November 2016                                               Front Street Gallery, Poulsbo
Kitsap Peninsula is a Fine Arts Destination
Original art by renown artist Max Hayslette. Photo
courtesy Almost Candid Frame & Fine Art in Kingston 

Art lovers will find plenty to see and do on the Kitsap Peninsula. From diverse galleries to world-class museums, community art walks to DIY studios, the regional arts scene is lively and inviting. " Each town has its own vibrant center," said Johnny Walker, owner of Almost Candid Frame & Fine Art in Kingston. "For those who want to leave the metroplex and still see some sophisticated art by local, regional, even national artists, the Kitsap Peninsula is a great place to visit." A stroll around local arts districts, studio tours  and special exhibits are a festive way to survey each community's unique art landscape and watch artists at work. The Kitsap Peninsula is home to artisans and craftspeople recognized for their talents in painting, pottery, sculpture, textiles, photography, metal work, glass and jewelry and other artistic mediums.
Carrie Goller at her gallery.
The Carrie Goller Gallery, located on the south end of historic downtown  Poulsbo, offers 
Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Gallery Photo courtesy West Sound Home & Garden
visitors an impressive start to this popular and growing arts district. Lisa Stirrett Glass Art  Gallery, located in Silverdale, transformed an abandoned quonset hut into a gallery and hot spot enjoyed by both locals and visitors. In Bremerton the must see art stop is  Collective Vision Gallery one of the oldest co-op galleries in the region featuring  the works of dozens of artists. Just across Sinclair Inlet in Port Orchard is the Port Orchard Sidney Museum & Arts Association.  

Read about more galleries, art walks and events in the VKP Blog. Visit the VKP Arts & Culture page for more locations, links and where to view public art.

Upcoming Arts Events & Getaway Ideas.
Art in the Woods Studio Tour, November 11-13 - Self-guided. 18 studios, 62 artists.
Bainbridge Island Studio Tour - December 2-4 
CVG 21 Annual Juried Art Show - January 21 - February 25 Events all month-long. Entry deadline November 18. 

Make plans now for an art-filled getaway.
Travel to to learn about our great selection of lodging options and things to do. The Kitsap Peninsula is just a short ride from Seattle-Tacoma and the Eastside by ferry or bridge, making us an easy couple's or girlfriends' getaway any day of the week.
Featured Destination - Gig Harbor
History with a View
Gig Harbor is a spectacular waterfront city on the southern end of the Kitsap Peninsula that's just minutes from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The walkable downtown is filled with galleries, shops and inviting restaurants, including the iconic Tides Tavern, celebrated for its fish and chips  and stellar view. 
Explore the Harbor History Museum to learn about the area's roots as a fishing village 
and see a 65-foot fishing boat that's in the process of being restored. Take time to study the one-room school- house, historic net-drying sheds that date back to the 1880s and heritage markers along Harborview Drive. Heritage Distilling Co. has a tasting room downtown and 7 Seas Brewing is nearby. For family-friendly fun, check Harbor Wild Watch's monthly Pier Into the Night program. SCUBA divers use an underwater camera to show visitors on land what's living in Gig Harbor Bay. The next program is Nov 5 at the 
Maritime Pier. To learn more, go to
 Things To Do in November

Kitsap Loves Kids
As the weather turns cool, the Kitsap Peninsula offers plenty of indoor fun for kids of all ages, including hands-on museums and a new three-story play area. Ahoy Kitsap Playland opens
Nov. 4th for children up to age 12. There's a toddler area and jump zone plus sensory-friendly play times. On Nov. 5th head to the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport for  Science Saturday to   learn about semaphore 
communication and make your own signal flags. The   Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum  in Bremerton has a
children's play area and mechanical puppet stage. On  Nov. 19 , the museum is  presenting "The Enchanted White Cat"  at Olympic College Theater.  Kids can touch all manner of things that creep and crawl at the Bremerton Bug & Reptile Museum . On Nov. 4, create Thanksgiving-themed art during Family Night at  Kids Discovery Museum.   The Bremerton Ice Center has public ice skating sessions every day or you can opt for roller skates and take the family for a spin at  Skateland in Bremerton offering  family skating Wed. through Sun. To find more things to do, go to Kids
Featured Trips & Tours
Art & Wine Tours
Art and wine are a perfect November pairing on the Kitsap Peninsula. Tour more than 20 artists's studios during Art in the Woods  Nov. 11-13  and stick around for a behind-the-scenes look at winemaking during Wine on the Rock  Nov. 12-13 . The self-guided art tour features 18 studios and 62 artists working in a variety of media. Jump-start your Christmas shopping or pick up something special for yourself. Look for paintings, finely-wrought jewelry, ceramics, woodblock prints, clothing, glass art and more. All seven Bainbridge Island wineries are participating in the harvest wine event, which includes a special glass, tastings and charcuterie at each of the wineries or tasting rooms. See the fermentation process, meet the winemakers and toast the results. Combine both events to create the Weekend Getaway! Visit our  website for lodging options and plan your fall getaway today.
Featured Foodie Find

Big Apple Diner - Silverdale
The Big Apple Diner serves classic American comfort food in a fun 1950s-style setting. A Kitsap Peninsula destination for 20 years, the diner will please your pickiest eater and delight out-of-town guests with 100+ menu items. Popular dishes include corned beef hash, chicken-fried steak, pancakes, waffles, omelets, eggs Benedict and sausage gravy with biscuits. Desserts are another high point, including homemade pies and cakes, plus an old-fashioned soda fountain. "We have the best milkshakes and sundaes, ever," says longtime waitress Vicki Turner. "We probably have 40 different flavors of shakes with hand-dipped ice cream." The diner is a short drive from Bremerton and Silverdale hotels and open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Read our blog for more information and visit tour website for more  dining ideas
Salmon Habitat Tours
On November 5, take a guided tour to view the annual migration of native salmon returning home to streams around the Kitsap Peninsula.   This is a family-friendly way to learn about the salmon's amazing lifecycle from biologists and trained docents at six different locations. You can also take a self-guided tour any time at dozens of other locations throughout November. Click here for guided tour details and to view a salmon habitat map.
Olalla Concert
Grammy nominee Scott Mickelson performs
Nov. 15 at the Olalla Community Club. His solo album "Flickering" is a contender for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance for its lyrical and moving take on the challenges of modern-day life. Potluck at 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Arrive early and stop by the Olalla Vineyard & Winery for a tasting. Perfect weekend getaway idea!  More info . Visit our website for lodging options.
Gingerbread House Party
Reserve your spot now for the Farm Kitchen's popular gingerbread decorating parties on  November 26 and  five December afternoons. Farm Kitchen elves assemble the houses, mix the icing and lay out the candies. All you have to do is make memories. This is pure family fun for ages 3  and older. The Farm Kitchen is located near Poulsbo and family and pet friendly lodging places. Stay the night and head downtown for dinner and stroll along Front Street.  More info .
A Few More Things to Do in November  
Waiting in the Wings Nov. 4-20  Bremerton  Community Theatre
Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical Nov. 11- Dec. 10 ,
Jewel Box Theatre - Poulsbo
A Christmas Story Nov. 18 - Dec. 18  W. WA Center for the Arts - Port Orchard
Four Star Brass ConcertNov. 19 Naval Undersea Museum - Keyport
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever  -  Nov. 25-Dec. 18 , CSTOCK - Silverdale
Holiday Gift and Food Festival   Nov. 18  - Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Fall Festival of Gems - Nov. 19 - Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Find more  Events & Things To Do at
Save the Date December 2-4th  Community Tree 
Dec. 2 - 4 :   Christmas in the Country  self-guided art tour 
Dec. 3 Events Include:  Gig Harbor Tree Lighting In Port Orchard its Chimes of LightsJingle Bell RunWalk and Pooch & Purr Parade. In Poulsbo celebrate JuleFest, Scandinavian Bazaar and the Lucia Lighting, a unique waterfront celebration and nod to the town's Norwegian roots. The Lucia Bride wears a crown of glowing candles and arrives out of the darkness in a Viking boat. There's also traditional singing, dancing and a bonfire. Visit the VKP Calendar of Events for current and up-coming events.
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When you're ready for a respite from the busy city, the Kitsap Peninsula is the perfect place to leave the traffic, construction and bright city lights behind. We offer a wide-range of lodging options from romantic waterfront suites, family and pet friendly hotels, cozy B&Bs, Airbnbs, and Victorian houses.
Kitsap Conf Wintert
It's not too late to plan your holiday party at one of the Kitsap Peninsula's unique venues. Whether you're hosting a family or military reunion, 50th anniversary party or a team-building retreat, we have options for every budget.
From grand ballrooms, special event and meeting rooms to rustic historic barns, formal gardens and waterfront hotels, you'll find a variety of venue and lodging choices to make your event memorable. Click here to Plan Your Event.
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