With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors – Port Townsend has activities for every taste.
Comedy returns to the KCPT main stage with October’s production of The Book Club Play! The intimate relationships of a long stable book club are strained when new people are invited to join. What follows is, in essence, Lord of the Flies, but with wine and dip.
The Book Club Play, written by Karen Zacarias, premiered in 2009 at Silver Spring, Maryland’s Round House Theatre. Gil Benbrook of Talkin’ Broadway called it a “Delightful, fresh comedy.” It made the rounds through several regional theaters, including the Horizon Theatre Company.
Directed by KCPT’s artistic apprentice, Brendan Chambers, The Book Club Play will feature a cast of familiar faces. Jennifer True, last seen at KCPT in 2016’s Women in Jeopardy, is Ana. Dylan Carter, who played several characters in August’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry IV Part I, is Will. Crystal Eisele, who played Hovstadt in April’s Enemy of the People, is Jen, and Tom Challinor, who produced a visceral reaction of boos after his performance as the villainous Worcestor in Henry IV Part I. Brenda Nascimento makes her KCPT debut as Lilly. Eric Newman, last seen as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, rounds out the cast as Rob.
Ana’s spent years building a cozy life with a trophy husband, a great job, and a nice, stable book club. However, things soon get turned upside down when a documentary film about her book club changes the intimate discussions on life and perspective with the warping power of an omnipresent camera lens. Add in a new member, a comparative literature professor whose ennui with the state of reading threatens to wrest control of Ana’s book club, and in many ways, her life.
The Book Club Play opens October 5, 2017 at the KCPT Playhouse, located at 419 Washington st. It will run Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30pm, with 2:30pm performances on Sundays through the 21st. Tickets are $20 Thursday/Sunday and $24 on Friday/Saturday. There will be Pay-What-You-Wish performances on the 8th and the 12th.
There’s a plethora of deals surrounding the play! If you’re in a book club of your own, you and your club get a 15% discount on your group attendance at any performance of The Book Club Play. Additionally, every ticket order comes with an offer for 15% off at the Writer’s Workshoppe Imprint Bookstore of the purchase price of your book club’s next selection.
Special Book Club Play offer from Doc’s Marina Grill — It’s Happy Hour all day for the Book Club Play…for the pizza anyway! Order any Chef’s Choice Flatbread Pizza and get Doc’s happy hour price anytime on a Book Club Play performance day. Meet at Doc’s for a nosh before or after the play!
October is spectacular in Port Townsend as fall foliage offers a riot of glorious shades of amber, pumpkin and russet. The air is crisp with chilly nights, and if you catch a clear day, the sky seems bluer, with slanted sunlight gracing neighborhoods, marinas and trails. But it’s also a month of exciting events. Check out what’s happening around town, making this a favorite time of year to visit.
Port Townsend will sparkle on Thursday, October 5 at Port Townsend Main Street’s Girls’ Night Out. It’s a day and night of female camaraderie and shopping fun. This year’s theme is “You Sparkle!” so be sure to wear sparkles! Start the fun early with the “Tiara Trot,” a free, early morning run/walk. Meet at the Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, to register for this 1.47-mile walk/jog/run which starts at 7 am and jump start your day.
Downtown stores are hosting special events, in-store promotions and refreshments from 11 am to 8 pm at Girls’ Night Out. Raffle tickets are on sale in advance for $5 at participating merchants. The prize is valued at over $800. Must be 18 years old to enter. The evening ends with the popular Wrap Party at 8 pm at The Belmont, with a $10 suggested donation at door.
New this year–Girls’ Night Out Headquarters will be at the Cotton Building. Get your goodie bags here ($20 while they last!) and pick up your Girls’ Night Out schedule of events to plan your fun. Goodie bags are filled with gifts from local downtown businesses with coupon books and more. The Jefferson Healthcare Pop-Up features a photo booth, refreshments and drawings. Enter to win a portrait session by Deja View Photography.
Ride in style with PTeRider at Girl’s Night Out from 4-8 pm. Let PTeRider chauffeur you during the event with free rides downtown for Girls’ Night Out customers. Proceeds from Girls’ Night Out benefit Jefferson Healthcare Foundation to help provide breast and cervical cancer screenings, care and treatment for low income Jefferson County residents, as well as the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 non-profit.
Comedy returns to the Key City Public Theatre’s main stage with October’s production of “The Book Club Play,” opening October 5 and running through October 21, Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 pm, with 2:30 pm performances on Sundays.
This hit comedy about books and the people who love them is “Lord of the Flies with Wine and Dip.” When members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their club meetings take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore, “The Book Club Play” is a dangerous comedy about community, loving books, high and low culture, and the absolute terror of group dynamics.
Tickets are $20 Thursdays and Sundays, $24 on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be Pay-What-You-Wish performances on October 8 and 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.
And be sure to join the KCPT crew for the Halloween Dance Party on Saturday, October 28 at 7 pm at the KCPT Playhouse. $8 at the door. Too much fun to miss!
The 35th Annual Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race launches Saturday, October 7, with thrills, chills, songs, and, of course, there will be glory! This year Kinetic Goes Kosmik beginning Saturday with the Parade, Sculpture safety test and Water Kourse starting at low noon in downtown Port Townsend. The Kween’s Koronation Kostume Ball is from 8 pm-12:30 am at the American Legion Hall, where you can dance the night away and bring in the new Rose Hips Kween. Sunday, October 8, the Sculpture, Sand and Mud Kourse Race begins at low noon, concluding with the Survivor’s Post Party and Awards Ceremony at 6 pm where everyone will bask in the Glory! For more info, go to www.ptkineticrace.org.
Celebrate the season and taste the region at the Olympic Peninsula Apple and Cider Festival, October 13-15. Hosted by East Jefferson County cider makers, this three-day event features a Firestarter five-course feast from beloved Chef Deborah Taylor (formerly executive sous chef at Canlis), a robust farmers market, hard cider tastings, an all-ages World Apple Day celebration at Finnriver Cidery, educational seminars including a Home Brew Q&A, and much more.
The weekend festivities are centered around Saturday’s Tasting Festival, which features a spread of northwest cideries and special guest producers presenting traditional and innovative ciders. Guests of the festival will enjoy over 40 regional ciders, live music, cider pressing, apple tastings and pairings, and a lively atmosphere of networking and celebration. The event’s Tasting Festival After Party at Propolis Brewing, features a fire show and dance party. For a truly authentic Pacific Northwest, tree-to-glass experience, go to www.AppleandCiderFest.com.
And for the kiddos, don’t miss the Port Townsend Main Street’s 22nd Annual Downtown Trick or Treat, October 31 beginning at 4 pm with a parade down Water Street. Our merchants will be offering treats for the kids…and, you never know, maybe some tricks too!
Save the date for upcoming events in November and early December:
Jefferson County Holiday Craft Fair
Port Townsend Arts Guild Holiday Craft Sale
Main Street’s Merchants’ Open House and Small Business Saturday
Key City Public Theatre’s “Spirit of the Yule”
Main Street’s Community Treelighting and Santa’s Visit
Visit us in October and enjoy everything Port Townsend!
Join us October 7-8, 2017 for thrills, chills, songs and of course…Glory!
The theme this year is “Kinetic Goes Kosmic.” A kinetic skulpture is a human powered, artistically enhanced vehicle that must go through sand (Kwick Sand), mud (The Dismal Bog), float on water (The Great Bay), and transverse hilly, silly neighborhoods. Some skulptures are engineering marvels while most are a mixture of bicycle parts, styrofoam, duct tape, imagination and prayers. Awards are given to each racer whether they want it or not, but the most highly prized award is the “Mediocrity Award,” the skulpture that finishes in the middle of the pack. Kinetic racers as well as Glorious Spectators must be kapable of having fun without taking the event too seriously.
Complete information on the race, the Kween Koronation Kostume Ball, and much more at https://ptkineticrace.org/.
photo by Tina Kerrigan