Public service post on behalf of Sustainable Whidbey & Puget Sound Energy
A BRIGHT idea for the Season
Friday – December 6th - 9am to 5pm
PSE Re-Energize Lighting Sale, FREE Energy Advice and Sustainable Whidbey Event at Whidbey General Hospital’s Conference Room B
Start thinking about your lighting needs; maybe put an LED bulb in someone’s stocking this Christmas! PSE has a great lighting guide to help you choose the proper kind of bulb (LED or CFL) and color temperature for your location and needs:
PSE Energy Advisor Brian McCleary will be there from 10:30-2 and Community Services Manager Walt Blackford from 9-1pm. Both are great resources and can answer your questions about sustainability, rebates, improvements and all PSE services. You will also be able to sign up for the residential Green Power program and PSE will make a $10 donation to the WGH Foundation for every new >signup
Melody Kuschnereit from Sustainable Whidbey Coalition will be there too, with information about the Community Energy Challenge home energy audit, rebate and improvement program – now local contractors have been added to the CEC program wherein they match PSE rebates for improvements. More information is >here
Friday – December 6th – 9am to 5pm
Conference Room B at Whidbey General Hospital
-Check out PSE Energy Efficient Lighting, on sale at unbeatable prices!
-Look for the Senior Services ShopLocal Coupon book- a great stocking stuffer! Just $12 with amazing deals island-wide!
-Learn how to make your home and your bank account more comfortable this winter by participating in the Community Energy Challenge home energy assessment.
ALL Available at Whidbey General Hospital on Dec 6th from 9-5
Public service post on behalf of Sustainable Whidbey & Puget Sound Energy
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Saturday – December 7th
Experience Bulgaria on Whidbey Island
5023 Langley Rd, Langley, WA 98260
2:00pm-5:00pm – Secrets of Bulgaria Cooking Class
5:30pm-9:00pm – Bulgarian Dinner and Performance
Attend one or both - Registration required
Bulgaria’s cultural identity enjoys a broad scope. Bulgarian folk costumes can be seen during Bulgaria’s holidays and festivals. Bulgarian traditional foods exhibit influences from neighboring regions and the 500 years of Ottoman reign in the region – enjoy them through the year and on special occasions, such Christmas, Easter and social celebrations.
The Bulgarian Voices of Seattle
choir, directed by Mary Sherhart will be performing after the dinner. The group, with its lush choral arrangements and dissonant, haunting call-and-response, provides a musical bridge to its members’ traditions and cultural past, not only singing together, but teaching and sharing customs and holiday rituals with the community and with one another. The choir will be joined by traditional Bulgarian musician and dancers. NWLA is pleased to be working with the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle on this event. Seating is limited; reservation recommended.
Bulgaria has existed since the 7th century and existed as an empire for seven centuries, until it came under Ottoman rule for 500 years. It regained its independence and embraced communism after WWII. Today it is a parliamentary democracy and a part of the European Union.
Bulgarian is a Slavic language, with differences such as suffixed indefinite articles and an absence of verb infinitives. The Cyrillic alphabet, which was developed in Bulgaria during the 10th century, became the third official alphabet of the European Union after Bulgaria’s accession.
Saturday December 7th ~ MOI KOLEDA Language of Food Bulgaria
Secrets of Bulgaria Cooking Class: 2:00pm-5:00pm ($35)
Dinner and Performance: 5:30pm-9:00pm ($65)
Northwest Language Academy & Cultural Center
5023 Langley Rd, Langley, WA 98260
Registration required - Bring a family member or friend
WhidbeyAIR has been invited to partake in this event – and been granted the opportunity to record it. Thanks to the Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center the invitation and permission to record – we happily accept.
Airing of the event will take place 2 weeks following the event. We’ll keep you posted when it goes on air.
A Visit to Ethiopia
Recorded at NWLA by WhidbeyAIR in Summer of 2014
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January 2014 Audition Season for the Saratoga Orchestra Call for Applications
Violin I & II
All Strings, Winds, Brass and Percussion
Audition Materials will be available upon request.
Please download an audition form HERE
CALL TO HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS
STUDENT Talent Development Program with Whidbey Island’s Saratoga Orchestra
Open to qualified High School students by audition
For further information, email the Orchestra at firstname.lastname@example.org
AUDIENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS from
THE SARATOGA ORCHESTRA
November 4th marked the first of three Conductor Candidate concerts with the orchestra. Playing to a full house the Saratoga Orchestra was pleased to present Julie Tai to our community. Ms. Tai kicked off the 3 consecutive concerts with the music of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven with piano soloist Dr. Robert Swan.
Mark your calendars for two more Conductor Candidate concerts January 26th and March 9th 2014
January 26th, 2014 – 2:30pm – with candidate Chao Li for Brahms #1 - Music of Brahms, Puccini and Chausson, featuring violin soloist Gloria Ferry-Brennan. Click here for more information and ticket purchase.
March 9th, 2014 – 2:30pm – with final candidate Anna Edwards for Simply Delicious – Music of Ravel, Barber, Poteat and Poulenc with soprano soloist Cathrine Haight. Click here for more information and ticket purchase.
BOTH concerts are held at the So. Whidbey High School Auditorium
We look forward to seeing you there.
Become a Season Flex Pass Ticket Holder with the Saratoga Orchestra here
WhidbeyAIR is a proud media partner of the Saratoga Orchestra
To join the WhidbeyAIR recording team for the Orchestra and other music events on Whidbey – contact email@example.com
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Whidbey AIR has been assisting the Home Connections School in Oak Harbor with a radio lab class again this semester, and oh what fun! It is our 2nd year working with Home Connections.
Adding some spice to the class this year, Home Connections teacher Kelly Hall contacted KIRO Radio’s Rachel Belle and asked her to come to Home Connections to share with our students what it’s like to be a “real” radio host. In her usual bubbly fashion Rachel agreed !
December 14th – Rachel came to the Home Connections campus in Oak Harbor, held an assembly for the students, showed them some of the equipment she uses to record and produce her show, and answered student questions about who, what, why and how she became a radio personality, produces her shows and find ideas for her subjects.
Then they all loaded up into parents cars and mini vans and headed to the Whidbey AIR studio for an on air LIVE interview with Rachel.
If you missed that interview it will be available again in Feb. IN conjunction with the Home Connections radio show “Home Connections Radio Magazine” – stay tuned.
If you have a kid who’s interested in recording, radio, music or hosting a show – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set up a meeting time to help your young broadcaster what it takes to get involved with Whidbey AIR.
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Siri Bardarson recorded in Whidbey AIR’s studio with Mary Rose Anderson and Annie Zeller Horton on Isle of the Arts.
Each day is a new adventure and I have only scratched the surface with my electric cello playing. I am the luckiest person in the world! – Siri Bardarson
I moved to Whidbey Island in 1991 and, needing a job, I advertised myself as a cello and guitar teacher. I was actually doing very little playing at that point although still singing with a band in Seattle in a cabaret setting. I got a pile of students and connected with Linda Good who was looking for a partner/teacher with her Island Strings program. We worked together for ten years and founded the Island Strings Summer Music Camp that met for many happy summers at Greenbank Farm. Through Island Strings and my private teaching, I met many, many kids and grown ups, all of whom I consider my fellow musicians. I always say, I love hanging with the musicians and I don’t care how old they are!
In the mid-90s, Michael Nutt [a KWPA Whidbey AIR founder] and a cadre of retired LA Philharmonic musicians came to Whidbey Island. Saratoga Chamber Orchestra was founded. I was lucky to play in a variety of exciting programs that Michael spearheaded and music on South Whidbey got an incredible boost from his presence. Leah Burns came to the island in time to grab the baton from Michael and the Saratoga orchestra became a regular season entity. I played with them off and on over the years.
My cello remained bound up in the conventional classical music role until 1993 when Randy Hudson, Linda Morris and Devon Ossman asked me to join No band Is an Island. This was a very inventive and creative endeavor. We played a lot of original material that had strange and difficult arrangements. I started to translate all my chord knowledge from my guitar playing to the cello, lots of pizzicato and strumming. I discovered I knew tons about vocal harmonies from all the singing and the biggest discovery was that I can sing and play the cello at the same time. I don’t see hardly anyone doing that. We had a sell out WICA show in January 1994 and that was a peak experience for me. I have worked in public education these last 11 years to raise my boy but I am thrilled to be taking a leave this year to devote to my creative life. Each day is a new adventure and I have only scratched the surface with my electric cello playing. I am the luckiest person in the world! – Siri Bardarson
The electric cello is a type of cello that relies on electronic amplification (rather than acoustic resonance) to produce sound. An acoustic cello can be fitted with a bridge or body mounted contact pickup providing an electric signal, or a built-in pickup can be installed. A few pickups work by other principles like magnetic coil guitar type needing steel strings to work, or by an unusual pickup system employing the string itself as a linear pickup element, thus avoiding any modification of tone-producing parts on an acoustic cello.
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We heard from a, culinary loving, bird that Gordon Stewart, of Gordon’s of Blueberry Hill, has applied to be on the Food Network show CHOPPED! Can it be true ?
We have it from secure sources, it’s true.
Mary Rose Anderson interviewed Gordon, and his then fiancee Kaycee, on Whidbey AIR’s Isle of the Arts earlier this year. Today is the perfect time to feature that recording as a blog post. The link to listen is below.
On the heels of Island Recycling & Dave and Jill Campbell being on the show American Pickers, it looks like our little rock is making television headlines, from History to Food.
We’re not sure how one is chosen to be on the Food Network show Chopped, but we do have a contact page for the Food Network – if you’d like to drop them a cyber line go give them your vote for Gordon.
Enjoy Listening to >Chef Gordon & Fiance Kaycee Connally Interview on Whidbey AIR’s Isle of the Arts
Best of luck to Gordon, Kaycee and their staff at Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill – Whidbey AIR hopes we will be seeing you on Chopped! And we’ll be cheering you on to WIN !!!
Contact the Food Network about >Chef Gordon
Below are just a few of the reviews Chef Gordon, and his staff at Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill, have received from diners. There are so many good reviews we got a little carried away sharing. Check out this first one – “best food on earth” ! Reviews are from Yelp and Urban Spoon
Gordon’s has the best food on earth. They have a very friendly hands-on staff and an attention to the details in food preparation and delivery that really comes through. They also have incredibly personable service.
We had an amazing meal!
I’ve never had anything bad and eat here everytime I come! Excellent! Save room for dessert… I luv the lemon tart!
Fantastic food, service and presentation with pretty water views! :)
We went for dinner last night for the first time and wanted to thank our waitresses and host and bravo to the Chef for the most wonderful meal. I was very impressed and give you 5 star’s
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Great food with great friends. It can’t get any better than that!!
I had one of the best meals of my life at this restaurant!
This place is really, really good. Really interesting take on Northwest/Seafood/Asian fusion. To the chef: you really knocked yourself out with that one. I could have eaten 12 orders.
What a treasure this is for South Whidbey Island, to have a restaurant with such amazing food – THANK YOU!
We had such a good dinner last night! Thanks for an awesome culinary experience :)
Our favorite restaurant, Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill. Gracious staff and the culinary artistry of Chef Gordon added up to an unforgettable evening. Every bite of every dish was swoon-worthy!
Perfect for our Anniversary Dinner !
We have happy taste buds and warm hearts from such a good time. Every bite was a delight and the company was perfect. Thank you for such great food and service.
What great fine dining!
Today I had lunch there with an old friend and she had the salmon sandwich….she smiled at me and said “I can taste different flavors all over my tongue” I believe that is one of the best description of Gordon’s food I’ve ever heard.
We’ve eaten there at least 60 times and both service and food have been consistently outstanding, not to mention a great value for the money. Gordon’s does it right, and does it consistently!
Best meal I’ve ever had. Thank you!
If EVER you’re on Whidbey Island (Freeland area) and you’re hungry…please treat yourself to a most spectacular dinning experience….the BEST I’ve ever enjoyed….Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill!!
Gordon offers gourmet quality dishes coupled with local produce and a presentation that appeals to the eye as well as the most developed pallet. As far as pricing goes, it’s about right when you look at the quality of the food you’re getting from this great Chef. Top end of all the other alternative choices Whidbey offers, but is still well worth the value compared to Seattle venues of this caliber.
If you are ever in Freeland, WA on Whidbey Island…. Eating here is a must! I guarantee you have never tasted anything like like it in your LIFE!
One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. The chef knows what he is doing, especially with the sauces.
We followed Gordon here from the restaurant he formerly cooked at- because we LOVE his cooking.
Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill ~ 5438 Woodard Ave, Freeland, WA. (360) 331-7515 – Call for Reservations
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KWPA Celebrates All Things Whidbey at Sept. 15 Event
COME ONE – COME ALL – Support Public Radio on Whidbey Island
Spoiled Dog Winery will be hosting a fun fundraiser for Whidbey AIR
Whidbey’s All-Internet Radio
KWPA, Whidbey’s only streaming public radio station features local programming streamed from Deception Pass to Clinton and all around the world.
Whidbey’s Spoiled Dog Winery is located at 5881 Maxwelton Road near Langley.
Ample free parking is available. A $15 donation per person is suggested.
Those attending will enjoy a relaxing afternoon of Whidbey wine, food and music. They will sample local wines from Spoiled Dog Winery and an array of finger foods from local ingredients prepared by Red Rooster Catering Chef Edward J. Gallo. Among the local food producers contributing to the event are Greenbank Farm, Willowood Farm, Tree-Top Baking and The Little Brown Farm. Live music will be performed during the event by Whidbey’s own Red Rooster Catering Chef Edward J. Gallo group.
KWPA’s All Things Whidbey event coincides with the seventh annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour, which takes place both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16. Farm Tour visitors are invited to include an afternoon stop at the Spoiled Dog Winery while on their tour.
KWPA Whidbey AIR streams Whidbey-centric programming 24 hours a day from its web site at http://www.kwparadio.org. KWPA is also available to smart phone and tablet users through the iTunes web site. In recent months, the station has added dozens of hours of local programming by Whidbey artists and others.
“We are the voice of Whidbey Island to the world,” said Gwen Samelson, president of KWPA’s board. “The internet gives us the ability to stream our local programming to all those who love our island – no matter where they are.”
The station is currently in an urgent fundraising drive to keeps its internet stream going. KWPA, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, needs at least $15,000 per year to pay for music licensing, studio rent, insurance, utilities and other basic costs. All donations to KWPA are tax deductible.
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