By Ashley Lodato

Winthrop artist Hannah Viano opened a show last week in Port Townsend, at the Northwest Maritime Center. “Driftwood and Daring: An Artist’s Adventures in the Inside Passage” showcases Hannah’s paper-cut art (all made with a single dark sheet of paper and an Xacto knife) that has been inspired by her many trips through the Inside Passage from Puget Sound to Alaska.

Hannah was raised on a boat and is an accomplished sailor; last year she raced in the rigorous Race to Alaska — a human- and wind-powered 750-mile race (sail, paddle or row) from Port Townsend to Ketchikan. Yet in much of her sailing and coastal exploration, Hannah makes time to observe, sketch, paint and file away ideas for future art projects. “Driftwood and Daring” is showing throughout the month of March, so if you find yourself in the Port Townsend area in the next two weeks you can drop in and see it.

Seven tired but happy young athletes are home from the Nordic Junior National Championships in Cable, Wisconsin. Claire Waichler, Ella Hall, Eli Nielsen, Peter Aspholm, Emerson Worrell, Gretta Scholz and Novie McCabe all competed in various relays, sprints and distance races during the week-long event. They also coped with some of the race changes that were dictated by snow conditions, such as races being delayed while snow was being trucked in to the trails.

Most of the athletes are home and enjoying a bit of a rest, but the two biathletes — Claire and Eli — headed straight to Valcartier, Quebec, for the Canadian Biathlon Championships, which take place this week. Registration for these races, I noticed, contains not only the usual race distance information and start lists, but also thoughtfully includes an opportunity to order chocolate fondue. Those Canadians sure know how to put on races!

Rendezvous part-time resident Dianne Edmonds has been raising her eyebrows at the misspelled neighborhood road sign for years, but she remembers with great fondness a sign that used to be located on Highway 20 near the Methodist Church, promising “Sun Worship” (undoubtedly indicating the day of the weekly sermon, as opposed to championing a type of solar reverence). After the heavy, wet snowstorms of the past week, I’d say that there are quite a few of us who would be happy to worship the sun for a few moments, should it choose to make an appearance.   

I was ready to lay the road sign theme to rest, and I will, I promise, right after I share with you that Dave Sabold is hoping to swing by Smallwoods’ farm stand for some “elf serve apples” on his way back from the “Blowout Tire Sale” in Okanogan.