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Bloedel Reserve celebrates 25th anniversary with an old-fashioned picnic

Grab a blanket and pack the fried chicken and potato salad: It’s picnic time at the Bloedel Reserve on Saturday.

For one evening only, the reserve is loosening its picnicking restrictions and visitors are allowed to dine on the lawn surrounding the visitor’s center. With breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the reserve’s manicured grounds, it will be a fine way to enjoy a summer evening outdoors.

The Nick Stahl Quartet, a group of young jazz musicians, will play bebop, funk/fusion, straight ahead jazz, Latin and blues.

Roger Ferguson & Friends will also entertain the crowd with bluegrass music. Ferguson is a national flat-pick guitar champion and acoustic string multi-instrumentalist, whose 40 years of playing, teaching and exploring acoustic music of all kinds has steadily earned him a reputation as a world-class player.

Sponsored by Town & Country Market, the picnic is expected to be a great event for the whole family. Try your skill with croquet and bocce ball. Children will enjoy special activities just for them. And since no picnic is complete without a frozen treat, complimentary ice cream will be scooped by Viking Feast Ice Cream. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

The event is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $6 for members; $9 for non-members; and $6 for children 13 and younger. Purchase tickets at

Visitors should bring a picnic and a blanket. Dessert will be provided. No outside alcoholic beverages, please.

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