Life on Bainbridge | December 2018
There is a chill in the air and its officially the most wonderful time of the year! Local shops are filled with cheer and residents across the island are ready to celebrate. Find out where you can enjoy twinkling lights and build gingerbread houses below.
December 7th – 26th | An Actor’s Carol
Enjoy a Christmas classic from Charles Evered. This rendition of A Christmas Carol features holiday music from Bainbridge Island’s Jon Brenner.
December 11th | Winter Wonderland | 4pm – 7pm
The third annual event is the perfect place for seasonal family fun! Enjoy light features, face painting, cider, cookies, a boat parade and more. Rumor has it Santa will stop by, too!
December 8th – 15th | Gingerbread Houses
The Kids Discovery Museum is hosting a DIY workshop to decorate gingerbread houses. Stop by any day to enjoy this self-guided activity with little ones.
December 15th – January 6th | Holiday Village
Bloedel Reserve is magic of the season with a tiny town that will leave big memories. The handmade village offers imagination galore that all ages are sure to love.
December 20th – 22nd | Solstice Walks
Explore nature with a candle-lit walk through Bloedel Reserve. A pathway lit by lanterns make this event unlike any of the other experiences offered all day.
December 31st | Noon Year’s Eve | 10am – 1pm
A new year is almost here, and the Kids Discovery Museum is ready to celebrate ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ with a countdown and balloon drop.
Life on Bainbridge | November 2018
The holidays are drawing near and all over the island events are celebrating the season! Enjoy our peaceful natural landscape, participate in a fun-run fundraiser and start your holiday shopping.
November 8th | Outdoor Family Nature Club | 10am
Join the Outdoor Families Nature Club for education, hiking and playtime. The group meets every week, rain or shine.
November 11th | American Hero Sew-In | 12pm – 5pm
The Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild invites you to celebrate Veterans Day at this year’s American Hero Sew-In, an event dedicated to providing quilts for men and women who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
November 15th | Late Fall Plant & Tree Walk | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Bloedel Reserve is celebrating the season with a walk centered around the beautiful fall colors. The walk will occur rain or shine, so be sure to dress accordingly!
November 17th & 18th | Celluloid Bainbridge
The annual film fest is here! Enjoy two days of films that have a connection to wonderful Bainbridge Island at the historic Lynwood Theatre.
November 22nd | Turkey Trot
Battle Point Park will be transformed for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day with two fun-run courses. Register today and help raise funds for Helpline House.
November 30th – December 2nd | Christmas in the Country
The holiday season is underway and Christmas in the Country offers the perfect opportunity to start searching for gifts. Click below to learn more about the event and see participating locations.
Life on Bainbridge | October 2018
The Fall season is now in full swing, and Bainbridge is celebrating with festive events all month long. From a pancake breakfast to a haunted hayride the island truly offers something for everyone.
October 6th | Island School Carnival | 12 – 4pm
The Island School welcomes all ages to their 35th Annual Carnival. Open to the public, this event includes games, BBQ, live music and used book sale. Admission is free, game tickets are $1 each or $25 for unlimited access.
October 13th | Ride the Farm Fresh Race | 9am – 3pm
Johnson Farm invites you to this year’s Farm Fresh Race! Events range from a Juicebox Race (for those 8 and under) to a Competitive Mountain Bike Race. Click below for official rules and more details.
October 13th | Pancake Breakfast | 8am – 12pm
Show your support for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department at a pancake breakfast! Enjoy a tasty morning treat and a ride on the truck.
October 12th – 13th | Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk
Celebrate the season with the annual Pumpkin Walk at Bainbridge Gardens. Stroll along with historic Nature Trail and enjoy a grand display of lighted pumpkins, wander through the hay maze or enjoy a treat from New Rose Cafe.
October 22nd – 24th | 4th Annual Haunted Hayride
Come to Battle Point Park for festivities including face painting, crafts, games and prizes before enjoying a spooky ride along the pumpkin-lined trails to see ghosts, zombies, monsters and more.
October 31st | Halloween Walk | 4 – 6pm
Get dressed up in your costume for some community fun! Shops along Winslow Way will be closing at 3:30pm to sponsor a safe trick-or-treating evening filled with fun.
Life on Bainbridge | September 2018
The island continues to celebrate the community as summer starts to wind down. Whether you want to watch one last movie outdoors or partake in a group event to clean our beaches, this grouping of events offers an array of activities for all ages.
September 7th | Movies in the Park | 8pm
The Movies in the Park Series concludes with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Light concessions are available for purchase and the movie will begin at dusk.
September 8th | Quilt Festival
The streets of Winslow Way will be colored with quilts on September 8th. Walk through the town and enjoy quilts hung on storefronts.
September 9th | Beach Clean-Up
Join KiMiDu and Sustainable Bainbridge to help keep the community clean. Register today so organizers can anticipate how many helpful hands will be on site!
September 16th | Nature’s Medicine Chest: Forest and Field
Discover a world of natural remedies at IslandWood’s workshop. Learn ancient techniques, make your own take home samples, enjoy lunch by IslandWood’s chefs and more!
September 23rd | FBW 10 Year Anniversary Party
Fletcher Bay Winery is turning 10! Celebrate the occasion with live music on the 23rd, or stop by to enjoy one of their other September events.
September 29th | Animal Krackers
Delight in a night filled with fun at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort benefiting the Kitsap Humane Society. Registration includes dinner, auction access and the chance to snuggle an adoptable animal.
Life on Bainbridge | August 2018
Summer events on the island are all about enjoying our surroundings. See what is happening this month.
August 4th & 5th | Annual Dahlia Show
Explore incredible flowers at the 94th Annual Dahlia Show presented by the Kitsap County Dahlia Society.
August 7th | BIPD National Night Out | 5pm
Celebrate the Bainbridge Island Police Department while strengthening the community by participating in this nationwide event.
August 10th – 12th | Summer Studio Tour
Twice a year artists through the region come together to display works of art through Bainbridge, providing the perfect chance to find your next great piece of art!
August 18th | Summer Golf Scramble
This year marks the 15th golf scramble, a wonderful event that supports the Chamber of Commerce.
August 19th | Calligraphy at BIMA
Prepare to create the letter of a lifetime! BIMA’s Calligraphy workshop will help you create a wonderful handwritten letter.
August 26th | Concerts in the Vineyard
Sit back and enjoy the sounds of live music at Bainbridge Vineyards. This free event welcomes all ages, and allows guests to purchase wine. Cheers to a wonderful season!
It’s been an exciting first half of the year on Bainbridge Island, as buyers flock to our slower pace of life and close-knit community. Looking at trends on a quarterly basis, Bainbridge Island served as a bit of an outlier compared to other areas around the Sound, as one of the few areas that didn’t feel the relief of growing inventory. Though other regions reported slight gains for three consecutive months, Bainbridge Island saw a decrease of homes for sale with just 1.8 months of inventory. The number of homes sold likewise decreased, while the average sales price remained relatively steady between Q2-2017 and Q2-2018 at $965,000 and $972,000, respectively.
A quarterly comparison reveals home values on Bainbridge Island continue to rise.
A lack of inventory can be attributed to a decline in the average days on market, as homes sold in just 26 days, down nearly 40% compared to this same time last year. The average price per square foot grew at a slower rate than it did in the first quarter of 2018, increasing 2.5% from $355.35 (Q2-2017) to $364.2 (Q2-2018).
Narrowing down to just single-family waterfront homes on the Island, it appears more buyers are eager to embrace the allure of the water’s edge, as the average days on market from Q2-2017 to Q2-2018 fell by over 50 percent to just under one month (27 days). Despite the inventory dip felt on Bainbridge Island as a whole, the number of waterfront homes for sale increased slightly compared to this same time last year at 3.1 months.
Increased inventory translates to more choices for buyers, which is likely a culprit in the slight decline in average sales prices reported for waterfront homes in the second quarter of 2018—with an average of $1.293M, down from just over $1.4M in the previous year. While the average sales price was down slightly, the average price per square foot in Q2-2018 grew by just under 2% at $530.84, indicating that the value of a waterfront home on our coveted Island remains steady.
Life on Bainbridge | 4th of July Edition
Bainbridge Island celebrates tradition every year on July 4th. It is always great to see the community come together and engage in a variety of activities. Read below to see details for this year’s holiday.
July 3rd Street Dance | 6pm – 11pm
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association will be hosting the annual street dance on Winslow Way. Come dance, eat and enjoy as the community celebrates.
Pancake Breakfast | 7am – 11am
Start the day with a traditional pancake breakfast at the Town & Country Market’s west parking lot. Enjoy a delicious meal that benefits the High School’s Boosters Club.
Mile Long Hometown Parade | 1pm
This year’s annual parade will showcase over 100 units along Madison Avenue and Winslow Way.
Rooftop Party at Fletcher Bay Winery | Noon – 11pm
Enjoy live music and good eats on the winery’s rooftop deck overlooking Eagle Harbor. As a ticketed guest, you can come and go all day as you please.
Fireworks Display at Dusk
End the day with a spectacular show over Eagle Harbor. Visit the fireworks website for event details and find out how to help with next year’s display.
If you would like to learn more about July 4th on Bainbridge Island, visit GrandOld4th.com
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:
Saturday October 6th
The 35th Annual Carnival at The Island School is open to the public and fun for all ages. Come join us for carnival games, delicious BBQ, live music and a used book sale. You’ll have a memorable afternoon of family-friendly fun, rain or shine. Free admission; cost for most activities and food.
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!