Old Timers' Day greets young and old

Marlies Van Cise, Special to KP News Have you ever dreamed of being in a real television studio and perhaps see yourself televised? Here is your chance to be in the audience when “Northwest Afternoon” will be aired on Channel 4 (KOMO) on Aug. 9. Cristi Watson, executive director of Key Peninsula Community Services and Food Bank, will give a short public service announcement about the “Old imers’ Day” organized by KPCA. She is looking for people who might enjoy this outing. Anyone interested to cheer on for the community event should arrive at the Community House in Lakebay before noon to catch a ride. The Old Timer’s Day is Aug. 21, so mark your calendars for this great street party. As always, it will be at the Longbranch Improvement Club and many special activities are planned. “A traditional Key Peninsula event, Old Timers’ Day has fun for the entire family, lots of kids’ games, our traditional oldtime logging show complete with hot saws and steam donkeys, our country fair, antique cars, and antique logging machinery,” Watson said. “Indoors we have music, cloggers, and assorted other entertainment. And there’s food, indoors and outdoors. So many ways to enjoy a lovely day on the Key Peninsula and it’s all free ...no admission ...no parking fees. You only pay for your food and drink choices, with all proceeds going to benefit the KPCS/Foodbank and Senior Center.” You don’t have to be old and not even an old timer to have a great time, and judging by last year’s crowd, all ages, shapes and sizes were represented. This year’s event will be sponsored by the Geneva Foundation, which has generously contributed to other local groups. The day starts out with a hearty breakfast (from 7 - 9 a.m.), and for only $3.50 per person you will get eggs, sausages, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and milk. Yum! The festivities start at 10 a.m., with opening ceremonies, flag raising and the Key Singers adding a nice touch. Then the real fun starts: • A country fair with breads, cakes, jam, arts and crafts, as well as plants, which will be judged by   celebrity judges John and Shirley Nederlee and Wanda and Larry Kamahele from the Geneva Foundation • Live music provided by “Spoon Man,” “Harmonica Kids,” “Blues Kids,” “Down Home Keep Clam Band” and more • Rhythm-n-Shoes Cloggers • The magic of a real spinning wheel • Kids’ activities and much more The highlight of the whole event is, as always, the Logging Competition Show with several of the world’s fastest chain saws. This is truly a spectacular feat that takes place at 11 a.m. But… there is more: Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each for a chance to win one of three main prizes: $500 cash, a $200 “mystery shopping spree” or a handmade quilt by Tina Zeller. And if that’s not enough, you’ll have the opportunity to walk through the new dental van that the Community House will have available two days a week for those who need dental care — as well as many other vendors on hand to sell their wares. How can all these activities fit into one day? They do, but you have to come early because there is much to see and do.

If you have questions about the Public Service Announcement trip or about the Old Timers’ Day, call the Community House at 884-4440.