Maritime Speaker: author Dick Blumenthal

Saturday, January 17, 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES    
Discovery & Settlement of Puget Sound
Sat., Jan. 17, 4pm
Author Dick Blumenthal discusses the early history of European exploration in Puget Sound, beginning in the 1780s with several voyages by the Spanish, followed by George Vancouver in 1792 and Charles Wilkes in 1841. The author of five books on this history, Dick will focus on the early settlement of the region.

More Lesser-Known National Parks

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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More Lesser-Known National Parks
Wed., Jan. 28, 7pm
Explorer Roxanne Parish features more of the relatively unknown National Park treasures of the U.S. Her bucket list includes visits to all 401 National Park Service Units; so far, she's visited 273 and plans to see even more in the coming year. at the library

Wild Encounters: the Sacred & Profane

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wed., Feb. 4, 7pm
Author, photographer and naturalist Christina Nealson shares tales and images of wildlife she encountered during a 10-year RV odyssey crisscrossing the American West, from British Columbia to the tip of Baja. She combines wildlife images of moose, gray whales, mountain lions, dolphins and grizzlies with readings from her book Wild Encounters. At the Library. 

Researching a Backcountry Book

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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John E. Moore presents a slideshow of the backcountry in Washington, Idaho and Montana he visited while doing research for his ten books on fishing and hiking. John presents photos of backcountry lakes, scenery and wildlife plus discusses his experiences in the field. At the Library. 

Holland in the Spring

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Holland in the Spring
Wed., Mar. 4, 7pm - At the Library
During a visit to Holland last spring, avid travelers and amateur photographers Jim and Elaine Walker joined in the exuberant King’s Day celebration in Amsterdam, saw the area where Mayflower Pilgrims lived in Leiden, and toured the famous Keukenhof tulip display garden. Other highlights of the trip included visits to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank’s secret annex. 
 

100 Years in Anacortes Parks

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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100 Years in Anacortes Parks
Wed., Mar. 11, 7pm - At the Library
The founders of Anacortes were as dedicated to the creation of parks as they were to the business of industry; a century later we are the beneficiaries of this legacy. Through historic images, Anacortes Museum Educator Bret Lunsford and Washington Park Manager Bob Vaux highlight the creation of the Anacortes Parks Board in 1914 and the development of our incredible parks -- who they’re named for, how they were designed, and how they have evolved.

The North Cascades

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The North Cascades
Wed., Mar. 18, 7pm - At the Library
Bill Dietrich, lead author of the Mountaineers Books collaboration The North Cascades, discusses this beautiful coffee table book. The work of half a dozen writers and twenty photographers / illustrators, the book was published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Dietrich also discusses the North Cascades range and its future.

Vietnam: A Photo Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Vietnam: A Photo Tour
Wed., April 29, 7pm @ the Library
Travel by foot, car, train, plane and boat with Ronan Ellis on his extensive journey through Vietnam, including his area of operations during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

 

The Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour
Wed., May 6, 7pm @ the library.
Rudy Gahler highlights the Rick Steves' tour he took in September 2014 focusing on the rich culture and history of Scotland. The guided tour made a loop starting in Edinburgh then traveling to St. Andrews, Dunkeld, Kenmore, Inverness, Loch Ness, Oban, Island of Mull and Iona, Loch Lomond, Stirling castle and back to Edinburgh.

Jewels of the Mediterranean

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Exploring the Jewels of the Mediterranean (Part 1) 
Wed., June 17, 7pm at the Anacortes Library
Veteran travelers Joyce and Don Paradine offer a visually stunning recap of their exotic journey to some beautiful eastern Mediterranean ports last fall. They began with five days in Istanbul, Turkey, then boarded a cruise ship to explore several Greek islands that included on-land excursions.

The Spirit of the Coast Journey

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Spirit of the Coast Journey
Wed., Nov. 18, 7pm
Videographer Don Jonasson offers a video presentation of a voyaging canoe journey to find the spirit of the British Columbia coast and connect with the First Nation Peoples who have inhabited and cared for it from time immemorial.

 Free at the library

Best Cruising Destinations

Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES
3rd Saturday, 4pm
Nov. 21 -- Best Cruising Destinations of the Waggoner Cruising Guide for 2016
Sam Landsman, managing editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, presents. Free at the library.

Shanghai: Yesterday & Today

Monday, November 30, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Shanghai: Yesterday & Today
Mon., Nov. 30, 7pm
Local author Alex Kuo discusses his novel shanghai.shanghai.shanghai exploring the people and culture of foreign-occupied Shanghai of 1939, state-occupied 1989, and self-occupied present. 
Please note that this program is being held on Monday evening, not Wednesday as Library programs typically are.

 Free, at the library

A Taste of Tanzania

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wed., Dec. 2, 7pm at the library

An avid outdoorsman who loves hiking, skiing and mountaineering, Gabe Martin presents his month-long travel adventure to Dubai and Tanzania plus his climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Gabe discusses his experience with the culture and his brief exposure to what the Peace Corps does in Tanzania, as well as the challenges of climbing Africa's tallest mountain.

The Race to Alaska-R2AK

Saturday, December 19, 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES

3rd Saturday, 4pm at the library

Dec. 19 -- The Race to Alaska-R2AK: the Full Story 

Jake Beattie, Executive Director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend and creator of the R2AK race, describes the thrill of this “Iditarod of boating.” Fifty-five wind- or human-powered boats (all non-motorized) signed up for the 750-mile race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan; only fifteen successfully completed it. Local participants Nels and Lars Strandberg join Jake to describe their adventures, including a harrowing dismasting and rescue on Johnstone Strait.

Asian Adventure: Tokyo & Kamakura

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Asian Adventure: Tokyo & Kamakura 
Wed., Jan. 6, 7pm at the library
World travelers Don and Joyce Paradine feature highlights of their Asian cruise, which included Hong Kong, ports in Vietnam and Thailand, Singapore and Tokyo. "Tokyo & Kamakura" is part one of their travelogue, focusing on their seven days in Tokyo with a short review of the previous ports. Part two, "Hong Kong to Shanghai," is scheduled for Feb. 10.

Hong Kong to Shanghai

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hong Kong to Shanghai

Wed., Feb. 10, 7pm at the library

Don and Joyce Paradine continue their Asian Adventure, describing their time in the exotic locales of Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Serengeti Snapshots

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Serengeti Snapshots

Wed., Feb. 17, 7pm at the library

Our retired library director Cynthia Harrison shares her 17-day African safari, including the Masai Mora Game Reserve in Kenya, a Masai village, and the vistas of the Serengeti in Tanzania.

A Tierra del Fuego Travel Adventure

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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A Tierra del Fuego Travel Adventure

Wed., Mar. 16, 7pm at the library

Local author and adventuress Réanne Hemingway-Douglass features her latest travel memoir, Two Women against the Wind: A Tierra del Fuego Bicycling Adventure. She describes this 300-mile bicycling expedition, through horrendous weather and appalling road conditions, across one of the most beautiful and remote regions of the planet.

Sharpes Corner update

Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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A second open house on DOT plans for improving traffic flow and safety at Sharpes Corner is set for March 17 @ 5:30pm at the Middle School.

Where Eagles Gather

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Where Eagles Gather

Wed., Apr. 6, 7pm at the Library

Photographer, author, naturalist and wilderness guide Joe Ordonez takes you on a visual journey into the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. His recent book, Where Eagles Gather, the Story of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, combines his photography and storytelling talents to bring this unique and fragile corner of Alaska alive.

Biking Adventure: C&O Canal, Great Allegheny Passage & Erie Canal

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Biking Adventure: C&O Canal, Great Allegheny Passage & Erie Canal

Wed., May 18, 7pm at the library

Avid travelers Ann and Bill Testerman share a digital slideshow of their 800-mile bicycle trip along historic canals of the Northeast, one of their bucket-list items. Their adventure included the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage (a Rails-to-Trails pathway) from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, NY.

The Study Abroad Experience

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Study Abroad Experience 

Wed., June 22, 7pm at the library

With the help of the Anacortes Sister Cities Student Travel Fund, Larissa Grieves spent five months studying abroad in London and traveling to Scotland, France, Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Wales and the Netherlands. She shares her experiences in Europe along with some of her favorite memories and many photos from the trip.

Experiences on the Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Experiences on the Appalachian Trail 

Wed., June 29, 7pm at the library

Vicki Stasch and Maria Small recap their hike on the renowned Appalachian Trail in the Pocono Mountains of New Jersey and Pennsylvania with Road Scholar. This section of the trail offers outstanding views passing through the picturesque Delaware Water Gap and following rocky ridges several thousand feet above sea level.

Four Seasons of the Malheur

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wed., Nov. 9, 7pm at the library

Don and Ora Jonasson, retired teachers turned video makers, present a video of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. This 20-minute version captures the essence of the four distinct seasons of the Malheur through colors, sounds, sights and activities. An hour-long version will be available for sale with all proceeds benefitting the non-profit Friends of the Malheur. 

Flight of the Osprey & Other Sailing Adventures

Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sailing Yacht Captain Philo Lund shares his many adventures, with visuals and an explanation of square-rig sailing plus a short primer on celestial navigation. A professional USC6-licensed captain since 1983, Philo received his first license in 1982, issued by the British in Hong Kong. There he worked as a yacht delivery shipper and served as the boson on a barquentine, a sailing vessel with three or more masts; square rigged on foremast, fore and aft rigged on all others.

MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES
Sat., Nov. 19, 4pm at the library

The Mayan People of Copán, Honduras

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wed., Nov. 30, 7pm  at the library

Peter Martin, chair of the International Project Alliance of local Rotary Clubs, is involved with many humanitarian aid projects in the Copán region of Honduras, mostly supporting the Mayan people living in mountain villages. In this presentation, illustrated with many photos from his dozens of journeys to the area, Peter shares insights into the lives and culture of the Maya.

Cuba 57 Years after the Revolution

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Ronan Ellis traveled to Cuba under the people-to-people program, one of the few authorized ways for Americans to visit that country. Ronan toured museums, schools, universities, businesses and performances as well as interacted with Cuban nationals at these many venues. He offers a slideshow travelogue of this adventure, describing his exchanges with Cuban citizens, contemporary life in Cuba and hopes for the future. 

Wed., Dec. 7, 7pm at the library

Maritime Speaker at the Library

Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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You Don’t Need to Own a Boat to Cruise: Charter!

Waggoner Guide editor Mark Bunzel and a panel of local charter experts discuss charters vs. owning.

Sat., Jan. 21, 4pm at the library

Window on Ghana, West Africa

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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John Shafer presents a slideshow that illustrates living and traveling in Ghana — including visiting a game reserve and seeing 24 elephants on a walking safari.

Wed., Jan. 25, 7pm at the library

 

Cruising in British Columbia: Favorite Places

Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Peter Vassilopoulos, a long-time West Coast boater who has traveled the Pacific Northwest coast extensively, shares his favorite cruising destinations in British Columbia. The author of best-selling marine guides, Peter recently published Cruising the Inside Passage, focusing on scenic places from Puget Sound to Alaska. Sat., Feb. 18, 4pm at the library, part of the Maritime Speaker Series.

Tides: the Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Writer, sailor and conservationist Jonathan White discusses his book and global adventures inquiring into the forces that keep our oceans in constant motion. Traveling to five continents for the largest, fastest, scariest and most amazing tides in the world, Jonathan examines the many dimensions of tides, the science behind them and how they influence culture. Wed., Feb. 22, 7pm at the library

Travel by Canal Boat in France

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Steve and Dian Jahn have taken 5 canal boat vacations in 3 European countries. In this program, they share their latest trip – 2 weeks in France on the Canal du Nivernais in the Bourgogne area during the September 2016 wine harvest. They also provide you with a first-hand perspective on the ease and adventure of “license free” piloting of your own chartered canal boat for a truly wonderful self-guided vacation.  

Wed., May 3, 7pm - at the library