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As part of the 2015 fall Film Series, Trail Tales funded two short, student-made films about topics relevant to Skagit County. The first video "Forage Fish of the Salish" was shown at the fall film series on October 23rd. You can view this film on the Friends of Skagit Beaches Vimeo channel at Our second video about Skagit County Marine Reserves will be shown on Friday, November 20, before the feature film Mission Blue.

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Get there early for a seat at this popular film series! Friends of Skagit Beaches and Trail Tales are again offering four feature-length, environmental-themed documentaries at its Friday film nights.  On October 9th we'll watch the documentary "Just Eat It" and on October 23rd we will have the special privilege of having the Samish Indian Nation share their documentary, “The Maiden of Deception Pass – Guardian of her Samish People.”

On November 6th we will watch the documentary "Easy Like Water" and on November 20th host Coastal Volunteer Partnership will show the film "Mission Blue". Prior to each showing, a short, student-made documentary will debut on topics of local interest and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the talented local filmmakers.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7pm at the Northwest Educational Service District 189 building,1601 R Avenue, Anacortes. Films with Friends is free and open to all ages.

Visit the Friends of Skagit Beaches events calendar for all film listings. 

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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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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.

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 . ..