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Cedar Cove Days gets new grants

The sponsors of a local festival celebrating the books of local author Debbie Macomber have raised more than $39,000 in grants and donations to support the summer event.

Cedar Cove Days will take place from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30 in Port Orchard and other locations.

“We are so pleased with the way things are going,” said Port Orchard City Councilor Jerry Childs, who is one of the organizers. “We have this economic downturn that is turning everyone pale, but are getting a lot of positive reaction and are still selling tickets.”

Cedar Cove Days Executive Director Cindy Lucarelli said that organizers have needed to scale back certain events due to slower sales than expected but that “we can roll them out again if there is enough interest.”

The main event is an Argosy Cruise that leaves Port Orchard and sails to Kianu Lodge in Suquamish for a gourmet dinner. As part of the deal Macomber herself will visit participants’ tables with souvenir gifts.

The latest financial influx comes from four sources: The Washington State Tourism Office, $20,600; Port Orchard Lodging Tax, $15,000; Kitsap Bank, $2,500 and the Suquamish Tribe, $1,000.

Lucarelli said the tourism grant was one of only ten awarded statewide this year.

“We are particularly pleased that the tourism committee was enthusiastic and generous in their support for Cedar Cove Days and the model it sets for other communities,” she said.

This model involves the recruitment of local nonprofit organizations to contribute labor and services, with the eventual promise of a cut of the proceeds. So far, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Rotary, the Soroptomists and Lion’s Clubs are among the participants.

Another part of the model is to use volunteer labor for many of the functions. To this end, organizers are holding a volunteer recruitment event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Port Orchard City Hall Council Chambers.

“This event is putting our little town on the map,” Lucarelli said. “And the volunteers will light the pages.”

For more information call (360) 801-4311 or write cedarcovedays@aol.com.

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