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  • 2 Vashons 2014 Holiday Guide

    PublisherDaralyn Anderson

    EditorNatalie Martin

    Design and ProductionNance Scott & Dennis Clouse

    Marketing RepresntativeDaralyn Anderson

    WritersNatalie Martin, Susan Riemer,

    Sarah Low

    The Holiday Guide is an annual supplement published by

    The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber. Additional copies of this publication,

    subscription and advertising information can be obtained by contacting:


    17141 Vashon Highway S.W., Suite B Vashon, WA 98070 2014 Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

    JOIN US FOR OUR HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & GRAND OPENING!November 28, 29 & 30, 10am-7pm

    Floral, Holiday Gifts & Dcor, Garden Art & More Refreshments provided by Herban Feast Catering & Events

    17600 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA


    The corner of Vashon Highway & Bank Road

    Jingle, Mingle, MixReserve now for a special holiday

    gathering in the restaurant!Or call us about catering a special

    event in your home!

    Gift CardsGift Cards for everyone on your list friends, coaches, teachers

    & stocking stuffers, or for holiday dining in the restaurant.

    A HOLIDAY STORYKeeping Christmas magic alive for a little one

    DATES FOR THE SEASONA calendar of holiday highlights on Vashon

    WINTERFEST WEEKENDGingerbread houses, shopping and the tree lighting

    JUST FOR FUNIslanders share their most memorable gifts

    BOOKS FOR UNDER THE TREERecommendations for the reader on your list

    GIVE AN EXPERIENCENon-tangible presents can mean more

    LOCAL TREATSTry a recipe from a Vashon chef



  • 3Happy Holiday Season

    Help SupportJohn L. ScottsTOY DRIVE

    Our Island Kids need your help!PLEASE DONATE: Games Toys Sporting Goods

    School Art Supplies New Clothes (all sizes)Drop off these items at the following locations:


    TRUE VALUE SAWBONES Make your cash donation payable to: VYFS

    and mail to John L. Scott VashonPO Box 2009, Vashon, WA 98070

    Info: Joyce Smith 206.372.5030

    Seasons Greetings from the dental offi ce of

    Marc O. Langland, DDSWe look forward to seeing your smiles

    during this Holiday Season and in the New Year!We look forward to seeing your smiles

    during this Holiday Season and in the New Year!

    206-463-9282 17425 Vashon Hwy SW


    For a number of years when our son was small, Santa himself came to our house on Christ-mas morning. Not by sleigh, but by very early south-end ferry. Youre my last stop, he boomed, after hed been all around the world and before Mrs. Claus stirred from her snug sleep in north Tacoma. This is why our son knew Santa was real.

    Eventually Santas wife, who had woken up alone all those years on Christmas morning, said enough is enough. Santa could still come, of course, just not in person. Realizing it was in his own best interest, Santa relinquished his sleigh bells, and we donated the Santa suit to the Vashon Chamber of Commerce.

    That was also the year that (as if in cahoots with Mrs. Claus) kids at school started to whisper the unthink-able. And in his wisdom, Santa left this letter in a growing boys stocking.

    My Dear Young Friend,It comes to my attention that youve been thinking

    about me and wondering if I am real. Since you have been a good boy, Im going to tell you some things I usually dont share. If you Google me, you will find I have many different looks and more than a couple names. Which is right? They all are! You see, I like each and everyone to see me in their own different ways. Its part of my magic. And you have that magic too, you know.

    For example, when your mother looks at you, she sees a gentle heart a kind boy who understands the beauty in a single leaf. She sees a kid who skips everywhere. She would be able to pick you out of a mil-lion other boys with her eyes closed. Your father sees a strapping youth, a smart boy who is capable of any-thing he puts his mind to. He sees a good buddy and a fantastic son that hes so proud of that it brings tears to his eyes. You see yourself as a kid full of questions. All these visions are right. It all depends on whos looking something I realized a long time ago.

    I know that children and adults everywhere give up on me. They say they cant believe in Santa Claus. But let me ask you this: Can you believe an owl can hear a mouse moving around in his small hole in the middle of a huge field? Can you believe every snowflake that falls to earth is different? Fifty years ago, everyone believed Pluto was a planet. Now they dont believe it anymore. What is real changes all the time it seems, so you just have to decide for yourself what you believe. Even if no one at school agrees. I believe Pluto IS a planet. Ive been there on vacation.

    When you were little, I was a guy in a red suit. Now youre older and know more about the world, so I can tell you this secret. Always make room in your life to believe in and enjoy things that cant be explained. That way you can always understand me and believe in me. Your parents are true believers, by the way. Sometimes I send a present by UPS that your dad thinks your mom ordered and your mom thinks your dad ordered. They dont ask each other because each

    is hoping its for them. Gosh, I love messing with them like that!

    Remember the secret, and when you are 11, I will still be here. When you are 25, I will still be here. When you are 40 and 50 and 100, I will still be here. I promise that youll find your life full of magic not just on Christmas, but throughout the whole year.

    Yours truly, Santa Margaret Heffelfinger has a blog called therecipepackrat. She is a

    writer, painter and advocate of holiday magic every day of the year.

    When Santa came via the south-end ferryA family Christmas memory

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  • 4 Vashons 2014 Holiday Guide

    Winterfest: The festivities kick off on Friday with the Gingerbread House Tour, followed by Vashons version of Black Friday, with sales and activities at local shops. Saturday will see a merchant open house and parade followed by the town tree lighting. 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 for the Gingerbread House Tour; 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, for Black Friday; all day Saturday, Nov. 29, for the open house and 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the parade and tree lighting. For more information, see page 6.

    The Nutcracker: Vashon Allied Arts Center for Dance presents the classic ballet. There will be five perfor-mances, including a narrated childrens matinee. Tickets cost $16 or $12 for VAA members, students and seniors. Matinee costs $5. Tickets can be purchased at, the Herons Nest and the Blue Heron. 1 to 2 p.m. (childrens matinee) and 7 p.m. Fri-day, Dec. 5; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Vashon High School theater.

    Art Studio Tour: The Holiday Vashon Art Studio Tour will take place over two weekends Dec. 6 and 7, and 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be 32 stops on this years tour, where visitors can find art, gifts and unique holiday items. Maps are available at and most businesses.

    Vashon Island Chorales Holiday Treasures: The chorale will perform its final concerts of the year

    with a repertoire of holiday songs submitted as favor-ites by both singers and audience members. Tickets cost $18 or $12 for seniors and students and can be purchased at, the Vashon Bookshop and at the door if available. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Bethel Church.

    Point Robinson Holiday Open House: Spon-sored by the Keepers of Point Robinson, this free family event will include a visit from Lighthouse Santa, a buffet of seasonal food and drinks and live music. Visitors may tour the lighthouse as well as the two Keepers Quarters, and The Ships Store will be open for shop-ping. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Point Robinson.

    Holiday Sci-Fi Sunday: Decembers showing for the Chicken Soup Brigade, part of the Life Long AIDS Alliance, is 1983s classic A Christmas Story. Admis-sion is by suggested donation of $5 to $10 or non-perishable food items. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Vashon Theatre.

    Santa at his Cottage: News from the North Pole is that Santa will be at his cottage on Vashon from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

    Holiday Carol Sing-along: All are invited to the Vashon Theatres free annual holiday sing-along at 6

    p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16.Inspecting Carol: Drama Dock presents this holiday spoof about a struggling theaters annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol. Tickets cost $15 or $12 for seniors and youth and are available at, the Herons Nest and the Blue Heron. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 27; and 2 p.m. Dec. 26 and 28, at the Blue Heron.

    Holiday Music Showcase: The second annual Will Sing for Food event to benefit the Vashon-Mau-ry Island Community Food Bank will feature