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Spring Events on Whidbey

February 22, 2013

We have much to look forward to as winter turns into spring

By: Amy Hannold, WIMK Editor
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Throughout Whidbey Island and the surrounding area, there are a whole lot of events we can look forward to.  Check out these events and mark them on your calendar!

March 1, 2, & 3:  
The Penn Cove Mussel Festival (Coupeville) celebrates the bounty of the sea, especially the mussel.  Come and taste the world-famous mussels during this weekend of chowder tastings (11:30 AM - 3:30 PM on Saturday & Sunday), live music, mussel cooking demonstrations with guest chefs, enjoying Coupeville's historic downtown, and children's activities (11:30 - 2:30).  

Mussel Chowder tasting tickets ($10) will be available at the festival headquarters (Coupeville Rec Hall), beginning at 11:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday.  It is advised that you buy them before 1:00 PM, as they sell out quickly.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the Penn Cove Mussel Fest online at PennCoveMusselFestival.com.  

March 9:
"The Great Oak Harbor Giveaway Day", also known as the "Free Community Clothing Swap" (Oak Harbor):
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary have hosted free clothing swaps, twice a year, for the past 4 years, in March and September.  A highly anticipated event, the location has now been moved to Oak Harbor Christian School gymnasium, to accommodate the items available and the numbers who attend.  

All are welcome to the event, whether or not they have items to bring.  Mens, Womens, and Childrens clothing/accessories are welcome, as are small housewares and books.  This is a fun event, where you can shop for "New to You" items, for free. Items will be clean and in good repair, organized by category and ready for new homes.  Guests are advised to bring their re-usable cloth bags if they have them, to tote away your finds. 

Donations are accepted now, through March 8, to prepare for a grand opening at 10:00 AM on March 9.  Oak Harbor's "The Heart of Giving" is helping to present this event, and donations can be brought to their Garage of Blessings on Industrial Road, in Oak Harbor.  The Garage of Blessings is open to the public on Monday and Fridays (10AM to 3PM) and Wednesdays (12PM to 5 PM).  Donations may also be brought to the VFW Post (3037 Goldie Road), 11 AM - 7PM, seven days a week.  

Volunteers are needed from the community.   Anyone who would like to help us greet, sort, or otherwise assist either on Friday, March 8 or Saturday, March 9 is encouraged to call 360-675-2338.  Youth, service groups, workplace teams, and individuals are welcome to volunteer.  You can't imagine how blessed you will feel by spending some of your weekend giving to your neighbors. 

March 22 - 24:
33rd Annual SICBA Home & Garden Show (Mt. Vernon):
Skagit Island County Builders Association invites you to tour the exhibitors, demonstrations, and guest speakers at this event for home and garden enthusiasts.  Or, perhaps you're in the process of building, a project large or small.  This is the place to be, as there is much inspiration and information.  You can print a $2 admission discount coupon at their website, and view a list of vendors, speakers and events: sibca.org.

April 1 - 30:
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Mt. Vernon)
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture. 

Skagit County's Tulip Festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one "site" that you go to for your visit. This is because the farmers in the valley raise tulips as an agricultural crop and the 100s of acres of blooming flowers are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley. In addition to the flowers, festival visitors enjoy taking in one of the many events and activities that happen only during April. These too are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley.   Special events such as street fairs, races, and other activities are also a part of the festival.  Visit the festival Facebook page or their website for maps and event information.

April 26-28:

Holland Happening Festival (Oak Harbor):
44 Years of Holland Happening, A Community Tradition Continues!   Oak Harbor proudly presents Holland Happening, an annual three-day celebration that honors the unique Dutch Heritage of Oak Harbor.  The Family Carnival opens Friday April 26, and runs through the festival close on Sunday, April 28.  Holland Happening's Street Fair opens Saturday, April 27 at 10 AM.  Everyone's favorite parade begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday.  Sunday's highlight is the Klompen Boat Canal Races, on Pioneer Way, at 2:00 PM.  Live music, food and more will also be enjoyed.  For more information and a list of festival events, go to HollandHappening.org.  

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