To Dance with Eleanor

Eleanor Leight in rehearsal at Emerson School

Eleanor Leight taking care of details at Emerson School as the days countdown to opening night of the 31st Annual Variety Show on Thursday, May 7th. Tickets may be hard to come by, so you may need to sign up as an usher and see the show for free! We still need volunteers for the Saturday and Sunday evening performances. Please call Gary Ferguson, 360.568.4746, for details and to sign-up.

Follow this link to purchase a DVD documenting the show.

Sunday Afternoons at the Blackman House

Frances Wood, Guest Speaker

Writer, naturalist and teacher Frances Wood spoke on Sunday, February 15, about her book “Down to Camp: A History of Summer Folk on Whidbey Island”. Frances is related to the Blackmans who lived in our historic home. Her great-grandmother was Nina Blackman, a cousin to Hycranus Blackman who hired her to teach school in Snohomish when he was serving on the school board in the 1880s. It was during this time that several families, including the Blackmans, began spending the month of August camping on a Whidbey Island beach — reached by boat going down river. This tradition continues to this day and France’s account of this unique summer culture through the years is informative and quite endearing.
Frances Wood Following a short Q & A, Frances read parts of the first chapter from her new book, which is a fictional account of Nina’s journey to the frontier town of Snohomish to teach school and her courtship with Charles Bakeman. It was a real treat and enjoyed by all .