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Turkey Trivia
Has Thanksgiving always been celebrated on the same day?
Answer in Turkey Trivia below
  November 2013

Welcome November!   It's all about the feast this month.  We hope you enjoy our turkey trivia below.  And when you are out and about shopping for your feast, pop into one of Gig Harbor's local shops - many have a host of Thanksgiving décor.  Bella Kitchen, Cooks Whimsy and the Beach Basket just to name a few.  All have wonderful items.  Did you know we work hard to include all retail shops on our website - as well as events, indoors and out through the holiday season and beyond?  Visit us 24/7 at  And, by all means, enjoy the season!
Karen Scott                                         Maria Tobin
Marketing Director                           Marketing Assistant
City of Gig Harbor
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The INN at Gig Harbor


Warm and Toasty Fall Package

It's fall again! The weather has begun to change oh-so-slightly, the leaves turn colors, and there's nothing more satisfying than curling up in a comfy bed with a movie to watch. What about a warm pumpkin pie?  Come take advantage of our fall package and we will ensure you a comfy night's stay with us, nuzzled up in a Fireplace suite with a movie and pumpkin pie! Relax and stay in bed we will deliver you Full American breakfast to your room. Special low rate of $145.00 a night + tax. 

Included in Package:

  • Fireplace suite with cozy robes for two.
  • Full American Breakfast delivered to your room the next morning.
  • Homemade pumpkin pie and cider in your room prior to your arrival.
  • A complimentary late check-out of 1pm.
  • A movie of your choice from Red Box we will pick up and have in your room. 
Package is good for two people, subject to availability. Special for the month of November ONLY. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance 253.858.1111 
Veterans Day Ceremony November 11th 
Skansie Brothers Park hosts this event

Join the Boy Scout Troop 282 and Gig Harbor Elks Lodge 2560 as they present their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11 at 11:00am at Skansie Park. A flag ceremony will be performed by the Boy Scouts with US Army Capt. Michael Ratcliffe as a guest speaker.  Also included will be a Boy Scout Honor Guard complete with a 21-gun salute, bagpipes and a flag retirement ceremony. Refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Joann Brown at 253-265-2552.


Girls Night Out Returning November 14th  
Get your goodie bag now!



Shop and dine from noon to nine at over forty downtown businesses.  This year's Girls Night Out has grown and will be better than ever.  Don't miss out, goodie bags are limited and are likely to sell out.  Come down on the 14th for fantastic prizes, special events, new and improved coupon books and restaurant specials all throughout downtown and the Finholm District.  For more information and to get up to the minute details follow Girls Night Out on Facebook here.  

Wear RED to show your participation!


"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" Production November 14th


Join Two Waters Arts Alliance as they present Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre performance of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  The performance is November 14th at 7:30 PM at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 So. Vaughn Rd KP N, Vaughn.  The hope of TWAA is to further childrens' understanding of science fiction and oceanography and the production was made possible through a grant from Pierce County Arts Commission.  In addition, through this grant, TWAA is able to provide artists in local classrooms with supplemental activities and lessons to continue the pre and post-show discussion. For a copy of the curriculum guide email The cost of the production is free. Donations are accepted.

Gobble! Gobble! Turkey Trot is On It's Way 
A great excuse for the extra helping!

  The trot begins at Skansie Brothers Park on Harborview Drive, where you can drop off your cans of food and prepare for the race. Day-of registration starts at 6:30 AM. You will also be able to pay and pick up t-shirts and bib numbers the day of the race (although we encourage everyone to pay ahead of time, to make for a quick and less-chaotic process).

The start of both routes is in front of Skansie Brothers Park. There will be volunteers along the way to guide you. For the latter half of the 10k, follow the light green arrows on the map. For the 5k, you will turn around approximately where the dark green circle is. The end of both routes is back in front of Skansie Brothers Park,  To register and get more info visit 

Gig Harbor's Art Walk This Saturday - Voted One Of The Best by Sunset Magazine!

Each month the First Saturday Art Walk is held in the beautiful historic maritime community of Gig Harbor. November's Art Walk is Saturday, November 2nd from 1 pm to 5 pm. The following participating galleries and businesses will have artists on-site with artist's demonstrations. Pick up a passport at any gallery and visit all galleries to be entered in drawing for $50 gift certificate good at any participating gallery.  Learn more

Heritage Distilling Company Celebrates First Anniversary 

You're invited to attend

Heritage Distilling Company, located at 3207 57th St Ct NW, conveniently across the parking lot from The INN at Gig Harbor, is celebrating their big one year anniversary with the release of their Elk Rider Blended Whiskey (limited number of bottles available). Please join them on November 2nd 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Heritage Distilling Company. Cheers!  More info
November is Full of Exciting Events Going on the Harbor History Museum 


November 21st Tea & Tour- The Harbor History Museum's November Tea & Tour will feature the Scandinavian Heritage of the Gig Harbor Peninsula, presented by museum researcher Liz Frisino.  The presentation will feature photographs from the museum's collection and an in-depth narrative documenting the influence of the Scandinavian immigrants to the peninsula. Tea & Tour begins at 2 pm.  Free to Harbor History Museum members, Admission plus $1 for museum non-members. 
November 22nd and 23rd Traditional Scandinavian/Croatian Open House -The HHM gift shop will host an open house from 11 am-5 pm. The museum gift shop will feature traditional Scandinavian and Croatian items that are specially stocked for the holiday season. Special discounts on holiday gifts and traditional Scandinavian pewter!

November 23rd don't miss a free day at the museum from 10 am-5 pm. Also on that day, from 1-3 pm join in on the birthday celebration of the Midway School, which is 120 years old this year. There will be photo ops with the schoolmarm and schoolmaster, a book about Midway School will debut and be available for purchase, the book's author (she is also one of the Midway schoolmarms), Leann O'Neill will be available to sign the book, and light refreshments will be served.


Special photography exhibition all month long-You'll also have all month long to see HHM's special exhibition- 1987: A Day in the Life of Gig Harbor Photography ExhibitIn April 2014, the time capsules placed in the Gig Harbor lighthouse on the sand spit will be opened!  It will be the 25th anniversary of when the capsules were first placed in the lighthouse, celebrating Gig Harbor's history.  In preparation of the events scheduled for next April, the museum is creating the special exhibit "1987: A Day in the Life of Gig Harbor Photography Exhibit." This exhibit will showcase a variety of photographs taken in 1987 as a fundraiser for the construction of the lighthouse.  These images will show a Gig Harbor that has changed...but also what hasn't changed. 



If you are interested in volunteering for a position, please contact volunteer coordinator, Jill Myers, at or by calling 858-6722, ext. 6.   Details about volunteering opportunities can also be found at
Thanksgiving Weekend around Gig Harbor

Here's a list of the things going on in Gig Harbor over Thanksgiving weekend:


Thanksgiving Dinner


Inn at Gig Harbor's Heritage Restaurant welcomes you to your Thanksgiving meal with them.  Serving between noon - 4pm.  Reservations at 253 858-1111 x101  

Brix 25 open for Thanksgiving Dinner serving al a carte menu and traditional turkey dinner from 1-8 pm. Reservations at (253) 858-6626


Other fun stuff to do...


Inn at Gig Harbor's annual Gingerbread House Silent Auction - Join the fun at this annual event which supports a great cause. Bid on or just come by to view the gingerbread houses at the hotel from November 24th-30th. Open 24 hours. Free.


Thanksgiving Eve at Chapel Hill Church, November 21st at 7pm.


Tides Tavern Black Friday Apparel Sale November 29rd.      


4th Annual Beer Pairing Dinner with 7 Seas Brewing Co and Brix 25 restaurant November 29th. Get your pre-purchased tickets now! Reservations highly recommended. (253) 858-6626

Join Morso in welcoming Hilary Scott, flues, folk and rock artist on Friday, November 23rd at 8pm.  Tickets are $25.


Olalla Valley Vineyard - November 29th - December 24th Thurs-Sun.  Wine tasting with a donation of food for Peninsula FISH.  Also hand-picked Christmas trees and wreaths sales.  Free hot coffee and hot cider.  10 am-7 pm  


 Winterfest 2013

As if we needed another reason to look forward to Thanksgiving, knowing that Winterfest is always Thanksgiving Weekend is just like icing on a cake.  

Escape all the pushing and shoving of the typical Black Friday shopping and head here for a winter wonderland where thousands of holiday shoppers attend Peninsula High School's Winterfest.  

This event is not to be missed as over 200 arts and crafts artists display their handcrafted items and gourmet foods while student groups support this event by selling food to benefit their respective clubs.  The Hall of Wreaths, silent auction, Food Fair and holiday music performed by students are highlights of the event are sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Read more
Holiday Helpers Help Kids in Need

For most of us, the holidays are a time not only to be thankful for the people closest to us and all of our little luxuries we receive, but it is also a time to pay it forward to those less fortunate.  With that, it is our pleasure to share with you a program called Holiday Helpers organized by the Jaycox Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund to provide under privileged children with what could quite possibly be the only chance they have to go Christmas shopping. 

Holiday Helpers connects a member of the Gig Harbor Police Department, Washington State Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff's Department with a local child to go Christmas shopping at our Target store. In addition to a fully-funded Christmas shopping spree,  the children are provided breakfast, a tour of the police department, lunch and a ride back to school in a police car. Read more


Support this amazing program by attending any of the following movies at your local Gig Harbor Galaxy Theatre for only $2 per person:
  • Shrek the Third showing November 9th at 9:30 am featuring
  • An American Tale-Fivel Goes West showing on November 16th at 9:30 am 
  • Madagascar 3 showing on November 30th at 9:30 am 
  • Rudolph & Santa showing on December 7th at 9:30 am 
  • The Polar Express showing on December 14th at 9:30 am

If you can't make it to the movies, but would like to contribute directly

to this generous cause-please contact the Gig Harbor Police Department directly at 253.851.2236.

Rotary Honors Two Students 
Wolfgang Beck named Student of the Month for September 

Gig Harbor Midday Rotary has named Wolfgang Beck as its Student of the Month for September.   Beck is a 4.0 Senior at Gig Harbor High School with a rigorous schedule of Advanced Placement courses. He is a committed runner in both cross country and track, currently 8th in the nation in cross country and finished 2nd in the State Meet last year. He is an accomplished musician, singing in the choir as well.  He composes, directs, manages, and plays trombone in his jazz orchestra, Arletta Sound.  As a freshman, READ MORE.

 Turi Abbott named Student of the Month for October
 Gig Harbor Midday Rotary has named Turi Abbott as its Student of the Month for October.   Abbott is a Senior at Gig Harbor High School with a 3.9 GPA. She competes as a varsity level member of the Debate Team, plays the violin for Orchestra, serves as Secretary of Interact (the high school affiliate of Rotary), and has been a member of the theater stage crew. Having recently returned from a year abroad in Thailand as a Rotary Exchange Student, Abbott lived and learned a culture very different from her own. One lasting impression READ MORE


 Gig Harbor Lions Distribute Dictionaries


On October 21st, the Gig Harbor Lions Club began distributing dictionaries to all of the 512 3rd graders in the six local public elementary schools in Gig Harbor plus Lighthouse Christian Elementary School; by the end of October all of the 3rd graders had received their dictionaries. Long involved with sight and hearing projects, as well as scholarships to graduating high school students and food for needy children, the Gig Harbor Lions Club has recently expanded their community involvement to include diabetes awareness and now the yearly distribution of dictionaries to the most important segment of our community, our children.

Turkey Trivia - I Bet You Never Knew...

Has Thanksgiving always been celebrated on the same day?  No, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared November's LAST Thursday Thanksgiving.  And in 1939 Roosevelt moved the date one week forward.  That move was later vetoed by Congress in 1940 and the date was moved back to the last Thursday in November.
Want some more cool turkey trivia? You got it!

Can domesticated turkeys fly?  No because they are too weak and fat.

What is a baby turkey called?  A Poult.
What did Plymouth Harbor Pilgrims most likely eat for the first Thanksgivng?  Beans and corn.

Wild Turkeys fly up to 55 miles per hour.
What are male turkeys called?  Tom.
Happy Thanksgiving Gig Harbor!

Chew On This! Restaurant News For The Harbor  


 3 for $30 Special at JW Restaurant- Take advantage of their fantastic 3  course dinner w/appetizer, entree and dessert for only $30, every Tuesday & Wednesday until further notice!!  Get the special menu here.  Their full menu will also be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 



Lobster Special at Anthonys Restaurant- 

Tim Ferleman, who is the head of Anthony's Seafood Company, has worked hard to establish strong relationships with fishermen over the past 20+ years to bring the freshest Northwest seafood to all of the restaurants. One of the perks of working so closely with some of the best fishermen, is that we're able to provide a spectacular Lobster tail dinner for just $19.95! Join us at Anthony's Monday through Thursday nights this November! 

Look for these new eateries! 


Taste of Peru-6500 Olympic Drive NW Suite D101-opening at the end of the month


Lunchbox Laboratory is now open-4901 Point Fosdick Drive NW  

More November Events 
FALL INDOOR FARMERS MARKET every Saturday. Read more

At Gig Harbor High School November 2nd.
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GIG HARBOR ART WALK always the first Saturday of each month. Read more

at Chapel Hill Church sponsored by "A Blessing To Serve" November 11th at 2 pm  Read more
FABULOUS FOX ISLAND MARKET November 2nd. Read more

event November 3rd.
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hosted by 7 Seas Brewing November 6-12th.
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GARDEN ROOM HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE November 8-10th. Read more

COOKING WITH GRANDMA at the Gig Harbor Pierce County Library November 9th Read more 


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PIER INTO THE NIGHT with Gig Harbor WildWatch November 16th. Read more

JUBILEE CELEBRATION-50th anniversary of Chapel Hill Church November 17th.
 Read more

AARP SAFE DRIVERS COURSE-Third Wednesday and Thursday of ever month. Read more
AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE CONCERT at Gig Harbor High School November 26th. Read more

SKI SALE at Sample Sale of Gig Harbor Read more
Watch for the 2013 Holiday Events Guide in Gateway Newspaper in early November!!
New Gigs
Innovative Fitness in Harbor Plaza has opened.  Read about it here.
Google Maps spent time in Gig Harbor mapping our town and surrounding area last summer.  Check it out here

Mardie Rees a local sculpture set to unveil her latest larger-than-life piece of a private school founder and his cherished dog in British Columbia, Canada

2013 Gig Harbor Film Fest Winners

Feature Documentary- "Honor Flight-One Last Mission," Dan Hayes & Clay Broga
Documentary Short-"Honor and Sacrifice," Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers
Feature Film-"Redwood Highway," Gary Lundgren
Short Film-"Adonis," David Dibble
Directors' Choice Award
Feature Film- "Cement Suitcase," J. Rick Castaneda
72-Hour Film Competition 18 & Under- Tacticool Operators "The Legend of Donny Disco," Gabe Best Team Leader
19 & Over-Team Suko, "Penny," Nehemia Suko Team Leader 
Congratulations on a job well done!

Looking Ahead - Holiday Events Abound in the Harbor
Mark Your Calendars Now

Be sure and pull your 2013 Holiday Entertainment Guide from the November edition of the Peninsula Gateway!  In it you will find a variety of events and activities for the holidays from November through December 31st.  You can also get the most up-to-date information on the community calendar of events at  Here is just a sampling of the holiday happenings coming your way!

  • Gig Harbor Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival December 7th
  • The Reindeer Games at Rosedale Gardens - All December long
  • 30th Annual Tidefest first weekend in December
  • Living Nativity at Discovery Baptist Church- December 7&8th
  • "Hark the Harbor" community caroling at Skansie Bro Park- December 8th
  • Historic Waterfront presents "Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor"- December 13th-15th
  • 17th annual Harborfest Tour of Homes presented by Altrusa- December 14th
  • Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade- December 14th
  • Santa, Santa Everywhere! and a whole lot more!   
City News


Donkey Dreek Project is complete! Ribbon cutting was held on October 23rd with guest speakers from the City of Gig Harbor, visiting dignitaries and representatives from the Canoe Family - Puyallup Tribe of Indians who performed blessings and songs. Also included was a tour of the Donkey Creek project area.  Stop by and see for yourself today!



JERISICH PARK FACILITY UPGRADE This project is currently being designed. It consists of a new timber float extension at the end of the existing Jerisich Dock to support a new public access vessel pump out system. This work will likely continue into early 2014


2013 ASBESTOS CEMENT WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT- Near completion.  Lines have passed inspection and once all services are connected to the new water main.  Project completion date estimated for early-mid November.

EDDON BOAT PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT The art work is in! The contractor completed the beach improvements, graded the site and placed topsoil. We're excited for the progress to date. This park will remain as a construction site through November to complete the improvements including a view area near the brick house, steps near the dock for 'kayak launch', new sidewalk section in the southeast corner plus new lawn and landscaping throughout the site.  More info


ROSEDALE SIDEWALK PROJECT Now substantially complete, which means there is only minor remaining work to complete the project. Late November the contractor will place a new light pole at the Cushman Trail crossing and new railing throughout the project.

F A B  P H O T O  O F  T H E  M O N T H
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