Roger Purdue signs Fine Art Prints and accepts award from the Penn Cove Water Festival Association May 2005

2014 Festival Sponsors:
Watch this space for new sponsors

The Penn Cove Water Festival would like to thank everyone who made the 2013 festival a success. We are honored to have so many sponsors, donors and volunteers. We would especially like to thank the following in-kind donors and supporters:

Betty Gewald
Blue Fox Prints
Bay Printing
Benye & John Weber
Central Whidbey Lions
Chipper & Bill Cromley
Clyde and Sandra Johnson
Compass Rose B&B
Coupeville Inn
Coupeville Boys & Girls Club
Coupeville High National Honor Society
Coupeville Leos Club
Coupeville Lions Club
Elkhorn Trading Co.
Friends of the Coupeville Library
Front Street Grill
Front Street Realty
Gary & Susan Winkler
ICHS - Gordon Grant
ICHS - Rick Castellano
Harbor Gift Store
Hertlein Grant Writing
Honey Bear
Jackie Feusier & Joe Walck
Janice Picard
Janie Keilwitz
Jean Legat
Joan & Molly PcPhearson
Julie Dougherty-Winger
Kyle Waterman
Lisa & Devin Haas
Michael Ferri & Jim Sherman
Millie Fonda & Deik Van Ness
Mjc Copy & Stationary
Molly Hughes
Nahma Investments
Oak Harbor Lions Club
Oak Harbor Yacht Club
Oak Harbor Youth Sailing Club
Onee Hedeen
Orca Network
Pacific Rim Institute
Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic
Sarah & Roger Purdue
Sharon Dunn
Susan Berta & Howard Garrett
Teresa & Tom Ellis
Toby's Tavern
US Foods
Vicky & Ricardo Reyes
Whidbey Examiner
Whidbey Weekley
Windjammer Custom Framing
WSU -Island County Extension


Vicky Reyes - President & Publicity
Tom Ellis - Treasurer
Julie Dougherty Winger - Registered Agent/Secretary & Educational Exhibitors
Teresa Ellis - Operations
Anne Colligan - Communications
Lou Labombard - Native Advisor
Michael Ferri - Fundraising & Hospitality
Benye Weber - Public Awareness
Jackie Feusier - Graphics & Printing


Arts & Crafts Vendors - Sue Waters & Karen Merrill
Bread Ceremony - Ramona Laster
Canoe Race Coordinator - Susan Berta
Educational Program - Vern Olsen
Entertainment - Wylie Vracin
Graphics & Print Materials - Jackie Feusier
Hospitality - Michael Ferri and Jim Sherman
Information Booth & Merchandise - Joyce & Keith Fruik
Native Spirit Art Show - Gerry Roberts
Publicity - Cheryl & John Waide
Race Safety Coordiator - Gary Piazzon
Radio Communications - John Acton
Salmon Tacos - Tom Ellis & Rob Johnson
Signage - Paul Bigelow
Town Dinner - Molly Hughes
Volunteer Coordinators - Ricardo Reyes & Ginny Vracin
Youth Activities - Vicky Reyes
Web Administrator - Howard Garrett


Coupeville High School National Honor Society Members (NHS) and Coupeville Leo’s Club (LEO):

Amanda d’Almeida – NHS
Brett Arnold – NHS
McKayla Bailey - NHS
Josh Bayne - NHS
Vanessa Bernales - NHS
Sarah Bishop - NHS
Konrad Borden - NHS
Cameron Boyd – NHS
Drew Chan – NHS & LEOS
Emily Clay - NHS
Garrett Compton - LEOS
Caitlyn Connolly - NHS
Beauman Davis - LEOS
Jared Dickson – NHS
Ben Etzell – NHS
Amanda Fabrizi – NHS
Amanda Foley - NHS
Alie Gauslow - NHS
Jacki Ginnings - NHS
Ben Haight – NHS
Jack Hanneman - LEOS
Stephanie Hilkey - LEO
Anna King - LEOS
Jason Knoll - NHS
Kenzie Kooch – LEOS
Korbin Korzan - NHS
Ana Luvera - NHS
Ivy Luvera - NHS
Bree Messner – NHS
Shelby Nell - NHS
Meghan Oakes - NHS
Kelsey Pape – NHS
Luke Pelant – NHS
Alysha Pickler - LEOS
Briess Potter - NHS
Tim Quinn – NHS
Maureen Rice - NHS
McKenzie Rice – LEOS
Bree Messner - NHS
Erin Rosenkranz - NHS
Danny Savalza – NHS
Madeline Strasburg - NHS
Emma Sullivan - NHS
Samantha Thompson – LEOS
Wynter Thorne - NHS
Aaron Trumbull - NHS
Andy Walker - NHS & LEOS
Calley Walker – LEOS
Ben Wehrman – NHS
Cole Weinstein – NHS
Rachel Wenzel – NHS & LEOS
KT Wynn – NHS
Colleen Fox - NHS Counselor
Sigi Johnson, Bruce McNair & John Purcell - LEOS Club Mentors


John Acton
AME2 Archie
Juan Argon, USN
Sarah Bailey
David Barville
Penny Barville
Cathy Berge-Pinkerton
Jesse Bice
Paul Bigelow
Eric Brooks
Solomon Buccola
Sarah Buck (N-V)
Matthew Burciaga, USN
Mary Burks
Mitch Carnata & Rich
Vickie Chambers
Gene & Kathy Clark
John Colwell
Angella Contreras
Pat Cozine
Bill Cromley
Chipper Cromley
Heidi Dahlin (N-V)
Anita de Give
Dianne Eelkema
Dorothy Egnom
Margaret Elphick
Marilyn Engel
Dorothy Engom
AM3 Espinoza
Jackie Feusier
Dale Folkestad
Joyce & Keith Fruik
Jan Graham
Dave Grason
PR2 Green
Reuben Greene
Tyler Gunther
Irene Gustafson
Lee James
Christian Lira, USN
Suzanne Loomis
Judy Lynn
Lisa Haas
Sue Hartin
Mark Herzog
Michelle Landis
Rob Johnson
Breanna Koym
Holly Kress
Bruce MacNair
Don Michaels
Jane Monson
Michael Monson
Dewey Moon
Tyler Nelson (N-V)
Carol Parbs
Gary Parker
LSSN Pena (N-B)
Jim and Marsha Phay
PRAA Phillips (N--B)
Jared Plantenga
Kimberly Porter
Don Richardson
Dale Riddle
Mel Rogers
Desiree Sanders
Christie & Gordon Sears
Terry Serpa
AOAN Sichi (N--B)
Karl Soratorio (N-V)
Dianna Statt
ADAA Stevenson (N-B)
Kristen Tully
Veronica Vastion
Dave Vaugan
Maria Reyes Vick
Cheryl & John Waide
Joe Walck
Kelsey Walker
Sue and Pat Waters
Tori Weber
Faith Wilder
Jane Wilder-Oconnor
Al Williams
Debbie Wysomierski

Penn Cove Water Festival

Coupeville, WA

The Mission of the Penn Cove Water Festival Association is to continue an annual revival of the historic Coupeville Water Festival by bringing families together to enjoy Native American canoe racing, entertainment, crafts and culture, and by giving them a chance to learn about, appreciate, and protect the environment in which we all live.

The 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. Come visit this year or get involved today!

T-Shirts from this year’s Penn Cove Water Festival (as well as some from past years) are available year round in Harbor Gift N' Kayak Rental on the Coupeville Wharf. The Festival posters and Roger Purdue’s Fine Art Prints and Portfolios are available year round at the Island County Museum, at the corner of Alexander and Front Streets in Coupeville.

For a look at the meaning and purpose of the Penn Cove Water Festival, please see HonorWorks Presents: Penn Cove Water Festival

Photos courtesy of the Island County Historical Society

The 2014 Festival is dedicated in Memory of

Roger Purdue 1938 - 2014

All pictures of Roger on this web site are used by permission of his Famiy.

Roger peeking over his newly installed Salmon Wheel, May 1996.

Roger Purdue wearing the blanket and cedar hat presented to him by the Penn Cove Water Festival Association and the Samish Tribe, with his daughter Gracie, February 2013.

We are deeply saddened to have to share the news that Coupeville artist Roger Purdue has passed away. Roger created the beautiful artwork for the Penn Cove Water Festival every year for two decades, and carved and painted the famous "Salmon Wheel" on the Coupeville Waterfront (now at the Island County Museum), and designed and oversaw the carving of the beautiful "Whale Wheel" that replaced it.

Roger is of Tsimshian heritage, and growing up on Orcas Island he developed a deep love for nature, salmon and whales. He was a teacher in Oak Harbor, and after retiring from teaching concentrated on his celebrated Northwest Native artwork and carvings, and was as prolific as he was talented. 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.

There are no words to express the emptiness in our hearts on this day.

Appropriately, as I write this, a pod of Resident orcas is swimming up Admiralty Inlet, they have been traveling around the shores of Whidbey Island and Puget Sound for the past few days. We hope Roger's spirit is swimming along with them, free of the physical pain he has endured these past years. Our hearts and thoughts are with Roger's family - Sara, Wilbur and Gracie. Thank you for sharing Roger with us all these years - we know how much he loved you all.

We love you Roger ~

Susan Berta

Safe journey, Roger. We will miss you.


Support the Penn Cove Water Festival!
A 501 c 3 non-profit organization
Send your contribution to
Penn Cove Water Festival
PO Box 393
Coupeville WA 98239

For lodging and visitor information, please email Island County Tourism at

or visit:

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce


Photo by Nathan Whalen / The Whidbey Examiner

Coupeville artist Roger Purdue shares a story with Coupeville resident Gary Piazzon during Sunday’s gathering to celebrate the local artist.

Purdue honored for festival images

By Nathan Whalen, Examiner Staff Writer

A longtime Coupeville artist and educator was honored for his work helping the Penn Cove Water Festival this week.
Roger Purdue, a woodworker who has for decades designed the logo for the annual festival, was honored for the artwork he has contributed over the years.
Dozens of people, along with several representatives from the Samish Indian Nation, attended an event Sunday to unveil the latest logo for the Water Festival that takes place May 18 in Coupeville.
During the unveiling, Purdue received several gifts from the Samish Indian Nation, which is based in Anacortes.
He received a cedar hat decorated with an eagle feather and a button blanket, both of which were made by members of the Samish Nation.
“I’m at a loss for words. Thank you, thank you,” Purdue said while Rosie Cayou, Samish Indian Nation cultural development coordinator, wrapped the blanket around Purdue and placed the hat on his head.
The blanket was made by Diana and Pat Dunn, also members of the Samish Tribal Nation.
Purdue has donated new designs for the Penn Cove Water Festival for more than 20 years.
Each logo, which will eventually be placed on posters and T-shirts promoting the festival, keeps within the Native American tradition highlighted by the festiveal each year.
Canoe racers from Native American tribes across the Puget Sound region and First Nations peoples in Canada descend upon Coupeville to compete in a day-long series of races in Penn Cove.
The Water Festival also features Native American dancers, singers, storytellers and foods.
Cayou sang two traditional songs during the image release event. She also touched upon the similarities between Purdue’s family history and herown. They both have roots on Orcas Island.
Purdue also ensured his legacy of Native American inspired images will continue to be featured in upcoming festivals.
He donated 15 years worth of images.
Susan Berta, longtime volunteer who helps organize the canoe races and head of the Orca Network, shared how Purdue started designing the images, the first of which was based on water drop and a canoe, and how they became more elaborate over the years.
"I'm so happy to have come to know you. Your generosity has been amazing," Berta said during the meeting.
The day also provided a chance for interested people to sign up to volunteer for the May 18 festival.
Organizers always need help to organize such an event that is held in two parts of Coupeville and takes leaders about 12 months to organize.


For information about the festival, to volunteer or to donate, visit the Penn Cove Water Festival page on Facebook or go to