by RENEE MIZAR
Communications Coordinator, Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley
Chicken pickin’ music will twang through 7 Cedars Casino on Saturday as Dungeness-based dance band Cort Armstrong and Blue Rooster takes the stage for the Museum & Arts Center’s first barn dance fundraiser.
The evening shindig gets under way at 6 p.m. at the casino, located off U.S. Highway 101 in Blyn. Tickets, $15, can be purchased in advance at the MAC Exhibit Center, 175 W. Cedar St. in Sequim, or at the door. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event.
Recording and touring since 1999 with its unique blend of country, bluegrass, ragtime and country blues, the dance band includes lead vocalist and guitarist Cort Armstrong, bassist Kia Armstrong, Tyler Richart on mandolin, Sean Divine on harmonica and Terry Smith on drums.
“This is an opportunity to kick up your heels with one of our area’s most popular bands and support the Museum & Arts Center at the same time,” MAC Executive Director DJ Bassett said. “We may not be in an actual barn, but we’re going to have an old-fashioned, foot-stompin’ great time.”
The barn dance will be the MAC’s primary fundraising event of the year.
Founded in 1976, the nonprofit organization operates the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse, MAC Exhibit Center, DeWitt Administration Center, and Second Chance Consignment Shop, all located in Sequim.
“Fundraising events like the barn dance are essential to helping keep the MAC open because we don’t receive funding from the city, county or state governments,” Bassett said. “We depend entirely upon the public’s contributions and support to maintain our facilities, collections of historic artifacts, photos and documents, and to offer meaningful art and history exhibits and programs that promote and help tell the story of our unique community.”
Among the MAC’s most popular programs are its Sequim History Walking Tour, which debuted in May as an official Sequim Irrigation Festival event, and its ongoing Oral History Program, through which life stories and area memories of longtime locals and former residents are recorded for the historical record. Planning also is under way for the MAC’s series of local history programs offered each winter at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, as well as a cemetery tour slated for Oct. 18 at Pioneer Memorial Park in Sequim.
The MAC Exhibit Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, visit www.macsequim.org or call 683-8110.