August on Orcas Island lasts a full 90 days, and it's a good thing because there is a lot to do. Rooms are hard to find (if you haven't already booked, starting planning NOW), restaurants are full of giddy vacation energy and lots of local food (our farms really start humming this month), and the sun...oh the sun! I think this is the best weather we've had since 2005 - in short: the weather is fantastic! As if that wasn't enough, August has some incredible local events that are seriously trip worthy.
August 9 - 25, 2012 The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is kind of a big deal. Really. A. Big. Deal. I met violinist Chee-Yun at a dinner party last summer and was charmed by her beauty and her grace. I heard a rumor that her violin is on loan to her from Korea (like the country) and is valued at $14,000. I cried when I saw her play it. But it wasn't the violin. She captivated the audience with her talent and skill. She is just one of the breathtaking performers at the yearly festival. If you can get tickets, I recommend you do, and while you're at, buy some tissue. You'll need them if you see Chee-Yun.
August 10, 2012 The Library Fair has been completely cluttering my bedside table with books for the last 31 years of my life. Every summer this August event draws all the book lovers out of their hammocks and easy chairs to buy more books. The Friends of the Library book sale is a feast of fiction, non-fiction, do-it-yourself, improve yourself, and poetry. Grab a box and begin your wandering under the sun at the Eastsound Green, then take a break to get the most insanely delicious Pulled Pork Sanwich from T.J.'s Tacos and BBQ (just one of many food booths at the fair). You will need sustance for sustained browsing.
August 17-19, 2012 Orcas Island Artists Studio Tour is in it's toddlerhood as far as events go on the island, but artists and Orcas are like apple and pie. We're a fountain of creativity. This is an opportunity to get inside the creative spaces and talk with the artists in their element. There is a preview of the show at the Orcas Center throughout August to see examples of participating artists' work.
September 1, 2012 Galaxy of Burlesque Revue The Atomic Bombshells are a tantalizing professional burlesque company from Seattle that tours internationally, tastefully taking off clothing and pushing the boundaries of traditional entertainment. They are sexy, ironic and very, very funny. Wrap up the hot month of August with this sizzling performance. Tickets are $26 and sold at the front desk of the Inn so ask to have a couple added to your room when you book your stay. A note to the faint of heart: there is nudity and some cross dressing. Read more about the event here.
I will certainly be enjoying ALL of these fantastic events this August and I hope to see you there!