Central Kitsap Reporter


Gearing up for summer

By COLLEEN SMIDT Bremerton Patriot Columnist
May 10, 2013 · Updated 1:46 PM

Did we win the Washington spring weather lottery or what?

This has got to be one of the best sunny entries into the month of May that I have experienced in a long, long time.

May is a month I always enjoy here in Bremerton. So many things to see and do and so many reasons to get outside and enjoy what our city has to offer.

Just the reason needed to dust off the rest of that winter funk and bask in the warm sun and even run through those occasional spring showers.

May is the month that kicks off the opening of the Bremerton Farmer’s Market. The best of Bremerton set out for you to purchase and enjoy.

The market runs from May to October on Thursday’s at Evergreen Rotary Park and Sunday’s at the Bremerton Ferry Terminal location.

Music, education and outreach opportunities are made available to customers of the market.

Set aside some time to check it out and support your local growers, providers and artists.

May brings us Mother’s Day celebrations with a little well deserved self-indulgence and pampering.

My favorite treat is a trip to one of the downtown spas for some much needed relaxation and maintenance.

Just a tip, moms do love those gift certificates for goods and services that they normally would not purchase for themselves.

May also means that it is time for the Armed Forces Day Parade.

I encourage everyone to attend this year.

The parade is on Saturday, May 18, and the start time is 10 a.m.

The parade has a new route this year with most of the staging happening down near Evergreen Rotary Park.

While I will miss being able to hear the marching bands warming up from my own house near the past staging area, I fully support the decision to move it.

The Bremerton Chamber of Commerce has an easy to understand map of the complete route on its website. You can check it out at www.bremertonchamber.org.

Make sure you view it before you head on down to the parade so you can choose the best spot to enjoy the fun.

For those of you who are not headed out of town for the long Memorial Day weekend, there is the 2013 Kitsap Harbor Festival happening down at the marina and boardwalk.

All shapes and sizes of boats tie up at the marina for everyone to enjoy.

For more information and the entertainment schedule, check out the website, www.kitsapharborfestival.org.

Warmer and nicer weather brings out more pedestrians, motorcyclists, bike riders and children out playing.

Be careful on our roads and streets especially around parks and green areas.

Slow down in your vehicle and take a second or even third look at times before you travel through a populated area.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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