Fall is officially here and we are celebrating the start of the season by shining a Local Spotlight on one of our favorite local destinations: Bainbridge Gardens!
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The pacific northwest offers summer seasons that are unlike anywhere else. As temperatures begin to rise and days get longer, the time is just right to enjoy quality time with friends and family while admiring the natural beauty that surrounds us. The land becomes a venue for lush greenery and the water welcomes the glistening sun. Bainbridge Island is the perfect place to savor the season.
You can find bustling events across the island, but what better way to enjoy summer than on the water? Sail Bainbridge is a local company that is ready for your next adventure. Captain Ben, owner and operator, spent time sailing as a child and became intrigued with life on the water. His company seeks to give people unique experiences on the water, that can be customized to suit individual needs.
Sails range from two hours to multiple days, with a range of options regarding the number of guests and departure time. Discover sailing packages provided by the company here. Captain Ben is eager to help his guests find the perfect trip and you can ask any questions you may have about adventures here.
If you can’t wait to sail to experience summer on the water, head over to the Waterfront Park and City Dock. The 5.5-acre park provides the perfect venue for family fun within walking distance to restaurants, shops and more. Earlier this month there was a grand opening celebration for the newly updated city dock. The remodel included increasing the dock in size, to nearly 900-feet in length, and installing safety features. Read more about the park, dock and how to plan a visit by boat here.
Have you done this yet? You MUST do this. This sits at the top of my to-do list every year. However, I have to admit....it's really not my favorite thing jumping into the icy cold waters of the Puget Sound the first morning of January, but one very redeeming factor is the invigorating energy that follows...which is why I recommend it to all. Here on Bainbridge, we have a tradition that many follow which is to meet up at Lytle Beach around noon (arrive early to find parking) and race into the water together to mark the start of the year. This year's weather doesn't show rain and the snow is gone so NO excuses! It's a fun tradition and really great for the kids.
January 1, 2018 at 12:00
From downtown Winslow
1. Head south on WA-305 S toward Winslow Way E
2. Take the 1st right onto Winslow Way E for 0.3 mi
3. Turn right onto Madison Ave N for 0.3 mi
4. Take the 1st left onto Wyatt Way NW for 0.9 mi
5. Turn left onto Eagle Harbor Dr NE for 0.2 mi
6. Continue onto Bucklin Hill Rd NE for 0.3 mi
7. Turn right onto NE Bucklin Hill Rd for 0.2 mi
8. Slight left onto Lynwood Center Rd NE for 1.3 mi
9. Continue onto Pleasant Beach Dr NE for 0.6 mi
10. Turn right onto Lytle Rd NE
See you there!
Bainbridge Island has the sweetest traditions. One of them is the annual Halloween Walk held on October 31st. Between the hours of 4-6 pm, Winslow Way shuts down traffic between Madison Ave. and Ericksen Ave. and opens up for trick-or-treaters to wander through from store to store as downtown Bainbridge Island merchants sponsor a safe trick-or-treating evening with family fun.
There is a multitude of costumes to see. Everything from little princesses to scary clowns to the most abstract and creative getups ever. This is one of my favorite events on our little island...it's always such fun seeing the transformation of the people and hearing the spooky tunes from the Eagle Harbor Church bell tower while sipping on free hot cider. This year we had some great costumes donned by our very own brokers and staff!
Jazz takes over Bainbridge Island this fall, as Bainbridge Island Museum of Art proudly announces the first annual Within/Earshot Jazz Festival, a stunning month of world-class events in partnership with Earshot Jazz. The Festival fills BIMA’s auditorium and galleries in October 2017, and is presented by HomeStreet Bank and Realogics Sotheby’s of Bainbridge Island, with support from KUOW Radio and Best Western. An intensive, one-month island celebration of jazz, Within/Earshot mixes club-style concerts and live performances from some of the most respected names in jazz today with a History of Jazz series, artist documentaries, lectures, exhibitions, a high school jazz band performance, and special pop up events. The result is a powerful immersion into America’s most unique, indigenous musical art form designed for music lovers of all ages and experiences.
The Within/Earshot Jazz Festival is a powerful immersion for music lovers of all ages and experiences into America’s most unique, indigenous musical art form. This intensive, month-long island celebration of jazz includes:
- Club-style concerts and live auditorium performances from some of the most respected names in jazz
- a History of Jazz series
- Artist documentaries, lectures, exhibitions
- High school jazz band performances
- Special events and pop-up concerts.
Click here for more information and the schedule.
Every year the residents of Bainbridge Island get an opportunity to vote for their local favorites. From sushi restaurants to electricians to real estate companies...everyone gets a shot at being voted number one. Well, 2017 is our year and I couldn't be more proud. Realogics Sotheby's International Realty was voted #1 Real Estate Office on Bainbridge Island!
This is such huge honor and a really big deal for us as individual real estate brokers because it solidifies what we already know - we work for a phenomenal company. Thank you, Bainbridge Island for voting for us, and thank you, Realogics Sotheby's for providing us with a badge we are so proud to wear. I'm so grateful to represent this company.
This was Bainbridge Island's 50th Annual Grand Old Fourth of July Celebration and boy was it a success! We always celebrate big and this year was no exception.
Our sweet little town is always filled with festive energy and excitement for this event - rain or shine. We were all so happy to welcome the sun and warm weather as we watched the mile long Hometown Parade. This year showcased more than 100 units - floats, marching bands, bagpipes, horses, dogs, sports teams, military units, local non-profs and businesses. It was a sight and a joyous event.
I especially loved Calico Cat's display with the balloon animals! Jake's Pickup had a pretty cool float, as well. Really, everyone did such a great job with creativity and just showing up! My assistant, Heather Smith joined me at our office to watch the parade and passersby and then I went home to make an American Flag cake to take to a BBQ where I ended the night with fireworks over the water. What a great day!
Pre fireworks sky. The mountain is out and the moon is already making an appearance. Ahhhh.....the beauty here is never lost on me.
The night went out with a bang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
JUNE 3-4, 2017
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‘Tis the season to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty — in the garden, of course. This spring, get inspired at the 29th annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour, which provides the perfect opportunity to peruse some of the best garden designs the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
On Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, home and garden enthusiasts will experience five private outdoor spaces on a self-guided tour. The popular event, which draws visitors from around the country, showcases stunning home gardens in a leisurely setting. Garden owners and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and to discuss the colorful flora and impressive designs. Live music — specifically matched to each space — will add to every garden’s allure, and participants will enjoy everything from classical and choral music to bluegrass and reggae.
Each garden has its own flair, highlighting innovation, style, and creativity. Featuring orchards, waterfront properties with rolling lawns, wooded plots, water features, native plants, and local vegetables, the tour is a spectacle of our region’s enhanced natural beauty.
Tickets for the tour are now available online at brownpapertickets.com, or in person at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) on Winslow Way, Bainbridge Gardens, and Bay Hay & Feed. Single-day passes are $30, and two-day passes are $50. Admission includes access to the gardens, interpretive materials, discount coupons to local businesses, and more.
Presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, and sponsored by RSIR, you do not want to miss our region’s premier garden event. Visit the tour’s Facebook page for updates and announcements, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour
June 3-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bloom Hub at the Filipino-American Community Hall, 7566 N.E. High School Rd.
Mother's Day 2017
Have you ever wondered about the history behind Mother's Day? When did it begin? Who started it? How did it become a recognized holiday? I have often wondered these things and especially being a mother myself, I'm ever so grateful that we moms are celebrated and honored.
While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May. Moms in the U.S. typically receive gifts ranging from cards to flowers to spa days from their children. But, mostly, moms just want recognition - a day of appreciation and gratitude from those who receive their undying love and devotion. Thanks to Anna Jarvis, in 1908 the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created and ultimately became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Thank you, Anna!
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
Time for fun facts! Did you know there are approximately 84 million moms in the United States? Or that Mother’s Day is the third most celebrated holiday (behind Christmas and Easter)? Today, Mother's Day is celebrated in more than 50 countries and not all on the second Sunday in May. For example, India has a 10-day Mother's Day celebration in October. Brilliant! Want to know the weirdest Mother's Day observance? In the former Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother's Day. In order to be freed, she had to pay them with treats. That sounds like a celebration for kids, not moms.... According to a survey by AT&T, there are more phone calls made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Carnations are a popular symbol on this holiday - the tradition is to honor mothers who are living with red or pink carnations, and those who are deceased with white ones. Facts and history aside, moms just want to know that their children love and appreciate them and that they have done their job as moms. So, just call your mom. It means the world to her.
I love brunch. I love everything about it. Late breakfast, early lunch, dessert FOR breakfast and an excuse to drink mimosas mid morning all appeal to me very much. Here on Bainbridge Island we have a few spots to take your mom (or for your family to take YOU) for brunch if you so desire. Cafe Nola on the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Ave. serve brunch from 9:30-3:00 and their menu is unbelievable! Eggs in Clouds, Duck Biscuit, Grilled Cantaloupe and Caramel Pecan French Toast are just a small sampling of what they serve there. Afterward, you can do a little shopping in the sweet shops lining Winslow Way.
Streamliner Diner is another island favorite and conveniently located close to the ferry. They fill up early, so don't dilly dally when heading out the door but not to worry - you'll understand why once you bite into one of their incredibly decadent omelettes or Fried Egg Sandwiches. Try the Biscuits & Gravy for a real treat and don't forget to wash it down with a mimosa - remember, it IS a holiday, after all.
Manor House at Pleasant Beach is one of the most special places here on Bainbridge. They have a superb menu and the service is impeccable. You will feel truly celebrated surrounded by exposed wood beams and brick throughout. Do try the oysters if you're a fan. They serve some of the best ones I've had to date.
Happy Mother's Day to you and yours and thank you for working so hard for our children!
First Sundays Concerts presents the Jeff Johnson Jazz Quartet at 4 p.m. Today, Sept. 7 at Waterfront Park Community Center.
Johnson is one of the leading jazz bassists in the Seattle area.
Born in Minneapolis, Johnson ("Free" to some of his colleagues) left at age 20, spending time in Philadelphia and New York, and has worked with a veritable Who's Who of great jazz musicians — including Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Rouse, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Lew Tabackin, Eddie Daniels, Mark Murphy, Joanne Brackeen, Julian Priester, Jay Clayton, Marlena Shaw, Billy Hart, Annie Ross, George Cables, Bud Shank, Claudio Roditti, Ernestine Anderson and Michael Wolfe.
Since 1997, Johnson has recorded four CDs as a leader for the Pacific Northwest label, Origin Records. 1997′s “Free,” 2000′s “The Art of Falling” (which won the 2000 Earshot Jazz recording of the year in Seattle), 2004′s “Near Earth,” and his latest release, 2008′s "Tall Stranger.”
Johnson was also the winner of Seattle’s Earshot Jazz “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” awards in both 2000 and 2001.
For the upcoming concert on Bainbridge, Johnson will be joined by Mark Taylor on saxophone, Steve Moore on trombone and piano and Eric Eagle on drums.
Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.
If you aren't going to make it to todays concert, check out the other First Sunday Concerts at www.firstsundaysconcerts.org.