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2014’s Penn Cove Water Festival features annual tribal canoe races, Native arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, authentic Native foods, children’s activities, and exhibits and displays. First celebrated in 1930, the Penn Cove Water Festival is a long held tradition on Whidbey.





For two decades Roger created the beautiful artwork for the Penn Cove Water Festival poster.

Of Tsimshian tribe heritage, Roger grew up on Orcas Island where he developed a deep love for nature, salmon and whales. Moving to Whidbey as a young man, Roger was a teacher in Oak Harbor, and after retiring celebrated his Northwest Native heritage in his artwork and carvings. His generosity to the Penn Cove Water Festival and to the community will never be forgotten, and his beautiful, creative depictions of nature will live on forever.

PCWF14RACKCARD2scaledTomorrow, Friday May 9: Storytelling event by Lou Labombard at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville. MAP

Festival day, Saturday, May 10th, enjoy tribal boat races, story telling, music, dancing and the Native Spirit Art Show at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. MAP

NOTE: the Native Spirit Art Show will hold over for Sunday, May 11th, too.

Regional and Canadian Tribes participating in the boat races will be: Nooksack TribeSwinomish TribeMakah TribeLummi TribeSkowkale Band of Sto:lo First Nation Chehalis, BC and the Skwah Band Chilliwack Landing, BC.

Click Waterfest poster for a full line up of festival activities

Including activities for children

Contributions to the Penn Cove Water Festival both as volunteers and donations financially are appreciated by the festival organizers. If you would like to help in any way, or make a contribution visit the Penn Cove Water Festival Association website for a list of contacts.

Here’s to you Roger!  We’ll celebrate your life and your work this, and every, year!!



More information about Roger Purdue:

Penn Cove Water Festival Tribute

Jan. 28, 2014 – Obituary – Whidbey News Times

Feb. 14, 2013 – Purdue honored for festival images – Whidbey Examiner


2011 Whale Wheel nears completion – Penn Cove Water Festival 

May 7, 2011 – Whales will replace salmon near the Coupeville Wharf – Whidbey News Times