Cancellations for March 18, 2020


Another week brings another round of cancellations of arts, entertainment and adult education events and activities in Port Townsend and East Jefferson County, as organizers work to avoid spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.


The PT Story Slam scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at Discovery Bay Brewing, according to the Church of BuVu Port Townsend, which co-hosts the event on the third Friday of every month.


Goddard College of Port Townsend is either canceling, postponing or moving online its public and in-person events, due to coronavirus concerns.

The cancellations include “Mycelia Música: Dancing Fungi and the Entanglement of Sculpture, Somatics and Sound,” a multimedia installation and performance by Iván Daniel Espinosa, formerly scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25.

Postponed is The Blue Heron Canoe Family’s visit to the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building, formerly scheduled for Sunday, March 22. It has been postponed until later in the year.

“Gut Botany,” a poetry reading and participatory performance by Petra Kuppers, will still run from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, but as a virtual presentation rather than an in-person event.

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Shelly Leavens, executive director of the Jefferson County Historical Society, reported that the historical society and its program partners have decided to cancel all public programs and events for the remainder of March through early April.

This includes the special hours for the Rothschild House and the walking tours that were set to coincide with the Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival, which has also been canceled.

The PastPerfect Database Workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 21, is moving to an online platform, and Research Center manager Ellie DiPietro will provide further information on how to participate soon.

The “Women Vote!” live performance of “May’s Vote” at the Port Townsend City Council Chambers on Sunday, March 22, has been canceled with the potential to be rescheduled this August.

Anne Hirondelle’s artist talk about “My Journey in Clay” in the Ferguson Gallery of the Jefferson Museum of Art and History on Thursday, March 26, has been canceled and tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, April 30, while her “Strait Art” book reading during the First Saturday Art Walk of April 4 has been canceled and tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, June 6.

The First Friday “Living Voices” lecture on April 4 has also been canceled.

In addition, Leavens confirmed the closing of the Jefferson Museum of Art and History, the Research Center and the Gateway Visitor Center until further notice.


The Jefferson County Library closed to the public at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, and does not expect to reopen until Monday, April 13, at the earliest.

Limited holds-pickup will be available through Friday, March 20, via curbside delivery at the library in Port Hadlock from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and some delivery of holds will be provided to Bookmobile patrons the following week, as well.

Among the programs canceled are the Preschool Storytimes for ages 12 months to 5 years on the Wednesdays of March 18 and 25, the Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Groups for ages birth to 5 years on the Fridays of March 20 and 27, the Toddler Storytimes for ages 12-30 months on the Mondays of March 23 and 30, and the Babytimes for ages birth to 12 months on the Tuesdays of March 24 and 31, as well as the Mothersong sing-along for families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers on March 24.

Previously scheduled events for March 18 that are now canceled also include “Divisive Issues of our Time: Roe v. Wade” at the library in Port Hadlock, and “Planning Gardens for Seed-Saving” at the Quilcene Community Center.

The “Great Decisions” installments on “Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” and “U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle” on the Thursdays of March 19 and 26 have been canceled, as have the “Tech Tuesdays” drop-in assistance sessions on March 24 and 31, while the “Writing Your Memoir” installments on March 19 and 26 have been rescheduled.


Manresa Castle’s “Fantasy Burlesque! Legends, Tales & Mythical Unveils!” show on Saturday, March 21, has been canceled, but the rest of their events for March remain in effect.


Northwind Arts Center is following its board’s recommendation to cancel all events through March and April.

“I think this is the best option, not only in terms of health precautions, but the clear reluctance of people to go out to public events,” said Matt Miner, music performance manager for Northwind. “We wouldn’t have much of an audience in any case.”

Miner hopes to follow up with the performers soon about finding dates later in the year or next year when they might return.

In the meantime, this has meant canceling the Port Townsend School of the Arts “Print Night” on Wednesday, March 18, as well as the Northwind Songs presentations of Pretty Gritty on Friday, March 20, and Stephanie Schneiderman on Friday, April 17.


The Port Townsend Gallery is closing until further notice to minimize exposure to the potential threat of COVID-19 to its members and the public. However, the gallery will be open by appointment. For more information, call 360-379-8110.


The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will close its museum and aquarium through the weekend of Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22.


The Port Townsend Public Library closed Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed through Friday, April 24, at the earliest. This affects all library-related programs and activities.

All remaining Community Read events have been rescheduled for the fall, including the discussions of “Whiskey When We’re Dry” on Wednesday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 24, as well as John Larison’s author talk on Thursday, March 26.

Christine Hemp’s author talk about “Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse” on Wednesday, March 18, has been canceled, as has the Friends of the Library book sale on Saturday, March 21, and the Port Townsend Community Forum on Alzheimer’s at the library on Wednesday, March 25.

The “Books on Wheels” services have been suspended through the end of March, and are being reevaluated for April.


The Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival has canceled its 24th annual celebration of the town’s history from Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22.


The management of the Quimper Grange has opted to cancel all its scheduled events for the remainder of March, with the exception of private events, which are up to the individuals hosting them.

The cancellations include The Todalo Shakers in concert on Thursday, March 26, and the Balfolk International Dance on Friday, March 27.

Charles Durrett’s “Living Sustainably in Community” presentation is still slated for Sunday, March 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., but virtually through Zoom (email for an invite) and the Quimper Grange still plans to stage its instrument sale on Saturday, April 4, from noon to 2 p.m., but the latter date is more tentative.

Durrett is also going ahead with his “State-Of-The-Art Cohousing: Lessons Learned from Quimper Village” book-signing at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Quimper Village common house.


Rainshadow Recording’s response has been to cancel some of its shows, while limiting its ticket sales to half-capacity for the shows that remain on their schedule, to help facilitate social distancing.

Rainshadow’s canceled shows include Emily Scott Robinson on Saturday, March 28, and Judith-Kate Friedman on Friday, April 3.


The Rose Theatre and the Starlight Room have closed until further notice, starting Monday, March 16, and the Port Townsend Film Festival’s “Women & Film” event that was scheduled to run April 24 through 26, is also canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

“And after a great deal of consideration, I have decided that postponing the Port Townsend Dance Film Festival, from April 3 through April 5 to a date later in the year, would be in the best interests of everyone,” Rose Theatre owner Rocky Friedman said.

Those who have purchased tickets for upcoming films, operas or plays should call 360-385-1039 or email for refunds.


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