News Roundup - Endowment doles out funds/‘Bloom’ tour in full flower/Vermont man to head BIAHC

Endowment doles out funds

The Bainbridge Island Community Endowment has awarded $20,000 in grants to nine community nonprofit organizations. An additional $28,400 in grants was given to local organizations by the endowment’s donor-advised funds.

For the first time, the endowment made grants to two Kitsap-based organizations, Sound Works Job Center and Martha & Mary Lutheran Services, which provide services to the members of Bainbridge Island.

Recipient agencies included:

• Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, Yeomalt Cabin Restoration, to help restore the cabin for public and community uses – $1,000 from the endowment and $1,000 from a donor-advised fund

• Bainbridge Island Public Schools Trust, to support reading and academic remedial program – $2,000 from the endowment, $2,000 from a donor-advised fund

• Bainbridge Island Television, to purchase a server to stream coverage of island events over the Internet, allowing access to all Bainbridge residents – $2,500 from the endowment, $1,400 from a donor-advised fund

• Helpline House, to pay for remodeling of the food bank – $4,400 from the endowment

• Housing Resources Board, to purchase general ledger and property management software – $3,500 from the endowment

• Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, to support increased operating costs for more staff – $1,500 from the endowment, $1,500 from a donor-advised fund.

‘Bloom’ tour in full flower

The 18th annual Bainbridge In Bloom Garden Tour will dazzle garden enthusiasts this month.

The event begins with a special preview and garden party July 14. The preview offers three levels:

• $125 Garden Enthusiast – self-paced tour of the seven gardens, a tour poster and unlimited visits to the gardens all weekend

• $175 Patron – All Garden Enthusiast amenities plus a garden dinner party July 14 with island chef Robert Freitag of Metro Market Catering

• $350 Benefactor – All of the Patron amenities, plus a guided tour of each garden with garden writer/designer Lucy Hardiman and lunch at a secret eighth garden.

Garden tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15 and 16. The Shuttle Hub and Festival Site, located at Bainbridge High School, is open to attendees and the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The site will offer art, plants, merchandise, refreshments, demonstrations and kids’ art activities.

Kitsap Transit will transport ticket holders to all the gardens in free, air-conditioned coaches with guides.

Bike the Bloom patrons pay $20 and receive maps and bicycle parking. Regular prices are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12.

The tour benefits the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. For tickets call 842-7901 or see

As a special bonus this year, Bainbridge in Bloom and the 10th Annnual Sequim Lavender Festival – which take place on the same weekend – have partnered to offer reduced ticket prices to both events in a “Weekend Getaway” special.

The lavender festival features eight farms located in the Sequim-Dungeness valley. Among the lavender-related activities are demonstrations, agricultural history, workshops and horticultural programs. Visitors can hand-pick bouquets from the fields and learn how the herb is grown, harvested and turned into products.

The festival includes a street fair in downtown Sequim with more than 150 craftspeople, live music, food and wine tastings.

“Weekend Getaway” tickets for Bainbridge In Bloom are $25 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets for the Lavender Festival are $8. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The regular ticket price is $10.

Purchase tickets to both events by calling 842-7901 and asking for the “Weekend Getaway” special.

Vermont man to head BIAHC

Zon Eastes of Guilford, Vt., has been named the executive director of the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council.

Eastes was most recently the managing director of the Brattleboro Music Center and conductor of the Windham Orchestra and Cham­ber Orchestra.

He is a professional cellist and chamber music coach. He has served several community arts organizations and participated in state and regional arts economic development advisory panels.

“After an extensive search, with many qualified candidates both locally and nationally, I believe we have made the best choice for the position of executive director of BIAHC. We are very pleased to welcome Zon to Bainbridge Island and the arts community,” said Marilyn Turkovich, BIACH Board president.

Eastes’ tenure begins in mid-September.

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