There's no shortage of winter activities on Washington Island. Following are stories about upcoming events.
Celebrating Winter 2013 Is About Celebrating Fun!
By Carol Stayton
Recent forecasts are predicting more cold temperatures, which will be good for ice making. Ice means it’s time for tip ups, shanties and the famous Lions Club Fish Derby. It’s also time for much-needed fun and a break from stoking those wood stoves! It’s time to celebrate winter. So get ready, get set and let’s have some fun!
Friday, Feb. 8, through Saturday, Feb. 16: Island Photo Contest. Back by popular demand. Photos will be displayed inside Baylake Bank from Friday, Feb. 8, until Saturday, Feb. 16. Winners will be announced at the Chili Cook-Off on Feb. 16.
Photo Contest rules: Contestants register free at Baylake Bank on Friday, Feb. 8, and Monday, Feb. 11. Entries will be displayed inside Baylake Bank from Monday to Friday at noon. Photos must be on or about the Island only. There are three categories to enter: nature, people, wildlife. Contestants may enter in one, two or all three categories although the limit is one entry per category per photographer. All photos must be matted. Winning photos (with credit given to the photographers) will be published in future ads in the Peninsula Pulse.
Saturday, Feb. 9: Lions Club Fish Derby begins. Registration takes place at Karly’s, Middle Bar II, Nelsen’s Hall and K.K. Fiske from Saturday, Feb. 9 to early Sunday, Feb. 17.
Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16: Island Players presents “Pygmalion” at the TPAC.
Saturday, Feb. 16: Chili Cook-Off 2013. This will be hosted by K.K. Fiske, home of the Fish Mortician. Island cooks will serve up their secret chili specialties, and cash awards will be presented to the top three winners. The general public can enjoy a single selection or take a tasting of entries for $5.
Chili Cook-Off rules: Free registration at K.K. Fiske on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 11 a.m. Contestants bring four- to six-quart slow cookers with their entries, ladles for serving and special condiments. The Chamber of Commerce will provide spoons, bowls, crackers and cornbread.
Sunday, Feb. 17: Derby awards, luncheon and bingo. Closing the week’s events is the Lions Club Fish Derby award presentation at noon on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Nelsen’s Hall. Following the awards will be a chili lunch and bingo for all.
Blue skies rather than blue moods will be the order for the winter days ahead!
Game Time, Feb. 9
By Laura Waldron
Do you like to play board games?
Then join the Art and Nature Center for an afternoon of games on Feb. 9, 2013, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.
We will offer several choices of games to play, or you can bring your favorite game with you.
Snacks and beverages will be provided. We ask for a $10 donation or whatever you choose. All proceeds will support our Nature Center programs for the upcoming 2013 season.
As many of you know our Nature Center is both educational and fun. During our season we hold weekly hikes and nature classes for both adults and children. Our Nature Room offers many great hands-on activities, and we have on staff both a naturalist and an assistant naturalist.
Some of our new exhibit ideas include adding a digital microscope that will be hooked up to a laptop computer so that minute items can be enlarged and displayed, allowing several people to view the items. This will be a great teaching tool.
If you have questions about Game Time or the ANC, please call Laura Waldron at 920-847-2657.
Lions Club 36th annual Fish Derby starts Feb. 9
By Jeff Heal
Many of the fishermen have their shanties on the ice already.
Don’t forget to sign up at K.K. Fiske, Nelsen’s, Middle Bar II or Karly’s for a chance at cash prizes.
Fish Derby winners will be announced at noon on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Nelsen’s Hall. Following the awards will be a chili lunch and bingo.
Also at Nelsen’s on Feb. 17, the Student Council kids will be selling desserts as a school fundraiser. Help support the schoolkids and the Lions Club.
Extra Ferry Feb. 17
An extra, late ferry will leave Washington Island at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, after the Fish Derby.
This will give folks who visit Washington Island for the Fish Derby but who live elsewhere some extra time to see the derby winners get their prizes, have lunch at Nelsen’s and play bingo with a chance for cash prizes.
Once at Northport, the ferry will take on passengers for a late trip back to Washington Island at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.
This special ferry requires reservations just as every winter ferry does.
“What’s all this, then?”
By Cindra Hokkanen
Island Players is in the process of bringing a touch of Old England to Washington Island with George Bernard Shaw’s classic play “Pygmalion” on Feb. 15 and 16, 2013.
As they prepare for their roles and learn their lines and their stage movements, members of the cast are also busily working on adding the sounds of Edwardian English to their (in most cases) Midwestern twangs.
Director Dave Ranney has greatly helped with this in finding an excellent resource by Paul Meier, “Accents & Dialects for Stage & Screen,” which includes practice CDs and printed dialogue examples.
In addition, I have become Island Players’ first official dialogue coach, working with the actors as well. (Viewings by the cast of “Downton Abbey” and BBC News have also been encouraged!)
The idea is not to try to completely copy standard British English, also known as Received Pronunciation or RP, and Cockney dialects in our short amount of time, but to give a flavor of them to the production.
Most in the cast have only one accent to learn, either RP or Cockney. The prodigious task of learning two accents falls to Anna Gibson, beautifully playing the character of Miss Eliza Doolittle.
Working on “Pygmalion” has been thoroughly enjoyable, thanks to its universal and timeless humor. We all look forward to sharing it with you, and we think it’s going to be a “bit of all right.”
Photo by Ron Overdahl