Palindrome owners going on six-month sabbatical for popular dance venue

PORT TOWNSEND — Owners of The Palindrome, a popular Peninsula dance venue, are closing their doors to most contra, swing, salsa and other dancing events.

They want to improve their property located south of Port Townsend and rethink their renting strategy.

“We are taking a six-month sabbatical,” said co-owner Daniel Hauptman.

When the private countryside hall reopens in July, it is likely to continue hosting weddings and nonprofit events, but not community dance classes and concerts.

Hauptman’s partner, Madeleine Houston, last month told The Palindrome’s regular dance organizers that the venue will be closing to most dancing events.

“For six years we’ve been subsidizing the dance community,” Hauptman said.

“It’s difficult when you hold the venue at your expense. You can only go as along as you can.”

Dancers have long favored The Palindrome for its atmosphere complemented by a classic wooden dance floor and accessible location on Jacob Miller Road.

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