It’s December. The sun rises at 7:30am and sets just after 4pm. The temperatures remain below 50 degrees most days. Clouds, fog and rain have come to stay, and finding light can be a challenge, even during the holiday season.
Thankfully, the City of Gig Harbor, Chamber of Commerce, Waterfront Alliance and PenMet Parks offer a wide variety of events to help residents and visitors alike feel the warmth of the holiday spirit. From baking cookies with Mrs. Claus and meeting Santa to taking in a lighted boat parade or hayride, the weekends this mont...

Owning and operating your own business can bring about long hours and stress but also incredible triumphs and rewards. Much has changed in Gig Harbor over the past 50 years, but you’ll still find the iconic Beach Basket Gift Shop. We recently caught up with General Manager Kim Stokke to find out what it’s been like to have a family run business for half a century.

How did the shop get started, how has it changed over time, and what it is like today?

My family moved to Gig Harbor from University Place in 1969. My parents thought that there was a n...

Have you ever stood on shore, watching people glide by on stand-up paddle boards (SUP), longing to try it for yourself? Well, mark your calendar for September 22’s SUP in the Harbor festival, which features a race and parade.


The Gig Harbor SUP event was started by Stand Up for Peninsula Schools (also known as SUP) in 2017 as an annual celebration to bring awareness to concerns over school maintenance and overcrowding, and also to have fun.


“People of all ages come together to help kick off a new school year …,” says Shana Nash of Stand Up for...

It’s 1994, and Barbara Burrows, a military wife new to Gig Harbor, has placed an ad in the newspaper inviting residents to have coffee at her home. She wants to make friends and find out what there is to do in this small town on the western banks of Puget Sound. On the day of the gathering, dozens show up for the coffee. It’s such a success she had another event later that month.

Now, 25 years later, Barbara’s neighborly spirit has grown into an established membership-based social organization with more than 750 Gig Harbor residents as members....

Occupying 27 acres in northwest Gig Harbor, Kensington Gardens is a labyrinth of sculptured hedges, topiaries, lush manicured lawns, and flowering plants and trees that mimics its London namesake. Within these gardens, people can be found reading in nature nooks, strolling the pathways past ornate fountains or boarding a passenger coach for a day of adventure.

Meanwhile, beyond the gardens in the Georgian Manor and Carriage House, others are practicing music, preparing lunch and relaxing by fireplaces. And while it sounds like a vacation destina...

While some dread weekend yard work, gardeners look forward to every chance they can get to create a colorful and unique life-filled space around their yard. Those who do it as a profession or a hobby are always making adaptations to their gardens and plants that no longer fit the look or need to be scaled back and often find themselves in a garbage can. However, a couple of like-minded ladies have found a solution to keep these plants alive and appreciated.

Master Gardener Cheryl Hart was purchasing plants from Ann Lemieux, and the pair found pl...

For adults, reminiscing of a week at summer camp can stir up some very fond memories. Carefree summers paddling the canoe and jumping into a cold lake. There were the games of capture the flag, meeting new friends and perhaps a first crush. Camp is a great time for kids to develop, and one particular camp in Western Washington is making sure every kid has a chance at these lifetime-changing experiences.

Since 1974, Camp Stand by Me has been dedicated to providing a genuine summer camp experience to both kids and adults with disabilities. Located...

“I’m constantly exploring and pushing the boundaries between visual art and literary craft.”

Jennifer Chushcoff has been creating art and writing articles, poetry and children’s books—with a focus on nature—for more than 20 years.

Growing up in Southern California, she attended UC Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in art history. After her mother, grandmother and younger siblings moved to Gig Harbor 22 years ago, Jennifer would spend her holidays and vacations here, and after graduation, she decided to follow her family’s path and head north,...

On February 1, 2019, the three Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs gathered together to honor three Gig Harbor citizens for their dedication and contributions to the local community. The annual Rotary Star Awards honors non-Rotarians who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” The 2018 Rotary Star Award honorees for 2018 are Guy Hoppen, Anne Nesbit and Danna Webster.

The event took place at the Canterwood Golf Club in Gig Harbor and raises money for charities chosen by the honorees. The Gig Harbor Rotary is honoring Danna Webster for her many cont...

Every year since 1984, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce members, community leaders, elected officials and Gig Harbor residents come together to celebrate those individuals who are making a positive impact in our wonderful city with their annual Awards Dinner. The 2019 event took place Saturday, January 12, at Ocean5.

“[At this year’s event] we wanted to recognize and experience the new Ocean5 facilities while also recognizing the impact a specific group of individuals have on the local economy and quality of life in Gig Harbor,” says Warren Zimmer...

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