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Food, speakers and fun: Plenty to do on the island in March

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Looking out my window I see spring just leaping back into me. I have a couple of those fall color maples in the yard and they are starting to bud vibrant red. And my lawn is crying out to me for a cut, but it is so wet I can't get the mower through without choking it. I am hoping for a day of dry — ob, a yard-size umbrella would be a great buy.

As spring looms, I think my appetite is awakening and for good reason — March must be food fundraiser month. On Saturday, the grange will be putting on its annual oyster and ham dinner at the Harstine Island Community Hall. They have those sweet, pan-fried oysters delivered to your table along with side dishes and desserts. This event will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


On March 16, the senior lunch crew will be preparing a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage with colcannon, soda bread, horseradish and honey butter. For dessert there will be some sherbet. On March 30 they will have meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy. On the side look for mixed veggies and fruit crisp with whipped cream.

Volunteers serve these great lunches and they only ask for a $4 donation. All who are age 50 and older and their friends who live in the Pioneer School District are invited.


The monthly Harstine Island Farmers Market will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. It will take place inside the beautiful 100-year-old Harstine Island Community Hall.

Local vendors will be offering a wide variety of handmade items, as well as delicious locally brewed coffee, and pastries, pies, candies and much more.




Arlen Morris sent us this report:

The last of the three 2016 Inquiring Minds speaker dates is coming right up on March 20, a little earlier in the month than our usual last Sunday of the month dates. We have barely caught our breath after a full house attended the inordinately stimulating presentation on the history of Islam, the Koran, the culture, the peoples and the oil. Professor David Fenner led it with a light hand. He is very well informed with a wealth of experience in the Middle East.

And last month's presentation is the perfect segue into the topic of the coming program "Contours of Public Memory." What do we collectively remember and what do we collectively forget? How do we choose what to remember and what to forget? Myth, legend, media, passed down stories or stories not passed down. How does the body of public memory shape or affect the policies and beliefs that guide life today?

Our speaker will be teacher and author David Schultz, professor and head of the department of communications at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett.

Please note the amended start time of 1:45 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 432-9712.


The garden club's March meeting is scheduled for March 17, a departure from usual second Thursday of the month date. At various times during the year, the club holds a special workshop. March is hypertufa month. Hypertufa is a material mix of peat moss, vermiculite and cement basted with water into a kind of thick slurry that when poured into a mold and cured for a few weeks creates interesting and inexpensive plant containers.

Finished planters will be available at the May plant sale. Participants should meet at the Strandbergs' home at 12:30 p.m. with a bag lunch, rubber gloves, garden clothes and mold materials. Molds should be at least shoebox size and larger. Plastic or metal bowls and plastic plant troughs work well also.

Planters will be completed at the April meeting, given a month to cure. Start looking for sedums and other small plants that work well in small planters. For directions to the Strandbergs' home, call 528-7150. Club meetings are open to all interested gardeners.


Applications are now available for 2016-17 scholarships sponsored by the Harstine Island Women's Club and the Judith and Charles Chase Endowment. Applicants must be residents of Harstine Island and have graduated from high school or received a GED by August. Scholarships are available for academic, vocational or continuing education and applications may be submitted yearly. Applications are due no later than April 11.

Application forms are available at area high schools and community colleges or by contacting Donna Hamilton at or Carleen Houghton at Eligible students of all ages are encouraged to apply.


There will be a rummage sale fundraiser for the community club on March 26. The sale will be at the Harstine hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This island fundraiser will need donations. As spring is approaching, it's time to start cleaning those closets, garages and storage areas. Rather than taking that great stuff off island, take it to the hall. They will be accepting donations March 23 and 24 in the afternoon and they will take donations all day on March 25. If you have donations that need to be delivered before these dates, give Barbara LaJune a call at 426-0494.

When you are looking at that great stuff you want to donate please remember they can't take mattresses, major appliances, televisions or electronics, such as printers or computers, and no exercise equipment.

Mike Callaghan can be reached at

And last month's presentation Is the perfect segue into the topic of the coming program 'Contours of Public Memory.' What do we collectively remember and what do we collectively forget? How do we choose what to remember and what to forget?

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Original Publication Date: March 10, 2016

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