The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation has made a game of Gig Harbor.
A Monopoly game, to be precise.
The foundation has been working all summer to connect with Gig Harbor businesses and organizations to put together Gig Harbor-Opoly, a Monopoly game based on organizations and businesses in Gig Harbor.
The game serves as a fundraiser for the foundation and another way to connect the community and highlight some of the unique businesses and organizations that call Gig Harbor home, said Julie Ann Gustanski, president and CEO of the foundation.
“Like many of the things that the foundation does, (the idea) came to us as the result of a volunteer,” Gustanski said. “We tried to have a really good cross representation from more historic Gig Harbor to current Gig Harbor.”
Board spots were available for purchase to showcase names and logos of Gig Harbor businesses and organizations, with all the money going toward the board’s production at a U.S.-based company in Ohio.
The city of Gig Harbor was one of the first organizations to express an interest in participating, sponsoring the game’s community deck and Mayor Jill Guernsey writing an entry message in the game’s booklet.
The other card deck was sponsored by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and several familiar Gig Harbor businesses and organizations appear on the board including Java & Clay, Peninsula Light Company, 7 Seas Brewing and the Harbor History Museum, among many others.
Like many of the things that the foundation does, (the idea) came to us as the result of a volunteer. We tried to have a really good cross representation from more historic Gig Harbor to current Gig Harbor.
Julie Ann Gustanski, president and CEO of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.
The foundation is hoping the board will be available for purchase in early November, either online or from local businesses, Gustanski said.
The foundation’s fundraiser will take place as the game is sold, with businesses and nonprofit organizations purchasing the game from the foundation at set prices, to sell to Gig Harbor game players from $39.99.
Initially, the foundation had planned to have the game made available for viewing at the Third Annual Gig Harbor Cider Swig, set for Saturday (Sept. 24), but production delays forced a change of plans. While Gig Harbor-Opoly may not be available at the Cider Swig, Gustanski promises plenty of family-friendly activities at the event, including the first annual Apple Pie contest.
Awards will be given for first-, second- and third-place finishes based on judging homemade pies on four categories: overall appearance, visual appeal, taste and creativity.
An entry form and further information can be found online at the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s website at gigharborfoundation.org/cider-swig.
Kicking off the Cider Swig will be the Cider Maker’s dinner on Friday (Sept. 23), featuring a six-course meal with ciders and an exclusive cider vessel designed by Open Studio Tour Artist Jordan Meyers.
Because of the popularity of the Cider Swig, Gustanski urges attendees to purchase tickets online ahead of the event, since very few will be available at the gate.