Every Year on Father's Day
History & Purpose
Friends of the Manchester Library (FOML), a non-profit group, holds its Annual Salmon Bake in June (on Fathers’ Day) from about 11:30 AM to 3 PM. The event is held in the parking lot of the Manchester Library, at 8067 E. Main Street, Manchester.
The Friends of the Manchester Library (FOML) own and operate the Manchester Library building, partnering with KRL Regional Library (who provide the staff, systems and books), and the Port of Manchester (who lease the land to FOML for $1 a year). FOML funds the maintenance of the building, makes capital improvements, and pays the utilities and insurance.
The "Friends" is funded solely by fund-raising and donations. This year, FOML’s budget to operate and maintain the building along with supporting some special programs is approximately $24,000, all of which comes from these fund-raising activities and donations. The Salmon Bake & Book Sale is the major event, covering about one-third of the budget.
The Manchester Salmon Bake offers a chance for the entire South Kitsap community to come together in support of our Library, located at 8067 E. Main St. The "Friends" realize that the Library is the heart of the Manchester community and strive to provide a comfortable building with beautiful grounds for this important part of our little town.
The menu for the Salmon Bake usually includes open pit barbequed wild salmon, hearty baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread, a beverage of choice, and a cookie. We "Friends" hope to serve 800 dinners this event.
Along with generous donations from many of our local businesses, over 50 neighbors volunteer to make this event a success. Special guest food servers include local politicians, State elected officials, and KRL staff.
The Book Sale, held concurrently, has a great selection of vintage and recent reading material to please any taste, including a variety of children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, special interest and video materials.
Salmon Bake 2014 - photo by Kathy Herrema-Johnson