Chautauquans play to sellout crowds

PORT TOWNSEND — Time and tide wait for no mime.

That’s what members of the New Old Time Chautauqua — jugglers, clowns, acrobats and aerialists — learned the first few days of their summer tour.

“We’ve always traveled by bus, and if you’re late, you’re late,” said Joannie Murayama, tour organizer, as she watched the last performance Sunday.

“It took a while for everyone to get into the rhythm of the sea.”

The Great Peninsula Future Festival in Port Gamble was the last stop on the Chautauquans’ summer tour, which this year, was dubbed “Aqua Chautauqua” because it was made entirely by boat.

The trip was a success, Murayama said, both from a meteorological and a financial standpoint.

“We had beautiful travel days,” Murayama said. “We actually not only made our expenses but also made $9,000 for local nonprofits.”

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