It's like, SUMMER outside!

It was a strange start to last week...I should say a cold start!
Sweaters and sweatshirts sure felt good. I would venture to guess area merchants sold a few. Sunsets remained beautiful...if mysterious.(Kim West Photo)
The Island Library was a popular place on those days!
These times remind us that the Island can be a reflective place which allows time to cogitate ... ruminate ... create! This week there is evidence of the results of that power ... in several ways.
Tuesday at TPAC, director Charlie Siskel will be here to show and discuss his recent film, Finding Vivian Maier at 7:00pm ... free will donation...for further info on this personality and her photos see this  Smithsonian Magazine article. (NPR Photo)
This is Sophia, Finn, and Laura Hagen...all talented individuals. Their exhibit. "Portrait of a Family" will open this Wednesday afternoon with a reception at 5pm at the Art and Nature Center.
Yep ... some folks can ... and do...groups are active in a creative way on the Island... amazing what can happen when people put their minds to a common cause...One organization that does is the Washington Island Community Health Program. A grass roots organization, the idea for WICHP came about in 2005 as the need grew to help folks manage their independence in order to remain in their Island homes. 
Former director, Carole Machek tells the story of an Islander who pulled her over one day at KK Fiske...saying something like: "She's a nurse...maybe she could help" as a gentleman there grappled with a health mystery. A need was seen and a small group representing all facets of this community including the churches put their heads together. A grant - or two - was/were written. 
United Way of Door County is a source of funding for WICHP and this Thursday both groups will benefit from the Songsmith Renegades performance at TPAC. Come early for social time on the patio! Today, Christine Anderson is the director. Contact her for further info on WICHP.
Another creative group, the Washigton Island Art Association will be hanging their exhibit at the Red Cup this week.  The opening is this Friday.
After the visual art, head over to the Red Barn for art of the vocal kind. Jesse and Annabelle Hansen are headlining. Show starts at 7:30... Friday. So much talent... they have their own show this year!
The Art and Nature Center has so many things on their schedule this week! Check the bulletin boards around town or see their announcement/ad in the Observer!

Saturday is busy too. The  Rec Run and the Friends of Plum and Pilot Island Annual Picnic  (on Plum Island) will be held as well as a performance of the Improv group, Monkey Business (fun for all ages) at TPAC will continue the fun. 
Yes, the sun did come out as the week progressed and I can say it indeed feels like Summer! Enjoy it while we can. Wonderful things can happen when living in the moment... the present... on Washington Island!
til next time!