Festivals and Events

April 2017

Fitness Class
Tuesdays, April, 2017, 4:00PM-6:00PM
Quilcene Community Center294952 Highway 101.
Have fun and get fit at this dance aerobics and strength training class, led by Leslie Bunton (certified through the American Council on Exercise).  If you are a newcomer, please contact Leslie in advance and arrive about ten minutes early.  For more information, contact Leslie at: 360-765-0164.

Fitness Class
Thursdays, April, 2017, 4:00PM-6:00PM
Quilcene Community Center294952 Highway 101.
Have fun and get fit at this dance aerobics and strength training class, led by Leslie Bunton (certified through the American Council on Exercise).  If you are a newcomer, please contact Leslie in advance and arrive about ten minutes early.  For more information, contact Leslie at: 360-765-0164.

Great Decisions 2017 DiscussionNuclear Security
Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 6:00 PM
Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock
Great Decisions, produced by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), is America’s largest civic discussion program on world affairs. This lecture series will run weekly every Thursday from March 9th – April 27th. Weekly discussion will cover the importance of the topic to Americans, a short video will be shown, and discussion of American policy in the area will be facilitated.

Brinnon VFW Loyalty Day
Friday, April 28th, 2017, 1:00PM
In front of Halfway House Restaurant, Brinnon Lane
Join the community for  a parade and musical performance!

Hama Hama Oyster Rama
Saturday, April 29th, 2017, 12:00PM-6:00PM
Hama Hama Oyster, 35846 Highway 101, Lilliwaup. 
Learn about oysters, oyster farming, and life in the Hood Canal, aquatic and other.  Featuring tours with intertidal ecologists and oyster growers, u-pick oysters and clams, an oyster-sports competition called the Shuckathalon, a beer and wine garden, kid’s activities, live music, a door prize drawing, and various delicious food options. Every year, the Rama benefits local Hood Canal charities.  Tickets required for everybody 16 and up (15 and under are free).  Food, drink, oysters and clams will be available for purchase using $5 tokens.  Tokens can be purchased ahead of time or at the event.  Tickets will go on sale April 1st.

May 2017

Beginners Yoga in Brinnon
Mondays, May, 2017, 7:40AM
Start your morning off with an energizing yoga class at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 Highway 101.  Progressive classes are also available on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:40 AM & Thursdays at 8:00 AM.  Contact the Community Center for more information: 360-796-4350.

Women’s Clinic Open House
Monday, May 1st, 2017, 4:00PM-6:00 PM
Jefferson Healthcare, 834 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend
The new Jefferson Healthcare Women’s Clinic is now open and accepting patients.  Join them for the Women’s Clinic Open House!  Tour the clinic, meet the Women’s Clinic care team, and learn more about services. Enjoy cake and refreshments, along with a cooking demo by Chef Arran Stark.  The first 100 guests will receive a special gift.

Yoga in Quilcene
Tuesdays, April, 2017, 9:30AM
Meet at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 Highway 101, for Yoga in Quilcene!  This class is designed for ALL who would like to explore the art of a Yoga practice.

Raising Backyard Chickens
Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 6:00 PM
Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock
The methods and benefits of raising your own poultry will be covered in this presentation. You can’t get more “Local” than your own backyard. Presented by Master Gardener Judi Stewart, who has been raising poultry in Jefferson County for two decades.

Concerts in the Woods – “March to May
Saturday, May 6th 2017, 7:30PM 
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Seattle based folk-pop group March to May will play as a trio featuring harp, guitar and violin with rich vocal harmonies, haunting lyrics and riveting melodies, in the vein of Swell Season, Damien Rice & the Civil Wars.

Tech Tuesday in Quilcene: How to Download Library eBooks
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, 2:30PM-4:30PM
Quilcene Community Center294952 Highway 101.
Join Jefferson County Library staff on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for a free technology class from 2:30PM-3:30PM, followed by open tech assistance from 3:30PM-4:30PM.  This month, discover various titles of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library. Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read or listen to, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow.

Hama Hama Farm Days
Thursday & Friday, May 11th & 12th, 2017, 11:30AM-1:30PM
Hama Hama Oyster, 35846 Highway 101 in Lilliwaup
U-Pick! Several days each year Hama Hama Oyster opens their beach to harvest by the public. These so-called Farm Days are scheduled around the tides and the seasons. It’s a great chance to spend a little time on the beach, pick some oysters to take home, and learn the difference between a butter clam and a manila. No license required! RSVP for specific event details. Sorry, no dogs and no alcohol.

Seattle Opera Preview: Magic Flute
Friday, May 12th, 2017, 6:30 PM
Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock
Test out your knowledge about books, film, and pop culture during an evening trivia contest while you have some fun, food and cider. Bring friends to form a team or fly solo and we’ll find a team for you. Questions will be drawn from a list of films and books available at the library.

Books on Tap Trivia Contest
Friday, May 12th, 2017, 6:30PM
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum
This fresh style of opera preview offers more than just a lecture – it provides an experience featuring professional singers and an accompanist in an hour-long presentation that takes the audience on a journey through the story and music of the upcoming main stage opera. This spoken and sung presentation introduces us to the story of

Digging for Dinner in Quilcene
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 10:45AM-1:00PM
Quilcene WDFW Tidelands, Linger Longer Road
Learn all about harvesting steamer clams on local beaches from expert WDFW shellfish biologists, then dig for your dinner on the beach with their guidance.   The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and WA Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sponsor this free, family-friendly, fabulous shellfish program.  A $10 suggested donation per family helps support future marine education programs.  Register early. Space is limited.  Registration and event info at http://jeffersonmrc.org.

Hama Hama Farm Days
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 12:00AM-3:00PM
Hama Hama Oyster, 35846 Highway 101 in Lilliwaup
U-Pick! Several days each year Hama Hama Oyster opens their beach to harvest by the public. These so-called Farm Days are scheduled around the tides and the seasons. It’s a great chance to spend a little time on the beach, pick some oysters to take home, and learn the difference between a butter clam and a manila. No license required! RSVP for specific event details. Sorry, no dogs and no alcohol.

Stories from Standing Rock
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 6:30 PM
Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock
Hear stories from local community members: Terry DuBeau, Jennimae Hillyard, Sabrina McQuillen, and Gary Buckman.  All four presenters traveled to Standing Rock this past fall and winter.

Concerts in the Woods – “Brenda Xu
Saturday, May 20th 2017, 7:30PM 
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Ambient/folk artist, Brenda Xu has been a rising presence on the Seattle music scene since moving here from San Diego. Her ethereal voice has been compared to artists such as PJ Harvey, Daughter, and Aimee Mann. Her most recent album “For The Winter” (September 2014) will transport any listener through a range of seasons and emotions.

Quilcene-Brinnon Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 27th, 2017, 9AM – 1PM
Quilcene Masonic Hall170 Herbert Street, Quilcene.
Get ready for the growing season with great finds at this popular, annual fundraising plant sale with a pie sale and raffle!  Japanese Maples, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, native plants, hanging baskets, indoor houseplants, perennials, homemade pies and pastries, and garden items will be for sale.  Proceeds benefit the community in the form of grants.   www.facebook.com/qbgardenclub

ShrimpFest 2017
Saturday, May 27th, 2017, 10AM-6PM
Sunday, May 28th, 2017, 10AM-5PM
Field between Cove RV and the Yelvik Store, 303375 U.S. 101, Brinnon
Emerald Towns Alliance presents the 24th annual ShrimpFest!  Proceeds are donated to community projects.  Live music, local vendors, arts/craft booths, kids’ activities, belt sander races (both days this year!), delicious food, great fun and shrimp! Limited quantities of Hood Canal Shrimp for sale!  Active Military and Veterans FREE with ID; KIDS under 12 FREE with paying adultGate Fee: $5/day.  For more information: shrimpfest@hotmail.com; 360-796-4456; or check out their facebook page.

June 2017

Concerts in the Woods – “Folias Flute and Guitar Duo
Saturday, June 3rd 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
While the majority of their music is concert chamber music they also integrate world, jazz, and tango dance band music into their compositions. The nomadic duo has played on stages around the globe including in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Guinee, West Africa.

Digging for Dinner at Dosewallips
Friday, June 9th, 2017, 9:00AM-11:30PM
Dosewallips State Park, 306996 Highway 101, Brinnon
Learn all about harvesting oysters and a variety of clams at this beach from expert WDFW shellfish biologists, then dig for your dinner on the beach with their guidance.  The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and WA Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sponsor this free, family-friendly, fabulous shellfish program.  A $10 suggested donation per family helps support future marine education programs.  Register early. Space is limited.  Registration and event information at http://jeffersonmrc.org.

Tech Tuesday in Quilcene: Novelist and GoodReads
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, 2:30PM-4:30PM
Quilcene Community Center294952 Highway 101.
Join Jefferson County Library staff on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for a free technology class from 2:30PM-3:30PM, followed by open tech assistance from 3:30PM-4:30PM.  This month, examine two popular and effective tools for avid readers. Learn about Novelist, a library database that holds a wealth of information on authors, series, read-a-likes and more. Then explore GoodReads, the world’s largest website for readers and book recommendations.

Concerts in the Woods – “Fellow Pynins
Saturday, June 17th 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Two experienced songwriters/musicians share their talents on a variety of folk instruments plus some stunning vocal harmonies.

July 2017

Concerts in the Woods – “The Olympic Express Big Band
Saturday, July 1st, 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
This will be an outdoor concert, so bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets.  The Olympic Express repertoire covers the entire collection of the classic top hits from the early 1900’s to the present, including Big Band Swing, Standards, Business Man’s Bounces, Dixieland, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Motown, and Boogie Woogie. They have that unmistakable “big band” sound created by gathering some of the finest players on the Olympic Peninsula.  Don’t miss this huge sound at their new outdoor performance space!

Concerts in the Woods – “Anna Coogan
Friday, July 7th, 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Coogan’s edgy and engaging live performances have been hailed as a “festival highlight” by The Times of London and “glorious” by Glasgow Metro. Boston born and classically trained in Austria, she spent her twenties in Seattle, busking among fishmongers in Pike Place Market before filling larger venues in the region.

Concerts in the Woods – “Joy Mills & Tom Parker duo
Saturday, July 15th, 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Two talented musicians join forces to produce a lively country-flavored repertoire of their original songs.

August 2017

Concerts in the Woods – “Sky in the Road
Saturday, August 5th 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Sky in the Road founding members Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest, both singers and musicians since childhood, met they were providing back-up vocals and instrumentation for another local singer/songwriter. It quickly became apparent that there was magic in this “harmonic convergence” and Dan and Rah, as they are known by their friends, soon became musical partners and eventually life partners.

Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting Gala
Friday, August 11th, 2016, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Linger Longer Stage,  Quilcene Historical Museum, 151 Columbia Street, Quilcene
This elegant local tradition features fine food, gifts, live music, vendors, bulk wine sales.  Proceeds benefit the Quilcene Museum!  Ages 21+ only.

Quilcene Town-Wide Sale
Saturday, August 19th, 2017, 9:00AM
Quilcene Community Center, 294952 Highway 101 & Throughout Town
Find yourself some treasures when the whole community sets up sales tables to offer their well-loved but no-longer-used goods!

Concerts in the Woods – “Michael Stephen Rivers
Saturday, August 19th 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Michael Rivers performs in churches, coffeehouses, and small concert halls around the Pacific Northwest and Midwest United States. Michael studied singing and songwriting at Berklee College of Music and earned a B.M.E. from Valparaiso University. Currently he works as solo performer, a vocal coach, and as the director for the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers.

All County Picnic 2017
Sunday, August 20th 2017, 11:00AM-4:00PM
HJ Carroll Park, HJ Carroll Park Road in Chimacum
Join the community for the 5 year anniversary of the All County Picnic!  Featuring over 50 preparedness-related information booths, live music, food vendors, group games, presenters and demonstrations, kids activities and, yes, free corn on the cob (prepared by Chef Arran Stark). For more information, contact Daviel Milholland: 360-385-0519; daniel@thunderbullproductions.com

September 2017

Concerts in the Woods – “SeaStar
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
SeaStar’s music has been described as both “timeless” and “authentic”. From dusty Americana postcards, to Celtic anthems with hints of bluegrass and old-time, to passionate ballads, and award winning story songs, SeaStar takes their audiences on a musical journey of history and tradition. Fae Wiedenhoeft‘s powerful vocals carry contagious, original, melodies and deliver singable choruses that will keep you singing for hours after their shows.

Concerts in the Woods – “Band of Lovers
Saturday, September 9th 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
With a modern take on folk sound and pop structure, their songs draw inspiration from the stories and landscapes of North America. They’re currently touring and preparing for the release of their upcoming sophomore album, recorded in Woodstock, NY.

2017 Quilcene Fair, Parade & Classic Car Show
Saturday & Sunday, September 16th & 17th, 2017, 9AM-4PM
Quilcene School294715 Highway 101, Quilcene
Local vendors, live music, games, art, crafts, a carnival and more!  Check out the website for more information on the 34th Quilcene Fair and Parade.  There will be free music and dance entertainment.

Concerts in the Woods – “Katie Kuffel
Saturday, September 16th 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle

Katie Kuffel pursued performance and songwriting after being trained in both cello and piano. Her lyrics are steeped in nuance and tackle concepts like femininity, mental health, and the complexity of emotions. Balancing whimsy and self-awareness, playful music and thoughtful lyrics, her alt-pop/blues tone coupled with her strong, rich voice is sure to leave its mark.

October 2017

Concerts in the Woods – “Beth Wood
Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 7:30PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Beth Wood
is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

Concerts in the Woods – “Claudia Nygaard with Moe Dixon”
Saturday, October 15th, 2017, 3:00PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
With a voice as warm and smooth as amber honey and impressive for both its power and intimacy, Claudia Nygaard delivers songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual. And so are the stories in between them. She is a captivating storyteller, with a twinkle in her eye that makes everyone in the audience think she is sharing a secret with them alone. Emotionally fearless, she shares her deepest sorrows with a rare vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit and an outlandish, irreverent sense of humor the next.

November 2017

Concerts in the Woods – “The Rain City Ramblers
Sunday, November 5th, 2017, 3:00PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
A Seattle original Americana string band playing country, roots, bluegrass, and old-time music.  Daniel Ullom – mandolin, lead vocals, Forrest Marrowitz – bass, harmony vocals, James Horbett – guitar, vocals.

Concerts in the Woods – “The Honey Whiskey Trio
Sunday, November 19th, 2017, 3:00PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, all singing in Pacific Standard Time, CSU Long Beach’s award winning vocal jazz ensemble, though at different times. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song.

December 2017

Concerts in the Woods – “Jaspar Lepak
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, 3:00PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songstress whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. A child of the Sonoran Desert, her songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban, and currently Seattle. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.

Concerts in the Woods – “Eric Lambert
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, 3:00PM
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center,  923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle
Eric Lambert impresses audiences with his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, rock, & soul. His authentic sound is an eclectic blend that knows no boundaries.  Eric is well-regarded for his enthusiasm, visible joy, earthy voice, and precision licks.  Renowned as a flatpicking guitarist, Lambert fronted the Henhouse Prowlers band for several years.

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