WEEKEND: An array of fun events on North Olympic Peninsula

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EDITOR'S NOTE — "Today" is Friday (July 5).

SIPPING CIDER IN in Port Townsend or enjoying strawberry shortcake at the Port Angeles Farmers Market are among the activities on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

For more information about arts and entertainment, including movie listings and nightlife, consult Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment guide, in the Friday/Saturday print edition now on sale at 200 locations in Jefferson and Clallam counties.

Port Townsend

Celebrate ciders

PORT TOWNSEND —The third annual Summer Cider Day will celebrate Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders Saturday.

The Northwest Cider Association-sponsored event will be held at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival will feature 17 cider makers from the Pacific Northwest, including Jefferson County's own Alpenfire, Eaglemount and Finnriver.

It will offer at least 50 different varieties of hard cider, including a few created by cidermakers from other regions of the U.S.

The event will feature live music by Matt Sircely.

Ticket prices are $25 per person or $20 for Northwest Cider Association members and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/380000.

Each ticket provides 10 tasting tickets and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass.

Entry is free for youths 16 and younger.

Ticket prices for those younger than 21 or for designated drivers are $5 at the door.

Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event, and a cider shop will be on the premises.

For more information, visit nwcider.com.

Fiddle Tunes

PORT TOWNSEND — The 36th annual Festival of American Fiddle Tunes is on now at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way.

Today at noon, the Free Fridays at the Fort concert has Marley's Ghost band on the Nora Porter Commons. The hour-long show is free.

Tonight, the Cajun and Creole Dance, with Cedric Watson, Desiree Champagne, Edward Pouliard and many others takes over Littlefield Green at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and free for those 18 and younger.

Saturday's Fiddle Finale fills the Fort's McCurdy Pavilion with six acts including Vivian and Phil Williams, Bobby Taylor and Kim Johnson, Don and Cindy Roy and Los Jilguerillos del Huerto. Tickets to the 1:30 p.m. show are $20 to $25 for adults and free for those 18 and younger.

For details, see www.Centrum.org or phone 800-746-1982.

Museum activities

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Historical Society will offer free admission to its facilities to Jefferson County residents on Saturday.

The historical society, which operates the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, the Commanding Officer's Quarters and the Rothschild House Museum, offers fee-free days to county residents the first Saturday of each month.

The Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St., also will host “Family Fun” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This week's theme is art and architecture, and the museum will feature take-home crafts, collaborative games and hands-on artifact exploration.

The museum will offer free admission to patrons during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Scapes: 1867-1992,” featuring landscapes, seascapes and townscapes from the Jefferson County Historical Society Collection will close July 14 and “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression” will close Sunday.

New locations

PORT TOWNSEND — The Red Raven Gallery and The Candle Store will celebrate opening in new locations Saturday.

Both have moved to 211 Taylor St., in the lower level of the Mount Baker Block Building at Water and Taylor streets, an area once occupied by the Undertown.

The Red Raven is in Suite B2 and the Candle Store is in Suite B3.

The Candle Store was formerly at 921 Washington St., and the Red Raven was at 922 Water St.


Hot dog contest

QUILCENE — The Plaid Pepper, 294963 U.S. Highway 101, will hold its first-ever Hot Dog Eating Contest at noon Saturday.

Prizes of $100 and $50 will be available to the first two people to eat 20 hot dogs in a maximum of 10 minutes.

Contestants must eat both hot dog and bun, and dunking may not exceed 5 seconds.

Entry is $5 per person, and RSVPs can be made to 360-301-3244 or theplaidpepper@yahoo.com.


Artists' receptions

SEQUIM — The Gallery at the Fifth Avenue, 500 W. Hendrickson Road, willhost a reception for the North Olympic Watercolorists group from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

This month the Gallery at the Fifth Avenue, 500 W. Hendrickson Road, features artwork from the that group.

Artist and photographer Jan Kepley is the featured artist for July at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave.

A reception will be held in the second-floor Lavender Room from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Port Angeles

Basecamp series

PORT ANGELES — Downtown art will be the topic of a Basecamp Adventure Talk tonight.

The series is offered at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday through July 26.

Charles Smith, chair of the Port Angeles Downtown Association's Art on the Town committee, will present “Art on the Town.”

The hotel launched the series of free talks to showcase the many outdoor activities and locations that can be explored on the Olympic Peninsula throughout the summer.

Talks will touch on many of the various adventure options available to travelers visiting the Peninsula.

Speakers will include ecologists, tour guides, storytellers, filmmakers, historians, anglers and mountaineers.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and Happy Hour “Basecamp” drink specials will be offered.

The upcoming schedule is:

■   Meredith Parker, general manager of the Makah Cultural and Research Museum, will present “Ozette Dig and Makah Museum” on July 12.

■   Chris Gutmacher and Andy Stevenson, co-presidents of the Peninsula Trails Coalition, will discuss “The Olympic Discovery Trail” on July 19.

■   Kathy Monds, Clallam County Historical Society director, will speak on a to-be-determined topic July 26.

Strawberry shortcake

PORT ANGELES — A strawberry shortcake fundraiser to benefit the Port Angeles Farmers Market is planned for this Saturday.

Nash's Organic Produce will provide berries with handmade short cakes and real whipped cream at the market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday in The Gateway pavilion at Front and Lincoln streets.

“Strawberries are the first berry of the summer, and this year's crop of Nash's organic berries is extra sweet and delicious,” said market manager Cynthia Warne.

“The strawberry season is a relatively short one, so people who love this special summer fruit should come on out and enjoy them while they last.”

Strawberry shortcake will sell for $5 per serving while supplies last.

For more information, phone Warne at 360-460-0361.

Council at market

PORT ANGELES — Two members of the Port Angeles City Council will staff a table at the Port Angeles Farmers Market on Saturday.

Port Angeles Deputy Mayor Brad Collins and Councilwoman Sissi Bruch will be available to hear comments and answer questions from the public from 10 a.m. to noon at the market in The Gateway pavilion at Front and Lincoln streets.

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Council members have a table at the market on the first Saturday of each month.

The tentative upcoming schedule is:

■   Aug. 3 — Councilmen Pat Downie and Dan DiGuilio and Bruch.

■   Sept. 7 — Mayor Cherie Kidd and Di Guilio.

■   Oct. 5 — Kidd and Downie.

■   Nov. 2 — Collins.

New to genealogy?

PORT ANGELES — A basic introduction to genealogy class will be presented by the Clallam County Genealogical Society today.

The class will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the society's research center, 502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

It will serve as the first in a series to help researchers get started with genealogy.

The class will be free to members of the society or anyone who joins at that time.

A donation of $10 will be requested to cover the cost of materials for non-members.

To register, phone 360-417-5000 Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email ccgs@olypen.com.

Softball car wash

PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic 10 and Under Softball team is hosting a car wash and bake sale at the Chevron station across from Swain's General Store at 601 E. First St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Team members also will sell Papa Murphy gift cards for $10.

The team is raising funds to travel to the Washington State Babe Ruth Tournament in Othello.

Immigration group

PORT ANGELES — The Stop the Checkpoints group will discuss the U.S. Senate's passage of an immigration-reform bill and other immigration-related topics at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The talk will be in the lower-level meeting room at the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St.

For more information, phone 360-808-3196 or visit www.stopthecheckpoints.com.

West End

Salon hosts party

CLALLAM BAY — Thu's Salon will host a customer appreciation party at the Three Sisters of Clallam Art Gallery, 16590 state Highway 112, at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The event is open to the public.

Refreshments will be provided.

Last modified: July 04. 2013 10:03PM
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