Chautauqua Vaudeville Extravaganza
Beat the Mid-Winter Blues with a Full Weekend of Arts & Entertainment: Feb. 16 & 17!
Saturday and Sunday, February 16 & 17, Port Townsend residents are treated to a full weekend or magical arts events hosted by the world-renowned New Old Time Chautauqua.
Chautauqua sends high caliber educators and performers to rural and underserved communities across the US. After rolling into a new town, the organization’s 50 members perform a show in a nursing home or childcare facility, hold free arts workshops, host a public potluck, parade through town with a full marching band, and perform a big, knock-your-socks-off vaudeville show.
This year, Chautauqua will bring its full suite of offerings right here to Port Townsend. Locals get to participate in free workshops, community potluck, dance party, marching band parade, and can purchase tickets to a big, unforgettable vaudeville show.
The festivities will kick off on Saturday, Feb 16th with a full day of absolutely FREE events at The Cotton Building in downtown Port Townsend, including workshops in the arts and humanities, a big potluck, and a huge, free dance party featuring the Unexpected Brass Band, Bellingham’s Brasscadia, and the renowned Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra.
On Sunday, Feb 17th, the festivities continue with two vaudeville shows, featuring entertainers from around the globe.
The shows feature professional whistler Jason Victor Serinus, the famed voice of Woodstock in the 1980 Peanuts Cartoon; Godfrey Daniels, everyone’s favorite puppet; Broadway Stars the Flying Karamazov Brothers; Artis the Spoonman (yes, of Soundgarden “Spoonman” fame); award-winning magician, Joey Pipia; the world’s only sister Tuba duo, The Pipia Sisters; hula hoopist extraordinaire, Vanessa Vortex; multi-instrumentalist Fiona Rose; and many many more.
The vaudeville show is held at the American Legion Hall. Tickets sell fast, and are available at BrownPaperTickets.com, or at The Food Coop.
The weekend of events will raise funds to send the New Old Time Chautauqua to Alaska this summer, where the group will provide free entertainment and education to rural and underprivileged communities, tribal groups, boys and girls clubs, and incarcerated citizens in women’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.
Come on out to have a blast at Saturday’s free workshops, public potluck, and brass band dance party; and get your tickets today for the big vaudeville show!
Saturday’s events are totally free to the community, and are hosted at the Cotton Building in downtown Port Townsend.
3:00 - 5:00 pm, The Cotton Building & Beyond
From 3:00-5:00 pm, locals participate in over 10 free workshops; including juggling, stilts, an oral history of the Makah People, History of Chautauqua (both held at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History), magic, drumming, unicycling, social justice, marimba, and ukulele. Workshops will be held at the Cotton Building and at select local businesses throughout downtown. Swing by the Cotton Building for the full list.
5:00 - 6:00 pm, The Cotton Building
The Chautauqua educators and performers invite the Port Townsend community to share in a family-friendly winter Potluck meal at the Cotton Building. Bring your favorite dish to share with locals and Chautauquans!
Brass Band Dance Party!
6:00 - 9:00, The Cotton Building
Port Townsend’s very own Unexpected Brass Band teams up with Bellingham’s Brasscadia and the New Old Time Chautauqua’s Fighting Instruments of Karma to form a mega brass band spectacular.Come on down, kick off those rubber wellingtons, and get funky!
On Sunday, locals get the chance to see two not-to-be-missed, full-length vaudeville shows, starring talent from both around the globe and here at home.
The Big Show!
2:00 pm Matinee & 5:00 pm Evening
Audience rock along with some of the world’s best vaudeville talent, from jugglers to musicians, magicians to giant puppets, hoopists to acrobats, and everything in between. All this, accompanied by the Northwest’s longest-running, eclectic marching band, The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra (thriving since 1975)!!!
Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com, or at the Port Townsend Food Co-op. Chautauqua shows sell out fast, so reservations are highly recommended. Advance tickets are: $16 for adults & $10 for kids 12 and under. Tickets at the door are: $20 for adults & $12 for kids 12 and under.
Proceeds Benefit the 2019, Summer Alaska Tour
This June, Chautauqua embarks on a month-long tour of Southcentral Alaska, journeying North by bus to bring education and entertainment to communities in Talkeetna, Anchorage, Seward, and Homer. Chautauqua is an all-volunteer organization, and all proceeds bring live entertainment and education to people who need it most.