June is busting out with special events on the Key Peninsula

May 28, 2014 

The “official” Memorial Day was early, and caught some of us off guard, but the traditions of decorating graves with flowers and flags, and programs to honor our deceased service men and women have again been carried out with love and pride.

The Key Peninsula museum has a new display in the VFW room at the Civic Center in Vaughn. Photos, stories, mementos and uniforms of several people from the KP who served in our military services from World War I and II. Photos and stories of other veterans will be rotated through over time. It’s available to visit when the museum is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., or by appointment at 888-3246.

Another new item in the museum is a model of “Sophia,” the first steam boat built by Carl Lorenz at his Lakebay mill and home. Handcrafted by Kelson Mills, it represents the importance of “The Mosquito Fleet” to early settlers around Puget Sound prior to the construction of roads and bridges and the influx of motor vehicles.

Gig Harbor events are numerous this next month, and one is of particular interest to me. It’s been 60 years since I marched with our Peninsula High School Drill Team and band in Daffodil and Forest Festival parades. I’m not putting on my marching boots for the upcoming Yo Ho Grande parade on June 7 as part of the Maritime Gig Festival, and don’t expect to march, but plan to participate with others from the Silver Sneakers classes at the YMCA. A kazoo band, pompoms and special shirts will mark us as we parade into the Harbor, so watch for us and cheer us on!

The Pen Light Summer Fun Run featuring a 5k run/walk and a free “kid’s dash” will be held at KP Park’s 360 Trails on June 14. Five dollars from each adult registration will be contributed to local school of your choice. Register online –www.keypenparks.com or by phone – 884-9240 X22. Shirt deadline is June 2.

KP Barter, introduced at the recent Livable Community Fair, sets their first Summer Barter Fair on June 21 at the KP Civic Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested participants are encouraged to find out more and preregister online at kpbarter.wordpress.com. No fee is required at this time, but contributions to the raffle are encouraged to cover costs. Products are something you’ve grown or created and no money exchanges hands.

Penrose Park hosts storytellers from the KP Historical Society on June 21 at 8 p.m. Tales of the Puget Salish People who camped, fished and hunted in this area will be told, as well as the history of the Penrose family who purchased property and set up a large camp every summer for family and friends. A second presentation will be held on July 19 at 8 p.m., and a third one in August.

This year’s Key Peninsula Historical Society summer picnic will be at the home of member Paul Michaels, with his unique logging collection on display. Members, guests and friends are welcome to join the party from noon to 3 p.m. Bring table service and something to share. Beverages will be provided. 888-3246.

It’s not too soon to mark your calendars for this summer’s Historic Cruises hosted by the KP Historical Society. Dates are July 26, 2-5 p.m. and July 27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a cruise around McNeil Island aboard “My Girl,” leaving from Longbranch marina. Ticket reservations for $50 donation per person are recommended. 888-3246.

Check calendars at www.keypenparks.com/ and www.gigharborchamber.net/ Choose your favorite events and enjoy our special Northwest summers and spectacular scenery.

Out Our Way columnist Colleen Slater can be reached by email at cas4936@centurytel.net

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