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Community Celebration: Two Local Juneteenth Events on tap Today, plus Music, Food and Activities June 19, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, Events, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - History of Juneteenth Goes Back to Emancipation Proclamation On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, setting in motion the end of slavery in the United States. The Civil War ended with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. The news that all slaves were free reached Texas when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston Bay with Union troops on June 19, 1865, over two years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration of the end of slavery, which became known as Juneteenth, is the oldest… Continue Reading
Kudos to Bainbridge Educator of the Year Liz Finin of Odessey and the Nun Who Helped Change My Life! June 17, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, Events, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Other Musings, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Most of us have had a teacher or two in our lives that influenced us in a positive way, or perhaps helped set the course for the rest of our lives. Or, even more so, left such an indelible mark that we think about that person to this day. I have a mixed bag of those experiences and emotions. When I was a junior in high school, attending a Catholic, aka Parochial, school in Syracuse, N.Y., I was taught by a nun who gave me a compliment that eventually led to my career choice of becoming a journalist and would-be… Continue Reading
Preparation Underway for Annual Founders Tournament; Meanwhile, Local Pickle-ballers Get Serious About Covered Courts June 14, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, DestinationBainbridgeIsland, Events, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Parks & Recreation, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visiting B.I. - Local Pickle Ballers are already fast at work prepping for the 5th Annual Bainbridge Island Founders Tournament, slated for August 7-11 at scenic Battle Point Park. The multi-day tourney is a fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum in partnership with the BI Metro Parks & Recreation District, and the island’s growing Pickleball community (https://bipickleball.org/). Among many other activities, the tourney will include clinics, a Wooden Paddle contest, doubles matches with the over 65 crowd, as well as a whole slew of contests involving men’s and women’s doubles play and mixed doubles games. Bainbridge, of course, is the home of Pickleball, which… Continue Reading
Island Tidbits: Symphony Names New Conductor, the Goats are Back at Blakeley, Time to Register for the Parade June 12, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, Events, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Parks & Recreation, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Ryan Dakota Ferris Named Symphony's New Musical Director and Conductor The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has named Ryan Dakota Farris as its new Music Director and Conductor. Farris brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic presence to the BSO, promising an exciting new era for our orchestra. “I am tremendously excited to begin a new musical chapter with the Bainbridge Symphony," said Farris. "The warmth, generosity, and dedication of these musicians is infectious, and I can’t wait to see what we are capable of achieving together in the coming years. Getting the chance to direct and program for my… Continue Reading
Dawn Weaver examines a board with epoxy resin details in BARN's Woodwoorking & Small Boatbuilding Studio in December, 2022. Dawn Weaver’s Amazing Journey from Graphic Designer to Healthcare Worker to Maker of Artisanal Cutting Boards June 10, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, DestinationBainbridgeIsland, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Parks & Recreation, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine - By Jennifer Hemmingsen Dawn Weaver likes a challenge. Right now, that challenge is making cutting boards that look like nothing you’ve ever seen. Weaver’s artisanal-quality cutting boards, charcuterie boards, and small tables are instantly recognizable, even as the styles slowly shift with her evolving interests. Her materials are all sustainably sourced from vendors or locally felled trees in the Puget Sound region. “Everything you do in woodworking is different every single time because no piece of wood is like another,” Weaver says. “Even if you're making the same item multiple times, it will look different because of the grain of… Continue Reading
Pride Flags Slashed in Downtown Poulsbo, but City Officials Staunchly Behind Its Desire to be Inclusive June 7, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, Living on B.I., Other Musings, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Pride Month - celebrated in June - is working its way into our social fabric - truly becoming legit. We pretty much know that is the case when major sports teams and venues promote and celebrate this long-in-coming acknowledgement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Major League Baseball teams like the Seattle Mariners may view their decision to promote the LGBTQ communities as a great marketing opportunity to attract new fans, but it also represents a turn of the switch in society in general. During the entire month of June, the Mariners are celebrating Pride Month with announcements,… Continue Reading
Island Tidbits: First Friday Art Walk, Meet Artist Francene Levinson, City Launches New Publication, Beach Monitoring June 5, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, DestinationBainbridgeIsland, Events, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Parks & Recreation, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Don’t Miss First Friday Art Walk June 7, Downtown Winslow This popular event is held along Winslow Way and surrounding area, on the First Friday of every month, from 6 to 8 p.m. Spend an evening experiencing all that downtown Bainbridge has to offer. Many galleries, shops and businesses will be participating this month showcasing the art of our talented creative community. Afterwards, stop by one of our many restaurants for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, or dinner. Enjoy an evening with a stroll through downtown visiting your favorite businesses and restaurants, shopping for gifts or items for yourself and yo.ur home.… Continue Reading
Bainbridge Island Rowing Sends Record Four Boats to Youth National Championship in Florida June 3, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, Events, Living on B.I., Other Musings, Parks & Recreation, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Rowing is fast becoming an iconic sport on Bainbridge Island. Head to Eagle Harbor on any given morning or afternoon and you're likely see rowers of all ages plying the deep, dark waters of the island's favorite bay. Not far from the traditional shell launching spot adjacent to the Waterfront Park Public Dock, is Bainbridge Island Rowing's beautiful new facility named in honor of Stan Pocock. Pocock, as most people now by now, is the son of George Yeoman Pocock, the famous designer and builder of rowing shells that competed in the Olympic Games, including the ones used by the "Boys… Continue Reading
Near Life-long Islander – Catherine MacLeod – Snares BPA’s Prestigious Amy Award May 31, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, DestinationBainbridgeIsland, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Other Musings, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) has named Catherine MacLeod as the recipient of its prestigious 2024 Amy Award. The Amy Award, established to honor the memory of gifted young artist Amy Burnett, is presented annually to recognize a promising emerging creative professional with a connection to Bainbridge Island. Having relocated to Bainbridge Island at the age of eight, MacLeod’s immersion in BPA's Theater School program marked the beginning of an extraordinary artistic journey, says Elizabeth Allum, Executive Director of BPA. "From her inaugural class in Rusalka to her multifaceted contributions spanning main stage performances, backstage volunteering, teaching, and technical theater curriculum… Continue Reading
Island Tidbits: Dana’s Trail adds Improvements, a Dedicated Lane for Ferry Drivers, New Navy Ship Named in Honor of former BI Resident, Big Changes at Eleven Winery May 29, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, DestinationBainbridgeIsland, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Other Musings, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Improvements Made to Dana's Trail The City of Bainbridge Island recently teamed up with Squeaky Wheels and the Bainbridge Island School District to make improvements to Dana's Trail. This trail is named after Dana Berg, a former Squeaky Wheels president and long-time cycling advocate, who passed away several years back.  She was also the owner and operator of Dana's Showhouse in Downtown Winslow. The trail provides safe walking and rolling access to Bainbridge High School, Commodore Options School, and Ordway Elementary, and provides a convenient connection to Woodward Middle and Sakai Intermediate Schools on Sportsman Club Road. Squeaky Wheels celebrated… Continue Reading

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