First Friday will have festive flair

Although every First Friday Art Walk has its own sense of flare, this one might be even more festive than most. In addition to the monthly art walk, the public is invited to attend Winterfest and the arrival of Santa Claus in downtown Bremerton this Friday.

Merchants will decorate store windows, complimenting other holiday adornment such as the lights on downtown trees installed by City of Bremerton workers and the red velvet bows and pine swags placed about light poles in the art district by members of the West Sound Art Council. Winterfest has something for everyone, including horse and carriage rides, refreshments and strolling musicians, the Olympic College Caroleers. These activities start at 5:30 p.m.

“It is something we do for the community to say we have the spirit of the holidays and that art is a part,” Dede Beckley, a fired-up Winterfest volunteer, said.

“First Friday Art Walk combined with Winterfest is very exciting,” she said.

“It’s an old-fashioned spirit that we all need to revive.”

The Bremerton High School marching band, drill team, flag team and majorettes will perform songs of the season to welcome Santa as he arrives by firetruck in front of City Hall on 4th Street to light the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Every family will receive a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Most events are from 5 to 8 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) throughout downtown and at one location in Manette.

If you go, don’t miss:

l The opening reception for Bombshells and Burritos starting at 6 p.m. at the Westside Burrito Connection. Krysztof Nemeth’s pin-up illustration and assemblage will hang through Dec. 31. Location: 208 1st St.

l Readings by Shannon Borg-Randolph, Suzanne Giffith and Laura Snyder at Just Your Cup O’Tea starting at 6 p.m. Location: 305 Pacific Ave.

l Collective Visions Gallery of Art opens “Contemplations” by Janthina DuSavage featuring Native American paintings and jewelry. Location: 331 Pacific Ave.

l Glitz Inc — The Gallery holds an artist’s reception for Kay Dewar from 5 to 8 p.m. The show, called “For All Seasons,” features colored pencil and watercolor. Location: 433 Pacific Ave.

l A winter group show opens at the Manette Artists’ Edge Gallery with a collection of work from various local painters, sculptures and jewelry artists. Location: 2009 Harkins St.

l The Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum is open for First Friday. A new holiday-themed display showcases puppets as toys. Location: 249 4th St.

l Mary N. Balcomb will sign copies of her book “The Art and Life of Sergei Bongart” at the Amy Burnett Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. A new piece by Amy Burnett entitled “Neptune’s Daughter” will debut. The eight foot salmon made of acrylic on fiberglass is a commissioned work to be permanently displayed at the Theler Wetlands in Belfair. Location: 408 Pacific Ave.

l The Metropolis Gallery features 15 artists from the greater Puget Sound area as well as an artist from Michigan in “Band of Artists and a Fella on the Harmonica.” Almost every medium of art is represented. Location: 247 4th St.

l Admiral Theatre presents independent film “An American Rhapsody” at 8 p.m. This movie starring Nastassja Kinski is an ode to America and is based on a true story. Location: 515 Pacific Ave.

l City Limits presents local band Ecstasy In Numbers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Location: 536 4th St.

l Embossible Dream invites First Friday participants to join in a free “make and take.” Construct your own holiday-themed craft at 511 4th St.

l The Kitsap County Historical Society is open for First Friday. Location: 280 4th St.

l Stop in at the Bremerton Naval Museum at 402 Pacific Ave.

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