Support FWCH through the Kitsap Great Give TODAY! 

The Kitsap Great Give is underway — today only — and it’s a great way to support the Fort Ward Community Hall! 

Follow this link to make a tax-deductible contribution to our campaign to restore Fort Ward’s historic bakery building for use as the first community hall at the island’s south end.

We’ve had A LOT going on behind the scenes lately, thanks to our project partners at the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District and Wenzlau Architects.

We expect to break ground on our building restoration this summer — look for some big announcements in the coming days!

As always, Friends of Fort Ward would like to thank all of you who have contributed to the campaign to date. Big checks or small, whether you bought a Fort Ward fine art print or a coffee mug, we are very grateful to you all. (And we have a big box of grey T-shirts in stock if you want to pick one up for spring…)

Please visit our Donors Page as we acknowledge your generosity for all who visit our website. Look for your name, or put your name on it with a contribution today through the Kitsap Great Give!

BHS ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS STEP UP: Bainbridge High School architecture and engineering students visited the Fort Ward bakery building recently with teacher Preston Michaels. The students met with Fort Ward Community Hall project architect Charlie Wenzlau to discuss the techniques and challenges of restoring historic buildings like the 1910 bakery.  

Working for course credit, the students documented the building and grounds and now will use computer-aided drafting tools to create their own designs to show how the building could be configured for public use.

Thanks to Preston Michaels and Bainbridge High School for sharing their students with us for this real-world educational opportunity. We can’t wait to see the results of their work!

BROOM WITH A VIEW: Friends of Fort Ward board member Christina Doherty was selected for Scotch Broom Queen recently.  

The sunny day was perfect for the pop-up parade (a time-honored tradition for 50+ years) and many lucky Winslow patrons cheered Christina on! It’s another great example of weird, small-town life on our beautiful island.

There was a rousing game of TiddlyWinks, a quick coronation, and then Christina was handed the Golden Plunger. Let’s Pull Together handed out brochures on the noxious weed and all the Scotch Broom was disposed of properly after the parade.