Irrigation Festival, art walks highlight weekend events

The first Irrigation Festival weekend will join art walks, a symphony performances and community plays this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.

• The aqua-themed First Friday Art Walk will celebrate the 129th Irrigation Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at a variety of venues in downtown Sequim.

Maps for the free, self-guided tour of arts venues can be downloaded from

Highlights include:

Barb Falk’s exhibit “The Art of Tranquility” in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Art Gallery at Sequim Museum and Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave.

Peninsula Fiber Artists will display “Small Treasures” in the main gallery at the A. Milligan Art Studio and Gallery, 520 N. Sequim Ave.

Forage Gifts and Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., will host “An Evening with Gianna Andrews.”

Molly White will present “Blossoming Futures: A Garden of Possibilities” at Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St.

Mary Oquendo will sign copies of her book, “A Spirited Life,” at Pacific Mist Books, 122 W. Washington St.

Mahina Hawley will display her photographic art until 7 p.m. at Pacific Pantry, 229 S. Sequim Ave.

• The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra will perform “Ein deutsches Requiem” (“A German Requiem,” in German) by Johannes Brahms at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 301 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles.

The public may also attend the dress rehearsal at 11 a.m.

“A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45” has seven movements and includes parts for a soprano soloist, a baritone soloist, a chorus and the orchestra.

It is Brahms’ longest piece, with most performances lasting 65 to 80 minutes, and, unlike most other classical requiems, it is written in German instead of Latin.

Tickets are $20 to $40 per person for the evening performance and $10 for general admission seating at the dress rehearsal.

Tickets are available online at www.portangeles, by phone at 360-457-5579, at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., or at the door.

• The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will present “Renaissance Psalms, Irish Baroque and Folk: Three Centuries of Folk Song” at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

Admission is a $20 to $30 freewill offering at the door; youths 18 and younger will be admitted free.

Oleg Timofeyev will play renaissance lute and seven-string guitar and Jeffrey Cohan will play renaissance, baroque and eight-keyed flutes.

• The Richard Russell Group will present “One World Music” at 4 p.m. Saturday at Unity Center of Port Townsend, 3918 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend.

Tickets for the world fusion concert are $25 online at https://RRGwith or through Beverly Michaelson at Unity Port Townsend.

Tickets are $30 at the door by cash, check or PayPal.

The Seattle-based ensemble, composed of Richard Russell, Nancy Rumbel, Peter Lawson and Anil Prasad, will be joined by Port Townsend-based Celtic harpist David Michael.

• “The Man with the Plastic Sandwich,” a play in three acts, continues with performances at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 12 in the Gathering Hall at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.

Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students and are on sale online at and at the box office.

• The Port Angeles Community Players’ production of “Rumors” opens with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays and matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 19 at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

Tickets are $18 per person, $9 for students and can be purchased online at www.pacommunityplayers .org or at the box office 30 minutes before each performance.

• Terry Robb is in Jefferson County for two blues guitar performances this weekend. He will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road, Port Townsend.

Tickets for Saturday are $20 per person online at $25 at the door.

He also will perform for Concerts in the Woods at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

Admission to Concerts in the Woods is by a recommended donation of $20.

Dragulous, hosted by Blake McCabe, is onstage at 8 tonight at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., Port Angeles.

Featured performers are Damion Sinister-Heart, Jessica Paradisco, Allie Mirage Paradisco and Javon Love; music will be provided by DJ Purplelicious.

Tickets are $20 per person online at

• “Alight: Solo show by Deborah Maris Lader” opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Aurora Loop Gallery, 971 Aurora Loop, Port Townsend.

Lader’s etchings, lithographs and screenprints will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays through May 26.

• The First Saturday Art Walk will feature artists from Galley 9, Northwind Art and the Port Townsend Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Port Townsend.

Gallery 9 will display the oil painting of Janice Pastor and the silver jewelry of Roberto Costas Ribiero from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Pastor and Ribiero are the featured artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays at Gallery 9, 1012 Water St., throughout May.

“Lush Language” opens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Jeanette Best Gallery, 701 Water St.

The exhibit will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays through June 30.

The show features the work of Isabel Elena Pérez of Quilcene, Tininha Silva and Claire Ragland of Port Townsend and Becca Fuhrman of Seattle.

The Port Townsend Gallery will host a reception for Andrea Guarino-Slemmons and Nancy Pascoe from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The nature photography of Guarino-Slemmons and Pascoe’s sashiko art and handmade bags will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St.

• A closing reception for “Clallam Mosaic Presents Art by Divergent Adults of the Northwest Peninsula” is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., Port Angeles.

Attendees at the free, all-ages, dog-friendly reception can view the art and meet some of the artists and their caregivers.

The Loom Bar will be open and there will be live music.

For more information, call the studio at 360-775-2160 or visit

• Olympic Peninsula HomeConnection will finish its production of “Much Ado About Nothing” with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at San Juan Baptist Church, 1704 Discovery Bay Road, Port Townsend.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $5.

• Jeanne K. Simmons will host “Creativity + Conversation” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson County Historical Society’s Museum of Art and History, 540 Water St., Port Townsend.

Admission to the art discussion series is included with the regular museum admission of $9 per person, $7 for those 65 and older.

• Opening day at the Sequim Bay Yacht Club will include free boat rides and rowing tryouts from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at John Wayne Marina, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Road, Sequim.

The club will offer rides in its Flying Scot sailboat and in members’ power boats; life jackets will be provided and children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Adults may try rowing the club’s training shell out in Sequim Bay after a quick introduction on the rowing machine under the direction of Guy Lawrence, the club’s rowing coach; prospective rowers should wear athletic or water shoes.

There will be a flag ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the marina flagpole followed by the blessing of the fleet and the Last Call for members who died during the past year.

The ceremony will conclude with a concert by bagpiper Eric Evans, who will march to Pitship Point by 3 p.m. to play as members’ decorated boats leave the marina for a parade on Sequim Bay.

The parade can be viewed from Pitship Point, the marina building balcony, from the Mud Bay beach or from your own boat.

For more information, visit

• Las Cafeteras will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Field Arts and Events Hall, 201 W. Front St., Port Angeles.

Tickets are $15 to $45 per person online at www.fieldhallorg.

The Los Angeles-based band is touring to promote its third studio album, “A Night In Nepantla,” which features a fusion of traditional Mexican folk music and electronic dance beats.

• 129th Sequim Irrigation Festival, the state’s longest, continuous-running festival, will return this weekend.

Crazy Callen Weekend is Friday through Sunday with activities mostly in Carrie Blake Community Park, followed by the Grand Finale Weekend May 9-11, including the Grand Parade on May 11.

The first weekend recognizes D.R. “Crazy” Callen and the work he, James R. Grant, H. Hucksford and Captain Thomas Jones did to create the irrigation ditches to bring water from the Dungeness River to farmland.

The first river headgate was lifted on May 1, 1895, and the first festival celebration was held on May 1, 1896.

Find the festival’s full schedule at www.irrigation

• Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Sequim.

• The Chris McCarthy Quintet will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Waterfront Coffee Bar at Field Arts and Events Hall, 201 W. Front St., Port Angeles. No cover charge.

• The North Olympic Mustang and Cougar Club will sponsor a Pony Cruise at 11 a.m. Saturday and Show and Shine at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Cruisers can meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot at Price Ford, 3311 E. U.S. Highway 101, Port Angeles, and depart at 11 a.m. Price Ford will sponsor a barbecue after the cruise.

The car show will be at the Gateway Transit Center, 125 E. Front St., Port Angeles.

Registration for the show begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m.

Admission is $25 per vehicle.

For more information, call 360-540-0361 or visit

• Ken Wiersma will present “Bird Insectivores” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Rainshadow Hall at the Dungeness River Nature Center, 1943 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim.

Wiersma will discuss birds that primarily feed on insects, spiders and invertebrates.

The presentation is part of the Backyard Birding series sponsored by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society.

Admission is by $5 donation; proceeds support the society’s education and bird conservation programs.

• An Appreciation Cookout, by the Vote YES Committee, is set for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101, Quilcene.

The committee wishes to recognize the support for the recent Educational Programs and Operations levy from voters in the Quilcene School District. Hot dogs, chips and lemonade will be served. All are welcome.

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