Banners are flying on Washington Island courtesy of the Washington Island Electric Cooperative and generous residents.
Aislinn Cornell and Amy Jorgenson designed the welcome banners, which are based on the Washington Island flag.
The banners are being inserted into new banner brackets that have been placed on light poles that line Main Road, at the ferry dock and at other popular locations.
Robert Cornell, manager of the Electric Co-op, said, "We are soliciting donations to help cover the cost of the banners - just under $100 each. We hope Island businesses and individuals will participate in this project."
At the June 18 meeting of the Town Board, members voted unanimously to support the Electric Co-op's project by appropriating $500 toward the effort.
Red Barn opens for the season
The 41st season of performances at the Red Barn begins at 6 p.m. Friday with the annual potluck and picnic.
The Red Barn, as is traditional, provides hot dogs, buns, condiments, lemonade, coffee, plates and utensils. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite foods and culinary surprises to share.
At 7:30 the Hagen Family Singers will open the program season as they share their music and lives in stories and songs that reflect recent days and events as well as times long past.
The cost for the performance is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
As a plus, this year visitors to the Red Barn will also be able to enjoy the newly renovated Gislason Beach just across the road.
Town office relocated temporarily
Because of the remodeling and renovation currently under way in the Washington town office, the office staff and office services have moved across the hall to the gym until the middle of July, when the work is expected to be complete.
The office continues to be open for its regular business hours - 8 a.m. until noon on weekdays - but customers should be prepared for possible short delays because of the temporary facilities.
'Almost, Maine' at TPAC
"Almost, Maine," a romantic comedy by John Cariani, opens at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a three-night run. It is being produced by Island Players, the Island's community theater group.
The Island Players version of this play is made up of seven vignettes plus a prologue, interlogue and epilogue. Each scene presents a different aspect of love - gaining or losing love, finding love where it's least expected, or not finding it where it used to be in the past.
Ten experienced Island actors form the cast - Carol Amadio, Gina Gianni, Josie Hansen, Oliver Hansen, Terry Henkel, Ruth Kieffer, Nick Knudsen, Hannah Johnson, Mike Miotke and Melissa Mutchler. The 10 will play a total of 17 different roles. Howard Scott is the director.
Advance tickets are available at the Rec Center and the Red Cup. The cost for adults is $15 and for students, $8. Tickets will also be for sale at the door.