A spontaneous musical jam session broke out at The Food Co-op in Port Townsend on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of international Make Music Day on Thursday. It will be celebrated in 25 venues across the city. (Jeannie McMacken/Peninsula Daily News)

A spontaneous musical jam session broke out at The Food Co-op in Port Townsend on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of international Make Music Day on Thursday. It will be celebrated in 25 venues across the city. (Jeannie McMacken/Peninsula Daily News)

Make Music Day in Port Townsend to mark beginning of summer

PORT TOWNSEND — The community in and around Port Townsend will mark the first day of summer Thursday with making music community-wide during Make Music Day.

The free-for-all will be a day of celebration, participation and performances at venues throughout Port Townsend, according to organizers.

Everyone from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument or sung out loud are invited to participate, learn, listen and make music together. Musicians are invited to perform, lead a song, drum, or jam circle or meet-up, share skills in music instruction, or teach a workshop of music.

Scheduled events will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 10 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Pop-ups might happen at any time, anywhere. There are 25 venues and 75 artists so far.

Hosts who have an outdoor or indoor venue — traditional or impromptu — where they’d like to offer music may post their venue, house concert, front porch, backyard or retail store location on the Make Music Day-PT “matchmaking” site, listing the times and place they’d like to host music.

To sign up to perform, teach or host, go to https://matchpt.makemusicday.org, create a login, and follow links to sign up as a performer or venue (or both).

Prospective participants also are invited to contact Make Music Day PT organizers at [email protected] or call 360-385-1160.

Volunteers and behind-the-scenes supporters are invited to assist Songwriting Works team with community outreach, transportation escort planning and other needs. To volunteer or support Make Music Day with donations of funds, space, skills or musical instruments, contact Judith-Kate Friedman at [email protected] or call 360-385-1160.

Make Music Day PT is the only event of its kind on the Olympic Peninsula and one of 800 Make Music celebrations happening in 120 countries world wide Thursday, organizers said.

Port Townsend Mayor Deborah Stinson proclaimed Thursday as Make Music Day in Port Townsend through a proclamation read at the City Council Meeting Monday night.

In addition to music, there will be free instrument and music book giveaways courtesy of Hohner, Alfred Music and other National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members and partners.

The preliminary schedule, created June 8, is subject to change, organizers said. More venues and musical experiences will be added to the list, they said.

“From front porches and backyards, to retail storefronts, concert halls, and parks. Music everywhere,” according to the website at http://www.makemusicday.org/porttownsend/.

More in Entertainment

Bulgarian-born pianist Anna Petrova, rehearsing with the Port Angeles Symphony the last time she came to the North Olympic Peninsula, will return to open the orchestra’s new season Nov. 6. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Symphony season tickets on sale

Five concerts planned, fall through spring

Twyla Sampaco's photograph "Homesick for a Feeling" is one of the works in the "Chasing Shadows" exhibition at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. (Photo by Twyla Sampaco)
Storytelling, art, orcas all featured in events this weekend

Three days of storytelling, a fundraising art sale and a talk that… Continue reading

Beth Horner, a National Storytelling Network Oracle Award winner, will teach a master class and give livestreamed performances during the Forest Storytelling Festival this weekend. (Photo by Julie Curry)
Forest Storytelling Festival all livestreamed this weekend

Tall tales told from all over the nation in three-day event

Jewelry by Andrea Guarino-Slemmons is exhibited at Port Townsend Gallery.
Jewelry, collages focus of Port Townsend Gallery exhibit

Anne Schneider and Andrea Guarino-Slemmons are Port Townsend Gallery’s… Continue reading

Textile art exhibit opens Monday

Painted silk and pillows, Japanese-style rice bags, art quilts… Continue reading

“Marsh” by Liz Reutlinger.
Northwind Art celebrates 10 years of Artist Showcase

Northwind Art is celebrating a decade of Artist Showcase… Continue reading

Photos with Michael Hale and his painting
Paintings, wood-turned objects featured at Gallery 9

Gallery 9 is featuring Michael Hale’s acrylic paintings and… Continue reading

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Larry and Kathi Hayden of Port Angeles enjoy crab dinners on Friday at the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival in Port Angeles.
CrabFest draws crowds in Port Angeles

Today wraps up community celebration

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Poet and Port Angeles Public Library staff member K’Ehleyr McNulty has organized an Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Slam, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday via Zoom.
Indigenous writers compete in poetry slam

A variety of indigenous writers from across the North… Continue reading

From left, Jennifer Pelikan, Sue Shane, Jessica Mishler, and Linda Offutt are shown Saturday morning at the Forks Timber Museum demonstrating Spinning, knitting and sewing.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.
Hickory Shirt-Heritage Days continues today

Hickory Shirt-Heritage Days will continue today at the Forks Timber… Continue reading

Climate change discussion set Thursday

A discussion on Native leadership in climate change awareness… Continue reading