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The sweets will be flowing today

Last year’s Chocolate Fest was a feast for the taste buds. - Courtesy Photo
Last year’s Chocolate Fest was a feast for the taste buds.
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With the weather turning cold, you may find yourself turning to chocolate to warm up or just to boost your mood.

If so, this Saturday’s Chocolate Festival will give you a chance to sample all different kinds of locally-made versions of the decadent dessert.

Sponsored by the Puget Sound Genealogical Society, the event is designed as a fundraiser for the group’s research library and was introduced last year.

“It was such a big success, we decided to do it again,” said PSGS volunteer Dorothy Lindquist, explaining that the idea for the chocolate-centered evening came from a popular event held at a church in her former hometown.

“There’s so many people, they have to hold five sessions to accommodate everyone now,” Lindquist said.

While Port Orchard’s version may not have reached that level yet, Lindquist said there is limited space at LeGarmache, and recommended that people call or write for their tickets as soon as possible. As long as there is room, however, people can still buy tickets at the door.

The entry fee is $15, for which Lindquist said attendees “get to sample chocolates all evening.”

Those chocolates will come from a variety of sources — 18 vendors to be exact — which Lindquist said range from restaurants, caterers and even people who make chocolates in their homes.

While some of the vendors approached her, Lindquist said she found others herself at events like the Port Orchard Farmers Market. For their part, while the vendors will not be selling any items Saturday, they do get to give all participants a taste of their wares.

And for PSGS, Lindquist said the evening will raise the funds necessary to keep their research library open.

“We pay $800 a month in rent here, so fundraisers like this help pay our bills,” she said. “And since we have to have them, we might as well make them fun.”

She said the library — officially the Cindy Shawley Spore Genealogical Research Library — offers books, genealogical journals and microfiche organized by countries and states.

“And there is a whole room for the Northwest states,” Lindquist said.

Membership in the society is $25 a year, and members have free access to the library and the workshops, which offer strategies and advice on researching families.

The society holds monthly meetings, and October’s gathering has a Halloween-like theme, as speaker Sandie Morrison will be discussing “Cemeteries, Ghosts and the Unknown.”

The meeting will be Oct. 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kitsap Transit Room at Gateway Center, 6th and Montgomery in Bremerton.

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