Not too soon to plan: New Year's Eve merriment across Peninsula to ring in 2014

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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A gala by the lake, a burlesque show, Joy in Mudville and even Fred and Ginger are converging on the North Olympic Peninsula this Tuesday night, giving us lots of options for ringing in 2014.

Here's a look at New Year's Eve in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Port Angeles and Sequim

■ Joy in Mudville, the Port Angeles band specializing in Americana, original rock, blues and Celtic flavor, will arrive at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave. on Port Angeles' waterfront, for a no-cover-charge show.

The Mudville four — Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy plus singer and guitarist Kim Trenerry — will play from 8:30 p.m. till 1 a.m. or so, while appetizers and dinner will be served up by Little Devil's Lunchbox from 6 p.m. on; come midnight there will be a champagne toast.

To find out more, call the brewpub at 360-797-1818.

■ Jazz songbird Sarah Shea will sing favorites from the American songbook at Michael's Seafood and Steakhouse, 117 E. First St., Port Angeles, from 10 p.m. to midnight. There's no cover charge to enjoy Shea's music.

■ Club Seven at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101 in Blyn, has Idol Eyez, a rock and pop-hits band supplying the dance music from 9 p.m. till midnight.

There's no cover charge, and party favors are free at this bash for those 21 and older.

For details, phone 360-683-7777.

■ Nourish, the restaurant at 1345 S. Sequim Ave., hosts an “East Meets West” party starting at 6 p.m. with Hawaiian and traditional music by Naki'i and screening of the ball drop in New York City's Times Square at 9 p.m.

There's no charge for the entertainment, but dinner reservations can be made by phoning Nourish at 360-797-1480.

■ The Fourth Street Cats, a local rock 'n' funk outfit, will prowl into Studio Bob, upstairs at 118 E. Front St., Port Angeles.

Tickets to this New Year's Eve bash are $10 in advance at the Next Door gastropub, 113 W. First St., and those who purchase ahead of time will receive champagne for the midnight toast.

“We hope you like to dance,” said guitarist Dmitri Chomica; he and saxophone man Micah Rud, drummer James Reick, bassist Erik Eyestone and keyboardist Curry Winborn will play music infused with blues, jazz and dubstep.

For more about the Studio Bob event, visit the Next Door gastropub Port Angeles page on Facebook or phone 360-504-2613.

■ Krush Ultra Lounge, at Old Olympic Highway and Sequim-Dungeness Way in Sequim, will present “New Year's Evolutions: A Burlesque Adventure” at 9 p.m.

This show, for the 21-and-older crowd, stars local performers Noxious Oxalis, Matty Circus, Rondo Barracuda and Paige Rustles plus dancers from Seattle and beyond, such as Violet DeVille, Marcus DeBoyz, Dahlia Ste. Cyr and Krysta Carson.

An after-party with DJ Dano follows the revue, and tickets are $15 via and 360-797-1081.

■ The Soulshakers, a rock 'n' blues outfit, will return for the annual dinner and dance party at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.

Revelers can either show up at 9 p.m. and pay $10 to dance and shout and have champagne and chocolate merlot torte at midnight.

The other option is a lavish dinner at the Elks, with smoked salmon crepes, flatiron steak and other specialties at 7 p.m.

Tickets for this dinner and dance package are $55, and proceeds will benefit Hilda's Hope for Life, a nonprofit group advocating for young people in Uganda.

“Blues Brothers” sunglasses and party favors will be laid out along with the food and music, said organizer Arlene Blume, who's taking reservations at 360-457-3355.

■ The Lake Crescent Lodge will host a black-tie gala this year replete with dinner and dancing to Seattle's Jazz Unlimited band.

Tickets to the dinner and gala are $125 per person, while there's also a package including dinner for two, an hors d'oeuvres reception, cocktails, a champagne toast, party favors, New Year's Day brunch for two and deluxe Lake Crescent Lodge accommodations for $485 per couple.

For reservations and more details, phone 360-928-3211, ext. 1.

■ “Sidehow: Mutiny on the N9ne” is a steampunk-themed New Year's Eve party at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St.

Drag performer Salmonella Riviere will open the festivities, which have no cover charge, at 8:30 p.m.; then come two shows at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. with dancers and musicians including Lauren Jeffries-Johnson, Robert “Mad Fiddler” Downing, Zubrie Kamau, and Siouxzie Hinton and Kikki Littlefish of PA Cabaret.

Port Townsend

■ The seventh annual First Night celebration, Port Townsend's alcohol-free New Year's Eve community party, will unfold from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.

This family-friendly event highlights local arts and heritage with activities in and around Port Townsend City Hall, 540 Water St.

There will be music at venues including Elevated Ice Cream and the Boiler Room, an art exhibit by Port Townsend High School students, a hands-on history game, movie shorts from the Port Townsend Film Institute, children's games with the Port Townsend High School Interact Club, kids' stories and theater at the Key City Playhouse and a hands-on art project at the Jefferson Community School, among other festivities.

The climax comes at 9 p.m. with fireworks and the raising of local sculptor Thaddeus Jurczynski's lighted anchor at Memorial Field, 550 Washington St.

First Night admission is by donation, with $5 per person or $10 per family suggested; passes are available at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History at City Hall, 540 Water St.

For information, see or phone 360-385-1003.

■ The classic rock 'n' roll and blues band Roxlide is on its way to the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 W. Sims Way.

The quintet from Kingston will get the party started at 9 p.m.; cover charge is $5.

For details, phone the Road House at 360-385-7747.

■ The Rose City Ramblers and Katya Kirsch will dish out the music at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., for a community dance and building-maintenance fundraiser from 8 p.m. till midnight.

Admission is a suggested $12 at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Guests are invited to drop in and say hello or stay and dance all night long.

For more information, see or phone 360-385-3308.

■ Jim Nyby and the F Street Band will stir up New Orleans-style rhythm and blues for a dance party at Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland St.

Tickets are $15 to the New Year's Eve revelry from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

This event is for dancers 21 and older, and only 75 tickets are available, so advance purchase is advised at Crossroads Music, 2100 Lawrence St., Port Townsend.

For dinner reservations, phone Manresa Castle at 360-385-5750; for details about Tuesday night's festivities email

■ The Starlight Room, above the Silverwater Cafe at 237 Taylor St., will have an extra-festive movie on New Year's Eve.

“Top Hat,” the 1935 musical comedy will fill the evening with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' grace and the music of Irving Berlin starting at 10 p.m.; popcorn and post-movie champagne are included in the $25 ticket price.

For details stop by the Rose Theatre at 235 Taylor St., visit or phone 360-385-1089.

Last modified: December 26. 2013 4:01PM
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