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la conner

La Conner is quaint waterfront town in Skagit County with art galleries, several museums, fabulous restaurants, historic buildings, specialty shops, marinas,  http://www.portofskagit.com/Marina/  and a personality all its own!  It is also home of the internationally famous Skagit Tulip Festival   http://www.tulipfestival.org/ with hundreds of acres of tulips considered to be the best in world.  

The area that is now La Conner was first inhabited by the Swinomish Indians.  John Conner was the founder of La Conner and he named the town after his wife, L. A. Conner.  The town prospered because of the fertile farm lands, the plentiful fishing, and the timber industry.  After the depression, the town became a haven for writers and artist that found inspiration in the incredible natural beauty and tranquil lifestyle that La Conner offers.

Today La Conner consists of a thriving business community (21 new businesses opened in 2008).  La Conner homes range from contemporary condos in the heart of town to Victorian homes on the National Register of Historic Homes.  The largest concentration of La Conner homes are located in Shelter Bay  http://www.shelterbay.net/ .  Shelter Bay is a community of homes, most of which are on land leased from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.  There are approximately 1700 residents of Shelter Bay that enjoy Shelter Bay amenities which include, a marina with 317 slips, 2 club houses, a par-3 nine hole golf course, a private beach, 2 swimming pools, tennis and tennis courts!  Many Shelter Bay homes are on the water and have private docks.  Because the land is leased, Shelter Bay home prices are very affordable!

La Conner is a great place to visit, and once you visit, you will want to consider purchasing a La Conner condo or a La Conner home!

March 29th, 2011

La Conner Quilt and Testile Museum has a New Show!

Written by Breta Malcom

S tory Quilts by Mary Lou Weidman will be on display starting April 2nd. The Curator will be giving tours with Ms Weidman on the opening day. The artist ill be present from 10AM-12Noon. Also, there will be a beautiful collection of quilts for sale, to benefit the Capital Campaign to restore the Gaches Mansion, home of …

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March 25th, 2011

Happenings at the Museum of Northwest Art

Written by Breta Malcom

T he Museum Of Northwest Art will celebrate the work of Artist James B. Thomson, Professor of art at Willamette University with a lecture by the artist on April 2nd at 2PM. His topic, related to his paintings of "The Vanishing Landscape. Thompson's work is in the small gallery on the first floor, which is usually a glass …

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September 1st, 2010

Art on tap in La Conner

Written by Breta Malcom

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum October 1-3 Quilt Fest 2010 will feature applique quilts, specialty vendors, and a silent auction in Maple Hall and the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. This year the annual event is being organized by the Applique Society. Look at the laconnerquilts.com wet site for workshops, …

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February 1st, 2010

Upcoming Art Events in La Conner

Written by Breta Malcom

The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in Historic Gaches Mansion has two new exhibitions! The work of Luar Schwarz Smith, "Imagery and Imagination", is on view on the second floor galleries. It coincides with the release of her new book "Secrets of Digital Quilting - from Camera to Quilt". The third floor galleries are …

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October 2nd, 2009

Paint Me A River – Art Meets History

Written by Breta Malcom

M onths ago, a number of accomplished local artists were asked to submit pieces that reflected their personal interpretation of some facet of our local history. As a result, the Skagit County Historical Museum  is delighted to present this exhibit with over 75 original works rendered in paint, glass, bronze, neon, photography …

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September 28th, 2009

Upcoming Events in La Conner

Written by Breta Malcom

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum Washington State's only quilt museum is located at 703 2nd Street in La Conner, Washington in the Historic Gaches Mansion. September 30 marks the opening of Play With Your Food: The Delicious Quilts of Sandy Bonsib. What can be more appealing than quilts and desserts? Sandy Bonsib, …

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September 23rd, 2009

Bunnies, Bambi’s and Owls, Oh My!

T here are lots of wonderful reasons to live in the Shelter Bay neighborhood of La Conner...the marina, the water, the golf course, the terrific people...but an extra special reason is the variety of wildlife that also call Shelter Bay home. Granted, they often chew up my garden-chomping off tomato branches and blossoms …

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September 2nd, 2009

Museum Estate Sale 2009 at La Conner Civic Garden Club

Written by Breta Malcom

B enefiting Museum of Northwest Art and La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum. Featuring quality antiques, collectives, art, quilts, dishes, interior furnishings, glassware, jewelry, rugs, silverware, vintage clothing and much more.  The La Conner Civic Garden Club is located at 622 South Second Street in La Conner, WA.  Private …

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January 21st, 2009

Upcoming Native American Art Event in La Conner

Written by Breta Malcom

O n January 24, 11Am-4PM,the Skagit County Historical Museum will host the annual "Gathering of Native American Artists". Nine artists from seven Pacific Northwest tribal communities will participate in a Panel discussion at 2PM. Working artists will be beading, quilting, basket weaving, creating button robes, ceramic …

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January 6th, 2009

La Conner events kicking off 2009

Written by Breta Malcom

L a Conner is starting 2009 off with a special event at the Historical Society! The current exhibition, from the Smithsonian Institute, is all about food and on Saturday, January 3rd at 2 PM, Joanne Austin will give an entertaining talk about the most popular New Year's resolution- loosing weight. Bring 2 cans of food …

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