THIS CANDIDATE'S A WINNER – Marlys Baker (right) checked election results at the Skagit County auditor's office as soon as they were available Nov. 5. The La Conner School District Director candidate brought along Leslie McDonald, left, and Casandra Gonzalez for support. Baker has increased her lead with every vote count update. Skagit County will certify ballot results by Nov. 26. Baker will be sworn in at the December board meeting. John Agen will join her if he also wins. – Photo by Ken Stern
This corrects and updates the Nov. 6 election story which incorrectly stated all votes had been counted in the La Conner school board elections.
Wow: A world premiere musical, “Pray the Gay Away,” opened at the Lincoln Theatre last week and runs through Nov. 24. For that reason, go. Minnesotans must go, you betcha! The play, set in suburban Minneapolis in 1982, offers a time capsule of church-based anti-gay prejudice at a time when almost all churches were anti-gay. It also is sadly current, even with the gains forced upon mainstream society by gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and queer individuals and organizations.
Voters across Washington passed I-976 by over 100,000 votes. The measure limits motor vehicle license fees to $30. In Skagit County, the measure is passing with 53.5% of the vote, with 800 ballots to be counted after Tuesday. Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The 35th Anniversary of Art’s Alive! in La Conner opened with a bang and a crush of people attending the opening reception Friday in Maple Hall and the weekend, extending through 4 p.m. Monday, kept drawing people in. The show’s title, “Celebrating Skagit Valley Art Legacy,” was apt. Some 10 of the 12 artists had shown previous years. Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Supporters from around the Valley flocked to Maple Hall Saturday to root for the home team at the Skagit County Historical Museum’s “Party Like You’re in the Hall of Fame Gala” fundraiser. The evening blended seamlessly with the Museum’s current exhibit, “Hometown Skagit.” Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Over 300 adults came out on a blustery Saturday to pay to sample and vote for their favorite chowder at the La Conner Kiwanis 21st Annual Chowder Feed at the La Conner Elementary School. Wednesday, November 6, 2019
There was no masking the enthusiasm for Halloween in La Conner last week. There weren’t even storm clouds to shroud excitement for all the guys and ghouls who donned costumes and paraded First Street prior to the big Halloween Carnival at La Conner Elementary School which was held afterward.
The only contested election in greater La Conner turned out to be no contest. Challengers John Agen and Marlys Baker resoundingly defeated La Conner School District incumbent Directors Kate Szurek and Janie Beasley, respectively. Agen won the District 1 position with 60% of the vote out of 984 ballots cast. Baker won the District 2 position even more decisively, with 66% of the vote, of 931. All votes have been counted. Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Timing is everything. “The Addams Family” opened last week, a perfect fit for Halloween. It runs through Nov. 17 at the Whidbey Playhouse. Elders of a certain age will recognize the characters, their dress, mannerisms, voices, personalities and tell-tale musical score. Director Stan Thomas is picture perfect in conjuring up the 1964 TV show based on Charles Addams mid-century New Yorker cartoons. Turned into a musical in 2010, Thomas, producer Andrew Pierzchala, the costumers, production team and cast bring this 21sr century version to Oak Harbor, complete with subtle political zingers, such as Gomez, pulled between wife and daughter, observing, “I am trapped, like the moderate right.” Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Inside the community hall of Mount Vernon’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church gather a group of thespians, singers and dancers. It is a mid-week run through of “Pray the Gay Away,” with only five more rehearsals before opening night. The scene being worked on as I entered was one of the more serious and pivotal to this musical, examining the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy. It is being billed as “a serious musical comedy” with a musical score reminiscent of the pop ‘80s sound mixed with soulful ballads, “a full-blooded musical with an irreverently comic heart.” “Pray the Gay Away” takes place in small town Minnesota during the early 1980s. Through musical storytelling and satire it depicts a fictional conflict of beliefs and identities between the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s theology that “homosexual behavior is intrinsically sinful” and a Youth Pride LGBTQ support group fighting for human rights. Wednesday, October 30, 2019