Friends of Ebey's a worthwhile summer cause | Opinion

As summer approaches, there will be many activities to keep the community busy.

Many of these activities will help raise funds for good causes and community support.

Friends of Ebey’s, which took over what was formerly known as Ebey’s Forever Funds, has two events aimed at bringing fun and knowledge and putting funds back into the community.

The annual summer picnic will change venues this year to Fort Casey and mix things up entertainment-wise.

Kyle Waterman, executive director for Friends of Ebey’s, said the event will be held by the artillery line at the fort. Last year, the fort received an Ebey’s Forever grant. The event will showcase preservation work that has been completed.

The event should be a good time with special entertainment this year similar to a USO show.

Tickets for the summer picnic are on sale now. The event is 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

The organization will also host a Farm-to-Table fundraiser 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at Willowood Farm.

Chef Renee Erickson, of The Whale Wins, will prepare a fine dining experience utilizing local ingredients, including Penn Cove mussels, 3 Sisters Beef, and items from Little Brown Farm.

Tickets are on sale now and space is limited for this event.

Proceeds from both events go to support Friends of Ebey’s fundraising endeavors.

The Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve works in conjunction with the reserve’s trust board and the National Park Service to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve and enhance the cultural and natural resources and the visitor experience of the reserve.

This includes fundraising, public outreach and educational activities and building public awareness of the Reserve. The Friends of Ebey’s is the fundraising arm of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

For the past several years, Ebey’s Forever Funds provided grants to owners of historic homes within the reserve to help preserve and maintain the community’s historic integrity.

It’s important for the community to take care of its history and every penny helps. Why not enjoy a meal and show while raising funds for an important cause in the community?

For more information, go to www.friendsofebeys.org

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