SUNDAY: Tides topic of Clemente lecture in Port Townsend today

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Seafarer Jonathan White's “Tides: The Ocean's Dance with the Moon” is the next program in the Clemente Eclectic Lecture Series at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St.

Tickets are $15 from the Key City Public Theatre box office at 360-385-KCPT (5278) or via

Remaining seats will be sold at the door Sunday, while students and graduates of the Jefferson Clemente Course will be admitted free on a first-come, first-served basis.

A student of the ocean for some two decades now, White will take his audience on a quest around the world. His presentation will travel from Canada's Bay of Fundy to the Qiantang River in China, letting viewers experience the tides in all their power and romance.

Sailor's interest

“I got interested in the tides because, as a sailor, I've gone aground more times than I care to count,” White has said.

“After I nearly lost my boat in a severe gale and extreme tide in Alaska, I figured it was time to learn more about this phenomenon.

“I knew the moon had something to do with it, but what? How? As I studied, I found surprising levels of complexity, mystery and poetry,” he continued.

Also an author and conservationist, White published Talking on the Water, a 1994 collection of conversations with writers and scientists such as Gary Snyder and Peter Matthiessen about humans' relationship with the rest of nature.

Lela Hilton, director of the Jefferson Clemente Course, puts together the Clemente Eclectic Lecture Series as a fund- and awareness-raiser for the course, which offers college-level humanities classes for low-income Jefferson County residents.

To learn more, contact Hilton at 360-732-0007 or


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

Last modified: May 17. 2014 9:28PM
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