Friday Fish Wrap 4.27.18

Five things worth knowing this week

Bruce Morser Part 1:  Bruce Morser began his VAIS residency this week with Chautauqua 4thgraders studying Birds of Vashon.  He gave the kids a tour of his installation in the Kay lobby, then a review of how birds have been represented in art over the ages.  The kids then rolled out paper from one wall of the lobby to the next and filled every inch with drawings of things “with wings and a heartbeat.”  Look for some surprise displays of student work from this project later in the spring!

Bruce Morser Part 2.  But wait, there’s more! Bruce has been showing up recently at Story Slam events in Seattle put on by “The Moth Radio Hour.” Jeff & Cindy play back the audio recorded for Bruce’s stories and asked him to drop by and describe the experience.  Click to listen here.  Thank you VOV for making this available to listen to.

Strings in the Kay! Every Monday at 5 pm the Kay White lobby is filled with live music as the I Solisti di Vashon high school string ensemble rehearses. This year-long class taught by Gaye Detzer, includes ten students playing violin, viola and cello. They join forces with the Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra twice a year.

I Solisti di Vashon will be performing an end of the year concert on in the Kay White Theater with music by Vivaldi and Mozart, as well as contemporary hits. June 12, 6:30 pm.

Vashon Summer Arts Fest Project Leader.  We’re really pleased that island Renaissance woman, Lynann Politte, has agreed to be the program manager for our first ever Vashon Summer Arts Fest.  Lynann has a wide and deep background in the arts and    it’s a blessing that she has put her hand on the wheel to help guide this amazing event forward.

The Best Lift in the West.  Most people don’t know but it’s true, The Katherine L White hall is home to one of the most sophisticated orchestra pit-lifts on the west coast (of course we do) thanks to a generous gift by Nell Miller.  Today Ian Metler, our Facilities Manger took  Nell, Molly Reed, and me on a behind (and below) the scenes tour of the lift and then ride it up and down.  I guess you can’t take the kid out of some of us.  Thank you Nell!

Finally, and this is actually a sixth item two-for, please enjoy this lovely poem by good friends and colleague Dale Biron.

No Solicitations Allowed

By Dale Biron

That year we met, I think
You really meant it, that part
About “no way” at first but then
My foot got in the door somehow
And caused quite a stir among us
Both, next a whole history happened.
There are some things so wonderfully
Mysterious that even mountains will
Not say them out loud, and they
Will simply stand there
In silence and in love
Madly with the sun and rain,
And moon.

And when you’re done with that, click on over to this absolutely delightful video filmed in Albania of the local swing dance scene promoting a Charleston Dance event.  It couldn’t be funner.


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Cain. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.



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