Brats, beer bring in the green

POULSBO — The Sons of Norway Vikings may have to step aside for a night at least as their lodge takes on a more Germanic feel Friday.

Beer and bratwursts will be the featured fare of the evening as the Poulsbo Historical Society raises money to support its efforts to keep history alive in Little Norway.

“This is one of our bigger events of the year and we’re really looking forward it,” explained Poulsbo Historical Society President Kathy Hogan.

Proceeds from the event will help the society as it continues moving ahead with its plans to construct a building of its own across the street from city hall on Jensen Way.

“We’re keeping all of our options open and that is one of them,” Hogan said.

The group is also entertaining the possibility of contributing to the new marine science center as the Poulsbo Marine Science Center, Inc. pushes forward with its efforts to reopen the building, she said.

“We could display some things on the second floor and provide information on Poulsbo’s marine history,” Hogan said.

While that idea is exciting, the society would still like a place of its own, she said, adding, “For years, all we’ve been talking about is building a building and we’re finally getting there.”

In addition to focusing its efforts on a new building and becoming a partner in the new marine science center, the PHS has hired former Bainbridge Island Museum curator Erica Varga to help inventory its holdings and ensure that all of the items are being properly stored and maintained.

“Erica has done a wonderful job and it’s been exciting to see what she’s found,” Hogan said, noting that the society currently occupies a small room in the back of city hall and has a couple of off-site storage units as well.

While the event may feature the things like German potato salad and German chocolate cake, entertainment for the evening will be somewhere between classic rock and country.

The Warren Brothers Band, which has opened for big-name country artists including Aaron Tippin and Diamond Rio, will add to the liveliness of the festivities, Hogan said.

“When I asked them if they’d be interested in coming to perform for us, they jumped at the chance,” she said.

Tickets for the event are $35 and can purchased at Central Market or by calling (360) 598-5591.

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