PLPA Featured in the Port Ludlow Voice

Port Ludlow Performing Arts was featured in the July 2020 issue of the Port Ludlow Voice. Not only did the publication’s Art Director Jay Syverson create this amazing cover featuring past PLPA performers, we were also given a two-page spread to offer a look back in time at the history of our organization (see HISTORY link on this website).

PLPA works closely with the Voice to promote its concerts, programs, and education outreach. The all-volunteer Voice staff puts together this monthly magazine to promote all Port Ludlow activities, and is especially responsive to helping arts organizations publicize their activities. For more information or to look at current and past issues, check out

Focus on Cheri Gerstenberger

Cheri Gerstenberger Cheri Gerstenberger is the driving force behind Port Ludlow Performing Arts informative and attractive program, and also the lady with the beautiful smile who serves you wine and beverages during our concert season (along with her hubby Chuck). Here’s how the Gerstenberger duo has been spending the last few months.

“Typically, this time of year, I would be feverishly working on the 24-page annual program for PLPA. Due to concerts being canceled and the uncertainly of the future, the decision was made that PLPA not produce a program for this year.

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Focus on Jim Kloetzel

Jim Kloetzel Jim Kloetzel is the Co-Chair of the PLPA Booking Committee, and plays a key role in bringing all that wonderful entertainment to Port Ludlow. What is Jim doing with all his spare time during the “Stay home; stay safe” directive? His answer … as only Jim could explain!

Yes, that is me in the picture. Perhaps you remember me without the beard. But, halfway through this home incarceration I thought to myself, “Why am I shaving all the time?” I am being seen by almost no one (except my wife, Karolyn, of course – more on that later). So, I just stopped shaving. You may not recognize me with that beard, because the last time I grew a beard was in graduate school at Cal Berkeley about 1970. It was red back then. Now I’m calling it my COVIDBeard. Should I love it or lose it? Perhaps we will let the PLPA board decide by majority vote. On the other hand, Karolyn says she has fifteen proxy votes in her purse should anyone want to hold a vote.

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Focus on BJ Luce

BJ Luce BJ is one of those people you love to be around. Her quick smile, her sharp wit, her energy … and her distinctive voice … all combine to make this diminutive lady stand out in a crowd, as she demonstrates why she’s never met anyone who wouldn’t become a friend. BJ has been the accountant for PLPA for numerous years, but just joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer last summer.

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Focus on Marti Duncan!

Marti Duncan With a volunteer Board of Directors, you usually have a great amount of diversity among the members, with the purpose of the organization being the one common denominator. And there’s often a great amount of change-over, people coming and going, as life evolves and retirement plans change. While 2019 – 2020 saw many newcomers on the PLPA Board of Directors, one dedicated director entered her 16th year with the organization. Meet Marti Duncan, the talented lady who puts together PLPA’s season brochure, as well as all the posters that promote concerts and performances.

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Focus on Shelley and Gregg Patton

Sequestering at Home? Meet the Pattons!

Shelley and Gregg PattonThis is the third in our series -giving insight into what our Directors are doing during this COVID-19 pandemic, and the governor’s “stay at home” directive.

Port Ludlow Performing Arts might be a tad unique in that it has two people sharing one “director” position. When Sharla Erich moved into the role as president, June 2019, PLPA needed to enlist someone who could take over the very critical Educational Outreach program. This is the aspect of PLPA that supports music in our area elementary schools through the Adventures in Music (AIM) program, where we partner with the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra. In addition, PLPA works closely with Chimacum High School and Quilcene High School by bringing one of our entertainment groups to CHS for an educational and entertaining music assembly. Who would be interested in supporting and perpetuating these activities?

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Focus on Sharla Erich President, PLPA

Sharla ErichThis is the second in our series — What are your PLPA Directors doing during this stay-at-home time without concerts to prepare for, an Educational Outreach program to plan, or a ticket campaign to promote? Until our performing venue, the Bay Club in Port Ludlow, opens its doors once again, and school sessions resume, your Port Ludlow Performing Arts crew is finding new — and sometimes innovative — ways to spend the time.

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