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Trail Tales Receives Third WA DOE Grant

Trail Tales Receives Third WA DOE Grant

Friends of Skagit Beaches again has been honored with a third grant from the Washington Department of Ecology Public Participation Grant program to support the department’s cleanup and restoration of the Anacortes shoreline.

Since receiving its first grant in July 2011, FOSB has offered four years of public outreach and education events, including dozens of interpretive walks along Anacortes’ Tommy Thompson Trail, 33 interpretive signs, films, lectures, and a website chock full of information about the history, cultures, ecology, and environmental restoration work in Skagit County. The third grant, just received, enables Trail Tales education and outreach to continue in the upcoming two-year grant period with shoreline interpretive programs.

Trail Tales education and outreach will continue in the upcoming two-year grant period with shoreline interpretive programs, support of talented young filmmakers documenting local stories, and development of online media. In addition, the focus is being expanded in partnership with the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and integrating with the new Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay.

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Trail Tales Stories

Trail Tales Stories
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Anacortes has a rich and well-documented history, from the Anacortes Museum annotated photo library and historic files to topical books and recorded interviews. We’re proud to have Trail Tales interpretive signs and docent-led walks take their place among these rich resources, honoring the past while making it easily accessible to the public.

Over the past year, Friends President Betty Carteret and writer Jan Hersey of Biz Point Communications, with help from Anacortes Museum Education Curator Bret Lunsford, spent some six months crafting the 16 new interpretive signs unveiled this spring and summer. Bootlegged liquor, glacial erratics, intrepid swimmers . . . as the Trail Tales editorial team developed the interpretive sign copy and identified interpretive walks topics, we learned many fascinating stories from a wide range of sources.

Juggling chronological, factual, and cultural information with strict space limitations required difficult decisions about what to include and what, regrettably, to leave out. Now, however, through this and subsequent newsletters and updates to the Trail Tales website, we’ll be sharing many more of the stories left “on the cutting room floor.” One of the topics that begged to be examined was the connection of Anacortes’ people to their shoreline. Ultimately, we illustrated this through a focus on the city’s history of crabbing, which you can read at the Trail Tales website “To Market and Table” page.

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New Trail Tales Interpretive Signs Coming June 2015

New Trail Tales Interpretive Signs Coming June 2015

Friends of Skagit Beaches is working with the Port of Anacortes and City of Anacortes to install sixteen new interpretive signs between 17th Street and Guemes Channel. Join us on June 13th at the Seafarers' Memorial Park for a sign dedication ceremony and walking tour to see the new signs. Trail Tales docents will be available at the new signs to share stories about the topics portrayed in the signs. Join us for a guided tour, or you can pick up the new trail map and do your own self-guided walking tour. The Marine Technology Center will also be hosting an open house from 10:30 to noon as part of the event.

The new interpretive signs start on the sidewalk along Q Avenue in front of the Marine Technology Center, winds through the marina, and then jump to Guemes Channel. But on your way to Guemes Channel don't forget to stop at the Museum's interpretive signs by the W.T. Preston Snagboat and the Depot on R Avenue just north of the marina.

Have you wondered how these signs come about? Well it doesn't happen overnight. In fact, it takes about a year start to finish. A small group of individuals put in a lot of time and dedication to make it happen. Here's how it works . ..

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New Interpretive Signs and Discovery Stations

New Interpretive Signs and Discovery Stations

This spring, Trail Tales will be installing an additional 16 interpretive signs, along the Anacortes waterfront, adding to the discovery stations that were completed in 2013 along the Tommy Thompson Trail between 34thStreet and March Point. The new sign panels are currently in the manufacturing phase and will be installed in April and May from 17th Street and Q Streets to Guemes Channel. Above is a "sneak preview" of one of the panels - this one will be at the new discovery station near Seafarers' Memorial.

Save the date for the dedication and ribbon cutting of the new interpretive panels on June 13th at Cap Sante Seafarers' Memorial Park. The dedication event will celebrate with Trail Tales partners, the Port of Anacortes, the Marine Technology Center and others who have supported and shared the sign project. Trail Tales volunteers will be providing guided walks to the new stations and on hand at the new discovery points to share more of Anacortes' history and restoration of the waterfront with the community.

If you have enjoyed the first 16 interpretive signs along the trail and would like to learn more about the topics they cover, please explore the Trail Tales website where you can see each sign and expand on any of the topics for more information and links.

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Island Celebrations

Island Celebrations
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One of the new Trail Tales interpretive signs that will be installed this spring shares a bit of history about the "Island Celebrations" that Anacortes has held since the1890s. We thought we'd share with you a sneak preview of the sign, and offer some more about the wonderful old Marineers' Pageants held in the "30's and '40's:

Excerpt from new interpretive sign:

Since its days as an insular port city, Anacortes has loved a party.

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