Outdoor film debuts with 'Blue Dolphins'

"When it comes to finding some night life, island existence can demand something of Robinson Crusoe's ingenuity.But a challenge brings people together, as the organizing forces behind this year's Island Days festivities know well.An event which requires a bit of planning is good for community action, said Team Winslow coordinator Sandy Martin. Martin said the decision to highlight the Island Days celebration Saturday with an outdoor movie complements her organization's mission statement to build and sustain a community through vibrant down-town life. The evening's entertainment will make a nice change from going to a restaurant or to a regular movie theater, she said.Filmed in 1964, the featured movie, Island of the Blue Dolphins, is based on the popular novel by Scott Odell, and tells the tale of a young American girl stranded on an island and forced to survive - with only a pack of wolves and her own resources to depend upon. Team Winslow hope the outdoor showing will become an annual event, following in tradition of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, where films are regularly projected onto the side of a buildings. The difference is that on Bainbridge, the film has an island theme and will be projected onto the slightly curved surface of the children's boat stage in Waterfront Park.And the emphasis of the event is on inventiveness. By offering prizes for the coolest chair and best seating arrangement, Martin hopes to inspire creations ambitious enough to incorporate umbrellas. She said that even if it rains, the event will be a true island celebration.It all ties in, Martin said. Island Days begin with a boat.Bring your own seating to Waterfront Park for an outdoor showing of Island of the Blue Dolphins, 9-11:30 p.m. July 1. The movie starts at 9:30 p.m., but get there early to stake out your seats. Young poets in every cornerPoets find inspiration in unusual places - and on Bainbridge, so do their readers.I see things differently when I'm writing a poem, said Bainbridge Music and Arts poetry prize winner Ned Thorne. I hope the public will read my work when they discover it about the place. Thorne is just one of 13 Bainbridge High School students and nine Hyla Middle School students to have their poetry showcased this month. In accordance with the ethos of the year-long Poetry Corners project, their work is displayed in public places like Sweet and Savory Cafe, the Bainbridge Coffee and the T&C coffee shop. Project coordinator Elizabeth Erving said that the aim is to bring people into contact with verse they might not otherwise read.Thorne's poem Picasso Has Bread For Fingers - inspired by a painting teacher Bob McAllister showed of the artist Picasso playing a practical joke on his friends - exemplifies a trait which Erving says is typical of young Bainbridge poets - an interdisciplinary approach to verse drawing on a knowledge of arts and sciences. Erving adds that the students' work is a credit to their education. She cited teachers Kristin Henshaw at BHS and Ellen Wright at Hyla as recognized poets in their own right, along with the poets in residence at Blakely and Ordway, as forces for inspiration.These kids have been well prepared, said Erving. Their poetry shows that they're ready to get out there into the world beyond. Tales of brave firefightersA member of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department demonstrates fire fighting equipment and shares fire fighting tales, 11 a.m. July 1 at Eagle Harbor Books. The storytime is for ages 3 and up. Information: 842-5332.Enjoy colorful watercolors The watercolor paintings of Mike Smith are on display July 1 - 23 at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. Smith's vibrant scenes of rural life on the Columbia River glow with color. Information: 842-3132."

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