May 14 2019
Photography by Mark Gardner

Hemp History, Legislation, Cultivation

Hemp: History, Legislation, Cultivation, & the Farm Bill on May 16th with Bonny Jo Peterson, Executive Director of the Industrial Hemp Association of Washington who will cover the history of hemp and its uses, the difference between hemp and marijuana, changes to the Farm Bill, and growing hemp on a small/homestead scale tailored to the Islands.


Vics Rock the Dock

We are proud to announce Vic’s Drive In will once again be working with the Port of Friday Harbor to provide food service at the 4th of July Rock the Dock Party, August Wings and Wheels Show, and new this year the Rockin’ Regatta In June which KISM 92.9fm will broadcast live from throughout the morning and evening.


Friday Harbor Bike Fest

The upcoming Friday Harbor Bike Fest is the third annual bike ride sponsored by the San Juan Lions Club. In the past this event was known as the Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew. This year’s event is being held on June 1st to coincide with the 30th annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour.


San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour

Save the Date June 1-2, 2019, and be one of the hundreds who attend this year’s annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Plan a fabulous art weekend in the San Juan Islands!


Village at the Harbour Fundraiser

Dust off your cowboy boots because the Village at the Harbour is pleased to announce they will be hosting a vital fundraiser, "The Hospice of San Juan Giddy Up" on Saturday, July 20th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.


Third Saturday Contra Dance

Grange Hall in Friday Harbor

Saturday May 18th, 7 till 9 PM
$10 donation at the door, $5 students
Kick up your heels with caller Carol Piening from Olympia and The Possum Carvers from Port Townsend featuring Scott Marckx on fiddle, Jeanie Murphy on banjo, and Chris Cooper on guitar. Carve up the best dance floor in the Islands to wonderful old-time music and energetic cheerful calling.
As always, all dances are taught so no need for previous contra dance experience; everyone is welcome, no need to bring a partner. Enjoy a grand ole time as the magic of dancing together unfolds!
Sponsored by San Juan Island Grange #966 most 3rd Saturdays.  Check out our Facebook page - San Juan Islands Contra Dance.
CONTACT-Alice Deane,, 360-378-5250

Chamber Member Social

Please save the date for the May Social! It will be May 20th, 5:30 pm, at Aurora Farms. Lori Ann is excited to show us all around her farm so mark your calendars. 652 No2 Schoolhouse Rd

WaterWorks Gallery Open

Spring 2019 Jaime Ellsworth & Barbara Duzan show May 17 - June 8, 2019
Regional artists, Jaime Ellsworth and Barbara Duzan both bring animals to life with style and whimsy through their mediums of acrylic and bronze. Please join us for a reception on Friday May 17th  4-7 pm both artists will be in attendance.

Island Air Ambulance Award

Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit organization that audits and accredits medical transport services worldwide.
Island Air Ambulance is a San Juan County-based critical care fixed wing air ambulance service operated by Island Air. “We have a phenomenal crew that hold themselves to the highest standards for patient care and safety,” said Jackie Hamilton, Island Air Owner and President.

Theme for 2019 Friday Harbor July 4th Parade

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the theme for the 2019 4th of July Parade in Friday Harbor: “Parade of Stars”, past and present…
The event has been rated one of the top 10 small town 4th of July celebrations in the USA.  The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th. A full day of food, entertainment and music, will culminate with a glorious fireworks extravaganza over the scenic Port of Friday Harbor.
The Chamber encourages all of those interested to gather your creative crew and begin plans on your costumes, floats and themed entries. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories-Best Use of Theme Float, Best Use of Theme Non-Float, Best Use of Theme- Children/Youth, Best Costume Group, Best Animal/Animal Group, Judges Choice, Best Off-Island Entry, and Best Vehicle.
To participate in the 2019 Friday Harbor Independence Day Parade, please email: for an application or download it at

Coho Restaurant Happenings

What’s Pho Lunch at Coho Restaurant? Every Thursday
Stop in “pho” lunch Thursday. If you are a noodle Pho natic or if you just want a Pho nomenially delicious lunch with farm fresh veggies, fish, chicken or meat, check us out. Our vegetarian pho starts at $10. In addition to Pho, we have spring rolls and macaroons for dessert. Lunch is available for carryout from 11:30 – 1:30. Please call ahead to place your order and we’ll have it ready for pick up. 360-378-6330. For more details or for our Pho Menu:
Dusted Valley Winemaker’s Dinner – May 17
Join winemaker Chad Johnson for a memorable evening of food and Walla Walla wine at Coho Restaurant. Our culinary team will prepare a 5 course dinner paired with Chad’s stunning wines. Dinner is $55/person and the optional wine tasting is $45/person. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Please call for reservations at 360-378-6330.

May Hours for Coho Restaurant
Serving dinner Tuesday – Saturday; First Seating 5 – 5:45 and 5 course Chef’s Tasting offered daily.


Meet the Authors

Have you written a book? Do you like to read works by local authors? There’s a new group in town you might want to get to know. The Authors of the San Juan Islands is a community of writers living in and around the Salish Sea. Their mission is to raise awareness of our local author community and to educate new writers in the pursuit of better craft and business practices.


40th Kayaking Season

San Juan Kayak Expeditions

Tim and Sally Thomsen are delighted to announce that San Juan Kayak Expeditions opens its 40th Kayaking Season on Saturday May 4th.   Come visit us at our outdoor kiosk at 275 A Street or at  San Juan Kayak Expeditions, the island’s Original Sea Kayak Outfitter offers Guided Day Trips, Guided Multi-day Trips and Sea Kayak Rentals and is offering  a 10-20% discount on guided trips running through June 15.  Call Sally for details. 
Tim and Sally Thomsen
San Juan Kayak Expeditions
360 378 4436
Check us out on:
Trip Advisor
 Come paddle with us in 2019 for our 40th season! 
Spring 2019 - May 14 2019