’Tis the season, with Thanksgiving kicking it off Thursday and Black Friday immediately afterward.
There will be some special shopping events Saturday, followed by a full calendar for the Key Peninsula and beyond.
• The Key Peninsula Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar, always a fun one to visit at the junction of the Key Peninsula Highway and Lackey Road, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it will have its famous lefse, krumkake and rosettes to tempt you as you arrive.
Hand-crafted items will fill tables, with specialties like dressed-up bears and crystal spiders here and there.
A 3-foot Feliz Navidad tree with bright ornaments made from soda cans will be raffled off.
The usual 7-foot Christmas tree will be on display with nativity figures portrayed as royalty to welcome the Heavenly King.
• The Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Peninsula High School. Admission is $3.
Be prepared to be stunned at the variety of gift items for sale, as well as edible treats to purchase.
• Saturday also is the last day the Key Peninsula Historical Society’s museum at Vaughn will be open until February. Local gift items include books, mugs, T-shirts and old-fashioned games for children.
• The Key Peninsula Veterans will set up their Trees of Sharing for the 14th year this weekend. The trees will be decorated with gift idea tags for veterans at American Lake, such as “slippers.”
The trees will be at the Senior Center in Home, at the HomePort Restaurant, the Food Market at Key Center, at Sound Credit Union in Key Center and Cost Less Pharmacy in Wauna.
Pick a tag, buy the gift, wrap it and attach the tag, and then return it to the tree location before Dec. 20. Bins will be available for the gifts.
• The annual Breakfast with Santa event at the Key Center fire station will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Register at keypenparks.com for time slot at either 9, 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Admission is $5 in advance, $8 at the door.
• At 2 p.m. Dec. 7, Rusty Roots, a local Bluegrass band, will present a holiday concert at the Key Center branch of the Pierce County Library System, sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library.
• The Key Corral tree lighting will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Dr. Roes’ Down Home Band will play Christmas music, and the Key Singers will help lead the singing.
Santa will arrive for pictures and treats for the young crowd before he heads out on the KP.
• Soundsations will present their Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Church of the Nazarene in downtown Gig Harbor, across from Kelly’s restaurant. They will sing a variety of music, including “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” “A La Nanita Nana” and “Zat You, Santa Claus?”
• A Rusty Christmas by Homemade Bluegrass will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Lakebay Marina, weather permitting. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the reindeer will be there until 9 p.m. Boat owners are encouraged to dress their vessels for the occasion, stop by the marina and wave hello. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/shipwreckcafe.lakebaymarina.
• The Key Singers will give their annual “gift to the community” Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in McColley Hall at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church. Music will include traditional carols, a Russian song of snow, a ditty on Lutefisk, and special numbers by members and guests. Admission is free, but donations of staples or money for the Key Peninsula Community Services Food Bank will be welcome. For more information, call 253-884-5615.
There’s no way we can participate in all of the events on the Key and in Gig Harbor, but there are so many choices. We can pick and choose to create our own holiday memories.
Let’s all be grateful for what we have and share what we can, where we can.Out Our Way columnist Colleen Slater contributes monthly to the Neighbors page. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.