1st International Sea and Sky Festival Is This Coming Weekend!

20130401-KiteFly it, skim it, paddle it, volley it and bat it for a weekend of free family fun at the 1st International Sea and Sky Festival of Birch Bay, sponsored by Via Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro and Paddle & Pedal Adventures, Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2013.

Master skimboarding, practice paddleboarding and kayaking, learn kite building and flying, and play volleyball and baseball on the beach in front of Via Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro, 7829 Birch Bay Drive.

“This event rounds out a summer of fun on the beach in Birch Bay,” said Ruth Higgins, who chaired the committee organizing the Sea and Sky Festival. “It complements the Sandcastle Contest in June and Discovery Days, with the parade and ducky derby, in July.”

Saturday, August 17

  • Blot029:00 am: Registration at the event headquarters, 7826 Birch Bay Drive, across from Via;
  • 10:00 am to noon: Kite building classes and practice for children aged 5 to 12 (limit 40), provided by Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2;
  • Skimboarding instruction and exhibition by Jeff Blotsky, skimboard expert.
  • Noon to 3:00 pm: Enjoy lunch at Birch Bay eateries, shop and play while the tide comes in.
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Paddleboard and kayak practice with Paddle & Pedal Adventures.

Sunday, August 18

  • Blot019:00 am: Registration at the event headquarters, 7826 Birch Bay Drive;
  • 9:30 am to 3 pm: Skimboarding and kite flying.
  • 10:00 am to 3 pm: Beach volleyball and baseball.
  • Noon to 3:00 pm: Enjoy lunch at Birch Bay eateries, shop and play while the tide comes in.
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Paddleboard and kayak events.
  • 5:15 pm: Drawing for prizes (must be present to win) at event headquarters.

Participants can bring their own equipment; skimboards and kites are available for purchase; paddleboards and kayaks may be rented.

See BirchBayBuzz.com or the 1st International Sea and Sky Festival Facebook page for details of this noncompetitive weekend of fun. For more information about Birch Bay restaurants and other businesses and activities, contact the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce at BirchBayChamber.com or 360-371-5004.

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