AIHS News  (Updated 4/27/17)

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Farm Day - Saturday May 27

Spring is upon us, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate! Farm Day is just around the corner, on Saturday May 27th. The event is a big kick off to the planting season, this year we will have a large plant sale, featuring vegetable starts planted on the island by a dedicated group of volunteers, some native and deer resistant plants, and all at great prices. You will be sure to find exactly what your island garden needs. There will be food served as well, look for chowder and chili and hot dogs. There will also be a student art show, showcasing the talents of the folks who have participated in our art classes in the past year.

Farm Work Parties

Work at the farm continues throughout the year, there are still projects to complete in the new building, maintenance of the old buildings, including retro fitting the barn to meet current standards for safety, some work in the orchard and the paths through the trees. Wednesdays are work party days, and you can drop in at 9am to help. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday there will be a hot lunch served, so another benefit. Wayne Wallace is the contact for the work parties, he can be reached at 884-0843. Work party lunches are organized by Marsha Howells, her number is 884-4342.

Gift Shop (Saturday 10a-4p, Sunday noon-4p)

Remember the Gift Shop at the Farm is open again on weekends, and has all sorts of wonderful island-made merchandise.

WANTED: Living History Volunteers (Docents)

Carol Shearn will be training new DOCENTS around mid-May (exact date will be announced later). If you haven't notified Peggy of your desire to join the docents, please contact her at 884-2078 or Training is easy and it is such fun to show off our farm to guests.

Salmon Bake Silent Auction - Saturday July 1

The SILENT AUCTION will be held inside the Archival building during the SALMON BAKE this summer. We are busy making calls for donated items or services. If you haven't received a phone call, but do have an item to donate or wish to make a cash donation, please call Peggy Hodge, 884-2078. All funds raised support the upkeep of Anderson Island Historical farm and its activities. We’re looking for these popular, quality items: Antiques, Collectibles, Quality handcrafts, Art, New items of interest – could include special food, special meals, sunset cruise, home goods, theme/gift baskets, gift certificates, unique services, or a New Item you cannot use, etc.

Volunteers Needed

Both Farm Day and the Salmon Bake could use a few more volunteers, bet you can find something to lend a hand to as the jobs are numerous and diverse, from starting seedlings for the plant sale, repotting the seedlings into larger pots, cooking for the events, serving lines for the events, set up and clean up, or helping with the Silent Auction, lots of interesting and rewarding opportunities are available. A great thing about the farm is that we can use volunteers for jobs ranging from a few hours once a year to more involved jobs ( such as antique car repair and maintenance or board positions). You can talk to Peggy Hodge about some of the needs of the farm to find a spot that works for you.

Photo Contest

One component of the Salmon Bake is the photo contest. This year we will need to have your photos in two weeks before, June 17th. All photos must be 8x10 (unless you have a historical photo you would like to submit) and taken on Anderson Island. The categories are Critters, Neighbors, Events, Close-Up, Landscape and a special historical category for old photos that you are willing to share with us. For questions or to submit a photograph, please contact Jeanne McGoldrick at 884-4096 or Liane Heckman at 884-4656. All photographs are kept after the showing and placed in albums, so we have a lovely photographic history of the island going back to the first photo contest!