Life is ‘brew’-tiful in the garden | Chamber Corner

By Kim Voetberg | Aug 31, 2016

Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Might we add the Chamber of Commerce’s annual beer garden at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival?

With certainty, we are going to be open for business Sept. 9-11 at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, complete with live music from several local and regional bands, craft brewed Diamond Knot beer, Piccola Wine offerings – and, new this year, a live airing of the Seahawks vs. Dolphins game on Sunday.

On both Friday and Saturday nights, attendees can also enjoy fireworks that will be shot off over the water at dusk (about 8:15 p.m.).

(Blue) Friday night is our kick-off in the beer garden, complete with a team-themed atmosphere. Attendees wearing Seahawks, Mariners, Storm or Sounders gear will have the $5 cover charge waived.

Since military and first responders will be recognized at the festival on Friday, those with military ID may also enter free of charge. Starting at 5 p.m., listen and dance to the tunes of The Blue Waves, IvyLane, The Wingmen, and closer Gold Digger while enjoying a nice glass of DK Lighthouse Lager.

On Saturday, Main Stage music, open to all ages, will begin at noon with Sheri Robert Greimes, Black Jack Kerouac and Positive Rising. Starting at 5 p.m., we’ll resume our live music and beer garden for the 21 and older crowd, with local bands, Kickin’ Dust, The Charlies, and The Machine.

On Sunday, those 21 and older may stop in and relax in the garden, which opens at noon. With sponsorship from Frontier Communications, the chamber will show the Seahawks vs. Dolphins game on a large screen at 1 p.m. Diamond Knot and Piccola Wine will be available for purchase. There will not be a cover charge for attendees.

This year, the chamber added new key sponsors into the beer garden mix, welcoming Staybridge Suites Mukilteo as its stage sponsor.

Windermere Mukilteo stepped in as the Blue Friday sponsor, with Chevrolet of Everett and Silver Cloud Inn taking on the beer and wine cup sponsorships, respectively.

These sponsors, which are all chamber members, provided significant support to this event, not only financially but by having volunteers work in the beer garden.

They exemplify the spirit and philosophy of our chamber, sustaining and working to bolster ways to boost our community’s biggest event.

We, in turn as a chamber, fold that revenue back into programs and services for our business community, and provide valuable scholarships to the Mukilteo School District.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it certainly takes a huge cadre of volunteers to successfully make this beer garden work. With over 25 volunteer slots to fill each day, the chamber relies heavily on community members to ensure that the ebb and flow of this event happens seamlessly.

That said, come join us and relax in the beer garden at this year’s festival. It’s going to be great!

Kim Voetberg is the marketing and communications director for the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 425-347-1456 or write to her at kim@mukilteochamber.org. For more on the Chamber of Commerce, go to www.mukilteochamber.org.

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