Instead of joining the Seattle group at The Roastery, I drove 26 miles and an hour North to Bothell to meet The Whidbey Island Sketchers (WIS) at the McMenamin’s Anderson School. One of the many wonderful things about McMenamins properties is how they add unique and unusual art and local history to each venue.
I’ve been once before but this visit was especially delightful because my friend, Judi, came. Anderson School is where she attended Junior High. As we walked the halls of the old school building, now the hotel, she found so many people she knew featured on the walls and names of rooms!
She even helped me with my clue for the scavenger hunt to complete my McMenamins Passport for Anderson School. When I collected my prize, I chose an Anderson School tote bag so I could give it to her as a souvenir! No photos as I don’t want to give away the answer to the clue!
I was early (of course). So I sat in the lobby by the fireplace.
Once the group arrived, we started with lunch in the North Shore Lagoon, decorated with a South Pacific theme. The building also houses the pool. We were a large group, so getting our meals took a while and I had time for a sketch.
Judi and I wandered, as mentioned above. Then we settled on chairs under a covered walk way to sketch the Shed. This was built by McMenamins as a snug little whiskey bar.