Life on Bainbridge | June 2018
Bainbridge Island is home to a vast array of local happenings that all seek to better our community. Discover all that June has to offer, from a Classic Car Show to a Pop-Up Art and Craft Fair.
June 7th | BI Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale | 6pm – 7:30pm
The Rotary Club is preparing for the 58th Annual Auction and Rummage Sale which benefits projects of all sizes.
June 8th – 9th | BIMA Bash | Time Varies by Day
Join the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for the 5th Annual BIMA Bash – a weekend filled with fun where you can support our local art community.
June 16 – 17th | Pop-Up Art and Craft Fair | 10am – 6pm
Join our local art museum for a two day sale showcasing a variety of work from local artists. Meet the artists and explore pieces that fit your home.
June 23rd | Music with a View | Doors Open at 2pm
Bloedel Reserve presents the Summer Conert Series. A three-part event showcasing live music in our wonderful PNW setting.
June 26th| Classic Car Cruise-In | 5pm – 8pm
Enjoy classic cars and special interest vehicles while supporting local children. Can’t make it this month? Visit the website for additional dates through the summer.
Life on Bainbridge | May 2018
The Pacific Northwest offers unparalleled landscapes, which provide the perfect setting to celebrate warmer days ahead. This month the island is bounding with events that celebrate the world around us.
May 5th | Farmers Market | 9am – 1pm
Indulge in local goods every Saturday at Bainbridge Island’s Farmers Market through December.
May 13th | Mother’s Day | 1pm – 5pm
Islandwood will be hosting Nature Nurturer’s: A Celebration of Mother’s, a family friendly event dedicated to nurturing your loved ones.
Admission: $10-25/person, Free for Children 3 and Under
May 15th | Sip & Succulent | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Join Corks and Canvas at Fletcher Bay Winery for an evening of fun on their new patio. Enjoy a glass of wine while creating your own table top succulent.
Admission: $45/person in advance (plus tax)
May 17th | Drink and Draw| 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Emily Browne continues her ongoing series at the BI Museum of Art, teaching the community to draw the human figure.
May 19th| Youth Orchestra String Festival | 9am – 3pm
Join the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra for a day filled with music.
May 24th | Paved with Gold | 7pm – 8pm
Join The Island School for an evening of immigration stories which incorporate dance, drama, story and song.
This weeks “Loving Island Life” Blog features a very special place called The Island School on Bainbridge Island. This is a school with Extraordinary teachers who celebrate learning, diversity, culture, and our environment. Their dedication, love and commitment is directly reflected in the joyful faces of happy children.
Nestled in the woods of Bainbridge Island, The Island School is an independent kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school educating students from Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula, including Poulsbo, Suquamish, Indianola, Kingston, Hansville and Silverdale.
Founded as a private school in 1977, The Island School engages the mind and heart of every child in a culture that values excellent education, joy in learning, and respect and appreciation for others. Kids love to learn at The Island School and that is very apparent in the infectious laughter that echoes throughout the halls and in the eager participation evident in each classroom.
I JUST LOVE THEIR MISSION:
At The Island School we educate each of our children; we nourish their innate curiosity, inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, and foster respect and appreciation for themselves and others.
At The Island School, every child matters.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE ISLAND SCHOOL:
May 10, Open House: http://theislandschool.org/events/open-house-for-all-grades-kindergarten-5th/
May 3, Goin’ Buggy K/1 musical: http://theislandschool.org/events/goin-buggy-kindergarten-1st-grade-musical/
May 24, Paved With Gold: http://theislandschool.org/events/paved-with-gold-immigration-stories/
Please be sure to bookmark or revisit this blog for updates to the calendar!
For more information about 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!
Life on Bainbridge | April 2018
Now that spring has begun, it is a great time to explore the island and participate in local events.
Now through April 25th | Momentum | Times Vary
Bainbridge Island Art Museum is proud to celebrate Momentum, a month of art based performances. Visit their website for a full list of dates.
April 6th | First Friday Art Walk | 6pm – 8pm
Support local artists at this month’s art walk. Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s office will be hosting some great works and we would love to have you stop by.
April 7th | Wellness Chat | 9am – 10am
If you have been thinking about changing your lifestyle, now is a great time. Michelle Babb will be leading a free discussion about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Admission: Free, RSVP requested
April 13th | Book Launch| 5pm – 7pm
Eagle Harbor Book Company will be hosting a book launch for Bainbridge Island author Lynn Bruenelle. This event will be the kick off for kid-friendly events throughout the month. See their website for more details.
April 19th| Plant-Based Cooking Class | 5pm – 8pm
Nancy Travis will be leading a class utilizing fresh spring vegetables. The menu will feature a creamy soup, polenta and a spring salad.
April 27th | International Jazz Day | 9am – 12pm
Join several well-known artists at the Auditorium at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art to celebrate International Jazz Day.
Life on Bainbridge | March 2018
Celebrate the month of March with events around the Island.
March 2nd | First Fridays Art Walk | 6pm – 8pm
Explore Downtown Bainbridge Island and enjoy works by local artists. Be sure to stop by the Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty office as you peruse through town.
March 10th | 4th Annual Wildlife Baby Shower | 12pm – 3pm
Support the West Sound Wildlife Shelter as they prepare to care for critters of all sizes and shapes. The annual baby shower is the perfect time to stop by to donate goods and enjoy a tour of the baby nurseries.
March 17th | Denim and Diamonds Dinner Event | 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Join the community for a fundraising dinner event at the Wing Point Golf and Country Club.
Admission: $75-$600, Can’t make it? Donate here.
March 24th | Solar on Bainbridge| 2pm
This free workshop from Artisan Electric will teach you about solar panels and how they could benefit you.
March 29th| Heyday Farm Wine Dinner | 6pm – 9pm
Visit the Farm House for a dinner featuring wines from Beckham Estate Vineyards.
March 31st | mEGGa Hunt | 9am – 12pm
Come rain or shine to this year’s egg hunt at Battle Point Park. Hunters up to 5th grade are welcome to participate in this eggsellent event!
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
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
February 14th | Valentine’s Day Spotlight: Good Eats | 5pm – 10pm
Cost: $120/person, optional $60 wine pairing.
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
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.
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
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.
January 7th | First Concert Sundays | 4pm
Listen to music by flutist Janet See at The Waterfront Park Community Center.
Admission: $20/adult, $5/child
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
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
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
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
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.
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!!! 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. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!