Day trips: Make Port Gamble your playground

Traditionally, summertime in Port Gamble means big festivals like June Faire and Old Mill Days. Although Port Gamble will not be hosting large festivals this year, the quaint historic town is expecting a busy summer.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

The joys of backyard bird watching

it’s a relaxing pastime that makes us feel more in touch with nature. For others, it’s a rewarding hobby filled with seasonal surprises. You never know what might show up at your feeders.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

Robin Hood, retold: a sneak peek at Port Gamble Theater Co.’s production | Kitsap Weekly

“Robin Hood,” the saucy chap with the sense of social justice who turned Sherwood Forest into a revenue stream for the less fortunate, leads his merry band onto Port Gamble’s stage July 8 –24.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

R. Lynch is winner of Viking Fest runes translation contest | Kitsap Weekly

Twenty-eight people correctly translated the runes on the cover of the May 13 edition of Kitsap Weekly.

  • May 23rd, 2016

When garden art goes bad | On Kingston Time

Whatever the reason for his missing head, Jiminy Cricket sits in the Wolfle children’s garden like a cartoon victim of the French Reign of Terror. Welcome to Edgar Allan Poe Elementary, he seems to say.

It’s adventure time in Hansville | Hansville Happenings

You can make your life full of adventures by just changing your attitude about doing new or different things. Why not give it a try? If it doesn’t make you happy, you can always go back to your everyday ways, right?

Get ready for a fun-filled weekend May 20-22 | Kitsap Weekly

Carnival rides, eating contests and horned helmets aside, Viking Fest is a celebration of cultural and historical significance to Norway’s descendants in Kitsap County. Viking Fest celebrates Norway’s Constitution Day — May 17, 1814 — when Norway declared itself an independent kingdom (it had been united with Denmark and, after the Napoleonic Wars, was trying to fend off being ceded to Sweden).

Paint Out Poulsbo — by the numbers

63 winners of first en plein air art event Paint Out Poulsbo contest exhibit their works at NCAD

A Poem for Mother’s Day | This ’N’ That

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I would like to share a lovely piece of poetry my youngest daughter Donna wrote for me at 2 a.m. the morning of Jan. 3.

Fast and furious: 57th season of drag racing at Bremerton Raceway | Kitsap Weekly

Lonnie Sharkey beamed a wide smile after his bright red 1966 Chevy II Nova completed the quarter-mile time trial in 9.68 seconds at 138 mph. “It was a good run,” said Sharkey, of Silverdale.

  • Apr 28th, 2016

Fish Park’s hidden gem | Kitsap Weekly

With the exception of a small salmon mural along the sidewalk, the Lindvig Way bridge is about as ordinary as any other bridge — a gray mix of asphalt, concrete and guard rails. The understory of the bridge, however, is far from ordinary.

Performances that come from the heart and soul | Kitsap Weekly

Arnie Sturham is a tough cookie. Normally, the Treehouse Café owner lives by two criteria for booking a gig: name recognition and a built-in following. The Bainbridge crowd can be picky — “discriminating,” is the kinder word Sturham uses on his website — and the Treehouse Café receives dozens of inquiries every day, so he takes his time curating a line-up.

  • Apr 7th, 2016

Visit a farmers market and taste all that’s great about Kitsap | Kitsap Weekly

Long after those fresh leeks and potatoes are consumed, the memory of the farmers market experience will live on.

  • Apr 1st, 2016

Apply now for local groups’ scholarships and grants | Hansville Happenings

If you are interested in applying, please log onto the website Under the Scholarship tab, you will see where you can download the appropriate submission document. And don’t forget: your postmark deadline for this application is May 1, so if you are interested, get started today.

Take steps now to protect your pet | Pets & People

Last spring, I learned my chocolate Lab mix can jump very high. I let her out one morning and before I could finish yelling her name, “Ellie,” she had chased a family of deer out of our yard, over the fence and into the woods.

  • Mar 21st, 2016

Cultural events put you in touch with Kitsap’s Norwegian roots | Kitsap Weekly

2016 marks landmark anniversaries for some of the organizations that they founded to help each other survive and thrive in their new home: The Sons of Norway Lodge in Poulsbo celebrates its 100th; Martha & Mary celebrates its 125th; the Poulsbo First Lutheran Church is 130 years old.

New book casts a fresh look at 20th century women | Kitsap Weekly

Read June Cotner and Barb Mayer’s newest book, “We Are Women / Celebrating Our Wit and Grit,” and it may change how you look at women, particularly the females in your mom, grandmother and great-grandmother’s generations.

  • Mar 5th, 2016

Classic performance for a classic place: guitarist Craig Alden Dell in benefit for Port Gamble Theatre

The historic Port Gamble Theatre welcomes world-renowned acoustic guitarist Craig Alden Dell, a 45-year veteran of the guitar, on March 12.

Take a sip at Brewed Awakening beer and art show Feb. 20

Slaughter County Brewing Company is hosting “Brewed Awakening” at its Port Orchard location, 1307 Bay St., on Saturday, Feb. 20.

  • Feb 13th, 2016

‘Pig out’ at the Valentine’s Day Barn Party Sunday

Feeling like pigging out this weekend? You can do so Sunday and not feel guilty at the Valentine’s Day Barn Party and Pig fundraiser. It will run from 1-3:30 p.m. in Port Orchard.

  • Feb 12th, 2016

Chip Hanauer’s excellent adventure | Kitsap Weekly

The Boat Guy and the Winter Rendezvous return to downtown Poulsbo Feb. 12-14

  • Feb 6th, 2016

Artists honored at ‘Bremerton’s Oscars ceremony’ | Kitsap Weekly

Mayor Patty Lent described the occasion as “Bremerton’s Oscars ceremony for the visual arts.” It was the Collective Visions Gallery Show’s 2016 awards, Jan. 23 in Bremerton’s elegant Admiral Theatre. More than $10,000 in cash and purchase awards were announced.

  • Jan 30th, 2016

Brewing better beer: Kitsap’s growing brew culture | Kitsap Weekly

Winston Churchill said, “Most people hate the taste of beer to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice.” With breweries and the craft-beer market growing, it’s safe to say Washingtonians have become prejudicial about their fondness for beer.

Farewell, Mrs. Weisenberger | On Kingston Time

On Nov. 11, Kingston lost a little piece of itself with the passing of native daughter Lucille Weisenberger. If you grew up in the north end of Kitsap County in the 1940s through the early 1970s, chances are you knew her, though for many of us she was simply Mrs. Weisenberger.

Anderson, Knode, Walker featured poets | Bookends

Finnish-Sami poet Gary Anderson, street poet Shane Knode and local journalist Richard Walker will read some of their works at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse.

  • Jan 10th, 2016

Local celebrities share their New Year’s resolutions | Kitsap Weekly

It’s a new year, which means, of course, it’s time to recommit ourselves to accomplishing a resolution that will improve ourselves or our community. Need some inspiration? We asked some local notables to show us the mountains they plan to scale in 2016.

  • Dec 31st, 2015

State Parks says, ‘Hey, you, take a hike’ | Kitsap Weekly

Free — now, that’s a good reason to get out and usher in 2016 in the great outdoors

  • Dec 29th, 2015

Kitsap is party central on New Year’s Eve | Kitsap Weekly

Still making plans for New Year’s Eve? Here’s what’s scheduled in Kitsap. How about a dive adventure? Or a retro 1980s dance? Or an indoor beach party? Take a look at this sampling of events. These are just some of the reasons to celebrate the new year close to home.

  • Dec 29th, 2015

Ho-ho-home for the holidays | Stars Above Kitsap

What do you want for Christmas? Really, truly, deeply. Whatever it is, it probably is not for sale at the mall, in a catalog or online. And therein lies the yearning, angst and general unrest of the Season. The outer world demands more of our time and attention at a time our inner world needs more of both.

  • Dec 24th, 2015

Meet Marvel Comics artist Jeffrey Veregge Dec. 5 at Kitsap Mall

Jeffrey Veregge visited Wolfle Elementary School Nov. 20 to talk about his art. Next, he's headed to Silverdale for a meet and greet to share his new comic book, Dec. 5

The land and its citizens deserve our respect | Choices for the Future

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Carl Safina speak. He is the author of “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Speak.” He started his journey of learning about various wildlife species by talking with a researcher who had studied elephants in Africa for decades. He wanted to know her perspective on elephants based on their similarity to humans, and what we can learn about ourselves.

53 artists, 18 studios featured in Art in the Woods Nov. 6-8 | Kitsap Weekly

In the Art In The Woods Studio Tour, you can visit with talented professionals working in a variety of media. Observe demonstrations in processes such as glass lampwork, raku and etching. The studio sizes range from single-artist working environments to groups of artists in larger venues. The tour is divided into three easy-to-access areas.

  • Nov 6th, 2015

A mission for the spooky season | Stars Above Kitsap

The Season of Dark swirls around us at this New Moon in Scorpio (Nov. 11, 9:47 a.m. PST). As the night force overtakes the day force, and the veil thins, psychologically, the doors to our personal caverns open too.

  • Nov 6th, 2015

Walla Walla Vintners continues to shine | Great Northwest Wines

It’s been quite a year for the team at Walla Walla Vintners. Led by owners Gordy Venneri and Myles Anderson and winemaker William VonMetzger, this winery east of downtown Walla Walla has been capturing medals and acclaim at a fast clip in 2015.

  • Nov 6th, 2015

New bookstore, poetry readings, author workshop | Bookends

Liberty Bay Books opened a Bremerton store for the holiday months of November and December. The location: 409 Pacific Ave., near Hot Java and the Admiral Theater.

  • Nov 6th, 2015

Imbibing with your Paperwhites | Kitsap Weekly

With recent events revolving around alcoholic beverages, it is not surprising I would turn my November column into how-to-liquor-up-paperwhites to stunt their growth.

  • Nov 6th, 2015

Share what you can with neighbors in need | This ‘N’ That

It seems every year the holiday season rolls around earlier than the last. Yet, as children, we thought it was never going to get here, while marking the days off on the calendar. Thanksgiving was big in my family and was so looked forward to in my growing up. We had turkey two times a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, in those days, unless you were lucky enough to live on a farm raising a few. The Great Depression put a damper on holidays for many. I remember one year during the 1930s, when a local church with little funds left a basket in front of our apartment door with a small turkey and all the trimmings. Mom cried when she found it.

Now featuring fiction | Hansville Happenings

I know it’s a little early to think of December Hansville Happenings, but I don’t want you to miss this one: The Hansville Writing Group is sponsoring an author event from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Hansville Community Center.

Maggie’s story: Rescue dog inspires a book

By the hopeful look in her bright brown eyes, no one could have guessed that at just seven weeks of age, her puppyhood was taken from her. It would take someone extraordinary to notice the trying spirit of Maggie Anne, showing her will to flourish in the seemingly dog-eat-dog world.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

Artist presents retrospective at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts | Kitsap Weekly

If Sally Robison were an animal, she would definitely be a cat — although it’s doubtful that nine lives would be enough to contain her creativity.

  • Oct 1st, 2015