Historic Waterfront to HIRE Events Coordinator


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The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is taking applications for their new position of “CHWA Event Coordinator”. ARE YOU THE PERFECT CANDIDATE? Or is it someone you know?

Applicants should be well versed in all processes and aspects of public event production.

With the right qualifications and a shot of enthusiasm and passion for producing unforgettable events for Coupeville this Historic Waterfront position could be for you. DEADLINE for submitting your cover letter and resume’ Thursday – October 10, 2019 – 5pm (pacific time).


  • Proven experience as event coordinator
  • A proven track record of organizing successful events
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Excellent vendor management skills
  • Knowledge of basic recruitment practices
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation ability
  • Well-organized with multi-tasking skills
  • Able to handle stress and remain calm
  • Problem-solving ability

This is a contractor position. Compensation will vary through the 4 quarters of each year depending on the number of  of event(s) and the event(s) complexity. 

Quarter 1 January 1 -March 31

Quarter 2 April 1 – June 30

Quarter 3 July 1 – September 30

Quarter 4 October 1 – December 31

Email Your Cover Letter and Resume’

Applicants must be well-organized and competent in vendor management. Good communication skills and attention to detail will set the best among the candidate’s apart. Event Coordinator must have a flexible schedule in order to be present during planning, set-up, day of event(s), and event tear down.


  • Understand requirements for each event
  • Plan event with attention to financial and time constraints
  • Book venues and schedule speakers, performers, guests, etc.
  • Permitting: WSLCB, Town of Coupeville, CW Fire Department, Coupeville Public Schools, Insurance, etc.
  • Research vendors (catering, decorators, musicians etc.) and choose the best combination of quality and cost
  • Negotiate with vendors to achieve the most favorable terms
  • Manage all event operations (preparing venue, invitations etc.)
  • Do final checks at the day of the event (e.g. tables, technology) to ensure everything meets standards
  • Oversee event happenings and act quickly to resolve problems
  • Supervise the set-up, running, and break down of the event, identifying and resolving problems.   
  • Direct and delegate staff and volunteers to ensure successful completion.
  • Evaluate event’s success and submit reports, create monthly, quarterly, and annual budgets as required by CHWA BOD
  • Marketing event – print and social media content.  Working with Webmaster for social media posts.  Internal marketing campaigns.
  • Budget – approval on developed budget.

Download Official Announcement


Visit the Events link at top navigation bar to peruse events the Coupeville Historic Waterfront produces for our community. NOT ALL events are listed. Other smaller events may pop up each year depending on their purpose to the community and Coupeville Historic Waterfront. 

BIG WIN for WHARF, Whidbey and Island County Washington!


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It is with great fan fare that we can announced the Port of Coupeville has received their requested Island County grant monies to make structural repairs and improvements to the Coupeville Wharf undercarriage! 

Island County Commissioner’s unanimously approved the Port of Coupeville’s grant application for Rural County Economic Development Program funds to repair 37 pilings, piling caps, and other under carriage needs of the Wharf! To the tune of $870,804.00 this is a huge WIN for the 114 year old Wharf! The Port will put in an additional $96,756 of their budget to further bolster the costs of materials and construction. Win! Win! For Whidbey, Island County and Coupeville!

The Rural County Economic Development Program receives it’s grant funds through sales taxes. The sales taxes used to support this program comes from a rebate back to Island County of the state’s share 6.5% of sales and use taxes authorized by RCW 82.14.370 and therefore does not increase the tax to the consumer. For those who follow or receive our blog but do not know, Island County is made up of Whidbey and Camano Islands. The .09 funds through this program are spread out between our two islands in designated under and pursuant to Washington State RCW 43-330-270.

The permitting process, engineering and construction work will take a min of 2 years, AND THEN the work on the Wharf building itself can take place once the under carriage is secured. NOTE: The Wharf is safe as it is but repairs are needed.

In 1905 local merchants and farmers built the 500 foot high level causeway (“pier” if you will) and Wharf building to accommodate the growth and trade increases of Whidbey. The Wharf is (has been since that time) the center piece of Whidbey AND Coupeville (we’re lucky that way). At 114 years old the Wharf and it’s 500 feet causeway to the building include over 100 pilings and multiple systems (gas, water, elec, waste pumping, fire suppression). THIS approval by the Commissioner’s and additional funds from the Port’s budget begin the next step in maintaining and securing the Wharf for years to come.

Overall this is a fantastic result for one of Whidbey and Washington’s earliest and most iconic structures. Please let Island County Commissioner’s know you appreciate their support and actions for the Coupeville Wharf. YOU can find their emails here.

We have been happy to help the Port through our Pennies for Preservation Wharf funds, brought in by generous citizens and visitors alike. Our Wharf Fund is no where near 100’s of thousands but it is in the 1000’s and our donors are proud to be able to help. We look forward to helping as much as we can in the future! We love Coupeville, our community and our Wharf!

Many THANKS to the Island County Commissioners, the Port of Coupeville Commissioners and Port staff for helping to make Coupeville Wharf dreams come true!!


Images Island County Historical Society Archives and Washington State Archives

Before 1905, There were several early wharves at Penn Cove in the latter half of the 1800s that had been built for passenger travel and importing and exporting products between the island and the mainland. The problem with these early wharves was that most could only be used at extreme high tide. Historical records are sketchy, but the following wharfs are known to have existed, including: Robertson’s Wharf, Happy Jack’s, and Pearson Wharf (see #20 NW Front Street).

Activation of Fort Casey in 1901 brought a larger population quickly to Central Whidbey.

1905 – 1905, to accommodate the growth, local merchants and farmers built a 500 foot wharf at the foot of Alexander Street to accommodate the growth of population and commerce. This wharf is the current wharf in Coupeville.

1909-1914 – Elmer Calhoun purchased the Wharf sometime between 1909 and 1914 (sources differ on this point). After purchasing it he added a grain tower to the “L” shaped building. The north side of the building included a waiting room and a rest room “a two holer that flushed with the tide”, for steam boat passengers.

1933 – Elmer Calhoun made major repairs to the Wharf building.

1936 – The Deception Pass Bridge was completed. Consequently, Island Transportation discontinued steamboat service to Seattle in 1936 as the little steamers were no longer cost effective. The last steamer to run the Whidbey Island route was the ALANTA.

Freight boats continued to use the Wharf during harvest season. AND there were FERRIES TOO!

1949 – Dick Hansen purchased the Wharf from Elmer Calhoun for $10,000 and renamed it the “Coupeville Wharf & Seed Company”.

1969 – Larger bin capacity was needed, so an extension was put up through the roof called “the dog house”.

1973 – Coupeville (including the Wharf) designated a National Historic District giving protection to older properties within the historic district’s boundaries.

1978 – Coupeville (and the Wharf) became part of the National Park’s Services Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, the first historic district of its kind recognized in the United States of America.

1983 – A new rock bulkhead was installed at the head of the pier.

1985 – The grain tower was removed and the causeway was renovated. The east end remodeled for use as a marine store and delicatessen.

1996 – The Wharf was rehabilitated consistent with historical code standards and historical considerations. A concrete fuel dock was added to the wharf and an underground fuel tank was installed at the landward end of the causeway. Three mooring floats were attached to the Wharf for the use of pleasure boats.

1997 – The Port rebuilds the interior of the west wing and includes a large foyer and two rental areas. Wharf foyer includes educational exhibits.

2000 – The WA State Beach Watchers – now called Sound Water Stewards, assembled “Rosie the Whale” from bones savaged from a 33 foot gray whale and it is displayed in the wharf’s foyer.

2001 – Two moorage floats were added and unused dolphins removed. Four mooring buoys were placed in a line west of the Wharf.

2009 – Fuel Dock breaks away after a battering storm. Dock is retrieved. Dock is replaced.

TODAY – The Wharf is afforded the vital dollars through the to make significant repairs to the under carriage thanks to the efforts of the Port Commissioners, the Port staff, and the Island County Commissioners.

Enjoy this wonderful interview with the late GREAT local historian Roger Sherman about the wharf. Length 23 minutes. WE MISS Roger, but always have his interviews, videos and books to learn and love with.

Find out more about historic Coupeville buildings at our history site.

More overall Coupeville History


Second of TWO New Shops Opened in Coupeville


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It’s been a bang up week for newness in Coupeville. 

The second new shop to open in Coupeville is a huge winner for our historic Waterfront.

Marbley opened on Saturday, August 10th, and is located at 7 Front Street in the circa 1936 Howell’s building.

Owners Joan and Ed, visited Coupeville in 2017 and fell in love with #7 Front Street. With the intention to redirect their energy, after 20 years in the restaurant and hospitality industries, and raise their son in a smaller community Ed and Joan have embraced Coupeville in excited and generous ways.

Since 2017 they sold their restaurant in So. California, bought a house within walking distance of #7, and renovated the old Howell building for their shop Marbley!

Marbley blends beautifully curated personal and gift items with silk scarfs made through the ancient art form of Ebru* (read description of this art form below). BONUS at Marbley, YOU can make your own scarf!

#7 Front Street. 360-


*Ebru is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble, other kinds of stone or patterns of your choosing. The patterns are the result of non-toxic colored paints floated on plain water and then carefully transferred to a silk scarf. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype. THIS is truly something special for Coupeville.

NOTE: We have a couple of other new businesses ventures in Coupeville and are putting together images and copy for the blog.


First of TWO New Shops Opened in Coupeville


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We’re excited to be sharing the news of one of two new shops in Coupeville! 

In an town our size with 19 buildings on Front St. and only several more in our historic catchment, new shops don’t often come around along our historic waterfront. And yet, THIS MONTH we have TWO (with at least one more coming SOON). Celebrate Good Times Come ON!

FIRST new shop to open, on Friday, August 9th, is Rain Puddles Kids Boutique! Owned by Christian Chambers, who also owns Aqua Gifts just a few doors away, Rain Puddles is located at 10 Front St. in the newly renovated Robertson Store/Old Mad Crab building.

Rain Puddles is a smartly sourced boutique full of baby and children’s clothes and accessories. Christian has gone to great lengths to insure his products are made of whole and safe fabrics and surfaces, with safe, with NO chemicals added to fibers or sprayed on. From clothes to blankets, back packs, hats, accessories and more Rain Puddles was an instant hit with residents and visitors alike.

We may be biased but we think this shop is one of the sweetest places on Whidbey Island.


10 Front Street – 360-246-4181R

Rain Puddles is a member of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association and we’re happy to have them on Front St. and within our membership.

MusselFest 2019


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MusselFest 2019 is March 2nd and 3rd! 

Another year of bold, briny & blue fun in Coupeville, Washington

Come enjoy Mussel Chowder Tastings, Chef demonstrations, boat tours of the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm, music, dancing, mussel eating contest, kids activities, and so much more during MusselFest 2019

Visit the official MusselFest website for all you need to know.

Visit our MusselFest event page for quick links, videos and articles about past MusselFests.

SEE YOU HERE in Coupeville for bold briny & blue fun March 2nd & 3rd, 2019

Don’t know how to cook mussels? Or looking for some new recipes visit the Penn Cove Shellfish farm Recipes page

Video Credit: Fusion Spark Media