Category Archives: Friday Afternoon Club

Friday Afternoon Club (early): Having Fathoms O’ Fun

Fathoms O’ Fun is a time-honored tradition in South Kitsap, and the fun starts Friday.
The carnival is on hiatus, but all the other good stuff is back, along with a new Craft & Vendor Show that organizers say will fill the waterfront. Despite the recession, the 4th of July Fireworks is going strong.

This week also kicks of Port Orchard’s Concerts on the Bay series. More on that in a separate post.

Note that the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry will run on Sunday as part of a special events schedule sponsored by the City of Port Orchard, the Port of Bremerton and the City of Bremerton.

Fathoms O’ Fun Schedule

Craft & Vendor Show: noon to 9 p.m., Port Orchard Waterfront.
Concerts on the Bay: Mojo Blues Band, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Waterfront Gazebo.

South Kitsap Firefighters Hotfoot 5K Race: 9 a.m., South Kitsap Regional Park, corner of Jackson and Lund avenues.
Street Scramble: An around town scavenger hunt you play in teams; register 9 a.m. at Kitsap Bank, 619 Bay Street, Port Orchard.
Craft & Vendor Show: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on the waterfront.
Solid Rock Cafe: Music from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Gazebo.
Annual Frog Jump and Snake Races: noon, Kitsap Bank parking lot; bring your own critter.
Columbia Bank Fathoms O’ Fun Grand Parade: 6 p.m., Bay Street.
Concerts on the Bay: Usual Suspects, classic rock, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., Waterfront Gazebo.

Craft & Vendor Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the waterfront

July 4
Wave Broadband 4th of July Fireworks Show: 10:30 p.m., Sinclair Inlet.


And the Winner Is …

Christine Neuland is the new Port Orchard Bayview Idol, Bayview owner Mary Philp announced today. Neuland, whom one judge compared to Neko Case and Joan Baez, earned the highest points and high praise from the judges panel last week. She plans to try out for the American Idol in Denver next month, so we’ll be keeping an eye on her.

Neuland will perform with runners up Dave Nelson and Amy Anderson at Bayview’s open mic 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Friday Afternoon Club: A&W Turns the Big 5-0

Buck’s A&W will hold a 50th anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The restaurant, founded in 1959 by the late Buck Gehring with his wife Glennys, was originally located across from the bowling alley. In 1978, the Buck’s moved to its current location across the street from South Kitsap High School.

The restaurant faced closure late last year as a result of legal debts related to a lawsuit (see link above), but an 11th hour settlement allowed it to remain open. “We’re having this birthday celebration to thank the community for supporting us,” said Lauren Gehring, Glennys’ granddaughter.

The event will feature door prizes and drawings.

Friday Afternoon Club: Port Orchard, You’re So Gull-able!

It happens every year. Just as the swallows come back to Capistrano, Port Orchard residents and visitors in the know flock to the waterfront for the annual Seagull Festival. You’ve got to love a town that knows how to make a fool of itself, collectively speaking.

If you have not idea what the festival is all about, check out last year’s article and video.

Here are more details from Kitsap Sun’s A&E:

For the Birds: Call a Seagull, Then Duck

Port Orchard hosts the 21st annual edition of its Seagull Calling Festival beginning at 1 p.m. May 2 in the Waterfront Park on Bay Street.

Costumed contestants will show off their bird-beckoning prowess for wigged judges, who’ll evaluate categories like “Most Authentic Call, “Most Seagulls Called In” and “Best Costume.”

In addition, the event features a “seagull wings” cook-off, non-alcoholic beverage competition and other activities. Of course, “The Candy Shop” will be making a batch of its specialty creation, “Seagull Plop.”

Applications for the wings and beverage competitions, plus other bird-brained information, is available at

Friday Afternoon Club: The Misadventures of Macho Bird

Does this ever happen to you?

You’re awakened at first light by a dull thud. It’s a robin in lust, hurling himself at the reflection in your bedroom window. There’s a predictable pattern you can’t help but time in your head as you drift somewhere between sleep and dang-it’s-time-to-get-up. The bird sits on a branch for exactly 38 seconds looking casual and unconcerned, then for exactly four seconds, he fluffs up his feathers – the bird equivalent of flexing his pecs. The window having been sufficiently warned, he leans forward menacingly for a fraction of a second, and, wham, he hits the glass feet first, leaving behind muddy little claw and wing prints. The feathery smears on the window do nothing, apparently, to diminish the image that has him so worked up.

Meanwhile, all the other robins are attacking real male birds for the honor of courting real female birds and making real babies. Hello, Macho Bird, get a clue. Somebody give this guy a Darwin Award.

And every morning, the cat watches the show intently. He never misses an episode, even though he knows exactly how each scene will end.

Friday Afternoon Club: Clean Out Your Closets … Please

South Kitsap Helpline and the Community Transitions Program at South Kitsap High School are working together to create a “Prom Closet” for students unable to afford formal wear and accessories.

With Prom season in the wings, it seemed a good time to launch the program, said Jennifer Hardison, Helpline director. Her staff had been wanting to do something like this for a long time, but never had the time. But teacher Diane Potts, who coordinates the Transitions Program, has offered to lead the effort. Transitions helps students develop job skills, and both SKHS students and staff will be helping out with Prom Closet.

What they need from the community is gently used formal wear, shoes and accessories, both men’s and womens, all sizes.

Donations can be made between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at South Kitsap Helpline’s Vintage to Vogue store at 1351 Bay Street in Port Orchard. Specify that items are for the Prom Closet project.

For more information, call (360) 876-4089.

And here’s another charitable event you may want to note (this item is from The Kitsap Saddle Club):
“On Saturday, March 21, Crystal Petasek of Port Orchard was critically injured in a horse riding accident. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where she underwent brain surgery. Her condition is currently stable, but still critical. A fund-raising spaghetti feed dinner will be held on Saturday April 4 at the Kitsap Saddle Club from 5-7 to help with the mounting medical costs. The Saddle Club is located at 1470 Saddle Club Road in Port Orchard. If people are unable to attend, but would like to donate, donations should be made out to the Petasek family and mailed to PO Box 1042 Port Orchard 98366.”
For more information: The Saddle Club’s web address is

Friday Afternoon Club: Scoring “Milk” a Coup for Orchard Theatre

Jeff Brein, owner of the Historic Orchard Theatre’s parent company, considers is a “coup” that the Orchard – opened just a year ago in downtown Port Orchard – was able to show the Oscar-nominated “Milk” this early in its run.

The film, which opened in December, runs today through Thursday at the Orchard and at Bainbridge Island Cinemas, both owned by Far Away Productions, Brein’s company.

The Orchard’s 7 p.m. Thursday showing of the film is a fund-raiser for Kitsap Pride, with proceeds going toward Kitsap County’s annual Gay Pride event, set for July 18 at Evergreen Park in Bremerton.

“Milk,” starring Sean Penn, tells the story of Harvey Milk, who in 1977, was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America.

Documentary/art films like “Milk” that may not have immediate mainstream appeal are typically slower to hit the major markets. Studios want to create a buzz about the film, Brein said, so they release a limited number of copies, watch the markets carefully and send the film to theaters where they can be fairly confident it will be well received.

The Orchard has been getting requests for “Milk” from members of the South Kitsap audience that Brein describes as a healthy mix of families, “retirees, military, professionals and working class” residents.

“It’s a real melting pot when you look at the 5 to 10 mile radius of that theater,” Brein said.

Kitsap Pride is one of a number of groups The Orchard has supported over the past year.

Kitsap resident Stan Hess, who plans to attend the fund-raiser, said he welcomes the expanded entertainment choices offered by The Orchard.

“A lot of us here on this side of the pond either don’t have the funds or don’t have the time to go over to Seattle to see it,” Hess said. “There certainly is a market on this side for so-called art films.”

Friday Afternoon Club: One Last Cruz at Buck’s A&W

classic car

Members of Kitsap County classic car clubs will gather for one last Cruz at Buck’s A&W from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, the last day the 50-year-old fast food joint will be open for business. Buck’s is declaring bankruptcy due to legal costs stemming from a 2007 lawsuit. Read a history of Buck’s in Sunday’s Kitsap Sun. There will also be a story about how state law regarding the awarding of reasonable attorney fees played out in the case.

Community members have been streaming into Buck’s all week to get a last taste of its roots beer floats and curley fries.

“I didn’t realize so many people had so many attachments to Buck’s through so many channels,” said Rick Gehring last night as he took a quick break from the burger flipping marathon that has been the scene at Buck’s since news of its imminent closure went up on the reader board earlier this week.

Buck’s began hosting summer Cruz nights in 1991. During warm weather months classic car lovers and their families gathered in droves to show and shine their babies. Never mind that the weather on Sunday is supposed to dip into the 20s, said John Kincell of the Saints Car Club. The community will turn out to show its support of the Gehring family and Buck’s staff.

Friday Afternoon Club (early): Port Orchard Party

Port Orchard Party, South Kitsap’s annual black tie gala and fund-raiser for local nonprofits is coming Saturday. Thought you might need some time to dig out your fancy duds for a good cause. Chris

By Kitsap Sun Staff
Each year Port Orchard Party raises a significant amount of cash for South Kitsap nonprofit organizations.
Now in its 19th year, the fund-raising event will feature a Hollywood theme, with special guest “Marilyn Monroe.” Attendees are invited to dress up as their favorite star, and there will be a costume contest.
Port Orchard Party is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Towne Square Mall on Mile Hill Drive. Guests must be 21 or older.
More than 20 local restaurants will offer food samplings. There will be live dance music with In the House and soft jazz by the Mike Nelson Trio.
The event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of South Kitsap, South Kitsap Helpline and Fathoms O’ Fun festival.
Tickets are $35 ($40 at the door) and are on sale at Kitsap Bank’s downtown Port Orchard location, Windermere real estate of Port Orchard, Walk n’ Comfort shoes store in the mall, Olympic Fitness Club, South Kitsap Helpline, That’s Beautiful, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce or online at

Friday Afternoon Club: Pirates to Invade Port Orchard

Note: Members of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association will be collecting dried and canned goods for South Kitsap Helpline during the event. Cash donations are also welcome.

New to Murder Mystery Weekend is a pirate pet costume contest.

First seagulls, now pirates.
Port Orchard’s penchant for wacky celebrations continues this weekend with the third annual Murder Mystery Weekend.
In the spirit of its playful and now renowned annual Seagull Calling Festival, Port Orchard’s Murder Mystery Weekend is designed to bring out the pirate in everyone … even pets.
The event, which runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, is co-hosted by the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and the Port Orchard Bay Street Association.
Participants will look for clues at downtown businesses and interview characters in an interactive play to discover who killed Cap’n Dwight “Deadly D” Cline, a notorious pirate. According to “legend” Cap’n Cline has a hidden treasure trove waiting to be discovered.
The event features a Market Faire near Waterfront Marina Park. There will be kids crafts and pirate stories at the library and other family friendly activities throughout the weekend.
Back this year is the Land Lubber’s Pirate Dinghy Derby Race at 11:30 a.m. Saturday near the library. Think America’s cup with much smaller, slightly goofy seafaring vessels … on wheels.
Also on Saturday is the PIrate Look-Alike Contest for adults, with registration at 1 p.m. and judging at 2 p.m. at the waterfront park gazebo.
New to the celebration is a Pirate’s Ball, hosted by MoonDogs Too (cq), from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Children are welcome until 8 p.m.
Sunday features a Pirate Look-Alike Contest for kids and pets, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the park.
The mystery will be revealed at 4 p.m. at the gazebo.
Clue packets for the Murder Mystery are $10 each, $5 per child, $25 per family, available at the chamber’s booth at the corner of Bay and Harrison streets. The entry fee for the dinghy derby is $25 per team of four. The Pirate’s Ball costs $15, $7 for children, at the door of MoonDogs Too, 714 Bay Street; (360) 895-2300.
For more information, contact the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce (360) 876-3505. Register online and see a full schedule of events at