Port Orchard Things to Do

  • Kitsap Harbor Tours: small boats for small groups
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    Manchester Art Gallery

    by glabah Updated May 22, 2010
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    Located in the core of downtown Port Orchard, the Manchester Art Gallery features a number of works by local artists. Among the works are some eccentric sculptures, beautiful wood turnings, and paintings of all kinds. Items range from tiny ear rings and other jewelry to some fairly large sculptures.

    I wound up talking to the eccentric art gallery owner and operator for an hour and a half, as he is an entertaining and eccentric person that is able to stimulate the interest and thoughts of someone of the proper mind set.

    It is also possible to find Puget Sound (Seattle and vicinity) post cards for sale here.

    My favorite are the wonderful wood works, including picture frame material modified to create nested three dimensional sculptures. It also includes the absolutely beautiful wood turnings and other wood working products.

    Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 5, Sunday 12 to 3.

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    Kitsap Harbor Tours: Charter for Small Groups Only

    by glabah Written May 20, 2010
    Kitsap Harbor Tours: small boats for small groups

    It is certainly a "thing to do" in Port Orchard, and on a clear day a Kitsap Tour would offer some fairly wonderful scenery. Kitsap Harbor Tours offers "shipyard harborside tours" (that is, they gat as close as they can to the big Navy ships without getting anyone upset at them), various event hostings, and all with a view.

    However, no regularly scheculed tours are offered, at least not that are advertised to any significant extent. You have to charter the boat for your small group.

    Trips depart from the Port Orchard Ferry Pier.

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    Sidney Museum

    by glabah Updated May 20, 2010
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    Located on the upstairs floor of the 1908 building that used to serve as the local Masonic Lodge, this little museum is only accessible by first going through the Sidney Art Gallery and then up a steep staircase at the back of the building. The staircase and upper floor are decorated with historic items from the history of this small town.

    Many of the items here are photos from the history of this community. The ones along the south wall are arranged in a timeline so that it is possible to see how the city changed over time. A few of the historical items from the collection are arranged to produce partial scenes from ages past. For example, the articles from the early post office are arranged to produce a partial period post office. The same has been done with the general store articles, doctor's office articles, and school house articles. There are the makings of a full blown historic village here, if there were the finances and space to do it. Unfortunately, that is not available to this little organization in this out of the way town.

    The historic industries of the community took advantage of the local resources: timber (logging reached its climax and has faded away due to tree shortages), artesian water that apparently tasted great when added to beer (the brewery moved away decades ago), boats, and rich clay (the ceramics facility burned down some time ago). Pieces of all these industries are on display here.

    One of the treasures of the museum is a chair from the Washington State governor's mansion. It is one of the few remaining original ballroom chairs made for the mansion sometime around 1909.

    Visits to the museum are free of charge, but there are donation boxes for you to contribute what you feel is fare. Remember this is a non-profit operating with only volunteers and a shoe-string budget.

    Current hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 4, and Sunday 1 to 4.

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    Sidney Art Gallery

    by glabah Updated May 20, 2010
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    Located on the ground floor of one of the area's first Masonic Halls (1908), the art gallery occupies a former storefront space that was leased by the organization that used the upper floor as its meeting hall. Today there are several rooms to the gallery, mostly featuring Port Orchard artists, but some are from slightly further away (but not much).

    One of the items that caught my eye were African-looking works on the wall behind the sales counter. As it turns out, these are the works of a local artist as well. However, they very much appear to be African in origin.

    You will find art works covering everything, from post cards of local scenes to some very eccentric and modern works.

    Upstairs you will find the Sidney Museum, which is covered under a separate tip.

    Current hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 4, and Sunday 1 to 4.

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    So Near (to Seattle), Yet So Far Away

    by jjmmjj57 Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    Lived in Port Orchard a few years--beautiful place! Many naval personnel woking at the Bangor Submarine Base--major nuclear submarine base--or Naval Station Bremerton. Also Puget Sound Naval Shipyard major employer. All the above have interesting tours and museums, if naval/maritime history is your thing.

    Port Orchard has a very small suburb just northeast named Manchester. At the state park--Manchester State Park--there are historic landmarks from when it was a major site for maintaining the mined nets that kept enemy submarines from the naval bases.

    There is ferry service to Port Orchard--the Southworth landing--from a neighborhood named West Seattle, a quick bus ride (#54) from downtown Seattle. There isn't very good access to anything on the Port Orchard side as it's mainly a commuter ferry, but, it's good for a short trip and to get out of Seattle (but still see it from "the other side."

    The actual town of Bremerton is trying to make a come-back. About twenty years ago, it's founder's descendent, Arthur Bremer, sold out and developed a considerably large shopping center north of town. That's all it took for retail and other commerce to leave. The longest of the cross-sound--Puget Sound--ferries' terminus is downtown, so it's kept it more alive than it would have been otherwise.

    The hour long--each way--ferry ride is a beautiful way to get to the Kitsap Peninsula or simply to spend half a day meandering through the waterways of the Westsound. Don't drive on the ferry if you're just going to stay a bit and return to Seattle. It's much cheaper to walk on. Usually there is pretty good cafeteria service on the ferries, but, due to labor disputes, it has been off and on the past few years.

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