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Month: October 2014

Bainbridge’s Island Center Hall Offers Classes and Community

For nearly 90 years, Island Center Hall has been a focal point of community activities ranging from dances and community social events, to elections and church services. The one thing it hasn’t been is a school. Island historian Katy Warner says, “Everyone thinks it was a school; it never was a school.” The old Island Center School was actually located on the adjacent property, relocated first to the High School, then to Strawberry Hill Park, and finally to Ericksen Avenue where it is now the Historical Society Museum.

bainbridge-island-center-hall-1Property for Island Center Hall was donated by W.L. Gazzam and his wife Lulu in August of 1913 to the Island Center Improvement Club. In their donation, the Gazzam’s specified that the property had to be used as “a meeting place for the community of island center”, and “no spirituous liquors will be allowed”, nor could the property be used for “unlawful meetings or purposes”. The improvement club soon organized volunteers and got donations of materials and money to build the building.

Besides being used for a great variety of community events, Island Center Hall was the location of the Bainbridge Island Fair for a number of years. In December of 1971, the Hall was given to the Bainbridge Island Park District. At the time, Annie Hansen and Ralph Anderson, the last living members of the original Island Center Improvement Club agreed that the Hall should be preserved for the community by the Park District. Approval of the transfer was also given by Gazzam’s three surviving daughters.

Today Island Center Hall continues to serve its intended purpose. Concerts, lectures, weddings, community meetings as well as recreation classes such as swing dancing, fencing, yoga and jazzercise, are regular events. Its size and warm wood interior make Island Center Hall a special place and a community treasure.

This article was adapted from the bainbridge-island-center-hall-yogaBainbridge Island Parks and Rec District website.

How to Get There:

8395 Fletcher Bay Road NE
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 – October 27-November 2

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, October 27

Gingerbread Houses at KiDiMuMessy Monday at Kids’ Discovery Museum
10:30 – 11:30 am @ Kids Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
Get ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with KiDiMu and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. On Mondays in October, join KiDiMu instructors for special art projects, inspired by the popular holiday. Messy experimentation and sensory exploration are not only allowed but also encouraged. Drop by anytime between 10:30 and 11:30 am. Admission: Free with admission or membership

his-girl-friday-filmTuesday, October 28

smART Films Comedy Series: His Girl Friday
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium (550 Winslow Way East)
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s smART Films Comedy Series fosters community conversation through the merger of visual art, film and narrative. This week’s feature is His Girl Friday (1940). A gender-switched version of the 1931 film, The Front Page. Fast-paced, filled with wonderful character actors and containing one of the all-time funniest five minutes in screen history. Admission: $10 adults; students free with pre-registration;

Wednesday, October 29

Bainbridge Island BrewingMusic 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

Thursday, October 30

Easy as Pie! Class at the Farmhouse and Kitchen on Old Mill Road
6:00 – 8:00 pm @ Farmhouse and Kitchen on Old Mill Road (4370 Old Mill Road NE)
Light supper and a drink is included. This class is participatory. Instructor: Kerrie Sanson As the holidays approach come and learn how to make pie! This class will feature sweet and savory pies and a light leaf-lard crust that both shatters and melts in your mouth. The savory pie will include produce and meat from the farm. Instruction will also include custard and fruit pies and a discussion and demonstration on forming hand pies. Admission: Inquire

Friday, October 31

3rd Annual Halloween Bash
7:00 – 10:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Brewery & Taproom (9415 Coppertop Loop, Suite 103-104)
It’s one of their most popular events of the year – Bainbridge Island Brewery & Taproom’s 3rd annual Halloween Party – featuring live rock music by Psycho Sushi (7-10 pm), food served on the patio by the Dog Wagon, including special Mummy Dogs (3-8 pm), and a costume contest at about 8pm. Come in your best costume or your own scary self! Admission: $5 cover charge paid to the band;

the-edge-improv-bainbridge-islandSaturday, November 1

The EDGE Improv
7:30 pm @ Bainbridge Performing Arts (200 Madison Avenue North)
Join The EDGE for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For two laughter-filled decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from audience members and hilarious commentary from the troupe members themselves. Admission: $16 adults; seniors, youth, students, military and teachers: $12;

Sunday, November 2

first-sundays-concerts-bainbridge-islandFirst Sundays Concerts – Cantaloupe Jazz Sextet
4:00 – 6:00 pm @ Waterfront Park Community Center (370 Brien Drive)
Join your neighbors at this concert at Waterfront Park Community Center. Musicians include Jim Sisko on Trumpet, Jeff Hay on Trombone, Alexey Nikolaev on tenor saxophone, John Hansen on piano, Chuck Kistler on bass and Adam Kessler on drums. Admission: $20 adults; $10 youth;


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.

Enjoy Birdwatching This Fall at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal

A Harlequin Duck. From the West Sound Home & Garden blog.

A Harlequin Duck. Photo courtesy of the West Sound Home & Garden blog.

Calling all amateur ornithologists and birdwatchers!

Did you know that the Bainbridge-to-Seattle route on the Washington State Ferries system offers some prime viewing opportunities for birders, and that autumn is one of the best times to do it?

According to a recent post by Joan Carson on the West Sound Home & Garden blog, those with a keen eye are likely to spot cormorants, Barrow’s goldeneye, Bufflehead and Scoters feeding near the Eagle Harbor dock and near the ferry’s churning propellers. Regulars to the Winslow ferry terminal are familiar with the long ramp that leads from the pick-up area to the vessels. Carson advises bird-lovers to take advantage of the ramp’s large windows and high vantage point when looking for birds. Oh, and maybe bring the binoculars!

The article includes a roster of birds to look for at other ferry terminals. To read it for yourself, you can check it out the West Sound Home & Garden blog here.

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is comprised of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, guest houses, bed and breakfasts (B&B), boutique hotels, inns and cottages. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on beautiful Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest. Visit our website for Bainbridge Island events and attractions, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – October 20-26

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, October 20

Toddler Storytime at the Library
10:30 am @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
Get a jump start on reading at this early literacy storytime geared just for toddlers (ages 0-6). Lots of full body movement, songs, stories and rhymes designed to build letter knowledge, vocabulary and narrative skills. Admission: Free

one-amazing-thing200_custom-c1452f8f7639a2bded8823fe8f518a18d40588e5-s2-c85Tuesday, October 21

Waterfront Book Group reads One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
1:00 – 2:00 pm @ Waterfront Park Community Center (370 Brien Drive SE)
Join your neighbors and read Divakaruni’s book, One Amazing Thing. Nine disparate characters are trapped together after an earthquake, each of them takes a turn telling “one amazing thing” about his or her life. Admission: Free and open to everyone!

Wednesday, October 22

Bainbridge Library Book Group reads The Boys in the Boat
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
Join the conversation and read a great book at the Kitsap Regional Library’s “One Book One Community” event. This month’s selection is Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the BoatAdmission: Free

Thursday, October 23

heyday-farm-bainbridge-islandStews from Around the World
6:00 – 8:00 pm @ Farmhouse and Kitchen on Old Mill Road (4370 Old Mill Road NE)
Light supper and a drink included. This class is participatory. Instructor Chef Kerrie Sanson will help you learn the basics of braising and making rich seasonal stews at home in the old world tradition. This class will demonstrate how to elevate more economical cuts of meat to the category of sublime. Seasonal farm produce and meats will be featured. The class will also include a discussion on grains as well as various ethnic approaches to building complex and satisfying flavors at home. Admission: Inquire

Friday, October 24

Creative Intuitive Yoga Series with Meredith Holcomb
8:30 – 10:45 am @ Dayaalu Center (159 Wyatt Way NE)
Are you ever inspired to truly break free in your yoga practice? This Creative Intuitive Yoga Class series will empower you to express the intuitive, creative impulses held within the divine design of your body. Come experience a unique combination of toning & chanting with a crystal bowl & fluid asana sequencing designed to amplify your freedom and uniqueness! Appropriate for those with an established yoga practice who are willing to explore creative yoga sequencing in a non-traditional way. Admission: $17

project-hand-up-at-bainbridge-performing-artsSaturday, October 25

Family Comedy Show benefiting Project HAND UP
3:00 pm @ Bainbridge Performing Arts (200 Madison Avenue North)
Join BPA for a hilarious family variety show brought to you by Project HAND UP one afternoon only at BPA. This Vegas-style solo variety show is suitable for the whole family. All proceeds go to HIV prevention and gender equality education in Kenya. Admission: $12 adults; $8 children;

Sunday, October 26

howl-o-ween-at-bainbridge-islandwoodIslandWood’s 10th Annual HOWL-o-ween!
1:00 – 4:00 pm @ IslandWood (4450 Blakely Avenue NE)
This is the famous B.Y.O.P (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) event you’ve been hearing about! Get ready to mix up creepy concoctions with IslandWood’s Mad Scientists and have your palm read by their fortune tellers. Bring those pumpkins into our beautiful Dining Hall and work with our chefs and artists to carve or paint your sensational squash. Step back in time on their History Mystery Trail and meet characters from the turn of the century to learn some local history from days-gone-by. Costumes encouraged – get in the spirit! Pre-registration required! Admission: $5 suggested donation;


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.

Strawberry Hill Center Provides Classes and Summer Day Camps

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Strawberry Hill Center on Bainbridge Island offers a variety of art classes and summer camps.

Strawberry Hill Center, once the site of Strawberry Hill Alternative School, hosts a variety of art classes, cooking classes, chess tournaments, poetry, language classes, summer day camps and more. The BIMPRD Board meetings are held twice a month in the large room.

This facility has internet access and windows in all rooms. There are 2 bathrooms, one with a baby changing station, and storage for BIMPRD classes.

The large meeting room (approx. 26’ x 27’ linoleum floor), seats 50 people max and has a white board, tables and chairs. There are 7 double electrical outlets.

Kitchen area (work area 10’ x 12’ linoleum floor, additional teaching area 13’ x 12’) includes 2 stove top ovens, a microwave oven, a full size refrigerator, 4 sinks, dishwasher and center countertop work space. Cooking utensils and equipment are not available. There are 2 double electrical outlets by the sink area.

Adjacent to the kitchen is an art room (26’ x 18’ linoleum floor, seats 20 max) with 2 separate sinks, tables and chairs. There are 6 double outlets.

The small meeting room (11’ x 13’ carpeted floor) seats 8-10 people max. There is a phone, a white board, tables and chairs. Some audio visual aids are available as well. There are 4 double outlets.

When Park Classes are not in session these rooms are available for rent.

This article was adapted from the Bainbridge Island Parks & Rec District website.

How to Get There:

7666 High School Road NE
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 – October 13-19

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, October 13

Messy Monday at Kids Discovery Museum
10:30 – 11:30 am @ KiDiMu (301 Ravine Lane NE)
Get ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with KiDiMu and BIMA. On Mondays in October, join KiDiMu instructor for special art projects, inspired by the popular Hispanic holiday. Messy experimentation and sensory exploration are not only allowed but also encouraged. Drop by anytime between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Admission: Free with membership

Tuesday, October 14

CharlieChaplinCitylights2smART Films Comedy Series: City Lights
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1930), is widely considered one of his greatest films and marks the transition from silent to sound. After each screening, audience members are invited to participate in an open exchange of ideas through moderated discussions which serve to anchor the film in the art and craft of our region and our time. Admission: $10 adults; students free with pre-registration

Wednesday, October 15

Travelogue: Moroccan Memories – People, Places and Events
7:30 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
Marhaba! (Welcome) Join Alice Mendoza and special guests as they bring this richly colorful and fascinating culture alive through a slide show, stories, reflections and music. Do not be surprised if you suddenly find yourself compelled to get on your own copy of Road to Morocco, following her presentation! Co-sponsored by Bainbridge Public Library and the Traveler. Admission: Free

Thursday, October 16

Friends of the Bainbridge Island Public LibraryFriends of the Library Book Sale!
1:00 – 4:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
It’s time for another book sale benefiting the Bainbridge Library! Get some new reads as the seasons change and support your local library For more information, visit their website via the above link. Admission: Free

Friday, October 17

bainbridge-gardens-annual-pumpkin-walk21st Annual Pumpkin Walk
6:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Gardens (9415 Miller Road NE)
The Pumpkin Walk is a fun, festive, family-oriented event hosted by Bainbridge Gardens for two nights every October. The proceeds of this popular, non-scary event benefit the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club. Hundreds of people of all ages come to walk along Bainbridge Gardens’ historic Nature Trail, glowing with a grand display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins. For many families, the Pumpkin Walk has become a Halloween tradition. Admission: Free

Saturday, October 18

heyday-farm-bainbridge-islandEagledale Apple Fest Open House at Heyday Farm
2:00 – 4:00 pm @ Hey Day Farm (4370 Old Mill Road NE)
Join Heyday Farm for an open house. You’ll celebrate the wonderful apples in the neighborhood and serve cider pressed from our their fashioned apple press. If you have your own apples to bring and a jug, they’ll press them for you and give you juice to take home. No apples that have fallen on the ground, please (although we do take those for our pigs). Admission: Free with no registration required

Sunday, October 19

your-life-is-a-book-with-brenda-petersonYour Life is a Book, with Brenda Peterson
3:00 – 4:00 pm @ Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way East)
Join author Brenda Peterson for a reading of Your Life is a Book: How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir. Whether you are writing for self-exploration, or perhaps even for publication, this book provides step-by-step instructions for compelling storytelling (Sasquatch Books, 2014). 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.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – October 3-9

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.

Friday, October 3

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: “Island Views,” a group show from the Tuesday Painters on display at the Bainbridge Island Public Library. Admission: Free

Saturday, October 4

Bainbridge Island Halloween WalkHalloween Costume Swap!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Kids Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
Go green (and easy on your wallet) this Halloween, and find your costume at KiDiMu! The museum will host its Fourth Annual Costume Swap, October 4 – 30. KiDiMu Members and visitors are invited to donate any gently used children’s Halloween costumes, costume pieces and accessories, and exchange them for something new (or “new-to-you”). Costume drop-off or pickup only also welcome. Admission: Free

first-sundays-concerts-bainbridge-islandSunday, October 5

First Sundays Concerts – Trio Pardalote
4:00 – 6:00 pm @ Waterfront Community Center (370 Brien Drive)
The critically acclaimed Seattle based Trio Pardalote is comprised of Victoria Parker on violin, Heather Bentley on viola, and Rowena Hammill on cello. They will be performing the Goldberg Variations by Bahc and the Serenade for Strings by Dohnanyi. Admission: Inquire

Monday, October 6

Messy Monday at Kids Discovery Museum
10:30 – 11:30 am @ Kids Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
Get ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with KiDiMu and BIMA. On Mondays in October, join KiDiMu instructor for special art projects, inspired by the popular Hispanic holiday. Messy experimentation and sensory exploration are not only allowed but also encouraged. Drop by anytime. Save the day for a festive celebration at the art museum on November 1.! Admission: Free with admission or membership

Tuesday, October 7

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art smART Films: Comedy Series
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
BIMA’s smARTfilms series fosters community conversation through the merger of visual art, film and narrative. After each screening, audience members are invited participate in an open exchange of ideas through moderated discussions which serve to anchor the film in the art and craft of our region and our time. Admission: $10 adults; students free with series admission

Wednesday, October 8

stained glassCreate a Leaded Glass Window
6:30 – 9:30 pm @ BARN at Rolling Bay (11272 Sunrise Drive NE)
Bainbridge glass artist Gregg Mesmer of Mesolini Glass Studio will guide you through the step-by-step process of building a window about 2 feet by 2 feet. You will learn efficient methods to create stained glass art that Gregg has honed over his 30 years as a glass artist. Admission: $25 materials fee

Thursday, October 9

FLAG_1League of Women Voters General Election Candidate Forums
6:30 – 8:45 pm @ City Hall (280 Madison Avenue North)
It’s time again for the League of Women Voters of Kitsap General Election Forums which are held at various places across the county. On Oct. 15 the forum will cover the 23rd Legislative District State Representative candidates Sherry Appleton, Scott Henden, Drew Hansen and James Olsen. To see the full schedule of forums go to their website. 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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