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to what remains Free Screening of ‘To What Remains’ to Support Project Recover May 20, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Events - Mark your calendars for a special free screening of the documentary "To What Remains" at Bainbridge Cinemas at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The feature-length film follows volunteers with Project Recover in their search to find and identify the more than 80,000 American troops missing in action since World War II. The screening was coordinated by Bainbridge Island High School student Roan Brumwell, who hopes to raise awareness and donations to further the charity’s mission. Roan says he became interested in Project Recover through his own interest in diving with a purpose and having a family member who died during WWII… Continue Reading
Alex McKeon shows off a T-Shirt she sewed -- one of many garments she's made herself. Increasingly, Islanders are rediscovering the benefits of making their own clothes. Home Sewn: Handmade Clothes Make a Comeback May 17, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine - By Jenn Hemmingsen Like many people, Alex McKeon thought garment sewing was “out of her league” before she tried it. The accomplished weaver remembers being awed by people who sewed their own wardrobes. “After my first class, I was stunned to see that, like so many things, it's simply a series of steps.” Sewing is making a comeback as more Islanders rediscover the art of making their own clothing, whether to minimize environmental impacts, because they like the challenge, because they like the control it gives them over their appearance, or just because they find it fun. For Alex, garment… Continue Reading
Native Islander and Successful Entrepreneur Heather Jaynes has Transformed the Willowtree and has Added a New Store, Hidden Gem May 15, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visiting B.I. - Heather Jaynes is your classic entrepreneur. She started cleaning houses on Bainbridge Island when she was 19 years old to pay her way through college. That effort morphed into a commercial cleaning services firm that later spawned a line of natural cleaning products. While juggling those ventures, she started Bainbridge Vacation Rentals, and at one-time managed 50 properties on the island before selling the business a decade or so go. “I’m no stranger to hard work,” says the 56-year-old Jaynes, behind a sweet voice that could easily belie her business acumen and toughness. “My biggest problem is saying yes to… Continue Reading
Get Ready to ReFashion: Sustainable Showcase Returns on May 19 May 13, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Events, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine - ReFashion Bainbridge is gearing up for Fashion in the Forest, the 8th Annual ReFashion Show at IslandWood's Welcome Center, on Sunday, May 19. The event will showcase the transformative power of upcycling and reusing textiles to promote sustainable fashion. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. runway show. Attendees can expect to witness a dazzling display of innovative designs crafted from repurposed textiles, embodying the ethos of making apparel without buying new. This year's entries will be in one of three categories. In Upcycled Ready-to-wear, entrants must create outfits using used textiles or clothing, significantly altering their original… Continue Reading
Bainbridge Organic Distillers Triumphs with Multiple Wins at the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition May 10, 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 - Bainbridge Organic Distillers, tucked away in some beautifully appointed digs in the Coppertop Business Park on Sportsmen's Club Road, has been scoring big of late in the world of craft distilling. The renowned organic distillery, one of the first of its kind in the State of Washington, recently clinched an impressive array of awards at the prestigious 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). Amidst stiff competition, according to publicist Brooke Hoffman, Bainbridge Organic Distillers emerged victorious, securing top honors for its "exceptional lineup of organic spirits." The esteemed World Spirits Competition, widely regarded as one of the most influential… Continue Reading
Michelle Tucker in her studio Spring Bazaar and Open House at the BARN Sat. May 11, Photographer Paul Brains Exhibits at Senior Center May 8, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, DestinationBainbridgeIsland, Events, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - By Jennifer Hemmingsen The artisans at BARN are gearing up for the first-annual BARN Spring Bazaar and Open House on May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 members will be offering handcrafted items for sale, including glass art, jewelry, art prints, fine wood items, embroidered jackets, fiction and nonfiction books, blacksmithing and metal items, ceramics, and much more. "The Spring Bazaar is a fantastic platform for BARN members to showcase their work and connect with the community," says Kate Henderson, Membership & Volunteer Manager at BARN. "It's a wonderful opportunity for our members to display their… Continue Reading
Acquistion of former Comcast Property Adds to Strawberry Hill Park’s Concept Plan; Trillium Run on Tap May 11 May 6, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer 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, Visiting B.I. - Our parks continue to grow. The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District recently added 9.2 acres to Strawberry Hill Park, acquiring the former Comcast (better known as Xfinity) property east of the park on High School Road.   The $1.1 million acquisition is funded by a grant from the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation, the District's fundraising arm. Its adjacency to the park made it a natural property to acquire for park use, says Dan Hamlin, acting executive director for Bainbridge Metro Parks.   Future uses will be determined through a public process, Hamlin says. The Park District has… Continue Reading
Watching the Parks District “Preserve” our Beloved Moritani Preserve is Hard to Observe When Reality Sets in May 3, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Businesses and Community Resources, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Other Musings, Parks & Recreation, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - Like thousands of other islanders, we cherish our parks and trails. They are a wonderful escape and repose from the stress of everyday life. We, too, realize that the parks and park lands are living, breathing organisms that sometimes require our attention. A case is in point is the beautiful Moritani Preserve, a nine-acre oasis of trees, trails and meadows, sandwiched between Winslow Way and Wyatt Way, just west of Downtown Winslow. The property was once owned by the Moritani family, who previously raised strawberries on the site and later planted trees to ostensibly create a tree farm, or so… Continue Reading
Island Tidbits: Bainbridge Named Top Small Town, Paws Gala, Crescendo Concert, First Friday Art Walk May 1, 2024 by Kevin Dwyer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island, DestinationBainbridgeIsland, Events, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, Other Musings, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge -   As most of us know, the West is home to some of the most charming and scenic small towns in the country, hosting amazing art communities, tons of outdoor adventure opportunities, and top-notch dining options. Bainbridge Island has been named one of the best small towns in the West in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards. USA Today 10 Best, their version of a go-to site for reader-voted and editor-recommended travel guides, solicits nominations from an expert panel to highlight the best small towns across the U.S., then readers vote for their favorites. These 10 small towns —… Continue Reading
Calling All Actors. Island Theater is Holding Auditions for its Upcoming 10-Minute Play Festival April 29, 2024 by The Island Wanderer Posted in: Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island, Events, Living on B.I., News You Can Use, People, Arts, Culture, Music, Food and Wine, Visit Bainbridge - By Kevin Dwyer Island Theatre will hold auditions for its 11th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th at the Grange, 10340 N. Madison Avenue NE, on Bainbridge Island. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to Noon on both days. (Actors need only audition once. They can pick your preferred day.) The 10 short plays in the Festival will include roles for actors from high school age to senior citizens. Auditions are open to all interested actors. Actors must register ahead of time at www.islandtheatre.org. "Actors selected for roles must be available during Festival… Continue Reading

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