Chow down at the Father’s Day Manchester Salmon Bake

Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Manchester Library organization

PORT ORCHARD — The Friends of the Manchester Library (FOML), a nonprofit group, will stage its annual salmon bake Sunday, June 19, for the first time in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the Manchester Library’s 75th year of operation, according to FOML officials.

The popular event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Manchester Library, at 8067 E. Main St., in Manchester. Adult tickets are $20, $15 for children ages 7-12, and $5 for children 6 and younger. Cash or credit cards are accepted.

The menu this year includes open-pit barbecued wild salmon, baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread, a beverage of choice, and a cookie. FOML says it hopes to serve more than 700 dinners at this year’s event.

Proceeds from the salmon bake cover about one-third of the FOML’s $30,000 budget, which is used to fund maintenance of the library building, make capital improvements, and pay utilities and insurance.

“It’s not so much a fundraiser as a community-building event,” said Eric Cisney, president of FOML. “Everyone enjoys seeing old friends at the event.”

This year’s salmon bake will also celebrate the newly expanded library, where FOML has added 900 square feet of space, enlarging the area devoted to children and adults, while increasing space for the community, officials said. Solar panels donated by Puget Sound Energy for the new space are also now being used at the library.

Along with the addition, FOML replaced the roof, switched from natural gas heat to an electric heat pump, and added insulation.