While goblins and ghouls are replaced by ornaments and wreaths, and brightly colored leaves are replaced by brightly colored lights, the same seasonal change is happening in Port Gamble as the scares are tucked away in exchange for holiday cheer.
Port Gamble General Store will kick off the holiday season with its seventh annual Holiday Open House from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 12. The historic store will be transformed into a wonderland of trees and will unveil its holiday merchandise.
Celebrate the beginning of the season with live music, cookies and coffee, giveaways and a 20 percent-off sale on all holiday merchandise and decor. A benefit for the Kingston Food Bank helps spread the holiday cheer, as two nonperishable food items gets an extra 10 percent off one item. This special has no limit and complimentary gift wrap will be provided for purchases.
Go to portgamblegeneralstore.com for more information.
Port Gamble Country Christmas
Coming up in December is, perhaps, the town’s biggest event of the year: Port Gamble’s annual Country Christmas, a traditional holiday weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11. There, visitors can take in the sight of more than 100,000 Christmas lights.
Santa’s Workshop is the main event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tractor rides, town lighting of the Post Office building, sidewalk sales and a fireworks show provided by Boomtown Productions will be among the events.
Santa’s Workshop, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 11, offers continued specials and holiday cheer at the Port Gamble shops. Entrance is $5 per child. Visit portgamble.com for more details and click on the events tab.
Port Gamble Theater’s journey to Narnia
The Port Gamble Theater is ready to take its audiences to Narnia this holiday season with its production of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” Dec. 2-18.
A special matinee will be staged at 2 p.m. Dec. 10.
From the story by C.S. Lewis, award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette delivers the heroic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving — the life and death struggle for control of Narnia begins.
This is one of the theater’s most popular shows and is sure to sell out quickly. For tickets, go to www.portgambletheater.com.
Port Gamble Bay cleanup update
The Port Gamble Bay Cleanup Project is well under way and noticeable changes on the historic mill site can be viewed from the town site above the old mill. Get construction updates at www.portgamblebaycleanup.com and on Facebook (search Port Gamble Bay Cleanup).
The cleanup process aims to eliminate threats to human health and the environment while minimizing the impacts of the cleanup.
Ghost Walk Tour Dates filling up fast
The popular annual ghost walks run from 7-10 p.m. October through March and typically sell out fast.
Take a guided tour of Port Gamble and explore the town’s history and paranormal experiences, with stops in the Walker-Ames House, Historic Museum, Post Office, old morgue and the Buena Vista Cemetery.
Available dates: Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4.
Participants must be 16 or older to attend; tickets are $25 per person. Get your tickets at portgamble paranormal.com.
Ever wondered what it’s like to take part in a paranormal investigation? Join paranormal investigator Pete Orbea for an evening in the famed Walker-Ames House of Port Gamble. You’ll get an in-depth look into the history and “long-term” residents while seeking to find out what goes bump in the night.
The investigation is 7-10 p.m. Nov. 18, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 18, and starts at the Walker-Ames House. Bring a flashlight or any equipment for ghost hunting, and dress warm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at port gambleparanormal.com.
Historic, unique space available
The Hovey House (House 8) was built in 1890 and is available for rent on Port Gamble’s historic Rainier Avenue.
This Victorian-style 2,089-square-foot home is perfect for retail and rents for $1,600 per month. It has two bathrooms and is available for a one-year lease with option for more.
Suite B, in the post office/theater building, is available for rent for $400 per month; utilities are included, except for phone and internet.
Contact Port Gamble property manager Tonya Caswell at 360-297-7251 to schedule a tour.
Prime parking space available in Kingston
Did you know that Pope Resources/Olympic Property Group LLC has one parking space for rent literally steps from the Kingston ferry landing?
This prime parking space can be rented on a month-to-month basis for $65 per month, with no deposit — and ACH capable. Contact Caswell at 360-297-7251.
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