Category Archives: Things to Do on The Weekend

Rotary Mardi Gras event (Bling a Bra)

This will be your Friday Afternoon Club heads up a little early. The Rotary Club of South Kitsap plans a “Bay Street Bash” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Port Orchard Pavilion, 701 Bay St.

The Mardi Gras-style event features casino games, a light Cajun-style dinner and activities. There’s a no host bar.

Tickets are $40.

The Rotary Club hosts exchange programs and has scholarships for local students, as well as international feeding programs and disaster relief. The club is involved with a mission to help Kenyan villages get clean water and sanitation.

“Here in Port Orchard we take life’s basic necessities for granted, but for much of the world such things are an everyday struggle”, said club President Kyle Morkert. “We hope the good folks in South Kitsap and throughout the region will join with us to make a difference through this fun and exciting fundraiser.”

In conjunction with the Bay Street Bash, MoonDogs, Too will host a “Bling a Bra” event. This a is widely used type of fundraiser for breast cancer, according to MoonDogs owner Darryl Baldwin.

Individuals and businesses can decorate bras; the respective entry fees are $10 and $25. The glamorous bras will be on display at MoonDogs from Friday through March 3, when the winner in each category will be announced. Votes cost $1 apiece and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

The individual winner will get a Victoria’s Secret basket. The business category winner will receive a plaque from MoonDogs at this year’s Relay for Life, set for June 1 through 2. This is MoonDogs’ third year to participate in South Kitsap Relay for Life.

Masks, mayhem and a surprise guest

Port Orchard Party is South Kitsap’s annual big fling, maybe the one time of year folks in these parts see fit to get all gussied up and par-tay.

The event, set for Nov. 19, is a fundraiser for its organizers, Fathoms ‘O Fun, which also puts on the town’s annual 4th of July fireworks, among other activities. Profits are shared with community groups, this year the South Kitsap High School Band.

This year, party organizers are promising a surprise guest, who will come and play with headliner band Soulstice. The nationally known artist, whose music has been embraced by new generations, asked that his visit to Port Orchard be kept on the QT, said Port Orchard Party publicist Julie Ancona-Shepard. So for now, you’ll just have to guess.

The party will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 19 at Sk8 Town off Bethel Avenue. Here are more details on the party from Julie.

Press release begins here:
Fathom’s O Fun is gearing up for the 22nd annual Port Orchard Party. Fathom’s O Fun is a non-profit organization serving Kitsap County. This fundraising Gala helps raise money’s for all the free events they put on throughout the year.
The party will be held at a new location this year at Sk8town off of Bethal Ave. in Port Orchard. This year’s event is a Mardi Gras theme, and to add a little mystery we ask our guests to come in their favorite mask. The party will feature so many exciting things:

Soulstice- The Band
Emcee- DJ Scott Fijolek
Two Tarot Card Readers
12 local Restaurants offering food
Tommy C’s- No Host Bar
Photography – Summerill Photography

Attire is Cocktail/ Black Tie- Wear your best mask as well!
The Port Orchard Ambassadors as well as Miss Kitsap will be appearing that evening. Our de facto King of the Mardi Gras will be Phil Paquette.
We will have raffles going on throughout the evening as well as a mask contest for a prize to the best mask which we will reveal and announce at the end of the night.
This year we are helping to support the South Kitsap High School Marching band for their trip to Pearl Harbor is December to play at the 70th Anniversary memorial. The night of the Party, the Marching band will play a special performance with Soulstice of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” and “Don’t Stop”. Fleetwood Mac performed this set with the USC Marching band for their Reunion Tour, and as far as we know it’s not been duplicated since.
We have a special Celebrity guest to appear and play a few sets with the band as well as available to sign autographs. He is confirmed but we cannot release his name at this time.
Time: 7pm-11pm November 19th 2011
Tickets: $40/ person (look for specials on Kitsap Tawk and Living Social)
Participating Ticket Locations:
Kitsap Bank: Lund/Bethel and South Park Branches
Columbia Bank: Sedgwick Branch
Peninsula Credit Union
Alfred Interwest Insurance
Port Orchard VFW – 35.00 discounted military ticket
Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce
Carters Chocolates
Any time ONLINE at

Friday Afternoon Club: Blackberries, bagpipes and more

Loads of events on this three-day weekend, including Bremerton’s Blackberry Festival and the Taste of Port Orchard. Belfair will go Celtic with the inaugural Hood Canal Highland Celtic Festival.

On Saturday, the South Kitsap Skatepark Association will have a fundraiser at Moondogs Too, 714 Bay Street. From 3 p.m. to closing a $5 entry fee (those under 16 years are free) gets you into a concert featuring three or four bands including Angel Reca Tribute to Hendrix. Those 21 and under are welcome 3 to 8 p.m.

Blackberry Festival Fun Runs
Date: Saturday, September 03, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $10
The City of Bremerton’s Blackberry Festival 1-mile and 5k fun runs are Saturday, Sept. 3 in Bremerton. The 1-mile will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the 5k at 9:50. The course begins on Pacific Avenue at 7th Street, and loops around downtown Bremerton. Fees are $10 before Aug. 26 and $12 day-of-race. Register the whole family for $30 total, or $40 day-of-race. Kids dashes will be free, following the 5k, and run on 4th Street. Shirts are available for $12. Registration is available online, or at 8:30 the day of the event. For more information visit

Taste of Port Orchard
Place: Port Orchard City Marina
Date: Sunday, September 04, 2011
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Taste of Port Orchard at Waterfront Park. On Sunday, September 4th –over 20 artists at Art on the Boardwalk from 11am-6pm, a Beer Garden from 11am-5pm, “tastes” ($1-$5 each) of great food from over ten local restaurants and food establishments!! Shopping in downtown Port Orchard includes, art, antiques, collectibles, coins, jewelry, clothing and accessories, gifts and décor. Western WA Center for the Arts will be holding their closing musical show of “Into the Woods” at 5pm that day.
From 1-2 pm Concerts on the Bay will offer live entertainment at the Marina Park by the Wreckers and from 3-7pm the music of Steppenwolf by the Magic Carpet Ride. The Magic Carpet Ride features former members of Steppenwolf Inc.– Nelson, Pegasus, Titanic and special guests.

Hood Canal Highland Celtic Festival
Saturday and Sunday
Theler Community Center, Belfair

A bicycle built for two … mayors?

As Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent planned to ride in Saturday’s Life Cycle Bremerton, a fundraiser in the American Red Cross in Puget Sound, she envisioned herself riding tandem with the Mayor of Port Orchard. That was news to Lary Coppola, who will participate in the event, but hadn’t heard about the bicycle built for two. Asked who would get to sit in front, Coppola said he’d be the gentleman and let ladies go first.

Lent has since visited the plan. Since neither mayor is experienced at riding a two-seater, it’s entirely possible one wrong move could send them both head over teacups, she said. That would be a civic catastrophe. Instead, Lent will ride shotgun on the tandem bike, with another road savvy rider up front.

The Life Cycle, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offers routes for every ability, including a three mile “Ride with the Mayor” (make that two mayors), 10-mile “Family Ride,” 40-mile “Northern Route,” 60-mile “All Cities Ride” and “100-Mile Century Challenge.”

The routes begin and end at picturesque Rotary Evergreen Park, with rest stops scattered throughout the 101 mile route at Evergreen Park, Blueberry Park and Kitsap Lake Park in Bremerton; Long Lake Park and Port Orchard Marina Park in Port Orchard, and Muriel Williams Pavilion on the Poulsbo waterfront.

Although registration closed at noon Thursday, everybody’s welcome to come cheer the cyclists on. It’s not every day you see a couple of mayors on wheels.

Kitsap Harbor Festival promises fun on both sides of Sinclair Inlet

Proving that we really can all get along, the Port of Bremerton, city of Port Orchard and city of Bremerton will team up over Memorial Day weekend for Kitsap Harbor Festival.

The port is hosting the festival to showcase its marinas on either side of Sinclair Inlet. City governments, chambers of commerce and community groups all have their oars in the water to offer up a boatload of fun.

At the heart of the festivities will be boats: big, small, vintage, military and famous. Scheduled events include a visit from tall ships, boat shows and races, food and entertainment.

Port Orchard is using the festival to roll all its wacky maritime festivities into one weekend, including turning the town over to pirates, a murder mystery contest, a Dingy Derby Race, a seagull wing cooking contest and … the ever lovin’ reason we are Port Orchard, while other, more sane towns are not … the Seagull calling contest on Sunday.

Bremerton’s waterfront will be alive with action, including a Bridge-2-Bridge Run, arts and antique show, Kitsap Car Cruz with live entertainment, scuba demos, tours of an historic Coast Guard vessel and more.

Linking the two fair cities over the weekend will be the Bremerton to Port Orchard foot ferry, operating every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The fare is $2 each way. The port and both cities contract for the service, which is no longer provided on Sundays by Kitsap Transit.

Events are on the Bremerton Boardwalk (B) or Port Orchard waterfront (P), unless otherwise specified. For a complete listing of events, visit the Port of Bremerton’s Kitsap Harbor Festival page.

Saturday, May 28
7 to 10 a.m.: Bremerton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast (B)

8 a.m.: Registration, 4.4-mile Bridge-2-Bridge Run/Walk (run starts
at 9 a.m.) (B)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kitsap Arts & Antique Show/4th Street Market (B)

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Farmers Market and Pirate Marketfaire (P)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Bremerton Boardwalk Festivities, crafts, merchants, food, scuba demos; remote underwater vehicle demos at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; beer garden, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kitsap Library story time, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Carrie Kay, 1 to 1:30 p.m., Northwest Navy Band, 5 to 7 p.m. (B)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kitsap Harbor Regatta (both)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kitsap Car Cruz (B)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Murder Mystery Weekend Registration & Clue Gathering (P)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Bay Street Merchants’ Beer Garden; separate kids’ root beer garden (P)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Historic military vehicle display (B)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tours of Comanche 202 – Historic U.S Coast Guard Vessel (B)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tall Ship Tours and Cruises – exact times to be scheduled by ship captain (B)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: B.O.O.M Pirates at the Marina Park (P)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Pirate Costume Contest (adults, kids, pets) (P)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kids’ Pirate Zone (Mermaid Cove) (P)

1 p.m.: Kids’ Pirate Story Time (kids ages 2-5) at the Port Orchard Library (P)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Land Lubbers Pirate Dingy Derby Race (P)

4 p.m.: Free movie (Blackbeard’s Cove) at Port Orchard Library (P)

6:30 p.m.: Pirate Ball at Moon Dogs Too, music by Soulstice, (kids welcome until 8 p.m.)

Sunday, May 29
8 a.m. to 10. a.m.: Pancake Breakfast at Amy’s On The Bay benefiting the South Kitsap Helpline (P)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Farmers Market and Pirate Marketfaire (P)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kitsap Harbor Regatta (both)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tall Ship Tours and Cruises – exact times to be scheduled by ship captain (P)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Historic Military Vehicle Display (B)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Tours of Comanche 202 (B)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Bremerton Boardwalk Festivities (see above); beer garden 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kitsap Library Storytime 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Freckles Brown Band, noon to 2 p.m.; freestyle 3 to 5 p.m. (B)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Bay Street Merchants’ Beer Garden/separate kids’ root beer garden (P)

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Murder Mystery Weekend continues (P)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: B.O.O.M Pirates at the Marina Park (P)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kids’ Pirate Zone (Mermaid Cove) (P)

11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Coroner’s report: Hear the gritty details surroundin’ the murder and piece the mystery together. (P)

Noon to 2 p.m.: 23rd Annual Seagull Calling Contest Contest (P)

Noon to 2 p.m.: “Seagull” Wings Cook-Off (amateur setup at 9 a.m.) (P)

4:30 p.m.: Murder Mystery reveal and cannon show (P)

Monday, May 30
Note: Monday events are held in Bremerton only.

10 a.m. to noon: Memorial Day Service, USS Turner Joy (DD951)

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bremerton Boardwalk Festivities; 10 to 10:50 a.m., Carrie Kay Patriotic Songs; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m,. Synergy Dance Company; 1 to 3 p.m., Joey Dean Band

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Tours of Comanche 202, historic Coast Guard vessel

Friday Afternoon Club: A potpourri of possibilities for the weekend

Quick, run outside and look up. The National Weather Service promises party sunny weather for Saturday and a mostly sunny day Sunday. How pathetic is it when you start to count sun — or at least the absence of rain — as entertainment.

Which reminds me a of a true story about my daughter. (Stop me if you’ve heard this. … Too late.) When she was three, one day about this time of year, she looked out the car window and said, “Mommy, what’s that blue stuff up in the sky?”

Here are some other things that sound promising for the weekend:

Becoming Soul Mates: Learn from relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Island Church, 9624 Sportsman Club Road NE, Bainbridge Island; download registration form at; $29

America’s Boating Course: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wholesale Sports, 9577 Ridgetop Blvd. NW, Silverdale; call Kevin Pisani at (360) 479-1085 or e-mail; $40

First Aid Class: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Westsound Service Center, 811 Pacific Ave., Bremerton; (360) 377-3761; $63

Saturday and Sunday
Reiki I and II: Registration is required for this two-day class on “the healing touch.” Contact Sandra Charbonneau at (360) 509-0959;; $350

Bremerton Foursquare Church Celebrates 75 Years: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 5610 Kitsap Way, Bremerton (look for the Kitsap Sun’s coverage of this event).

Parenting with Love and Laughter: 9 to 10 a.m. at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Dr NE, Bainbridge Island; free

Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Road, Bainbridge Island

“Coming to the Table” for Black History Month

Patricia Moncure Thomas, a long-time Port Orchard resident, has spent years delving into the history of her family, the Moncures, whose pedigree includes black and white members. Moncure Thomas was featured in a 2002 article in the Kitsap Sun, and she has written a book about her family, dating back to the 1700s.

Moncure Thomas since 2006 has taken part in a group called Coming to the Table, which focuses on the legacy of slavery and it ongoing effects. The six women who make up the group include descendants of slaves and slave owners.

Today (Feb. 26), Moncure Thomas and others in the group will meet at the Northwest African American Museum (Seattle) to culminate an eight-week workshop. She has been a facilitator.

Moncure Thomas’ website, Moncure Place…Connecting Family and Friends, contains stories, interviews, photos, family trees, and history of the times and places in which her Moncure family lived. She is President of the Black Historical Society of Kitsap Inc.

Her goal, as stated in her bio on the Coming to the Table website, “is to uncover and document untold stories about the legacy of slavery that have been left out of our United States history — stories, she says, that connect everyone as important parts of American history.” She attended a pilot Coming to the Table event in 2006 with a white Moncure descendant, and is now a member of the group’s community practice board. She is the principal of Browns Point Elementary in Tacoma, WA.

On Sunday, Kitsap County will wrap up its observance of Black History Month with the 12th annual Salad Bowl Sunday. The event — set for 3:30 p.m. at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton — was founded by Emmanuel Apostolic Church Bishop Lawrence Robertson as a celebration of diversity. The theme of this year’s event is “Designed to be Different.” The event is hosted by area churches and includes speakers and performers. If it’s anything like previous years, it concludes with a Pavilion-sized potluck.

So, question of the day: How have you celebrated Black History Month?

Friday Afternoon Club: Dueling Festivals

The weekend starts early with holiday festivals on Friday in Manette and on Bainbridge Island. I hear Manette has an ugly holiday sweater event. We tried that one year at the Kitsap Sun, but nobody looked any different than they do every day.

On Saturday, Port Orchard will hold its 12th annual Festival of Chimes and Lights, with the ever popular pets-in-holiday costumes parade. Other Saturday festivals take place in Poulsbo and Gig Harbor.

Tracyton will have a tree lighting Sunday and festivals are planned in Oldtown Silverdale (Dec. 11) and Port Gamble (Dec. 11 and 12).

Click on this link for complete details.

Friday Afternoon Club: Par-tay in Port Orchard Saturday

Port Orchard will be strutting its stuff for the 21st annual Port Orchard Party, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Towne Square Mall, 1700 Mile Hill Drive in Port Orchard.
Twenty Kitsap Restaurants will show their style. There will be live music on two levels, entertainment, a silent auction, dancing and no-host bars. “Put on your party clothes and come!” implore organizers.
This year’s theme is “All Aboard – Don’t Miss the Boat!” (I’m sure that will be a hit with the Port Orchard couple who were on the stranded cruise ship.)
The event, hosted by Fathoms O’ Fun, is a fundraiser for that organization and other local causes. In 2009, POP raised $9,800, which was split between Fathoms, responsible for Port Orchard’s summer festival by the same name, and Boys and Girls Clubs of South Kitsap. In addition, South Kitsap Helpline received $1,000 in donations plus food.
This year’s recipients are South Kitsap Fathoms O’ Fun Festival, Soroptimist International of Port Orchard Foundation and South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank.
Buy tickets for $30 each ($35 at the door) through PayPal on the Fathoms website, or buy them from Columbia Bank, Alfred Interwest Insurance, MoonDogs, Too, Peninsula Credit Union, Walk N’ Comfort Shoes, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Sidney Gallery, Kitsap Bank main branch and Bethel Avenue branch, and the Lighthouse Restaurant.

And … if you’re a wine connoisseur, check out the Kitsap’s Sun’s Cheers to You blog for a listing of wine events around the county this weekend.