Bainbridge has several options for fun-seekers looking to dodge the hullabaloo of the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (also going on this weekend) throughout the next 48 hours.
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First, a special multi-day pickleball tournament will be held through Sunday at Bainbridge High School.
Presented by the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum as one of their major fundraisers for 2019, the Bainbridge Island Founders Tournament is expected to draw participants from across the Pacific Northwest, the museum’s executive director Brianna Kosowitz said.
“It is long overdue for our community to offer a tournament,” Kosowitz said. “After all, this is where the sport was invented in the summer of 1965, by three enterprising individuals: Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum.
“Joel and Bill have passed but Barney is still a very important part of this community and we look forward to working with him and the local pickleball group as the tournament takes shape,” she added.
Play will be sanctioned by the National Pickleball Association and held at BHS, where six tennis courts have been temporarily re-striped to create 18 pickleball courts.
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will continue their free weekly “Art In Action” series on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Drop in and create while you’re visiting the museum Join teaching artists in one of BIMA’s galleries as they guide hands-on projects designed for all ages. No pre-registration is necessary for this free program.
Art in Action designed for individual visitors, families, and other small groups. Large groups (8 or more participants) and visitors with special needs should contact the education department (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-451-4017) at least two days in advance of their visit to ensure they can be accommodated.
Then, on Saturday, BIMA will host an informal “Meet the Artist” session from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Participating artists include Anne Hirondelle, Michael Howard, Carol Milne, Rob Wagoner and Stephen Yates.
No registration is necessary to attend.
Later that same day, Kyle Morton, lead singer and guitarist of the band Typhoon, will perform at a special benefit concert to celebrate and support Housing Resources Bainbridge.
Proceeds will help Housing Resources Bainbridge in its fundraising effort to raise money to buy the 550 Madison Apartments, one of the few apartment buildings on Bainbridge with rents for lower-income families.
The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at Hazel Creek, 8903 NE Koura Road. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Typhoon.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are discounted for children ages 12 through 17, and are free for ages 11 and under.
Typhoon is an 11-member American rock band from Salem, Oregon that is signed to the indie record label Roll Call Records. The band’s latest album, “Offerings,” was released in January 2018. To learn more about Typhoon, go to WeAreTyphoon.com.
Event organizers say the show features the elaborate compositions of Typhoon and Morton’s spare solo work, adapted to the elegant form of a power trio. Alex Fitch, the longtime drummer of Typhoon, will join with Mortan and Max Stein on bass for an intimate concert.
All net proceeds from the concert will be donated to Housing Resources Bainbridge, whose mission is to preserve the diversity and vitality of Bainbridge Island by providing and maintaining affordable housing opportunities in the community. The concert is hosted by the Matthew Tirman Exploratory Committee and MalaguenÞa Events, and organizers note the music will appeal to both young and old.
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