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

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 2013: Duty Calls, Honor Serves.

Images of the Vietnam Memorials and Arlington Cemetery, Washington, DC. by Photographer Bill Woods

Special Artist Reception on Veterans Day: Monday, November 11 @ 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs November 5 – 26

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


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.

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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.