Category Archives: Friday Afternoon Club

Friday Afternoon Club: Sidney Museum Celebrates

The Sidney Museum and Arts Association is hosting a public open house at their 102-year-old building from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The building, constructed in 1908 as a Masonic Lodge, has recently been placed on the State and the National Registers of Historic Places. It is the only building in Port Orchard to be so honored for its historic significance.

The Museum and Gallery building, located at 202 Sidney Avenue, houses an art gallery, featuring local and regional artists, and the area’s only historic museum depicting the development and growth of the city of Port Orchard.

Friday Afternoon Club: Candidates and Cantinas

Selected stuff to do this weekend around the Kitsap Peninsula:

Port Orchard
Art Walk Weekend
Noon to 3 p.m.; (360) 895-4270 : The town’s monthly art walk continues on Saturday at the Manchester Gallery, 724 Bay St., with an artist reception, piano music by Matt at the keyboard and a poetry slam.

South Kitsap
Candidates Forum
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday: The Senior Action Committee, emphasis on “action,” will host a forum for candidates from the 6th Congressional District and the 26th District Legislative Races at the Towne Square Mall on Mile Hill Drive in South Kitsap. All candidates have been invited. The committee reminds you that, “An informed vote is an intelligent one.”

Fiesta Fundraiser
10 p.m. Saturday: The Immigrant Assistance Center will hold a fundraiser at Taqueria Los Cazadores, 2805 Wheaton Way; (360) 479-3230. The event will feature the 16-piece Mexican band La Consentida from Poulsbo.

Kitsap Pride
Noon to 5 p.m. Evergreen Park: An annual festival, open to the public, to celebrate with Kitsap County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally community. The event includes food vendors, local community organizations, a kids area, entertainment and more.

Central Kitsap
Little League Hits the Big League
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday: Washington District 2 Little League has been selected to host one of the premier events of the Little League tournament season, the Big League Baseball Western Region tournament. The tournament will be held at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center baseball complex from July 17through July 23.
The Big League Baseball program is for youth age 16 to 18. The Western Region tournament brings in teams from Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Hawaii, Northern California, Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Admission is free. Cheering is required.

Bainbridge Island
Meet the Winemakers
Noon to 5 p.m. at the wineries (free to $5) Saturday and Sunday: Artisan wineries of Bainbridge Island will open their doors and reveal theri secrets … well some of them. Taste classic wines from Eastern Washington grapes as well as new favorites from island vines. Meet at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center, 8521 Madison Ave. NE.

What are your plans for this weekend?

Friday Afternoon Club: Boats, Blooms, Beaches

Late, late, late, this post is. Hopefully better so than never.

If you live on Bainbridge and you hurry, you could still make a beach walk hosted by Kitsap marine experts, 10 a.m. to noon at the Bainbridge Island ferry dock beach; free. “Naturalists will be on the beach sharing their excitement and knowledge of marine life with the public.” Maybe they’ll get to wave at the recently released Mr. Bob, the octopus.

Chris-Craft enthusiasts have returned for the 21st year to the Port Orchard Marina with their sleek and elegant boats. The Chris Craft Rendezvous, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday, features educational opportunities, such as the flare demonstration at 11 a.m. today. Sunday 8 a.m. to noon is a pancake breakfast.

Back to the north end of the county, for Bainbridge in Bloom. I covered this garden tour some years ago, and I can say the show gardens were stunning.
“Visit 7 outstanding Bainbridge gardens, listen to local musicians, shop for plants and garden art made by local artists and attend lecture series with Ciscoe Morris and other well-known garden experts.”
The event, based at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road, began Friday and continues through Sunday.
Cost: $35 at door; Children under 12, $10; Bike the Bloom, $27.
Proceeds go to BAINBRIDGE ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL to support arts and humanities on Bainbridge Island.

And by the Way:
Horseshoe and Wildcat lakes that people were accessing earlier this week when the really hot weather hit are open for the weekend.

Friday Afternoon Club: Fathoms O’ Fun Meets Mattress Ranch

The 43rd annual Fathoms O’ Fun Festival By The Sea begins today, Friday, with a craft show and concert. It’s the start of a week-long festival that ends with a bang: the annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

Friday’s concert, featuring Deadwood Revival, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the waterfront gazebo. The Fathoms Summer Festival Craft and Vendor Show runs through July 4Sunday on Port Orchard’s waterfront.

At this year’s festival, as last year, there won’t be a carnival (organizers are looking for an operator deemed adequately safe). But otherwise the tried and true trappings of the South Kitsap tradition that began in 1968 are all there. There will be a Street Scramble, where teams race each other find check points around town (10 a.m. Saturday), the snake race and frog jump (noon Saturday), and the Grand Parade (6 p.m. Saturday).

The announcer for this year’s parade will be Ted Sadtler, the man behind those goofy Mattress Ranch Commercials. If you’ve ever driven through Gorst, you will have seen the colorful “folk art” that graces his store in Kitsap County and Alaska, where he’s quite a celebrity. Ted’s a funny guy with a soft spot in his heart for children with disabilities. Hearing that he’d be playing a key role in the Fathoms parade made us want to jump up and do a little dance.

Friday Afternoon Club II: Art in Port Orchard Today

Today’s the day for Port Orchard’s monthly art walk. Be there or be square.

Join artists and downtown merchants in Port Orchard on the third Friday evening of each month (approximately 4 to 7 p.m.), May through October for the Port Orchard Bay Street Merchant’s Association Art Walk.
More than 20 artists set up their work inside and outside of businesses along Bay Street, some artists will actually be demonstrating their art. Many businesses serve food and beverages.
Contact Mallory Jackson

Friday Afternoon Club: Pops, Pups and Produce

Highlighted events for this weekend include the annual Father’s Day Salmon Bake in Manchester, a pet adoption event sponsored by the Kitsap County Association of REALTORS and the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale and the seasonal opening of Port Orchard Produce farm stand (aka POPS) near Farmer George Meats in South Kitsap.

First things first.

Friday & Saturday
Port Orchard Produce
Port Orchard Produce opened today (Friday) for its fourth season selling Washington-grown fruits and vegetables. Fresh this week: Chelan cherries, beets, snap peas, snow peas, English peas, asparagus, and more.
Owner Gary Leckie drives to farms regionally and in Eastern Washington to hand-select his wares. Last year Leckie donated more than 2,000 pounds of produce to South Kitsap Helpline.
The stand is open Fridays and Saturdays through October next to Farmer George Meats, 3870 Bethel Road in South Kitsap (not to be confused with another, recently opened produce stand farther down Bethel past the Fred Meyer shopping center).
Find out more about Port Orchard Produce at To place case orders, offered at a discount, call (360) 876-1776 or e-mail gary@portrochard

Pet Adoption Event
In partnership with the Kitsap County Humane Society, the Kitsap County Association of REALTORS® is hosting an “Adopt A Pet” event from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Reid Real Estate parking lot, 9564 Silverdale Way, in Silverdale.
Kitsap REALTORS® have committed the entire month of June to seeking loving homes for pets, and are personally contributing food items, toys, and sanitary supplies for the benefit of the Kitsap Humane Society.
For more information, call (360) 692-8852.

Manchester Father’s Day Salmon Bake
Friends of the Manchester Library (FOML), a non-profit group, is holding its Annual Salmon Bake on Sunday June 20th (Fathers’ Day) from Noon to 4 PM. Adults $14, children 11 and under $11.
As in year’s past, the event will be held in the parking lot of the Manchester Library, at 8067 E. Main Street, Manchester.
The Book Sale, held concurrently, has a great selection of vintage and recent reading material to please any taste, including a variety of children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, special interest and video materials.
Volunteers are always needed – contact: FOML Salmon Bake Chair, Ray Pardo, 360-871-3774

Friday Afternoon Club: Art, More Art and Babies

Note: Events start this afternoon, Friday.

Today, Friday, is the kick-off of first Friday Art Walk of the summer (OK ignore the rain) season in Port Orchard. The Historic Orchard Theatre is also showing “Babies” the movie this week.

Art walks, hosted by the Port Orchard Bay Street Association will take place on the third Friday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit Bay Street businesses, which will feature art walk specials, and see some fine examples of local artists’ work.

Some events within the event that were called to my attention:
Puget Sound Wine Cellar, 120 Harrison St, will feature works of Sam Weis and Jim Kinas on Friday.

Stop by the Manchester Art Gallery, 724 Bay St., on Friday for a display of encaustic paintings by Virginia Pace and drawings and paintings by Paul Nuchims, gallery owner.

On Saturday, visit the Manchester Art Gallery for music from noon to 2 p.m. by Marilyn Kay and Company, and painting and drawing demonstrations by Virginia Pace from 2 to 3 p.m. From 3 to 3:30 p.m. Paul Nuchims will demonstrate six methods of drawing and painting realistically.

And at the Historic Orchard Theatre: “Babies” the movie

The reason this caught my attention is that my 25-year-old son saw this film and raved about it. Then my co-worker, Steve Gardner, heard it was coming to Port Orchard and immediately wished he had the South Kitsap Beat. (Just kidding) But he did immediately call his wife, who didn’t answer. He said she would say, “Shut up!” as in, “This is awesome. You have to be kidding, but I know you’re not.” So he texted her, and she texted him back and said, “Shut up!”

Here’s the synopsis of the film, which runs Fri. May 21, 3:45 • 5:30 • 9:25; Sat. May 22, 3:45 • 7:30 • 9:25; Sun. May 23; 3:45 • 7:30; Mon. May 24 – Thurs. May 27 4:45 • 7:00.
“Capturing on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all, this nonfiction feature from award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès simultaneously follows four babies, in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo, respectively, from birth to first steps. Every shot tells a story, as the adventure of a lifetime begins.”

Happy weekend. Let the loafing begin. Chris Henry, South Kitsap reporter