Rhody Fest, plant sales highlight weekend events

The annual Rhody Festival in Port Townsend joins community plays and plant sales this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.

• The Port Angeles Community Players’ production of “Rumors” continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays and matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The play, written by Neil Simon, will be on the main stage at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Tickets are $18 per person, $9 for students and can be purchased at www.pa communityplayers.org or at the box office 30 minutes before each performance.

The 89th Rhody Festival continues this weekend with the grand parade at 1 p.m. Saturday and daily events through Sunday.

“Rhody Soars Around Washington!” is the theme of the annual five-day festival that will offer a variety of races and contests, culminating with the annual Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run on Sunday.

This year’s festival also includes the New Old Time Port Townsend Chautauqua at various times and venues.

The schedule includes:


— Kiddie Parade, registration is a 3 p.m. at the library; parade starts at 4 p.m. on Lawrence Street from Fillmore Street to Chetzemoka Street.

— Hair and Beard Contest, check-in and assembly is at 5 p.m. at Water and Monroe streets; judging starts at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St.

— Bed Races, check-in and assembly starts at 5:30 p.m. at Water and Monroe streets; races begin at 6:30 on Water Street from Monroe Street to Madison Street.

— Unexpected Brass Band Post Bed Race Dance Party Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.


— Elks Rhody Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at the Elk’s Lodge, 555 Otto St.

— Rhody Patrons 9-Hole Scramble, 10 a.m. at the Port Townsend Golf Course, 1948 Blaine St.

— The Sunrise Rotary ‘Running of the Balls,’ 12:30 p.m. on Monroe Street.

— Rhody Fest Grand Parade, 1 p.m., downtown Port Townsend


— Rhody Run, 9 a.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 3907 Landes St.

— Rhody Scholarship 18-Hole Best Ball, 10 a.m. at the Port Townsend Golf Course.

— Makers Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

— Port Townsend Chautauqua, noon to 4 p.m. at multiple venues downtown.

• The New Old Time Chautauqua returns to Port Townsend in conjunction with the Rhody Festival.

Various venues throughout town will host the Big Show, a post bed-race dance party, Olympic Peninsula indigenous storytellers, artists, culture carriers, Maker’s Market and free educational workshops.

The full schedule of activities is posted at https://theproductionalliance.org/events/chautauqua.

The Big Show will be at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend.

Tickets for the Big Show are $30 per person and can be purchased at https://theproductionalliance.square.site; as can tickets for the Unexpected Brass Band’s Dance Party Extravaganza, which is Friday evening, right after the Rhody Festival’s bed races.

• The Port Angeles Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra will finish its 2023-24 season with two concerts featuring guest soloist Paige Roberts Molloy this weekend.

The chamber will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles, and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim.

Admission is $20 for adults and free for those 18 and younger who come with a ticketed patron.

Tickets are available at www.portangelessymphony.org, at Port Book and News, 114 E. First St., Port Angeles, and at the door on concert nights.

The program includes Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for strings,” Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings.”

• Drag Brunch Bingo, originally scheduled for Sunday a Studio Bob, has been canceled.

For more information, call 360-775-2160, or visit www.studiobob.art.

• Ben Gage will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Concerts in the Woods at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $20.

Gage will also be interviewed on Phil Andrus’ Cats in Our Laps radio show at 8 p.m. Sunday on KPTZ, 91.9 FM.

Gage, a former tech worker turned singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio, uses folk and blues music to pass stories along to his audiences.

For more information, visit www.bengagemusic.com.

• The Crescent Grange will conduct its annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the grange hall, 50724 state Highway 112, Joyce.

The sale features annual and perennial flowers, bushes, groundcovers, house plants and berry and veggie starts.

Additionally, there will be local craft vendors both inside and outside, a bake table and pie by the slice.

Lunch will be available in the kitchen; the menu includes biscuits and gravy, meatball subs, spaghetti and meatballs, bratwurst with sauerkraut on a hoagie roll, egg salad sandwiches, clam chowder, chips and bottled water.

• The Port Angeles Garden Club will conduct its annual Plant Sale and Raffle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Floral Barn at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St., Port Angeles.

This year’s sale features annuals, perennials, baskets of salad greens, tomato and veggie starts, succulent planters and shrubs.

The $5 Big Raffle for the Victoria Trip includes ferry, lodging, Butchart Gardens and high tea.

There are other prizes in the $1 raffle.

Proceeds of the sale and raffle are used by the club to award scholarships and local grants.

Shred Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the truck is full, Saturday at the 1st Security Bank’s Sequim branch, 114 S. Sequim Ave.

Attendees may bring up to 10 boxes or bags of papers.

Items for shredding may include paper clips, staples, Acco fasteners (those metal prongs in manila folders), binder clips, rubber bands, window envelopes and manila folders.

The following items are unsuitable for shredding: X-rays, actual photographs, sheet protectors and transparencies or anything covered in plastic, 3-ring binders, computer data binders, newspapers or magazines.

• Rick Urban will present “Log to Bowl” at 10 a.m. Saturday during a meeting of the Strait Turners woodturners club at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, Sequim.

The club’s new meeting time is 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month.

Turners of all levels and those who wish to learn about the hobby are welcome.

• The Sons of Norway will conduct a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during the Farmers Market at the Gateway Transit Center, 122 E. Front St., Port Angeles.

The sale features homemade lefse as well as Scandinavian greeting cards and wrapping paper.

Digging deeper: Jan Bartron, Betsy Burlingame, Laurel Moulton, Dave Rambin, Jeanette Stehr-Green and Audreen Williams will present “Growing Tomatoes Well Here” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road, Sequim.

The free presentation is part of the Clallam County Master Gardeners’ Digging Deeper series.

Participants will learn what tomato varieties grow well in the area, how to care for them throughout the growing season and about the benefits and challenges of growing tomatoes in a greenhouse or hoop house.

For more information, visit https://extension.wsu.edu.

• The Port Angeles High School Thespian Society Drama Club will present “Super Short Shakespeare Parodies” for its spring drama performance at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the stage at City Pier, 315 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles.

The one-act versions of 10 of the Bard’s classics will include “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth” and “Julius Caesar.”

Attendees should bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the magic of live theater under the open sky.

Admission is free although donations are welcome.

• Robbie Dee will perform “Experience Elvis: A Rock and Roll Spectacular” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Assisted Living, 550 W. Hendrickson Road.

The Seattle-based tribute artist will perform a free concert of hit music by Elvis Presley.

For more information or to RSVP, call 360-683-3348.

• “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” will show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Elaine and Robert Caldwell Main Stage Theatre at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for trivia and prizes.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available by calling the box office at 360-683-7326 or online at www. olympictheatrearts.org.

The 1981 action adventure film stars Harrison Ford and Karen Allen.

Future films in the series include “Grease” on May 25 and the 1996 release of “Hamlet,” starring Kenneth Branagh on June 22.

• A Community Dance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend.

Bobbi Nikles, Jere Canote and Jack Dwyer will provide music while Susan Michaels calls a mixture of traditional Appalachian squares, active squares, reels, circles, mixers and contras.

All dances will be taught; beginners and experienced dancers are welcome.

Admission is $10 per person, $20 for a family.

• The Social Justice Film and Discussion series will observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a free screening of “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March” at 1 p.m. Sunday at Port Angeles First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles.

The 2022 documentary, narrated by Sandra Oh, explores the fight against Asian American hate after mass shootings at three spas in Atlanta during March 2021.

For more information, call the church at 360-452-8971.

• An accordion social is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St.

Accordionists are invited to bring their instruments and play a song or two; the public is welcome to listen or to dance.

Recommended donation is $5 to defray room rental costs.

For more information, call 360-452-0191.

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