November 15th, 2013
Thanksgiving is a day of tradition. But here’s an idea: on a day typically reserved for lots of turkey, pie, football, familyand naps, try throwing a little Turkey Trot into the mix. For the fourth year in a row, the Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot will take place at Battle Point Park on Thanksgiving morning.
The Trot consists of two fun runs – a 1 mile run beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K run beginning at 9 a.m. Both runs begin in front of the Transmitter Building and circle all the way around the Park.
Note to participants: Costumes are always welcomed! And encouraged!
The Turkey Trot is not only a great way to preemptively run off some delicious dinner calories, but it’s also a terrific way to help benefit a local charity. The annual race raises money for Helpline House, Bainbridge’s local food bank. $42,000 has been raised by way of the Turkey Trot in its first three years alone!
Longtime local islander, 22 year-old Rachel Frickleton, participated in last year’s Turkey Trot.
“Last year was the first year I Turkey Trotted,” she said. “I did it with my friend Brooke, my younger brother and sister, and my dad. My mom and our then-puppy, Fly, joined us but didn’t run last year.”
Rachel recalled having a great experience, joined by loved ones and geared up with a knit turkey hat (which she said her father rocked for part of the run).
“I loved the feeling of being united with one of my favorite communities on my favorite holiday,” she said. “I enjoyed being up early, the weather was perfect, the Turkey Bowl flag football game afterwards was a blast…everything just fell in place so nicely.”
The race is open to runners of all ages! If you are interested in Turkey Trotting this year, you can register online, by mail, or in person at Island Fitness.
For more information an this awesome new island tradition, and for more registration details, visit their website at www.bainbridgeturkeytrot.org.
Come out and run this year! Not only is running good for your health and your soul, but the Trot is great way to support needy families in our community as well.
November 8th, 2013
November 2013: Duty Calls, Honor Serves.
Images of the Vietnam Memorials and Arlington Cemetery, Washington, DC. by Photographer Bill Woods
This November, the BPA gallery presents dramatic and compelling images of the Vietnam Memorials and Arlington Cemetery by veteran and photographer Bill Woods. He commemorates the service of all U.S. military veterans with this powerfully moving exhibit featuring ten evocative photographs using digital images, B&W archival prints and framing.
Veterans Day is “The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.” The November exhibit at Bainbridge Performing Arts includes fundraising and a raffle of two American flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol, with all proceeds to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Naval Base Kitsap (Bremerton and Bangor).
Pictured: Nurse Charity, sculpture by Glenna Goodacre. Image: 2008 © Bill Woods
November 4th, 2013
EduCulture is partnering with the Harbour Pub this autumn on a fundraising campaign to benefit the edible education programs. The Pub has a feature story about the work of EduCulture on their fall menu, encouraging patrons to contribute to supporting our work through the One Call for All campaign or directly through our non-profit organization.
For every dollar donated to EduCulture directly or through One Call for All during this fall campaign, the Harbour Pub will contribute a dollar, matching up to $7500 in contributions.
This opportunity to raise $15,000 will go a long way to build the needed infrastructure to further develop the edible education programs to meet their growing numbers of participating students and teachers.
We encourage you to consider making a tax-deductable contribution to EduCulture that can be generously matched by the Harbour Pub! (Please indicate “Pub” on your donation forms so they can better track these donations.
November 4th, 2013
Monday nights are Trivia nights at Bainbridge Island Brewing! Begun in January of this year and hosted every Monday from 7-9 p.m. (unless there’s a Seahawks game), these trivia nights draw crowds from both on and off the island.
And it gets rowdy.
Chuck Everett, one of the owners of Bainbridge Island Brewing, commented on the energy of the weekly event, saying he looks forward to it every week.
“It’s very lively,” he said. “Typically there are anywhere between 8 and 15 teams going on.”
Chuck said that there are plenty of regulars, but also competitors that come from off the island. Prizes and bragging rights are highly sought after. First prize is awarded five pints of beer, second prize gets three pints, and third place winners receive one pint.
One of the brewery’s Trivia regulars is Bainbridge’s own Houston Wade. Houston is a trivia-hopper, and has been to countless trivia competitions both on and off the island. He has been attending Bainbridge Island Brewing’s Trivia night since June. His answer when I asked about his favorite part of Trivia?
“Crushing everybody,” he replied. He noted that his team usually holds their own against competitors.
Team sizes can vary. One person can make a team, or a large group can as well. Houston noted that he has seen up to 15 people on one trivia team.
Monday night Trivia is hosted by local islander Steve Nagel, of Trivia Time Live . Bainbridge Island Brewing provides snacks, and players are welcome to order out pizza and bring it with them.
Beat the Monday blues and head over to Bainbridge Island Brewing to play some trivia! Just make sure you get there early. It does fill up.
October 20th, 2013
The Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council which sponsors Celluloid Bainbridge, the Bainbridge Island Film Festival, has selected a very topical film by Mark Davis titled, “Against the Tide”.
This film which discusses the struggle of live aboard boaters in Eagle Harbor will be screened at 10:00 am Saturday November 2nd as part of the three day film festival featuring many short films as well as full length documentaries covering environmental issues, autism and children’s stories.
Four years in the making Against the Tide features interviews with residents who are fighting to maintain their traditional way of life aboard their floating homes. Also featured are the representatives from Washington State and locals who see these floating homes as derelict and as sources of pollution. View a trailer
Headlining the festival is the film, “A Fierce Green Fire.” Spanning the first 50 years of the environmental movement from grassroots activism to the challenges of global warming this film has been presented to acclaim worldwide. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meyrl Streep, Isabel Allende and more this film presents the beginnings through the current state of the movement to save the world. This film opens the festival November 1st at the Historic Lynnwood Theatre and Bainbridge Cinemas. An opening night celebration will be at The Marketplace at Pleasant Beach. Come and meet the filmmakers and special guests and enjoy wine, beer and hors d’ouveres.
Click here for more information on the film festival plus all the other arts supported for Bainbridge Island
October 19th, 2013
The time has come. It is now the most haunted season of the year. The Kitsap County Fairgrounds have been transformed into the Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds, and if you’re itching for a good scare or simply a fun and thrilling thing to do on a Saturday night, make your way over to their chilling location in Silverdale.
Started in 2003, the “haunted house”, as it were, is located in three buildings on the fairgrounds. The buildings are connected, and from the ticket booth guests are led (and followed by compellingly grim and macabre zombie actors) into the haunted maze. The volunteers who act as ghouls and zombies for the event are terrifying. I visited the haunted fairgrounds on Halloween night of 2008, and never made it past buying my ticket. I was too afraid. In fact, I (an 18 year-old at the time) was pursued out of the venue by a grisly and bloodily costumed 10 year-old actor, whose stares gave me the biggest chills I have ever experienced. I proceeded to wait for my friends to finish the haunt.
Island resident Aryn Versteegh, 22, has also visited the Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds. Unlike this writer, Versteegh made it through the ordeal.
“I really liked it,” she said. “My favorite was when they chased us out (at the end) with a chainsaw! They get you to do a lot and you think you’re safe, then you’re not!”
The Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds is run entirely by local volunteers who are partnered with Kitsap County Parks and Recreation. This year, as part of a new partnership with the Kitsap-North Kitsap Rotary, all proceeds will directly benefit the local community and charities chosen by the Rotary organization.
The event will run for five more days in October - the 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th and on Halloween – plus the first two days of November. While they do have one hour when guests can experience the haunt with the lights on, I strongly encourage everyone to go for the full scare later on in the evenings!!
For more information on the Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds, or to find out how to volunteer, visit their website at www.kitsaphauntedfairgrounds.com.
October 17th, 2013
Yes, folks….after 21 years our entire exhaust system is getting a makeover. That means we’ll be closed for another three or four days.
Watch our Facebook page for up to the minute updates https://www.facebook.com/harbourpub
C’mon back real soon.
October 7th, 2013
Cycling knows no season on Bainbridge Island but October is a very special month for cruising the lanes and roads for fun, exercise and good causes. October 13 brings out the crowds for the Second Annual Farm Fresh Scramble. This event is a fund raiser for the Gear Grinders High School Mountain Bike Club for their upcoming season. Made up of participants from Eagle Harbor and Bainbridge High Schools the funds support the team with transportation, equipment and other supplies. As this is not an official school sponsored sport, memberships and events are the main revenue source. Join in the fun and support the team. The event runs from 9am to 4:30pm and is at the Johnson Farm, (south of High School Road on Fletcher Bay Road). This event is open to all and is not just for the experts. Visit here for details
Touring Bainbridge Island is always a fun and popular trip. Riding the ferry from downtown Seattle is a marvelous way to start any ride and the first stop is always in town for coffee and to tank up on some healthy snacks for the trip. Making a loop visiting the parks that are the crown jewels of Bainbridge Island is a great way to spend any day. Fort Ward, Blakely Harbor Park, Gazzam Lake nature Preserve and the rotary Centennial Park are just a few. Here are details on locations of the parks, amenities and hours. Plan your trip soon.
All of this can serve to get the cyclist prepped for the big one. The Chilly Hilly on the last Sunday in February. At 33 miles with about 2,700 feet of elevation gain this is always a ride to remember. Start by visiting the Cascade Bicycle Club website and check it out. Register early, there is no limit to how many ride but the record was set in 2010 with 6.029 riders. Chilly Hilly reminds you that winter is no excuse to stop riding spring is just around the corner.
September 25th, 2013
If you’re anything like me, you’re a total sucker for anything autumn. Pumpkin spice lattes, jack o lanterns, leaves changing color on the trees, the return of the regular Northwest downpour…it’s time to snuggle up in a warm blanket and take it all in.
The Harvest Fair is a beloved island tradition that helps everyone celebrate all the things that we love about fall. Sponsored by Friends of the Farm, a local nonprofit working to preserve the wonderful tradition of local farming, this annual event brings people of all ages together to enjoy a day filled with harvest celebration.
Come on down to Johnson Farm this Sunday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and take part in everything from apple cider-making to sheep shearing. Pony rides, pie contests, local music, and yummy food are some of the other activities everyone can enjoy. Local master gardeners will be on hand to discuss their craft and their food. For those of us that are old enough, a beer and wine garden awaits for tasting!
Donations to Friends of the Farm are welcomed upon entry. Donations to the organization are used to support the continuation of the Harvest Fair itself, as well as other work Friends of the Farm does throughout the year. Friends of the Farms works to provide access for local farmers to raise crops, repairs and maintains structures on farmland, and helps increase community awareness.
Shuttle rides to and from the event are available from both the ferry terminal, from Bethany Lutheran Church on High School, and from Strawberry Hill Park, also on High School Road.
Help celebrate the changing of the seasons! And let’s face it…no one is ever too old for a good old-fashioned tractor ride.
Please visit the Friends of the Farm website for more information and directions to Johnson Farm, at www.friendsofthefarm.org
September 17th, 2013
Celebrate all things soccer this month and encourage your kids to put down the cell phones and video games and get out and enjoy a fast moving, team building sport.
Soccer, since 1974 has exploded in popularity here in the States. Back then there were only about 100,000 youth players while today more than three million players, 300,000 coaches and 600,000 volunteers play in organized leagues. Why is it so popular? It’s fast, it’s fun, every child gets time on the field and the game is taught to be fun and enjoyable. The presence of a world class soccer club, the Sounders, just across Elliott Bay doesn’t hurt either.
The Bainbridge Island Football Club is a non-profit youth club consisting of about 1,100 players from Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County. BIFC promotes love of the game by providing high quality player and coaching training in an appropriate competitive setting for all ages. A safe and supportive environment is provided while developing the highest standards of growth and fair play.
BIFC offers seasonal and year round programs for boys and girls with games through the fall and summer camps available.
The Mini-kickers Group, (age 3-5 years)
Academy Soccer, (6-10 years)
U10 Development Academy, (9-10 years)
Recreational Soccer, (10-19 years) and Select Soccer, (10-19 years)
The above groupings assure age appropriate competition and training for everyone. Additionally there are ten soccer fields in the area.
Join the fun, release the energy and come out to enjoy healthy activities for young people as participants and spectators alike.
Check out Youth Soccer Month and check out other soccer programs in Washington.