Holidays of the peninsula, dive to celebrate the new year


Two dance parties, an online concert and three polar bear dives are among the ways to ring in 2022 across the Northern Olympic Peninsula.

It all begins: First Night, which actually begins this afternoon in downtown Port Townsend.

Due to the weather, the organizer, the nonprofit Production Alliance, condensed the event and added heaters, bright lighting and piped music to Water Street between Madison and Monroe streets; the block will be reserved for pedestrians all evening.

Admission is free and donations are welcome: a suggestion of $ 10 per person or $ 20 per family.

Here is the schedule.

Cotton Building, 607 Water St., Port Townsend:

• Live music by Keeth Apgar from The Harmonica Pocket, 3 pm-4pm

• Lantern decoration, 4-6:30 p.m.

Pope Marine Park Square, Water Street and Madison Street

• a free Toshikoshi Soba soup served at 4:30 p.m.

• Lantern parade with the Unexpected Brass Band, 6.30 p.m.

• Jugglers and fire dancers, 7 p.m.

• Walter McQuillen’s tribal canoe and Thaddeus Jurczynski’s 6-foot-high anchor on display all evening.

Jefferson Art and History Museum, 540 Madison St.

• Treasure hunt and New Year’s resolution activity in a bottle, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

• The museum stays open until 7 p.m., then closes for renovation until March.

Above Water Street

• A small fireworks display at 8:00 p.m.

Music and dancing is also happening tonight, online and offline:

• Soul singer Grace Love of Port Townsend will perform live at 7:30 pm; entry is free and donations are welcome. The hour-long show is available on the Grace Love NYE Live page on Facebook:

• A dance party with a New Years Eve group starring Matt Sircely, Jack Dwyer, George Radebaugh and Phina Pipia will fill the Palindrome at Eaglemount Winery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road in Port Townsend, from 9 pm to midnight. Admission is suggested from $ 10 to $ 20; masks will be required on the indoor dance floor while there will be a campfire and a large outdoor area.

• A Sparkle Dance Party for all ages with DJ Pixel, aka Sarah Peller, will take place at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, from 7 to 9 p.m. The cover charge is $ 5 and sequin clothing is encouraged. Lighting for the North Olympic Salmon Coalition’s giant sculpture, “End”, is scheduled for 8:30 pm.

The polar bear dives

Those who aspire to start 2022 with a dip in a local body of water can choose their adventure from Saturday’s polar bear dives:

• From Hollywood Beach, at the north end of Lincoln Street in Port Angeles, at 10:00 am

• At Lake Pleasant Community Beach County Park, Beaver, at 10 a.m.

• From Mystery Bay Wharf across from Nordland General Store, 7180 Flagler Road, Marrowstone Island, at noon.

While the Nordland Plunge isn’t being promoted like it was in years past, the tradition continues, with general store owner Tom Rose hosting it. Its market, closed since a fire damaged it in November 2020, is being rebuilt for possible reopening, Rose said this week.

The Annual Dive in Port Angeles is a fundraiser for Volunteer Hospice, which offers ideas on “how to make the diving experience more comfortable and less shocking” at 360-452-1511.


Editor-in-chief Leah Leach contributed to this story.

Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]


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