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After a day of holiday shopping at the Chimacum craft market, merrymakers gathered for dancing and a bit of Christmas cheer as Portland-based honky-tonk musician Bobby Winstead performed songs from his newly released Christmas album at The Keg and I on Dec. 8. more
The only thing more appropriate than Robert Redford supposedly ending his acting career with a film like “The Old Man and the Gun” is Redford walking back his pledge to quit acting in the wake of the film’s release. Because “The Old Man and the Gun” is not just about the inevitability of aging, but also about how certain men deal with that reality — which is to say, they don’t, and instead they choose to lose themselves in an endless series of chases. more
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Searching for the perfect gift for a seafaring friend? Looking to stuff stockings with sailor gadgets? Port Townsend is home to a thriving maritime community, where some of the world’s best marine trade artisans sell their wares, making holiday shopping for sailors an easy task. The first stop is the historic Point Hudson, a working waterfront since the 1800s. There, the Wooden Boat Chandlery, located in the Northwest Maritime Center, has all your nautical needs. more
With Christmas less than a week away, local merchants have advice for those who are still shopping for gifts. Jane Storm at the Quimper Mercantile Company is no stranger to last-minute shoppers, since her store boasts a selection ranging from toys for little kids to kitchenware for their parents. Marion Lodwick, owner of Abracadabra in Port Townsend, also has seen an influx of folks frantically searching for the right gift before the 12 days of Christmas wrap up. more
When shopping for a perfect present for that special someone this holiday season, consider giving the gift of art. “Art is enduring,” said Steve Mullensky, an artist who displays his work at Gallery 9 and does freelance photography for The Leader. “(A) movie, you see it and then it is over in two hours, whereas art, you can place on a wall and always see something different. A sweater is good. It is comforting and keeps you warm, but they too wear out.” more
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of Quilcene School recipes. The series will continue in the Dec. 26 print edition of The Leader. Continuing a holiday tradition, the Quilcene School District’s vocational cooking class has compiled its favorite holiday recipes for The Leader. From gingerbread cookies, to holiday spiced tea, to extra ”cinnamonie” (sic) cinnamon rolls, each student picked out a recipe that means the most to them to share with our readers. more
Joey Pipia would rather leave his audience reveling in magic than confused by mystery. “When I perform magic, I never want there to be a moment where the audience thinks, ‘How did he do that?’” Pipia said. “I want people to think, ‘Wow that was fun. I can’t believe how much fun I just had doing that.’” more
Accordionist Paul Rogers and the Hi-Jinx Band will perform a variety of original Christmas tunes Dec. 23 to raise money for the Community Outreach Association Shelter Team’s Winter Shelter in Port Townsend. The shelter is operated in cooperation with OlyCAP and the American Legion, in the basement of Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26 at 209 Monroe St. in Port Townsend. more
Ask the folks at Olympic Peninsula Steam what the Big Brass Yule Ball is, and they’ll tell you — it’s an excuse. “It’s an excuse to come out and dance during the darkest part of the year,” said Nathan Barnett, director of Olympic Peninsula Steam, as the Big Brass Yule Ball was hosted by the Marvin G. Shields Memorial American Legion Post 26 Hall in Port Townsend Dec. 15. Barnett said about 60 revelers attended for the fourth annual event. more
After moving to Port Townsend from Seattle over the summer, Casey Buck wanted to find and join a local chess club. But there were none to be found. more
A holiday tradition continues as Port Townsend’s own Christmas musical, “Spirit of the Yule,” returned for its third year with an opening gala Dec. 7 at Key City Public Theater. more
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