AE briefs — Aug. 16, 2023

Woodturners set August meeting

The Strait Turners woodturning club meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

Attendees will meet in-person with demonstrator will be presenting remotely thru Zoom. Masks are not required, but can be worn for those attending, as they expand their knowledge of woodturning.

This month’s presenter is Rick Urban from northern Georgia, who will be doing a three-corner bowl.

For more information, contact Jackie Le Doux at or 360-457-5172 (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or 360-452-5673 (12:30-5 p.m.).

PAFAC to host ‘Ship of Fools’

A performance of “Ship of Fools: A Giant Puppet Odyssey” in the meadow of Port Angeles Fine Arts Center’s Webster’s Woods is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The show is written, created and performed by String and Shadow, a performance company based out of Olympia. This troupe of multi-disciplinary performance artists is known for creating giant puppet shows set to live, original music. Using paper-mache, cardboard, bamboo and cloth (among many other found and recycled materials) String and Shadow creates giant puppets and masks and weaves them into spectacular performances for all ages.

Youth, adult and family package tickets can be purchased at Non-member tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for youths (for members $16 for adults, $10 for youth). Family packages are $50- (for four) and $52 (for five).

“We could not be more excited to bring this performance to Port Angeles for our community to experience,” PACFA community engagement director Rachel Storck said. “ String and Shadow is an incredibly creative group of artists with a truly unique way of connecting to audiences. From stunning visuals to fantastical plots, you’ll be blown away by these talented storytellers.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic down into the meadow. The performance will be outdoors. Ice cream will be available for purchase from Welly’s Ice Cream.

Visitors may use the new accessible trail from the PAFAC parking lot for a more comfortable route to the meadow. Additional parking can be found along Lauridsen Boulevard, at Franklin Elementary School or the Peninsula College.

For more about the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, visit