Looking for something to do in Sequim on a Friday night? The Sequim First Friday Art Walk is an excellent way to see what’s going on in the downtown hub while supporting local businesses. It’s fun and it’s a great social occasion. Each month a different color is featured, and wearing that color to the event is encouraged. This July 7th, the color is purple to compliment the upcoming Sequim Lavender Festival.
Right at the heart of First Friday is Sequim’s own Blue Whole Gallery, collectively featuring artists from around the region. On the same block are well-known favorites like The Sunshine Cafe, offering delicious home-cooked meals, and Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim’s own premier wine bar where you can also catch some live music to go with your glass of wine.
There are about 30 other venues and businesses in the downtown area participating in this First Friday event, such as the Sequim Museum & Arts, the the Alder Wood Bistro, That Takes the Cake, Rainshadow Roasting, Olympic Theatre Arts…we could go on!
We really enjoy this fun evening on the first Friday of the month. Homer Smith Insurance has helped many small businesses in Sequim find the right insurance for their needs, and likes to see them prospering!
Every summer Saturday from 9-3 in Sequim, just across from the new City Hall, you have a golden opportunity to take a stroll amongst booths and tables at the Sequim Farmers Market. With over 60 vendors from around the region, it’s time to enjoy a carrot from Nash’s Organic Produce, wild honey from the Sequim Bee Farm, all sorts of tasty food from Jose’s Famous Salsa — or just spend an hour browsing local artisan crafts from Canine Collars to Let’s Do Lavender.
There’s music too, with a variety of folksy acoustic solo acts like Cort Armstrong or jazzy favorite ensembles like the Cat’s Meow to brighten your Saturday afternoon.
Many of us at Homer Smith Insurance enjoy our shopping options in Sequim, which has everything from local artisans, vendors and restaurants to national stores. Our company has been providing insurance for many businesses on the Olympic Peninsula for over 65 years!
Looking for a fun family-friendly outdoor activity with lots of elbow room? Head over to the Fort Worden Parade Grounds for the 3rd annual Old School 4th of July 2017, hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Thunderbull.
The event starts at 4PM with the National Guard Dixieland Jazz Band and features a Tug of War Championship, a Pie-in-the-Face event (our crazy-brave friends are going to get messy!), and a watermelon eating contest. After a jam-packed day with music from the Caribe Steel Band and local beats from “The Ultimate Dance Band” Uncle Funk and the Dope 6, it’s finally time to shoot for the stars with a fireworks diplay sponsored by First Federal.
Homer Smith Insurance is one of the Launch Sponsors of this fun event! We will be there! Come on out!
So what is “steampunk?” And what does it have to do with Port Townsend?
Steampunk started as a science fiction genre back in the 1980s, where authors re-imagined 19th century society having advanced mostly steam-powered technology, based on the fashion, architecture and culture at the time. Think French author Jules Verne and his famous submarine, or H.G. Wells’ time machine.
The event is officially known as “The Brass Screw Confederacy” and it is a celebration of both history and fantasy, and a well-earned excuse to dress up in layers of Victorian-inspired attire, which is where Port Townsend comes in with its rich seafaring history and recognition as a Historic Seaport.
What better setting for this retro-themed festival that looks to the future? Enjoy music, speakers or just do some people watching this June 9-11.
The included photo is one of the favorites we took at the PT Steampunk Festival a couple of years ago. We at Homer Smith Insurance love Port Townsend and all of its many and varied festivals!
We love the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival! Last year was especially fun for us, as our good friend Jim “Kiwi” Ferris was the Grand Marshall of the parade and Homer was his chauffeur!
It is always held the 3rd weekend in May, well into spring, usually accompanied by sun and, of course, lots of flowers.
The Rhododendron or “Rhody” Festival began in 1935 when a local named Clive Buttermere started a sensation in motion by persuading Hearst Metronome News to make a newsreel of the prized wild blossoms. He surrounded them with women from the community who were chosen as Royalty to mark the event and add to the aesthetics of the pictures. Since then, the one-day Rhododendron Festival itself has blossomed into an annual 4 day series of events culminating in a Grand Parade on Saturday and a 12K Rhody Run the next morning.
The Sequim Irrigation Festival began with a vision of the impossible: making the dry Dungeness Valley bloom for its farmers and homesteaders. Against odds and gravity, a group of 20 or so pioneers led by local known as D.R. “Crazy” Callen—called “crazy” for being the one behind the idea and pushing for it– built a series of irrigation ditches in the hills above Sequim and so ushered in a 122 year legacy of providing water to a region that historically gets about 18 inches of rain a year. The town of Sequim gratefully celebrates this achievement with a festival of culture and tradition held on the second Saturday in May with a parade through town, local “royalty” overseeing the festivities and family-friendly events. The Grand Finale Weekend begins today, May 12, 2017, and some of the main events are:
- Carnival, May 11th – May 14th
- Historic Walking Tour
- Golf Tournament
- Sequim High School Operetta
- Strongman Competition, May 12th 6:00-8:00pm
- Logging Show, Truck and Tractor Pull, May 12th & 13th
- Fireworks, May 12th 9:30 – 10:30 pm
- Irrigation Festival Fun Run
- Hot Rods & Harleys Show N’ Cruz, May 13th, 10:45 – 4:00 pm
- 122nd Irrigation Festival Grand Parade, May 13th 12:00 – 2:00 pm
More info can be found at the Sequim Irrigation Festival Website, http://www.irrigationfestival.com/events/ Here are a few photos we took from the 2015 and 2016 Sequim Irrigation Festivals.
2015 Grand Parade
2016 Irrigation Festival Royalty
2015 Logging Show
Penny & Steve at the 2015 Irrigation Festival Classic Car Show
2015 Classic Car Show
2015 Irrigation Festival Royalty at the Grand Parade
2015 Irrigation Festival, Robert Clark
2015 Grand Parade
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