This Saturday will be the second annual Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Longbranch Improvement Club. Musicians from the area and out of town will play bluegrass at a fundraiser for Longbranch Community Church. There will be opportunities to jam, so bring your instruments.
Assorted barbecue sandwiches by chef Oliver Coldeen, plus coleslaw and chips, will be available for $6. Strawberry shortcake, popcorn and soda also will be available, and activities will include a silent auction, kids’ events and a patio furniture sale. All funds will benefit the church’s ministries.
Roger Gemelle, a professional musician formerly of New York, will host an open mic night every Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lakebay Marina. It’s held in the former store and has a dance floor. Everyone is welcome, from singers to instrumentalists. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wine Among the Vines garden party at Sunnycrest Nursery will be back for a third year. This event is a fundraiser to support Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma.
“But it’s so much more than a fundraiser. said Joyce Larson, president of the Dr. Penrose Guild. “ It’s a community event.”
It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
“It’s a great way to end a summer weekend,” Larson said.
Master gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.
The Blend Wine Shop, a popular venue in Key Center, will provide the wine. Jeff and Dayle Minch, owners of Blend, also will select the fine wines for a silent auction.
Although it’s a blind auction, with the bottles dressed in elegant wine bags, Jeff promised helpful descriptions of each bottle to tease palates.
Party-goers will be able to sit and chat with friends at tables set among the flowers and shrubs, and enjoy the wine and hors d’oeuvres as they listen to strolling violin players.
Charli Meacham and Laurel Stone, who call themselves Spare Thyme, will share their musical talent with garden party guests.
“What a setting for a party,” Larson said. “Claudia and Dale Loy, owners of Sunnycrest Nursery, promise it will be full of great ideas for your own garden.”
A $25 donation will get you a ticket, which can be obtained from Penrose Guild members. Call Ellie Klauminzer at 253-313-0299 or stop by Sunnycrest Nursery in Key Center, where Penrose Guild member Claudia Loy can provide a ticket as well as gardening advice.
Old Timers Day will be held Aug. 17 at the Longbranch Improvement Club. The logging show, under the direction of Jason Henningsen, will be in full swing outside, along with antique tractors and logging equipment.
Entertainment will include Dr. Roes’ Down Home Band and the Key Singers. The singers also will perform for the Key Peninsula Veterans flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m.
A variety of vendors will set up inside and out, with some new ones this year. Spaces are still open. Call 253-884-4440 to reserve a space. The cost is $20 if paid before Aug. 1 or $25 afterward.
Great hamburgers, and a beer garden for adults, will be part of the standard fare.
Summer is the season for reunions, both school and family. A special reunion recently was held at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn. The 1952-’53 first-grade class of Vaughn Elementary School gathered several “original” members of the class to celebrate a 60-year reunion. They met in their old classroom with their first-grade teacher, Charl Blackwood.
Many members of the first dozen classes of Peninsula High School gather every other month for lunch and have an annual “Fabulous ’50s” reunion at the Gig Harbor Eagles Club in September. Call 253-858-6901 or check next month for more details.Out Our Way columnist Colleen Slater can be reached by email at email@example.com.