Port Gamble gears up for summer amid a new normal

Traditionally, summertime in Port Gamble means big festivals like June Faire and Old Mill Days. Though Port Gamble will not be hosting those festivals, the quaint historic town is hoping for a busy summer as Washington State moves through the phases of reopening. Port Gamble boasts great eats, unique shopping experiences, and lot of outdoor activities to fill your summer appetite. We are hoping to see some businesses be able to open with limited capacities as laid out in Washington State’s reopening plan for COVID-19. This still creates great opportunity for supporting the Port Gamble businesses by purchasing items from online stores. Many of the businesses have been offering some great deals in their online lately too.

Olympic Outdoor Center leads the charge in Port Gamble and Kitsap County for outdoor recreation. From kayak rentals and classes to mountain bike rentals, this long-time anchor of Kitsap County has you covered. With many options ranging from hourly to multi-day rentals, you don’t have to be a hardened trail warrior to enjoy the mountain bikes and experiences offered by OOC. The wonderful thing is that it’s so easy. Visit their shop on historic Rainier Ave., rent your bike, and within minutes you’re on one of the best trail systems in the Northwest with 4,000 acres of forestland as your playground.

To get your summer recreation going with kayaking and mountain biking, visit olympicoutdoorcenter.com .

Port Gamble is still planning for Muddy Paws July 10-12, the Maritime Music Festival on Aug. 8, Summer Faire on Aug. 9, the Port Gamble Ghost Conference Nov. 6-8, and Country Christmas Dec. 12-13. Many of the trail races in the coming months are still scheduled but may be postponed or cancelled.

Tango Zulu Imports

Did you know Tango Zulu offers free shipping on internet orders of $25 and up, and also free curbside pickup? They hope to also be open for walk-in business in June, stay tuned to their website or Instagram for updates. Besides their usual array of gorgeous fair-trade baskets and housewares, they carry a wide variety of cloth face masks. Learn more at tangozuluimports.com and instagram.com/tangozulufairtrade.

Wish in Port Gamble Launches Website

We are excited that Wish in Port Gamble has launched their official website at www.wishinportgamble.com! You can order and pay for items online now. For now, you can schedule curb-side pickup or free local deliveries to the communities of Port Gamble, Kingston, Hansville, and Poulsbo.

Looking for another quarantine activity? WISH in Port Gamble is now selling puzzles for pick-up or delivery! Just check out the selection of White Mountain Puzzles! Free delivery for local folks or we can arrange for you to pick them up in Port Gamble. Thanks and please tell your friends!

You can also order gift certificates from WISH!

Congratulations to WISH in Port Gamble on the new website! www.wishinportgamble.com

A Look Ahead, Port Gamble Summer Faire August 9th

Get ready for the 4th Annual Port Gamble Summer Faire on Sunday Aug. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. We are excited to have live music all afternoon with awesome local acts. We are adding a traveling arts and crafts fair along with some great vendors too.

The West Sound Wildlife Shelter will be hosting the much-anticipated Raptor Rhapsody at the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion where you can get up close and personal with birds of prey. This is a great experience for any age and a great opportunity to help support a local Kitsap organization. Raptor Rhapsody will be open from noon to 4p.m. at the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion.

Stay tuned to the Port Gamble Facebook page or portgamble.com/summerfaire for event updates and details. We look forward to seeing all the families out again for a fun summer day.