Kitsap Forest Theater

Take a walk back in time at the Kitsap Rhododendron Preserve where the Mountaineers Foundation presents two plays each summer on their 460-acre nature conservancy with over 70 acres of old-growth forest.

Come join the adventure as Bend in the Road, the Anne of Green Gables Musical, is brought to life on a unique outdoor stage. Performances will be on Saturdays and Sundays, July 30 – August 21. All performances are at 2 p.m.

The quarter-mile trail to the performance location trans- ports you to a magical place where stories have come to life for the past 90 years. Instead of curtains or lights, there are singing birds and a sun-dappled stage. Giant old- growth firs surround the stage while cedar bark and living moss cover the “wing walls.” Seating is carved out of the side of a natural amphitheater. The trail opens at 1 p.m. It is recommended that you arrive there early, as this is a popular venue. If you are not able to hike the trail to the venue, a mini-bus escorts people via a short drive.

Before or after the performance, you can hike the trail to “Big Tree.” The trail is about half a mile long and starts near the historic Kitsap Cabin, ending at one of the 10 largest Douglas fir trees in the world. The hike takes you on a bridge over Wildcat Creek with views of Hidden Valley, blooming trillium, wild rhododendrons, and many other native trees and plants. Wear walking shoes! There is a wonderful playground with a treehouse and other entice- ments for kids to let off steam after quietly behaving during the performance.

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