A supplement of the Bainbridge Island Review
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A band of bagpipers marched in last year’s Grand Old July 4th parade. Luciano Marano photo
By LESLIE KELLY
elebrate Bainbridge means a great weekend of fun on Bainbridge Island. And according to Jerri Lane, executive director for the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, the new title “Celebrate Bainbridge” is something that planners hope will grow. “It just so happened that all three of the main events of the July 4th weekend fell together this year, one after another,” Lane said, referring to the Rotary Auction, July 2; the Street Dance, July 3rd; and the Grand Old July 4th Parade on July 4th. “All the sponsors, the Rotary, the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, and the downtown association, wanted to jointly market these events. So we came up with Celebrate Bainbridge.” Although this year the celebration is for three days only, Lane and others are hoping to build on that, and have a weeklong celebration in the future with added events. “Seafair in Seattle started out as just the (hydroplane) races,” she said. “And look what it’s grown into. We’re hoping to do that, only in a bit smaller version.” Just why folks — both from “over the pond,” as Lane calls it, and locals — should celebrate the Fourth of July on Bainbridge is easy for her to articulate. “We are an accredited historic main street,” she said. “We’ve retained that
small town feeling — the charm and quaintness. Our celebration is so different from that mega-city experience.” Lane said those who come to Bainbridge Island for the July 4th holiday, come by ferry and even the ferry ride is unique and beautiful. “And then they get off the ferry and they’re greeted by friendly folks with the down home charm.” She added that visitors should stay for awhile and take advantage of the other island delights such as the Blodel Reserve, the beaches and Lynwood Center. As for the events of the July 4th weekend, she said the locals love them because “we don’t hire people from the Rose Bowl to put on the parade. It all comes from the hearts and minds of our residents.” Rex Oliver, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, said he expects thousands to attend the parade on Monday. “If the weather’s good, we’ll have at least 40,000,” he said. As for just exactly what’s going to be in the parade, even he won’t know until things get underway on the Fourth. “You know places like the Blackbird Bakery, they don’t tell us what they’re doing,” he said. “We don’t know until they show up.” The crew from Blackbird Bakery is well known. Each year they come up with a cleaver way to show what the business is See CELEBRATE, Page 4
ROTARY AUCTION & RUMMAGE SALE 8am - 2pm Woodward Middle School
JUNE 24–29 Donation Drop Offs 8am - 8pm
JUly 1 Preview Night
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DOWNTOWN STREET DANCE FAMILY PARTY 6pm - 11pm Winslow Way
Live Music Food Booths Dancing Family Fun Stars and Strikes Old-Time Alumni Game 9am -11am at BHS
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GRAND OLD 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION 7am - 10:30pm Downtown
BYS Fun Run Pancake Breakfast Food Booths Games Car Show Parade for more info: grandold4th.com
Fireworks Over Eagle Harbor Around 10:30pm
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A walk through our series of gardens and forests rejuvenates even the most bogged-down.
all about. In the past, they’ve been slices of pie, and forks, and have won the BuxtonEllis Most Humorous Parade Entry Award, which includes $1,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. Who’s gonna win this year? “It remains to be seen,” Oliver said, adding that some of the political candidates running for office will do the Kingston parade in the morning and then drive to Bainbridge Island to be in its parade in the afternoon. Oliver, too, is excited about seeing Celebrate Bainbridge grow to be a weeklong event. But he said when the parade’s over each year, he’s ready to rest. “It takes all of us about six months to put everything together,” he said. “The day after you’ll find me rolled up in a ball in the corner trying to recover.” Here’s what’s planned: On Saturday, July 2 be sure to take in the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club’s Auction & Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodward Middle School. More than 150,000 items that have been donated will be for sale. Come early to get the best bargains. On Sunday, July 3, there’s a street dance and family party downtown from 6 to 11 p.m. along Winslow Way. There’ll be live music, food booths, dancing and fun for the whole family. Scheduled to play are the bands Hep Replacements, Buckshot and Psycho Sushi. There is also the Music Master, DJ John Wood, who plays music catered more to Tweens. And there’s kids’ events, too, like the Balloon Brothers, face painting, and sidewalk chalk. The beer garden is a favorite spot for adults, Lane said. “The entire event is free, other than drink and food purchases,” she said. “We’re expecting about 10,000 people to
come down that night.” This is the 29th year for the street dance. Monday is the Grand Old 4th of July Celebration with a parade. The parade begins at 1 p.m. and follows a route going south along Madison Avenue to Winslow Way returning along Erickson Avenue. This is the 49th year for the parade that is advertised as the “Best Small Town Parade in America.” More than 110 entries are expected in the parade which lasts about an hour. Emcees will tell about each entry from booths on Madison Avenue and Wyatt Way, Madison and Winslow Way, and further to the east on Winslow Way near the mall area. On Monday, there’s a fun run sponsored by the Bainbridge Youth Services. Bring your family and friends. Join a team. Wear a costume. Walk or run the 1-mile race at 9 a.m., the 5K at 9:15 a.m. and the kid’s dash at 10:30 a.m. All events begin in downtown Winslow. Day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on Winslow Green. Other events on Monday include the Bainbridge High School Football Boosters’ pancake breakfast, food booths, beer garden, games and a car show. New this year is the “Young Artisan Marketplace” where young, eager entrepreneurs can sell items they’ve made. Youth to age 15 will display everything from paintings to pottery that they’ve made at a section on the waterfront. Don’t forget the 9:30 a.m. Stars & Strikes Old Timers’ Baseball Game at the Bainbridge High School field. The day finishes off with a fireworks show over Eagle Harbor at around 10:30 p.m. The events are presented by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, with the help of dozens of volunteers and loyal sponsoring businesses. To see a complete list of vendors, go to www.grandold4th.com/vendors/.
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McCloskey leads the parade By LESLIE KELLY
ost everybody around Bainbridge Island knows Tom McCloskey. Since he retired in 2012, he’s been active in many community organizations, especially the Rotary Club of Bainbridge. And it’s for his work as a Rotarian, and as a volunteer, that he was named the 2016 Citizen of the Year by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. That award carries the great honor of getting to be the grand marshal for the July 4th parade on the island. “I’m accepting the honor on behalf of all those who I have worked with in all the organization that I volunteer for,” said McCloskey of being named Citizen of the Year, and getting to be grand marshal for the parade. “In my mind, they’ll all be right up there with me.” The parade, which is on July 4th and travels down Winslow Way, will begin with a convertible and seated in it will be McCloskey and his wife, Louise, to which he gives much credit. “In everything I’ve done to help out here on Bainbridge, she’s been with me every step of the way,” he said. Tom and Louise moved to Bainbridge Island in 1994, from California. They had been to the Seattle area on business and a friend told them to check out Bainbridge Island. “We did,” he said. “We came here and stayed in a bed and breakfast. And on the ferry back we said to each other ‘This is where we want to live.’” So they left his home state of California, moving their business The McCloskey Group, to Bainbridge Island. He’d operated the company since 1980 and when they married in 1993, Louise became part of it. The company was in action until Tom retired in 2012. It was a consulting firm that specialized in emergency response and crisis management services to more than 70 oil and utility companies and government agencies in more than 40 countries around the world. Previously, he worked as the assistant to the Secretary of Energy and Minerals in the U.S. Department of Interior during the Carter Administration. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His work took him all over the world and he can attest to 6 million miles on airliners. “I loved my work,” he said. “I worked 365 days of the year, 10 to 12 hours a day. But I got tired of having to say goodbye to my
wife. So I retired.” And, because he was so busy when he was working, and didn’t have time to be a part of the Bainbridge Island community, in retirement he has made it his goal to “give back.” “I’ve had a very blessed life,” he said. “I had great parents, great siblings and great friends. I love living on Bainbridge Island. And I want to repay life’s lessons.” He was drawn to the Rotary because of their message: “Service Before Self.” “It’s a fantastic organization and gets things done,” he said, noting he joined in March of 2012. That year, he helped with the club’s annual auction and in 2014, he became chairman of the auction. He’s chairman again this year. The auction, he said, is something that is special to him because of the volume of support it gets. “Members work so hard to make it happen,” he said. “And people donate things that are really worth something. And then, there’s all those people who come out on the day of to shop.” Last year, the auction brought in nearly half a million dollars, he said. And they’re hoping for a repeat of that — or greater — this year. Every penny of that is given back to the community in the form of grants and service projects, he added. The list of organizations and campaigns he’s volunteered for is long. It includes Rotary director of community services and auction chairman, chair of vocational service committee for the Bainbridge Island School District and a member of the district’s career and technical education committee, member of the Community Emergency Preparedness Committee, volunteer with Helping Hands including food drives, grants and fundraising events, director of the Bainbridge Youth Services board and chair of its summer internship program committee, member of the board of directors of the Bainbridge Public Library, treasurer for the People for Parks and Islanders for a Secure Bainbridge campaign committees, and the Bainbridge Striders. On the day of the parade, McCloskey will be a busy guy. He plans to ride as grand marshal at the head of the parade and when he gets to the end, he’ll run back to join the Rotarians as they march in the parade. “I began walking in the July 4th parade with the Rotary in 2014,” he said. “It was very overwhelming — the outpouring of support from the people along the route saying ‘Thank you’ to the Rotary for all we do. I wouldn’t miss that, no matter what.”
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Bored? Send the kids to a camp on Bainbridge Island By JESSICA SHELTON
ummertime and the living is easy... While that might have been true for George Gershwin’s Bess, we beg to differ. If anything, the kids are more stir-crazy than ever, and 10 laps at the Pleasant Beach pool don’t even come close to tiring them out. So what to do, O weary parent? Summer camps to the rescue. Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District Camps Send them off to build fabulous forts, learn welding, climb ropes, don cloaks and channel Bilbo Baggins. From barista camp to super hero training to the mystery of puppetry, there’s something for everyone: your teen, your tween and your toddler. Sessions run weekly from June 27 through Aug. 26. To see the entire catalogue, visit www. biparks.org/biparks_site/recreation/ documents/summer/2016/BIParks_ Sum16_ctoc.pdf.
Bainbridge Performing Arts Theatre School A little boy and a giant peach are the stars of Bainbridge Performing Arts junior production camp, which runs July 5 through July 29 for thespians grades 4-10. Victoria Tuttle returns this summer to lead an enchanting array of companion camps from June 27 to July 1, including “Bugs, Butterflies and Insects” for kindergarteners and first-graders; “Intro to Musical Theatre‚ Wizard of Oz” for grades 2-4; and “Intermediate Intensive” for grades 6-10. July 25 through July 29, pintsized performers will get their moment in the spotlight with “Intro to Musical Theatre – Peach” for grades 1-3. Register online at www.bainbridge performingarts.org/collections/ summer-2016. BARN Teen Camp A kiln, LED lights, a laser cutter: These are not your father’s tools. BARN’s first ever Teen Camp invites youth ages 14 to 18 to experiment with fused glass, jewelry making, bookbinding, metal and food. They’ll make wind chimes and macrame
bracelets, metal stars and a wooden box, among other projects. To sign up, visit www.bainbridgebarn. wildapricot.org/event-2239417. The cost is $350 per camper, which includes a materials fee and daily lunch. Creative Camps at HeArt & Soul Have a young Dale Chihuly or Georgia O’Keeffe on your hands? They’ll fit right in at HeArt & Soul, where pottery, watercolor and fused glass are the subject of camp. Each week will highlight different techniques and mediums for creating beautiful, functional pieces of art. Sessions for ages 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12 run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 26. Registration is $199 per camper per session at www.bainbridgeheartandsoul. com. Campers will need to pack their own lunch. IslandWood Day Camps Seeking sprouted scientists, wilderness survivalists and budding chefs. IslandWood’s crop of day camps invite curious kids to open their imaginations
and explore the world around them. Topics vary by session and age group (preK to 9th grade). See the list at www. islandwood.org/overview-page/education al-programming/summer-day-camps. Kids Discovery Museum Adventures Arrrr you a pirate? Do you love pets, storybooks or building challenges? KidiMu has some awesome morning adventures planned for campers ages 3-6. July 11 through July 14, the theme is “Pirate Tales.” Campers will build a ship, make a map, experiment with pirate science and more. July 18 through July 21, they’ll discover a “Musical Zoo” as they learn about creatures big and small from the backyard and beyond. July 25 to July 28, their favorite storybooks will come to life with “Cover to Cover” featuring STEM challenges, games, dramatic storytelling and art. Visit www.kidimu.org/educators/ summer-camps for details, plus themes for August. Most sessions are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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Winslow Green, 7:30 a.m. Run begins at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue. Times are 9 a.m. for the 1-mile fun run; 9:15 a.m. for the 5K; and 10:30 a.m. for the Kids Dash. • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Classic, antique and special interest car show, parking lots behind Columbia and Chase banks with DJ music. • 11 a.m. to noon: Clay Martin’s Puppets, Waterfront Park Stage. • 9:30 a.m.: Stars & Strikes Old Timers’ Baseball Game at Bainbridge High School field. • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Beer and wine garden at the corner of Bjune and Shannon drives. Beer and wine for adults only. IDs required. • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Ranger & the Re-Arrangers, Gypsy jazz band, Town & Country parking lot stage. • Noon-1 p.m.: Home Town Band, traditional John Philip Sousa-style music at the Winslow Mall. • Noon: Alleyoop! Children’s musical games at the Waterfront Park stage. • 1-2 p.m.: Grand Old 4th mile long
The Home Town Band will return again this year for performances at the Winslow Mall. Brian Kelly photo parade, along Madison Avenue and Winslow Way. • 3-4 p.m.; Alleyoop! Children’s Musical Games Waterfront Park stage. • 3-5 p.m. Soul Siren — Rhythm & Blues, soul and rock music, at the Town & Country parking lot stage. • Dusk: Fireworks over Eagle Harbor.
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56th Rotary Auction will be part of the celebration Need a bicycle? A lawn mower? How about a kayak or some books? It’s all there at the 2016 Rotary Auction and Sale. By LESLIE KELLY
t’s the world’s largest garage sale. Or so say the members of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge. And no one would argue with them that it’s the sale of the year around these parts. “We just take over Woodward Middle School, inside and out,” said auction chairman Tom McCloskey. And this year, like only a handful of the 56 years that there’s been a sale, it will fall on July 2, and is targeted to be a part of the big Celebrate Bainbridge Island festivities that include a street dance on July 3, the 4th of July parade downtown and the fireworks show that evening on Eagle Harbor. Because of the school year calendar, the kids go to school through June 15, that wouldn’t leave the Rotarians enough time to assemble the sale for that following Saturday. “We don’t want to be in there, pushing the teachers out before they’ve had time to close up their classrooms,” he said. “So we moved it back a week. We thought, too, if there were any snow days or weather make-up days, we’d be in a real mess.” Assembling the sale begins on Friday, June 24 and continues thorough Wednesday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On those days, volunteers will be ready to unload donations. “The community is so good to us,” McCloskey said. “They donate items that are worth a lot of money because they support the work we do.” Proceeds from the auction are spent on local projects including parks, sports fields, dance floors, theater seats. Funds also are used by other nonprofits organizations, on scholarships and to cover the costs of drilling wells in Uganda and buying sanitation equipment in Guatemala. Last year they made a record $481,000. “We have some great young volunteers who fill shopping carts at the curb and bring the donations inside,” he said. “And they do that all day long, trip after trip, back and forth for hours.”
Bikes, bikes and bikes were lined out on the lawn at Woodward Middle School prior to last year’s Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale. Luciano Marano photo More than 4,000 vehicles drop items off. More than 150,000 items are gathered to be sold. Assembly is done in “departments,” he said. This year there will be sections for everything from household items to books to electronics. Of those departments, the bicycle section is a popular one. “We usually have about 350 to 450 bicycles and they’re gone by 10 a.m.,” McCloskey said. “About 60 percent of everything goes in the first two hours.” And believe it or not, the sale typically gets 12 to 15 cars donated. “We can make upward of $25,000 on that,” he said. The auction begins at 8 a.m. July 2 at the school at 9125 Sportsman Club Road. As those who go each year know, shoppers begin lining up outside the door as early as 6 a.m. Most years, as many as 5,000 people come to shop for bargains. In all, there’s six acres of stuff, including the outdoor tent where the fine furnishings and antiques are located. “The volunteers set up displays like it was their living room or bedroom,” he said. “We get a remarkable amount of high quality furnishings.” Clothing is another popular item and volunteers sort and arrange items by size, men’s, women’s and children’s. Electronics are checked, cleaned and repaired if needed. McCloskey said it takes 1,400 volunteers to make the sale happen. “That includes about 250 to 300 young people who give their time,” he said.
“Some of them do it to complete their community service for the high school. But we have kids as young as 10, 11, 12 who help out.” And he said the sale is sometimes like a reunion. “We have volunteers who, the only time they see each other is setting up the auction,” he said. And those who know the sale, know they can pay $2 on Friday to preview the auction from 5 to 8 p.m. “Some families do that,” he said. “They plot out what they want and where it is, and then they have various members of their family go in different directions when the doors open. That’s the way to make sure you get what you want.” But he warns, if you don’t want to run, stay to the back of the pack when lining up outside the school property. And be ready to sing the National Anthem before the doors open. At the preview, raffle tickets can be purchased and great door prizes are given away. One of the best things about the sale, he said, is that it becomes a re-purposing, recycling event. “We are a socially responsible community,” he said. “This sale is an important part of taking care of our island.” What doesn’t sale is donated to nonprofits on the island, and the Rotary’s “Green Team” recycles what remains. Previously, the club has been able to pick up donations for the elderly or disabled. But because of the increasing costs
of getting trucks, laborers, and gasoline, pick ups will now be $25 for seniors and disabled, and $50 for anyone else. “We’ve got the Bainbridge Island Rowing Team lined up and they’ll provide the labor,” McCloskey said. To schedule a pick up, call 360-9429111 and leave a message. Calls will be returned within a day or two. Because the club doesn’t have storage, they can’t take any donations until the week before the sale. But many folks are like McCloskey and create a place to stash their items at home. “Starting about October, we begin putting donations in one room of our house,” he said. “By the time the auction rolls around, the room is filled.” On the day of the sale, parking is limited. But there are buses from park and rides on the island that will drop off shoppers at the school. Information on all aspects of the auction is online at www. BainbridgeRotaryAuction.org, or on Facebook at Rotary Auction. A listing of where each department is located can be found under the departments tab on the website. Why it’s called an auction: For years, it was simply called the Rotary Auction, which it was at its inception, Tom McCloskey said. “Over the years, it has become more of a rummage sale. So, in 2014, we introduced a logo that rebranded the event as the Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale. “To this day, there are numerous ‘silent auctions’ that take place in a number of the departments. Often these silent auctions morph into a live auction, especially when two or more people have submitted ‘competitive’ bids for an item that is subject to a silent auction.” The basics: Who: The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and volunteers What: 56th Annual Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale When: Auction is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 2; preview night is 5 to 8 p.m. July 1; Donation drop-off is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 24-29. Where: Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road Why: To raise funds for community grants and local nonprofit organizations, school projects, scholarships and humanitarian aid.
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It’s all in a day’s work for the Rotary’s Green Team By MIRANDA HERSEY of the Rotary Green Team
Last year, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island’s annual Auction & Rummage Sale raised $481,000 in six hours. Pulling off an annual fundraiser of this magnitude is not a simple matter; more than 120 Rotarians and over 1,400 local volunteers collectively work thousands of hours to make it happen. Interestingly, the group of Auction & Rummage Sale volunteers that works the hardest year-round— without selling a thing—is the group that hangs out by the dumpsters. Meet the crew that embodies the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle in ways you’ve never imagined: The Green Team. Cleaning Out Our Closets During calendar year 2015, the residents and businesses of Bainbridge Island sent 9,800,000 pounds of waste to the Columbia Ridge landfill in Arlington, Oregon. The Green Team, which executes what is ostensibly the largest recycling event on Bainbridge Island, is determined to play a part in reducing the amount of garbage that our community sends to Oregon. Many island residents are unaware that the Auction & Rummage Sale isn’t just about selling sweet little side tables and barely-used skis. It’s about processing a massive flow of materials that may not come out on the winning side of trash versus treasure. When the more than 150,000 donated items arrive at Woodward Middle School during preparation week, Rotarians and volunteers sort the donations for distribution to one of the Auction & Rummage Sale’s 36 departments. There, department managers evaluate which items will sell, which items need to be cleaned or repaired before they are sold, and which items must be re-purposed or recycled. The Auction & Rummage Sale would not exist without the community’s astonishingly generous donations. While a gift horse should not have to endure a dental examination, some of the donations that come in are somewhat baffling: guns and other weapons, boxes of hazardous material, pornography, personal massager collections, diaper bags stocked with soiled diapers, garbage cans still loaded with garbage, miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam of unclear origin or purpose. The Green Team is the ninja crew that deals with these items and the many thousands of pounds of materials that aren’t salable, ensuring that every item is
rehomed or properly recycled if possible. This commitment to reducing waste began nearly a decade ago, when Auction & Rummage Sale volunteers Liesl Athans and Rebecca Rockefeller were horrified by what they saw in the dumpsters during preparation week that wasn’t, in their opinion, garbage. At that time, given the limitations on volunteer hours and sweat equity, any item deemed unsalable was simply thrown away. Athans and Rockefeller determined to change that reflex based on three guiding tenets: Not all items deemed unsalable were garbage; recycling efforts needed to be increased; and lastly, after the Auction & Rummage Sale event, something productive needed to be done with the items that hadn’t sold. Athans and Rockefeller began physically intercepting Rotarians and volunteers taking items to the dumpsters. They gave each department a recycling bin and a box for items deemed unsalable. Then Rotarian Joanne Ellis and her friend Dawn Snider drafted a list of nonprofits that might benefit from taking unsold goods after the event. Several large organizations became regular recipients, including Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. Recycling of the obvious materials (cardboard, glass, metal) was deemed a priority. Within a couple of years, the number of dumpsters hauled away with unusable donations was cut in half. Mindsets began to change — in large part because Green Team volunteers were actually doing the hard work, not just complaining about the waste while expecting someone else to do something. Of course, less garbage going into dumpsters meant less money spent on disposal and more money for the Rotary Club to invest in worthy causes on Bainbridge Island and beyond. Step into the LOO When Rotarian Sarah Albee first worked at the Auction & Rummage Sale five years ago, she was assigned to the fine furniture tent. It wasn’t her strong suit. “Before long,” Albee recalls, “someone recognized that I would be better at assessing castoffs than fine furniture. With Joanne Ellis stepping down, they needed a Rotarian to chair this unwieldy effort to reduce waste. Albee is quick to point out that when she took over the Green Team, it was handed to her “tied in a bow.” While there was progress to be made, the project was carefully organized into binders and lists — and she inherited a seasoned
group of hard-working, eager volunteers. “Some were passionate about recycling; some about reuse,” Albee recalls. “My job was to continue to integrate the Green Team into the Auction & Rummage Sale machine as much as possible.” The hub of the Green Team’s efforts is the brilliantly named Lawn of Opportunity, or LOO, the area at Woodward Middle School set aside for sorting donations that cannot or will not be sold at the Auction & Rummage Sale. Throughout the weeklong donation drop-off and preparation period, Green Team members work 12-hour days sorting, recycling, and identifying possible repurposes for these materials, keeping them out of the landfill to the greatest extent possible. Diane Landry, head of the Zero Waste Initiative for Sustainable Bainbridge and 2015’s “Person of the Year” award winner, leads the Green Team’s recycling efforts. Green team members recognized that many of the items that seemed like miscellaneous discards — travel-size toiletries, candle stubs, wine corks, coat hangers, single wine glasses — actually had value in the aggregate. Each year, long time team-member Jane Martin compiles a list of the various people and organizations that can make use of these sorted items. A church wants candle stubs, a winery wants corks, teachers want Happy Meal toys to use as prizes, and homeless shelters want toiletries. Martin starts each pre-sale week with a list of three or four people who want to turn unsalable skis for into furniture. Last year, a local artist who wanted old lamp shades for a project ended up with 45 unsalable shades — and was thrilled. “The entire Wilkes School Bingo Night is stocked with prizes from the LOO and
Buy Nothing Bainbridge,” Albee notes. “And the kids love it.” Last year, 18-year-old metal artist Greg Millican crafted a spectacular sculpture comprised entirely of the scrap metal he sourced from the recycling bin. The sculpture, entitled “Hawks Bell,” was auctioned off and the proceeds were added to the Auction & Rummage Sale’s tally. This year, Millican will be back, working his artful magic. When Less Is More The day after the Auction & Rummage Sale, anything not sold, rehomed, or recycled goes into a fleet of Bainbridge Disposal crusher trucks. It is hard to watch and often a surprise to the public. The good news is that the Green Team rescued everything it possibly could. Albee understands that from the outside, the extraordinary work of the Green Team is invisible. “Given our constraints of time and space, we are doing everything that we possibly can to find homes or recycle these things,” Albee says. “Anyone who wants to help us do more is warmly encouraged to join our team of volunteers. There’s a signup form right on our website.” When Albee joined the Green Team, the Rotary Club was spending more than $17,000 on disposal costs for the annual Auction & Rummage Sale. For the past three years, that amount has been whittled down by almost 30 percent. That savings represents tons of materials that aren’t going to the landfill. For the next week you’ll find Albee at Woodward Middle School working hard at the Green Team desk, under the recycling tent, and in the LOO, alongside fellow Rotarian Judy Romann and the Green Team crew of volunteers.
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CELEBRATE A BAINBRIDGE SUMMER
JUNE 24, 2016
The big, bright fireworks show is back again in 2016 By LESLIE KELLY
undreds of people will gather along Eagle Harbor on July 4th, as dusk nears. Just like the previous seven years, they’ll be anticipating the Grand Old Fourth’s fireworks show. The 15-minute show, which boasts of great pyrotechnics, will end what has been a three-day Celebrate Bainbridge extravaganza. “It’s really a special show,” said Scott Isenman, a member of the nonprofit group Bainbridge Fireworks. “Lots of people are out on their boats and there’s a huge crowd on the shore. After it’s all over, it gets silent and then cheers come from everywhere. It just gives you goosebumps.” Isenman, and his wife, Laurie, and Bainbridge Island merchant Karin Lehotsky, are Bainbridge Fireworks. The group is small, but mighty. However, this year, they’re down a member due to the “retirement” of Cheryl House. “That’s really hurt us,” Isenman said. “Cheryl was the one who hit the streets and went door-to-door getting donations for the show. The others of us are the ones who mostly do the mailings asking for donations and getting sponsors.” The show, which costs $25,000 to $30,000 each year, is the only reason Bainbridge Fireworks exists. “Many people think that we’re part of the Grand Old Fourth and get funding from the chamber and downtown association,” he said. “Every cent we get is from our own fundraising.” Isenman was quick to point out that the fireworks is a community celebration, funded by the locals to provide entertainment for individuals, residents, visitors and families to enjoy. “There are those people who say ‘Why do it?’” he said. “They say it’s noisy and a waste of money. But as long as the community wants it and supports it, we’ll do it.” He acknowledged that last year, and possibly this year, they’ve had to cut back “a few thousands of dollars” in what they were able to purchase for the show. “Last year, we missed our (fundraising) mark,” he said. “We have a little bit of a buffer. But if we have to use that
Last year’s fireworks show over Eagle Harbor. Luciano Marano photo
each year, it’s not going to be there for long.” Although they begin organizing each year just after the first part of January, the fundraising goes into full motion in May and June. They plan to set up a donation table outside businesses, such as T&C, to remind people that the fireworks show is put on through donations. “It takes everything we have to put on the show,” he said. “After the 4th, we kind of shut down until the next year.” This year’s show is anticipated to be much like last year’s, he said. “We’ve gotten to the point where we think we have a great show,” he said. “We have those water shells which go out across the water and then into the air. And the finale is wonderful.” Isenman reminded folks that the following day, on July 5 at 9 a.m., volunteers are needed to help clean up. “The city requires us to clean up anything along the beach at Pritchard Park,” he said. “It’s not really trash from our show. Mostly it’s the stuff people leave behind where they were watching on the beach. There’s actually full campsites left behind where you can tell everything they had to eat and drink.” Volunteers also are needed to help fund raise. To volunteer, email Isenman at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, go to the group’s website, www. bainbridgefireworks.org to find out more about the show, where to watch, and where to park. There is a PayPal link on the website where donations can be made. Or drop by Chase Bank, at 213 Winslow Way E., to make a donation.
CELEBRATE A BAINBRIDGE SUMMER
JUNE 24, 2016
Six summer island outings you don’t want to miss There’s never a lack of things to do on Bainbridge Island. Give these a try this year.
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
By JESSICA SHELTON
When we think of summer on the island, we think of paella nights at Suzanne Maurice, kayak paddles from Fort Ward and cool runs through the Grand Forest. We think of blackberry brambles and bonfires at the beach, 9 p.m. sunsets and pods of Orcas, ours for the sighting. But just as precious as the impromptu gatherings and sweet discoveries of the season are the regularly scheduled events, the community traditions that reintroduce us to our neighbors, our values, this little blot of land.
Bloedel Concert Series Most of the year, the Bloedel Reserve evokes that Simon & Garfunkel classic, “The Sounds of Silence.” But in the sunshine months, the quiet din of birds and bees is broken with guitar licks and drum kicks for the garden’s summer concert series. Saturday, June 25, the groove from the Sheep Shed is “americana indie technicolor jazz” with Ethan J. Perry & The Remedy Band and “thunder rock” from Duke Evers. Sunday, Aug. 14, The Dusty 45s invade with swingin’ rockabilly: Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and dance under the denim sky. Tickets range from $26 to $32.
Virginia V Steamer Cruise Take a jaunt on a boat that’s older than your grandmother. The Virginia V is one of the last of its breed, a Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet steamer built in the 1920s. The restored vessel makes its annual voyage around Bainbridge from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 17 to benefit the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. Tickets, $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers, include a delicious box lunch, no-host bar and historical narration by Ralph Munro.
Bike for Pie Frankly, Klondike bars aren’t really our thing; we’d rather chow down at Mora. But what would we do for two slices of pie? That question’s easy. We’d bike 32 miles around the island, massive hills and everything, before shaking our booty to gypsy jazz and collapsing from sheer exhaustion. For the
-John F. Kennedy
To Those That Serve, Protect and Sacrificed We Thank You! The Virginia V Steamer cruise will take place on July 17. It’s an annual event for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. This boat’s older than your grandmother’ we are told. Contributed photo littler or less crusading riders, Bike for Pie’s Aug. 7 celebration also has a family route; it’s just eight miles and possibly flatter than Lance Armstrong’s abs. SummerFest Classic cars, face painters and balloon clowns descend upon Battle Point Park to entertain adult and tyke alike. From noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 13, peruse community booths, listen to live music and sip brews at the beer garden. Junior can trade his hot wheels for the real deal at the touch-a-truck booth.
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Bainbridge Island Studio & Working Studio Tours Bainbridge is known for harboring hordes of artists. But where do they all hide? During the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, from Friday, Aug. 12 to Sunday, Aug. 14, scope out creative coves and meet the photographers, oil painters and potters that share your love of 98110. The Working Studio Tour boasts a smaller but no less inspiring group. Drop by Raquel’s Mosaics, Mesolini Glass and Cecil Ross to learn about the trade and buy one-of-a-kind pieces.
Movies in the Park Friday evenings from Aug. 19 to Sept. 9, the park district blows up the big screen with free outdoor movies at Battle Point Park. Titles are subject to change, but we hope not. The lineup is “Frozen” and “McFarland USA”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Zootopia.” Seating starts at 8 p.m. and the films begin at dusk.
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CELEBRATE A BAINBRIDGE SUMMER
JUNE 24, 2016
Lynwood’s Sunday Market brings out the best buys By LESLIE KELLY
Vicki and Jim Reilly would be the first to admit that they never know what they might find at the Lynwood Community Market. And that’s half the fun of coming. Every Sunday in a parking lot along Lynwood Center Road in Lynwood, vendors set up their wares and, come 10 a.m., shoppers and those passing by, stop to see what’s there. “It’s really a funky little market,” said Vicki Reilly, one of the longtime organizers. “Vendors change all the time. Some come every week and others just set up when they have something to sell. There are no reservations.” A combination of a farmers market, flea market and garage sale, the Lynwood Community Market began in 2012. It was the brainchild of the Reillys and Kathy and Morrie Blossom. “When we moved here in 2009, we were told that the property near our home would be a park,” Vicki said. “Here it was several years later, and still nothing. So I told Kathy that we needed to do something to help
raise funds for the park.” The Blossoms sold the park property to the city with the stipulation that it would become a park. But a lack of funds kept the project from happening. Vickie told Kathy a market would be a good idea. After mentioning it quite often, Kathy finally said “just do it.” “Kathy said she was way too busy to plan it, but if I planned it, she’s help out,” said Vicki. The Blossoms gave their permission to use the parking lot they own near Walt’s Center Market for the Sunday market. The first year there were no fees to vendors. Since 2013, vendors pay $10 each to have a space. That money is used to advertise the market and to create banners, Vicki said. “We don’t take any percentage from the vendors,” she said. “Whatever they make is their’s.” But, at each market, there’s a raffle for a great prize, and the raffle money is given to the park efforts. In the time that the market’s been operating, $28,000 has been given to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks &
Recreation District, some of that coming from grants offered by the Bainbridge Community Foundation and the park district foundation. In late 2015, the park began to take shape. All of the materials for the sandpit, stop hop, slide and boat swing were sourced locally and are primarily made of wood. Concrete foundations were laid, trail connections were made and the park opened. So why keep going with the Lynwood Community Market? “Because the park needs a restroom,” said Vicki. “That’s what we’re working toward now.” As she explained, the park is generally used by families with children younger than 7 years old. “They’re unpredictable and you have to have a bathroom near by.” So the market opened again this year on May 8. It will be open every Sunday through Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To date, vendors have numbered from seven to 10. “We’d love to have more,” she said. “The only rules is whatever you’re selling it can’t be illegal, immoral or elicit.” A regular is Paulson Farm, with fresh
items they’ve grown including herbs, veggies and even fresh eggs. Other vendors include a women who has market bags and purses that she’s made, a young boy who has the Kid’s Garden, where he sells his home grown vegetables, and a lady with her collection of vintage items. “It’s really an eclectic mix,” Vicki said. Raffle prizes have included gift certificates for dinners out, cases of wine and lodging vouchers. This year they’re trying a “50/50” where the raffle winner gets half of the money made from the raffle ticket sales that day, the other half to the park. “The first week it was $152,” she said. “The next was $66, and that winner gave it all back to the park bathroom efforts.” A local barbecue truck will join the market soon, and other food vendors may be added. Vicki reminds folks that there’s lots of parking and if you’re planning a yard sale, bring it on down. “That way people won’t be coming to your door at the crack of dawn wanting to buy things,” she said. For more, go to the Lynwood Community Market Facebook page.
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