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It’s all about NEUROSCIENCE 

FRIDAY – JANUARY 27th, 2012 – 1pm – PST! 

Mark Brady, Ph.D. is a neuroscience educator.  He co-founded the Children’s Grief Program at Kara, a public service agency in Palo Alto, California where he only stopped volunteering upon moving to Whidbey Island.

In addition to being a long-time member of  the graduate research faculty at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, he writes a weekly column on social neuroscience for parents (The Committed Parent).

He is the prize-winning author of a number of books, magazine articles and academic papers. Two recent titles are: Safe and Secure: A Guide to Parenting with the Brain in Mind and A Father’s Book of Listening. These and other titles can be ordered wherever fine books are sold on the Internet or by emailing: He is currently working on a new book on helping children escape childhood unscathed. It will be available in September, 2012.

It’s was a BUSY 2011 – with TOO MANY EGGS in the carton!

Gwen was involved in so many projects from May of 2011 to January 2012 – she was unable to sit in the chair and do her own shows.

So after working with others, training new hosts, some heady business building projects, a couple trips here and there, she’s back in the chair & behind the board at KWPA Whidbey Air.

TUNE or STREAM in for her music show – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – from 4 to 7pm Pacific Standard Time

Music will be guided by listener feedback and Gwen’s own strangely assorted genre library.

Gwen’s TALK show Whidbey Chat – will be back on it’s regular time soon!  STAY TUNED.

Janet Enzmann, Island County Historical Society Archivist, Sno-Isle Library volunteer and all around generous, vivacious, and “in the know”, Coupeville resident passed away last night after a long illness.

Janet leaves her loving husband, George, and children, Heidi and Ed, behind, along with her grandchildren and the countless people on Whidbey Island who have loved her and counted on her tireless work as a historian and volunteer, and those who were her friends and neighbors.

Janet Enzmann – will be dearly missed.

Janet Enzmann portrait by Sarah Woehrman - painted in honor of Janet's tireless work as the archivist for the Island County Historical Society - Click on image to see more of Sarah's art.


April 2010 - Janet admiring the coon cat sculpture placed in the Coupeville Library in her honor.

The Georgia Gerber cat sculpture was funded by the people of Coupeville and Whidbey Island.  And is mounted on Japanese black walnut table by Gary A Leake, funded by Friends of the Coupeville Library.


A stack of books thanks Janet at her sculpture unveiling at the Coupeville Library


Click to read about the Coupeville Library and the unveiling of Janet’s honorary cat at the library


It was a FULL house at the Coupeville Library the day Janet Enzmann was honored with the unveiling of her Coon Cat.


Janet – your generousness, your grace and your supreme power to bring people together, get things done for the benefit of all and act as our very own goodwill ambassador – will be remembered forever by all who knew you.

The new resident’s to Whidbey, and specifically Coupeville will have to take our word for it – Janet Enzmann was a great and graceful woman who would have come to your home to welcome you to town if she were still here.  Have no fear – surely Janet’s spirit will always be slipping in and out of our community, library and museum – when she is not going home to make George lunch.

Sympathies go out to Janet’s family!  Good bye Janet – you are, and always will be, deeply loved!


KWPA’s Whidbey Chat Farm Tour for Your Ears continues

Peg Tennant is a Whidbey Island native and the Farmer’s Market manager for the central island markets – Oak Harbor and Coupeville.

On July 19th, Peg joined Gwen for a conversation about her job, and her life loving and promoting locally grown, and prepared food, on Whidbey Island.     Listen to Gwen’s interview – aired on KWPA – and get the skinny on all things farmer’s market and the bonus of a couple good recipes !


Click to listen link = WCPegTennantMarketManager_7_19_2010

Click on picture to visit one of Peg's Whidbey Island markets - Coupeville


July 19, 2010

Attention KWPA’s Whidbey Chat with Gwen Sam

shopper – listener

Thank you – EVERYONE – for your patience….  The hot weather is causing one of our switches to behave like wild child…  All hands are on deck for a fix – but it’s not like we can go to Ace and buy a switch.   Please – hang in there with us – KWPA – the community public radio station – that could!

Today Gwen will be interviewing Peg Tennant – Market manager for Oak Harbor and Coupeville Farmer’s Markets – we will do that interview out of the studio, to air later this week.

Will let everyone know as soon as the techno switch is behaving properly and Whidbey Chat is back to a live formate.

PRAIRIE BOTTOM FARM’s Wilbur and Julianna Purdue will be airing today – 11am!!!!  today.  Great time with great Whidbey Farmers!   Tune in!

Wilbur and Julianna Purdue of Prairie Bottom Farm on Ebey's Prairie

IN ADDITION – please forgive lack of updates on this site….  It’s been a long week.  We will update the photo gallery and recap, for Prairie Bottom Farm’s interview, in the next couple of days.  Guess “Island Time” is at play this week.

Thanks again!

June 29, 2010

Listen to this interview re-play ~ Thursday, July 1st at 9am and Friday July 2nd at 4pm from 96.9fm – around Penn Cove or stream it anywhere on the island or in the world from the KWPA website.

Support KWPA ~ the whole of Whidbey Island’s public radio station


Colorful hives at Golden Harvest Bee Ranch

Tom Schioler & Golden Harvest Bee Ranch

Continues KWPA’s Whidbey Chat Farm Tour


On the heels of the Slow Food Whidbey Island event, two days ago at Greenbank Farm, talking with a beekeeper about pollinating orchards and crops was apropos to continue Gwen’s foodie direction of the week, and the Whidbey Chat Farm Tour on KWPA radio.

Tom Schioler prepares to calm his bees with smoke so he can work on the hives - photo GS

Tom Schioler of Golden Harvest Bee Ranch came down to KWPA’s wharf  studio to talk with Gwen about beekeeping, honey, the bizarre biology of bees and some suggestions, directed at Island County leaders, on bee pollinating policy.  Political bee concerns aren’t something we’ve heard much about lately; unless you want to include the stinging effect the banking crisis and bail out continue to have on all of us.  But, government  policy that effect bees and pollination are just the kind of thing a beekeeper like Tom thinks about, as he tends his commercial pollinating hives, on Ebey’s prairie.

Tom recently moved his home and bee operation to the prairie, and says with the shortage of pollinators in the area, his farming neighbors have been very glad to see him.  Now getting unpacked and settled on the new “ranch” Tom is ramped up to grow his hives, local services and product lines.  He say’s he can step up his operation if he can add one more apprentice to the one he has now.  Hives weigh 45 lbs – let it be known, to anyone who may want to apply.  And like Georgie Smith of Willowood Farm who uses intern worker’s on her farm, Tom says he can only survive with bartered and stipend arrangements for the apprenticeship labor he uses to get the job done.  Both make every effort to not go broke, and therefore out of business, in the business of organic agriculture.  A business they both love.

Tom's apprentice, Cameron, cleans hive trays. Photo GS

Speaking on the shortage of bees in our country, and the widely known colony collapse disorder, that has devistated 10’s of thousands of hives, Tom discussed how he keeps his hives safe, and the preventative measures he takes to insure his bees are healthy and ready to pollinate.   Saying CCD causes are not fully understood, Tom assured listener’s the disorder is being vigorously funded and studied worldwide. Healthy bees and pollination are so important in our national food growth that apiary science is a full-time and multi million dollar business in our country.  Tom Schiloer knows that business; is following the science and sticking it out through the epidemic with successful organic measures for his well kept hives.

Tom and Honey at the Market - Photo Kathy Schultz - NWSource

As far as honey goes; that tasty treat, the antibiotic , cosmetic and health food, it’s mostly made for us.  Tom says “honey is an emergency food for the bee’s; nectar and pollen are their real food.”  Hence, thanks to the bee’s preferred menu, Tom can be found selling honey at numerous Farmer’s Markets in and around the island and Puget Sound.

Who knew that bees smell with their feet?  You may have some slight memory of knowing that, from a class room, book or science show somewhere.   But, like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Tom Schioler provided listeners with the science of bees on KWPA’s Whidbey Chat’s Farm Tour, in language you can understand.

NOTE: After the show – Gwen went out to take some pictures of Tom’s ranch and was stung by a bee.  She now swears by his remedy.  Listen in to find out what remedy that is.

Listen to this interview’s re-play on Thursday, July 1st at 9am and Friday July 2nd at 4pm from 96.9fm – around Penn Cove or stream it anywhere on the island or in the world from the KWPA website.

Tom Schioler lifts out the trays from the interior of the hive. Photo GS


This hive is too crowded. Tom will prepare and new hive, introduce a queen and spilt this hive.


This hive has the proper population of bees

Where just some of the magic happens at Golden Harvest Bee Ranch. The sparkles are drops of nectar.


Tom and Cameron load hives, headed for Raspberry pollinating, onto the Golden Harvest Bee Ranch truck. LUCKY US!


The Island County Historical Society’s 1st Annual Barn Rally




Yesterday’s ICHS 1st Annual Barn Rally, under the leadership of ICHS board member, Jackie Feusier, was a fun and interesting event, supporting the Whidbey and Camano island’s museum in Coupeville.


Everyone looks forward to next year’s

Since 1949, the Island Country Historical Society’s mission is to continue preserving Island County’s historic structures, artifacts and documents for their members, guests and for generations to come.  Your donation supports history’s of Whidbey and Camano island’s and also includes admission to the ICHS Museum on Front and Alexander in Coupeville.


Support the Island County Historical Society


The assortment of cars registered for the road rally went from extreme to charming and everything in between. Owner’s of the myriad of cars present participated in a driving event for any motorized vehicle, traveling 4 different scenic routes on Whidbey Island, and playing historic barn games while enjoying the lovely roads of Whidbey.


Drivers line up on Front St., in Coupeville, the morning of the Barn Rally


From the OLD and slow...


To the NEW and fast...



support the Island County Historical Society






Rumbling and Proceeding...



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Add motorcycles...


with side cars...



support the Island County Historical Society


Segway? YUP!


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JUNE 26, 2010 – 9am & 2pm Rally starts

Or just come to ogle at LOTS OF COOL CARS!

Sherman, 2006. 24″x36″ Acrylic. By Perry Woodfin




Looking for a fun day for the entire family?  Think about partaking in the Island County Historical Museum’s Barn Rally, a driving event for any motorized vehicle, on Saturday, 26 June 2010.    All Rallies begin and end in Coupeville  —  Washington’s second oldest town.   Participants will have several routes to choose from.  Do one, or do them all (9am and 2pm starts) OR, make reservations now for guaranteed parking on Front Street for a Show ‘n Shine with an option for the 2pm rally.   Your donation of $20 per vehicle benefitsIsland County Historical Society (a 509(c)(3) non profit) in their mission to continue preserving Island County’s historic structures, artifacts and documents for their members, guests and for generations to come.  Your donation also includes admission to the ICHS Museum on Front and Alexander in Coupeville.

ICHS Museum is open seven days/week with its new exhibit “Industrious Islanders” featuring various “industry” of Island County life, from Woolly Mammoth hunting, to telecommunications. Some of the featured displays in the exhibit include an interactive telephone exhibit, antique printing press and early Island County Times editions, doctors, pharmacists, and midwives, and more.

Get away for a day of driving adventures on unforgettable Whidbey Island to win cool prizes and increase you and your family’s awareness for the preservation of historic structures – namely barns.

All are welcome, individuals and vehicle clubs alike.  Call 360 678-3310 to make your reservation.  Donation accepted day of.  Come one, come all and Rally ‘Round the History of Whidbey Island.

Willowood Farm & Georgie Smith

Show note: re-air ~ Thursday ~ June 24 at 9am & Friday ~ June 25th at 4pm ~ 96.9fm in central Whidbey or streamed worldwide over the internet from the KWPA website.  LISTEN IN!

Georgie Smith is a wife, mother and farmer.  A descendant of some of Whidbey Island’s earliest settlers,  Georgie has been mentored by farmer’s her entire life.   From the little kitchen garden she started years ago, at the behest of her mother, to the 8 acres she now farms, Georgie grows up to 200 varieties of produce year round at her little farm on the prairie, Willowood.   Energetic, humorous and thoughtful, Georgie talked to Gwen about her road to becoming a farmer; her family and ancestors, her mentors and the people she is mentoring today through a farming internship program.  Using an honor system Georgie trades housing, food, and in ground training, to people who want to learn how to farm, can work as hard as she does and don’t mind getting dirty.

A member of Whidbey Island Grown, a consortium of farmers, chefs, businesses and residents who seek to increase awareness and consumption of agricultural products grown on the island, Georgie does her level best to work with and support other farmers on the island.

2008 garlic crop curing in barn © Trish Drury

Georgie began her adulthood and intended professional life with a degree in journalism.   She worked in the newpaper world for some time, before devoting herself to the farm full time.  Today she still writes, getting the news out, so to speak, sharing her farm and life through her two blogs; Little Farm on Ebey Prairie and Funny Farmer Tales, Life on Ebey Prairie; the Willowood Farm website and facebook.

As if she didn’t have enough to keep track of, she’s also a founding member of the Slow Food movement on the island and presently organizing and preparing to launch their first big community event.   Slow Food Whidbey Island will partner island growers and chefs for a  foodie extravaganza, tasty time and culinary education ~ Sunday ~ June 27th ! 2 to 4pm at Greenbank farm.  Georgie will be partnered with Sieb Jurriaans, from Prima Bistro in Langley.  You say you’re a Foodie? ~ Then don’t miss it!

Listen in while Georgie tells Gwen and listeners about her life on Willowood Farm, how she connects her farm to the community, and how her family continues to be woven into Whidbey Island history.

Recordings of this interview can be heard Thursday ~ June 24th at 9am & Friday June 25th at 4pm.  Tune into Whidbey Chat on your fm radio dial ~ 96.9 ~ in central Whidbey or streamed from your computer at KWPA’s website.

Here’s just some of the produce Georgie brought to markets in June of 2010 –

– Kohlrabi!
– Garlic
– Garlic scapes
– Walla Walla Onions with greens
– Mesclun Mix
– Kale – 3 kinds
– Chinese cabbage
– Pac Choi
– Head lettuce
– Broccoli
– Purple artichokes
– Pea vines

Farmer’s Markets you can find Willowood Farm produce.

Coupeville – Farmers Market: Saturday, 10-2.  April thru mid Oct ~ Coupeville, WA.

Bayview Farmers Market Saturdays, 10-2. May thru mid Oct ~ Bayview, WA.

Oak Harbor Farmers Market ` Thursdays, 4-7. June thru Sept. ~ Oak Harbor, WA.


Willowood also caters to resturants and brick and mortar markets on Whidbey Island.


Georgie & the SLOW FOOD WHIDBEY ISLAND event!

JUNE 27, 2010   2 – 4 PM



June 14, 2010 – Whidbey Chat with Gwen Sam

Whidbey artist Perry Woodfin strolled down the Coupeville wharf this morning to join Gwen in the KWPA studio for a little conversation.

Painting what surrounds him, Perry Woodfin says, 'I feel each piece of my art is like a word (or sentence), and when all is said and done I would hope people would say I had something interesting to say.' Pictured here - Coupeville Wharf, 2004. 10.5"x16.5" - Watercolor. Original Available. ~ About the Coupville wharf, home of KWPA's studio, Perry Woodfin says, "An elderly man told me about being a child in Coupeville in the 1930s. His parents wouldn't let him go out on the wharf without an adult present, so he and his friends would sneak out and hide in an outhouse situated on it's deck. They fished through the hole in it's floor.

A Pacific Northwest native, Perry Woodfin makes a full-time job out of selling his paintings.  With an impressive track record in the corporate working world, this Whidbey Island resident can now be found selling his watercolor paintings in local galleries, at the Greenbank and Coupeville Farmer’s Market’s, and from his website.  A world traveler, new technology student and easy-going gentleman Perry Woodfin is a Whidbey artist with plum.

Telling Gwen and listeners about his grand and great grand parents westward migration to the Pacific Northwest, settlement in Palouse and stage-coach service they ran, Perry is the product of pioneers, and a father who owned a large chicken farm in Palouse, where he grew up and was laden with farm chores.

Bringing up an image from every American child’s memory, Perry described the little red wagon that is his earliest memory of making art.   While sitting on his mother’s lap, Perry said, she drew a little red wagon, then handed him the pencil and paper and asked him to draw one too.  That little drawing by a four year old, the American icon we all know and love, would be Perry Woodfin’s first original piece of art.

Years later, as a young teen, after his parent’s divorce and his father’s remarrage, another woman, his step-mother, Jananne (Nan) Goltz, would play a pivotal role in pointing him towards art again.   In a dramatic story, he tells how on the eve of his departure to a world-class animal husbandry program at a foreign university well-known for its veterinary medicine department, his step-mother told him she believed he was headed into veterinary medicine not because he loved it; but because he wanted to make his father proud, by following in his farming footsteps.  Nan challenged Perry to take a few art courses at a Pacific Northwest university before he embarked to faraway lands and studied to become a vetrinarian.   Just out of high school, Perry conceded and signed up for classes at Washington State University.  It was those classes that would change his life’s course forever.  Now, 45 years later, Perry Woodfin is the artist he was meant to be, since first drawing that little red wagon.

Perry’s spoke to Gwen, and listener’s, about his realist work, how he balances the need to make a living as an artist, by producing what will sell and be collected, and his need to express himself in more abstract or metaphorical works, not easy to sell or heavily collected.

One of Perry's pieces the couple was considering - To Aid One, 1991. 13.5"x18.25" Watercolor NFS

The other piece the couple considered - Anacortes Fuel, 2001. 11"x16" Watercolor. NFS

Perry recounted witnessing the difficult decision a couple were having at the Greenbank Market this past weekend, trying to decide which of his images to purchase.  The couple were headed to a foriegn county on an educational mission and wanted something that would help them describe where they were from in America. To hear more about this decision making process, and the lengths that couple went to to come to a final decision – listen to the interview.  But until then, you choose from the two Perry Woodfin pieces pictured here.  The two the couple were weighing the balance of.  Which one would you choose?  

Perry Woodfin’s interview exposes some of the history and inner thoughts of a man, and artist, many people on the island, and in the world, know and collect.   From that moment on his mother’s knee, to today, Perry’s story of becoming and being a full time artist is interesting, intuitive and humorous.

Ironically, on the heels of KWPA’s smash hit “OLD TIME RADIO LIVE ON STAGE” shows at Fort Casey yesterday, Perry also talked about how radio played a part in is life as a young boy.  Born in the 1940’s, the hey day of radio comedies and drama’s, Perry shared some of his favorite old-time radio shows of the era, and how those shows kept him company as a young boy, like they did so many of us.

Perry Woodfin

THANK YOU PERRY ! – for taking the time to come down to KWPA and visit with Gwen and Whidbey Chat listeners!  We’ll be looking to hear you again!  Safe travels.

Listen to the recordings of this interview on Thursday, June 17th, at 9am and or Friday, June 18th at 4pm.  The show airs on 96.9fm in the Coupeville area of Whidbey Island, and streams worldwide on the internet from the KWPA website.

POSTSCRIPT: PERRY WOODFIN is also a poet.   Some other time, on Whidbey Chat with Gwen Sam, Perry Woodfin will share his thoughts and inspirations on poetry.

The poem below is an obvious strand from Perry’s life growing up on his father’s large chicken farm in Palouse.  A tribute to the beloved writer Betty McDonald (1908-1958), a Vason Island writer who was a friend of his father’s and lived on a farm near them.  Though Perry only met her once – she inspired something in Perry he still carry’s with him today.  An egg…

The Egg and Me

Copyright by Perry Woodfin

When her name comes up, as it has on occasion,

I reminisce about our only meeting.

We had climbed the long flight to the ferry boat cabin.

We stop suddenly at the top.

A woman is coming down.

Dad and Mom talk with her.

Dad, proud, introduces me, his boy.

Then he tells me, “This is Betty MacDonald.

”To me she’s just a another grown up.

I seem to remember all of that.

I think she had on silk stockings, high heels.

There may also have been white gloves, perfume.

I wonder if I’ve invented all this ?

It’s just a memory, a brief moment in time.

As I said, on occasion it has come up.

Then I turn it over, move it around,

gaining nothing except what is here.

Well, maybe a slight scent of sophistication;

maybe a touch of class.

But have I hatched this too ?

Questions remain as questions always seem to do,

just laying there.


“Whenever I catch a ferry and see that high flight, small memories like this, soar. Hope you enjoy this. I like poetry for its more immediate creative outlet (usually). More immediate than painting, anyway. The poem describes an incident that occurred in, I would guess, about 1950.” – Perry Woodfin

More on Perry’s father Donald A. Woodfin (1920-2004), an interesting and hardworking man, who eventually moved from Vashon to Whidbey Island, where he lived for 26 years before his death.

The Betty MacDonald Farm is a historic farm and takes overnight guests.




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