Letters to the Editor

Bluegrass Festival gives out some high fives

The Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival sends out a huge thank you and high fives to everyone that helped make the seventh annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival the most successful in its history.

We increased the overall daily combined sales over any previous Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival, and our attendance reached more than 4,000 people.

Not only did we raise funds for our chosen family-focused charity — PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap — we also had an extraordinary time doing it, making many new friends and associates along the way. Seven nationally and regionally known bands, observatory tours, gorgeous grassy lawns cultivated through a generous donation from the Richie, hula hooping, clogging, and dancing together — the day shined on this record-attended outdoor family music festival. Thank you to all of Kitsap and the greater Seattle/Tacoma region for coming out and supporting the event.

Many people and organizations played an important part of this year’s success. I would like to thank:

Bremerton Bottling Company, Suquamish Tribe, 91.3 KBCS, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District, Inside Bainbridge, Dan Bacon and Bainbridge Island Boy Scout Troop 1564, BIPD and Lt. Hawkins, Tori Dodson and Pleasant Beach Manor, Beverage pourers Riley and Ryan, Sterling Bank, John L. Scott Real Estate, Diane and Dawn and Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, ProBuild, Ace Hardware,KiDiMu, Mary Jensen and Heels of Thunder Cloggers, Norm Johnson, John Baker, Battle Point Park manager Mike Mejia, emcee extraordinaire Auntmama of KBCS 91.3 FM,

Skip Malette, PAWS executive director Elizabeth Stevenson, Bainbridge Youth Services festival workers, Marine View Beverage, Agate Pass Transportation,

Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, and many more.And thanks to the food vendors: Emmy’s Vegehouse, Symbiosis Farm, Viking Feast Ice Cream, Jessie’s Haute Cakes, and Pandora Hope of Half Baked Chili. All food vendors sold out, as did all service in the beer and wine garden sponsored by the festival. We’ll certainly plan more food next year.

Thank you to the festival’s product and services booths: Tiny Tots Tutus, Anahata Little Massage Services, Fire Dragon Acupuncture, Beth and Madison Crittendon who sold hand-decorated hulu hoops,

Damsel in Defense self-protection tools, Whitby Bay, Port Townsend Beach Gems, Living Well Chiropractic, Garden Baby Boutique, Cynthia Herrick and Over The Top Arts, Pear Blossom Design, Wooden Clothespin, John L. Scott, B.I. Barkery, Kristen Coffin, Celtic Attic, Red Spiral Henna Tattoos, Wellness Acupuncture, and Curious Child of Bainbridge Island.

Thank you to the nonprofits that presented booths at the festival: West Sound Animal Shelter, Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap, PAWs of Bainbridge and North Kitsap, Greyhound Rescue of Woodinville,

Stephens House & Special Needs Foundation, PSE Green Power Program, Kitsap Regional Library Association, and Sierra Club.

To the individual volunteers who turned out to help, many, many thank yous! You helped make this one fabulous shindig for all involved.

Save the date for the eighth annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival: July 26, 2014.

Ann Warman


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