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Bill and Kate Carruthers, winners of this year’s Buxton-Sears Award.  - Courtesy of Bainbridge Perfrorming Arts
Bill and Kate Carruthers, winners of this year’s Buxton-Sears Award.
— image credit: Courtesy of Bainbridge Perfrorming Arts

BPA fetes top contributors

At its June 7 Take a Bow celebration, Bainbridge Performing Arts honored community members who have been instrumental in the organization’s success over the past year.

Kate and Bill Carruthers received the Buxton-Sears Distinguished Patron Award, recognition bestowed each year to those who have continued the tradition of patronage established by Frank Buxton and Cynthia Sears.

For their ongoing work as stage crew volunteers, Al Gunther and John Anderson received the BPA Angel award.

Maribeth Hinderer, a 30-year stage veteran and regular BPA performer, received the Actor of the Year award. Hinderer’s roles have included Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” Gorgeous Teitelbaum in “The Sisters Rosensweig,” Penelope Pennywise in “Urinetown” and most recently, Roberta “Bunny” Bordeaux in “Woodpile.” She has also served as a BPA Theatre School instructor.

Other honors went to stage manager Deirdre McCollom, recognized as BPA’s Staff Person of the Year; Kathie Peron-Matthews, appointed Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s Member of the Year; and Jack Weber, named Musician of the Year.

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They’re lives, not just ‘lifestyles’

This weekend, Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church will present special screenings of the award-winning film “Inlaws and Outlaws.”

Through interviews with real folks – gay, straight, couples and singles – the documentary, which was named best local film at the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, weaves together true stories of love.

Screenings are at 7 p.m. June 13 and 5 p.m. June 14 and 15 at the Lynwood Theatre. Director Drew Emery will be on hand for discussion.

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Get some culture in your camp

The kids don’t need to sit at home with Guitar Hero this summer. Send them to a rad version of summer camp, at Bainbridge Island Television or Island Music Guild.

BITV camps include Kids Animation, Teen Filmmaking, Kid’s Broadcasting and TV Fusion, with completed projects airing on BITV.

Those interested in TV journalism can learn how to report, write, shoot and edit their own segments, possibly appearing on BITV News sometime during the summer.

Classes are filling up fast; check for information, and register at 780-2980.

Meanwhile, up in Rolling Bay, IMG is also taking registration for its summer music camps.

One-week sessions include Piano Camp, July 7-11; Chamber Camp, Aug. 4-8; and perhaps the way-coolest concept ever, Rock Camp Aug. 11-15.

More information is at To register, call the guild at 780-6911.

Botanics at BAC through June

It is so not summer outside.

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, however, has optimistically put on a show of botanically themed art for June. Call it a remedy to sad summer weather.

Through the month, artists explore botanical imagery in paintings, prints, photography, glass, and ceramics. And don’t miss a talk from 4-5:30 p.m. June 26 by Susan Bird Olds on “Decoding the Blossom: Flower Symbolism in Art History.” Admission is $15.

Stop into the gallery during the next downpour, and check the BAC Web site at

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