This summer brought record visitation to Worthington Park from across the country and even internationally. The Park hosted a wide range of public and private events amidst newly landscaped grounds – providing both grand and intimate settings on North Hood Canal – at the foot of the Olympic Mountains.
The restored Victorian mansion hosted overnight stays throughout the summer and into the fall with nearly every weekend booked. Wedding celebrations took advantage of the entire park – encompassing the meadow, woods, outdoor theatre, historic pond and historic restoration.
The Quilcene Historical Museum underwent an extensive makeover with volunteers refreshing all exhibits and displays. These upgrades included signage, new exhibits, new storage and expanded space for the expanded collection.
While keeping the “ten acres of possibilities” beautifully manicured, new ground improvements were introduced that included several annual flower beds, creating new sites and upgrading existing ones.
The very popular Up, Up, Up Circus returned for its third year in July attracting hundreds of visitors who picnicked in the meadow catching both the free circus performance and evening outdoor movie “under the stars.” Ice Cream treats and refreshments were enjoyed by attendees including what seemed to be an endless supply of free popcorn.
Wrapping up the summer on Friday, August 11, will be the always well received 14th annual Tasting Gala – featuring libations from across the region. The theme this year is “Here Comes the Sun” and will feature music of the 60’s and 70’s.
Looking ahead for the remainder of the year – the Oyster Races half marathon, 10K and 5K will return to Worthington Park for its eleventh year on Sunday, September 17. Registration for these races is tracking to make it the biggest yet.
Last but not least, October 7, the very popular Quilcene Fiber Festival returns to the park featuring sheep dog demonstrations, sheep shearing, weaving, spinning, knitting, felting, and traditional music and storytelling. Fiber artists from across the Peninsula will be offering their creations in the restored mansion and across the entire park.
For additional information on scheduling your own private celebration or retreat – or attending Worthington Park’s broad range of entertaining public events visit: WorthingtonParkQuilcene.org.
Enjoy the article and learn more about the North Hood Canal in the Fall 2023 publication of Tracing the Fjord Magazine.