History Afloat 7 – Island Connections

HISTORY AFLOAT 7 tickets are now on sale! This year will be a little different, as we’ll be on board the Sylvan Spirit with Captain Skip Heeter on Saturday, JULY 27th, noon to 4. We’ll be taking a tour of the east side of Lopez, from Spencer’s Landing down into Lopez Sound and out through Lopez Pass, exploring the connections between Lopez, Decatur, and Blakely Islands. What will not change is the entertaining stories from long-time locals, great food and refreshments, and (we hope!) sunny, beautiful weather. We only have 50 seats this year, so call, email, or stop by now to reserve your tickets!

$125 per person, includes a lovely lunch and beverages.

360-468-2049 or lopezmuseum@rockisland.com

The Sylvan Spirit in Pacific Maritime magazine when she was new.

Lopez History Afloat 5

Lopez History Afloat 5 will be Saturday, June 24 this year.

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This year’s theme is Living Legends, featuring settler-family descendants talking about life on Lopez in the “early” days. We’ll announce the speakers early-June.

In addition, you can look forward to another wonderful day aboard the Mystic Sea with Monte Hughes and his great crew, a delicious selection of snacks and refreshments, and (we hope) another beautiful, warm, sunny day. We’ll leave Spencer’s Landing Marina at noon, planning to return around 4:00.

Please contact the museum directly via email, via phone, or stop by. The cost is $125 per ticket.


Art Raffle

McCabe-salmon2-webWin a beautiful carved cedar salmon, original pastel or original watercolor. These pieces, all by Lopez artists, were donated to the Historical Society to help fund museum operations in 2015.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. You may purchase tickets at the Museum or online  via PayPal, see below.

The drawing will be held October 9 at the museum. Winners need not be present to win, but prizes must be picked up from the Lopez Island Historical Museum.

Item A: (Above right) Old -growth Salmon” carved from old-growth red cedar by Bob McCabe. 22″ wide x 33″ high.


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Item B: “Spring Sunshine at Port Stanley” original pastel by Steve Hill.
13″ high x 21″ wide, including frame.


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Item C: “Barlow Bay Cold Plant” original watercolor by Ralph Bladt.
12″ high x 15″ wide, including frame.

Proceeds support the Lopez Island Historical Society.

You Are Making History

LIHS-Picnicbeach1985.515-WEBCommunity Picnic

July 25 • 11am – 3pm
You bring blankets and your picnic lunch we’ll provide the entertainment

Music • Stories for kids  adults • Children’s activities
Your Place is Lopez History Timeline • Pioneer families

Generously sponsored by: Islanders Insurance, Spencer’s Landing Marina, Richardson Fuel, Lopez Island Pharmacy, Lopez Village Market, Cloud Islands, On-Site Island Services, Islander Resort, Karen Rousseau, Lopez Sand & Gravel, Mike Halperin & Jodi Green, Nancy & Charles Givens, Spud & Karen Grimes, Ande & Scott Finley, Bob & Becky Smith, Dave & Barbara Thomas, Mary Fagerholm Reece, Ralph Bladt & Barbara Fulton, Scott & Suzi Jennings, Jim Pinkham & Sue Crockett, Tom Ruggles & Gayle Isbell, Stepper & George LeBoutillier, Gary & Karen Alexander, Nancy Nordhoff, Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Dianne Pressenda, Raiti Waerness. In Loving Memory of Anne Kemp Hummel. With support from Humanities WA.

(360)468-2049 or lopezmuseum@rockisland.com for more info

Lopez History Afloat 3

An Afternoon Aboard the ‘Mystic Sea’

June 27, 2015

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Our first big event this summer is Lopez History Afloat 3, an Afternoon Aboard the Mystic Sea on June 27. Lopez historians Jack Giard, Bob Hughes and Ralph Bladt will join master story-teller and long-time Lopezian, Captain Monte Hughes, to narrate a beautiful trip around Lopez Island on the 100ft. Mystic Sea. We’ll leave Spencer’s Landing Marina at noon, planning to return at 4:00.

Tickets are $120 each, and include hearty snacks and refreshments. Seats are limited: please reserve tickets now to guarantee your place.  You may contact the museum at (360)468-2049 or via email

Here’s a few comments from previous trips:

“I loved it all – the boat, the stories, the “historical” banter, the conversations with passengers, the awesome views. Monte was great!”

“The trip was amazing.  I have been on the island for 53 years and I learned so many new things. Monte does a stellar job, with just the right sense of humor.”

“Overall it was WONDERFUL! “