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.
If you are looking to eat more farm fresh local grown organic foods and support local, the opportunity just became easier for us in Bremerton. Kitsap Fresh, an online farmers market, hosts a site where you can shop local and support our community farmers and artisans. The volunteer run program set up at CJ’s Evergreen market last night where you could sample foods and meet venders. When you place your first order, they ask for a nominal fee to support the organization with varying rates depending on whether you’d like to volunteer time. Once you register, there is a simple drop down menu where you can shop. I believe that the venders post their goods late Thursday night, you may have to act quick. There is no minimum order. The following week, it’s delivered to CJ’s Evergreen market for pick up. Super simple. There are about 28 vendors which include dairy, baked goods, coffee, seafood and more.
When you visit the Kitsap Fresh website, you can click on the links to their vendors. Here are the links for more information. You can also find them on Facebook.
Living in Bremerton gives you an advantage when it comes to opportunities for local day hikes. In lieu of the drive up to one of the many trails in the Olympic National forest, we opted the other day to drive out to Green Mountain, about 20 minutes from town. There are multiple access points, the gold creek trailhead is a great one. The day we went it happened to be closed due to logging, however you don’t have to let that stop you. We turned around and parked at the access road about a 1 mile before the trailhead on Lake Tahuya Rd. and just “hiked” the logging road. While this is a well maintained logging road, once to the top you enjoy some great vistas to the west with the Olympics in full view. My fit-bit reported roughly 6 miles roundtrip and the elevation gave us a rewarding workout. Once to the top, we found ourselves leaving the road and climbing up a recently treed hill to get a broader vista, this brought the Hood Canal into view, we found a log to sit on to enjoy lunch and take in the beauty.
Here is the link to the regular trailhead. Taking this hike you’ll be rewarded with east views of Bremerton and Seattle.
So …one of our fun little Bremerton secrets is not just the downtown Eagles, but Greg playing in the upstairs bar of the downtown Eagles. This is a fun and friendly gathering, our favorite “stand in” bartender Michael Goodnow pours a good drink and Greg plays his eclectic playlist of music, with the occasional guest singer that joins in. The night usually ends with, of course, you guessed it, “the piano man”. No need to be an Eagles member, however you may be invited to join , once you tour this historic and iconic venue, enjoy a couple low cost – well poured cocktails, you may be enticed. The Eagles is located downtown on the corner of 6th and Washington.
Tonight the streets were full in downtown Bremerton as the Admiral theatre hosted a sold out show for Keb Mo. He arrived in town this morning, stopping for buckwheat pancakes at the Oak Table in Silverdale, which he raved about before setting up for tonights performance. I could just see the guitar closet left of the stage, it had at least a dozen guitars in it, while Keb Mo is know for playing mostly red guitars, tonight he played several acoustic, a green Stratocaster and a beautiful resonator guitar. His band tonight consisted of 3 additional members, a drummer, a bass and keyboard…they were amazing too. He played about a two hour show plus an encore. What a treat to have a true blues artist in town.
#kebmo #blues #downtownbremerton complete photo gallery on the Admiral Theatre’s Facebook page courtesy of Eric Morgensen
As a women in my forties, I have with much disappointment, come to the realization that carrying a basket through Safeway or walking from the upper parking lot down the stairs to the Boat Shed , is not exercise. I found myself searching for a place that I could, without judgement, get in some real exercise on a regular basis. I discovered Carmel, at Boot Camp Diva.
Carmel has created a safe and fun environment for women, of all shapes and sizes, to get a thoughtfully planned workout. Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the week. She also offers some on-line workout options and uses social media for encouragement and group discussion. Workouts are roughly 45 minutes long and are a mix of cardio and resistance training, with a hint of cross fit. No need to feel intimidated when she introduces a new exercise, she gently corrects and encourages you to push on. She’s found a home downtown and created a fun and inviting studio space. About once a quarter she hosts a challenge where you have the opportunity to ramp it up a notch, be part of a team and there is often a meal plan provided.
Boot camp has been a great addition to my week and helps to offset, a least a little, my regular glass of wine or the occasional sleeve of thin mints.
She is located downtown near Kitsap Bank and the post office.
One of our favorite new spots is the Honor Bar. Chef Alan Davis and his wife Jodi have created an inviting space with a simple yet delicious menu of artisan style foods. Its located in Evergreen park on Sinclair Inlet. Outside, large cauldrons of fire, market umbrellas and strings of lights warm the patio which has seating year round. The building has two levels, upstairs has the bar, where Claire , one of Bremerton’s most popular bartenders, will whip you up a delicious cocktail. Downstairs has additional seating , I recently attended a coloring and cocktails night there. One of my personal favorites they create is their paella dinner, its served family style, there is limited seating, but well worth the advance purchase. Follow them on Facebook for updates for their special events.
Bremerton Living. Some locals choose to speak negatively about our little city, but they don’t experience or live in the community that I love. I often think Bremerton doesn’t get a fair shake. This site is designed to showcase what’s to love about our city. The newest spots to eat, community events, neighborhood news, some fun history, and most importantly, the people.