Best Bets for March 22-24 | The Bainbridge Blab

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Get set for the weekend,

There’s lots to do!

(Including a few poetry-centric happenings, part of a jam-packed slate of goings-on Sunday.)

For 35 years poets and poetry lovers have gathered annually at San Carlos Restaurant for a live reading, a literary tradition which will continue at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Everyone is welcome to come and read, or just listen, explained event organizer and Island Treasure Award-winner Nancy Rekow. The festivities often carry over into the evening as folks stick around and munch and sip and chat.

The bar will be open, and dinner available after the reading.

For more information or to sign up (not required) call 206-842-4855 or email nancy

If you’re looking to think about outside, even if it’s too soggy to actually be outside, consider joining nature-loving authors Heather Durham and Kathleen Alcalá for an intimate conversation about what it means to be wild versus what it means to be rooted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Harbor Book Company.

The authors will do a short reading from their respective books and engage each other in conversation before opening the dialogue to the audience.

Durham’s new book, “Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust,” is a memoir in essays examining a life of wandering in wild nature. With the ecological understanding and observation skills of a naturalist and the existential inquiry of a philosopher, Durham immerses readers with all their senses in adventures, explorations, and musings in wild places around the United States.

She holds a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction and a master of science in environmental biology, and has held a variety of environmental jobs from interpretive park ranger to field biologist, trails worker to restoration ecologist. She currently lives in the foothills of the Washington Cascades where she works at Wilderness Awareness School. “Going Feral” is her first book.

Alcalá’s popular book — “The Deepest Roots” (now out in paperback) — combines memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability. The book shows how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards and reminds readers that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help make wise decisions about the future.

Later, three nationally recognized poets will bring their tour of the Pacific Northwest to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Sunday.

At “Spring Into Words,” Geffrey Davis, Keetje Kuipers, and Erika Meitner will read poems from their newest collections, which share their fresh perspectives on everything from fly fishing and Walmart shopping to gun violence and a complicated love for one’s country.

Keetje Kuipers, an island resident, will kick things off by reading from her new book, “All Its Charms.”

Tickets are available now; $7 for BIMA members and $10 for non-members. To purchase visit

At the same time, across town, perpetual Bainbridge favorites Redshift will take to the Treehouse Café stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24 to perform a special free 21-and-older dance party concert with guest vocalist Shannon Dowling.

Donations will be accepted.

The night’s sonic offerings will include Salsa, foxtrot, West Coast-style swing and tunes by Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Earth Wind and Fire and Ray LaMontaigne.

Redshift is Dave Bristow on piano, Neil Conaty on bass, Kurt Festinger on sax and vocalist Dowling, plus an ingenious revolving drumkit that displays new faces with every turn.

Visit to learn more.

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