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Delilah wants to give downtown Port Orchard a second coat
After more than a little adversity last year when radio talk show host Delilah Rene decided to give the downtown businesses a fresh coat of paint, one would think she’d be a little gun-shy about giving it another shot.
“Yes, there were a lot of unkind things said last year,” Delilah said, “but as it turned out, over 500 volunteers came during the three days we painted and it turned out to be one of the most spectacular days of my life.
“To see everyone work together,” she said, “and to see the town transformed was absolutely wonderful.”
Known simply as Delilah to her syndicated radio audience of 8 million, the South Kitsap resident has been relentless in her quest to spruce up downtown Port Orchard, starting last year with her “Paint the Town” campaign.
Now Delilah is looking to repeat the community event with a “Paint the Town, Too”.
“Before we make it final, we have to hear from the city if they are going to be able to close Bay Street for the day on that Sunday,” she said. “I can’t get an insurance binder if they don’t, and it’s not safe to have lifts on the street with traffic. If we can do that, we will have “Paint the Town” on the weekend of Aug. 14 and 15.”
Delilah explained, “We will paint the fronts of buildings that were left out last year as we were unable to reach some of the owners and their feelings were hurt. The big blue building with the antique store downstairs and Wysteria Lane upstairs was not included because we couldn’t find the owners. Now that the issue is resolved, we can get it spiffied up.”
Delilah has confirmed that the colors will be the same as last year to match the existing paint.
“Last year, Scott Mclendon donated thousands and thousands of dollars of paint and supplies, plus he had a huge team of volunteers,” Delilah added. “We’re hoping they turn out again this year to help. The Home Depot has also said they will donate some supplies.”
The effort will also include a general clean-up.
“I hired a young man named Derrik who volunteered his time last year at the event,” she said. “He sweeps the streets every single weekday, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a single piece of trash or a beer bottle on the streets. He also waters plants and washes off dust from the thousands of cars that pass through and dirty up the streets so downtown looks great.
“Now we want the backside to look as beautiful and inviting when boaters arrive at out marina,” Delilah said. “We have one of the prettiest marinas on the west coast — the landscaping is gorgeous and the docks are lovely.”
Young people are encouraged to come out and help pull weeds, scrape old paint, paint trim — and eat hot dogs.
“We need artists who will help us refurbish the murals and create a few more,” Delilah said. “We want to showcase the talented artists who live in Kitsap County. This is their chance to display their talent.”
The event is in need of many volunteers to come out and show support for the community.
“We have a great lineup of fun things to do after the painting is complete, including a talent show and jump house,” Delilah said. “Lets make the town look as fabulous as we can and encourage boaters to come and play and shop.”