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The Wonder of Christmas
11/28/20 – New Year

The Camano City Schoolhouse & Holiday Lighting NW present “The Wonder of Christmas” Special Drive-By Holiday Event. At 6:30pm we FLIP THE BIG SWITCH to illuminate the historic 1906 Camano City Schoolhouse and the HUGE Official Schoolhouse Christmas Tree with THOUSANDS OF LIGHTS! Bundle up the family and Drive-By for the annual Holiday Tradition! The Historic 1906 Schoolhouse will be illuminated every evening November 28 thru the New Year! 993 Orchid Road, Camano Island. A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors for bringing this AMAZING annual Holiday Tradition to our community for everyone to enjoy! Holiday Lighting NW – Orchard’s Nurser – The Crab Cracker – Rhonda’s Design – Boots Construction



Dear friends of the historic Camano City Schoolhouse —

As we travel together through these historic and unsettling times, we want you to know that all of us at the historic Camano City Schoolhouse hope you are all safe and are staying strong. Until the coast is clear for all of us to gather again, we will remain closed.

We recently lost Jim Turk, the man who wanted to save the deteriorating Camano City Schoolhouse and spent his retirement years garnering support. We all came to love Jim and his infectious enthusiasm for saving the Schoolhouse. He also had the vision for the Stanwood Camano Historic Sites Tour, which has had three successful years. We will miss Jim and celebrate his life as one who made a difference in our lives and in our community.

We encourage you to visit our website and Facebook page for some fun postings about Camano Island's history and for updates regarding developments towards when we will reopen our doors! The Camano City Schoolhouse is a cornerstone of the history of Camano Island and it's earliest settlers. It has always been a gathering place for our community. Being closed is difficult, but we are doing our part to shutter this virus from the face of our community, our state, our country and the world.

Like so many organizations that remain closed, costs to maintain the buildings and property continue. Maintaining a1906 historic structure is very detailed and costly. Many of you have enjoyed the educational and entertaining programming that we have offered over the last several years. That programming is a revenue stream that directly goes towards funding the monthly operation and maintenance of the Schoolhouse and its property.

We rely greatly on your donations and contributions and are grateful for the opportunity to serve as a fun, educational, and safe gathering place for our great community. Please visit our website to learn more: http://camanoschoolhouse.com/donations/donate-today/

Be safe — be strong — and soon we will all gather again at your historic Camano City Schoolhouse!

Sincerely Yours,

Chuck Durland

Chuck Durland, President

Camano Schoolhouse Foundation



James Glenn Turk
3/14/29 – 4/29/2020
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Thursdays, March 5 - April 23
  7:00-8:00 pm


Dancing with Suzie Gaffney

Dance Photo

Thursdays, March 5 – April 23 (8 week class) from 7:00-8:00 pm. This class is for those who want to have fun with fitness, dance, and creativity.  This is not a traditional modern class but one that explores different movement combinations with many different types of music and styles to increase our dance skills, creative potential, and endorphin collective joy.  All ages 14 to 100, and all skill levels are welcome to dance the hour away!  Suzie Gaffney, with over 40 years of dance experience, will lead the class.  She is a retired public school teacher who spent most of her free time creating after school dance clubs for all ages, choreographing school and community musicals and productions, and as the dance director for the Kodiak Russian Dancers and later, the Juneau International Folk Dancers. Suzie graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BA/MA in Dance and the Theatre Arts.  Cost is $5 pp, drop-ins are welcome.  Discounted tickets ($30.00) for the entire 8 weeks can be collected upon arrival or purchased on our website at camanoschoolhouse.com.  All proceeds fund the repair and preservation of the historic 1906 Camano City Schoolhouse and the newly acquired Camano City Firehouse, which are located at 993 Orchid Road (just off Chapman Rd.)  For more information, call Candy Bowden at (425) 399-0923. "And those who were dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." -F. Nietzch

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Sep 2019 thru Mar 2020
  Fridays 5:00-8:00 pm
“Secrets of the Mount Vernon Culture” Exhibit


Jack Gunter Photo


Come check out our newly acquired firehouse and celebrate Jack Gunter’s discoveries with his impressive large scale exhibit which is back out of storage where it belongs!  Seen by 30,000 visitors, Jack’s blockbuster installation is an exhibit you truly don’t want to miss! The public is welcome at no charge, however donations are always welcome for preservation of the Historic 1906 Camano City Schoolhouse and the newly acquired Camano City Firehouse.

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