I know, I know...This isn't exactly a Life or Death issue, but I still think it tells something about the troubles (cultural and otherwise) that Port Angeles faces.
Not that the worship of youth for its own sake is healthy, but, realistically, without young people around, there is no future. They are the workers, leaders, artists and customers of tomorrow and beyond.
Generally speaking, music festivals and pop or rock concerts have a youthful air about them. I mean, the phrase is, "Hey kids, let's put on a show!"
So here we have Clallam County's leading music festival, the Juan De Fuca Festival, holding one of their "rockin'" pre-JFFA concerts, and the headline act is...The Association. The PDN article about the group, rightly, focuses on the fact that the band is old - very old. The two original members still in it are 71 and 75 years old, respectively. Their heyday was around 50 years ago.
PLEASE NOTE: I'm not picking on The Association, or older people, or any combo thereof. I'm merely noting how appropriate this choice is for the demographics of Clallam County. It is, overall, a very old place. The school age population is shrinking. Sequim has the highest median age in the entire state. The broad picture is not one of youthful energy and dynamism. Rather, it's one of crumbling, grumbling and decline. The old people in charge - including those in charge of the JFFA - aren't just unable to change this, they're unable to even admit there might be a problem in the first place.
Here's another hot platter you Clallam kids might enjoy...
But there is a problem, of course. Cultures and economies both grow and thrive in great part based on youthful energy and ideas and consumption. But in Clallam County, "Hey kids, let's put on a show!" has been totally eclipsed by "Hey Old Man, let's cook up another scam!"
Therefore, since (generally speaking) it's young people who go to the movies, the Lincoln Theater didn't make financial sense to keep open. In other words, no show. Which has leant itself naturally to the Nagel and Gase sham show scam.
There are lots of ways to change this dynamic, and at least try to get back on track, at least try to create a community that is welcoming to and nurturing of young people, young ideas. But it's literally a tough sell in Clallam County. Which is one of the main reasons that one of its nicknames is "God's Waiting Room."