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February Events on the Island

Life on Bainbridge | February 2018

Bainbridge Island offers abundant activites indoor and out. See below for details about different events celebrating the month of February.

 

 

 

 

 

February 10th | Friends of the Library Book Sale| 10am – 4pm

Join Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library for a Book Sale where you will have the opportunity to purchase gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines. Pricing begins at $0.50

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February 11th | First Concert Sundays | 4pm

Relax as you listen to music by the Alan Jones Jazz Trio The Waterfront Park Community Center.

Admission: $20/adult, $5/child

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February 14th | Valentine’s Day Spotlight: Good Eats | 5pm – 10pm

As seen in Seattle Mag, Hitchcock will be serving an exquisite eight-course meal.

Cost: $120/person, optional $60 wine pairing.

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February 14th | Valentine’s Day Spotlight: Good Music | 7pm

Join The Gossamer Strings for a special Valentine’s Day performance at the Treehouse Cafe.

Admission: $10/person, 21-and-over only

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February 18th | Corks and Canvas | 1pm – 3pm

Enjoy fine wine while learning to paint a scene of blossoms in snow at Bainbridge Vineyards. Corks and Canvas will return February 20th.

Cost: $50/person

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February 25th | Chilly Hilly 2018 | 8am – 3pm

Cascade Bicycle Club will be hosting its 46th Chilly Hilly. This 33-mile bike ride will take you from scenic Seattle to a finish line made complete by a chili feed all while supporting local charities. Cost: $30-$40/person

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January Events on the Island

Life on Bainbridge | January 2018

Bainbridge Island is bustling with events this month. See what is happening across the island below.

 

 

 

 

 

January 5th | First Fridays Art Walk | 6pm – 8pm

Explore Downtown Bainbridge to see art displayed across town. Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be a part of this recurring event.

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January 7th | First Concert Sundays | 4pm

Listen to music by flutist Janet See at The Waterfront Park Community Center.

Admission: $20/adult, $5/child

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January 9th – 30th | Yoga Basics: A 4-Week Series | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Dayaalu Center presents a 4-week series of introductory yoga classes taking place each Tuesday evening throughout the month of January. Cost: $145

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January 9th – 31st | smARTfilms: Film Noir | 7pm

Watch Klute, a film about a small-town detective searching for a missing man. Click here for a calendar which includes other films that will be playing. Admission: Varies

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January 10th | Fletcher Bay Winery: Wine Down Wednesday | 6pm – 8pm

Enjoy a glass of wine at Fletcher Bay Winery while enjoying live music. Hungry? Grab a bite from The Grub Hut food truck.

Cost: $5/glass of wine

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January 28th | Buds, Bark and Branches: Winter Tree Identification | 1pm – 3pm

Enjoy a hike through the forest to admire plantlife while listening to birds and expanding your botanist vocabulary. Admission: $5

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January 30th | Bainbridge Island Fly Fishers Meeting | 7pm – 9pm

Join the community for a presentation from North Kitsap High School’s Satya Advana, who will speak about building a Peeler Skiff. Includes a raffle drawing for $1/ticket.

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Bainbridge Island Blog-Looking for a Unique Holiday Gift?

Looking for a special and unique gift this holiday season?  Something that will be around forever? Consider giving a Market Charm that will hang in the new addition of the Pike Place Market!  For $180 donation to the Pike Place Market Foundation, you can purchase a Market Charm, and dedicate it to your family, children, other loved ones, or even your favorite charity.

The Market Charm will hang in the new addition of the Pike Place Market Forever!  With more than 10 million visitors annually, the Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular tourist destination, and is the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world!  WOW!!! Bainbridge Island BlogsBainbridge Island Blog When your charm is installed, you will receive a card, and directions to your Market Charm location.  Searching for it is super fun!

This is a generational gift that is really quite remarkable.Bainbridge Island Blogs  My husband’s family purchased a Market Tile in the early 80’s and we are pleased to have carried on the family tradition with this recent Pike Place Market expansion.   Perhaps this could be a fun and cherished memory for your family too!  To purchase your Charm click here.

May Your Days Be Merry & Bright!

Sonja

 

What’s It Like To Live On Bainbridge Island?

A question I am often asked is “What’s It Like To Live On Bainbridge Island?”.   Well, here’s some answers.  A private and secluded sanctuary awaits you in the island community of Bainbridge Island, WA. Only a 35-minute ferry ride away from Seattle, the community wows residents and visitors alike with its stunning mountain views, gently rolling hills, and small-town America feel. In 2005, the island was named by CNN/Money and Money Magazine as the second best place to live in the United States. It was recognized again in 2011, earning the top spot in a nationwide study of the best island enclaves by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. With gourmet food shops, a vibrant artisan community, and an impressive selection of local wineries, it’s no surprise that Bainbridge Island continues to be a favorite hamlet for those seeking luxury real estate and a low-key island lifestyle.

what's it like to live on Bainbridge Island

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The charm of Bainbridge Island begins to show itself the moment you step aboard the ferry that connects it to Seattle. In fact, the commute to and from the Island is one of the biggest reasons people consistently choose the Island over mainland locations a similar distance away. For those residents, traffic and honking are things of the past, a far cry from the gently lapping waters of the Puget Sound and the sun setting on the mountains in a panoramic view. The ferry ride is different every day, allowing unparalleled enjoyment of the changing seasons and sometimes even a sighting of the elusive Orca whales.

It’s almost as if time travel is achieved by getting off the ferry at the bustling dock on Bainbridge Island. Suddenly you are transported back to a time when people walked down Main Street, live music floated on the air, and the dominant aroma was roasted coffee and cinnamon muffins. For many, the town center, affectionately called Winslow, is a storybook community.

What's it like to live on Bainbridge Island

Surrounded by tall trees, pastoral fields and wooded hills, it certainly looks like a storybook community. And its rustic charms donʼt end there. They extend into the variety of eclectic storefronts, bustling coffee shops, and gourmet restaurants that keep the community connected.

With only 65 square miles of land and just over 22,000 residents, Bainbridge Island could have fallen into the trap of being just another sleepy village. But its thriving artisan industries and the resulting strong economy based on small and medium sized businesses have made the town into a strong intellectual and cultural center. The variety of contemporary art available, as well as the traditional crafts that residents are so proud of, continue to draw many visitors each year.

Because of the strength of its community, Bainbridge Island continues to be a haven that unites people of different strengths, from the civically-minded to the creative to the intellectual. All of these people enjoy the lifestyle that is made possible by the Island and its lack of traffic, where everything you might want to do is only minutes away. It is truly a place where there is something for everyone, from the golf enthusiast to the hiker to the quiet reader.

What's it like to live on Bainbridge Island

Once you experience everything that Bainbridge Island has to offer, itʼs likely you wonʼt want to go anywhere else. And yet the ability to do that, to go somewhere else quickly and easily, is one of the Islandʼs most endearing qualities. Seattle is not the only destination nearby. The Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal are wonderful spots for weekend travel and are accessible by bridge.

Bainbridge Island unites more than just the country with the city. It unites the convenience of modern life with idyllic values from long ago: artisanship, community, and natural beauty. And that has made it more than just a place to live. It has made it a place to relax and enjoy the best that life has to offer. And that, even more than the ferry ride to get there, has made all the difference.

If your interested in our Beautiful Island give me a call, or visit SonjaJones.com.  Let’s bring you home!

“Loving Island Life” Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth!

Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth does the 4th of July in a BIG way!  We at “Loving Island Life” don’t want you to miss a single minute of the fabulous festivities that are coming up this weekend, so here’s the lowdown!

July 3rd Street Dance
Our awesome downtown association is once again having their annual July 3rd Street Dance.  This very popular event will take place on Winslow Way from 6 – 11 pm for food, music, dancing, and family fun.  This FREE community gathering is a yearly fund raising event for the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association. Break open your piggy banks, because the food and beverages will be cash-only. Complimentary family fun includes the always popular sidewalk chalk drawing, glitter tattoos, and balloon sculptures.  Check out the Downtown Association website for more details.

 

Grand Old 4th, Bainbridge Island’s biggest party!

The Grand Old 4th is produced and presented by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, with the help of dozens of volunteers and a handful of loyal sponsoring businesses. “Join us for the 2016 Annual Grand Old 4th of July Parade and Community Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. The 50th Grand Old 4th will include a Pancake Breakfast, all-day Street Fair, foot races (benefiting Bainbridge Youth Services), a Classic Car Show, Live Music, Food, Entertainment, a Beer Garden, and plenty of Family Fun—all capped off by the “Best Small Town Parade in America.” The mile-long parade always begins at 1 p.m. sharp!  We have something new and exciting this year!  We are opening the “Young Artisan Marketplace” for our young and eager entrepreneurs.  For lots more information on the day’s events, go to the Grand Old 4th website!

For more information about Events, Recipes and things to do on Bainbridge Island, our Real Estate Market, Bainbridge Island Lifestyle, Condominiums, Luxury Waterfront Homes, Equestrian Properties, and Estates and Farms, visit www.homesforsaleonbainbridgeisland.com. Discover what “Loving Island Life” is all about!

“Loving Island Life” Bainbridge Parks Part 3

For our next installment in our Bainbridge Island parks series, we at “Loving Island Life” would like to share two parks on the south end of the island, both are beautiful,  historically significant, and they are linked by a 1.25 mile easy trail.  Slip on your walking shoes and we’ll hope to see you out there!

Fort Ward

“Fort Ward Park is a 137-acre marine park with 4,300 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rich Passage. Many of the structures in the park reflect the historic military significance of the area, but the park is well developed for day use. There is an underwater park for scuba divers, a two-lane boat ramp and a long, rocky beach along Rich Passage. This park is on the Cascadia Marine Trail, campsites are on a first come first serve basis for paddle craft users only.  There are limited services available and we ask that patrons practice “leave no trace” principals. There are 12 unsheltered picnic tables with grills, available first come, first served. The upper picnic area is accessible by automobile. The lower picnic area (along Rich Passage) is accessible by foot only.”

Access to the boat launch (which is available free of charge) and lower picnic areas at Fort Ward Park is located at 2241 Pleasant Beach Rd NE.  There are parking spaces, restrooms, picnic tables, and trash receptacles at this location.

 Fort Ward Park’s upper parking lot is located on the east side of the park, accessible from Fort Ward Hill Road NE and has picnic tables and easy access to the Fort Ward to Blakely Harbor trail system.

A bit of local history:  After World War II, the U.S. Navy used a radio tower (once located adjacent to the park and east of the upper picnic area) to send messages to Navy Command in Seattle at Pier 91. In 1903, Fort Ward was officially commissioned as a seacoast fort with the primary objective of protecting the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Two gun batteries are located in the park. During World War II, the navy used the fort as a radio station and training school for communication personnel and installed a submarine net across Rich Passage. In 1958, the navy decommissioned the fort, and State Parks purchased Fort Ward in 1960. Ownership of the Park was transferred to the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District June 4, 2011.

 

Blakely Harbor Park

This is another local park with a very interesting history.  “This 40-acre park is on the former site of Port Blakely Mill, one of the world’s largest sawmills in the late 1800’s. This park is in the process of being developed for passive recreational use such as picnicking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.  On December 15, 1999, the initial 20-acre parcel was purchased by the Bainbridge Island Park District from Port Blakely Tree Farms, following several years of negotiations by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, the Park District, and other island volunteers to preserve this historically significant property. The purchase was made possible through a grant from the Recreation Conservation Office, $1 million raised through Land Trust volunteer fundraising efforts, and support from the City of Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County.  An additional 18 acres was purchased in November 2001, increasing the total Blakely Harbor Park acreage to 40 acres.”

 

The park is located at the head of Blakely Harbor. Closest cross streets: Blakely Avenue and 3-T Road.

A bit of local history:  Yama is the 7-acre portion of Blakely Harbor Park that was once the site of the Japanese community associated with Blakely’s lumber mill era and an important aspect joined with other local and immigrant labor endeavors that helped make Blakely a significant 19th century community. The Bainbridge Island Historical Society is currently working on a preservation plan for this historically and archeaologically significant portion of the park.

Fort Ward-to-Blakely Harbor Trail

“The Fort Ward-to-Blakely Harbor Trail creates an important link between the two largest parks on the southern end of Bainbridge Island, Fort Ward Park and Blakely Harbor Park.  The trail provides a pleasant meandering walk through a thick forest of Douglas Fir and Big Leaf Maple trees and wetland areas.

Other trails nearby include the Fort Ward Trail System, accessed from the same parking lot off Fort Ward Hill Road NE, and the Blakely Harbor and Blakely Cemetery Trails, both accessed from roadside parking on Blakely Avenue NE.

As its name suggests, the Fort Ward-to-Blakely Harbor Trail links Fort Ward Park to Blakely Harbor Park and can be accessed from either end.  From Fort Ward Park, the trail can be accessed from the Fort Ward Trail approximately 0.1 miles north of the Fort Ward Park parking lot off Fort Ward Hill Road NE.  This parking lot has sufficient parking, a restroom, and trash facilities.  The trail can also be accessed at Blakely Harbor Park from a trailhead parking lot on NE Country Club Road.  At this parking lot, there are 5 parking spaces and no restroom or trash facilities.”

This 1.25 mile trail is dog friendly, and appropriate for hiking, biking and horses.

For more information about Events, Recipes and things to do on Bainbridge Island, our Real Estate Market, Bainbridge Island Lifestyle, Condominiums, Luxury Waterfront Homes, Equestrian Properties, and Estates and Farms, visit www.homesforsaleonbainbridgeisland.com. Discover what “Loving Island Life” is all about!

 

“Loving Island Life” Bainbridge Island Parks

Welcome to the second installment of our series on Bainbridge Island Parks.  We at “Loving Island Life” are excited to share with you the incomparable Bloedel Reserve.  A place like no other, it is a wonderful island treasure with a fascinating history. The New York Times called it “one of this country’s most original and ambitious gardens.”  There is so much to know about the Bloedel Reserve, its history, its purpose, events and activities, we hardly know where to begin.  Their website is beautiful and easy to navigate, so we will provide some links for those who want to learn more.

History

Bloedel Reserve was created by Prentice and Virginia Bloedel, who resided on the property from 1951 until 1986. The son of a prominent lumber company owner, Mr. Bloedel was educated at the Thacher School in Ojai, California and at Yale University. Go to this link  to read more about Prentice Bloedel and his vision for the property.

From their website;  Bloedel’s twelve distinct gardens range from a bird marsh teeming with life, to a velvety-soft moss garden, to an award-winning Japanese garden and guest house. It’s an ever-changing landscape, and each visit brings surprises as you witness nature unfolding right before your eyes.

At Bloedel, you won’t find plant identification tags or directional signage. A walk through Bloedel is an experience. Immerse yourself in nature and for a moment, let the rest of the world fade away.

With 150 acres to explore, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy.  Visit their website to learn more about this island treasure.

Address: 7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Phone: (206) 842-7631
“We humans are trustees in this world…our power should be exercised in this context.” – Prentice  Bloedel

“Nature can do without man, but man cannot do without nature.” – Prentice  Bloedel

For more information about Events, Recipes and things to do on Bainbridge Island, our Real Estate Market, Bainbridge Island Lifestyle, Condominiums, Luxury Waterfront Homes, Equestrian Properties, and Estates and Farms, visit www.homesforsaleonbainbridgeisland.com. Discover what “Loving Island Life” is all about!

 

“Loving Island Life” Bainbridge Island Parks

Bainbridge Islanders love green.   For example, the City of Bainbridge Island has a history of trend-setting in sustainable practices, and we at “Loving Island Life” are proud to share that with you.

In 1989, the city prohibited retail food establishments from using non-biodegradable packaging (Styrofoam).

In 1991, the city ensured that recycling facilities were available, affordable, and convenient to all residents to encourage reduced waste.

In 1996, the city ceased using chemicals for vegetation control along roadways.

In 2003, the city ceased using pesticides.

In 2012, the city took another big step forward in reducing litter and unnecessary waste, protecting water and wildlife, and saving money by reducing the use of plastic bags in our community. The City Council approved the Single Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance (commonly known as the “plastic bag ban”) in April.

We also have some amazing outdoor spaces, and feel a strong commitment to developing our island in a responsible way so that future generations can share in the serene beauty we all currently enjoy.  Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District maintains and operates over 1600 acres of developed and undeveloped parkland on Bainbridge Island along with 32 miles of trails.  Not bad for an island that is only 10 miles long and 5 miles wide!  You can find a list of 36 parks and maps for 21 trails here on their website.

In addition to the Parks Department, Bainbridge Island has one city park, Waterfront Park, located in downtown Winslow, as well as one private reserve, Bloedel Reserve, located on the north end of the island.  With the arrival of warm weather, and summer fast approaching, we would like to encourage you to enjoy our great outdoors by highlighting some of our favorite parks and trails in a short series of blogs.  Let’s start with Waterfront Park, which is an easy stroll from the ferry.

 

Waterfront Park

 

Waterfront Park is a 5.5 acre, day use only park in the heart of downtown Winslow.  It’s a very popular civic and social gathering place for island residents and visitors alike. It welcomes annual festivals, summer performances, special events, picnics, music performances, and more. It provides sunny lawn areas for play, including a play area for children, and has easy access to the water’s edge for boating and tranquil views of Eagle Harbor.

The 200-foot city dock is directly south of Waterfront Park. It is open year-round and is first come, first served. The city dock offers guest moorage for vessels for up to 70 feet. The city also offers 400 feet of offshore guest moorage in Eagle Harbor and ample transient anchorage in Eagle Harbor and around the island.  The city dock will be closed beginning July 31, 2017 for a major renovation and is scheduled to re-open March 1, 2018.

The annual Boater’s Fair is also held at Waterfront Park and is very popular with local boaters.

Bainbridge Island Annual Boater’s Fair

Sunday, July 2, 2017. 11AM-3PM

Up next, the Bloedel Reserve, a unique and treasured island gem.

For more information about Events, Recipes and things to do on Bainbridge Island, our Real Estate Market, Bainbridge Island Lifestyle, Condominiums, Luxury Waterfront Homes, Equestrian Properties, and Estates and Farms, visit www.homesforsaleonbainbridgeisland.com. Discover what “Loving Island Life” is all about!

“Loving Island Life” Bainbridge Island Art Walk

We at “Loving Island Life” have always felt that there is something a bit magical about Bainbridge Island.  It’s one of those rare and special places on earth that attract creative, artistic people.  Bainbridge counts among its residents some very accomplished and well known writers, artists and actors.

Art Grice at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts

 This week during First Friday Art Walk, you will have the opportunity to meet renowned photographer Art Grice at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, as he presents images from his upcoming book, Art Grice Retrospective: A Walk in the Dark, due to be published later in the year.  Visit his website to learn more about the artist and see samples of his work.

Student Show

Also premiering this Friday, May 5th, BAC’s annual extravaganza will feature vibrant works of art by high school and middle school artists from all over Bainbridge Island.

Middle School Reception: May 5, 6-8 p.m.

High School Reception: May 24, 4-5 p.m.

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts

151 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

As always, Karen will be pouring wine at our downtown office, and she would love for you to stop in for a chat and enjoy our latest sculptural pieces of art from Island Gallery.

For more information about Events, Recipes and things to do on Bainbridge Island, our Real Estate Market, Bainbridge Island Lifestyle, Condominiums, Luxury Waterfront Homes, Equestrian Properties, and Estates and Farms, visit www.homesforsaleonbainbridgeisland.com. Discover what “Loving Island Life” is all about!

 

 

 

“Loving Island Life” Independent Bookstore Day!

An Independent brick and mortar bookstore is so much more than just a place that sells books.  It’s a place of inspiration and comfort, a place to connect with the community. For children it’s an exciting place to explore new worlds and fan the flames of their imaginations.  We at “Loving Island Life” love to read and we feel so fortunate to have a truly wonderful independent book store with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.  This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and there will be tours this weekend of independent bookstores all over greater Seattle.  Please stop in to our own Eagle Harbor Book Company to celebrate the day!

Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST

157 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Eagle Harbor Book Company

“Join us for a day of celebration of bricks and mortar independent bookstores! We’ll open our doors early — at 7:30am — for those planning to travel to bookstores around the Seattle area. Or stop by anytime during the day for prizes, surprises, authors, and more! We’ll have special merchandise, food, and lots of talk about books, audio books, and more. Meet other booklovers who are scrambling to visit every participating bookstore in the greater Seattle area!”

There is no Frigate like a Book 

To take us Lands away 

Nor any Coursers like a Page 

Of prancing Poetry – 

This Traverse may the poorest take 

Without oppress of Toll – 

How frugal is the Chariot 

That bears the Human Soul –

BY EMILY DICKINSON

For more information about Events, Recipes and things to do on Bainbridge Island, our Real Estate Market, Bainbridge Island Lifestyle, Condominiums, Luxury Waterfront Homes, Equestrian Properties, and Estates and Farms, visit www.homesforsaleonbainbridgeisland.com. Discover what “Loving Island Life” is all about!