul 23, 2008

Drama Dock’s ‘Earnest’ captures Wilde’s wry humor and irony

Oscar Wilde, the Irish playwright, knew plenty about lying, so it’s no surprise that his witty and very funny play, “The Import-ance of Being Earnest,” centers on deception.

  • Jul 23, 2008

Pet Protectors’ Furball to drum up support for pets

For five years, friends of the furry, the feathered, the fishy and everything in between have come together for one night of jubilant fundraising — Vashon Island Pet Protector’s Furball. It’s the nonprofit’s annual auction, and it accounts for more than half of its operating expenses each year.

  • Jul 23, 2008

Vashon’s lavender fest draws crowds

Organizers of this year’s Lavender Farm Tour say some 2,500 people attended the two-day event over the weekend, making it the largest turnout since the festival started six years ago.

  • Jul 23, 2008

Methodist congregation embraces a young new minister

Vashon United Methodist Church has welcomed a new minister, Rev. Darryn Hewson, marking the end of a two-year period when the church was led by interim pastor Jan Van Pelt.

  • Jul 22, 2008

Festival brings music to Agren

The first Annual Vashon Island Music Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, at Agren Park.

  • Jul 22, 2008

VIGA pairs with parks to put on noon tunes on the Green

Vashon Park District’s lunch-time concert series has paired with Vashon Island Growers’ Association (VIGA) this year to bring Island musicians to the Village Green.

  • Jul 22, 2008

VHS students take their drums to Ghana

An alluring African beat is drawing four Vashon High School students across the world this summer on a 10-day drumming adventure.

  • Jul 22, 2008

Arts briefs

Incendio at Ober Park

  • Jul 22, 2008

Vashon-Maury Arts Briefs | July 16

King County’s cultural services agency, 4Culture, approved 52 new group art projects — a total of nearly $200,000 in funding — including two Vashon art groups.

  • Jul 21, 2008

Vashon’s Lavender Farm Tour returns this weekend

Lavender is in full bloom and ready for harvest in July on Vashon, and three Island lavender farms will open their fields this weekend for the sixth annual Lavender Farm Tour, a celebration of the plant, its beauty and its many uses.

Langley Fine Gardens: Happy accidents and a lot of hard work

Maury Island is the birthplace of a rare and beautiful beast: the Langley silver tiger. It grows tall and gangly, loves the sun and is named for its frost-kissed appearance. The tiger is a hybridized tomato plant that produces juicy red- and orange-striped fruit which ripens early and enjoys a long season, the result of cross-pollination between two parent plants — what farmer Leda Langley calls a “happy accident.”

  • Jul 16, 2008

Strawberry Festival ’08


  • Jul 16, 2008

Kaj Wyn Berry embraces a life of adventure and art

Kajira Wyn Berry hoped that posting haiku on three signs, Burma-Shave style, at the bottom of the north-end ferry hill would slow down drivers. The drivers haven’t slowed down, but Berry’s beautiful calligraphy of haiku written by Island poets has become a landmark.

  • Jul 15, 2008

Bike hosts innovative guitarist Scott Huckabay

Guitarist Scott Huckabay will perform at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi at 9 p.m., Saturday, July 19.

  • Jul 15, 2008

African group to dance, drum at outdoor festival

Vashon Allied Art’s World Music Festival, slated for 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Camp Burton outdoor amphitheater, will feature four groups, including African dance/drum group Sohoyini.

  • Jul 15, 2008

Incendio to heat up Ober with flamenco and rock

Summer Concerts in the Park, the popular free music series, returns to Ober Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, featuring the Los Angeles-based band Incendio.

  • Jul 15, 2008

Vashon Theatre, Film Society to screen outdoor film Thursday

A free family outdoor movie, presented by the Vashon Theatre and Vashon Film Society, will kick off Strawberry Festival fun at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 10. “Strictly Ballroom,” the colorful, kitschy Australian crowd-pleaser about a boy, a dream and a dance competition, will be shown on an outdoor screen at the theater.

  • Jul 10, 2008