Tucked back in a corner of NE Tacoma, the community of Browns Point doesn’t usually draw much outside attention.
But this quiet and friendly community opened its arms to hundreds of visitors on August 4-5, 2018 when they hosted the traditional Browns Point Salmon Bake, now running consecutively for 72 years!
Not Just About Fish
Run by local volunteers and put on by the Browns Point Improvement Club, this event is perfect for… well, pretty much anyone.
It’s got games for the kids, a beachfront park overlooking the Salish Sea and Olympic Mountains, local artists, beautiful weather, a historical lighthouse, live music, a beer garden for the adults and rows upon rows of alder-smoked salmon dinners.
It’s pretty much the perfect summer event, unless you don’t like fish. And even then, you’ve got other options like clam chowder or burgers.
But really, you’d need a great reason NOT to try this fresh salmon… the smoke from the alder fires swirls through the whole park, enticing you to join the long line extending into the parking lot.
But the wait is worthwhile. Not only is the salmon delicious, but all proceeds from the event are used to support local businesses, primarily to continue the efforts of the Brown’s Point Improvement Club.
A Community Event
And if none of the above sounds like it’s worth jumping in your car and traveling in the hot sun to some park in the corner of Tacoma, here’s one parting pitch: How about coming to witness a neighborhood joining together to eat great food, enjoy a summer weekend and show hospitality to their neighbors?
Probably the best thing about the event is stepping back and watching this community band together to put on a great meal for old friends, and invite in guests from outside their neighborhood so they can make new friends.
These open-hearted neighbors start planning months in advance and setup for the event takes a lot of hard work, beginning a week before the event. But during that time, neighbors are reconnecting, relationships re-forming and the community is re-solidifying.
It’s an encouraging example of good old fashioned friendliness and neighborly kindness in time when we can increasingly feel isolated and cynical.
If nothing else, what if you looked at this event and took the best parts of it back to your community? Throw a block party, get to know your neighbor three doors down, invite someone new over for dinner.
Just a thought…