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Special Events

Special Events

The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District sponsors a variety of special events for all ages in our community.   Concerts, dances, record hops, poetry readings and humanity programs are some of the many events held throughout the year.  Scroll down to see our current events!

Would you like to receive emails about our Special Events? Send us an email at georgia@biparks.org and let us know!

Winter/Spring 2015 Special Events

Egg Scrambles! April 3 and 4

Egg hunters of all ages will find treats for their baskets at the annual Spring Egg Scrambles where specially marked “prize” eggs will earn their finders an additional surprise! Scrambling rain or shine.

Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt Friday, April 3
For Teens ages 13-18. Meet at the Battle Point Park shelter at 9:00pm. Check the details on page 27! Meet at the Teen Center if rain.

Traditional Egg Hunt at Battle Point Park, Saturday, April 4
Starting at 10:00am, children ages 1–12 can visit with our big bunny for photos, pet little bunnies in the 4-H petting area, chalk the sidewalk, and scramble for treats in an area of Battle Point Park designated just for their age group. ALL HUNTS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 11:00AM.

Wet & Wild Egg Hunt at the Pool Saturday, April 4
Later that day, children ages 2-12 can change into their swimming suits and seek eggs throughout the Aquatic Center at the Wet & Wild Egg Hunt. $6 fee includes Open Swim time. Staggered start times will ensure fun and fairness for all age groups.
1:00pm ages 2-5, 1:15p ages 6-7, 1:30p ages 8-9, 1:45p ages 10-12. Swim begins at 2:00p; all hunters must remain on deck until then. Parents are required be in the water and stay within arm’s reach of children under age 7.

Weekend Geo-Hunt, Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5
Crowds not your style? Folks with GPS units can try their hand at simple geo-caching in our GEO Egg Hunt. Coordinates posted at 9:00am Saturday, April 4 at www.biparks.org.

Pssst! BUNNY HELPERS WANTED - See page 27!

Keep the tradition of egg hunting free for all children! Sponsor all or a portion of any of the community Egg Scrambles by donating to the candy fund, providing prizes, or volunteering Bunny Helpers.

Please contact Shannon Buxton, Youth & Teen Programs at 206-842-2306 ex 125 or Shannon@biparks.org for information on how you can best support this tradition of fun.


PEARL DJANGO - CD Release Concert! Friday April 24, 7:00pm, Island Center Hall

Join us for an intimate evening with our friends Pearl Django as they celebrate the release of their newest CD! Tickets will be on sale after March 1 by calling our office at 206-842-2306, or you can pick them up at Vern's Winslow Drug. $17 advance, $20 door, $10 students. Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road, Bainbridge Island.

Below is a bit of info, but please visit their website here.

With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.

Troy Chapman, Guitar; Ryan Hoffman , Guitar; David Lange, Accordion; Michael Gray, Violin; Rick Leppanen, Bass

Voted favorite area jazz band 2003, by Seattle Weekly readers!
"Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz…and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that
they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." —Seattle Weekly

“Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!”
—Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times (2002)



Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd
Singles & couples; Adults & teens.
Dressy casual. Be kind to wood floor;
Wear shoes with clean soles, no black marks.
Info www.educatedfeet.net
Contact sheila@educatedfeet.net or 842-3012

April 11 – Just Dance! DJ Mix Waltz, Blues, Swing Ballroom, Latin
$10 includes 7:30-8:15 pm workshop 8:15-10:00 pm dance,

May 9 – Clave Con Jazz with Guest Artist Eugenie Jones! Latin, Swing & Jazz
$20 includes 7:30-8:30 pm workshop, 8:30-11:00 pm dance, live music!

Info www.educatedfeet.net. Contact sheila@educatedfeet.net



Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd
7:30 “How to” workshop followed by 8-10:30PM contradance. All dances taught and cued throughout the evening. All level of dancers welcome. Please wear/bring clean soled shoes to protect the beautiful wood floor.
$12.00 adults, $5.00 youth 8-18 years. Contact 360-697-6192 information.

April 18th Earth Day Country Capers trio plays celtic & new england traditional music. David Denz on Irish euilleann pipes, cittern, wooden flute & guitar, Jane Landstra on Violin and Ken Embrey on concertina & guitar for
contradance at Island Center Hall. Caller, Lindsey Dono of Seattle!



Bring your guitar, voice, uke, fiddle, stand up bass, mandolin or any other instrument, for an old fashion song-swapping song-circle at Pru’s House! Beginners and veterans learn from each other, no stage fright and no pressure; sit in or just come to listen! A great place to try out original work, practice a favorite “cover”, or just gain skills on that brand new gift instrument! All ages welcome, from 8-108, and it’s FREE! Hot drinks provided, Third Friday, 7:30pm, monthly. HT 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, & 6/19


JOHN REISCHMAN AND THE JAYBIRDS, Sunday May 17, 3:00pm, Island Center Hall

Come on down to Island Center Hall for a Sunday afternoon concert with these stellar performers. Bluegrass, Americana and music lovers of all kinds will enjoy this close-up and family-friendly event. Tickets will be on sale after March 1 by calling our office at 206-842-2306, or you can pick them up at Vern's Winslow Drug. $17 advance, $20 door, $10 students. Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road, Bainbridge Island.

Below is a bit of info, but please visit their website here. You can also view videos on their YouTube Channel.

With a fourth critically-acclaimed album and expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power.
Featuring nine new songs and tunes from all five founding band members, Stellar Jays is the latest in a series of CDs to win rave reviews for a trademark, old-time-infused bluegrass sound that respects tradition while advancing the music. The nomination of Stellar Jays for two 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards follows praise such as this from Nashville Public Radio: “A masterpiece — a fascinating and fresh-sounding collection of tunes that incorporate the best elements of bluegrass and old-time into a killer new sound.”

“On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy,” says Billboard.com. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine describes tone-master and composer John as “one of the world's undisputed masters” of the mandolin, a frequent accolade since his days with the Tony Rice Unit and California's Good Ol' Persons. John went on to record two outstanding solo albums and numerous sessions before forming the Jaybirds in 2001 to release a self-titled debut album, followed by the Canadian Juno-nominated Field Guide, and in 2005, The Road West.

“Though Reischman is the leader and front man, he gives each of them plenty of room to shine, and together they produce music that is seamlessly excellent and rewarding,” Sing Out! magazine says of the superb West Coast ensemble led by John from Vancouver, B.C. “The folks he's playing with are neck and neck with him all the way,” Victory Review magazine says of the original line-up: John on mandolin, Jim Nunally on guitar, Trisha Gagnon on bass, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, and Greg Spatz on fiddle.

Throwback to the 50s Pool Party

May 24, 12:00-4:00p, Bainbridge Aquatic Center

Join us for a blast from the past pool party! Food, Games and More to celebrate the Park District’s 50th Birthday! Watch this space for more info. Admission: 50 cents.


Sounds of Summer Wednesday Concerts in the Park

Yep, we'll see you all this summer at Battle Point Park each Wednesday from July 8 - August 19, 7:00pm. Line-up to follow - check back in early May.

Big Birthday Bash

August 29, Battle Point Park

Mark your calendars for a day of fun and festivities. Games, contests, hands-on children's activities, food and music - what could be better? Oh yes - a gigantic cake! Save the date and watch this space for more info!