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Downtown Poulsbo wants to rock with you | Kitsap Week

Whitney Glebe, Miss West Sound at the time, enjoys the Poulsbo Street Dance in 2011.                                           - File photo
Whitney Glebe, Miss West Sound at the time, enjoys the Poulsbo Street Dance in 2011.
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It’s almost as if the centennial celebration never ended.

Nearly 2,000 people are expected to attend Poulsbo’s annual Street Dance Aug. 10, 3-11 p.m. The event has evolved from a celebration of the city’s 100th birthday to a multifaceted celebration of summer.

The event is free. “We want to show our appreciation for our locals who support us all year long,” said Tammy Mattson, Street Dance coordinator. “It’s downtown’s way of saying thank you.” (Bring canned and/or boxed food for Fishline; donation bins will be located on Front Street.)

This year’s Street Dance features simultaneous events at several downtown locations.

Children’s activities begin at 3 p.m. on the kids stage at Kvelstad Pavilion. There will be dancing and music clinics, and West Sound Academy will present a business mentorship program, National Lemonade Day. Young entrepreneurs partner with student and adult mentors who guide them through the process of starting a business, using the time-honored lemonade stand as the platform.

The Pacific Northwest Cruisers Rendezvous, Aug. 9-11, coincides with the Street Dance. Port of Poulsbo Manager Brad Miller said the rendezvous will bring 100 boats to the marina, with likely more boats anchored out and other visitors coming in RVs that will be parked in the port parking lot on Jensen Way.

According to Gary Peterson, commodore of the Pacific Northwest Cruisers, each annual “invasion” can have a $60,000-$77,000 economic impact on the community.

“During this time, special activities are being held for both children and adults,” Peterson wrote. “Keep in mind, this is a boat-centric event and so most activities are boat and pirate related. There will also be cannon fire from some of the boats and this would make this event a not-so-pet friendly place to bring your pets.”

Music will be performed on the docks by tropical-rock musician Dave Calhoun Aug. 9 and 10. On Aug. 10, the Seafair Pirates “[bring] mayhem to the docks, along with blindfolded dinghy races, pirate costume contests for both children and adults, best dressed boat contest, and children’s pirate piñata games.”

Peterson has arranged for two concrete barges to be brought in to extend the E-Dock to accommodate dancing to the Eric Stone Band. The evening of Aug. 10, there will be a raffle with net proceeds going to Make-a-Wish Foundation and North Kitsap Fishline.

“We also have the world-famous author/sailor and publisher of Cruising Outpost magazine, Mr. Bob Bitchin, on hand to write a feature article on this event for the magazine,” Peterson wrote.

Raffle prizes include a seven-night yacht charter for up to four people, an Aquamarine Watermaker, a Gasparilla cannon, a D.H. Russell Yachtsman knife, sailcloth bags, OceanMedix Safety Whistles, a five-day course in marine weather and forecasting, a thump pad to protect your hull from banging blocks and pulleys, a sailor knot bracelet, and certificates from Sluys Poulsbo Bakery, Sheila’s Restaurant, Northwest Boat Rentals, Eye Candy Salon, Port of Poulsbo Marina, Tizleys Europub, Hare and Hounds Public House.

Street Fair coordinator Tammy Mattson said of the Cruisers’ visit, “There could be a war between the pirates and the Vikings. You never know what kind of revelry is going to break out here.”

Music on the main stage at Front Street and Jensen Way begins at 5 p.m. On schedule: James Redfern, who performs post-main stage at Sheila’s Portside; Eric Fridrich & the Wanderlust, Afro-Cuban blues; the Iverson Brothers, a local indie rock group working on their first CD; and headliner Soul Siren, dance favorites from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

Look for street musicians throughout the day. Many businesses will be open later. And the monthly Artwalk is Aug. 10, which means galleries will be open later for gallery hopping, shopping, refreshments and artist receptions.

By the way, the Anderson Parkway parking lot will be open. Most of Front Street will be closed, but you can enter and exit the parkway via the parking lot next to the Poulsbo Marine Science Center and King Olaf Vei.


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