Sure, there’s shopping, with several holiday markets to choose from. Yet this weekend brings a diversity of musical and artistic activities as well, all over the North Olympic Peninsula.
Here’s a cross-section of options, this week spiced with winter flavor.
• Time Out, a band specializing in music from the great American songbook, Broadway and the blues, appears tonight at Olympic Theatre Arts’ Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.
The 7 p.m. show stars singer Ann Brittain, horn player Ed Donahue, tenor saxophonist Andy Geiger, guitarist Chuck Easton, drummer Pete Harris and bassist Elaine Gardner-Morales.
Tickets are $10 at the theater box office between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today or at www.OlympicTheatre Arts.org.
For information, phone 360-683-7326.
• A “gratitude walk” is open to the public at Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum.
This short stroll, dotted with inspirational messages about the land, waters and creatures of the Pacific Northwest, is free and open noon to 8 p.m. today through Sunday at the farm, 124 Center Road.
• The Community Bowls project and Soup-Share are also happening at Finnriver.
Potters from Millbrook Clayworks, Laughing Gnome Pottery and Center Valley Pottery have laid out ceramic bowls to take home for a donation — $25 is suggested — to support the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Traditional Foods Program and other local food access efforts.
At the same time, the crew in Finnriver’s kitchen is serving free soup to go; everyone is welcome at the farm’s entryway, where the soup share will go on from noon to 8 p.m. today through Sunday.
• The Uptown Pop-up Record Sale and listening party happens today from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Uptown Pub & Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Port Townsend.
Vinyl LP records await during this event for music lovers 21 and older. Details: [email protected].
• The Festival of Trees in Port Angeles includes the gala dinner, tree auction and silent auction — online and in person — today at 5 p.m., the Senior Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Family Days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Family Days has been expanded to offer Santa Claus photos, public viewing of decorated trees and wreaths, musical entertainers and children’s activities; tickets to Family Days are $7 — or free for kids younger than 8.
The festival, at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, is an annual fundraiser for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation.
For tickets and more information, see www.omhf.org/festival-of- trees.
• The Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Strummers will give a concert Sunday at the Festival of Trees.
Holiday songs, traditional carols and contemporary tunes will fill the air from noon to 1 p.m., and the public is welcome to sing along.
• The Nordland Holiday Gift Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old Nordland Church community hall, 7120 Flagler Road on Marrowstone Island.
• Makers Market at Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland Ave., will open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The market features the work of local artisans such as BellCat Productions, Blue Cactus Press, Brass Kimono, Darsie Beck, Drink & Draw PT, Good Dog Pottery, The Masters’ Atelier, Matson Made, Rick Myers, Northwind Art, Sacral Ocean, Tall King Clothing, Tumble and Tide, Urban Sketchers, Winter Texts and Wurm Wares.
For more information, visit www.castleinpt.com.
• The Holiday Faire at the Beach Club, 121 Marina View Drive, Port Ludlow, will be a convergence of jewelry, watercolors, cards, baskets and other art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors also have a chance to contribute to the Port Ludlow Art League scholarship fund by bidding on gift baskets designed for gourmets, pet lovers and those needing to de-stress.
Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Saturday.
More information can be found at www.portludlowart.org.
• “Art Beat Small Business Saturday” brings artistic activities to Sequim from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The “Sequim pARTners” will give pottery and painting demonstrations at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., Sequim, while an Artists Market and Fiber Arts Festival exhibition await at Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave.
For details, see sequimartwalk.com/events/.
The events will be part of Sequim’s Small Business Saturday celebrations, which include a visit from Santa, the lighting of the community tree and a tractor parade.
• The Winter Ice Village, the only ice skating rink on the Peninsula, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks for ice resurfacing through Jan. 3 at 121 E. Front St.
• The Tale Spinners will offer “Moments of Gratitude,” a storytelling event, Saturday afternoon. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and stories will start at 2 p.m. at Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. This event features seasoned performers, but walk-in storytellers from the public are welcome too. Tickets are $10 at the door and at olympictheatrearts.org.
Proceeds from this event will benefit restoration of the theater.
• The Haybarn Harvest Fair features local artisans selling handmade goods from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum.
• The Sequim Elks Lodge has resumed live music on some Sundays including this one. Cool Jam will play rock hits from the 1960s and ’70s at the lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Masks are required upon entry and admission is $10 for lodge members and $12 for the general public. On Dec. 12, the Stardust Big Band is booked for another concert and dance.
Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected] news.com.