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Bainbridge Islander Wins National Award for Best Bad Sentence

It takes a certain kind of genius to write badly—very very badly—but in a nevertheless entertainingly bad way. This is no job for the sophomoric college sophomore, the bombastic buffoon, the platitudinous politician, or the tired and uninspired local reporter. Bainbridge-based writer Elizabeth (Betsy) Dorfman has been perfecting her purple prosody for quite some time,…

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Chris Whited Hobbit House

Preview of This Weekend’s Hobbit Open House + Photo Gallery

It took Chris Whited a little more time than he expected to complete his labor of love, the charming architectural wonder dubbed by some The Hobbit House. Many of us have observed Whited’s unusual project take shape on High School Road in surprising ways since he began work on the house in May of 2011….

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Suzuki property

The Suzuki Property: a Look at Its Past, a Photo Gallery of Its Present

The City of Bainbridge Island is considering selling the 14 acres that make up the southeast corner of the intersection of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club. As the City holds public meetings to consider the best uses for the property, we thought we’d take a quick look at the property’s history and at its current…

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Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants Landing at Spacecraft Sunday (Audio Interview)

In anticipation of his Bainbridge concert Sunday night, Chris Ballew, a.k.a. Caspar Babypants, took a few minutes out of his day to speak with Spacecraft’s Morgan Terry and Dylan Lehotsky. Ballew, cofounder of The Presidents of the United States of America, launched his alterego Caspar in 2009 and embarked on a whole new episode of…

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Thanksgiving Cranberry-Eucalyptus Bouquet

I picked up the idea for this festive Thanksgiving bouquet from some creative soul at Central Market in Poulsbo. S/he had put cranberries in a big glass vase with water and created a striking bouquet with seasonal flowers, next to that big tub of soaking cranberries they put in the produce section at this time…

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Fumiko Nishinaka Hayashida

Bainbridge in Celluloid: Film Festival Aims Lens at Japanese American Exclusion

The annual Bainbridge film festival, Celluloid Bainbridge, wherein every film is filmed on Bainbridge or includes an Islander in cast, crew, or production team, starts tomorrow, November 14, and runs through the weekend. This year, among its 28 films are a select few taking a hard look at Japanese American Exclusion, that episode of American history…

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BHS Band

Spartan Marching Band Finishes Its Season as Division’s Best in State

The Bainbridge High School Marching Band has just returned from the Auburn Veteran’s Day Parade and Field Show Competition, widely regarded as the state’s unofficial championship for Marching Bands, as first-place winners in Division A. The November 8 win is the second victory in 3 years for the BHS band (in 2013, it “only” finished…

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Veteran's Day 2014 girls scouts

Girl Scouts Serve Veterans Day Dinner to Those Who Have Served

The Orange Blossoms, Girl Scout Cadette troop #46449, and the Island Girls, Girl Scout Junior troop #43861, served local veterans at Bainbridge Island’s annual Veterans Day Dinner last night at the American Legion Hall. Veterans enjoyed a prime rib dinner catered by Bainbridge Island Barbecue, with the girls bussing tables, managing the buffet line, and serving…

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Four Proposals Come in for City-Owned Suzuki Property

Monday night, October 2, nearly 100 Islanders showed up for the City-hosted workshop on possible uses for the City-owned 13.83-acre Suzuki property at the southeast corner of Sportsman and New Brooklyn. The workshop was intended to elicit community input about whether the property should be sold and how it should be used. Four organizations submitted…

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Luminaries Gather to Celebrate 52 Years of Community Ownership of the Bainbridge Library

Fifty-two years after the opening of the Bainbridge Public Library, dozens of mostly quinquagenarians and up, who over the years contributed their time and creativity and skills by serving on the board of directors, gathered in the library to celebrate what they had wrought. The celebration, held on November 2, was called The Library That…

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halloween 2014 flash mob ghostbusters

Winslow Halloween 2014 Flash Mob Video!

This year’s Thriller flash mob in downtown Bainbridge Island on Halloween evening drew the usual big crowd of fans, but this time with a welcome new twist. A team of white-clad ghostbusters kicked things off with high-stepping athletics before the zombies showed up to eat their brains and strut their own staggering stuff. The video…

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November in the Garden? There’s Plenty to Do for Die Hards

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Even the most enthusiastic of gardeners welcome the late fall and winter months as a chance to sit by the fire, flip through the seed catalogs, and generally rest from the physical demands of their garden. If you are lucky, you can do so with “the hound,” as Henry Mitchell…

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The Virtues of Visiting Cannon Beach in the off Season (w/ Photo Gallery)

Why drive down to Cannon Beach during the “off season,” with possibly blustery rain and cold temps? Some might respond, It’s Cannon Beach, ‘nough said. But here are more reasons. It’s cheaper than Hawaii. It’s arguably the most beautiful time of year there. The rates are way reduced. You’ve got the place to yourself, more…

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CNN Names BIMA One of Best Small-Town Museums in U.S.

A recent article published by CNN selected the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) for inclusion in its list of the best small-town museums in the nation. The article featured 16 outstanding museums in all corners of the country, from California to Connecticut, Massachusetts to Michigan, Wisconsin to Wyoming. The article, published by Nicholas DeRenzo, praised…

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strawberries by Laurel F.

Council Gets a Lesson in Filipino-American History on Bainbridge

Last Tuesday, October 21, the City Council celebrated its proclamation naming October (in perpetuity) Filipino-American History Month on Bainbridge by hosting a brief history lesson of a long, rich history. Mayor Anne Blair told those gathered in Council chambers that a manual census of mill workers in 1883 recorded the first known Filipino resident of…

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2014 HOWL_o-ween pumpkin photo by Robert Dashiell

Photo of the Day: Picasso or Dalí?

IslandWood chef Jim White outdid himself at Sunday’s 10th Annual HOWL-o-ween event at IslandWood. Thanks to Robert Dashiell for sharing this photograph of White’s pumpkin-embedded carved masterpieces. Is it cubism or surrealism?                       View White’s Días de los Muertos HOWL-o-ween pumpkin. Related Stories Photo of the…

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days of the dead by Señor Codo

BIMA Hosts Days of the Dead Celebration and Dinner

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is hosting its first annual Dias de los Muertos, a time to honor deceased loved ones—people and animals—and welcome their returning spirits. Originating in Mexico, the tradition combines pre-Hispanic indigenous and Spanish Catholic beliefs and rituals. Mexico’s biggest holiday, the Days of the Dead is becoming a popular occasion…

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The Bees and Wiggs

Bainbridge Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs Hosts Montana Book Group for Dream Visit

Eight Montanans, including three librarians, gathered yesterday evening (October 19) around a table topped with wine and hors d’oeuvres on the beach by the home of award-winning and The New York Times #1 bestselling author Susan Wiggs. The sun was setting, Mount Rainier was out, the ferry was lumbering past, and these women were having…

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Islander Talks About Her Depression and Her Friend’s New YA Novel, ‘Crazy’

With last week being Mental Illness Awareness Week, it seemed like the perfect time to meet with Patsy Reed, an Islander living with clinical depression, to talk about her role in Oregon writer Linda Phillips’s new young adult novel Crazy, which is a Junior Library Guild selection. Phillips, who will be giving a reading at Eagle…

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Genevieve Pierson

Spacecraft’s Morgan Terry Interviews Local Band Lemolo—Preview of Friday’s Concert

Lemolo is called a “band” but usually it’s been made up only of Poulsbo native and founder Meagan Grandall. Despite its small size, the band has a big, lush pop sound. Critics agree. Lemolo’s first album, The Kaleidoscope, was included in KEXP’s “Top Listener Voted Albums of 2012″ list, was a number-one best-seller at Sonic Boom…

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