Mark your calendars for some great upcoming Whidbey Island events... a great time to enjoy a slice of Island life while looking at some of our beautiful properties currently on the market. Some of my favorites follow:
Mother's Day concert, May 9th, at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens between Greenbank and Freeland. Last year my daughter packed a picnic, and we stopped at Greenbank Pie Cafe for some of their fabulous strawberry-rhubarb pie to share, and enjoyed an afternoon of strolling among gorgeous blooms and listening to a harp concert. Check out www.meerkerkgardens.org
for more info. If you love rhodies and woodland walks, this is a don't miss way to treat Mom to a beautiful day.
Penn Cove Water Festival, May 22nd, Coupeville Historic Waterfront District at Front Street. Watch tribal canoe races from the Wharf and the many great eateries along Front Street. (The railing outside of my office where the boardwalk wraps around is prime viewing...so come join me!) Arts & Crafts, dance and crafts, storytelling and children's art projects at the Historical Museum. Go to www.penncovewaterfestival.org
to learn more.
May 29th, Coupeville's Memorial Day parade, charmingly small-town and refreshingly honoring both veterans and community groups. I loved the tractors, bassett hound club, dog agility group, 4H riders, pony cart, bagpipes and school bands...as well as classic cars with waving veterans. Go to the chamber site, www.centralwhidbeychamber.com
for more events, too!
June 12th, Old Time Radio broadcast show, to be performed at Fort Casey and broadcast on Whidbey Island's own Community Radio Station, KWPA in 2 performances. More info on that to come!
June 26th & 27th, Wharf Fest, at the Coupeville Wharf. Pirates, classic boats, model ships at the museum, food and fun for the whole family. Check out www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com
to learn more.
That should get you started! Oh, too, Whale Watchers were delighted with their trips aboard the Victoria Clipper that shuttled between Seattle and the Coupeville Wharf via Saratoga passage. Gray Whales and Orcas were seen by daytrippers, and all seemed to enjoy their shore leave in Coupeville. Next year you'll have to work that in, too.
In the real estate world, folks interested in the tax credit have been busily looking, writing contracts and getting inspections. The stimulus effect intended may not have been quite as large as policy makers had hoped, but it still has been felt on Whidbey Island, as elsewhere in the nation.
Lots of choices, great rates, and an Island lifestyle that remains enchanting. Come live the Island Dream...