NAHCOTTA — Relocating a music festival that partly celebrates oysters to one of the nation’s leading shellfish ports turned out to be a popular decision on Aug. 18, as possibly a record crowd relaxed and danced in the sun at the 33rd edition of Jazz and Oysters.
The event, one of several produced throughout the year by the Water Music Society, featured the R.J. Marx Quartet, Eugenie Jones and the Ilwaco High School jazz band. They performed on a new stage made from a retired Willapa Bay oyster dredge boat, a type of vessel built with a large, flat deck.
The homegrown product of oysters, donated for the occasion by Taylor Shellfish, generated much satisfied snacking throughout the event.
The Port of Peninsula has become a right-sized venue for local activities this summer. Previously, Jazz and Oysters was held on the Rod Run’s Wilson Field — which was too big for it — and at the Oysterville Schoolhouse, which became too small for the crowd.
Funds raised by the society go to support music-education programs in Ocean Beach schools. Water Music Festival, the society’s major production, is Oct. 12, 13 and 14.