Join us for a delightful summer evening of delicious food, fine wine and engaging conversation, all set in the midst of the Kingston House Lavender Farm! At our second annual "Summer Soirée," you'll begin the evening with chats at a pre-dinner reception featuring hors d'oeuvres, a lavender sparkling cocktail and private tours of Kingston House, an Anker I. Molver-designed mid-century residence. Afterwards, we'll move to the heart of our fragrant lavender field, where guests will sit on either side of a long line of Olympic Farm Style Events' beautiful handmade farm tables set in the midst of 1,000 blooming lavender plants. A three-course, Pacific Northwest-inspired, family-style dinner with wine pairings will be prepared by the award-winning Chef Sunshine Catering. As the sun sets after a long summer eve, each guest will receive a special gift from the Kingston House line of lavender beauty and personal care products. Tickets are $85 per person and limited to 60 guests. Pick-up available from Kingston ferry terminal. Reserve your seats via Facebook or Eventbrite. Snapshots from our 2017 Soirée:
In 1869, a 16-year-old Virginia native named Luther D. Bushong ran away from home to embark on an epic journey. That wanderlust took him via steamboat to New Orleans, on a cattle drive from Kansas to Idaho, and to a Los Angeles he described as “a little Mexican town of not more, I am sure, than five hundred people.” Before settling in Texas, Bushong, his wife and five children lived in Kitsap County. On November 26, 1891, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer announced that a government land patent for Bushong was available for pick up at the United States Land Office in Seattle. The patent, for 160 acres just west of Appletree Cove, was granted just one year after the aspiring town of Kingston was platted and two years after Washington became a state. Fast forward 70 years when part of the Bushong claim was purchased by Merlin and Louise Knapp. In 1962, they built a nine-room home designed by a celebrated Norwegian-American architect that was valued at a princely sum of $22,500. By then in their late 40s, the Knapps were well-known members of the Kingston community for Merlin’s time in the forest service and real estate. Kinam Sohn purchased the Knapp Estate shortly after Louise’s death in 2003.
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Kingston House Weddings, a Kitsap wedding venue, will kick-off summer with its First Annual Kingston Lavender Festival. The one-day, family-friendly event will feature Emmy® Award-winning local musicians, The Grub Hut food truck, workshops by lavender gurus Susan and Jack Harrington of Labyrinth Hill Lavender, and “u-cut” lavender bundles. The festival will also include a mini-open house for Kingston House Weddings and Events. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Located just five minutes from the Kingston Ferry Terminal in Kitsap County, Kingston House’s park-like grounds are 15 acres of rolling lawns, woods, a large pond, trails and a lavender farm. The farm’s 2,000+ lavender plants represent several popular varieties. “We’re excited to welcome the community to Kingston House and hope the Kingston Lavender Festival will become a popular annual tradition,” says Kinam Sohn, Kingston House’s owner. Come for the lavender, the music, the grub, and the community!