of Doe Bay,
First, let me report what many of you already know; Doe
Bay Fest 09 was a smashing success! We were naively cocky
when we named dbFest 08, the “first annual”,
but the success of this year’s “second annual”
festival, known as Doe Bay Fest 09, has assured
our future gatherings. Over a 72 hour period, over 800 people ranging
in age from eight weeks to eighty-eight years, gathered at Doe Bay
to make music, listen to others making music, dance, eat, drink
and enjoy. Remarkably, there were virtually no troublesome incidents.
Everything worked and everybody got along!
Day and Night
More Musicians per Guest than any other Festival!
------ As I said from the stage during the festival, when we bought
Doe Bay almost 7 years ago, we dreamed about gatherings and events
like this year’s Doe Bay Fest. But honestly,
we couldn’t have imagined anything better than what actually
transpired. Many who attended this year feel that they participated
in a “once in a blue moon event”. One reason for that
is the “performer to guest ratio”. We had so many great
musicians that 1 out of 8 people on the property was a performer.
No wonder festival goers got the chance to meet and hang out with
their musical heroes and the bands finally had the time to calmly
watch their fellow musician friends perform. Check
out this day after video of Drew Grow playing on the point at Doe
A Kid Friendly Festival ------
The bands and guests alike brought their kids. The entire event
was 100% kid-safe and kid-friendly. These pictures show that, before
the bands could come near the stage, the kids were there checking
them out! Also click below to see more of the kid in this month's
masthead photo. (He was a second year attendee by the way!)
Great Press ------- I could say more and I could include
more photos, but instead, I encourage you to click on the links
(below and in the side column) to read what others have said and
to look at their photos. If you weren't able to join us this year,
you will get a feel for the event by reading what others had to
say and by seeing the photos they took.
here to read a great review of the festival along with even better
the Seattle Weekly says that Doe Bay Fest compares well to Sasquatch!
Plans are in process for Doe Bay Fest 2010. Please
watch this newsletter for announcements and for priority tickets.
Finally, don’t be surprised to see various performers from
Doe Bay Fest performing in person at the Doe Bay Café
on Thursday open mic nights or Friday /
Saturday night Doe Bay Café Concerts throughout
the Fall, Winter and Spring.
The Doe Bay Organic Garden and Orchard
....and KID'S Education Center
I am guessing that I am not the
only person who is concerned that our kids think that food grows
at Safeway. The Doe Bay Garden reaches out to kids whenever they
are on the property. Our Garden Manager, Heather Watts
regularly takes kids into the garden to harvest some food. It is
a thrill later to hear a kid in the Doe Bay Cafe telling a parent
that she picked the broccoli that they are eating with the salmon.
Please bring your kids and let them experience this.
Cornish "RETREATS" to Doe Bay
The Northwest's Greatest Art School
is a Friend of Doe Bay
We quickly recovered from the big event and are back
to “normal” at Doe Bay. Normal here means, daily hikes
in Moran, kayaking the Peapods, camping on Meditation point and
eating some of the best food on the planet at the Doe Bay Café.
The day after Doe Bay Fest 09, we hosted the theater department
College of the Arts for, what Richard E.T.
White, the department chair and my friend described as
a transformative retreat. Richard said, "from the entire Theater
faculty, please accept our thanks for making it possible for us
to have three really transformative days up at Doe Bay. The quality
of our discussions was amazing, abetted by the calm and beauty of
the setting, and the wonderful food in the café."
I have a personal connection with the college. Cornish
allowed me to play with their Jazz Ensemble one summer in the 70's
without paying tuition. I never forgot that and have now served
on the Board of Trustees of the College for years. In recent years,
I have also taught Ethics and Law for the Practicing Artist,
a variation of the courses which I teach at the University of Washington.
Watch for more collaboration between Doe Bay and Cornish. Remember,
if you are on the faculty, staff or a student at Cornish, make your
reservation online and then contact me at Joe@DoeBay.com
to get the "Cornish Special".
We always make special deals for our favorite non-profit
groups who want to come to Doe Bay for a Retreat! If you are interested,
contact Pliny. Pliny@DoeBay.com.
We offer substantial discounts for retreats for Green businesses
and for non-profits and educational institutions!
Get Married at Doe Bay
Weddings at Doe Bay Produce Longer
and Happier Marriages
We have some weddings scheduled in September and then
we look forward to some restorative time of our own. However, if
you met someone and fell in love at Doe Bay Fest, we will make room
for your wedding in October; (not valid if you are already married
to someone else). We only set aside a limited number of “Wedding
Dates” each year and we will be active (at the Wedding show,
etc...) this fall. So, if you have any inclination to get married
at Doe Bay at any time in 2010, please inquire soon. Write directly
As the photos above show, from left to right, our
wedding catering often includes salmon cooked almost at your table.
Our "chapel" is as beautiful as anything in Italy and
the groom sometimes gets carried away at the reception party.
Sandman signs on
for the HUGE Doe Bay New Years Celebration
Click on the fireworks
display from last year... very hard to listen to without laughing!
Rappin Cowboy & CLICK
The Rappin Cowboy is Back!!!
We just received a confirmation from The Rappin
Cowboy that he will again entertain us at our New Years Party. Call
for reservations now. There is no better place on earth to be for
the last day of 2009 and the first day of 2010 than Doe Bay. Sandman
will sing in the studio and then do cowboy ghetto poetry by the
fires until sunrise!
Doe Bay - The Greatest Hobby in
While Doe Bay is still more of an avocation than
a vocation, we are having tremendous success and making some financial
progress, even in a tough market for hospitality businesses. It
is working because we have the greatest people working at Doe Bay
and great leadership of Pliny Keep, our General Manager.
If you like Doe Bay, you can help to ensure its continued existence
by coming back and by sending your friends to see us.
See you on the island!
Until next month,
I am Wishing you Health, Peace and Prosperity…
Joe Bay Smiling
Post-script: Is There Anything fun to do at Doe Bay in the Fall?
Ongoing Events at Doe Bay - Besides hiking, biking, soaking in
the tubs, swimming in the Bay, heating up in the Sauna, sleeping
on the beach:
Yoga Classes: Call
for Schedule, drop-in, $10 fee
Garden Tours: FREE, reserve 1 day in advance
Kayaking: ONLY to
Mid-September! $60 3 hr guided trips leaving @ 10am & 2pm, must
reserve in advance
Open Mic & Pizza Night:
THURSDAYS, gourmet seasonal pizzas and fresh local talent
Orcas Island has some of the best trails in the Northwest.
Movie Night: Free
movie, truffle oil popcorn, and 1/2 price bottles of wine in the
Doe Bay Café every Sunday night!
Artsmith Writer’s Series:
Featuring invited authors Monday evenings beginning 9/21/09 in the
Doe Bay Café.