Berry Festival honors natives -- News Roundup

They were here before you.

And this weekend, the Suqua­mish tribe returns to Bainbridge Island – by canoe, no less – and they’re bringing lunch. Native culture will be celebrated at the second annual Blackberry Festival on the south shore of Eagle Harbor, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust this weekend.

Highlight of the event will be a community salmon bake, featuring sockeye salmon caught by the tribe in Lake Washington and prepared on-site.

The event runs 3-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at a newly acquired public beach on the former Wyckoff property at Bill Point. The land trust, the city and others are working to preserve the entire 50-acre parcel as Pritchard Park; the festival will highlight those efforts and proceeds will go to that cause.

Tribal members will be hailed in a greeting ceremony as they paddle up around 3:30 p.m., said Frank Stowell, BILT spokesman.

The salmon dinner costs $10, with tickets available at the park. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blackberry dessert to share; a panel of judges will award ribbons for best desserts.

Activities will include a free raffle, live music, art, beach games, historical displays, kayak and canoe rentals and children’s activities.

Other events include the first-ever 10K Blackberry Trail Run and Hike through the Grand Forest, co-sponsored by Island Fitness. Registration is 8-9 a.m. at Island Church on Sportsman Club Road, with the run at 9:15 a.m. Hikers will depart from Wardwell Avenue after the runners.

There is no parking at the site of the salmon bake; the public is asked to take a free Kitsap Transit shuttle from St. Barnabas or Bethany Lutheran churches, or bicycle or walk to the event. Access is from Taylor Avenue in Eagledale.

For more information and run registration, see

Egaas named Citizen o’ Year

Pat Egaas has been named Citizen of the Year by Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island.

She will be honored during the Kiwanis Installation Banquet, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Wing Point Country Club.

Egaas’ entire life has centered on Bainbridge Island, Kiwanis noted in the club’s announcement. She grew up, raised a family, and spent all her working years on Bainbridge, where she assisted her husband in the operation of Roy’s Auto Specialty.

Many remember the year-round flower display she maintained there at the corner of Madison and Wyatt.

In her free time, Egaas has long been an active volunteer for many organizations. She served on the board of directors for the Bainbridge Island Historical Society and continues to be a very active volunteer there.

She initiated their computerized bookkeeping and membership systems and maintained the membership from 1995 to 2003.

She has also made key contributions to the smooth operation of the Rotary Auction for nearly 40 years.

She recently received a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship service award for those efforts.

Members of the community are invited to attend the banquet to share in the celebration.

Those wishing to help honor Pat Egaas should make reservations with Rob Hillman (842-6095) or Greg Geehan (855-1238) no later than Sept. 20.

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