HISTORY CAME ALIVE, AGAIN: A big FORT WARD SALUTE to everyone who made our second annual Fort Ward Living History Walk a smashing success this past Sunday!
Around 75 hardy souls followed our volunteer docents over hill and dale to Battery Vincent, the Rich Passage floating mine field, top-secret “Station S” and five other sites, each showing a different aspect of the Fort Ward story. We hope everyone came away with a new appreciation of our amazing neighborhood history and how “the Little Fort at Bean Point” helped defend the nation through two world wars.
Thanks to our volunteers from IslandWood and the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum who joined forces with Friends of Fort Ward on the afternoon. And to the young baseball players who threw the ball around on the Parade Ground, recalling the Fort Ward teams of the past and adding more color to the day.
Special thanks also to several of our Fort Ward neighbors who graciously opened their beautiful historic homes to visitors – a real treat for guests to our National Historic District.
See a slideshow from the afternoon on our website, www.fortwardhall.org (with thanks to Robert Dashiell for the great images).
ABOUT THOSE PLEDGE CARDS: All Living History Walk guests received a first-ever commemorative booklet, chock-full of historic photos and other interpretive materials, with each page corresponding to a stop on the tour. And inside each booklet was … a pledge card!
If you enjoyed the Living History Walk, we hope you will consider making a contribution to the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign, to restore the fort’s historic bakery building (the final stop on our tour) as a new indoor park facility like Island Center and Seabold halls and Camp Yeomalt.
With our partners at the Bainbridge Island Park District, we plan to begin building renovation very soon – and your contribution will help! Remember that Friends of Fort Ward is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization, so all contributions go to the building renovation fund and are tax-deductible. Join our campaign, and add your name to our growing roster of donors.
NEXT UP — LIVE JAZZ & HORS D’OEUVRES @ ISLANDWOOD: Now let’s make some more history! Friends of Fort Ward invites you all to our “Let’s Make History Jazz Gala,” 3 pm Sunday, July 30 at IslandWood.
You’ll enjoy some great food and a performance by Sundae + Mr. Goessl, the acclaimed Seattle jazz duo playing tunes from the Swing Years and beyond. Kate “Sundae” Voss was the 2016 Earshot Jazz Vocalist of the Year – don’t miss this Bainbridge Island performance!
Advance tickets for this afternoon fundraiser are $50, with all proceeds going to the community hall restoration fund. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sell you a ticket in person (and you get to skip the online “convenience” fee).
Thank you to our friends at IslandWood for co-presenting the Let’s Make History Jazz Gala event with Friends of Fort Ward.
This is going to be a great afternoon – part fundraiser, part swing jazz show, part celebration of the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign and our many supporters.
Can’t make it July 30? We’ll miss you – but please consider a contribution anyway. Buy a ticket and give it to a friend! Let’s fill IslandWood’s Great Hall for Sundae & Mr. Goessl, for Fort Ward history, and for a new heritage park building coming soon.
GREAT COVERAGE FROM KITSAP SUN: Finally, we’d like to thank reporter Nathan Pilling of the Kitsap Sun/Bainbridge Islander for a great story on the Fort Ward Community Hall effort! Nathan really captured the essence of the campaign.
If you missed the story, you can find it online right here. Thanks, Nathan!