About this time of year we all start yearning to be outside.
The sun begins to show its face. The temperatures push above 50 degrees. And the water beckons for activity. It just so happens that on April 2 and 3, Gig Harbor will welcome back the Paddlers Cup for the annual event featuring competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, outrigger canoes, dragon boats and stand up paddle boards (SUPs), all benefiting the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team.
The outstanding Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team is the host for this event, and also 2015 USA canoe & kayak championship-winning team, a significant accomplishment for this team of local young men and women. The Paddlers Cup will feature races in the harbor that range from novice to expert, and will give you a chance to see these athletes up close and personal. Booths will line Skansie Brothers Park throughout the two-day event as well. Be sure to visit the vendors, who are featuring the industry’s top water-sport manufacturers, clubs, retailers, nonprofit organizations and more.
“We think the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup is an opportunity for our community to come down and see some future Olympians while they are still in their development stages,” says former GHCKRT coach Alan Anderson.
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On Sunday, April 3, you can brave the turbulent waters of the Tacoma Narrows as you compete in the Paddlers Cup Cross Narrows Challenge. If that’s not quite your style then check out the newly added Dragon Boat races taking place inside the harbor. Form a team of 12, and sign up. It is a rare team-building opportunity!
Other fun things to do on this kickoff weekend of spring include checking out JW’s delicious food offerings being served at the Gig Harbor Trolley, get a rare sneak peek inside the trolley, or take a gondola ride, provided by Gig Harbor Gondola.
Taylor Shellfish will once again be serving their geoduck chowder. A $5 donation will get you a bowl!
Best thing is, you don’t have to be on a team to participate! Online registration is now open. Come be a part of this event and take advantage of the beautiful and unique setting that Gig Harbor provides as host to this event. Learn more and register at www.gigharborpaddlerscup.com.
Looking further out on the calendar, the city of Gig Harbor is excited to announce its 2016 concert lineup for Summer Sounds at Skansie. Mark your calendar for those favorite bands you don’t want to miss. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Harbor Hill and CHI Franciscan Health, we are able to bring you this summer entertainment. Check out the lineup:
▪ June 28: The New Senate Band featuring Nick Drummond, a songwriter and guitarist.
▪ July 5: The 133rd Army Band, featuring a rare mix of both military and artistic abilities.
▪ July 12: Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra, performing Jazz to Rock Big Band.
▪ July 19: The Beatniks, Gig Harbor’s favorite rock ’n’ roll band.
▪ July 26: Ruthie Craft and the Giants. Jazzy, groovy, soulful shenanigans.
▪ Aug. 2: The David Correa Group, performing Latin Guitar Flamenco Fusion.
▪ Aug. 9: The Olson Bros. Covers, songwriter and lively Country.
▪ Aug. 16: Sounds Like Dolores, performing 1980s, 90s, contemporary rock and a little Country.
See you around, in the sunshine!