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75th Anniversary Open House on Orcas Island

At OPALCO’s 75th Anniversary Open House on Friday, June 29th in Eastsound, members will be presented with gifts, treated to refreshments, enjoy live music by the Turtleback Ceilidh Ensemble and be entertained with stories told by some of the Co-op’s longest-standing members. This historic event begins at 1:00 pm, with tours of the OPALCO Headquarters, the unveiling of a historic generator monument and permanent historical display. The story-telling begins at 2:00 pm from OPALCO’s mobile 1937 living room set.

The year-long 75th Anniversary celebration honors the Co-op Family members (longest- standing members, past and present staff and board members) who have helped build the strong, reliable electric co-op that we all enjoy today. Limited edition gifts such as canvas tote bags and wall thermometers featuring the work of Orcas artist Frank Loudin, lapel pins and copies of the 75th Anniversary Historical Publication will be distributed to all members, while supplies last. Special commemorative mugs and caps will be given to the Co-op’s longest-standing members and past staff and board members.

For the full 75th Anniversary experience, please visit OPALCO’s historical website at to explore a historical timeline, galleries of stories, photos and videos. Visit and “like” OPALCO’s new Facebook page, where you can share your own OPALCO story, photos or memorabilia. The next stop for the 75th Anniversary celebration and story-telling booth will be the County Fair in August. Please let us know if you have a story to tell! We will continue to collect member stories and publish them on the historical website to become part of OPALCO’s living legacy.


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