Grand Opening Celebration for the New Old Mill Trail!

The new Old Mill Trail is ready for its big debut, and we’re throwing a party!

Sunday, March 18th | 2-4pmblog pic

The Parks Foundation, IslandWood and the Park District are teaming up for a grand opening celebration the afternoon of March 18.

We’ll start with a reception in IslandWood’s Great Hall at 2pm, then head out to the trail for a hike through 4pm.

The celebration event is free and open to the public, but we’re asking that you please RSVP so we can plan refreshments.

Follow this link to let us know you’ll be there!


Annual Mochi Tsuki this Sunday!

bijac-logoAnnual Mochi Tsuki 

Sunday January 8th | 11-3pm 

Islandwood | Free Event 

Join the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community at Islandwood for the annual Mochi making ceremony.

For over a millennnium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi has been a celebrated New Year’s tradition in Japan, with generations of families and commuities coming together to wish good health and prosperity fo the new year.


Mochi Tsuki at IslandWood on January 3rd!

From the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community:

For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi has been a celebrated New Year’s tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to wish good health and prosperity for the new year. Each year BIJAC brings this celebration to Bainbridge Island. We invite everyone, young and old, to bundle up against the crisp winter air, and enjoy the tradition of mochi tsuki (moe–chee sue–key), or “mochi–making.”

Mochi–making involves a centuries old method of first steaming the sweet rice over an open fire, then placing the cooked rice into a warm stone or concrete bowl called an usu. Using large wooden mallets, two people rhythmically pound the rice in the usu while a third person uses his bare hands to swiftly move the rice between each mallet crash. After several minutes of vigorous pounding, the rice becomes a thick, smooth dough — mochi. While traditional pounding takes place outside, back in the kitchen modern mochi-making appliances are also running. Once cooked and pounded, people of all ages hand form the steaming–hot mochi into small cakes. Some are filled with a sweet bean paste called ahn. Guests can then eat their mochi warm and fresh, or bring them home to be later roasted and dipped in a sweetened soy sauce.

IslandWood has generously provided its beautiful, spacious grounds for this event, usually held from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the Sunday closest to New Year’s Day. BIJAC’s acclaimed Kodomo no Tame Ni–For the Sake of the Children–pictorial history is on display, as is the latest in news about the Nidoto Nai Yoni–Let It Not Happen Again–Memorial. Other activities include performances by Seattle Kokon Taiko, various films about our community, and guided tours of the award winning

Mochi Making with the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community.

IslandWood, school in the woods, campus.

This event is free and donations for mochi are welcome.

“The next Mochi Tsuki Celebration will be held Sunday, January 3, 2016
There will be three short Taiko Drumming performances at 12:20, 1:20, and 2:20. Free tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis, 20-minutes prior to each show. Although we all love animals, pets are not allowed at IslandWood (service dogs excepted).

From the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal(Approximately a 10–minute drive to our campus)
1. Drive up the hill from the ferry to the second stoplight, turn left onto Winslow Way.
2. At the next 4–way stop, turn right onto Madison Avenue and continue to the next 4–way stop at Wyatt Way.
3. Turn left onto Wyatt Way.
4. Continue on Wyatt, rounding the back of Eagle Harbor (water will be to your left).
5. The road will fork; take the right fork up the hill, following the signs to Port Blakely. You are now on Blakely Avenue.
6. Continue straight on Blakely Avenue. In approximately 1 mile you’ll see Blakely Elementary School on your left.
7. IslandWood is at the first driveway on your left after Blakely Elementary School. Turn left into IslandWood driveway. The street address is 4450 Blakely Avenue NE.
8. Continue on the wooded driveway up the hill. Bear left to the parking area. Follow pathway and signs to the Welcome Center.

Mushroom Mania at Islandwood!

Mushroom ManiaMushroom Mania: 11/15, 10am to 3pm

From Islandwood’s website: “Like mushrooms, but don’t know where to start?  IslandWood is the perfect place to start a lifelong learning journey with fungi.

On November 15th, you have the option to choose the mushroom hike best suited for your party.  Sign up for the early session if you are a family with younger children or the afternoon session if your party is adults-only.  Our guides have designed hikes that are age-appropriate, so please select the correct hike time and buy your tickets today.

IslandWood’s beautiful trails offer a wide variety of mushrooms both on the ground and in the trees.  We can’t wait to explore with you, but don’t delay — Mushroom Mania is always a sell-out!

Please visit our Mushroom Mania registration page below to buy your tickets.  If you are planning to attend more than one event, you will have to register for each separately.  Thank you!

Community Concert at Islandwood

Joe Reilly has been bringing his eco-friendly folk music and “songs for the earth” to people of all backgrounds and all ages. He’s one of IslandWood’s favorite artists and we’re really excited for this community concert on February 24th. To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets click here.

Make a Difference: Whiskies for Wildlife Fundraiser

The fabulous Whiskies for Wildlife fundraiser will be held at  Islandwood on Saturday, February 9th at 5pm.  This annual event features rare and exclusive single malt whiskies (over 135 of them!) paired with scrumptious food crafted by Islandwood’s acclaimed chef.  Alternative beverages for non-whiskey drinkers will also be served. Tickets are $150 and all proceeds benefit West Sound Wildlife Shelter.  The shelter serves a critical role on Bainbridge Island,  providing housing and rehabilitation to  injured wild animals who otherwise might not receive the help they need.  This year alone the shelter has taken in over 1,000 animals.  Whiskies for Wildlife is an important fundraiser for an important cause.  To find out more, contact West Sound Wildlife Shelter or click here.

855-9057 | 7501 NE Dolphin Drive

Island Historic Tidbit

On behalf of Islandwood, Stourwater Pictures has produced a series of 3 films focusing on Bainbridge Island history.  The first, Port Blakely—Memories of a Mill Town, focuses on the Port Blakely sawmill which was the largest in the world and its lasting effects our island.  The Red Pines is the second film in the series and depicts the lives of Japanese-Americans on Bainbridge Island & the legacy of their culture.  Island Roots rounds out the series and portrays the lives of Filipino immigrants who came to Bainbridge Island in the 1920’s & 30’s.  For more information on these films, visit the Islandwood website or call 855.4300