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The late William Stafford is revered as a poet who had both feet firmly planted on the ground. “He didn’t distinguish between poetry and the way he lived his life,” Neil Baker, of Bainbridge Island, said. Part of that grounding came from his Kansan roots, a formative time when he learned that “everywhere we looked the land would hold us up.”
ARTS & CRAFTS BLOOM VENDORS: Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour seeking art vendors for Art Fair. Application deadline Feb. 16. Information www.artshum.org. IKEBANA CLASSES: Japanese flower arranging classes 10 a.m. to noon first and third Saturdays, Bainbridge Senior Center, Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island. Next class Jan. 20. Information (360) 297-2901....
The Jewel Box Poets Sunday Reading Series continues Jan. 21 with Seattle poets Kathleen Flenniken and Josie Emmons Turner. The series is hosted by Poulsbo poet Jenifer Lawrence, author of the recently published book of poetry, “One Hundred Steps from Shore.”
If you are of a certain generation, say one with the word “boom” often attached, you may fondly remember playing cowboys and Indians when Roy Rogers was an icon and scratchy music came from a large, round, black vinyl disk.
In what has become a much-anticipated annual event, Seattle’s Total Experience Gospel Choir comes to Bainbridge Island Jan. 20 for another day of musical good times honoring the life and legacy of the late Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sing Out! is a day-long event centered around the Filipino American Community Hall on High School Road. It starts with a black gospel choir workshop which runs from 1-5 p.m.
Gypsy jazz quintet Pearl Django returns to the Collective Visions Gallery this weekend for two shows. The gallery setting is a change from the type of venues the Seattle-based group often plays, but violinist Michael Gray said that’s a good thing. “It’s a great spot to play,” Gray said. “We love the small venues. Playing for 10,000 people, which we do, can be daunting. In a small room you can really look everyone in the eye. It’s like a big house concert.”
The red and green M&M bowl is empty. Nothing but crumbs are left in the shortbread tin. Even the fruitcake is finally nibbled down to the last petrified cherry. January is the cruelest month. Here and there you see people still displaying their Christmas lights, struggling to stave off the darkness that they know awaits without them, but for the most part the decorations have been packed away for another year.
They won’t be arriving in the Navy’s signature mode of transportation, the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, but two retired Navy veterans will be landing at Eagle Harbor Books Jan. 11, to read from their new books. John Van Wyck Gould served on a destroyer during WWII, while Stuart Franklin Platt is a retired Rear Admiral. Both men live on Bainbridge Island.
One petite Asian woman will fill the stage at the Admiral Theatre Jan. 11, as Jude Narita presents “From the Heart,” a one-woman show with five different vignettes. Narita is the award-winning creator of several one-woman shows featuring the fictitious stories of women of Asian descent. She is Japanese-American.
Woodworker Ken Savage just wanted to make one guitar. Just one, for his own personal use and enjoyment. One with a better tonal quality than he could find in mass produced guitars. One, perfect guitar. Yeah, right. A woodworker making one guitar is like a chocolatier making one truffle.