Serious Beer - Gig Harbor Style
After last years amazing response, 7 Seas is prepared for this Saturday's release of the 2011 Growlers! #1-300 will be released on Saturday at noon (gates open at 10am). If you got one of last years coveted growlers, bring it with you if you want to get the same number. Along with the growler release, Saturday March 5th is the awakening from hibernation of a rickety olde beast. Their 100th batch of beer was brewed in August, cellared for eight months, allowing for all its finesse and complexity to surface. Wheelchair Barleywine is availabe only at the taproom in 9 oz pours. No growler fills.
To complete the trifecta - Saturday will also mark the opening of the NW Beer Garden for the season (21 and over of course). Sip in the woods among the sprawling madrona trees.
By the way, growlers #301-500 will be available March 26th. 7 Seas says Cheers Gig Harbor! www.7seasbrewing.com!!Read more → Comments (0)
For 14 years I have shopped at Mostly Books in downtown Gig Harbor. Sure I went to Borders too from time to time. But I love Mostly Books and I made a point of doing the majority of my book shopping there specifically to help keep them in business. How can you even compare the two?
Every time I walk into Mostly Books the person behind the counter knows my name. Every-single-time. That never happened to me at Borders. Not only do they know my name, they would ask how I liked “whichever” was the last novel I bought or how was my vacation that I bought the travel book for. This personal attention to service and detail to me is where you witness the value of living in a small town and shopping at a locally owned business.Read more → Comments (0)
This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the opening of the Sherri Bails “Colors of My Life” exhibit at Morso Wine Bar (9014 Peacock Hill, Gig Harbor) and to meet Sherri. I have always been a watercolor fan, and am particularly drawn to Sherri’s contemporary whimsical style. It was great fun to talk with Sherri and have her describe several pieces in the show. She is extremely talented and passionate about her work.
Sherri lives in Puyallup and teaches art when she is not traveling and painting from her travels. She told me she likes to challenge herself to try new things in her work, and to tell a story with each one. She paints in two distinctive styles; traditional watercolor and her newer more contemporary style – my favorite. She says the newer style is more of a challenge from a design standpoint, which is a creative motivator for her. I could easily see this in these works that used soft lines and geometric shapes together with stunning color combinations to draw you in to the image.
Morso Wine Bar will be hosting this show through March 20th. Nearly all the paintings on display are for sale, but the show is free to the public. Stop in and see this wonderful show, and enjoy the wonderful menu at Morso while you are there. Learn more at www.morsowinebar.comRead more → Comments (0)
Creative Comfort Food in downtown Gig Harbor
Today I received this email from our friend Jason Winniford. We are so excited about Jason's new culinary adventure. Read his invitation below and get your reservations in, for Gig Harbor's newest dining experience - JW's!
"I hope the message finds you well. It has been some time since I’ve seen you. I have been busy working on a 15 year project in the making. The time has finally come to unveil the curtain and launch my newest endeavor. On March 4th, my family & I will open JW Restaurant in Downtown Gig Harbor. My dream of owning my own restaurant has now become a reality. And with the help and support of my Father Joe, Step-mother Karen, and Chef Justin, I couldn’t be more excited. The final stage is almost set, and the last details are being pulled together. We have torn down walls, installed roofs and floors, slapped on fresh paint, brought in tables & chairs, wine…and beer! And we are now almost ready to show it all off to you! We are now ready to accept reservations for our opening weekend and beyond by giving me a call at 253.858.3529. Please read below for a little more about JW Restaurant…….."
All the best,
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Snow is in the forecast, but I am looking out the window right now at blue sky and sun! I am itching to get out and dig in the dirt....it always happens this time of year. If you are a gardener I know you can relate! Dirt smells best in March!!
I'm also excited to be involved in the next Gig Harbor Garden Tour, the 14th annual event. One of the best Garden Tours in the region!
Mark your calendars now for the tour, June 25 & 26 in Gig Harbor. This year seven private gardens and one public community ‘pea patch’ garden will be featured on the tour. “New” this year;
- New Website now on line with all Gig Harbor Garden Tour information! www.gigharborgardentour.com
- Garden Party & Auction Friday June 24th at the Gig Harbor Jim and Carol Milgard Family Hope Center
- Dr. Linda Chalker Scott “Informed Gardener” author and Master Gardener and Director of Horticulture at the University of Washington, will speak at a free (for ticket holders) breakfast event at Gig Harbor MultiCare Medical Pavilion, Saturday morning, 8AM, June 25th
- Adirondack Chair auction, now in its third year, has a new twist, with all 8 chairs being designed by local high school art students
- Tickets go on sale on-line, April 1st. For the first time, when you purchase your ticket you will receive via mail the program. You no longer will need to check in to pick up your program the morning of the tour.
- Tickets will now be sold a variety of local nurseries and retailers for immediate pick up May 15th. See the entire list on the website at www.gigharborgardentour.com
The energetic committee of volunteers has some great ideas and plans in the works that are not mentioned here...a bit more tweeking and then I will be able to tell you about that too! But in the meantime, if you are as anxious for garden season as I am, get this on your calendar. It's one more thing to look forward to - and go get your fingernails dirty!!
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Despite Bankruptcy Announcement, Event will go on at Borders in Gig Harbor Feb. 28th
LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THE INN AT GIG HARBOR
Ann Rule is regarded by many as the foremost true crime writer in America, and the author responsible for the genre as it exists today. Her newest book, “In the Still of the Night” was released this fall. Ann will be signing books and talking to guests at Borders Books Gig Harbor on February 28th from 5-7PM. This event is part of the Gig Harbor Criminal Justice Summit, and is open to the public.
“In the Still of the Night” is the story of The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds, the Washington State Trooper whose death was originally classified as a suicide. Following an extensive battle through the courts by her mother Barbara Thompson, the death certificate was changed just his past month. Thompson and many other expert witnesses are convinced Reynolds was murdered.Read more → Comments (0)
Calling Creative Kiddies
The City of Gig Harbor Parks Commission is looking for public input on the future play structure at Crescent Creek Park (formerly known as City Park). A public open house is planned for March 3rd to take ideas and suggestions in a first step. This public input will help determine the kind of fund raising necessary for this currently unfunded need.
One way being used to engage the public is through kid’s art. Children ages 0-12 are encouraged to draw their dream play structure/park on an 8x11 sheet of paper and submit it to the city before March 1st. Drawings will be displayed at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.
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Extended Trips aboard Destiny Harbor Tours
For years there was no tour boat operating in Gig Harbor bay. Visitors and locals alike always asked how they could get out on the water. Basically, they couldn’t unless they were willing to do it in a kayak. But in 2007 that all changed when local entrepreneur Tom Drohan started Destiny Harbor Tours.
That first summer Captain Tom was getting his sea legs; determining what the market was looking for in the way of harbor tours. Now, sea legs firmly planted, Tom takes his tour company into 2011 with a wonderful variety of options and expeditions to fit every need.
Beginning April 1st Destiny Tours will offer extended trips from 2-8 hours out of Gig Harbor and Tacoma. Destiny Tours has added a deployable all weather top plus a rustic yet discreet toilet facility on-board. This allows the higher range and comfort required for real expedition adventures while preserving the scenic and up-close and personal Puget Sound viewing experience. Don’t worry; the popular shorter tours are still available from Gig Harbor, to the Narrows Bridges, Salmon Beach, Point Defiance and the Port of Tacoma.
The new Expedition Series choices include;
· Vashon Island and Quartermaster Harbor
· The Grand Tour- Gig Harbor, Port of Tacoma, Narrows Bridges, Salmon Beach, Point Defiance
· Circumnavigate Fox Island
· Blake Island and Tillicum Village Native American Show and Salmon Bake
· Full Day Tour – Gig Harbor to South Sound, Boston Harbor and Olympia
Tour prices start at just $23 per Adult, Seniors $21.00, Kids (5-12) $15.00, 4 and under FREE!
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Thursday February 17th
Tea and Tour at the Harbor History Museum
The beautiful new Harbor History Museum is hosting the second Tea and Tour on Thursday February 17th. This monthly activity is a special event, where attendees can learn fascinating information, more in-depth than you will find by just visiting the museum exhibits.
This month’s Tea and Tour will feature museum docent Ed Bernsten. Ed’s topic – “How do you get to Tacoma?” The Bernstens were early settlers in Cromwell – long before a bridge connected the peninsula t Tacoma, or ferries carried cars over the waterway. Ed will talk about life o the peninsula before 1025 and the importance of the steamboats to the early residents. Besides providing transportation to the residents, steamers were an important part of the Bernsten history, as several of Ed’s relations were involved in the steamboat business.
Each month following the tour guests will enjoy tea, coffee and cookies in the Resource Room.
Tea and Tour is free to members. Non-members pay museum admission plus $1.00.
Meet at the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, on Thursday February 17th at 2:00pm.Read more → Comments (0)
Donate – Shop-Support
The Best Western Wesley Inn in Gig Harbor is at it again!! The second annual ‘Move it On” Garage Sale is scheduled for Friday – Sunday March 4-5th at the Wesley Inn with all proceeds going to support the Homestead at Alder Cove, a home for local foster children.
Wesley Inn owners Sue and Ken Braaten have been working to build the Homestead at Alder Cove and throughout the year, with help from their amazing staff at the Wesley Inn, fund raisers are organized. In January the annual Steppin Up conference for women raised over $7000 for this cause. Last year, the Move It On Garage Sale raised $4000! It’s true what they say about “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”!
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