Art & Music Meditation for Adults

Enjoy an hour of Art & Music Meditation. Start your day in peace and contemplation as you let your thoughts and your paintbrush flow freely. After a short inspirational reading, enjoy creating, mixing colors, and letting art take shape while listening to quiet music.

All art supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please sign up at the information desk by July 24.

Sacred Rhythms: from Africa to the Caribbean

Explore the musical connection between Western Africa, Cuba, and points beyond. From artists as diverse as Bo Diddley, Chano Pozo and DJ Spooky, players and listeners (and dancers!) in the USA have craved the big beat that is Africa’s undying gift to the world. Using recordings and instruments, hear (and play) the secular and sacred rhythms that propel Latin music.   

We have a drum in our chest from the moment we’re born, so it is little wonder that we are drawn to powerful rhythms. Come join us and find your jam!

Books on Tap Trivia Night at Finnriver Cidery

Test out your knowledge about books, film, and pop culture during an evening trivia contest while you have some fun, food and cider. Bring friends to form a team or fly solo and we’ll find a team for you.

This event will be hosted by Finnriver Farm & Cidery in the new pavilion, located at 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA.
Below is a list of the media (movies and books) from which trivia questions will be created. Study up!
Gladiator (2000)
ET (1982)
The Incredibles (2004)
Help! (1965)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
Clue (1985)
Magnificent Seven (1960)
Run Lola Run (1998)
Get Out (2017)
Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Skipping Stones: a Story of Finding Home

Meet the author, Gloria Reinertson Koll, and enjoy dramatic readings from her novel, Skipping Stones, accompanied by Scandinavian traditional folk music played by Dan Anderson.

Skipping Stones, a Scandinavian immigration novel, tells the story of how Kari, vowing to make herself lucky, travels alone from the mountains of Norway to the flat plains of 1880s Dakota Territory. With a man who intrigues her, Kari shapes a prairie life, encountering grasshoppers, blizzards, bankers who steal, and sons who love baseball. 

A different sort is neighbor Gustav. From his flinty Swedish homesteading mother and his fourth-grade education, he learns to figure profit and loss. He chooses his wife for her ability to milk a cow and trains his children to ceaseless farm work. Unavoidably in this tight community, the two mismatched families become entangled. 

Scandinavian mass migration, influenza, the Great Depression, dust bowl, and the home front of World Wars I and II create a wide-angle sweep across South Dakota and Montana. 

The camera lens tightens for tender moments: women helping women, older siblings caring for younger, and energetic families making it through happy and hard times.

Gloria Koll lives on Whidbey Island, surrounded by the waters of Puget Sound, with her husband, William Koll. She is a member of The Authors Guild and Whidbey Island Writers Association.  Previously published work includes the nonfiction book Daughters Arise! coauthored with Donna Humphreys and Sally Windecker. Her articles and stories have appeared in national and regional magazines and newspapers.

Geology and Earthquakes on the Olympic Peninsula

Dann May, Professor at Peninsula College, presents evidence about the landscape of the Olympic Peninsula that reveals the history of a massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the region in 1700. Learn how these destructive geologic forces have shaped the dramatic and beautiful landscape in our backyard. Part of the discussion focuses on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the geological evidence for the Cascadia megathrust earthquakes that shake our region about every 400 years.