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Month: September 2014

Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center Offers Pool and Water Park

Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Rec District manages two pools, Ray Williamson Pool and Don Nakata Memorial Pool, both housed at the aquatic center. The District strives to meet the needs of the community by offering a variety of programs and services. Such services include swim lessons for youth & adults, youth swim team, adult swim team, lap swimming, leisure swimming and a variety of innovative aquatic fitness classes that cater to all ability levels. Here’s more information about both pools:

Ray Williamson Pool

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Ray Williamson Pool on Bainbridge Island

A six lane 25-yard pool was built in 1970 as an outdoor pool. In 1977 a roof was added to fully enclose the pool. The pool is the home site for Bainbridge Island High School Swimming, Diving, Water Polo teams, Bainbridge Island Swim Club (BISC), and Bainbridge Aquatic Masters team (BAM). In 2012 a solar water heating system was installed to reduce heating costs during the summer month. In 2011 a Hanovia UV system installed to increase water and air quality.

Don Nakata Memorial Pool

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Don Nakata Memorial Pool on Bainbridge Island

Built in 2001, the 360,000 gallon pool includes a 180 foot water slide, lazy river, sloped beach entry, tot pool, water futures, toddler frog slide, one and three meter diving board, and four 25-yard lap lanes. The facility also houses a spa, steam, and sauna rooms. In 2011 a Hanovia UV system installed to increase water and air quality.

How to Get There:

8521 Madison Avenue
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Have a place or event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Intentional Table serves up cooking classes and culinary experiences on Bainbridge Island

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Earlier this month, about a dozen Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) members celebrated the end-of-summer with a fun event at Intentional Table.

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left: BILA Vice President Claes Hagstromer of Abode on the Sea, Zoe Bartlett of Intentional Table and Julie Schulte of Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage; right: BILA Treasurer Jean Kellerman of Kellerman Creek and Kinam Sohn of Madison Townhouses;

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Zoe Bartlett, owner, Intentional Table

Located at 124 Madrone Lane North in downtown Winslow, Intentional Table is an innovative cooking school offering cooking classes, wine tastings, provisions and culinary experiences. Established by Zoe Bartlett and a partner in 2012, the attractive space is growing in popularity among Islanders and out-of-town guests, alike.

The BILA event was designed to help the Island’s lodgers to get to know one of Bainbridge’s unique attractions. By becoming more familiar with great places like Intentional Table, lodgers are better able to make recommendations to guests who want a fun and memorable, hands-on experience during their stay.

Even if you’re not attending an upcoming class or event (sushi-making, gnocchi-making and cooking with autumn squash is currently on the docket), Intentional Table’s retail selection offers thoughtful artisan food items, cookbooks and wine. Even better, many of the items – including great wines from near and far – are significantly less expensive than at other outlets.

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Photo (l-r): BILA President Eric Fredricks, Stella Ley of the Guesthouse at Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center and Rockaway Beach Retreat, Patricia Nash of Saxon Cottage and Kinam Sohn of the Madison Townhouses.

With a nationally-recognized culinary scene just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island is enjoying more overnight visitors than ever! BILA President Eric Fredricks said the event at Intentional Table was a fun way to help the association’s members become even better boosters of all that Bainbridge Island has to offer!

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Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – September 22-28

It’s time for BILA’s regular list of Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island! For a full list of our Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, go here.

Monday, September 22

Bainbridge Island BrewingTrivia Night at the Taproom at Bainbridge Island Brewing
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Brewing (9415 Coppertop Loop, Suites 103-104)
Monday is Trivia Night at the brewery, presented by Trivia Time Live’s DJ. From 7 to 9 pm, teams compete for prizes and the pennant during four rounds of interesting questions. Come and play by yourself or join a team. Relax, have a few beers and snacks, and join in the weekly fun! Admission: Free

Tuesday, September 23

what-the-dead-know-laura-lippmanMystery Book Group: What the Dead Know
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way East)
Join the Eagle Harbor Book Company’s Mystery Book Group as they discuss What the Dead Know, Laura Lippman’s gripping tale of deception and delusion, of family wounds and betrayals. Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers and she has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, and Agatha, Gumshoe Awards. Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 24

Tea-Obreht_the-tigers-wifeBainbridge Library Book Group: The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
Join us as we discuss Téa Obreht’s debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife. Published by Random House in 2011, the book follows a young physician as she unravels the mystery surrounding her grandfather’s death. Nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction. Admission: Free

Thursday, September 25

Bainbridge Island CROP Restaurant Day
All Day! @ participants Bainbridge Island restaurants
CROP Hunger Walks are a fundraising mission of Church World Service, with 25% of money raised staying in the local community. Participating restaurants will display CROP signs and will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the BI/NK CROP Hunger Walk, which will take place on Sunday, September 28. Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit Bainbridge Helpline House. Admission: Varies

Friday, September 26

The Salon – A Forum for Conversation
1:30 – 3:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
The Salon is for men and women who enjoy stimulating conversation and wish to learn from others in civil dialogue. Topics will vary, but the mode will be general interest subjects that impact the public. The Salon meets May-October in the large meeting room at the Bainbridge Library. Admission: Free

eggplant-at-the-bainbridge-island-farmers-marketSaturday, September 27

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Town Square at City Hall (200 Madison Avenue NE)
A community favorite! The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market meets in City Hall’s Town Square. The market features local produce, food and crafts! Fresh breakfast and lunch served on-site, hot coffee, and free live music. Pet friendly. Admission: Free

Sunday, September 28

17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival
4:00 – 7:00 pm and 7:00 – 10:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
Manhattan Short is a cinematic celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing International short films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card upon entry to each cinema and asked to vote for the one film they think should win. Admission: $10 each (includes refreshments)


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Historic Seabold Community Hall is Bainbridge Island’s Club House

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Seabold Community Hall on Bainbridge Island.

In 1893 eighteen Seabold families petitioned the county to establish a school. John Johnson donated land that summer, and $700 in bonds were issued for the building by Seabold District No. 28’s first directors – William Bull, Nels Miller and N.P. Nelson. William Beedy, the first teacher, was hired for $35 a month. The school became the focus of all social life including funerals, bazaars, church and Sunday school, until Seabold Church was built in 1909. The school closed in 1928 after island school districts consolidated. It was then purchased by the Seabold Community Club. For many years Seabold Hall served the needs of the Club, and was used by many in the community for private functions.

In March of 2011, the remaining members of the Seabold Community Club turned ownership of the hall over to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District. The District plans to uphold the use of the hall for all of Bainbridge Island, while providing for its maintenance and needed repairs.

Today, the 118-year-old Seabold Community Hall is set in a 3-acre park holds 80 people and has an all wooden interior with a separate kitchen (see History of the Hall, below). There is a stove, oven and refrigerator as well as a few coffee pots. No dishes or cooking implements are available.

This article was adapted from the Bainbridge Island Parks & Rec Department and Bainbridge Island Historical Society websites.

How to Get There:

14450 Komedal Road
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Have a place or event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – September 8-14

It’s time for BILA’s regular list of Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island! For a full list of our Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, go here.

Monday, September 8

Bainbridge Island BrewingTrivia Night at the Taproom
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Brewing (9415 Coppertop Loop)
Monday is Trivia Night at the brewery, presented by Trivia Time Live’s DJ. From 7 to 9pm, teams compete for prizes and the pennant during four rounds of interesting questions.  Come and play by yourself or join a team.  Relax, have a few beers and snacks, and join in the weekly fun! Come early for seating. Admission: Free

Tuesday, September 9

Intentional Table LogoEat your words: A Cookbook Book Group reads Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless
11:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Intentional Table (124 Madrone Lane North)
Reading was never so delicious! Each month, we’ll gather at Intentional Table to discuss a cookbook. We’ll learn a few tricks, sample a few treats, and discover scrumptious cookbooks that are a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach. This month it’s Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless. Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 10

requiem_for_a_heavyweight_filmIsland Film Group: Requiem for a Heavyweight
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
This month’s film: Requiem for a Heavyweight. (Drama) Columbia Pictures. Directed by Ralph Nelson, starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, Stanley Adams, Madame Spivy. Unrated. 85 minutes. (1962) A washed-up boxer Mountain Rivera bails his sleazy manager out of a difficult situation. Admission: Free

Thursday, September 11

Bainbridge Island Lodging Association logoBainbridge Island Lodging Association’s End-of-Summer Event!
6:00 pm @ Intentional Table (124 Madrone Lane North)
The BILA Board is hosting an end-of-summer get-together! Along with enjoying delicious wine and cheeses, it’s a fun opportunity to catch up with other Island lodgers and get updates on BILA activities. These summer events proved popular among members in the past, and we are looking forward to bringing back the tradition this year! Admission: Free

Friday, September 12

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8:00 pm @ Grace Church (8595 NE Day Road)
Benjamin Doerr’s band combines evocative storytelling, vintage style, layered melodies, and breathtaking harmonies. Don Yates of Seattle’s KEXP says of St. Paul de Vence, “The band’s dynamic, acoustic-oriented sound includes guitars, accordion, ukulele, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, assorted percussion and more, fleshing out well-crafted songs with warm, soulful harmonies and occasional anthemic choruses.” – stpaulband.com. Admission: $20

eggplant-at-the-bainbridge-island-farmers-marketSaturday, September 13

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Town Square at City Hall (200 Madison Avenue NE)
A community favorite! The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market meets in City Hall’s Town Square. The market features local produce, food and crafts! Fresh breakfast and lunch served on-site, hot coffee, and free live music. Pet friendly. Admission: Free

Sunday, September 14

hilst-and-coffey-at-treehouse-cafeHilst & Coffey Perform Live
7:00 pm @ Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road NE)
Hilst & Coffey perform an eclectic combination of rock, blues, folk & contemplative instrumentals, based primarily around Tim Coffey’s soulful baritone voice, finger style acoustic guitar and Kat Hilst’s enchanting cello work. Musically and lyrically, their tunes range from rockabilly to the open tuned and lyrically moving folk style, as well as instrumentals, even gypsy jazz! A musical journey that will have you rocking, thinking and maybe even crying. Admission: Donations suggested


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Bainbridge Quilt Festival Comes to the Island!

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Bainbridge Island’s Quilt Festival is a celebration of quilts and quilters that will be held outdoors along Winslow Way, in downtown Bainbridge Island, WA, on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

The Bainbridge Quilt Festival was inspired by the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. Barbara Kirk of Esther’s Fabrics, along with several quilting businesses and groups, set out to stage a small version of the Sister’s show. Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild, White Lotus Quilting, Beach Garden Quilts and Pink Chalk Fabrics as well as many Island businesses and individuals pitched in to make a wonderful debut in September 2013.

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‘Red Sky at Night’ Made by Barbara Nepom of Bainbridge Island, WA

As a non-juried show, quilters of all levels and styles are welcome to enter their work. Even if you don’t enter a quilt into the contest, there are many volunteer opportunities. Interested? Contact Festival organizers through their website.

Now in its second year, the Bainbridge Quilt Festival begins at 9:30 am on Saturday and continues through 5:00 pm. Festival day includes a “Sew-In” for American Hero Quilts staged at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum Classroom. Anyone can sew at this event. Add you pieces to a quilt for wounded veterans. Join the Sew In. Enjoy the Festival. Serve a great cause!

View the Quilt Festival’s Flickr Page here.

Events Taking Place This September on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island residents and visitors, alike, enjoy a packed events calendar throughout the year. Our island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, prides itself on having a strong sense of community spirit. This spirit is often best on view during our annual festivals, parades and other events. To help you plan your overnight visit or extended vacation on Bainbridge island, here is our list of popular events taking place in September on Bainbridge Island.

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Also called the “Not as chilly, but just as hilly” ride, the Kiwanis Summer Challenge’s 25-to-100-km courses are for those who prefer to climb the Island’s hills during the balmy summer months. (Visit the official website)

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This celebration of quilts and quilters is held outdoors along Winslow Way each September. As a non-juried show, quilters of all levels and styles are welcome to enter their work. (Visit the official website)

There you have it, our quick run-down of some of the very best events taking place in September on Bainbridge Island. More reasons why our island is becoming one of the country’s favorite overnight destinations at any time of the year!

You can see the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association’s full events calendar here.

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Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – September 1-7

It’s time for BILA’s regular list of Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island! For a full list of our Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, go here.

Monday, September 1

summer-exhibitions-at-bainbridge-island-museum-of-artSummer Exhibitions at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Location (550 Winslow Way East)
While many businesses are closed in observance of Labor Day, you can head on over to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art to enjoy their summer exhibitions, on display through September. Admission: Free

Free-story-drama-workshop-at-bainbridge-performing-arts-Photo_by_Melissa_TimmeTuesday, September 2

Story Drama Workshop & Theatre School Open House
5:00 – 7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Performing Arts (200 Madison Avenue North)
Join Director of Education, Zandi Carlson for a free Story Drama Workshop and an enticing introduction to the boundless imagination of story drama. Parents and students ages 3 1/2 – 5 will explore the charming book Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton. Not sure which classes to enroll in? Meet Zandi and learn which class (or classes) would be the best fit for your student at the Open House! Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 3

Music to Our Beers at Bainbridge Island Brewing
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Brewing (9415 Coppertop Loop)
It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for “Music to Our Beers” at Bainbridge Island Brewing! This open band jam is hosted by Ethan J. Perry and His Remedy Band. Admission: Free

Gingerbread Houses at KiDiMuThursday, September 4

Free First Thursday at KiDiMu!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Kids Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
On the first Thursday of the month, families are invited to explore KiDiMu free of charge. Enjoy art activities and a variety of hands-on exhibits! Admission: Free

Friday, September 5

thumb-First-Fridays-Art-WalkFirst Friday Art Walk
5:00 – 7:00 pm @ Downtown Winslow
It’s time for another “First Friday” art walk in downtown Winslow. Enjoy great art and snacks at Bainbridge Island galleries and museums. On exhibit this month: Dave Given’s watercolors and pencil landscapes on display at the Bainbridge Island Public Library. Admission: Free

Saturday, September 6

artist-jenny-andersenMeet the Artist: Jenny Andersen
11:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
Meet artist Jenny Andersen among her artwork in the Offerings exhibit in the Feferman Gallery. This informal setting will allow visitors a personal window into the artist’s thinking and process. Admission: Free

Sunday, September 7

wagfest-2014-bainbridge-islandWagFest 2014!
10:00 am @ Battle Point Park (11299 Arrow Point Drive NE)
WagFest, a Celebration of All Things Canine is a dog friendly outdoor public festival and educational event. MudPACK Agility Club will be setting up an agility course and doing a demonstration; the Peninsula Dog Fanciers Society will have information on various breeds and we’ll also have music, kids’ activities and dog training tips. Our Vendor’s Row is known for exceptional merchandise for canines and their people, the latest pet products, technology, artistry, treats, groomers, and veterinarians, as well as delicious human treats. New this year, please join the Go Dog Go 5K! Admission: Free


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.
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