Cary Bozeman is officially retired and on sabbatical while he figures out his next move, but you’d never know it.
On a recent day at the home he shares in Manette with his wife, Kerri, there is a just-out-of-the-oven, picture-perfect peach pie cooling on the stovetop, ready for that night’s fundraising auction for the Kitsap Humane Society. Bozeman is on the board of directors. It’s just one of the many endeavors — he also serves on several Seattle-area boards and frequently gets asked to consult on various projects — that occupies the time of the former mayor of both Bellevue and Bremerton.
“I’m literally a professional volunteer, and I like it,” he says. “I’ve never taken a sabbatical. It’s pretty cool.”
These days, though, there’s also this: In 2009, after being single for 35 years, Bozeman married Kerri Bumgardner. “I enjoyed being single. I was busy,” he says. “But being happily married is a lot better.”
The couple has known one another for a long time. Cary, who had a 30-year career working for the Boys & Girls Club of King County, once coached Kerri’s brother, who was a pitcher on the club’s baseball team. Fast forward to a decade ago, and Cary found himself playing golf with Kerri and her brother, with whom he’d maintained a friendship. Unfortunately, Kerri was dating someone else (although she admits she’d had “a crush” on Cary for a long time).
More years passed. Kerri, single again, called Bozeman to ask his advice on raising money for a bond. “The rest is history,” she says. That was June. By August, they were married. read more »
Amy Igloi is a well-known figure in the Port Orchard community. For the past seven years, she’s owned and managed Amy’s on the Bay, just steps from the waterfront in Port Orchard.
What are your three favorite places for picnics on the Kitsap Peninsula?
Belfair State Park, Scenic Beach State Park and Manchester State Park.
What do you love most about your No. 1 spot?
It’s peaceful. I love how there is a fresh-water stream that goes into the inlet. It doesn’t get overly crowded.
What is the most important thing (in your opinion) about what makes good picnic food?
It has nothing to do with the food but the great company. How you can tell it was a great picnic is by what you have to clean up and bring back home. If your basket is empty, that’s two thumbs up.
What are some of your picnic food favorites?
I love doing seafood boils. Think crab pot style. I go to the store and pick up a disposable aluminum pan. Grab the seafood, corn, herbs and seafood broth and cook it in the pan. Easy and quick cleanup and no dishes.
What should you never forget to take on a picnic?
I have a picnic basket with my essentials — cutting board, knife, white pepper, garlic salt, blackening seasoning, tongs, lighter, basic utensils, glassware, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, antibacterial soap. When I want to go picnic, it’s usually a spontaneous thing, and I just want to grab my basket and go.
What’s your best picnic story?
Years ago, one of the first few dates I had with a man who made his living as a cook was a trip to the Scenic Beach State Park in Seabeck. When we got to the park, he cooked me a four-course meal with a pocket knife, gongs and an oyster shucker. The first course was oysters on the half shell. read more »