Kelbi Folkerson, center, greets guests to Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese. Folkerson, the "creative director" behind the shop's new incarnation as a night spot, said the fun is just beginning.
Those looking for a little musical diversion during the First Friday Art Walk should take the few extra steps required to reach Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, just a half-block east of the Blue Whole Gallery on Washington Street.
Dungeness Bay, long a source of specialty gifts and wine, has in recent weeks expanded its offerings to create a gathering place for friends, with good food, excellent ambience and live music.
It's a very inviting space for spending time with friends, said Kelbi Folkerson, who serves as the "creative director" for the shop's expanded offerings.
During this week's Art Walk, Friday, June 6, Dungeness Bay will feature Thom Davis, the popular Port Angeles "country blues" artist.
Davis, a cousin of singer Linda Ronstadt, shares her Hispanic roots.
Davis's Spanish grandmother first introduced him to Spanish classical and flamenco guitar when he was 7 years old.
Since then Davis has followed his roots and blues heart around the world, performing in the streets, in bars, in coffee houses, at folk and blues festivals, on cruise ships and on live radio and TV.
Davis performs at Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese from 6 - 9 p.m. He returns Saturday, July 21, from 7 - 10 p.m.
More to come
Folkerson said the fun is just beginning.
The store has expanded its hours, providing one of Sequim's few late-night (by Sequim standards) gathering places.
Every Friday and Saturday night the fun lasts until 11 p.m.
In addition to serving fresh appetizers and chocolates, the store now provides a wide range of specialty beers. And, of course, wine by the glass.
The cheese trays are the stuff of legend, featuring Kim Farrell's fabulous gorgonzola dip, candied walnuts, almonds, brie, Kalamata olives and more.
Finish up the event with a nice dessert wine.
Folkerson said she's also planning to expand the range of entertainment options by adding karaoke, "80s parties," and classic rock nights. "We're gonna rock this place," she said.
She said the shop is also available for private parties.
The shop's charms include a tiny, flower-bedecked back deck — perfect for taking advantage of a Sequim summer day or evening.
The setting is elegant but the ambience is casual. "Just come on in," Folkerson said.