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Arts & Leisure 2012 Year in Review
I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. You would be hard-pressed to find another community that, per capita, boasts as many creative, engaged inhabitants as Bainbridge Island.
Seriously: Countless visual artists, a monthly artwalk, three theater groups, two with an active education program; a symphony orchestra; a chamber music series; numerous singing groups; a dedicated music center; open mics galore; an escalating music scene that, in the case of Treehouse Cafe brings national talent on a regular basis; two dance studios; a writer’s collective that hosts a regional writing conference; a library with top-notch cultural programming.
It’s hard to imagine cramming more into 365 days than this town.
In January, Sally Robison and Ann Lovejoy were announced as Island Treasures in a page 1 story.
Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra announced its new conductor, Wesley Schulz, after its February “Dusk Till Dawn” performance.
Bainbridge author Jonathan Evison made the front page when his editor Chuck Adams (“Water for Elephants,” “A Reliable Wife,” “An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers Homes in New England”) called Evison’s February 2011 release “West of Here,” the best novel he’s worked on in more than four decades of publishing.
At the end of May, the talented Annie Huntley was given the Amy Award, the yearly recognition of an emerging artist.
In June, Barbara Sacerdote took the helm as executive director of Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, in time to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Playwright Paul Lewis, a handful of island actors and a full house inaugurated the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s new stage.
Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge put up a run of “Carnival,” along with launching “Glee!,” a youth singing troupe.
BIAHC also introduced its first “Arts Sampler,” a loose assemblage of creative happenings at the height of the tourist season, this year dampened by ongoing construction on Winslow Way.
Community events such as Celluloid Bainbridge, Poetry Month, the July 3 dance, Island Music Festival, the new Wooden Boat Festival, the enigmatic Winslow in White, Global Nectar by Island Vibes and Taste of Lynwood, brought culture to the masses.
Bainbridge Performing Arts said adieu to its long-time Creative Director Steven Fogell after a blockbuster season at the playhouse, including productions of both “Chicago” and “Cats.”
Ovation!, Olympic Performance Group and Bainbridge Chorale rounded out the year with late fall productions. And that’s just the ones I can remember.
I’ve got a brand new, pristine 2012 calendar ready: Let’s get this party started.