Diane Urbani de la Paz

At a Housing Solutions Network forum last week, Port Townsend City Council hopefuls talked about where and how to provide more housing. From left are four of the six candidates: Cameron Jones, Tyler Vega, Ben Thomas and Libby Wennstrom. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Homelessness, climate change discussed at Port Townsend City Council candidate forum

One race to be narrowed to two following primary election

At a Housing Solutions Network forum last week, Port Townsend City Council hopefuls talked about where and how to provide more housing. From left are four of the six candidates: Cameron Jones, Tyler Vega, Ben Thomas and Libby Wennstrom. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Len Feldman sends flowers to Port Townsend Bay in honor of Brion Toss, the famed rigger, teacher and author who died in June 2020. The smallest boat on the water, a one-fifth scale model of a 1933 Sam Crocker-designed catboat named Katy, was launched during the procession Wednesday morning; it bears Toss’ ashes. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

World-renowned master rigger, teacher mourned

Ashes, on a scale model catboat, now on final journey

Len Feldman sends flowers to Port Townsend Bay in honor of Brion Toss, the famed rigger, teacher and author who died in June 2020. The smallest boat on the water, a one-fifth scale model of a 1933 Sam Crocker-designed catboat named Katy, was launched during the procession Wednesday morning; it bears Toss’ ashes. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Singer Jean Lenke will appear alongside vocalist Sarah Shea in Thursday night's Candlelight Concert, presented online. A portion of proceeds will benefit Olympic Angels. (photo courtesy Jean Lenke)

Candlelight Concert to raise funds for Olympic Angels

“Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love),” “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Wonderful World,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right”: These are a few of… Continue reading

Singer Jean Lenke will appear alongside vocalist Sarah Shea in Thursday night's Candlelight Concert, presented online. A portion of proceeds will benefit Olympic Angels. (photo courtesy Jean Lenke)
Vespertine Boutique's Jaime Jaynes talks with one of her first customers. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Stepping into the light

A quiet revolution is happening in the middle of downtown Port Townsend. I say quiet because the Vespertine Boutique, which has been open 11 days… Continue reading

Vespertine Boutique's Jaime Jaynes talks with one of her first customers. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
A group of friends from Jefferson and Island counties met Monday to play music as they do year-round at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park gazebo. In the foreground is Dianne Boeger; playing Shetland Islands tunes with her, from left, are fiddler Mhaire Merryman, bouzouki and guitar player Donald Terao and English concertina player Len Feldman. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Gazebo quartet

A group of friends from Jefferson and Island counties met Monday to play music as they do year-round at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park gazebo. In… Continue reading

A group of friends from Jefferson and Island counties met Monday to play music as they do year-round at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park gazebo. In the foreground is Dianne Boeger; playing Shetland Islands tunes with her, from left, are fiddler Mhaire Merryman, bouzouki and guitar player Donald Terao and English concertina player Len Feldman. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Tom Skerritt, star of “East of the Mountains,” will be honored during the Port Townsend Film Festival this September. A screening of the new movie is among the festival’s planned in-person events in downtown Port Townsend. (Photo courtesy of Jane Charles, “East of the Mountains”)

September festivals coming back with ‘joyful caution’

Wooden Boat, Film events to return to in-person functions

Tom Skerritt, star of “East of the Mountains,” will be honored during the Port Townsend Film Festival this September. A screening of the new movie is among the festival’s planned in-person events in downtown Port Townsend. (Photo courtesy of Jane Charles, “East of the Mountains”)
Rosaletta Curry, the Jefferson County Library’s early childhood program coordinator, begins story time by pointing out elements of the environment, such as trees. Ellie Long, 4, left, is among the listeners at story time outside the Port Townsend Library last Thursday. Story hours are offered free at libraries across the North Olympic Peninsula. For information, see NOLS.org and PTpubliclibrary.org. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

In-person stories

Rosaletta Curry, the Jefferson County Library’s early childhood program coordinator, begins story time by pointing out elements of the environment, such as trees. Ellie Long,… Continue reading

Rosaletta Curry, the Jefferson County Library’s early childhood program coordinator, begins story time by pointing out elements of the environment, such as trees. Ellie Long, 4, left, is among the listeners at story time outside the Port Townsend Library last Thursday. Story hours are offered free at libraries across the North Olympic Peninsula. For information, see NOLS.org and PTpubliclibrary.org. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Music on the Strait cofounders James Garlick, left, and Richard O’Neill, right, perform with New York City-based pianist Jeremy Denk and Southern California cellist Ani Aznavoorian, center, in the inaugural festival three years ago at Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall. The performers will reunite this August for the 2021 Music on the Strait. (Photo courtesy of Music on the Strait)

Music on the Strait concerts lined up

Less than a month from now, James Garlick and Richard O’Neill’s shared hope will at last be reality. Music on the Strait,… Continue reading

Music on the Strait cofounders James Garlick, left, and Richard O’Neill, right, perform with New York City-based pianist Jeremy Denk and Southern California cellist Ani Aznavoorian, center, in the inaugural festival three years ago at Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall. The performers will reunite this August for the 2021 Music on the Strait. (Photo courtesy of Music on the Strait)
Tyler Myles Vega.

Port Townsend City Council hopefuls list priorities

Position only race in primary election

Tyler Myles Vega.
Novelist and Port Townsend Writers Conference Artistic Director Sam Ligon is among the authors who will give free readings online this week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Authors, poets to provide free readings at Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers Conference

A varied group of authors and poets from Washington state and across the country will give free public readings — and answer… Continue reading

Novelist and Port Townsend Writers Conference Artistic Director Sam Ligon is among the authors who will give free readings online this week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Townsend author Dana Sullivan, who will give a free, all-ages workshop Tuesday, draws inspiration from family members including Bennie the dog. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Graphic novelist to release fourth in ‘Max’ series

Keep writing your stories, says artist, comic book author

Port Townsend author Dana Sullivan, who will give a free, all-ages workshop Tuesday, draws inspiration from family members including Bennie the dog. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
The Rose Theatre in downtown Port Townsend is days away from reopening. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Rose Theatre will reopen after 499 dark nights

MERV 13 filters, space to spread out illustrate impact of pandemic

The Rose Theatre in downtown Port Townsend is days away from reopening. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
On a farm in Quilcene, the free Concerts in the Barn series will present classical music performances this summer, including Seattle Symphony violinist Elisa Barston, left, and her sister Amy Sue Barston, a cellist, on July 31 and Aug. 1. With pianist Jessica Choe joining them, the Barstons will become Trio Hava, performing music of Lily Boulanger, Ludvig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms.   photo courtesy Concerts in the Barn

Series season begins this weekend

Classical music heard indoors, outdoors

On a farm in Quilcene, the free Concerts in the Barn series will present classical music performances this summer, including Seattle Symphony violinist Elisa Barston, left, and her sister Amy Sue Barston, a cellist, on July 31 and Aug. 1. With pianist Jessica Choe joining them, the Barstons will become Trio Hava, performing music of Lily Boulanger, Ludvig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms.   photo courtesy Concerts in the Barn
Housing Solutions Network director Justine Gonzalez-Berg will moderate Saturday’s housing forum at the Cotton Building in Port Townsend. (Photo courtesy of Justine Gonzalez-Berg)

Housing topic of Port Townsend forum

City Council candidates to answer questions

Housing Solutions Network director Justine Gonzalez-Berg will moderate Saturday’s housing forum at the Cotton Building in Port Townsend. (Photo courtesy of Justine Gonzalez-Berg)
Quimper Grange garden volunteer Jo Yount cultivates greens and flowers especially for the clients of the Port Townsend Food Bank. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

The Peddler delivers from garden to food bank

Trips also include groceries to paying subscribers in town

Quimper Grange garden volunteer Jo Yount cultivates greens and flowers especially for the clients of the Port Townsend Food Bank. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Holly Hughes, editor of “The Madrona Project: Voices from the Heart of Cascadia,” visited Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park on Monday. She’s organized two in-person readings from the book in Chimacum and Sequim this month. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

New book gathers writers, artists from Northwest

Women contribute poems, images for ‘Madrona Project’

Holly Hughes, editor of “The Madrona Project: Voices from the Heart of Cascadia,” visited Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park on Monday. She’s organized two in-person readings from the book in Chimacum and Sequim this month. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Swan School staffer April Thompson admires a feelings illustration kept inside Emily Gohn’s classroom, which has become a storage room since Swan went all outdoors. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

During pandemic, school takes learning outside

Heat, winter weather not obstacles for private organization

Swan School staffer April Thompson admires a feelings illustration kept inside Emily Gohn’s classroom, which has become a storage room since Swan went all outdoors. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend City Council candidates’ forum video available online

Voters who missed the July 1 Port Townsend City Council candidates forum — or who want to watch it again — will… Continue reading

Peppino D’Agostino will appear at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center as the Concerts in the Woods resume this Saturday night. (Photo by Jarek Pepkowski)

Concerts in the Woods return to Coyle

Pair of guitarists to appear at music series

Peppino D’Agostino will appear at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center as the Concerts in the Woods resume this Saturday night. (Photo by Jarek Pepkowski)
Historian Nathan Barnett of Olympic Peninsula Steam and Port Townsend Mayor Michelle Sandoval unveil a guide to the new “Hidden History” signs Thursday afternoon at Washington and Taylor streets. Fourteen interpretive signs, each revealing a facet of the city’s past, are being posted around Uptown and downtown Port Townsend. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

New sign series revealed in Port Townsend

Fourteen stops on walking tour from downtown, Uptown

Historian Nathan Barnett of Olympic Peninsula Steam and Port Townsend Mayor Michelle Sandoval unveil a guide to the new “Hidden History” signs Thursday afternoon at Washington and Taylor streets. Fourteen interpretive signs, each revealing a facet of the city’s past, are being posted around Uptown and downtown Port Townsend. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)