A Message from Mari PhillipsPresident of the Board, Quilcene Historical Museum
I would like to offer some brief but heartfelt words to our community during this challenging period. I love the people that make up our beloved town of Quilcene. Unincorporated, rural and even a little rustic – we are the biggest little village on the Olympic Peninsula – and we punch way above our weight.
In recent weeks we have seen how selfless individual acts have had a collective impact for the good. Whether it was the dedicated efforts of our school bus drivers and our Food Bank volunteers to feed our community, or our Fire Rescue first responders keeping us safe – these acts define who we are. I am so proud to call this wonderful place my home.
Our community has had its share of challenging times for well over a century and has always landed on its feet. Your Museum will support our transition as we overcome this current health threat and provide a place where we can once again gather as a community and celebrate our rich history, natural beauty and cultural roots.
With great reluctance, we are continuing to adjust our event schedule at Worthington Park to best support our community’s well-being. In close coordination with Quilcene Fire Rescue and our school, we took the regrettable but necessary step in canceling the Easter Egg Hunt in the spring. We have also delayed the opening of the Museum until Jefferson County moves into Phase 3 of their COVID-19 restrictions. Finally, after recent discussions with County officials, we unfortunately determined that present COVID-19 regulations would not allow us to host the new Quilcene Gravel Unravel bike race and ride this year. We are pleased to announce that we have committed to hosting the event next year on 26 June.
As it now appears unlikely that Jefferson County will reach Phase 4 by late summer, and to best ensure the health of our community, we have canceled both our annual Tasting Gala as well as the Oyster Races. Unfortunately, the Quilcene Fair and Parade will also not take place this year, out of the same concerns for the well-being of our residents. The good news is we will work closely with the Fair and Parade Committee over the next year to produce a great series of events in the Fall of 2021. Once again, I anticipate even more events to fill our schedule as the work at Worthington Park completes this year, and am pleased to report we are making great progress in our continued efforts. We appreciate your continued support!
We want Worthington Park to continue to be a vital community-gathering place that celebrates the history, natural beauty, and unique character that together make our Quilcene the Pearl of the Peninsula. During times like these we all need such a place.
Wishing you the best of health and happiness,