The Big Picture

Car-free Commercial Ave on a Warm Sunday


You don't often get a chance to see Commercial Ave. in downtown Anacortes without any cars. But, Sunday, the street was open for bikers and pedestrians as part of the city's first Open Streets event.

Antique Engine Show Attracts Crowd


A parade of antique machinery included a hop-on ride popular with the kids during the 19th annual Antique Engine & Machinery Show on Saturday.

Tubaluba @ Seafarers Memorial Park


This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and the Port's final Friday night concert started the weekend off with the New Orleans style brass sounds of Tubaluba.

Workboat Races ... on the Channel


It was all fun and games at Saturday's Workboat Races on the Guemes Channel. Here a crew uses a slingshot to waterbomb the crowd standing on Pier One.

Anacortes Arts Festival in full swing


This year's edition of the Anacortes Arts Festival launched Friday morning with as many as 90,000 visitors expected over the weekend. After walking through and looking at and talking with artists in the show, I have picked a handful for photos. Here they are, starting with a spalsh of color. These scarves are from Tuesday Scarves, in Seattle.

San Francisco Parklets


San Francisco has jumped in the public parklets idea in a big way, with more than 3-dozen set up in the past 5 years. These photos are of San Francisco parklets, courtesy San Francisco Pavement to Parks program.

Above: 3876 Noriega St. Hosted by Devil’s Teeth Baking Company.

Concertgoers enjoy Strange Tones


Singer and lead guitarist Guitar Julie of the Strange Tones performs with the group at Friday night's concert at Seafarers' Memorial Park, part of the Port's summertime concert series of Wednesday and Friday night concerts.

Photo courtesy Steve Berentson.

Capsized yacht returns home


The $10-million luxury yacht that capsized while being launched two months ago was gingerly moved back to boatbuilder Northern Marine Wednesday morning by an eight-person crew from house-movers Nickel Brothers.

Great turnout for a parade


There was a great turnout for this year's annual July fourth Parade through downtown Anacortes, as this view from the rooftop of the Majestic Inn's expansion shows.