Arts & Entertainment

Whether you’re looking to be entertained or enlightened, Gig Harbor Now covers fun and informational events taking place in the community.

Harbor Happenings: A groovy Labor Day on Fox Island

Aug 29, 2023 | By:

For a totally retro way to celebrate Labor Day, head to the Nichols Center on Fox Island for a full day of family fun, classic cars and food, capped with musical tributes to the Beach Boys and the flashy “girl groups” of the Motown era. The Tennessee-based Sail On Beach Boys Tribute and the Jewel

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Thunderbird No. 1 returns to its native waters

Aug 28, 2023 | By:

Hundreds showed up to the Gig Harbor BoatShop and historic Eddon Boat Park on Saturday, Aug. 26, to witness the relaunch of Thunderbird No. 1. The renowned 26-ft sailboat put Gig Harbor and the Eddon Boat Company (now the location of the nonprofit Gig Harbor BoatShop)  on the map when she launched in November 1958.

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Harbor Happenings: Thunderbird No. 1 goes back in the water Saturday

Aug 22, 2023 | By:

Gig Harbor BoatShop and the Harbor History Museum will relaunch the restored historic sailboat Thunderbird No. 1 on Saturday, Aug. 26. The festivities run from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the BoatShop, 3805 Harborview Dr. Thunderbird No. 1 will be rechristened and launched at 3:20 p.m. Ed Hoppen built the boat in 1958, and

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Harbor Happenings: Family Fun Fest and Bike Bash pedals into Sehmel on Sunday

Aug 15, 2023 | By:

Calling all bicycle riders: PenMet Parks’ Family Fun Fest and Bike Bash is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave. NW. The day combines two popular events from the past, Family Fun Fest and Bike Bash. A bounce house and other fun family activities are planned,

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Gig Harbor Now and Then: Squatters were early adopters of tiny houses

Aug 14, 2023 | By: Greg Spadoni

Our previous question asked: What was the average size of the 32 squatters’ houses on Military Reservation 23, at point Evans, barely north of the Narrows bridges, in 1916? Answer: 215 square feet. However, Lillian Young apparently didn’t have a house, so perhaps the total square feet should be divided by 31 houses. That would

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Gig Harbor library statistics provide a good read on the community

Aug 09, 2023 | By:

The Gig Harbor library on Point Fosdick Drive has the most visitors of the 19 branches in the Pierce County Library System. And those visitors checked out more books, movies, magazines and other materials than were checked out from any other library in 2022 – 31,255 to be exact. That’s according to Mary Getchell, the

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Harbor Happenings: Rhythm and Blues Festival, Tyee Cup and more

Aug 08, 2023 | By:

The Gig Harbor Rhythm and Blues Festival is from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club. Scheduled to perform are Billy Stapelton, All Funk ‘n’ Games, Roeman & the Whereabouts, 9, Magical History Tour, The Profits, Red House and HD Fusion with Maddy Dullum. The event also features a

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Two in Tow & On the Go: Shenandoah tours closed during construction

Aug 04, 2023 | By:

Here’s a tale of two little children, the slam of a door, and an unplanned climb aboard a very tall fishing vessel.

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Harbor History Museum’s Shenandoah earns prestigious award; walls come next

Aug 03, 2023 | By:

The Harbor History Museum’s Shenandoah Restoration Project is riding a wave of momentum, hitting two milestones in recent weeks. The project won an Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) earlier this summer. The award is considered the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation of state and

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Meet Peninsula schools’ two new armed safety and security officers

Aug 02, 2023 | By:

Peninsula School District has hired two new armed safety and security officers. Unlike school resource officers, they are employees of the district. SROs are law enforcement officers contracted by the district in coordination with a local police or sheriff’s department, typically with a cost-sharing arrangement. “PSD has not employed any SROs since the pandemic,” said

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