May 12th at Uptown
“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” – Dave Barry
Hooray for beer. Hooray for all of us who live in the cradle of craft beers and microbrews. And must of all, hooray for all of us in Gig Harbor, where May 12th we can enjoy the first annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival at Uptown. Hooray for May!
I’ve never been a foo-foo drink kind of girl. Sure I’ll have a tropical drink when I’m on a beach…but give me a beer most of the time. I’ve been living with a beer lover for 30 years…one who slurps and sniffs and uses words like “hoppy” and “roasted” and “amber”. My husband has taught be to be a beer drinker in a connoisseur kind of way. We grow hops in our yard and we have homebrew bubbling in our utility room. You will never find Budweiser (heaven forbid) anywhere near our house. Yes, you can say, we are beer snobs at the Lund house. There are worse things we could be.Read more → Comments (0)
Annual Art Event April 28th at Harbor History Museum
For the past three years the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor has presented “Splash! Art at the Museum” in live and silent auctions featuring art by northwest and international artists. This year’s Splash event is on April 28, 2012. In addition to art there will be bidding on an “Art and Architecture Tour”, viewing local art collectors’ homes, and a “Boat Cruise” to tour the Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass.
An array of diversified art will highlight sculpture, painting, hand-blown and fused glass, jewelry, wood, wearable art, and mixed media textile. Among shown art is a signed lithograph by Dale Chihuly, a Barbara Noonan pastel, a Barry Connolly painting, a Lisa Stirrett glass cairn, Lellah Hamilton jewelry, fused, stitched textile by Barbara Lee Smith … in all 57 works of art.
Hilltop artists will feature hand-blown glass in the historical one-room Midway Schoolhouse, along with area high school art. Dale Chihuly founded the Hilltop program to provide artistic training for talented young artists and proceeds from the sale of their art will go back into funding their program.Read more → Comments (0)
Another sneek peak at one of this years beautiful gardens
Jan and Jeff have created a masterpiece garden. A river of blue "Rozanne" geraniums welcomes the visitor. Two pond are home to a dozen fish. The focal point, a long arbor extending across the front of the house and garage, laden with wisteria and under-planted with shade-loving plants including lush and healthy heucheras and hostas.
Not to be outdown by the luscious front of the house, the back garden opens up to a spectacular view of Puget Sound and Point Defiance. Here you can stroll amongst the sea-breeze tolerant perennials and find relaxing places to sit and enjoy the view, both marine and botanical. Closer to the house are raised beds of vegetables and raspberries, interesting garden art and small, unique water features. On the deck is a wonderful collection of bonsai.
Natural elements have been used through out the garden: look for the driftwood framing the succulents and the arbor of corkscrew willow covered in fragrant jasmine on the shady side of the house.
The Gig Harbor Garden Tour is a not to be missed event in our gorgeous community. This year's tour is June 30th and July 1st. Learn more at www.gigharborgardentour.orgRead more → Comments (0)
Feedback on retail, restaurant and other new development needed
Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear someone say “I wish Gig Harbor had a (blank) store”. Although our community is not so little anymore it does still seem to be missing a few retail and dining options which would fill in the blanks. Given that our tax rate is lower in Gig Harbor than in Tacoma, and that our wish is to keep our residents shopping local, pinpointing the missing links might help local developers.
Kohl’s Department Store has broken ground in the new Safeway Shopping Center, and this is an exciting development for Gig Harbor. The new Kohl’s, officially a department store, is unlike anything else Gig Harbor has yet seen. It is a game-changer.
I have recently had conversations with local developers and leasing agents who are working towards getting that perfect fit for Gig Harbor with additional new retail and restaurants. As a city employee, I’m often aware of what new stores are coming to the harbor, but rarely in a position to announce that information until developers say “go”. But this time, developers are looking to me to help ask the question of you our residents “what do you want?”Read more → Comments (34)
Gig Harbor’s newest sensation “Charmed” is everything its name suggests. Little girls who dream of being a princess, a fairy or a dancing diva will find “Charmed” their dream come true. And not to be outdone, little boys are welcome too with dress up options as well.
“Charmed” is the brain child of lifelong Gig Harbor resident, local make-up artist, mom and sometimes Tides server, Tracie Parker. Tracie wanted to use a family owned space in the harbor to create a unique and fun space.
Parties at “Charmed” include dress up options from the closet full of colorful and charming choices. Party participants work with their party consultant to choose an outfit and accessorize before moving on to the “make-over” department. Make-up as well as manicures are available with all the cool new seasonal colors. Next, how about a little dance time, photography and a special “queen for a day” thrown for that perfect princess. Food and beverages can be brought in to round out the party celebration.Read more → Comments (0)