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Sequim’s own storytime
Sequim Gazette staff
In its 100 years, Sequim has gathered a list of stories that could fill the Dungeness Spit.
Readers Theatre Plus and KSQM FM took on the large task of gathering some of these stories to commemorate the city’s centennial celebration by hosting “A Century of Sequim,” live performances of these stories from Oct. 4-13 at the Dungeness Schoolhouse.
The two-hour performance led by Ric Munhall features local stories and music from pioneers and authorities telling personal stories on how Sequim came to be.
“The stories are funny, romantic, sad, eye-opening, informative and some are just plain unbelievable,” said Carol Swarbrick Dries, who helped compile the stories. “You probably know some of the writers and you won’t want to miss their experiences, perceptions or reconstructions of the past.”
“A Century of Sequim” features a symphony by local composer Karl Bach and stories from Candace Burkhardt, Richard Heilman, Dorothy Dick Hunt, Jana J., Arleta Mann, Paul Martin, Doug McInnes, Kelly McKillip, Renee Mizar and Timothy Wheeler.
A few of the tales include the story of Sequim’s first TV, a house that’s been home to the Boys & Girls Club, a church and maybe even ghosts, stories from McInnes’ work in “The Ditchwalker” publication and more.
McInnes said he submitted close to 30 stories mostly from “The Ditchwalker” featuring his and others’ stories but only a handful will be used.
Swarbrick Dries said there were so many submitted stories that they couldn’t all fit them in one performance. However, depending on the reception, a follow-up show with more stories is a possibility.
Tama Bankston with KSQM said all proceeds help the radio station with its general operating funds during its fundraising drive for a new transmission tower to expand its coverage.
She said they hope to be broadcasting by the end of October through it.
Readers Theatre Plus donates all of its proceeds to help local nonprofits and through performances this year has raised $26,000. For more information, visit readerstheatreplus.com or call 797-3337; or visit ksqmfm.com or call 681-0000.