Bremerton Bridge blast 


This year was the first year for a fireworks show off the Manette Bridge in Bremerton ….and wow, what a great night.  

We happened to be down at the Bremerton marina during the day which was hosting many guests. We had fun befriending the very social & fun “West Seattle Yacht club”.   The boardwalk hosted live music and food vendors,  then off to Manette where businesses were open all day.  Manette & downtown neighborhoods and homes were hosting lively parties.   Our lucky viewpoint was from a friends waterfront condo, a stones throw from the bridge.  

Great weather, a perfectly executed fireworks show along with a sprinkling of anchored boats on the water made for a pretty magical evening.   

 Way to go Bremerton.  Looking forward to next year.  

#bremertonbridgeblast  #manette #downtownbremerton #bremertonliving #fireworks #bridgeblast


New Chimacum ferry makes her debut

 

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This morning,  Bremerton commuters got to enjoy the newest Olympic class ferry named  “Chimacum”  on her maiden voyage into downtown Seattle.  So many Bremerton and Kitsap residents rely on the ferries to get into the city for work every day.  The ferries at peak commute times can be very full.  The Kitsap and the Kaleetan have been on this run for many years and like any boat has had their mechanical issues.  The new boat wasn’t quite ready for her debut yet but due to the shortage and a holiday weekend, they put her into service today.  The galley isn’t up and running yet so tonight passengers on their way home won’t be able to enjoy their usual beer or glass of wine but I guess thats coming soon. The other feedback I heard was “where is the makeup counter” … I did hear some say it had the “new car smell”.

Lots of these commuters are anxious for the “fast ferry” passenger only service to start in July.  Those boats only hold a limited amount of passengers, I believe around 120.  This route will take just 28 minutes and give many commuters much needed personal time back into their day.   Exciting times Bremerton…stay tuned.

 

Kettle Generosity

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I have rang the bell through my service group in the past and that has always been a fun tradition however I hadn’t ever volunteered to count.  I was asked to put together a group of friends and sign up for a night in December.  Our group of ten or so arrived at the Salvation Army around 7:45 last night as the kettles were being brought in from all over the county.

As we began to get our kettles ready,  we were given a brief coaching on the process.  We all began to open our kettles and begin the counting  when around the table we started to hear…”there’s a check in mine”, followed by a cheer.  “I’ve got a twenty!” ..cheer!  Dollars, fives and change are the most common donation,  but the occasional twenty or hundred would also get our crowd roaring with excitement.   As we proceeded through our 40 some odd kettles that night, one of our volunteers found a bank envelope in one of the kettles.  No name, just a date and a large cash donation….clapping and cheers ring out!!  This was an exciting moment not only to find an envelope with a substantial amount of cash in it, but to find that this donor had done this three times yesterday, in three different locations through out the county. Opening a kettle with one of these envelopes inside felt like winning the lotto!

What struck our group  the most was the heart of this donor, no recognition for his donation, no tax deduction, just the pure and simple happiness it must have brought him  or her to donate.  Our community is generous.  It’s generous with its resources, it’s time and it’s talent.  Last night, again, I felt lucky to be part of this community, this family,  that takes care of one another.  The holiday spirit was in full force and I was lucky enough to bear witness to it.

#salvationarmy  #generosity  #kettlecampaign  #bremertonliving

If you’d like to donate or volunteer your time, please contact our local Salvation Army for more information.

Salvation Army Bremerton

 

 

 

Love of vintage French comes alive through local collaboration.

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Three local women have combined their unique talents to create a limited edition book of all things vintage French. Bremerton’s own Wendy Dreaney, who’s career and wanderlust has taken her all over the world, was approached by Liz Le Dorze, the owner of Hattie Rose, (which specializes in beautiful French pieces) to showcase her fine art prints of French flea markets. After further discussion, Liz encouraged Wendy to create something special, a book, to showcase the fine art prints of the many flea markets that Wendy had explored all over France. Hattie Rose is filled with unique pieces, hand selected with a discerning designer eye and complimenting line of Komedal Cloth textiles. This was a perfect fit.

Now inspired, Wendy was seeing how this book could come together. She reached out to Marit Bockelie, owner of The Bremerton Letterpress Company to help bring this idea to life. Wendy knew she wanted the end sheets of the book to mimick the vintage French linens, like the ones she has all over her home, however, she couldn’t find paper that looked like it. She reached out to illustrator Toni Santos, of Baby Buddha Studio, who then hand painted all of the end sheets for the book. This trio of incredible talent has now brought this limited edition book to life. There will be only 20 books for sale.

These very special books, along with Wendy’s fine art prints,  will be available starting November 4th,  from 6pm to 8pm , at Hattie Rose, located on Winslow Way, Bainbridge. They will also be available at The Bremerton Letterpress Company on Pacific Ave in downtown Bremerton.  This is the first of what they hope will be at least 3 volumes of handmade books created in collaboration between Wendy Dreaney Photography , The Bremerton Letterpress Company and Baby Buddha Studio.

For more information please visit these websites.

http://www.wendydreaneyphotography.com

http://www.bremertonletterpress.com

http://www.hattierose.com

http://www.babybuddhastudio.com

 

 

 

 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis choose Bremerton for the “camping trip” tour.

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It’s not too often we have a big show in our small town, last night Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis performed to a sold out audience at our own Admiral Theatre.  After completing a  long summer tour that included the US, Canada, Norway, Finland & Australia, the two came back home to perform in their home state at small venues in quiet little towns like ours.

The two are both Washington natives, Macklemore from Seattle and Lewis from Spokane.  Along with being passionate performers, they share a passion for outreach, activism and charity.   The  have supported the 30/30 project, Free the children and the One campaign to name just a few.

When the news got out in our small town that this show was coming and sold out in minutes, it was the talk of the town.  For some, volunteering to help at the Admiral was the only way to experience the show.

They were fun, energetic, kind to their fans and put on an incredible performance.  We hope they will be back again, Bremerton loved it!

For the photo story, see Eric Morgensens photos on the Admiral’s Facebook page

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#macklemore  #thecampingtrip  #ryanlewis  #theadmiraltheatre #bremerton

 

 

 

 

 

Waterfront Living in Bremerton

 

Bremerton is lucky, it has so much front footage of waterfront with channels, inlets and bays.  Living here with a view of our waterfront is a real treat, you see wildlife, kayakers, the early morning water skier, and the boats heading into Oyster bay to raft up for the hot days of summer.

If you live along the shores of Ostrich Bay or Oyster Bay , it is very social.   I attended “Beach Friday” an open house of sorts,  where a local gal hosts her friends and friends of friends to her beach in the summer.  You see lots of multi-colored beach chairs lined up, floaty’s and boats anchored about.   Last night I was picked up by a neighbor for an evening boat ride which resulted in us anchoring at “beach Friday” for a while. This night on the beach included ladies in the colorful beach chairs,  folks standing in the water talking, several boats tied up, a family arriving by kayak, a couple dogs….there was a lot of fun chatter, laughter and warmth as the sun set, it could not have been more perfect.

Oyster Bay has its own vibe and attracts boaters and skiers from all around.    On any summer day there will be  boats of all sizes rafted together, the occasional motor yacht anchored and of course,  water skiers.  You’ll see many families out pulling their kids on inter tubes,   fun islands afloat and more.   The boaters are friendly , they all wave to each other and are there to share a beer or tow you home if you’ve run out of gas.

Being on a boat in Bremerton also gives you the opportunity to tie up to a local dock  and find a bite to eat.  There are a couple choices now.  Hands down the local favorite is the Boat Shed,  its the only waterfront restaurant with its own dock.  Sitting on that deck, on a hot summer night watching the sunset over the Olympics cannot be beat.  My personal favorite to eat there is the steamed clams with lots of bread with a glass of “buttery oaky” Chardonnay.  With the Bremerton Marina now an easy tie up, you can walk up to Anthony’s or several of the small eateries downtown.

Lastly, Bremerton waterfront is really the last “affordable” waterfront around.  Beach cottages and waterfront homes start in the mid 300’s up to high 600’s on average.

#boating #bremertonliving #theboatshed #beachfriday

photo credits to Matt Mason, Danielle Walsh, Jordan Rogers

 

 

“Elixir Fixer” your party’s new best friend is coming to Manette.

So….when you are the outgoing creative type , a former chef , with an entrepreneurial spirit who’s been a stay at home dad the last 15 years and ready for your next big move, what do you do?     Well…. if you are Jim Higgins, you create a  “party in a bottle” and get to work.

Since the inception of “Elixir Fixer” Jim has been working non stop to bring his idea to life. He created the product, brought it to our local market, and is now working to distribute it on a large scale…….and that’s all happened like in the last 6 months or so.

The need for a warehouse space drew Jim to Manette , where he is transforming a retail/warehouse space into a beautiful showroom.  The space will have many functions, warehouse, retail and Jim’s office for starters.   The larger scale plan includes creating a place to share and teach …..the craft of cocktails & mocktails, how to plan a super awesome party, private tastings, and in the end be a family friendly place that ultimately brings the community together.

It’s evident that his creative side is on fire right now when you look at the space he’s bringing to life while also launching 3 new flavors to the collection.

What a treat for Bremerton and also for the Manette  business district which is blossoming into a diverse and wonderful little hub of excitement these days.  Jim plans to have his storefront open by month’s end, but in the mean time, he is working tirelessly to bring it to life, stop by and say hello.

Follow his progress on Facebook by clicking here.

www.elixirfixer.net

#elixirfixer  #cocktail  #manette  #bremertonliving  #party

 

 

 

 

Students receive over $34,000 in scholarships from Kiwanis Club of Bremerton

For the last 8  years I have been honored to be a part of a committee that selects and interviews candidates for the Bennett Memorial Kiwanis Scholarship.  We had 53 applicants this year.

The Kiwanis –Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund has provided scholarships for deserving students since 1955. This scholarship is named in memory of a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bremerton, I. Wesley Bennett, and his wife Nellie, who left a large share of their estate for this purpose. Since that initial gift over 60 years ago, other contributions have been received, allowing the fund to provide over $1,060,000 in scholarships .

This years 21 recipients will be our future nurses, surgeons, lawyers,  educators, robotic engineers, biologists, and business majors.  They are our local kids who are from local  schools,  mostly Bremerton and CK.  Many hope to come back and put their skills to work right back in our community.  They will attend OC, Western, Evergreen, UW, Gonzaga, U of Portland, to Hawaiin Pacific, Lincoln and Chapel Hill.   Students had an average GPA of 3.5 or better and logged 300 hours or more of community service……several had accomplished that while also participating in running start.  They were all quite amazing and excited about what lies ahead for them.

Recipients:  Dezerae Hamblin  – OC , Kelsey Cain – CK, UW, Ellie Davis – UW , Cora Newton  – NM, HP , Samantha Luong – WWU, Bryan Freeman – BHS, UW, Joy Clark – CK, UW, Carly Strong – NM, ESC, Sarah Holt – UP,  Rebecca Campbell – UW, Brielle Mathis – SK,OC,  Kevin Nguyen – BHS,UW,  Lydia Caldwell – BHS,WWU, Abe Bartlett – BHS, LU, Jasmine Ford – GU , Tiana Herring – BHS, CHU, Andrea Hjorten – BHS,WWU, Amanda Ford – CK,GU,  Jalena Myers – NK,SU, Michaela Myers – PLU, Clarissa Gold – UV

The local Kiwanis club meets every Thursday for lunch at “The Source” 516 5th St.  next to the Admiral Theatre from 12:30 – 1:20 and has about 30 active members,  You will see us in our red vests this weekend marshaling the Armed Forces Day Parade downtown.

http://www.bremertonkiwanis.org

 

 

Story time with Bremerton’s own Toni Yuly

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Toni Yuly about the completion of her first book series.  The trilogy,  also feature her original artwork inspired by a Japanese coaster that Toni picked up at our local St. Vinney’s.   Early Bird, the first to be released in the series, is an award winning book recognized by the American Library association and was also voted best board book by the New York Library.

Toni is a Seattle native who, like many, made Bremerton her home about 8 years ago.  When I asked her , why Bremerton?  I loved the response. ” I liked the vibe, the quieter pace,  it was cheap, cool and gritty….perfect for an artist”.  I agree!  In fact, she loved her new town so much when she first arrived that she made a series of t-shirts showcasing our notable landmarks such as, McGavin’s, Manette TV and the green hammerhead crane. She said that sometimes she still sees one of her t-shirts being worn at Hi-Lo’s.

Toni is a UW alumni where she studied fine art, she worked  33 years as a King County public librarian, and is now retired from that career to become a full time writer and artist. She also lived a year in Japan as an exchange student during high school, this experience  had a profound influence and has provided much inspiration in her art and life.

Her “torn paper ” art comes to life with her adds of eyes and ears.  This artwork can be found on cards that will be coming soon to the Bremerton Letter Press.

She will be celebrating “kids day” this coming Sunday, May 1, at MOMO,  located in the Japanesetown section of Jackson in Seattle from 1-3.  She will be celebrating kids day with book signings and a reading.

Toni will have two new books coming out next year. The first, the Jelly Bean Tree, stars a blue giraffe and her friends an elephant, wiener dog and a turtle.  The second,  Thank You Bees, a poetic story of gratefulness and connection to your natural surroundings is being released by Candlewick.

For more information on Toni Yuly please refer to the links below.

http://www.toniyuly.com

http://www.momoseattle.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Comedies by women? You must be joking.

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to have coffee with the two women responsible for bringing Broad Humor to Bremerton.  They met in New Zealand of all places.  Marie Weichman,  an Art Professor at Olympic College, was on sabbatical and  Susan deRende, writer/artist/digital nomad, was working as a resident at a film studio.  A conversation started between the two women and an idea was born.

Susan, who is passionate about women in the arts is the founder of Broad Humor, a women centric film festival. The festival, going on its 11th year in LA ,  is extending its reach here, next weekend.  Bremerton can join the ranks of other “host towns” like Rome, Belgium & New York , you know …small towns like ours, for an off-site festival.

This is a thing.  The city & Olympic College immediately got on board to support this coming to our community. The films creators & directors will be here for small panel discussions and net working through this 3 day event.  In addition to the two day film festival, there are author readings, coffee networking , a VIP event, hosted by Manuela Horn and catered by our own Honor Bar.  Tickets are in limited supply and available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Its also worth mentioning, that proceeds of this event will be creating scholarships for women students pursuing a degree in the Arts.

#broadhumor #funnywomen #susanderende #olympiccollege

More Information on the event

http://www.broadhumor.com/films/films.html

Susan’s new book released early for this event is available on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Unpronounceable-Susan-diRende/dp/1619761076/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460217342&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=susan+deRende