A number of events that traditionally complement the Sequim Lavender Weekend festivities with special attractions, from art to quilts have been canceled or modified.
While those special events were significantly affected by 2019 novel coronavirus state guidelines, individuals and groups haven’t stopped creating or sharing in some capacity.
Here’s a rundown of Sequim Lavender Weekend (July 17-19) groups:
Pulling together multiple local artists for an intimate gathering in the barn at Rock Hollow Farm, 505 E. Silberhorn Road, ARTJam organizers canceled this year’s event, but the group’s website states they are “anticipating, perhaps, a gathering of creative forces later in the year.”
The group noted, “We are committed to the idea that ARTJam continues after this year, but we would like an even bigger presence of the issues that challenge our time – with a belief that art has an important role to play.”
Links and updates on artists can be found at rockhollowarts.com.
Participating artists include Lynn Armstrong, Susan Gansert Shaw, Mary Franchini, Linda Collins Chapman, Stephen Portner, Brian Buntain, Ed Crumley, and Tammy Hall with special guest artists Ross Brown, Sharman Owings, and Mike McCollum.
Olympic Driftwood Sculptors Show
The 12th annual Lavender Weekend show for Olympic Driftwood Sculptors at Sequim Middle School was canceled for this weekend. Club president Tuttie Peetz said group members have not been meeting because of state guidelines.
Plans for an online virtual show were not available by this weekend either, she said.
In previous years, the show featured demonstrations, hundreds of art pieces crafted by club members, and a gift shop of handmade items.
“I’m pretty sad,” Peetz said. “Everybody wants to get together. A lot of us are working on a lot of wood because they have plenty of time.”
For more information on Olympic Driftwood Sculptors, visit www.olympicdriftwoodsculptors.org or call Peetz at 360-683-6860.
Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club Quilt Show
With many of their 200-plus club members in the high-risk category for COVID-19, organizers of the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club’s annual Quilt Show opted to wait at least a year.
The show typically features hundreds of quilts, a featured quilter, demonstrations, vendors and a quilt shop at Sequim Middle School.
The 2020 show’s organizer Sue Nylander said the event is on hold with next year’s event to be determined based on the virus’ status. Club members plan to still raffle off their annual quilt on July 19.
Nylander said Brianne Moores made the quilt as a benefit for the club’s Community Quilt program. Unfortunately, with the virus restricting meetings and outreach, a fraction of 6,000 raffle tickets were sold, Nylander said.
Club members produce about 2,000 quilts for various community groups, agencies and nonprofits. In recent months, they’ve continued to make thousands of face masks/coverings and other items for essential workers and those most at risk of the virus.
Quilter Susan Bermel said they have a “drive-by-quilting” once a month at the Sequim Masonic Lodge where club members can drop off quilts and/or pick up quilt kits for the Community Quilt program.
She said these quilts go to Olympic Medical Center and Head Start to comfort children and/or patients, and Sarge’s Place in Forks for veterans.
“(Making quilts) is something we do all the time, so we had to figure out some way to keep people involved,” Bermel said.
“This was an easy way to do it. We can give the kit through the passenger side of a car so there’s no direct contact.”
In June, Bermel provided three quilts for a family at their new home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County.
“It fills my day,” she said. “I get so much joy for seeing the children with their quilts. It’s just a great honor to be able to give them.”
For more information on the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club, visit www.sunbonnetsuequiltclub.org.
State guidelines say under Phase 2 of the Stay Safe reopening plan, live music, vendors and food trucks are not allowed at businesses. Organized events are also not allowed due to the potential spread of the coronavirus among large groups.
In previous years, street dances, barn dances, concerts, plays and more would fill the nights of Sequim Lavender Weekend, but all were canceled because of COVID-19 precautions.
For Sequim Lavender Weekend event updates, visit www.sequim lavenderweekend.com or visit businesses’ individual web pages.