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Memorial Day weekend highlights centennial

Sun., May 23, 2010

Memorial Day weekend will indeed be memorable with several centennial activities scheduled. Three events sponsored by the centennial committee are in the offing Saturday.

First up are walking tours of the historic areas of Bayview. They will start at the confluence of Main Street and Pier Road, between the Bay Cafe and JD’s Bar. The tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and proceed every half hour through 2p.m.

Featured will be the lime kilns that started industrial Bayview. Then the pioneer marinas that led to today’s more developed waterfront. Three local history buffs, including Linda Hackbarth and Ralph Jones, will lead the tours. Folks interested in joining these tours should report to the tent adjacent to the Bay Cafe.

The first event will be at 10:30 a.m. with the dedication of the new memorial gift sign all can see as they round the corner from Farragut into town. Many private donors paid for this without any funds coming from other organizations or any governmental entity. There are many centennial banners flying above Bayview, but when you pass a business that is flying that flag – with a depiction of the old Bayview Inn/ Wigwam Hotel – it means that this business or person has donated at least $500 toward the centennial celebration which will go on with many events through Labor Day weekend.

Kris Crocker, chief meteorologist for KXLY, will serve as mistress of ceremony for the dedication.

The display was built by David and Teresa Long, owners of Lakeland Co. in Rathdrum. The many donors who made this entry sign possible will be honored at this time.

Winding up the days events will be a family barbecue at the community center from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5; free for children younger than 7. There will be music and a 100th birthday cake.

• Bayview residents and guests can finally sit down to a steak dinner again. Though the Captain’s Wheel remains closed, The Buttonhook re-opened last week as “Rusty’s Buttonhook Inn.”

The difference this year, though, is a lower-priced menu and longer hours. The ’Hook will be open 11 a.m. until at least 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Lunches will reach the menu a little later when the summer people are back.

Kim Gittle, new operator of this historical landmark, said “We are starting out slow and playing it by ear. We will make changes as needed to best serve the community.”

Contact correspondent Herb Huseland at bayviewherb@ Read his blog at http://bayviews.

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