Typically the days following Christmas and New Years are a let down. But the Langley Main Street Association and glassmaker Callahan McVay chased the blues away by hosting the annual Sea Float Scramble last Saturday at Seawall Park and at the Langley Park for children under 5.
Callahan’s miniature sea float creations were the prize and a thousand-plus of the orbs were up for grabs. Early gatherers were lucky to get a globe. Others, like a mom and her two kids visiting from the mainland, arrived too late. She bought a pair at Callahan’s Firehouse, two for $70, where the artist sells his creations and visitors blow their own glass art.
The scramble was over within a few minutes and the surging crowd poured into local eateries for hot cocoa to warm up. All around town, the lucky ones who scored an orb held them up to the light and looked in awe.
This Is Whidbey was founded by Kate Poss for readers who are interested in cultivating our island’s quality of life, including its land, sea, and air; its people, plants, and animals; and the bodies, minds, and spirits of its inhabitants. You may know Kate from her work in island libraries through May of 2016. Her background includes a career in newspaper reporting in Los Angeles for various weeklies and dailies, including The Los Angeles Times. She was a frequent contributor to the online Whidbey Life Magazine and still writes for the biannual print magazine.
Stories are highlighted by David Welton’s excellent photography. David is a retired physician who was a staff photographer for Whidbey Life Magazine since its early days. His work has also appeared in museums, art galleries, newspapers, regional and national magazines, books, nonprofit publicity, and on the back of the Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle!