Friday Fish Wrap 8.17.18

Five things worth knowing this week . . .

Vashon’s Chair
.  Sunday night I was at the VIGA Farm-to-Table dinner at Peach Hill Farm (thank you David) enjoying some of the amazing food prepared by Lauren of RubyBrink (thank you Lauren and crew!).  As often happens I would up in conversation about what’s going on at VCA and I began to tell about how much fun it’s been to have James Chesney’s giant chair in our lobby.  It seems like half the island has stopped in to take pictures while sitting in it (who remembers Edith Anne!)

At some point I said something like, “What I really wish is someone would buy us the chair and we could leave it there forever.  We could charge a quarter for every picture and never have a budget deficit again!”  We all laughed.

Five minutes later the people I was talking with walked up to me and said, “We want to buy VCA that chair so it can sit there forever.”  And that’s what’s happening.  The chair is ours!! Thank you [anonymous donors]!!!  Let’s all plan on taking our holiday photos in that big chair.  And thank you James for making it.

PS, for those who don’t remember Edith Anne, enjoy this fun interview with Lilly Tomlin.

Last Vashon Summer Arts Fest Openning.  This week we turned all our wall spaces and this Friday is our final opening night.  Please come on down

With this last show, we will have pulled off, with the help of so many people . . .

  • 33 individual shows
  • Seven Group Shows with a total of 84 participating artists

for a total of … (drum roll) . . . .

117 Vashon Artists in the Summer Arts Fest !! 

It’s been an amazing run (we’ll report final numbers in another blog post) so come on down to see it before it’s gone.  And while you’re at it, come by Saturday, for part two of an amazing ceramics demonstration.

Seussical the Musical.  We’re all getting excited for our next musical.  You should too!  Kids started practice this week and they’re already awesome.

Photo Criticism.  Last week I caught up with Ray Pfortner and one of his amazing photo classes.  They were on their way from choosing photos for an upcoming show and to a shooting session up island.  I have taken more than a few photos over the past 50+ years (my grandfather gave me my first camera when I was in third grade; and I still have his Leicas) and it was fun to do some photo criticism of Kris Pedrin’s lovely photos.  We were all into it, clearly none more than me!  Thank you Ray for all you are and do.

As You Wish Bring your family and friends to two great parties at VCA this weekend.

Blank Canvas Dance Party A safe and fun way to express yourself.  Wear something white (shirt, pants, shoes, a tie, etc) and we’ll supply the markers, non-toxic paint, and brushes.  Become a human canvas as you make new friends and groove to DJ Whitmore’s funkiest tunes.  All ages. Friday, August 17th  6-9pm on the patio.

Outdoor Family Movie Night: “The Princess Bride”

Join us on the lawn behind the Blue Heron for a fun-filled family movie night showing of “The Princess Bride.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair and “have fun storming the castle!” All ages, Saturday, August 18th.  Movie starts at dusk (approx. 8:30pm). Popcorn and Concessions available for purchase.

Pre-show activities start at 8:00pm and include a cosplay contest, face painting, and sidewalk chalk art.

Finally, and this is a sixth thing . . . count me among the sad and grieving that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has passed.  There have been legendary singers before her, Billy Holiday comes to mind, and there will likely be legends after, but there will never be anyone quite like Aretha.  I know for a fact that Clive Davis thinks Whitney Houston was the greatest female vocalist he ever heard, but my heart belongs to Aretha.

As you would expect, the greatest hits lists are already being posted on Youtube.

And for my money, this scene from the original Blues Brother’s movie is still a favorite.


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen. 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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