Month Flat Week

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

San Diego to the Sea of Cortez

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Writer and translator Jane Billinghurst describes her 10-day journey on a 95-foot boat observing and interacting with marine mammals and birds around the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. She encountered sea lions, whale sharks, gray whales in their calving lagoons and blue and sperm whales out in open water. Nature lovers and adventure travelers especially will enjoy hearing about this trip and seeing photographs of birds and marine mammals while also learning about their habitats and lifestyles. 

San Diego to the Sea of Cortez: An Ocean Teeming with Life - Wed., June 21, 7pm at the library

Bhutan: Land of the Peaceful Dragon

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Joan Cross describes her work and travels in the tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. The Kingdom is perhaps best known for creating the concept of Gross National Happiness as the most significant industry of a country; GHP has since become a worldwide measure of a culture's humanity. 

Wed., Sept. 20, 7pm at the library

Life on the Equator: 2 Years on Ecuador

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Joella Solus and Tony Kubena narrate a photo travelogue of this culturally and ecologically diverse country. Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 pm at the library.

Maritime Series

Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Icebergs, Puffins, & Whales: Kayaking Atlantic Canada. Geneva Langworthy offers a visual journey of her sea kayak trip along the rugged Atlantic Canada coastline. Saturday, November 18, 4:00 pm at the library.

Camino De Santiago in the New Millennium

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bonnie Bowers recounts her adventures trekking the Camino the French Way, from Saint Jean Pier de Port. Since the 11th century pilgrims have traveled the way of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela for religious or spiritual reasons. More recently many make the trek as a fitness challenge. Some walk as pilgrims and some as tourists, there is no correct way to walk the Camino. Bonnie tried to remain faithful to the pilgrim ways but was often challenged by 21st century impediments. This program will explore the experience of modern pilgrims with those who made the journey long ago. Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm at the library.

The Lost Intruder

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Former A-6 pilot and author Peter Hunt will give an account of his search and discovery of a missing A-6 intruder, 25 years after its disappearance. On November 6, 1989, a Navy A-6 Intruder suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure and crashed off Whidbey Island, Washington. The crew ejected safely. Despite a three-month search with four Navy ships, the missing jet was not found. Twenty-five years after the crash, former A-6 pilot and author of The Lost Intruder Peter Hunt set out to discover the submerge aircraft, knowing that it might be his final opportunity due to his battle with Parkinson's disease and imminent brain surgery. He was successful. Wednesday, January 10, 7:00 pm at the library.

The Wonders of Iceland

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Doug and Gay Woods will present their trip to Iceland in March of 2017, where they explored the sites of Reykjavik and beyond.  They embarked on the Golden Circle tour, which took them to spectacular waterfalls, geysers, and the deep rift between two tectonic plates. They were also able to experience and photograph the Northern Lights on a nighttime tour. Another daytime tour took them to the Reykjanes Peninsula, with its simple yet striking sights.    Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 pm at the library.

Norway’s Coastal Cruise—and more

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Doug and Gay Woods will discuss their travels in Norway in March of 2017, where they explored the interior by bus, train, and boat. They sailed on a combination cargo/cruise ship along the coastline in Norway from Bergen, crossed the Arctic Circle, and travelled to the Russian border before returning to Bergen. Along the way, they took in majestic mountains, incredible fjords, and many small villages. They visited a snow hotel, met with sled dogs, saw Northern Lights, and became members of the Ancient Polar Bear Society. Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 pm at the library.

Maritime Speaker Series

Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Finding PAX: One Woman’s Journey for the Love of Her Wooden Boat
Port Townsend author and sailor, Kaci Cronkhite will discuss her book Finding PAX. Raised on an Oklahoma cattle ranch, Kaci saw the ocean at 21, sailed around the world by the time she was 40, and served as the director at Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival for a decade. Kaci knew better than to buy a wooden boat but when the curvy little 1936 Danish spidsgatter named Pax popped into her email inbox she fell in love. Over the next 10 years, despite the odds, Kaci restored more than just a boat. She solved the mystery of Pax by tracing her history through Denmark, California, and Canada. Her search for Pax’s story became the story of generations—of owners and marine trades craftspeople in three countries. Originally self-published, the book goes worldwide with Bloomsbury publishing in 2018. Saturday, February 17, 4:00 pm at the library.

Urban Trails Bellingham

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Urban Trails Bellingham—Including Western Whatcom, Anacortes and the Skagit Valley 
Join award-winning guidebook author Craig Romano for a slideshow tour of the trails around Bellingham, Western Whatcom County, the Skagit Valley, and Fidalgo Island. Urban Trails: Bellingham focuses on the trails, parks, and preserves within the urban and suburban areas around Anacortes, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and the Chuckanut Mountains recreation area. You’ll find trails to beaches, old growth forests, lakeshores, wildlife-rich wetlands, rolling hills, scenic vistas, meadows, historic sites, and vibrant communities. There are trails for easy strolls, refreshing walks, all day hikes, and short or long runs. Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm at the library.

Travel by Foot: Camino Frances 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Professor John C. Howell will give an account of his 45- day journey across Spain on the Camino Frances. His journey afoot followed the classical route taken by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. Starting on April 22, 2017, he traveled from St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees and ended at the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Along the way, the cuckoo was a constant companion. Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm at the library

Experiencing Cuba by Bicycle

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join Bill and Ann Testerman for a presentation on their bicycle trip through rural Cuba. Cuba is a country frozen in time due to a US trade embargo placed on the island over 50 years ago. With a People-to-People organization, the Testermans rode their bicycles into rural areas, staying with families and eating in their homes. They will share the new perspective they gained of Cuban life, history, and culture. Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm at the library.

Back (Mostly) from Lesvos, Greece

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join Laura Lavigne as she shares her beautiful, heartbreaking, and life-changing experiences working with refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Laura was born in France and is a long-time resident of Anacortes. She is a happiness coach, TEDx speaker, author, and the director of the Anacortes Center for Happiness. As she traveled through Europe for six months with a backpack and very little planning, a strong pull called her to Greece, where her family came as refugees over 600 years ago. It was not long before she found herself working with refugees on Lesvos Island, both learning and un-learning a lot. Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm at the library.

Cotswold Pub Crawl

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join Arlene Cook as she presents a slideshow of her 100-mile journey on the Cotswold Way in southwestern England. In September 2017 Arlene and a friend walked the entire length of the footpath encountering sheep, beech woods, rustic villages, mud, stiles, stately homes, cow poo, historic ruins, choir boys, drizzle, sausage rolls, and many pints of English beer along the way!  Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 pm at the library.

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join avid local hiker Shona Martin, as she presents her hiking trip around Mont Blanc. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a considered one of the classic long-distance hiking trails in Europe. It circles the Mont Blanc massif, covering a distance of roughly 110 miles and passes through France, Italy, and Switzerland. Shona hiked this trail with two friends in September 2015, starting and ending in the Chamonix valley. She will discuss the accommodations, food, trail experience, and personalities they met along the way and will show pictures that highlight the scenery and adventure. She will outline how to prepare and plan a long-distance European hike.  Wednesday October 24, 7:00 pm at the library.

Building the Viking Ship, Polaris

Saturday, November 17, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Creating the 36’ replica of a Viking ship originally built on Norway’s west coast in 1030 AD took daring, patience, remarkable collaborations, and a good dose of skill. Fidalgo Island boat builder, Jay Smith will share a tale of traditional shipbuilding that includes sawyers, blacksmith, sculptor, sailmaker, visionary owner, and the camaraderie that kept the project moving forward until a festive launch in November 2017. Over the last 35 years, Jay Smith has researched and built Nordic lapstrake boats, beginning in a small boat shop on a fjord in western Norway. A seven-month apprenticeship in the Faroe Islands, sponsored by the Danmark-America Foundation, established a firm footing for future work and study. Since then he has made a living building and repairing boats, specializing in lapstrake construction. Periodic travel and research in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark has strengthened Jay’s understanding of Scandinavian culture, history, and boatbuilding. Over the years he has shared these unique traditions with enthusiastic young boat builders and wooden boat enthusiasts through hands-on workshops, lectures and classes. He now works from his shop near Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island. Saturday, November 17, 4:00 pm at the library.

Treasures of the Northern Salish Sea

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lance Ekhart, local sailor and photographer, will take us on a cruise to Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa Inlet aboard the Elenoa to capture the off-season beauty and magic of these special places, accessible only by boat. 

Wednesday, January 16th, 7:00 pm at the library.

18-day Transatlantic Cruise 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Doug and Gay Woods took a Holland America 18-day Transatlantic Cruise in the Spring of 2018, visiting seven countries and eight ports of call. They will show you photos from Bermuda, the Azores, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark. They will talk about their excursions, and also ports of call where they explored independently.  Wednesday, February 13th, 7:00 pm at the library.

Best of Europe

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Doug and Gay Woods took a 21-day Best of Europe tour with the Rick Steves company in the late Spring of 2018. They will share photos and information from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. They will describe what it is like to travel with 24 to 28 people through mountains, valleys, cities, villages, and the seashore in six countries. Doug and Gay will also share traveling tips and suggestions if you are considering a tour such as this.  Please note date change from January 30th at 7pm and April 3rd at 7 pm. at the library.

Dirt Roads and Internet: Costa Rica

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Petersen and his family spent one month on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, working and playing. For the amateur, he’ll present their experiences and a picture of a nation trying to do things right. Wednesday, April 17th 7:00 pm at the library.

Virtual Reality Experience in Outer Space

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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NASA @ My Library ... A virtual reality experience designed in collaboration with the astronauts who’ve been there, right in your own library. Experience the historic Apollo 11 moon landing mission, land on Mars, and navigate the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth with the Oculus Rift. Ages 13 and up. Age 13-17 require parental signature. Wednesday, April 24th 7:00 pm at the library.

Maritime Speaker - Race to Alaska

Saturday, December 21, 2019 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Race to Alaska is a boat race covering 750 miles of water from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, along the Inside Passage with no motors, no support and lots of danger.  Entering its 5th year, some say it’s like the Iditarod on a boat, with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear. Race boss Daniel Evans will present what he’s learned from taking a pretty bad and risky idea and turning it into a somewhat manageable madhouse. 

Saturday, December 21st 3:00 pm @ Community Meeting Room

Umoja (Unity): Sustaining African Cultural Arts 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Explore the depth and significance of African culture, from its communal philosophies to its lively song and dance. In this interactive talk, artist Afua Kouyaté shares pieces of African culture and folkloric traditions. Using seven principles as a framework, Kouyaté tells the story of her life and of Africa’s rich culture to inspire you to root deeper through your own culture. Afua Kouyaté is a performing and teaching artist who specializes in cultural arts leadership. Registration required. Visit to sign up.    Wednesday, January 12th 6:00 pm    Live Zoom Event