By Stephen L. Swann
Greetings from your Port of Poulsbo, here at the beautiful waterfront on Liberty Bay.
This holiday season is an especially busy time for the Port and the waterfront.
In recent weeks, through the efforts of the Poulsbo Police Department and the state Department of Natural Resources, several abandoned and derelict boats have finally been removed from Liberty Bay waters. Three boats, including the infamous Vision, now reside at the Port’s F Dock, awaiting final removal by DNR.
On Dec. 1, Vikings again landed at the Port for the annual Jule Fest celebration. A great family event, this waterfront program included music, a huge bonfire, Scandinavian dancing, and the arrival of St. Lucia with her Viking escort.
Another do-not miss event is the annual Lighted Boat Parade, hosted by the Poulsbo Yacht Club, Dec. 14. The Christmas flotilla is scheduled to depart the Yacht Club around 1915 (that’s 7:15 p.m., for you landlubbers), with an ETA at the Port of 1923. The route extends from the Poulsbo waterfront, south past Keyport, and back at the club docks around 2100. For this event, the Yacht Club may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dec. 17 is another special date at the Port. Argosy Cruises’s Christmas Parade ships will sail from Poulsbo’s docks on a two-hour cruise down Liberty Bay.
The M/V Spirit of Seattle and Good Time II are expected to arrive for passenger embarkation around 1800. The North Kitsap Northern Lights Choir will entertain passengers with carols and seasonal music. Optional meals are advertised on the Argosy Cruises website, www.argosycruises.com, along with ticket purchase information; or call (206) 623-1445.
Founded in 1949 as the Spring Street Water Taxi Company, Argosy Cruises sails from Seattle and provides varied opportunities to experience Puget Sound waters.
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Now for some really big news for 2013! Through the untiring efforts of our Port manager, Kirk Stickels, the Port of Poulsbo is now a major destination for American Cruise Lines.
Beginning May 3 and through October, the M/V American Spirit will make weekly Friday morning visits to Poulsbo from its Seattle homeport. This ship, 205 feet in length with an eight-foot draft, will anchor off the marina and provide half-day visits for its passengers, who will arrive at our dock by tender.
Other ports of call for the American Spirit during these week-long cruises are Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Port Angeles and Port Townsend.
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The commissioners, employees, tenants and guests of the Port of Poulsbo (www.portofpoulsbo.com), one of 75 ports in Washington state, wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Bring your friends and families down to the Port and Poulsbo’s waterfront. We are here for you. (Watch us by webcam at www.siteground315.com/~longship/.)
— Stephen L. Swann is a Port of Poulsbo commissioner. Contact him at email@example.com.