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Summer is just flying by. But there’s still time for one last seasonal staple here on the Rock. Yes, that’s right. This weekend sees the return of SummerFest — and a few other options for you to choose from when considering ways to enjoy this, the final weekend of July.

Summerfest will indeed be making its triumphant return to Battle Point Park on Saturday, July 29.

This year the event will be free and is expected to draw a crowd, with Recess Monkey taking the stage at 4 p.m. followed by performances from Matt Beilis and Freddy Pink.

In addition to some amazing tunes, this year’s Summerfest will also include the popular hands’ on touch-a-truck for kids, plus a classic car show, balloon clowns, face painting and food options (and a beer garden for the grown-ups).

Also happening on Saturday, the chance to get down at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. as Wood and Wire takes the stage.

It’s been five years now since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of Austin, Texas. They’ve cut their teeth at national festivals like Merlefest and Austin City Limits, set the country to talking with their unique hybrid of tight, original bluegrass — and now they’re coming to Bainbridge Island for a special 21-and-older concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Treehouse Café.

In a tightly defined genre, Wood & Wire’s “band-style” ethos and clean traditional song crafting, so often associated with their Texas home, permeate their sound. That said, what comes out of the Wood & Wire blender is also something entirely its own. Tony Kamel — lead singer, guitarist, mover, shaker, and primary songwriter — brings his material to the group in a raw form and once shaken and stirred. The results are inimitable, and those who miss out will surely be sorry.

The fun continues Sunday at the Fort Ward “Let’s Make History” jazz gala at IslandWood.

The acclaimed Seattle jazz duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl will perform tunes from the Swing years and beyond, bringing their special style and humor to the Great American Songbook.

This is a top-notch act. Singer Kate “Sundae” Voss (accompanied by guitarist Jason Goessl) earned Earshot Jazz’s Golden Ear Award as 2016 Vocalist of the Year. You don’t want to miss this Bainbridge performance by one of the Northwest’s premier jazz combos!

Also at the gala, Friends of Fort Ward will present new photo displays from our historic fort, with rarely seen images recently drawn from the National Archives and other sources. There will also be a brief presentation to honor campaign contributors and announce the bakery building renovation schedule.

Tickets for the “Let’s Make History” jazz gala at IslandWood are $50 per person, now available at

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