Historical Society News

AIHS News  (Updated 7/16/18)

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Salmon & Rib Bake

The AIHS Salmon and Rib Bake 2018 was a great success, thanks to our volunteers, cooks, and all of you who joined us in this old-fashioned celebration of summer! The weather could not have been better, and the day was filled with good music, thanks to the island musicians, great food, and a terrific silent auction. Folks seemed to enjoy the activities and the chance to visit with friends in a lovely venue.

A big thank you to all our sponsors and major donors: Sarah Garmire, Pete Glass, Island Propane, Lynne Jacobsen, John Larsen, Panera Bread, Riviera Golf Shop, St. Michelle Winery, Dave Sanbeck, Mikey Sleight, Tucci Construction and White’s Inc.

A giant shout out to the cooks, most notably the crew from the fire department led by Ron Music, and of course the rib team led by Rick and Kris Warter. These folks work so hard to consistently provide the best food barbecued ribs and salmon.

We have an impressive group of almost 200 volunteers working in the food lines, auction, set up and take down, cleaners and runners. We have crews to purchase the food, husk the corn, prep the barbecues and make the coleslaw. There is oversight of the entire process to ensure that all safety standards for food and food service are adhered to. Volunteer Island Patrol takes care of parking and did an outstanding job. This year I heard several people ask how we manage to pull together this number of volunteers from a small populace. My answer is that it is we love our farm and community. Please contact Jeanne McGoldrick (253-884-4096) if you are interested in helping next year, planning starts in January.

Salmon Bake Photo Contest

The annual photo entries will be exhibited in the McGoldrick Library in the archival building through the apple squeeze in early October. Winners are: The judges were Dick Throm, Dave Groppenberger and Lynne Jacobsen. A special thank you to Jane Groppengberger for her help in matting and framing the photos and to Jim Battishill and Lynne Jacobsen for hanging the photos in the library in the Archival Building.

Garden Market 6/2 - 9/15, 10am - noon

Summer means fresh fruit and veggies, so don’t forget to stop by the garden market. Treat yourself to some berries and lots of greens, rhubarb and more. Open Saturdays 10-noon.

Farm Work Parties Every Wednesday 9-noon

Volunteer opportunities abound as the farm kicks into full summer mode. Weekly work parties meet on Wednesdays with lots of options to help. We are sure you will find something that you would enjoy, there is yard work, mowing, maintenance of the buildings, painting, construction, wiring and plumbing and lots of cleaning. It is fun, a great way to meet other folks on the island, and twice a month we enjoy a lunch together provided by yet another group of volunteers. To join a work party, just show up on a Wednesday morning at 9am, or call Wayne Wallace at 253-884-0843. These jobs and many more are available! Work party lunches are organized by Marsha Howells, her number is 884-4342.

Gift Shop now OPEN Saturday and Sunday

While you are visiting the farm, be sure and drop by our fantastic gift shop. You will find work from many of our island artists and artisans, along with treats and lots of new items chosen by our team. There is always something new! Open Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 12-4.

Farmhouse and Farm Tours Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday noon - 3pm

There will be farmhouse tours (and farm tours) each Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity to get to know about the historic Johnson Farm.

PotLucks and Programs

Fall is just around the corner, and that means the educational programs resume. First up is Sept 29 (a slight change, the fifth Saturday in the month). The topic will be 'A Brief History of Anderson Island', presented by our AIHS President, Bob Bedoll. The potluck will be at 6pm and the program starts at 7pm. October 27th (Saturday) will be a presentation on Salmon Recovery.


Please come see our display cases in the Archival Building. Every few weeks another case is filled full of interesting artifacts from the island. Speaking of which, the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is hosting a new exhibit entitled: Make/Do, which will include an artifact from Anderson Island, a diving helmet made from found objects which Bob and Russ Cammon put together. Check it out on washingtonhistory.org

Art Club

Art Club meets every Thursday at 2:30, the location varies, so check with Virginia Cummings at gina17c@yahoo.com to be added to the contact list. Bring your supplies and project and come to work with other artists on the island. It is nice to have someone talk about your work and share your ideas.

Rewards programs

Both Amazon and Fred Meyer have shared reward programs benefitting non-profit organizations. You may designate the Anderson Island Historical Society as recipient of these awards very easily. Check out Amazon Smile, or the Fred Meyer Community Awards program on line. It only takes a moment to sign up and your purchases will add up to a nice donation to the Historical Society.

Archival and Inventory Help Needed

Rick Anderson, our archivist, is looking for curators to adopt the buildings at the farm. He has found sponsors for 11 of the 17 buildings, and would love to talk to you about the job. His phone number is 253-884-4922.

Farm Docent Training

Docents are needed to show visitors around the house and grounds, and soon will be needed in the archival building as our displays become complete. Peggy Hodge is the contact for information on this program, please call her at 253-884-2078. This is a fun job with a chance to talk to a lot of visitors and learn about the farm’s history.