From BCB…

Looking for something special to do this holiday season? Listen here as Erin Jennings, Communications & Outreach Coordinator at the Bloedel Reserve, tells BCB host Channie Peters all about the Reserve’s Holiday Village, a magical transformation of the Reserve’s iconic Visitor’s Center.

Created out of re-purposed materials by longtime Bainbridge resident and Bloedel volunteer Dwight Shappell, the village is spread out over several rooms of the center, which once served as home for the Bloedel family. The village’s pint-sized palaces,electric trains, natural surroundings and intricately designed, hand-crafted miniatures are sure to astound both the young and young-at-heart.

Bloedel Reserve is beautiful in all seasons, of course, but in the glow of winter light, the walk from the parking area to the Visitor’s Center takes on a particularly magical quality — it’s definitely worth the trip!

The Holiday Village will be open from December 12 to January 3, 2016; on December 12th, opening day for the village, children 12 and younger will enjoy free admission to the Reserve. After the 12th, the cost to visit is included in your admission charge for the Reserve.  Hours continue to be 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays).  

Bloedel Reserve is located at 7571 NE Dolphin Drive.  More information and a map may be found at

Credits: BCB host: Channie Peters; audio editor: Tim Bird; BCB social media publisher: Diane Walker.