The buy-products of purple: Board game, wine result from Lavender Festival

SEQUIM — The conventional wisdom: Men do not go wild over the Lavender Festival.

“That is a correct statement,” said Tim Kirby, who should know. He’s the man’s man who owns Kirby’s Barbershop at 169 E. Washington St., downtown lavendertown.

Yet Kirby has developed a way to have a little fun during the herbal feeding frenzy — and during the long, dark winter.

The barber and graphic artist, who likes a good game of Trivial Pursuit, created “Kirby in the Lavender Field,” a board game replete with Sequim colors: sun yellow, lavender purple, pink flowers, blue sky.

It’s for two to four players who roll dice and move their tokens across the slick-paper board onto spaces that say things like “You just joined City Council, go back to Start,” “Lavender cookie break, lose a turn,” “Advance to farm tour” and “Go back to barn dance.”

It’s hard to get very far in this game, said Kirby’s friend and frequent player, Clint Boyd.

Humane society donation

But it’s just for fun, said Kirby, who’ll sell the games for $10 apiece this Saturday at Hardy’s Market on Old Olympic Highway at Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Make that partly for the good of local animals: Kirby will donate $1 from each game purchase to the Clallam County Humane Society.

Boyd added that next year, he and Kirby hope to involve local merchants in production of another edition that features their shops on the game board.

Kirby is also planning to take part in Hardy’s customer-appreciation day Saturday, during which he’ll help serve free hot dogs and give away lavender bundles from 10 a.m. until he runs out.

“Bring your wife a lavender bouquet. She’ll melt in your arms,” Kirby told a barbershop client, mid-haircut, Wednesday.

“Kirby and the Lavender Field,” naturally, joins acre upon acre of lavender-infused goods.

Across the Olympic Peninsula and beyond, there’s lavender ice cream, lotion, salad dressing, shaving cream and dog bandannas that contain the calming herb.

Within just one block of Kirby’s Barbershop, another product has debuted: Jazz in the Alley wines, named for the Lavender Festival jazz concert series tonight and Saturday night in downtown Sequim.

The St. Hilaire Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, riesling, Chardonnay, merlot and pinot gris are priced from $15 to $19.50 at Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, 123 E. Washington St.

Tracy Blume, the Sequim jazz singer who helped develop the Jazz in the Alley idea in 2007, credited Jean Haught, the late owner of Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, with the JITA wine idea.

The varietals will be served at this weekend’s concerts, and they will continue to be available at Dungeness Bay. So long after the last note fades, Blume said, “the wine will bring a year-round awareness to the event.”


Sequim-Dungeness Valley reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-681-2391 or at

More in News

Worst of rainfall over on Peninsula

Atmospheric river unleashes flooding, downed trees

Port Townsend OKs its budget for 2024

Reflects more than $60 million in expenses

Port of Port Townsend’s process for Short’s Farm underway

Steering committee includes farmers, land use organizations

Clallam residents reappointed to advisory boards

The Clallam County commissioners have reappointed several residents to… Continue reading

Blacklight art requested for show

Art for the Bring Your Own Blacklight Art Show,… Continue reading

Santa Claus, portrayed by John Greiner of Port Angeles, gets licks and kisses from Maru, a white husky mix belonging to Ally Kreider of Port Angeles, at the second annual Santa Paws holiday photo event on Saturday at Petsense in Port Angeles. Pet owners were allowed to bring their critters for a photo with Santa in an event sponsored by the Soroptimist International Noon Club of Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Holiday kisses

Santa Claus, portrayed by John Greiner of Port Angeles, gets licks and… Continue reading

Clallam County: 2-phase approach for Towne Road

Commissioners want trail atop levee

Jefferson County budget has good outlook

Commissioners expected to vote next week

Sheriff’s deputy, good Samaritan rescue two from water

Two people were rescued from 1,000 feet offshore in Squamish… Continue reading

Law enforcement: Sleeping smoker cause of house fire

A man who fell asleep while smoking was determined… Continue reading

Washington state ferries are docked on the north end of Vashon Island on Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Three state ferries projects get federal funding

Washington State Ferries will receive three grants from the Federal… Continue reading

Accasia Anderson, 7, a second-grade student at Greywolf School in Sequim, examines a book for sale on Saturday at the school’s Holiday Bazaar. The event, hosted by the Sequim Elementary Parent Teacher Association, spotlighted the work of more than 50 vendors, including crafts made by students, along with a Scholastic Book Fair. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Book fair in Sequim

Accasia Anderson, 7, a second-grade student at Greywolf School in Sequim, examines… Continue reading