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Friday Afternoon Club: Singin’ and Swingin’ in South Kitsap

Journalism is filled with weird little bits of serendipity that typically come in the form of unexplained connections between stories. I’ve had it happen so many times it’s uncanny. I can’t come up up with any good examples, however, except for the one right before me.

Stick with me, if you will, while I explain.

I just finished up a story to run on Monday about a new music store in South Kitsap that is filling the void left when DJ’s music closed in March. Donald “DJ” Watson opened his first store in South Kitsap in 1979. Over the years, thousands of students in South Kitsap and other areas of the county learned to love music with a little help from DJ’s. It was with sadness and regret that DJ’s widow Diana Watson shuttered the last remnant of DJ’s business, a store on Mile Hill, in March.

I had planned to write this blog post days before I even knew I was going to write the DJ’s story. As I sometimes, do, I wanted to give readers the heads up on a weekend event that sounds like it might be fun. The Senior Action Committee will host a “Mad Hatter Punch Bowl Party” beginning at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin, 150 Harrison Ave. in Port Orchard.

What’s a “Mad Hatter Punch Bowl Party?” That would be the brainchild of Judith Kay, organizer and head of the Senior Action Committee. SAC members partake of all manner of social events. According to Kay, the group is for people who enjoy being active, hence “Action” in the name. They’ve been meeting for two years now, and seem to be going strong.

Kay will be performing at the event with former Motown musician Bill Carter, who figures in my music store story, because he formerly taught lessons at DJ’s, and now teaches at the new place, Mainline Music. OK, this is getting a little weird.

Now here’s the really crazy part: The two, who perform what I’ll call old school jazz classics, met at DJ’s, so that’s what they named their band. (Cue the “Twilight Zone” theme here.)

You can read about Carter by clicking the link to the story I wrote about him in the early 1990’s. He played backup with a host of big-time performers, Count Basie, Diana Ross, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and the list goes on. He was also mentioned in a recent story about South Kitsap High School graduate Chris Olson, now a New Yorker (another little weird twist), whose music is featured on the new iPod Touch ad.

Carter had a massive stoke in 1996 that slowed him down, but thanks to persistence, faith and time, he’s largely recovered. His music hasn’t suffered a bit.

Music (and serendipity) have played large in Judith Kay’s life, ever since she started taking piano lessons at 4 years old. She played in her high school orchestra and attended Hunter College on a music scholarship. She received a master’s degree from UCLA and eventually taught music to music teachers.

Years later, as director of a broadcasting college, she was serendipitously asked to go to Seattle to “straighten out” another branch of the college. She stayed in the Northwest, getting involved in Seattle Theater and appearing on the Spud Goodman Show. “I’m on his web site as Sylvia, giving love tips to the RV Trailer fans.”

Kay wrote and produced with a writing partner a show called “SEATTLE, Land of the Long Yellow Crayon.” “Interestingly, my writing partner was actually a student of mine, ‘way back’ in California. When people asked how we ‘found’ each other, he answered, ‘Judith and I went to school together”.’ I always include parts of the Yellow Crayon in my presentations and will do so tomorrow (at the Mad Hatter event).” Kay said.

The party, open to all ages, will feature live music, a raffle, and prizes. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, and attendees are invited to either bring their own hats or don one that’s already there. The D.J.’s, featuring Carter on sax and Kay on vocals, will perform what she calls the “old romantic songs.”

You can catch the DJ’s almost every Saturday afternoon at MoonDogs, Too in Port Orchard during Harmonica Dave’s Open Mike.

“Although I don’t keep a full schedule of performances as I did in the past, I am delighted to be singing the wonderful songs of the standard repertoire,” Kay said. “Now, at 73 (oh, I don’t know if I really want to post that:)- maybe past 60 might suffice?:) … I’m amazed that my background and experience makes it fun to try something new.”

As you can see, Kay is full of fun, and not afraid to put herself out there. So, if you’re up for trying something new, you can go to Delilah’s and wear a crazy hat. Suggested donation for the Mad Hatter party is $5. Information: (360) 876-5366.

My Scottish Psychic Friend in South Kitsap

UPDATE: There is a Psychic Fair Saturday in Bremerton. The item on our calender states, “This event features a day of enlightenment and healing provided by the area’s most gifted psychics and healers.”

This may not surprise you. Not once in my life did I ever think my dead relatives would communicate with me while I was sitting in a trailer in a South Kitsap neighborhood.

This story began with a walk I made in downtown Bremerton last week, where on a utility pole I saw advertised a woman from Scotland was offering a class in beginning mediumship. That flyer seemed to have the ingredients to an interesting story. Who among you knew there might be that kind of interest here? Seattle, sure, but Kitsap?

Catherine Mccafferty, known professionally in her role as clairvoyant and spiritualist as Cathy Mac, is here from Arrochar, Scotland until Oct. 14. She came at the invitation of her sister, Port Orchard resident Margaret Boosinger, who Thursday was appropriately dressed in a “Ghostbusters” T-shirt. Boosinger came to the U.S. years ago as a Navy wife.

The class was supposed to be all day Friday for $150 at Bremerton’s Quality Inn & Suites. It turned out there were no takers. Mccafferty now attributes that to the price, one that was recommended to her by a California spiritualist. People will apparently pay that kind of money there, she said, but not here.

That doesn’t mean there is no interest in that brand of spiritualism here. On a visit to a farmer’s market Mccafferty said she visited with a woman reading Tarot cards and has heard of others in the county. In the phone book there is one “Spiritual Consultant” in the Yellow Pages, between “Spices” and “Sporting Goods-Repair.” There are also psychics in the book and online.

The abilities Cathy Mac says she has of receiving messages from spirits passed is one her sister shares and is trying to improve. The two had tried to get those improvements made over the phone, but it wasn’t working. So Boosinger put up the $700 for Mccafferty’s round trip to Washington.

Our European guest received her certification in February following three years of study at the UK arm of the International Spiritualist Federation. The organization’s chief aim, according to its Web site is to advance spiritualism as a “science and philosophy.”

Mccafferty herself got into the practice after years of having enough experiences to finally convince herself she had the gift. She didn’t always believe it. “You think yourself crazy sometimes,” she said. The catalyst for her was when a family member died. The man’s wife was wanting a message from her late husband, so the group of them went to a spiritualist church. Mccafferty said the message came through her.

The money she earns, she said, she gives to charities looking for a cure for multiple sclerosis, an ailment that has her 26-year-old daughter wheelchair bound. Although the Bremerton class fizzled, she said she’s stilling willing to offer readings for, say, a small group of people for a smaller donation.

When I contacted her and found out the class was canceled, she said she was willing to do a demonstration. I arranged a time and a photographer. It didn’t dawn at me at the time that the demonstration would be a reading specifically for me. As the hour came closer, though, I did realize this thing was likely to be personal. I went in nervous.

Mccafferty carries a comforting air about her, though, as does Boosinger. Neither asked me anything about myself, which was reassuring. Mccafferty explained that legitimate spiritualists operate under the instructions, “Don’t feed the medium.” My instructions were to answer “yes” or “no.”

Mccafferty pulled out a pack of “Messages from the Angels” cards and began shuffling. Laying down cards on the table she picked up one at a time and gave me messages she said were from deceased ancestors and those of my wife. Boosinger also helped point out some of the things she saw on the cards.

I won’t bother trying to determine here in this blog entry whether what the Scottish woman visiting her sister told me was true. I went in a skeptic and came out no more convinced. Some things didn’t make any sense, but might later, Mccafferty said. The ideas were vague enough to believe that a skilled huckster could perhaps pull off what looks like spiritual connection. I don’t think Mccafferty is a con, because I believe that at least she believed what she was telling me.

True or not, some of what she said was nice to hear.

This next bit is where it will go off the rails for many of you. Mccafferty said she had her only celebrity experience before coming over here. Marilyn Monroe told her, she said, “I didn’t O.D.” When asked what happened, Monroe was reported to have said, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”

I doubt that closes any books on that conspiracy. I found a psychic website that said Monroe visited a lot of psychics when she was alive, but also said she mostly haunts sites around Los Angeles and that other psychics have said her death was an accident, not a suicide. There are other psychics who side with Cathy Mac.

Another psychic says Monroe wants Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to buy her old house.

OK then. More important than that to me, though, is the good fortune coming my way, a kind of a windfall, Mac said.

You want some of that kind of news? Cathy Mac can be reached at (360) 434-4542 or at

Friday Afternoon Club: Rats and Raptors

Friday Afternoon Club: A heads up on selected weekend activities on the Kitsap Peninsula.

On the Kitsap Sun’s events calendar for this weekend, several events jumped out at me, so to speak.

Port Orchard
RatsPackNW Fall Rat Show, featuring the most beautiful rats in the world, at least in their owners’ eyes, 10 a.m. at 8398 Spring Creek Road SE.

Bainbridge Island
Raptors in the Woods, a live animal education program presented by Westsound Wildlife Shelter, 11 a.m. to midnight at Bethany Lutheran Church; $5-$7.

If Brynn Grimley were here, she’d note the public sail hosted by the Peninsula Sailing Club from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brownsville Marina.

East Bremerton
The Peninsula Classic Marching Band Competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Olympic High School, 7070 Stampede Blvd., Bremerton.

Bainbridge Island
There will be a Friends of the Farm harvest festival 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johnson Farm, at Fletcher Bay Road and Johnsonville Lane. Activities include Horse-drawn rides, petting zoo, local music, crafts, food and more. This annual event supports the Friends of the Farm (formerly known as the Trust for Working Landscapes) a nonprofit that works to preserve and enhance local farming opportunities on Bainbridge Island; $5.

Friday Afternoon Club: Things to Do This Weekend in Kitsap

Friday Afternoon Club: A heads up on fun stuff to do this weekend.

Salmon Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 600 NE Roessel Rd, Belfair

9/11 Remembrance
11 a.m. Evergreen Park

East Bremerton
Kitsap Humane Society Pet Adoptathon
10 a.m. Kitsap County Fairgrounds

Fall Plant and Book Sale
9 a.m. Manchester Library, 8067 E Main St.

Manette Fest
10 a.m. Beautiful downtown Manette (don’t get lost)

Port Orchard
Poetry Slam
What: Art Reception, Music, Poetry Slam
When: Noon to 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Manchester Gallery, 724 Bay St., downtown Port Orchard.
Details: Noon to 2 p.m., Music (Matt and Jeff, guitars) and refreshments;
2 to 3:30 p.m. Poetry Reading/Slam, including Penney, Connie, and Dean

Murder Mystery Event
What: Port Orchard is invaded by pirates.
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: downtown area
Details: Murder Mystery Event, Dinghy Derby Race, Market Faire; kids’ activities, entertainment, costume contest, VFW 911 Remembrance at 6:30 p.m. on the Waterfront; Pirate Ball, 6:30 p.m. (kids welcome until 8 p.m.); for a full schedule visit the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce website

Sea Kayaking Tour
10 a.m. 18809 Front Street, Poulsbo

Art Walk
5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Poulsbo

Way Out West Community Horse Show
7:30 a.m. Sandemar Farm, Poulsbo

South Kitsap Schools’ Post-Labor Day Start a “Tradition”

Ah, the first day of school: the smell of new pencils, the look of new clothes carefully chosen, the sound of eager voices, children ready to hit the books for another year.

But wait, one district was missing.

On Wednesday, as students in North Mason and all other Kitsap County schools returned to the classroom, students in South Kitsap School District continued with their summertime sloth and frivolity.

At least the kids in my neighborhood could be seen soaking up those precious last dabs of summer sunshine, getting in the last few games of basketball, a last bike ride. Some I know personally took the opportunity to sleep in until all hours, before the rude shock to their systems of having to make the bus in the cold, gray dawn.

I called Greg Roberts, assistant superintendent of personnel, to ask why South Kitsap schools resume Sept. 8, a week later than other districts.

“For years, South Kitsap has always started after Labor Day, so there’s a tradition on that,” Roberts said.

On the calendar, Labor Day cycles year by year farther into the month before jumping back to near the beginning, Roberts said. This year, the difference in start time between schools that start before Labor Day and after is more pronounced.

Families in South Kitsap have told district officials that they like having the extra time at the end of the summer, Roberts said. And really, if you think about it, the other districts will be just getting up a small head of steam, when wham, there’s a three-day weekend.

The decision has nothing to do with the South Kitsap Education Association, the teachers’ union, which recently ratified a new three-year contract with the district. Teachers have the right to bargain for starting before Labor Day, but it’s never come up in Roberts’ memory.

South Kitsap’s late start does not mean that students get fewer days of schooling, Roberts said. South Kitsap compresses its 180 student days over nine months so that the last day of school, June 15, is within a day or two of most other school districts in the area.

So, to all Kitsap and North Mason students and their families, enjoy this Labor Day, and as you bid adieu to summer, stay safe, have fun and make memories to carry you through the winter.

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: 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: Furniture with a Little Too Much History

What are you going to do with “that” couch? You know, the one you’ve had since before the children were born, before the dog died, heck, before you got the dog … and the cat. The poor old thing has seen its share of wine stains, spilled milk and a host of unmentionable deposits. It has a lot of history, and you’re loathe to part with it … mostly because you hate to pay to pitch it.

On Sunday, you can get rid of it for free. Don’t let sentiment stop you. Here’s the scoop on Kitsap County’s Furniture Amnesty Day..

Olympic View Transfer Station (across from Bremerton National Airport) will offer free disposal of unusable furniture from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Items accepted during the county’s Furniture Amnesty Day include bookcases, tables and chairs, desks, patio furniture, mattresses, file cabinets, entertainment centers, sofas, sleeper sofas, beds, dressers, baby furniture.

Loads containing garbage will be charged the regular rate. Household hazardous waste will not be accepted. All loads will be prescreened on site.

Loads must be secured. Driving with an unsecured load is a violation of Washington State law. Fines range from a $216 traffic violation to $5,000 fine and jail time if something falling out of your vehicle causes bodily harm.

For items in good enough condition, the county’s solid waste division participates in a reusable materials exchange, and is part of the Too Good to Toss network. Residents can list items at no cost. All items listed must sell for $99 or less. Many items are free.