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Kinetic Skulpture Race – 2016 – In search of the Holy Gear

February 6, 2016 by bluegullinn

Kinetic Skulpture Race – 2016 – In search of the Holy Gear

Kinetic Skulpture

What Is A Kinetic Skulpture Race?

Kinetic Skulpture Race – 2016 – In search of the Holy Gear

Kinetic Skulpture Race – 2016 – In search of the Holy Gear. A Kinetic Skulpture is a human powered, artistically enhanced vehicle that must go through sand (Kwick Sand), mud (The Dismal Bog), float on water (The Great Bay), and transverse hilly, silly neighborhoods. Some skulptures are engineering marvels while most are a mixture of bicycle parts, styrofoam, duct tape, imagination and prayers. Awards are given to each racer whether they want it or not, but the most highly prized award is the “Mediocrity Award”, the skulpture that finishes in the middle of the pack.   Kinetic racers as well as glorious spectators must be kapable of having fun without taking the event too seriously.

Saturday’s festivities start at Low Noon beginning with a parade downtown, followed by a break test, and then the water portion of the race!  At 8:00pm there will be a Koronation Ball where a new Rose Hips Kween will be chosen, an unbelievable display of talent, jokes and recipes will help the crowd choose the winning kontestant! Live music will be played by a live band to keep everyone dancing well into the night.

Sunday the race continues, but first, in front of City Hall, the racers will be required to sing their way into the hearts of the krowd, and perform a sobriety test to prove that the Ball libations did not dull their senses.  The racers begin pedaling at Low Noon, Kinetic Kops will issue citations, kontrolling khaos and konfusion at the event, while the glorious judges look on to find their favorites.  Bribes given freely may help to keep the judges marking you high and help persuade the kops to ignore felonious indiscretions, and bribing the Kinetic Konsortium is always wise.  Racers complete the route around 5pm if they are lucky, and arrive at the awards ceremony muddy, sore, and yet brimming with well earned Glory!

New! – Vintage Jazz Workshop in May

February 5, 2016 by bluegullinn

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By popular demand, Centrum is pleased to announce a new music workshop taking place May 19-22, 2016!

New! – Vintage Jazz Workshop in May, Centrum’s  Vintage Jazz “Hot Strings” workshop celebrates the contributions of pioneering string players to the burgeoning hot jazz of the 1920’s and ’30’s: Folks like Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart, Stuff Smith, Oscar Aleman, Lonnie Johnson, and Eddie South.

From The Spirits of Rhythm and The Mississippi Sheiks, to The Light Crust Doughboys and The Hot Club of France, whether your focus is Early Jazz, Hokum Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Jug Band, or Western Swing, chances are you too are revved-up by the fiery sound of strings churning out the swinging beat and jazzing up hot solos!

Our faculty will include guitarist and contemporary master of 1920’s and 30’s jazz styles,Matt Munisteri; violinist Julian Smedley; bassist Matt Weiner, and guitarist Cyd Smith.

Space is extremely limited in this new workshop – get the full scoop over on our Vintage Jazz Workshop page.

Love, Lures, and Lazyjacks – Enjoy February in Port Townsend

February 4, 2016 by bluegullinn

Romance is in the air with Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away. This year it falls in the middle of a three-day weekend—perfect for an escape with your sweetheart to Port Townsend for a romantic weekend getaway! We have a wide array of fantastic accommodations to suit your style. Click here for choices and to book your reservation. Many of our restaurants are offering Valentine’s specials too. For more details, contact our Visitor Information Center at info@jeffcountychamber.org or 360.385.2722.

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Start the long weekend off right on Saturday, February 13 at 7 pm at the Queen of Hearts Ball at the Commons at Fort Worden. Key City Public Theatre and Fort Worden are proud to present an evening of spectacular entertainment featuring “Rock-n-Soul” music by Freddy Pink. Admission includes two cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a delicious appetizer bar as well as a dessert bar. Washington wines, craft beers, cocktail specials and Bellini’s will also be featured. Make your reservations by calling 360.344.4400.

The next morning, Valentine’s Day, enjoy a Sweethearts Brunch from 10 am to 2pm at the Fort Worden Commons. Call 360.344.4400 for reservations.

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With Port Townsend as your home base, tour the Olympic Peninsula Wineries for their luscious Red Wine and Chocolate event over two weekends: February 13-15 and 20-21, from 11am to 5 pm. You’ll love the classic pairings of handcrafted Washington wines and chocolate delights, and, of course, the spectacular scenery en route to each winery.

The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and chocolate samples at the 10 participating wineries.Book here for online tickets.

salmon-derby

Love fishing? Register now for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby’s $10,000 Winter Blackmouth Classic, February 19-21. Learn more online!

Launch your boat at Port Townsend’s Boat Haven Marina and head out to the Strait with over 500 miles for fishing, from Tongue Point in the west through Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Marrowstone Island, Port Ludlow, to Whidbey Island in the east.

And if fishing isn’t your passion, but it is for your spouse/partner, stay in Port Townsend and enjoy meandering through our boutique shops and galleries, then grab a bite to eat at one of our delicious eateries.

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The sailboat racing season opens with the 25th Annual Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 27. Boats of all construction are welcome. As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing, but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting and be connected with skippers looking for crew.

The regatta is presented by the Northwest Maritime Center, Wooden Boat Foundation, and Edensaw Woods, Ltd., in conjunction with the Port Townsend Sailing Association.Find out more online.

Save the date for upcoming events in March:

March 3-13, 2016
PlayFest 20–the Port Townsend Festival of New Plays
Key City Public Theatre, Port Townsend
Port Townsend Arts Commission’s Festival of New Plays

March 18-20, 2016
Victorian Heritage Festival
Port Townsend and Fort Worden
Kick off the weekend with the Victorian Pub crawl, featuring saloons, “shanghai tunnels,” and fine vintage cocktails. Tour inside Victorian buildings, attend lectures, a Victorian fashion show and Ball plus much more.

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!

Port Townsend Historic Sites

February 3, 2016 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend Historic Sites

Port Townsend Historic Sites

Like many young communities in the Puget Sound, Port Townsend aspired to greatness.

Calling itself the “Key City” and the “New York of the West,” Port Townsend quickly became a bustling seaport and customs gateway to the Pacific Northwest, with an impressive waterfront commercial district of stone and brick buildings and many elegant Victorian homes on the bluff above.

Although economic activity shifted from Port Townsend to Seattle, much of the 19th Century and early 20th Century remains intact. In 1976, the waterfront district and the residential area on the bluff were designated a National Historic District, and Port Townsend is today recognized as one of only three Victorian Seaports on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you want to explore the history of Port Townsend, your first stop should be theJefferson County Historical Museum next to City Hall downtown. In addition to impressive exhibits and helpful staff and volunteers, the Museum leads walking toursthrough the downtown and uptown districts, helping visitors to glean the exciting history of the area.

Some of the more impressive and notable sites to explore include:

The Rothschild House

  • Located at the corner of Jefferson and Taylor Streets in uptown Port Townsend, the Rothschild House is virtually unchanged from a hundred years ago. Managed by JCHS, the home features original furnishing and decor. Learn more.

The Jefferson County Courthouse

  • The Jefferson County Courthouse majestically overlooks Port Townsend Bay and the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. Approved for construction in 1890, the Courthouse’s deep red, smooth bricks were shipped in from St. Louis, and nearly 800 tons of sandstone were brought in from Alaska. Learn more.

The Port Townsend Post Office and Customs House

  • The Port Townsend Federal Building – originally home to the Port Office and Customs House,  is the oldest federally constructed post office in Washington state, and the only example of Richardson Romanesque design in a federal building in Washington.  Still in use today, the building was constructed in 1893.  Learn more.

Uptown Victorian Homes

  • Strolling the uptown district of Port Townsend and sampling Victorian architecture is a favorite pastime of visitors and locals alike (although many of these historic homes are private residences – please respect their privacy). Learn more.

Downtown – the whole thing!

  • The entire downtown core is a National Historic District! Look around and imagine yourself walking the same streets and seeing the same buildings more than a hundred years ago.

Strange Brewfest 2016

January 29, 2016 by bluegullinn

Strange Brewfest 2016

Photo by Kevin Mason

Now that the New Year is off to a roaring start this month, plan to attend the 12th Annual Strange Brewfest, January 29-30, boasting wildly inventive, palate-challenging craft brews featuring over 50 breweries and cideries, along with more than 80 mind-bending potations.

Strange Brewfest 12, is the Mount Olympus of beer festivals, as the 12th version of Port Townsend’s ode to Northwest brewers and their imaginations lets you party like Greek Gods and Goddesses!

This iconic festival is an indoor-outdoor event based in downtown Port Townsend at the American Legion Hall in our National Historic Landmark District.

Photo by Kevin Mason

Taste is not the only sense that Strange Brewfest 12 will tempt. Be dazzled by the sights and sounds of the weekend with a continuous lineup of rockin’ music. Indulge in the carnival-like atmosphere that this festival is known for.

Admission to Strange Brewfest 12 is $30/person which gives you a souvenir tasting glass, four tasting tokens and a wristband for both days. Additional tasting tokens are $1.50 each. This is a 21+ event. Make reservations for accommodations soon as Port Townsend gets sold out quickly for this event!

For event details visit www.strangebrewfestpt.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend in 2016! Happy New Year!

Old School 4th of July

June 23, 2015 by bluegullinn

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Old School 4th of July. Nothing celebrates America like the 4th of July and after a two-year hiatus, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of fireworks to Fort Worden State Park for the 1st Annual “Old School” 4th of July.

In collaboration with Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Thunderbull Productions, locals and visitors will enjoy a memorable weekend of excellent music, delicious food and “Old School” traditions. Saturday, July 4th, carries the weekend’s momentum to a climax with a pie-eating contest, field games, piñatas, free root beer floats, a car show, live music and much, much more, all culminating in an epic display of fireworks. www.jeffcountychamber.org and  www.centrum.org.

Pack the car, load up the kids and dog, and come to Port Townsend for summer fun!

 

Looking for a place to stay during your visit in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Enjoy the Blue Gull Inn B&B, www.bluegullinn.com

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. Our home was built by ND Hill in 1868. If you can imagine, our home was built 3 years after the end of the Civil War. ND Hill and his family and had a large home with a large dining room, perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. Join us for a great Breakfast!!! ND Hill was our local pharmacist, back then a pharmacy is a combination today of a pharmacy and hardware store.

If you like history, here is your trivia of the day. The ND Hill House actually was owned by the Hill Family for 90 years, it was finally sold in 1958.This home was built at the beginning of the Victorian era, the style of the home is Gothic Victorian.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B  www.bluegullinn.com  Stay in one our 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool bath tubs. Have coffee or a glass of wine on our sweeping front porch. Relax in our parlor or dining room, a casual, country Victorian theme.  The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Looking for more to see and do in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Art Community. Lots of great places to shop and dine for a list check out www.enjoypt.com or,  www.ptguide.com

If you decide you want to move to Port Townsend. Remax is here to help you you’re your dream home or lot.  Contact John Eissinger www.johneissinger.com

This is Centrum – Port Townsend, WA

June 19, 2015 by bluegullinn

Centrum voice-works

Centrum Voice-Works 2015

 

Centrum’s Mission, Vision & Values

This is Centrum – Port Townsend, WA. Do not miss Voice Works this week!!!

Mission

Centrum’s mission is to promote creative experiences that change lives.

Through inter-generational immersive workshops, we bring together aspiring and master artists to foster creativity, find and provide mentorship, and build community. Our public performances are the culmination and celebration of our workshops and programs, where we welcome audiences to share in those creative experiences.

Vision

Centrum’s vision is of a future where creative artists and learners of all ages and backgrounds connect through direct and shared artistic experiences.

Values

Centrum is committed to providing outstanding service and experiences to our participants, faculty, audiences, volunteers, supporters, and community.

We believe that:

  • Creative experiences have the power to change lives
  • Traditional art forms, and the cultural context in which they were formed and continue to evolve, are essential keys to our nation’s multicultural heritage and future
  • Creative artists and writers thrive in partnership and alliance with others
  • A close connection with our community helps us better serve all of our audiences, partners, and neighbors
  • There is value in providing an environment for lifelong learning for people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of their level of expertise or professional aspirations
  • A safe and nurturing environment builds confidence and promotes creative expression and critical thinking skills

We are so fortunate to have a non profit organization like Centrum right here in Port Townsend. Located at Fort Worden State Park. Make sure you check out all that Centrum has to offer. Many different Festivals for your enjoyment, Jazz, Blues, Fiddle Tunes and Voice Works are only part of what Centrum has to offer. Check out their web site to see all the events and talent they bring to Port Townsend.

While visiting Port Townsend stay at the Blue Gull Inn B&B.

If you decide you want to live in our area, contact John Eissinger a local Realtor with Remax.

Many Historic Sites to Visit

June 16, 2015 by bluegullinn

Historic County Courthouse

Historic County Courthouse

Lady Washington

Lady Washington

Wooden Bell Tower

Wooden Bell Tower

Historic Sites

Many Historic Sites to Visit while in Port Townsend, WA

Like many young communities in the Puget Sound, Port Townsend aspired to greatness.

Calling itself the “Key City” and the “New York of the West,” Port Townsend quickly became a bustling seaport and customs gateway to the Pacific Northwest, with an impressive waterfront commercial district of stone and brick buildings and many elegant Victorian homes on the bluff above.

Economic activity shifted from Port Townsend to Seattle, much of the 19th Century and early 20th Century remains intact. In 1976, the waterfront district and the residential area on the bluff were designated a National Historic District, and Port Townsend is today recognized as one of only three Victorian Seaports on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you want to explore the history of Port Townsend, your first stop should be theJefferson County Historical Museum next to City Hall downtown. In addition to impressive exhibits and helpful staff and volunteers, the Museum leads walking toursthrough the downtown and uptown districts, helping visitors to glean the exciting history of the area.

Some of the more impressive and notable sites to explore include:

The Rothschild House

  • Located at the corner of Jefferson and Taylor Streets in uptown Port Townsend, the Rothschild House is virtually unchanged from a hundred years ago. Managed by JCHS, the home features original furnishing and decor. Learn more.

The Jefferson County Courthouse

  • The Jefferson County Courthouse majestically overlooks Port Townsend Bay and the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. Approved for construction in 1890, the Courthouse’s deep red, smooth bricks were shipped in from St. Louis, and nearly 800 tons of sandstone were brought in from Alaska. Learn more.

The Port Townsend Post Office and Customs House

  • The Port Townsend Federal Building – originally home to the Port Office and Customs House,  is the oldest federally constructed post office in Washington state, and the only example of Richardson Romanesque design in a federal building in Washington.  Still in use today, the building was constructed in 1893.  Learn more.

Uptown Victorian Homes

  • Strolling the uptown district of Port Townsend and sampling Victorian architecture is a favorite pastime of visitors and locals alike (although many of these historic homes are private residences – please respect their privacy). Learn more.

Downtown – the whole thing!

  • The entire downtown core is a National Historic District! Look around and imagine yourself walking the same streets and seeing the same buildings more than a hundred years ago

While in Port Townsend stay at the Blue Gull Inn B&B

Port Townsend, WA City of Dreams

June 3, 2015 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend 1890

Port Townsend 1890

 

Early History of Port Townsend, WA. Port Townsend, WA City of Dreams

The City of Dreams, Port Townsend, WA is one of the finest examples of a Victorian Seaport in the United States. It is one of 3 Registered Victorian Seaports in the US. The other 2 are Cape May, NJ and Galveston, TX.

The City of Port Townsend was the City of Dreams. Originally named ‘Port Townshend’ by Captain George Vancouver (for his friend the Marquis of Townshend) in 1792, Port Townsend was immediately recognized as a good, safe harbor, which it remains to this day. The official settlement of the city took place on the 24th of April, 1851. Called the “City of Dreams” because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast, wealthy and prosperous, somehow though, those early dreams failed to materialize because the rail road never came.

For several thousand years the only occupants were native Indians. In the late 1700s and early 1800s the Indian population thrived. Many American Indian tribes were in the area at the time, they included:, Chimakum, Hoh, Klallam, Quinault and Twana. They were all in the area which is now Jefferson County.

In the 19th century, Port Townsend, WA was a very well known seaport. It is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. It has a large deep water bay that made it a natural stopping off point for ships and crews. Sailing ships had to stop here to pay tariffs and tolls before entering Puget Sound.

In those early days Port Townsend was as very “wild town”. Most of downtown was brothels and bars to accommodate all the sailors. There are actually tunnels that run under parts of town, so when a sailing ship needed a crew, some of the bars actually had trap doors in them. The sailors would get drunk or drugged and would wake up aboard ship.

Like many small towns in the Northwest. Port Townsend described itself as the “Key City” and the “New York of the West” It quickly became a bustling seaport and customs gateway of the Pacific Northwest. Located right on the water at the entrance of Puget Sound, it was very visible from the water. Many boaters even today find Port Townsend by boat. It had an impressive downtown, many of the commercial building were built of brick and stone and many elegant Victorian homes on the hillside above. It must have been very inviting town as you passed by, especially after months at sea.

In the early 1880, because of Port Townsend’s waterfront location, the business men of the day decided to bring the railroad to town. It only made sense to off load and load ships here and then ship the goods by rail. That dream lasted until 1892. At that time the railroad said it was too expensive to travel all the way to Port Townsend. Back then, the largest port was Seattle, so the railroad went there instead. Port Townsend then went into a huge depression because of the railroad.

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Arts & Entertainment to Enjoy in PT

June 2, 2015 by bluegullinn

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment to Enjoy in PT. National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” and arts and entertainment is a large part of the reason why.

For more than three decades, artists of all ages have flocked to Centrum, the nonprofit arts organization located at Fort Worden State Park, for artist residencies, workshops and performances. Centrum’s summer performance festivals in music and literature are national events, drawing thousands to the area.

Copper Canyon Press, also located at Fort Worden, is the nation’s premier poetry publishing house. Copper Canyon Press fosters the work of emerging, established, and world-renowned poets for an expanding audience.

Jazz at Centrum

Located at the entrance to downtown,Northwinds Arts Center is a hub of visual arts and literary activity, producing educational programs, lectures, readings and workshops, and by providing juried and invitational venues for displaying the work of regional artists.

Key City Public Theatre is perhaps the most active and vital theater organization on the Olympic Peninsula. Their year-round slate of performances and workshops draws audiences from around the region.

Port Townsend’s location, coupled with its proximity to the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland metro areas, makes the town an attractive destination for national music acts and audiences looking for intimate performance experiences.

From music, to theater, to visual and performing arts, Port Townsend is a destination not to be missed. Be sure to visit PTGuide.com’s comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar to find out what’s happening in Port Townsend.

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. Take a walk on the beach. Fort Worden was built in 1902 to help protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Walk through the concrete bunkers and slam the big steel doors. Bring your flashlight, it is pitch black inside.

Walk along the sandy beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Off in the distance is Whidbey Island.

Port Townsend is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. All ships entering and leaving the Puget Sound, pass right past Port Townsend, WA. In the early days of Washington State many ships made port in Port Townsend to take advantage of our deep water port but more importantly all the brothels and bars on the downtown waterfront.

www.fortworden.org

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