Old Mill Days

16 09 2009

Support your local Rotary Club and have a blast doing it!

old mill days rotary

We at the Kingston Rotary Club will rolling up our sleeves as Port Gamble rings in Autumn with their 4th Annual Old Mill Days.

You’ll find us in the Pavillion Tent serving up tasty Bratwurst lunches and dinners with an “Oktoberfest flare.”  Bring the whole family!

As one Seattle Blogger put it,  “where else could you possibly witness fireworks, steam donkey logging and belly dancing all in one location? This will be a lot of fun and a great way to kick off autumn.”  Hope to see you there!

Check out the video below and visit the Old Mill Days website for more information.


Kathleen Sutton Inspirational Fund

14 09 2009

I remember when I first stepped foot in Kingston back in 1996, Kathleen Sutton was the first person I met.  Before long, I was sitting at her breakfast table in her kitchen at a Chamber of Commerce board meeting wondering how I had got there.  Six years later, she passed on the reigns of the Chamber Presidency to me.

For me, like so many that knew her, Kathleen left an impression and was truly an inspiration.  While Kathleen may not have triumphed her six year battle with breast cancer, her memory charges on and continues to inspire those who are touched by the work of the Kathleen Sutton Inspirational Fund — helping others “win” the breast cancer battle by assisting with their travel and ferry costs associated with receiving treatment.

We encourage you to join us in getting behind this great, local, cause by attending —or donating to— their 7th Annual Auction on October 3, 2009.

Click to visit their Website

Paige Lamar “Slugs” Her Way to the Top with a Rhyme!

8 08 2009


Paige the Slug

Paige the Slug!

Congratulations to Dr. Lamar’s eldest daughter, Paige, whose slug poetry won her top prize at  Kingston Art Gallery’s 2009 Slug inFESTation!  The slug poetry contest was just one aspect of the Art Gallery’s clever, economic-boosting-community-event.  Over 100 hand-made and decorated ceramic slugs were hidden in and about the businesses of our “Little City by the Sea.”  “Slug Hunters” had to be properly licensed — of course — in order to embark on the capture one of these unique works of art, and the businesses that harbored them had to pay for the privilege too.  [Probably the only time anyone would actually want to “pay” to have a slug]. Hunters were issued a map of where to look and were set loose on the the town for the August 8th Slug Hunting Season.

[Let’s see… a bunch of people milling around Kingston, visiting businesses that perhaps they’ve never stepped foot into before — let alone knew existed.  That’s what I call a “Slug Stimulus Package!” 🙂 ]

Paige reads poem

Paige reads her poem at the "After Hunting Party" held at the Kingston Art Gallery to a crowd of slug enthusiasts.

The day of “hunting” ended at the Kingston Art Gallery for an “After Hunting Party” of sorts where hunters had their slugs signed by the artists, pictures taken with their catch, and official  inFESTation “slug gear” picked up for their wardrobe.  A Slug Silent Auction [last time I checked, most slugs are silent] also took place in which some of the more ornate and artistic slugs were put on the block to help raise money for the Gallery.

As part of the festivities, a call was put out to our town’s children to create “Slug Poetry.”…. And well, that’s where our Paige comes in.  As the winner of the poetry contest, which was judged by the editors of Crab Creek Review Literary Journal, Paige received an award and was asked to read her poem at the “After Hunting Party” held at the Kingston Art Gallery.  Well Done Paige!

And the rest, as they say, is just a trail of slime………

Slug poem


Heres what the Kitsap Sun had to say.

Paige was blogged about by Crab Creek Review.

Check out Kingston Art Gallery’s “Talking Slug.”

Keeping Kingston’s Flowers Hydrated

28 07 2009
Gator Plants

Dr. Lamar and son, Clayton, give a thirsty Kingston flower pot a much needed drink on a warm summer Saturday morning.

Reports of “Dr. Lamar Sightings” every other Saturday watering Kingston’s 118 hanging flower pots that adorn the avenues has been confirmed.

The John Deer Gator (or “Alligator” as 3 year-old Clayton calls it) easily delivers the nearly 150 gallons of water needed to complete the job.

Dr. Lamar is one of many that regularly lends a hand to Kingston’s Downtown Association to keep the community’s flowers from wilting.

“The best part of this volunteer work,” Dr. Lamar admits, “besides being able to drive the Gator, is spending the nearly 2 hours of devoted ‘seat time’ with one of my kids as copilot.  They all look forward to their scheduled rotation!”

4H Horse Show

30 06 2009

Our own Maria loves to “Horse Around” when she’s not in the office.  This summer you’ll find her, along with Robin and myself, at the Ride to the Top 4H Horse Show.


Rotary Golf Tournament

6 05 2009


For more information visit the Kingston/North Kitsap Rotary Club website!

Kites Over Kingston…Rain or Shine

2 04 2009


The March 28th Event was billed out as “Rain or Shine” — we played the rain version.


Cold. Wet. Rainy. And No Wind.

It was cold. It was wet. It was raining.  And the flags stood completely motionless….A minor deterrent for Northwestern folk though, because at least 100 people showed up to enjoy the festivities.

Some came to sample the popcorn and cotton candy.  Others showed to march in the Kite Parade, and then make their own kites out of the simple materials of paper, drinking straws, and ribbon.  Some took the time to have a tasty lunch from the brave food vendors that showed.  For some, it was the fun, Americana sounds of  the Home Town Band that drew them.

Dr. Lamar, Master of Ceremonies, along with youngest son, Clayton.

Dr. Lamar, Master of Ceremonies, along with youngest son, Clayton: “It’s another two hours of kite-flying in cold, wet weather and no wind. So stick around; there’s more fun to come!”

Kite Superstar, Ray Bethell, helps my son Logan get his kite in the air.

Kite Superstar, Ray Bethell, helps my son Logan get his kite in the air.

But, perhaps, the reason most showed was to welcome 80-something, world champion kite flyer, Ray Bethell to our town of Kingston.  Yes, it was somewhat disappointing that the conditions were such that he could not show us his skills,  but having him there was quite the experience.  If you check out his website, RayBethell.com, you’ll note on his calendar that right after his Kingston appearance, he has engagements in France and Italy to demonstrate his kite talent.  So, for him to stop by Kingston was quite a treat.  Even though he didn’t fly, some of the children were able to get their kites up later in the afternoon, and he was right by their sides coaching them.  My son Logan got a 10 minute hands-on tutorial with the champ, something that I am sure he will tell his kids about one day.  All in all the event was a sucess and we are sure to look back on it when planning for next year.  I later learned that several young kite flyers were spotted the next day at Mike Wallace Park, enjoying the beautiful sunny, windy, dry day.  Knowing that our event was a catalyst for family fun, makes it all worth while.


Umbrellas and Kites…only in Washington.


Hats off to my co-chair, Susan Rodgers, of Cleo’s Landing for orchestrating the many nuts and bolts of this event.
Also, special thanks to Connie Simila of Kingston Quilt Shop for hand-making our wonderful kite awards, Kingston Lumber for their donation of the paint sticks we used to make our streamer give-a-ways, and The Pizza Factory for their donation of the drinking straws for our kite making station.

Some Pictures of the Day:


Check out what the Kitsap Sun had to say.


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