Creative Wrapping Ideas!

This year have your holiday gifts stand out with these creative wrapping ideas!  

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Village at Bloedel Reserve

The Holiday Village returns this year to the Bloedel Reserve. This is a fun event for all ages! Check out intricately designed handmade buildings and whimsical trains- sip on cider and check out the beautifully decorated Visitor’s Center. The Holiday Village starts today and is open regular hours Tuesday-Sunday from 10-4 through December 31. This event is included with cost of admission. For more information, visit the Bloedel Reserve’s website.

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Summer Sale at the Christmas House!

Get Carried Away Summer Sale!

July 15-17th, 10-4pm.

15060 Washington Ave NE, Bainbridge Island

 

Antigues, Plants & Decorative Home & Garden finds from a group of talented vendors.

*Cash/Check Only. Limited Parking

 

Life is short. You should live with the things you love.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Tree Pickup Boy Scout Troop 1654 will collect and recycle your Christmas tree for a donation of $10-$15. Troops fan out across Bainbridge on Saturday, January 9th, collecting trees from homes that have registered online or via phone. Pickup is available even if you live in an apartment or condominium, though in the latter cases, please contact your complex manager for more information.

To register your home for pickup, visit http://treerecycle.net and use the form to request a reservation. From there, you may pay online, or attach cash or check to a Ziploc bag on your tree before leaving it to be picked up. Please leave your tree outside no later than 8am Saturday morning.

All donations are used to fund Boy Scout outings, camps, and expenses.

No wreath pickups allowed, as only wood can go through the chipper. Pickup is for Bainbridge Island residents only.

 

Entertain Your Family & Friends this Holiday Season

At interior home decor boutique OneKingsLane.com, Co-Founder Susan Feldman shares some of her secrets for dazzling guests and relatives alike.

A healthy mix of metallics, says Susan, can dress up or dress down your table. They can add a splash of color and sparkle to any table setting.

For a more casual feel, keep it simple, with just a piece or two of metallic tableware in the arrangement. For more splash, add candlesticks, gold silverware, and unique place cards for each guest.

As a finishing touch, don’t neglect a well-stocked bar. Susan says, “I line my bar, which is usually a console table I reposition for the party, with a runner that matches the dinner table to make them feel more related. My other go-tos are a mix of sparkling glassware layered on a tray and a decorative piece with a bit of height, like this sunburst objet. It’s nice when everything isn’t totally utilitarian.”

Concerts, Tours, & Plays, Oh My!

There are an endless array of activities in which to participate on the Island this month.

On December 4th and 5th, enjoy the sound of the Olympic Girls’ Choir and the Bainbridge Youth Chorale as they perform “Hear the Bells Ring” at 2pm on Sunday, December 6th at Bethany Lutheran Church. If you’re like me, and can’t get enough of the sounds of the season, you can hear more from the Bainbridge Chorale on the 12th and 13th of December at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, December 19th at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, and December 27th, when they’ll again be at Rolling Bay Presbyterian.

If you’re searching for local live theatre, look no farther than Bainbridge Performing Arts, which debuts the classic Disney play “Mary Poppins.” On Thursday, December 3rd, enjoy a preview of the musical at whatever price you can pay, beginning at 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays between December 4th and December 20th at 7:30pm, with a Saturday matinee on December 5th at 3pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

  • Adults – $27.00
  • Senior – $22.00
  • Youth, Students, Military, Teachers – $19.00

If cost is an issue, reduced tickets are available through Helpline House.

December is Buzzing in Winslow!

From the Christmas House near Port Madison, open every weekend until Christmas to Seasonal music from a live brass band on Winslow Green (December 19th), December on the Island is full of winter delights.

The month begins with the First Friday Art Walk along Winslow Way, Erickson, Parfitt, and Madison, on December 4th, and is closely followed by Bainbridge Island’s Winter Studio Tour and the 22nd Annual Christmas in the Country, both self-guided tours of historical homes, sixty-four artists and nine art studios on the Island.

The First Friday Art Walk, organized by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, is held from 5pm to 8pm. This month, the Bainbridge Public Library will highlight the work of artists Susan Wiersema and Lynnette Sandbloom.

The Bainbridge Island Studio Tour invites you to celebrate the beauty and craftsmanship of local, handmade art. A twice-annual, free, self-guided art show, the Studio Tour has enjoyed great success since 1984. Regional artists jury in to the summer and winter art shows, and sell their work at Island artists’ studios and historic community halls. When you visit the studios, you’ll see some works in progress, raw materials, tools, and perhaps some inspiration mixed in with a little sawdust. Meeting the artists and discussing their work and vision in person is sure to be an enchanting experience. By visiting and shopping at the Tour, you are not only buying hand-crafted works of art, you are also supporting the local economy and helping artists to thrive.

Christmas in the Country is a 22 year tradition on Bainbridge, held the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of December. A juried art show, this celebration of the Christmas season supports home based business entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, artists, authors, and musicians. The map of venues includes pony rides at Countryman Stables, a visit with Santa, and the opportunity for incredible family memories. Venues are open for visitors from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday the 6th.


Carriage Rides at Winslow Green

This weekend, be sure to visit businesses around downtown Winslow!

On Saturday, nearly every downtown business will be bustling with holiday-themed activities, which include horse and carriage rides on Winslow Green, free hot chocolate at Madrone Lane, and a community tree lighting ceremony.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Hot Chocolate! Homemade Cookies!
Madrone Lane from 1 – 3pm
Stop by for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and pick up your Holiday Passport and Event Guide. Learn more about Downtown Giving Trees and plug into the very special experiences offered by your hosts, the Bainbridge Island community.
Our special thanks to Cook Family Funeral Home for sponsoring this year’s Hot Chocolate Booth.

Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Winslow Green, 1 – 3:30pm
Meet in front of Bainbridge Family Eye Care for this fun holiday tradition!
Sponsored by CHI Franciscan Harrison Medical Center.

The Community Tree Lighting
Madrone Lane, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Enjoy holiday music by the BHS Band, and the Figgy Pudding Peddlers.
Olympic Performance Group excerpts from The Nutcracker, which runs Dec 19-21, perform at North Kitsap Auditorium in Poulsbo.
Carden Country School students perform traditional holiday favorites.
Bainbridge Performing Arts’ Mary Poppins and her two adorable charges join the holiday celebration with a song from the upcoming BPA production opening Dec. 4.
More surprises galore as we kick off the Season in true Bainbridge Island style!
Join our special guests – Santa Claus and his elves as we light the 2015 Community Tree. Special thanks to Manzanita Tree Farm for this year’s beautiful tree!

Have a great Thanksgiving and & Happy Holidays from all of us at Buckley & Buckley Real Estate!

37th Annual Christmas House

Christmas House

This year marks the 37th Annual opening of the Christmas House!
The Christmas house is a special three weekend shopping event held at a century old home at 15060 Washington Ave NE on Bainbridge Island.
This year, the Christmas House will open from 10am to 4pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, beginning on November 27th (“Black Friday”) and concluding on December 20th. Also open by appointment between November 27th and Christmas Eve.
Don’t miss the preview sale! For a small $5 donation (benefiting the Bainbridge Island Helpline and North Kitsap Fishline), come preview the unique, hand-picked treasures featured at the Christmas House.

Preview runs November 20th-November 22nd.
Cash/Check only.
For more information, e-mail madraebar@yahoo.com or call (206) 842-6419, or like their Facebook page for updates!

Bainbridge Island Christmas Tree Guide

There’s nothing quite like the experience of taking home a tree and decorating it for the holidays.

With just a week left until Christmas, if you haven’t gotten a tree yet, you may need to get one soon! There are a variety of options for getting your tree on the Island.

For cutting down your own tree (and pre-cut):

Bainbridge Island Farms – 11/28-12/24 – Weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Weekdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – 13610 Manzanita Rd. – 206-842-1429

Grandma’s Tree Farm – 11/28-12/24 – Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 9490 New Brooklyn Rd. – 206-842-6868

Friends of the Farms – M&E Tree Farm – 11/28-12/24 – Weekends 9 a.m. to dark – 206-669-3931

For pre-cut trees:

The Boy Scouts Troop 1565 – Ace Parking Lot on High School Road – Weekdays 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – 206-409-2091

Bay Hay & Feed – Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about finding a Christmas tree on Bainbridge Island, visit http://www.insidebainbridge.com/2014/11/26/where-to-find-christmas-trees-on-bainbridge-2014/.