Kitsap Bank planning birthday bash

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, Kitsap Bank will host a series of events in downtown Port Orchard beginning Aug. 8.

The celebration will continue throughout the weekend.

While the celebration is temporary, it will leave a permanent reminder. The bank has constructed a small sitting area next to the waterfront, containing a bench, large bonsai tree and rock sculptures.

A commemorative plaque and a flagpole will also be added.

The Navy Band Northwest will kick off the day at 10 a.m. with a collection of classic patriotic pieces.

The centennial ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., with the formal dedication of the park.

In addition to bank executives, Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola and Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman will speak, along with the Kitsap County commissioners and Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed.

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks was invited but had not accepted as of Thursday afternoon.

After the ceremony, the Dick Coolen Band will perform as a backdrop to a community barbecue, complete with free hot dogs and root beer floats. Following this, the Joey James Dean Band, a local rock-and-roll band, will also play.

The celebration will continue into the weekend, as Kitsap Bank sponsors the “Rock Around the Block” Street Dance in Port Orchard at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 and a full day of entertainment on Aug. 10.

This is scheduled to include the Saints Car Cruz at Kitsap Bank’s main branch, the Festival by the Bay, and Sidney Museum’s centennial celebration.

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