Arts and Entertainment Briefs

G.H Symphony to

begin rehearsals

Rehearsals for the Grays Harbor Symphony Orchestra take place on Mondays, beginning Sept. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Music Pavilion on the Grays Harbor College campus in Aberdeen.

William Dyer, music instructor at the college, conducts the community orchestra and encourages all interested musicians to contact him about joining the group. The orchestra’s website is and Dyer can be reached at, (360) 538-4171.

He also notes that the group’s fall concert will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The program will feature an evening of symphonic dance selections and guest soloist, pianist and composer Mike Strickland. Tickets for this performance are available now online at or by calling (360) 539-4066.

GHC to hold tryouts

for “Frog and Toad”

Auditions for the Grays Harbor College musical production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” are slated for next week at the Bishop Center on the Aberdeen campus.

Tryouts for the lively musical based on childhood stories by author Arnold Lobel are set for Tuesday at 7 p.m., and beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Director Brad Duffy expects to cast from five to 15 adults in the production.

Performances of “A Year with Frog and Toad” will take place the first two weekends of November. Tickets to attend the musical are available online now at or by calling (360) 538-4066. For more information about the auditions, contact Duffy at (360) 538-4172,


Willapa Players

schedule auditions

Auditions have been scheduled for the Willapa Player’s fall production, “A Christmas Trilogy,” directed by LaRayne Watts. The production consists of three one-act Christmas plays. Auditions will be Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street in Raymond.

The cast requires one teen-age girl (supposed to be 16, but can be slightly younger or slightly older.), a ‘tween’ girl (somewhere from 11 to 13), one or two younger boys (from 7 to 10), a minimum of three (or could be as many as six) men from age 30 to 50, a minimum of three (or could be as many as six) women from ages 30 to 50, and one older woman.

Watts said, “The nice thing about having three separate one-acts is that the actors can control the level of time involvement. They can be in only one play and have to rehearse just one night a week, or can choose to be more involved and be in two or all three shows.”

Production dates are set for the first two weekends in December — opening Friday, Nov. 30 and continuing Saturday, Dec. 1, Sunday, Dec. 2, Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9.

In addition to actors, Watts says that people are needed for backstage work, costumes, set building and various other jobs.

If you are interested in participating in the play but cannot make either of the audition dates, please call Watts at (360) 942-5239.

Dance Club to host

"Wild-Wild West"

The Dance Club of Grays Harbor will host its montly dance with a western theme, featuring live music by Randy Litch from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, upstairs at the Hoquiam Masonic Temple at Eighth and K streets.

There will be a nightclub two-step dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by general dancing until 11 p.m.

Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Refreshments will be available.For more information, contact Arlene Hoiland at (360) 533-1412.


Buckaroo Days

Festival on tap

The third annual Elma Buckaroo Days Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. The festival includes a grand parade, entertainment, vendors, chili & salsa competition with tasting, mutton bustin’ for the little buckaroos, Paws-itively Fun dog show, pony rides, kiddie train rides, buggy rides, bounce houses, karaoke contest, Puget Sound Railroad locomotive tours, Elma Fire Department kids activities, Elma Timberland Library scavenger hunt, games & contests.

The Grand Parade starts at Elma High School at 11 a.m. and proceeds down Main Street to Second Street and then ends at the festival location of Second and Martin Streets. The parade offers cash awards and ribbons for the best entries in several categories including the best Buckaroo themed entry. New this year is a category for the best Buckaroo themed costumed pet on a leash.

The Buckaroo Days Chili & Salsa Cook-Off starts at 9 a.m. on Second Street, in front of Elma Feed & Farm Supply. Top cash award of $250 is offered so don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your chili or salsa, pre-registration is required. Tickets for tasting competition chili are available from the Chamber booth.

After the downtown festival, which runs until 4 p.m., adults may head to Elma Guesthouse Inn & Suites for the Buckaroo Days Beer & Wine Fest from 4 to 9 p.m. Sample wines from Westport Winery, beer from Westport Brewery and listen to music by Sweetkiss Momma. Admission is free to this event.

For information on any of these activities, contact the Chamber or (360) 482-3055.

Pourhouse to host

Thursday jam sessions

Newly renovated and recently re-opened, The Pourhouse in Aberdeen will host weekly jam sessions from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays. Local musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in. There is no cover charge, but you must be 21 or older to attend.

Driftwood Players

to host auditions

The Driftwood Players will be having auditions at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday — Sept. 18 & 19 — at the Driftwood Playhouse, 120 E. Third St., for the play “Excursion Fare.”

Directed by David Lund, this comedy/drama in two acts is set in a way station to eternity that houses people whose bodies have never been found.

Eight males from ages 25 and up and two Females ages 25 and 40 are needed for this show. Rehearsals will begin in September and run through mid-November. The play runs Nov. 17 through Dec. 9. You may contact the director, David Lund, at (360) 880-4771 or email him at

Saginaw Logger’s Day

in Brooklyn Saturday

The 13th Annual Saginaw Logger’s Day Show and Festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, next to the Brooklyn Tavern in Brooklyn.

This event showcases local working loggers and was originated to honor the men and women who participated in the colorful history of the many Western Washington logging companies.

The competition is restricted to non-professional log show contestants, and will include events such as log rolling, log falling, tree topping, tree climbing, coil making, choker setting and axe throwing. Fun events for women will include a rolling pin throwing competition. Children will have an opportunity to search for money and candy in a “Hay Hunt,” and a wonderful assortment of arts, crafts and food will be available for purchase.

All parking is free. Handicapped space is available on site. General parking is available nearby, with a shuttle van available.

Volunteers are needed in many different areas, and would be greatly appreciated. Competitor sign-ups are $10 for all events, and will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For further information, interested competitors may contact Ciara at (360) 500-0941, vendors may contact Rachel at (360) 249-4076, or for other information, contact Janice at (360) 249-6173.


Seattle author at

Shoalwater library

The Shoalwater Bay Tribal Community Library in Tokeland will host novelist Garth Stein for a visit and book signing at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The public is invited; refreshments will be served.

Stein, of Seattle, is the author of three novels: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (Harper, 2008), “How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets” (Soho Press, 2005), which won a 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, and was a Book Sense Pick in both hardcover and paperback; and “Raven Stole the Moon” (Harper, 2010).

Kathy Mattea coming

to the Bishop Center

Two-time Grammy Award-winning country bluegrass vocalist Kathy Mattea performs at the Grays Harbor College Bishop Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets are on sale now at a discount at; after Sept. 17, ticket prices will increase for this performance.

Mattea will sing selections from her newest album “Calling Me Home,” plus some of her previous ballads of love lost such as “Train of Memories,” “Lonesome Standard Time” and “18 Wheels & A Dozen Roses.”

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (360) 538-4066.