7 p.m. Monday: I added the video. CTH
The morning after the marathon “Paint the Town” event in downtown Port
Orchard, most people had kind words for the extreme makeover
visited on Bay Street by resident radio personality Delilah Rene Luke and a small army of
Delilah, footing the bill for most of the supplies, played Fairy
Godmother to Port Orchard’s Cinderella. “Paint the Town”
anticipates Cedar Cove Days, Aug. 26 through 30, to celebrate Port
Orchard’s other celebrity, best-selling author Debbie Macomber.
Port Orchard is the real-life town on which her fictional Cedar
Cove series is based.
Delilah, who had earlier pronounced the town “butt ugly,” pulled
the painting party together with help and significant donations of
time and materials from local contractors and other businesses.
Also helping coordinate the event was the City of Port Orchard,
which helped with publicity, handled the street closure and
orchestrated the placement of dumpsters and portable toilets before
Many, including Mayor Lary Coppola, said it was high time Port
Orchard got a face lift, considering the last coordinated effort to
paint the downtown area took place about 20 years ago.
Paint the Town 1
Prep work (and much of the painting) began early Saturday
morning (with some contractors jumping the gun as early as 4:30
a.m. Thursday. Delilah was downtown Saturday, painting a mural,
making last minute adjustments for the big day and popping
ibuprofen. It was the first time I’ve ever seen her look tired.
Paint the Town 2
Sunday, according to weekend reporter Brynn Grimley, volunteers
were whipped into a painting frenzy despite the 90+ degree heat.
About 90 percent of the work was completed by late Sunday
This morning, the streets were quiet, the weather had cooled and
the buildings were sporting new coats of celery green, sunshine
yellow, morning mist (a mix of gray and blue) and butternut.
“This is just charming,” said Marcia Coyne, a longtime South Kitsap
resident checking out the new paint job on the 800 block of Bay
Street. “There was controversy about the colors, but it’s coming
together really nicely.”
Ah, yes, the controversy.
Delilah, working with design consultant and local business owner
Heather Cole, had the challenge of blending the bright colors
Delilah favors — colors meant to reflect a beach or bay theme —
with the previously existing color palette of Northwest greens,
golds and reds chosen by the Bay Street Association of merchants a
Some had serious doubts it could work. A flyer in the window of
Custom Picture Framing, on the corner of Bay and Harrison, showed
City Hall garishly painted in carnival colors. It read, “This is
what City Hall would look like if Delilah was mayor.”
The business is closed Monday, so I didn’t have the chance to ask
owner Mallory Jackson what she thought of the final effect.
One man walking around Bay Street Monday, who declined to give me
his name or final appraisal until all the work is complete, said it
looks “like an ice cream shop.”
But if there were outright nay sayers, they weren’t to be found.
Everyone I talked to — and granted many shops are closed on Mondays
so it’s pretty quiet downtown — said the paint job was a plus.
“I think it just looks clean,” said downtown resident Jessi Foster.
“It looks as though Port Orchard has a facelift. It really needs
it. And I thought it was nice to see the community come and put in
their time for free.”
I’m interested to hear from the rest of you. What do you think
of PO’s new look?