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Your guide to holiday shopping & events Features Christmas joy

Local shops offer the new, must-have toys

Gift of experience

Wrapup lasting memories this season

Blissful bellies Try these fun, easy recipies

Events Santa Claus is coming to town Join him at the Port Townsend Community Treelighting Dec. 1

Up in lights 14th annual Holiday Lights Tour map available Dec. 19

Supplement to the Nov. 21, 2012 issue of the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

Take it from a “Christmas baby” On Christmas Day 2011

I celebrated my golden birthday – turning 25 years old on Dec. 25. Now I’ll admit that the majority of people I meet assume that being born on Christmas must “suck,” and most aren’t afraid to question whether or not I share the sentiment. Following that inquiry, the next question is always the same: “Do you get fewer presents?” It’s true that, for a quarter of a century, I have shared my name day with two famous men, Jesus Christ and Santa Claus, and the grandiose traditions celebrating these icons. But I am keen to tell those who ask, that given the chance, I doubt I would select a different day on which to be born (if a person could do such a thing), because, truthfully, having my birthday coincide with the pinnacle of the holiday season has granted me an interesting perspective on its “true meaning.”

Make a list, check it twice; visiting here sure is nice Forget about Santa Claus. He already has his list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. You need to make a list of what to see and do in Port Townsend and Jefferson County during a holiday season trip.

Let me eat pie My parents, Michael and Lisa Claflin, always strove to make the birthday of their youngest daughter a special occasion, at once separate and a part of the holiday. When I was a kid, it was easy. On the last day of school before winter break, I’d have a party, complete with balloons and hats, birthday cake and games, a sleepover and movies. As I got older, the celebrations matured, and about the time I turned 16, they ended altogether. Now, I enjoy an evening out with friends, a few beers bought in my honor and people letting me win at pool (or so they argue). But at home, traditions stay the same. Christmas is celebrated in the morning, and in the evening, after the turkey is carved and the taters are mashed, my mom puts a kaleidoscope of candles into an apple pie (I’ve never much liked cake), and we sing “Happy Birthday.” My presents are wrapped accordingly, in paper devoid of red and green, and on occasion, if my dad and sister are feeling playful, I’ll still don the paper hat. The best part: In my family you never have to do the dishes on your birthday!

Forever young It’s a rare occasion (in the month of December or really during the rest of the year) that I can pass my ID to a bartender, waiter, clerk or attendant without hearing them exclaim, “You’re a Christmas baby!” (or a “Jesus baby” for those who are religious). It’s true: At 26 years old, I am (and am likely to remain) repeatedly called an infant – an occurrence that my friends find hilarious and which is often the


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On Christmas Day in 1987,while celebrating at my grandparents’ home in Vancouver, Wash., I turned 1 year old. According to my mother, I was walking at 9 months old and “quite a handful,” more than willing to help my extended family members open their gifts. Despite what one might assume, sharing my birthday with Jesus Christ and the holiday has never been anything less than enjoyable, because it is always a time of good cheer, good eats, and family close by to celebrate with. Photo by Michael and Lisa Claflin basis of some kind of bet. (“I’ll buy the first round if she doesn’t say it” is usually how it goes.) As I’ve explained, the questions are always the same (even my family fields a query or two): “Do you hate it?” No. “Do you get fewer presents?” Maybe. “Do you celebrate a half-birthday?” On occasion. My knee-jerk response is to tell people, with twinkle in my eye, that I’m just not getting any older.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Because I grew up in Spokane, Wash., in my mind’s eye, Christmas is, and always should be, accompanied by a delicate cascade of snowflakes, frosting the limbs of the evergreens that surround my childhood home and accumulating into banks high as our pine fence. Christmas is about snowmen and sledding, snowball fights and igloo forts. To this day, one of my favorite pastimes is to flop down into that fluffy white landscape and feel the snowflakes dust my cheeks and eyelashes, the silence of a cold winter’s night ominous and familiar as I sink deeper into the snowy berm. Each year, a debate ensues as to the

exact date when the Christmas tree should be assembled and whether to listen to Nat King Cole or Elvis first. Antique ornaments and knickknacks are exhumed from the closet beneath the staircase and freed from their yearly wrapping of newspaper. These iconic figurines of Christmases past, some passed down from my parents’ grandparents, others given to us by friends, always remind us of those who can’t be present but are with us in spirit.

Scrooge-free zone I guess I’m entitled to feel a bit overshadowed by the holidays, but in truth, amidst the hustle and bustle, I have always enjoyed the sense that something bigger, something grand, is just around the corner. Sure, I can be annoyed by the accompanying consumerism or fall into the cynicism that, despite the carolers and the decorations, “Peace on Earth” is often fleeting. But here’s a piece of advice from this Christmas baby: Enjoy the season. Eat a little too much, drink and be merry. Dote on one another and give what you can to those in need. Because Christmas comes only once a year; trust me, I know – it’s my birthday. – Megan Claflin

• Plan to be impressed, simply amazed at the quality of locally produced items, from fine art to sensational cider, and the shops with their custom imports and choices not common in retail chain stores. • Be hungry, for we have dozens of great restaurants and cafes to satisfy your appetite. • Bring your reusable cloth shopping bags. The City of Port Townsend, as of Nov. 1, has instituted a plastic bag ban, which, for retail shops, means small paper bags are free to customers, but large paper bags cost a nickel. • Port Townsend has a lot to offer, but so do stores in Quilcene, Port Ludlow, Port Hadlock and Chimacum. They have great places to eat, too. • Come for the day or stay the night. The calendar of events in this magazine lists evening entertainment, craft fairs (none bigger than the 25th annual Chimacum Arts and Crafts Fair, Dec. 8-9), bazaars, and tons of other family-friendly things to do and see. Put us on your holiday list!

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Christmas joy for girls and boys Local shops stock variety of toys for the busiest shopping season


he busiest shopping season of the year cometh, but fortunately the toy shops of Port Townsend have plenty of big-ticket items and stocking stuffers to go around.

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Steven Goldenbogen, owner of Whistle Stop Toys, said many new Lego sets are available. He said the addition of the Lego Friends theme has finally introduced a successful collection for girls. “These have been popular and I have a lot,” Goldenbogen said of the pink-tinted boxes. The sets range from $7 to $70. Kevin M. James, manager of Sand Castle, said his shop also stocks the Lego Friends sets. “That’s huge; it’s the Barbie of Legos,” James said. Goldenbogen said Whistle Stop Toys has several other building or educational toys in stock. He said he’s a big fan of Mic-O-Mic toys for younger children. He said they’re puzzle builders from a German company, which means they don’t come with instructions, leaving the kids to innovate and figure out the set on their own. “They’re made really well, they’re a really great toy,” he said. Also for younger children are the Green Toys trucks, buses and planes. Goldenbogen said he’s a fan of these $15 to $30 items because they’re made in the United States out of recycled milk cartons. “They’re simple, they’re durable and solid and they’re dishwasher safe,” he said. “They’re proof you can make something in the United States and make it work.” For those interested in the natural sciences, Goldenbogen said he has several kinds of Thames and Kosmos science kits at Whistle Stop Toys, for an average price of around $50. The kits cover lessons ranging from bubble science, hydraulics, wind energy and other topics. Elena Lovato-Kraut, one of the co-owners of Hadlock Building Supply, said the store is stocking popular Schleich farm figures as well as remote controlled cars and John Deere brand dump trucks and tractors. “Those farm animals seem to be really popular with the kids. They go really fast,” Lovato-Kraut said.


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Steven Goldenbogen, owner of Whistle Stop Toys, displays one of his new Green Toys made in the U.S. entirely from recycled milk cartons. Behind Goldenbogen is a Playmobil display, a popular German building toy. Photo by Tristan Hiegler

“That’s huge; it’s the Barbie of Legos.” Kevin M. James Sand Castle manager

Arts and crafts James said that for the artistically inclined, Sand Castle has portable art kits and other art supplies available. He said the P’kolino art kit is ideal for the young artist on the go. The kits come with pens, crayons and paper in a cloth case. Happy robot, monkey or frog motifs are printed on each kit. He said the kits cost $40. Barbara Shaw, manager at Don’s Pharmacy, said she has several varieties of large arts and crafts kits available for $15. She said the kits include options coloring, craft projects and other themes. Shaw said one item that’s been popular with both children and adults is model cars. She said Swain’s Outdoor used to carry them and business is picking up for the

pharmacy because “they’ve started to realize we have them.” She said the model cars range from $16 to $25. Certain models are very popular and she can order to meet demand. “I pick and choose and if I find a popular one, I try to cater to that,” Shaw said.

of popular, novelty bike helmets available for biking enthusiasts. The $28 helmets include spiky rubber mohawks and other wild designs. He said he also recently stocked light-up racers and flyers. Also in stock are toy racer track sections, including four feet of glow in the dark tracks. He said the tracks and light-up cars are compatible with Hot Wheels products, which Don’s Pharmacy also stocks. Holly Mayshark, assistant manager at the recently opened Quimper Mercantile, highlighted the store’s stock of detailed Papo figurines. A French company, Papo makes realistic plastic stand-ins of dinosaurs, animals, historical warriors, fairy tale princesses and princes and mythological beasts. “Kids love these figures; they’re really kind of magical,” Mayshark said. She said they range in price from about $7.50 to $25.50. Mayshark added that Quimper plans to expand its toy stock to include items that aren’t readily available in Port Townsend like superhero action figures, Barbie dolls and other toys usually reserved for big box stores. Mayshark said she hopes to have the toy selection expanded sometime in November. – Tristan Hiegler

Action and adventure For anyone wanting to play in a galaxy far, far away, Goldenbogen said several new Star Wars Lego sets are available at Whistle Stop Toys. He said new versions of the Jedi Starfighter, X-Wing and TIE Fighter are stocked, while smaller sets are available that make great stocking stuffers. The sets can range from $15 to $60, Goldenbogen said. Whistle Stop Toys has a selection of Star Wars Lego sets available, with classic characters James said Sand and locations ranging in price from under $10 to over $50. Photo by Tristan Hiegler Castle has a variety The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

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A holiday full of tradition H oliday season traditions are all about change. The traditions we remember most fondly may be things that have changed, usually because of time and age, or things we carry on because, well, it’s tradition. As I see it, there is no right way or wrong way to celebrate (or not celebrate) Christmas. Family and personal traditions evolve, blending and bending to fit the modern world. Do whatever you believe. First and foremost, there is the religious tradition associated with a Christian view of Christmas. Let’s not dwell on how something so pure has become so commercialized. The tradition of Christmas music is strong, from church choirs to commercial-district carolers, from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to Manheim Steamroller to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” to “Silent Night” – always “Silent Night.” Christmas traditions at our house start with decorations, from the hand-made wreath (cedar boughs from Quilcene, pinecones from Montana, ribbon and doodads from Michaels) to the outdoor lights (switching slowly to the more energy-efficient variety) to the tree. Often our family Christmas is shaped by the tree: Did it dry out and droop too early? When it comes to ornaments, we used to think the snazzy items purchased from Christmas stores around the continent were all that, but now, it is clear the most valuable ornaments were those our children made in preschool. Christmas should be a time for happy children, and that often means toys. In our house, we run a Marx electric train that cost $8.95, a fortune in 1934, and is now a clickityclack, clickity-clack, around-the-tree tradition. The grandson is gonna love it this year. And that’s another

Buy ’em or bake ’em yourself. Who doesn’t like Christmas cookies? These are made in our family kitchen. Photos courtesy Patrick J. Sullivan


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The Sullivan brothers on Christmas Day 1965, dressed up for church, with some of our most favorite toys ever (including the G.I. Joe Deep Sea Diver action figure). tradition – doing something with relatives older or younger because a memory shared is worth much more than a memory solo. Christmas is remembering people with Christmas birthdays, on or near; to be sure they have cards and gifts on both days. My mother was born on Dec. 29. My son-in-law is born on Dec. 30. Megan here in the office has a birthday on Dec. 25. She gets the day off. White Christmas traditions (we’re talking snow here) are more rare here on the Olympic Peninsula. Growing up in Montana, I have Christmas vacation memories of sledding parties and snowball fights. I pedaled my new purple Stingray one Christmas Day, but the next year it was all about the snow shovel so that Santa’s sleigh would not need a tow. Trains, planes and automobiles, ferries and floating bridges, mountain passes and paralyzed urban traffic – your holiday family history must include a travel story. Ours is the 26-hour train ride from Sandpoint to Seattle when snow blocked the tracks, and it was so cold the Amtrak water tanks froze, and the dining car was down to

A memory shared is worth much more than a memory solo. white bread and ketchup. Best holiday trip ever. One of our favorite family holiday memories is driving to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving or Christmas, which meant a night at the Shiloh Inn with Bob’s next door for midnight pie and morning chow. One tradition that’s fading for so many of us: Christmas cards. I’m not talking about the everythingdigitized – including the signature – kind of card, but the old-fashioned, dime-store kind with a personalized sentiment. Christmas cards that hang in a special decorative holder, brightening many more days than the time it took to text your holiday greeting. And if your Christmas card includes a two-page, single-spaced letter about each and every thing your family did the past year, do not expect that to be memorable for anyone else. We have family traditions for

Christmas Eve (we gathered 24 people one year at the elders house), and Christmas Day (we still laugh about when the power was out and we cooked Christmas breakfast using the Coleman on the front porch) and even the day after Christmas (making sure nothing valuable was swept up in the wrapping paper). Too many people focus on what is received at Christmas rather than what is given. Since our Christmas of 1998, when the three kids were dazed by the volume of presents, we’ve looked more at quality than quantity. And it seems quaint to say, but it is the thought that counts. The simple act of giving at Christmas, much less what is being given, should be more memorable than your choice of discount supermarket gift cards. But while we look for holidayseason shopping deals, remember that some people simply look for food and a warm, dry place to sleep. That, my friends, is a holiday “tradition” we all could do more to change. – Patrick J. Sullivan The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

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Give the gift of experience T or call 360-385-2628. For fun and practical gift, now that there’s a no-plastic-bag rule in Port Townsend, buy a tote at the Wooden Boat Chandlery. Kenden Paegelow uses leftover canvas from Carol Hasse’s Port Townsend Sails Inc. and makes beautiful and indestructible totes. The bags retail for $29.95. Put a membership card in an envelope and attach. Memberships range from $40 to $500, and there are special deals as well.

he best presents are good memories. You don’t need to wrap them. They can’t break. They don’t wilt. They’ll always fit. And you don’t need to stand in line to return them. So where can you pick up a few memories, quick, to-go, pre-wrapped, cheap or expensive?

Gift of discovery Start with a $30 Discover Pass, available at Hadlock Building Supply, Henery Hardware and the Brinnon General Store, to name a few places. See for a full list. If your loved one doesn’t have one of these yellow tickets for admission to an estimated million acres of state parks, buy one. You can sit in your car and watch a sunset at Fort Worden State Park or get out and take a lovely baby hike at Dosewallips State Park in Brinnon. This year, my daughter and I watched the salmon spawn up the Dosewallips. Last year, we picked blackberries on the edge of the river and made a delicious pie. If you must, buy a small tree and attach the pass to it with a bow on top.

Consider giving a gift that will keep on giving throughout the year, such as a Discover Pass, good for accessing more than a million acres of Washington state parks for an entire year. Photo by Megan Claflin

Farmer’s bounty

And then there’s food, direct from the people who grow it. Buying a CSA share (community-supported agriculture) helps farmers because it gives them guaranteed income. In exchange, you get the pick of the crop. For a set pre-paid price, you get a box or bag of fresh produce weekly. Boxes include what’s fresh, usually greens for a salad; cooking greens, like kale; root vegetables; and later in the season, fruits like strawberries and raspberries. Red Dog Farm in Chimacum offers five two-month sessions and two kinds of shares – a small share and a large


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Kenden Paegelow uses leftover canvas from Carol Hasse’s Port Townsend Sails Inc. to make beautiful and indestructible totes, available at the Wooden Boat Chandlery. Photo by Allison Arthur share. Small shares run from $110 to $230 depending on the season. Sunfield Farm also offers subscriptions that vary from $615 for a full share, $395 for a half share and $300 for a working share; the 26-week season runs from May through November. Yes, the gift of fresh food weekly from local farmers is on the pricey side (around $20 per week), but then, it’s like having a garden and not having to weed. And besides, you’re supporting the local economy. Buy a pretty Port Townsend Farmers Market bag to put your CSA gift card in. You need one of those cloth bags now anyway.

Wildlife weekend If a good sunset and good food don’t quite hit the spot, how about getting out on the water and experiencing nature? Seriously, if you’ve never been on the Salish Sea, as Puget Sound and the water around us is supposed to be called, check out the Puget Sound Express, which runs from May through October. A round-trip ticket for a lovely boat ride to view wildlife and whale-watch between Port Townsend and Friday Harbor runs $89 for an adult and $49 for a child. It’s OK to spend the night in that fine seaport as well and return the next day. It’s one thing to see an orca whale on television, another to see members of J pod frolicking in the open sea. The Hanke family has operated the Puget Sound Express for 27 years. It hires

people who know, and follow, the rules of whalewatching. Naturalist Sarah Hanke grew up on the water and she’s an excellent tour guide. She also makes a tasty blueberry buckle cake that’s available on board, along with coffee. My daughter and I did this trip using a Groupon ticket one year. It’s definitely a do-again, even without the discount. And yes, we saw whales, an entire pod, in June. Words can’t describe the thrill of it all. Call them at 360-385-5288 or email If you don’t want to see whales, consider a trip to Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge. Trips are coordinated by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center at 360-3855582. It’s not uncommon to see loons, oystercatchers, murrelets ... some 85 bird species and eight mammal species. Get a gift certificate and attach it to a stuffed toy if you need to wrap something.

Ahoy! If you would rather be at the helm than standing by as a passenger, then look east from the Puget Sound Express and head for the Northwest Maritime Center, where you can learn to sail. Or you could learn about wooden boat construction. Or you could just learn to knot. It’s true that no child should be left inside – a favorite mantra of local outdoor trekker Jim Whittaker – but no adult should be left inside either. So get out on the water and learn to sail. See

While I did try my hand at sailing years ago, I’ll confess a burning desire to learn to fly and soar like an eagle. It annoys the heck out of me to see the Port Townsend Aircraft Services sign advertising flight school at the entrance to the Jefferson County International Airport. Books and materials for flight training cost $220 and then you need a headset, which costs $150, and then 40 hours of flight time and so on. So this is an expensive little adventure that I can’t vouch for personally – or add up – but one can daydream.

Big screen One last down-to-earth gift for those who enjoy a good film is a membership in the Port Townsend Film Institute that starts at $35 and becomes a Port Townsend Film Festival Pass. Membership also gives you access to the festival’s library, a $1 discount to First Tuesday Salon at the Rose Theatre and 20 percent off Pane d’Amore bread. Who knew? For fun, buy an oldie-but-goodie video for $3 from Vasu Video Uptown (1030 Lawrence St.) and package your pass. So, for 2013, give your loved one the gift of fresh air and a Discover Pass good for a whole year, or good food from your local farmer, or a trip out on the water to see how beautiful the Olympic Peninsula truly is or the gift of education or a good movie. The gift of experience – it’s a gift that won’t be returned or forgotten but likely will be remembered. – Allison Arthur

Puget Sound Express runs whale-watching tours between Port Townsend and Friday Harbor starting in May. Submitted photo The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

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Holiday Events 2012 Listen, taste, buy, share in holiday season events Vendors may rent tables for $15 per day. Raffle tickets are to be sold for items donated by vendors, with all proceeds from tables and raffle items donated to Jefferson County Food Bank. Baked goods available for sale by famous Quilcene and Coyle bakers. Call Evelyn Gunther, 765-0786, or Dora Whittaker, 765-3157.

Jefferson County presents a host of spirited events and activities for the season. Telephone prefixes are 360 unless otherwise noted. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Enter Port Townsend Main Street’s Hometown Holiday Sweepstakes by noon Dec. 1 at participating stores for chance to win one of two $500 shopping sprees. Must be present to win at 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Details:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21SATURDAY, DEC. 15 Locally made wreaths available for delivery. Proceeds support scholarships for all-day kindergarten at Grant Street School in Port Townsend and for a graduating senior from Port Townsend High School. Wreaths can be decorated to specifications for a donation of $25 to either scholarship fund. Call Jeanie Glaspell, 385-6807 or email Leave your name, phone, preferred color of decorations and preferred delivery date.

Thanksgiving Cruise to Protection Island aboard Glacier Spirit, sponsored by Port Townsend Marine Science Center, departs Point Hudson Marina at 1 p.m. for three-hour cruise to view fall bird migration and natural wildlife. Reservations: 800-566-3932, 385-5582, or; Port Townsend Merchants’ Holiday Open House/Small Business Saturday. Caroling in the streets by Wild Rose Chorale, 2-4 p.m., in-store treats and specials. Many merchants stay open later. Sponsored by Port Townsend Main Street Program. 385-7911,

THURSDAY, NOV. 29 Port Ludlow Bay Club Treelighting with the Choral Belles, 4 p.m. at the club. The free performance launches the group’s Christmas season. The 24-voice women’s group sings a repertoire of “sassy and serious” music of the season.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29SUNDAY, DEC. 23 “This Wonderful Life,” a one-man tour de force of hope, humor and holiday nostalgia

adapted from Frank Capra’s beloved Christmas classic by Steve Murray and Mark Setlock, performed by Charlie Bethel and directed by Angela Amos at Key City Public Theatre at Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend. Includes pay-what-you-wish performances Dec. 2 and 6. Performances ThursdaysSundays. Performance times and ticket prices: Purchase at KCPT offices, 1128 Lawrence St., playhouse box office, 419 Washington St., by phone or online. Call 379-0195 or visit

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 30-DEC. 1 Festival of Lights Gift Bazaar & Cookie Extravaganza, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Masonic Hall, Jefferson and Van Buren streets, Port Townsend. Features handmade jewelry, purses, scarves, mosaic glass; photos with Santa; psychic readings; luminaria kits; raffle to benefit PT winter shelter; and 2,000 home-baked holiday cookies. Free admission. Call 385-2341.

5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the gallery, 2409 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. The center is a nonprofit community arts center supported entirely by volunteers. Visit

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Hanging of the Greens, 9 a.m.-noon, First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St., Port Townsend. Help decorate the Victorian sanctuary and share a chili potluck lunch. Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Brinnon Booster Club. New and handcrafted items available for sale. For booth information, call 796-4910. Center Valley Animal Rescue Christmas Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 11900 Center Road, Quilcene. Celebrate the season with Santa, a variety of cuddly critters, a basket raffle and refreshments. Call 765-0598.

9th annual Life Care Center of Port Townsend’s Christmas Fair and Silent Auction/Wreath Contest, 2-4 p.m., Life Care Center. Attendees view and bid on handmade wreaths, and enjoy refreshments and musical entertainment. “Best of Show” wreath winner gets a $400 prize package from Resort at Port Ludlow. Call 385-3555. Community Treelighting/Santa Visit in Port Townsend, with afternoon caroling in the streets by Wild Rose Chorale. Santa arrives by Engine No. 3, Port Townsend’s vintage white fire truck, 4:30 p.m., Haller Fountain. Hometown Holiday Sweepstakes winners announced. Sponsored by Port Townsend Main Street Program. 385-7911, First Saturday Gallery Walk is 5:308 p.m. in Port Townsend. Admission to galleries is free, with many serving light refreshments. Boiler Room Annual Benefit Auction at the Cotton Building in downtown Port Townsend in conjunction with Gallery Walk and the Community Treelighting. Silent auction bidding starts at 6 p.m. Donations include art, jewelry, handcrafts and household items. Information: Amy Smith, 360-550-0978.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 & SUNDAY, DEC. 2 “Just the Two of Us” presented by Brinnon Community Theatre at the Brinnon Booster Club in three performances: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 796-4910.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30-DEC. 31 “Small Expressions,” Northwind Arts Center’s annual gift/art show, features smaller-sized art, jewelry, sculpture and more. Grand opening during Gallery Walk,

Road. The cello group from Bainbridge Island performs a mix of holiday tunes.

“Cello Mania,” a Concert in the Woods event, 2 p.m. at Laurel B. Johnson Community Center in Coyle, 923 Hazel Point

PT Shorts “Christmas in Radio Land,” sponsored by Key City Public Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Pope Marine Building, featuring holiday radio shows from the 1940s and 50s. Free. Call 379-0195 or visit

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21SUNDAY, DEC. 16 Christmas for Children giving trees are available at various county and Port Townsend locations. Tree tags list Christmas needs and wishes. People may choose a tag and return new, unwrapped items to the tree by Dec. 16. Families in need in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Chimacum, Nordland and Port Ludlow may call 379-4207 to sign up for the program.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOV. 23-24 Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair features juried artists on two floors of the Port Townsend Community Center, Lawrence and Tyler streets, Uptown Port Townsend, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. A portion of sales benefits the food bank. Sponsored by the nonprofit Port Townsend Arts Guild. 379-3813,;

SATURDAY, NOV. 24 5th annual Quilcene Craft and Gift Fair holiday bazaar, free admission, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Quilcene Community Center.


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Santa Claus has a busy schedule this time of year, but he is fitting in a visit to the Port Townsend Community Treelighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Haller Fountain. Photo by Lauren Salcedo The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

Port Townsend Community Orchestra’s Annual Holiday Concert, with the Peninsula Singers, is 7:30 p.m., Chimacum High School Auditorium. Pre-concert lecture by conductor Dewey Ehling, 6:45 p.m. Program highlights include “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst’s “Christmas Day” and Tchaikovsky’s march from “Nutcracker.” A carol sing is planned. Free. Visit

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 1-2 Holiday Tours of Homes in Port Ludlow and Port Townsend, sponsored by the Port Ludlow Community Enrichment Alliance and the Victorian Society in America – Northwest chapter, is a combined effort for showing homes dressed for the season. A “Now” tour of four modern homes in Port Ludlow is Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Light refreshments are offered at the Inn at the Resort at Port Ludlow. The following day, on Sunday, Dec. 2, is a “Then” tour of three private Victorian homes in Port Townsend, complemented by traditional Christmas music, 2-6 p.m. Light refreshments offered. Sunday tour homes include the Capt. R.W. De Lion (1883), N.W O’Rear (1891-1906) and John Thornton (1885) homes. Tickets are $20 for each individual tour or $35 for admission to both tours. Visit or call 379-2847. Christmas High Tea, sponsored by the Quilcene Historical Museum, a fundraiser for the Worthington Park project, 1-3:30 p.m., at Worthington Mansion on Columbia Street. Tickets $20 for either sitting, Saturday or Sunday. Limited seating. Raffle tickets, $1, are sold for a chance to win one of five themed Christmas trees decorated by community organizations, plus 20 other prizes and a tour of the mansion. To reserve a spot, call 765-4848 or 796-4455.

The Wild Rose Chorale brings seasonal songs to Port Townsend’s downtown commercial district. File photo by Patrick J. Sullivan St., Port Townsend. Free Waterfront pizza on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 379-8247 for start time and information. Quilcene Middle School/High School Winter Concert. 7 p.m., multipurpose room.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6 Port Townsend High School Band/Orchestra Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. PTHS auditorium.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7 PTA Family Fun Night, 6 p.m. at Grant Street Elementary School.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 Community Chorus of Port Townsend and East Jefferson County, with a select chamber orchestra, presents “Gloria!” in two concerts, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Chimacum High School Auditorium. Rebecca Rottsolk directs. Program is Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” John Rutter’s “When Icicles Hang,” and English carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Tickets, $12, are available at Crossroads Music and at the door. 385-1402,

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 Brinnon Community Christmas Tree and Nativity Lighting ceremony, 5 p.m., along U.S. Highway 101, across from the Brinnon General Store. Sponsored by Brinnon Community Church, Brinnon Booster Club and Brinnon General Store.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5 “Nightmare Before Christmas” movie screening at the Boiler Room, 711 Water The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

12th Annual “Golden Gift from St. Nicholas to Port Townsend” is presented at 6:30 p.m. at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Christian Church, 1407 30th St., Port Townsend. Come hear the real story of St. Nicholas at this festive, traditional event for the whole family. 385-0585,

SATURDAY, DEC. 8 Holiday Craft and Flea Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Brinnon Booster Club. Hand Work Studio sale of handcrafts, 2-7 p.m. at the studio, 804 Hastings Ave., Port Townsend. 344-4000 or 531-2897.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 8-9 25th annual Chimacum Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days in gym and commons at Chimacum School. Entry is $3; proceeds benefit Quilcene, Chimacum and Port Townsend schools. Handmade gifts include gold- and silversmithing, textiles, jewelry, candles, woodworking, leather, birdhouses, food, clothing and more. Information: Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., TriArea Community Center, 10 W. Valley Road, Chimacum. Vendors display and sell handmade items. Bake sale benefits the Tri-Area center. Information: 360-390-8559.



Performing Arts in Port Ludlow presents “Music of the Holidays” featuring Greta Matassa and Clipper Anderson, 4 p.m., Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow. The pair perform selections from their holiday CD, “And to All a Good Night,” with Darin Clendenin on piano and Mark Ivester on drums. On the program are holiday standards by Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Mandel. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets, $24, are available at the Bay Club or on Brown Paper Tickets via the link at Call 437-2208.

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” show, with Kevin Mason, 7:30 p.m., Upstage, 923 Washington St., Port Townsend. Mason sings a festive collection of vintage Christmas classics and love songs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including hits from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams. Joining him are guest performers George Radebaugh, John McElwee and more.

TUESDAY, DEC. 11 7th & 8th Grade Band/Orchestra Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Blue Heron Middle School.


“Embers of December” all-day concert at Port Townsend’s Boiler Room features local talent, free pancakes and free vegan soup for Food Not Bombs in the afternoon. Gilded Age Yuletide Salon sponsored by Port Townsend Main Street Program, 1-8 p.m., features caroling, readings, toddies and seasonal drinks – and a visit from Father Christmas. Visit Beth Whitney Band, a Concert in the Woods event, 7:30 p.m. at Laurel B. Johnson Community Center in Coyle, 923 Hazel Point Road. Whitney’s music reflects the influence of classic folk-rock acts of the 1970s as well as her contemporary peers in acoustic music. She is joined by bassist Aaron Fishburn.

MONDAY & FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 14 Holiday Community Singers rehearse special holiday music with Wild Rose Chorale, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 14, First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St., Port Townsend. Directed by Rebecca Rottsolk, singers spend Monday session learning notes; Friday serves as dress rehearsal. Then, participants join the Wild Rose Chorale for holiday concerts Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16. All singers are invited. For information and to register, contact or 385-1402.;Dick Johnson, 3855418; or

SATURDAY, DEC. 15 9th Annual Holiday Sale for Procrastinators, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Masonic Hall, 1338 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, behind the post office, presents the craftsmanship of 14 local artists and craftspeople, including fiber arts, jewelry, handmade books, pottery and more. 360-643-1096. 13th Annual Christmas Bird Count is free. Join a designated count circle with other birders or count in your home landscape. Dan Waggoner,

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 15-16 Wild Rose Chorale & Friends Holiday Concerts are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St., Port Townsend. Featured are the a cappella Wild Rose Chorale; a group of holiday community singers directed by Rebecca Rottsolk; plus the high school group PT Vocal Ensemble and the elementary-aged PT Youth Chorus, both directed by Leslie Lewis. Suggested donation at the door is $12. Contact or 385-1402.

“A Christmas Story” movie screening at the Boiler Room, 711 Water St., Port Townsend. Free Waterfront pizza on a first-come, firstserved basis. Call 379-8247 for start time and information. Grade 5 Band Concert, 7 p.m. Chimacum School.

THURSDAY, DEC. 13 3rd Grade Holiday Music Concert, 6:30 p.m., Grant Street Elementary School. Grades 4-5 Holiday Musical, 7 p.m., Chimacum School.

Look for more Jefferson County holiday events in the Leader’s “Gift Ideas” sections published in December. Add your holiday concert, play, sale or event to the ongoing list of seasonal activities by sending a notice to Churches may send notices of Advent and Christmas services and events, also to news@ptleader. com. Visit for more holiday news.

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More holiday events SUNDAY, DEC. 16

The 14th annual Holiday Lights Tour Map is published by the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader to showcase, from Brinnon to Port Townsend, some of the best outdoor displays of Christmas lights.

“Swaddling Clothes,” Brinnon Community Church Christmas Cantata, 11 a.m. at Brinnon Community Church.


MONDAY-TUESDAY, DEC. 17-18 TeenLab Performance, 7 p.m., Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., is the culmination of a month-long, self-created work by teens under the direction of Key City Public Theatre’s education coordinator Amy Sousa. TeenLab is an ongoing KCPT program in which student artists write, develop and perform their own collaborative works. Call 379-0195 or visit

MONDAY, DEC. 17-SUNDAY, DEC. 23 Many Port Townsend shops open until 7 p.m.


Christmas Carol Sing, 3:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St., Port Townsend. Children welcome. Bring musical instruments. Those gathered will sing Christmas carols from the hymnal and other Christmas songs such as “Feliz Navidad.” Musicians of all abilities are invited to join in a festive Christmas band. 6th & 7th Grade Band/Orchestra Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. Blue Heron Middle School.


Old-fashioned Christmas caroling. Get together at Port Ludlow Bay Club at 2:30 p.m.; sing for shut-ins immediately following. Sponsored by Port Ludlow Community Church.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Shrek the Halls” double-feature movie screening at the Boiler Room, 711 Water St., Port Townsend. Free Waterfront pizza on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 379-8247 for start time and information.

Holiday Piano Concert by Nan Toby Tyrrell, 3 p.m. Seaport Landing, 1201 Hancock St., Port Townsend.

Quilcene Elementary School Winter Concert, 6 p.m., multi-purpose room.

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2nd Grade and 1st-2nd MultiAge Grades Holiday Concert, 6:30 p.m. Grant Street Elementary.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21 Holiday on the Docks is staged in Port Ludlow. More information available at the Port Ludlow Marina, 437-0513.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22 3rd Annual Fiber Foursome Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1202 Lawrence St., Port Townsend. Fiber arts sale features hand-crafted, original creations of Kim Thomson, CC Manzoni, Rebekah Cadorette, Ann Norton and one local ceramic artisan, Diana Cronin. 379-3661, or

SUNDAY, DEC. 23 Holiday Hi-Jinx Show by Paul Rogers, 7 p.m., Upstage Restaurant, 923 Washington St., Port Townsend, featuring Rogers and an

This angel was created from one of the Port Townsend F Street pieces of public art, the type of attraction to be featured on this year’s 14th annual Holiday Lights Tour map, as assembled by the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader. Photo by Patrick J. Sullivan all-star cast of musicians, including many from PT. Local songstress Carla Main sings some of her

MONDAY-TUESDAY, DEC. 24-25 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services and observances offered by many Jefferson County churches. (See Leader listings in December.)

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“My Christmas Song for You,” a holiday spectacular offered by Key City Public Theatre, co-conceived by Denise Winter and Linda Dowdell and hosted by David Cunningham, features local singers and instrumentalists, including members of Port Townsend High School’s own “A Cappella A-Go-Go.” Family Night is Dec. 26; Dec. 30 matinee is pay-what-youwish. Performances at Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend. Performance times and ticket prices: Purchase at KCPT offices at 1128 Lawrence St., box office at 419 Washington St., by phone or online. Call 379-0195 or visit


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Fun, easy recipes for blissful bellies

he holidays are a cozy time, full of warmth and the pleasure of gathering with family and friends for good food, good drink and good times. However, too often the holidays are a bit of a disaster with too much food, too much drink and too much activity. Sometimes the warmth and fellowship part gets lost in the maelstrom of shopping, cooking, partying and general running around. With these thoughts in mind, I hit on the idea of a relaxed way to enjoy the warmth of the kitchen and the fellowship of family and friends while creating some gifts – multitasking but in a festive way. Here’s the idea: a leisurely session in the kitchen baking – and eating – together. Using basic dough you can make a beautiful holiday pizza to eat for lunch. While that’s rising, you make some sweet rolls to take home for breakfast or to complement a coffee break, and then you finish up by using some of the reserved pizza dough to make rolls to freeze for later or to give as gifts. The recipes are simple and flexible enough so that you can include the kids. You can make the dough the same day or ahead of time in which case it may be refrigerated or even frozen and thawed the day you plan to bake. If you are including very small kids, forming the dough and baking may be enough for one day, so making the dough ahead of time is strongly recommended. They will have plenty of fun rolling it out and forming it without the risk of avalanches of flour on the floor and you’ll have less need to swig at the holiday punch. Above all, don’t rush things. Making these simple breads is easy enough for beginners. Plan to do this on a weekend or when you have at least three hours unencumbered and it will be fun and productive! Make all three or opt for just one; either way, just have fun.

start the machine. 3. As the dough begins to form, add the olive oil and the rest of the flour a small amount at a time and allow the mixer to knead the dough until it cleans the bowl but is still soft and flexible. Note: Be sparing with the last cup of flour – too much and the resulting product will be heavy and dry. While the dough is kneading, warm a large bowl by filling it with hot water. Dry thoroughly. 4. Drop in the dough and a teaspoon of oil. Roll dough to coat it on all sides, then cover bowl with a damp towel and place it in a warm spot to rise for about one hour. The dough is ready when two fingers leave an indentation and the dough doesn’t immediately deflate.

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Makes one 12-inch pizza and 12 rolls or two 12-inch pizzas. Preparation time (dough): 15 minutes, plus 1 hour to rise Baking time (pizza): 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 packages dry yeast 2 cups lukewarm water a big pinch of sugar 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons sea salt 4 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup whole wheat flour 4 to 5 cups unbleached white flour 1. In a small bowl whisk together the yeast, water and a pinch of sugar. Allow mixture to rest undisturbed until it foams up like a head of beer. 2. Place the sugar, sea salt and about 2 cups of flour in the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor. Add the yeast mixture and


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Orange Pecan Sweet Rolls are simple to bake and make a delicious addition to breakfast or with coffee after dinner. Photo by Catherine Kapp

Makes one 12-inch pizza Basic wheat dough 2 tablespoons cornmeal 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup basil paste (see below) or store bought pesto 3 ounces goat cheese rolled into 8 small balls 4 whole roasted red peppers cut lengthwise into eight “petals” Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Basil paste: Place 3 cups fresh basil leaves, two large cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons walnuts, ½ teaspoon salt and 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil in food processor and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding more salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place oven rack in the lowest position in the oven.

1. Punch down the dough. Break off a ball of dough about the size of a softball. Return the rest of the dough to the bowl and let it rise again while you proceed with the pizza. 2. Roll out the dough into a circle roughly 12 inches in diameter. Using a cookie cutter or jar lid cut a circle out of the center. (Add cutout back into the dough in the bowl.) 3. Sprinkle a cookie sheet with the cornmeal and slide on the pizza dough. Brush lightly with olive oil. 4. Spread the basil mixture evenly on the dough, then arrange the red pepper slices and goat cheese balls to form a flower pattern. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. 5. Place the baking sheet in the oven on the bottom rack and bake until edges are crusty and the cheese has begun to brown. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Orange Pecan Sweet Rolls Makes 12 rolls Preparation time: about 2 ½ hours For the dough: 1 package yeast ½ cup lukewarm water ½ teaspoon sugar 1 cup milk (low fat or regular) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ¼ cup honey 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 cup cooked oatmeal 4 ½ to 5 cups unbleached white flour 1 tablespoon flavorless oil or butter to grease the bowl For the filling: 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter plus 1 tablespoon for topping 1 cup pecans toasted in oven for about 10 minutes and roughly chopped

1 cup roughly chopped dried apricots grated zest of 1 orange 2/3 cup brown sugar The dough: 1. Whisk the yeast, water and sugar together in a small bowl. Let it sit undisturbed until it foams up like a head of beer. 2. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepan (or bowl, if using microwave) scald the milk. 3. Add 4 tablespoons of butter, the honey, salt and oatmeal. Pour into a large bowl or the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer. Allow mixture to cool to lukewarm. 4. Add the yeast mixture and 1 cup of the flour. Beat very thoroughly – about two minutes. 5. Continue adding the flour one cup at a time, beating thoroughly each time. (When ready, the dough should just clean the bowl of the mixer but still be soft and rather sticky.) 6. Warm a large bowl with hot water. Dry, then coat with 1 tablespoon or flavorless oil or butter. 7. Place dough in bowl, roll it around to oil it on all sides, then cover with a damp towel and place in a warm spot to rise until double in bulk – about 1 hour. (Dough is ready when two fingers pressed into it leave a depression and it doesn’t immediately deflate.) To make the rolls: 1. Sprinkle a little flour on the work surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle about 10 x18 inches. 2. Spread with 4 tablespoons of softened butter, then sprinkle the brown sugar, pecans, apricots and orange zest evenly on top. 3. Starting on the 18-inch side, roll up the dough like a jellyroll. Pinch the seam closed tightly. 4. Cut into 12 slices. 5. Arrange slices, cut side up, in oiled baking pans (Rectangular, square or round – whatever you’ve got – or use muffin tins). Dot with the remaining tablespoon of butter. Let rise in a warm place while you pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees – about 35 minutes. 6. Bake in the middle level of the oven about 35 minutes or until the tops are golden. Optional glaze: 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice mixed with enough confectioner’s sugar to make a thin paste. Drizzle on the rolls when they are cool.

Wheat Rolls with Cumin, Coriander and Walnuts Makes 1 dozen medium-sized rolls Baking time: 20 minutes These are savory rolls good with soup or cheeses. Serve with the gorgeous holiday offering from Mt. Townsend Creamery, ”Holiday Cheer,” soft ripened and washed in Finn River cider, or a rich, blue-veined cheese like Rogue River Blue aged in vine leaves soaked in pear brandy. Add some local honey and you have a great gift. Or add apples or pears, a salad and a glass of wine and you have a meal light enough and heavenly The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

Wheat Rolls continued enough for any stray angels dropping in. Half the recipe for pizza dough (above) 2/3 cup walnuts 2 teaspoons whole coriander seed 2 teaspoons whole cumin seed 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, taking care they do not turn dark or they will be bitter. Remove and roughly chop them. Turn up oven to 400 degrees. 2. Place cumin and coriander in a small frying pan and toast over medium flame until fragrant –1 to 1 ½ minutes. Remove and lightly crush in a mortar, or cool, then place in a sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin. 3. Briefly knead the walnuts and spices into the dough. 4. Pinch off pieces of dough and form into balls about two-thirds the size of a tennis ball. Place in greased muffin tins and put in a warm place to rise until almost double in bulk, about 30 minutes. 5. Bake in the middle level of a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Remove from tins as soon as possible. Serve warm or at room temperature. – Catherine Kapp

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Getting into the holiday spirits


ith access to fresh, local ingredients, those of us fortunate enough to live on the Olympic Peninsula know all the delicious benefits of planning our menus according to the season. This December, the same philosophies apply as hosts and hostesses stock their bars with flavors both new and tried and true, all eager to aid in reminiscing on holidays past. A simple internet search results in a multitude of recipes for eggnogs and ciders, martinis and toddies, coffees and cocoa, but the Leader queried

a few local professional mixologists, asking, “What is your favorite holiday cocktail?”

Hot Buttered Rum At Alchemy Wine Bar and Bistro, Jonathan and Traci Stafford offer up simple favorites made from ingredients you can find in your home cupboards, and more complex cocktails that might take a little searching at your local grocer. Jonathan Stafford said that although hot buttered rum mixes are readily available in December, making your own from scratch is easy and adds a

touch of sophistication to your holiday soiree. “Hot buttered rum is a cozy classic drink for winter in the Northwest,” he said.

Ingredients 1/2 pound softened butter 1/2 pound brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon allspice Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of the Hot Buttered Rum batter to a glass of hot water and 1 ounce of your favorite spiced rum.

Sports & Leisure If you are searching for something a little out of the ordinary, Traci Stafford suggests a Sports & Leisure, a full-bodied spiced drink “with a kick in the ribs to keep you toasty.” Ingredients 1 1/2 ounce Courvoisier Cognac 1 1/2 ounce Angostura Aromatic Bitters 3/4 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur Combine and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into favorite cocktail glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

Jameson Hot Toddy

A little out of the ordinary, this Sports & Leisure cocktail requires a few less common ingredients but all of the necessary items are available at your local grocer. Photos by Megan Claflin


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Up the road at the Castle Key Restaurant and Lounge manager Bob Saring said his personal favorite during the holidays is a simple, neat glass of Drambuie. “For me, when I think of wintertime I think of Drambuie,” he said. However, for a drink sure to please your guests, Saring suggests a hot toddy made with Jameson’s Irish whiskey.

Jonathan Stafford at Alchemy Wine Bar and Bistro in Port Townsend suggests a homemade hot buttered rum for a simple, sophisticated way to add some classic cheer to your holiday party.

Ingredients 1 ounce Jameson’s Irish whiskey 1 teaspoon honey 5 or 6 cloves Healthy squeeze of lemon 1 teaspoon honey Hot water Combine all ingredients in a glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a lemon wheel.

Hot Chocolate Butter Nut At the Public House Grill, Angeline Higgins said selecting one holiday favorite is no easy task. She and her fellow bartenders keep several holiday favorites at the ready for the yuletide. However, for

Higgins, nothing is better in the cold, crisp weather than rich, creamy flavors, so she suggests a Hot Chocolate Butter Nut. “The garnish is very important,” she said. “It’ll make your guest feel extra special.” Ingredients 1 ounce Amaretto 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps Warm milk Cocoa powder 1 small dark chocolate bar Whipped cream Prepare a mug of hot chocolate to your liking, add Amaretto and butterscotch schnapps, and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings (or chocolate syrup.)

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Victorian Coffee Mindful of Pacific Northwesterners’ affinity for a good cup of coffee no matter the season, bartender Ray Crowther at the Mezzaluna Lounge said he brews up something special for his guests in December with a Victorian coffee. “The Victorian coffee is perfect for our local setting and is a romantic play on our Spanish coffee,” he said. “You can enjoy the ingredients separate all season long or combine them for a truly amazing flavor that will keep you warm and cozy.” Ingredients Grand Marnier Brandy Dark crème de cacao Whipped cream Add equal parts Grand Marnier and brandy to a freshly brewed cup of coffee (the roast and ratio can be to your own liking), add the crème de cacao to taste and top with a generous helping of whipped cream.

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Holiday Pro-craft-inator It’s the night of the party, and you just found out there’s a gift exchange; it’s your first Christmas with relatives you don’t know that well; you received a gift from someone you didn’t buy anything for – what do you do? Friends, it’s time to get crafty with a few homemade holiday cards.

For the person you wish to ‘guilt’ into loving you You need: a vivid imagination and a tendency to fixate. Nothing makes that special someone more uncomfortable than a gesture that says, “I love you more.” You could say it in a card: “I know all your food allergies! I bet you don’t know mine!” Or you could say it with an overly personal collage. (Warning: This could take months, but if you really love them, you’ve already started one.) My favorite way to say “I’m committed” is to go old school and send them a piece of ear, like Vincent van Gogh. I really do not see how this could go wrong. Front of card: “Thinking of You this Season.” Inside: “Are you thinking of me? I didn’t think so. Why don’t you love me?”

For the person who has everything Some people buy themselves everything they need. But there’s an old saying/Beatles song that money can’t buy you a homemade card. Make it so personal that they will feel horrible for throwing it away. Front of card: “Here’s something you can’t return …” Inside: “MY LOVE!” This card works best at a party where you can follow them around for the rest of the evening.

Santa Claws!” Inside: “Hey animal, I know you probably don’t know what’s going on, except that everyone is eating a lot more food. I just didn’t want you to feel left out just because you don’t ‘understand’ ‘Christmas.’” Better make this card out of something edible, unless your pet is one of the few that knows how to read.

For your secret lover Not saying that you have a secret lover (wink), but if you do (wink), I’m sure they’d love to be remembered this year. Front of card: “Happy Holidays” Inside: “;)” Do not sign this card! Also, hide it somewhere special, and wear gloves the entire time you handle this card. You don’t want anyone to be able to trace you.

Your pet

For the person you just started dating

Pets need to celebrate the holidays, too! If you’re anything like me, your pet has a stocking and “gives” gifts on Christmas. So, why not give back with a thoughtful card? Animals love thoughtful cards. Front of card: “Happy Howl-idays!” Or, “Here comes

Oh no! Why did you start dating someone right before all these serious, gift-giving holidays? I guess you can’t control what time of year you fall in like, or what time of year it seems like everyone around you is in love and you just don’t want to be alone. Don’t get any of your lonely tears on this card


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– you don’t want to come on too strong. Front of card: A snowman. Inside: “My ice-cold heart is beginning to thaw!” Front of card: “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Inside: “Let’s smooch.” (This card could include a stick of gum or some breath spray. It’s not a hint, it’s being cute.) Front of card: “Jingle all the way!” Inside: “Well, not all the way. I mean, I like you, but I’m not ready to get too serious just yet. I feel a lot of pressure because the holidays are all about family and togetherness, and obviously I don’t want to be alone in the dead of winter, but I have no idea the appropriate amount to spend on you. Wait, that came out wrong. I definitely see you as more than just a warm body, you know? I like you enough to make you a homemade card, so that should say something. I just can’t be in anything serious right now. Let’s just keep things simple. Does it sound like I’m breaking up with you? I’m not breaking up with you. I’m getting really anxious – here’s an iTunes gift card.”

For jerks who hate Christmas Some people are just “grinches” this time of year. They hate the holidays and are tired of being called a “scrooge” for not liking them. This is a difficult time for them, so I’m sure even they would appreciate a card to help them through. Maybe their heart will grow three sizes after reading it. Front of card: Nothing seasonal, maybe just a nice winter scene, unless they would hate that, too. Inside: “Hello. Here is some money for no particular reason.” (Include money.) Front of card: “Why do you hate Christmas?” Inside: “Why?” (Include an unbroken candy

cane. Even people who hate the holidays like candy, probably.)

Need a little something extra to go along with your newly crafted card? You need: googly-eyes candy. If you don’t have googly eyes already, go and get some immediately. They are awesome, and useful for just about everything. When you’re bored, you can put googly eyes on all the people in a catalog or magazine. Trust me, it’s so great. For this gift, you can use some old Halloween candy, or whatever you have lying around the house. If you don’t have candy on hand, make a lot of stops into the bank over the next few weeks and pick up as many lollipops as it would look normal for you to take in one visit. Glue or stick the eyes onto the wrapper of the candy. This makes the candy look like it has silly eyes. Anthropomorphizing anything is instant comedy, and when these silly candy people are presented as gifts, their charm will more than compensate for your lack of consideration. Go the extra mile and make a family of candy people; include the pets! A note: I would love to receive candy people as a gift because they’re cute, you get googly eyes to reuse, and you get candy to eat. I once received “reindeer poop” and “snowman poop” on two separate occasions, and they were literally chocolate chips and marshmallows in sandwich baggies. A cute, seasonal name does not make up for the fact that you are giving chocolate chips and/or mini marshmallows. What am I going to do? Reach in and eat a handful morsels? of semisweet Not sober. – Carla Patton

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012  
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The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, as published by the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader.