Festivals, plays, concerts on Peninsula this weekend

Holiday festivals, plays and music will be offered this weekend on the Peninsula.

• Wintertide Festival of Lights is planned at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1201 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The festival will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. It features live music, fire dancing, lighted art, food and drink and a lantern walk through the sculpture park.

Festival attendees will be guided through the forest paths by 16 lighted art installations that are on display throughout the 5-acre property for the month-long “Nature After Dark” Light Art Experience. Several additional temporary light displays and activity stations will be up for the festival evening only.

Visitors can shop at the Makers Market in the gallery and enjoy heated seating in the courtyard. Noah Smith will play electrical keyboard from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and drinks will be offered for purchase.

For more information or tickets, visit www.pafac.org.

• “What the Dickens?!” continues at Key City Public Theatre at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The play, written by Doug Given with additional material by David H. Schroeder, runs through Dec. 23, on Thursdays through Sundays at the theater at 419 Washington St. in Port Townsend.

Tickets are $15 to $39 for standard seating, $15 to $44 for select seating, $15 to $49 for premium seating and $5 to $59 for pay-what-you-wish.

A block of pay-what-you-wish seats are now available at every main stage show.

For more information, call the box office, 360-385-5278.

• “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” opens at Olympic Theatre Arts with shows at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The “whodunnit murder mystery comedy” runs through Sunday, Dec. 17, at the theater at 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.

Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students and can be purchased at www.olympic theatrearts.org.

• Community Chorus of Port Townsend begins a new season at 7 tonight at the First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St. in Port Townsend, and continues at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 45 Redeemer Way in Chimacum.

Tickets at the door are a suggested $15. Masks are encouraged in both venues.

Singers will present John Rutter’s “Magnificat” along with other songs of the season.

For more information, visit ptchorus.org, call 360-643-3345 or visit the chorus’ Facebook page.

• “Christmas at Pemberly — Georgianna and Kitty” will be presented by the Port Angeles Community Players this weekend.

The play runs Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd. It will run through Dec. 23, with an added Thursday evening show on Dec. 21.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for students; on Tuesday nights, any remaining tickets are $9 at the door. Tickets are available at pacommunity players.org.

The play is set at Christmas 1816, two years after the events at the end of “Pride and Prejudice.”

Poetry reading hosted by Empty Bowl will feature Bill Porter and John Brandi at 4:30 p.m. today.

The free reading is at the Port Townsend Friends Meetinghouse, 1841 Sheridan St.

Brandi will read from his new haiku collection, “The Rain Sweeps Through.”

Porter is an author who also translates Chinese texts under the pen name Red Pine.

For more information, visit www.emptybowl.org.

• Port Angeles Symphony’s Holiday Concert will be presented Saturday.

A public dress rehearsal will be at 10 a.m. and the evening concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave.

Tickets are available at portangelessymphony.org, at Port Book and News in Port Angeles or by contacting the symphony office at 360-457-5579. They will also be sold at the door until the performances sell out.

On this occasion, the 65-member ensemble, with musicians from Sequim, Port Angeles, the West End, Jefferson County and beyond, will offer Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances, Chabrier’s “España” and Strauss’ “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” waltz, along with three distinct settings of holiday songs.

• Port Townsend Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” will be presented Saturday and Sunday.

In its third season, The Nutcracker will be performed at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way in Port Townsend.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for children.

To purchase tickets and for more information, see https://www.porttownsendballet.com/tickets.

• Bring Your Own Blacklight Art Show will be at Studio Bob from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Glow with the Flow will be at the studio at 118½ E. Front St. in Port Angeles.

The free show will be “a neon universe of UV reactive art with interactive projects for the public in an environment lit entirely by black light,” organizers said.

The Loom Bar will be open with special refreshments.

• DJ Jean Bettanny will play music for a variety dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in Brigid’s Loft, 280 Quincy St.

Admission is $10 per person.

• Stardust Big Band will perform for a Holiday Dance from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, Sequim.

Admission is $12 per person, $10 for members.

• The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association will host a jam session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The jam session will be at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 Fifth Ave.

The final hour of the jam session is dedicated to a performance of old time music.

Performers with other acoustic instruments, such as guitars, bases, mandolins, autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers and percussion instruments are welcome to attend.

The jam session is free, although donations to support the district’s scholarship program are welcome.

Book sale hosted by Friends of the Sequim Library will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The sale is in the Friends’ storefront location in Rock Plaza, 10175 Old Olympic Highway.

The sale features new books suitable for holiday gifts including titles on Christmas, Native American law, hiking, fishing, railroads and military subjects.

Geology lecture over Zoom will feature David Brownell presenting “Drainage Evolution of the Dungeness River” at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Brownell will address a meeting of the Quimper Geological Society.

Brownell will discuss the paleochannels of the Dungeness River and an environmental and anthropological framework to clarify the history of the river since the last ice age.

Brownell is the executive director of the North Olympic History Center.

For more information or a Zoom link for the lecture, visit www.quimpergeology.org.

• Winter’s Return will present “A Celebration in Music” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The holiday concert will be at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St.

The group features Felicia Dale, hurdy-gurdy, tinwhistle and violin; William Pint, guitar, octave mandolin and cittern; Tania Opland, violin, hammered dulcimer, recorder and hurdy-gurdy; and Mike Freeman, guitar and percussion.

The quartet will perform seasonal songs from around the world on an array of exotic instruments.

Tickets are $20 per person and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.quimpergrange.com or www.opland- freeman.com/wintersreturn.

Contra dance will be called by Elisabeth Monica at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The dance is at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles.

Music will be provided by Contraband featuring Joey Gish, Chandra Johnson, David Rivers and Wil Jevne.

A free dance lesson will be offered at 7 p.m.

Requested donation is $10 per person, $5 for youths younger than 18.

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