Let the sun in
SEQUIM — Organizers of the Sequim Sunshine Festival are hoping its third year will be a return to form and an opportunity for the region to shine.
Scheduled for today and Saturday through Sequim, it will include an illuminated drone light show, Sun Fun Color race, music and food.
“I think people are ready to have fun and are looking for an opportunity to get out there,” said Patsene Dashiell, Sequim’s marketing coordinator.
To learn more about the festival, visit sequimsunshinefestival.com.
Drones, lights, lessons
The popular drone show is among the events returning after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Firefly Drone Company will fly its 100 drones beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday for a 15-minute presentation near Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N Blake Ave, where the Sequim Irrigation Festival Logging Show is taking place.
Organizers say the free show is unique to the Sunshine Festival.
Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and watch from the park with parking available on the street, in the park and at Olympic View Church of God.
Artist Ross Brown’s Interactive Light Experience also returns to the festival with new exhibits at Pioneer Memorial Park. Headlights allow users to reflect, absorb, or transmit light with switches and dimmers; it’s also free.
The 1km and 5km Sun Fun Color Run are sold out with 530 participants, organizer Victoria Jones said.
There is no waiting list on site, but locals are encouraged to volunteer by registering at runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/WA/Sequim/SunFunColor Run.
A ribbon cutting hosted by the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce will take place at 5 p.m. today at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St..
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will present Why the Sun Always Shines in Sequim at the Civic Center Plaza.
Dashiell said they “wanted to come out with a splash and welcome people back together.”
The evening will also include the First Friday Art Walk downtown and a musical jam session at Civic Center Plaza with guest musicians to join.
On Friday and Saturday, the Interactive Light Experience is open, and locals can download and participate in The Great Sun Hunt 2022 by downloading the free Goose Chase app and going on a scavenger hunt for “Sequim’s Sunniest Spots” , according to the organizers.
Paper versions of the game are also available at the Visitor Information Center.
On Saturday, events open at the Guy Cole Event Center’s Sunshine Market in Carrie Blake Park with 22 vendors inside. Most food vendors will be outdoors with outdoor seating.
Dashiell said rather than having a ticketed event like the festival’s first year, they wanted it to be more inclusive and open to all visitors to buy food from vendors, including a beer garden and snacks. Sequim Valley Lions wine and candy inside Sweet Beginning Cafe.
Around the center, visitors are encouraged to participate in a street mural with solar paint and stencils that will last all year round. Artist Craig Robinson will also paint a new version of the “Be the I in Kind” sign.
From 2 to 4 p.m., visitors can pick up a free kit to make their own lanterns at the park’s gazebo near the center.
After Saturday’s 1k/5k run, the Buck Ellard Band will perform at the James Center for the Performing Arts in the park from noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by the Craig Buhler Band at the park’s Picnic Shelter from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. h 30.
Tom Shindler will play guitar and banjo at the park gazebo from 4:15-5:00 p.m., and Black Diamond Junction will perform from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the picnic shelter before the drone show.
For health reasons, masks are required inside the Sunshine Market and the Interactive Light Experience, with masks and hand sanitizer available.
Matthew Nash is a reporter for the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is made up of the Sound Publishing Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum newspapers. Join it at [email protected].
Michael Dashiell, husband of Patsene Dashiell, edits the Sequim Gazette.