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May 5, 2016 by bluegullinn

Events – May 2016

Welcome to Rhody!

The 2016 Rockin’ Rhody Grand Parade Application is now available.
Please click here to download the application.

The application must be returned no later than May 6th, 2016.
The Grand Parade will be held on May 21, 2016 beginning at 1pm.

Please welcome your 2016 Rhody Royalty

Royalty

AMBASSADOR ERYN REIERSON, PRINCESS KAYLA CALHOUN, QUEEN FIONA SHAFFER AND PRINCESS MORGAN WILFORD

Events – MAY 2016. The Rhody Festival in Port Townsend is always held the 3rd weekend of May.
The 2016 Festival Grand Parade will be on May 21st.

The 2016 Rockin’ Rhody Grand Parade Application is now available.
Please click here to download the application.

The application must be returned no later than May 6th, 2016.
The Grand Parade will be held on May 21, 2016 beginning at 1pm.

Please welcome your 2016 Rhody Royalty

Royalty

AMBASSADOR ERYN REIERSON, PRINCESS KAYLA CALHOUN, QUEEN FIONA SHAFFER AND PRINCESS MORGAN WILFORD


The Rhody Festival in Port Townsend is always held the 3rd weekend of May.
The 2016 Festival Grand Parade will be on May 21st.

 

 

Farms, Films, Music & Theater await!
Save the date for upcoming events in May:

May 8

May 16-21

May 22

May 28

We look forward to seeing you in Port Townsend in April!

 

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May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center

May 4, 2016 by bluegullinn

NW Maritime Center

NW Maritime Center

May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center

May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center
STEM TO STERN
News from the Northwest Maritime Center
MAY ISSUE
  • GiveBIG
  • “By Hand and Eye” with Jim Tolpin
  • Register now for US Sailing Courses
  • Downsizing Your Boat Gear?
  • Volunteer for R2AK and Wooden Boat Festival
  • Register now for Marine Weather
  • School Programs are Sailing into Spring!
  • Official Start of Western Flyer Tours
  • Classic Mariners’ Regatta
  • Boating Season Opening Day
  • Sea Shanties Song Circle
  • Save the Date: Navigator Brunch
giveBIG today!
Friday, May 13, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  
Today your donations and membership contributions can have an even greater impact. Join thousands of supporters from our community and beyond for giveBIG, an online charitable giving event. Thank you for creating powerful maritime experiences!
By Hand and Eye:
A Presentation by Jim Tolpin
Friday, May 13, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Free, No RSVP required
Before standardized rulers and measurements, pre-industrial artisans used dividers, a square, their hands, and eyes. In Jim Tolpin’s book, “By Hand & Eye”, he explores this ancient method of design, tapping into our human intuition rather than numbers. Join us on May 13 in the WBF Boatshop for a presentation by Jim Tolpin.
Register Now for Sailing Courses
Summer is on its way and it’s time to register for summer sailing courses! Experienced U.S. Sailing instructors, year-round wind, and a beautiful waterfront location surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains combine to make the Northwest Maritime Center’s Basic Keelboat Program one of the best and most beautiful in the region. Experience sailing for the first time or take your skills to the next level!
Downsizing Your Boat Gear? 
Marine Thrift is Port Townsend’s new resource for affordable boat gear. And so far, it has been a hit!
Marine Thrift uses contributions of boat gear to help support the Maritime Center’s mission, so please keep us in mind when you’re cleaning out your garages and boats.
Contributions can be made Thursday-Saturday at Marine Thrift (315-B Haines Place), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., or at the Wooden Boat Chandlery, 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the NWMC!
Marine Thrift needs a volunteer to help with identification and valuation of items. If you can help, please contact volunteer@nwmaritime.org.
Volunteer Signups for R2AK & Wooden Boat Festival Coming in May


Volunteer shift signups are on their way. Watch your email for updates on opening day for signups. Need to join our volunteer email list? Contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@nwmaritime.org or call 360.385.3628 x115 to be added to the list.
Register Now for Marine Weather 
May 21-22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
The Marine Weather course teaches the practical application of both atmospheric science and oceanography in relation to sailing. Whether you’re planning a day sail or a long distance voyage, sail safer and faster with a better understanding of the weather. May’s classes will be taught by David Wilkinson.
 
School Programs Sailing into Spring!
Bravo Team, PTHS Vessel Operations Class, Girls Boat Project, and Catlin Gabel School have all been getting out on the water this spring. In March the Catlin Gabel School from Portland piloted a new partner program with the Schooner Martha and Longboats.
Starting in May the campus will be bustling with Maritime Discovery Programs for Quilcene, Chimacum, and Port Townsend. Mark your calendars for June 3, 1:00-2:30 p.m. for the Maritime Discovery Program community presentation and celebration.
Western Flyer Tours Begin May 7
Summer Tour Schedule:
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come witness the full restoration of the boat made famous by John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez. Docents will be available to give free guided tours on Saturdays and discuss the restoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

2016 Classic Mariners’ Regatta
June 3-5
Entry Fee: $50/boat
Mark it on your calendars, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta is coming the first week of June! Register your wooden sailboat now for this eye-catching race.

Register for the Classic Mariners’ Regatta now!

Boating Season Opening Day Parade
Saturday, May 7
 
The Port Townsend Yacht Club will host the annual Opening Day Boat Parade and other community events on May 7. Join us at the Northwest Maritime Center to watch the waterfront parade, and don’t miss the Boat U.S. Concert with Lobo del Mar on the NWMC commons.
Want to join the parade? RSVP here and learn more about all the Opening Day events.
Sea Shanties Song Circle  
May 11, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Northwest Maritime Center
Sea Shanties Song Circle is the second Wednesday of each month. This is a free family-friendly event!
Save the Date: Navigator Brunch 
Saturday, July 23
Free, RSVP Required
Attracting both long-time supporters and new friends, the
Navigator Brunch is a celebration of our mission and the people who help bring it to life. It’s an inspiring fundraiser and a fun way to get to know the organization. After all, we do kick things off with mimosas. 2016’s theme is Momentumjoin us on July 23rd and find out why!
Call Len Maranan-Goldstein at 360.385.3628 x111 or email brunch@nwmaritime.orgfor more information.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
May 3 GiveBIG – more info
May 7 Boating Season Opening Day – more info
May 7 Western Flyer Tours Official Start Date
May 13 “By Hand and Eye” with Jim Tolpin
June 3 Maritime Discovery Program Community Showcase
June 3-5 Classic Mariners’ Regatta – more info
June 11-12 Pocket Yacht Palooza – more info
June 22 R2AK Pre-Race Ruckus
June 23 Race to Alaska Start – more info
July 23 Navigator Brunch – more info
September 9-11 Wooden Boat Festival – more info
MAKE POWERFUL MARITIME EXPERIENCES POSSIBLE

May 2016 Port Townsend Events

May 3, 2016 by bluegullinn

May 2016 Port Townsend Events

Rhody Festival

Coming Your Way in May—Rhodies and Races, Food and Fun!

 

Rhodies and Races, Food and Fun!
May 2016 Port Townsend Events. Port Townsend is sparkling in the spring sunshine with flowers abloom in all corners of town. This month the star of the show is the Rhododendron, Washington State’s official flower and an icon for Port Townsend. Rhodies are the centerpiece for the 81st Annual Rhody Festival with events and fun for the whole family, including your pet! Mark your calendars to join us May 16-22.

2016 Rhody Fest

May 2016 Port Townsend Events. But that’s not all that’s coming your way in May. Read on to learn about additional exciting events for you to enjoy in Port Townsend!

Art Wave, May 1-31

May 2016 Port Townsend Events. You’ll be inspired by this exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork displayed in 33 businesses in Uptown and Downtown, created by grades K-12 in the Port Townsend School District. Come to the historic districts for Art Walk on Saturday, May 7, from 5-8pm and see the creativity of our children. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program. www.PTMainStreet.org

Art Wave

Opening Day on the Bay, Saturday, May 7

Opening Day of the 2016 boating season is cause for celebration as the Port Townsend Yacht Club invites the public to view the waterfront parade. Watch the boats sail by from the Northwest Maritime Center Pier, Pope Marine Park or any other convenient location along Water Street. The parade will begin after the departure of the 12:30pm ferry to Coupeville. Following the parade, there will be the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. www.PTYC.net. Boat US is celebrating their 50th anniversary at the Northwest Maritime Center, providing music by Lobo de Mar, hors d’oeuvres and prizes.

Opening day of boating season

Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 8 at Fort Worden

Pamper Mom with brunch from 10am to 2pm at Fort Worden, surrounded by natural beauty and historic charm. Dine on the freshest, most decadent items that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. After brunch, take a stroll through the Centennial Rhododendron Garden. Call for reservations at 360.344.4400, ext. 514. www.FortWorden.org

Mother's Day Brunch at Fort Worden

81st Annual Rhododendron Festival, May 16-22

Make plans to join us for any and all of these events for our Port Townsend “community holiday” celebration:

Wednesday, May 18
6pm Trike Race begins

Thursday, May 19
4:-5pm Pet Parade begins

Friday, May 20
3:30pm Kiddie Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field
6:30pm Bed Races begin

Saturday, May 21
1pm The Rockin’ Rhody Grand Parade begins with a Cake Picnic to follow

Sunday, May 22
Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run XXXVIII
9:30am Kid’s Sprint at Fort Worden
11am 12K Race Start at Fort Worden
www.RhodyRun.com

Leftover Dreams Brings Gems of the Great American Songbook to Key City Public Theatre, May 20

San Francisco Bay Area duo Leftover Dreams explores the back roads of American popular song in the first summer concert of the year at Key City Public Theatre (KCPT), produced by Toolshed Soundlab. Patrice Haan and Tony Marcus sing gems of the great American songbook with stunning harmonies and burnished accompaniment.

Leftover Dreams

The duo presents a sampling of the best of the classic songs of Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, and Harold Arlen, mixed with lesser-known delights like Bernice Petkere, Ted Fiorito, and Ben Oakland that haven’t seen the light of day for decades. The concert begins at 8pm at the KCPT Playhouse. Go towww.keycitypublictheatre.org for tickets.

Artisan Food Festival, May 28

Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s artisan foods and makers, the 3rd Annual Artisan Food Festival will begin at the Port Townsend Farmers Market from 9am to 3pm and resume at Finnriver Cidery’s new Orchard location at 124 Center Rd. in Chimacum from 6-9pm.

Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival

The day will include artisan food making classes by CedarRoot Folk School; chef demos by Arran Stark, Sidonie Maroon, Laurette Feit and Dan Ratigan; artisan food juggling; live music by the Unexpected Brass Band and Rhythm Planet; and kids activities by the YMCA and the Port Townsend Public Library.

In the evening at Finnriver Cidery, Joy in Mudville will play live music plus Dented Buoy Pizza and the Paella House will be serving up farm-fresh food. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for the evening.http://jeffersoncountyfarmersmarket.org/celebrate/artisanfoodfestival/

Port Townsend Named Best Coastal Small Town 2016 in USA TODAY’S Reader Choice Awards

We’re quite thrilled with this nationwide recognition by all of you who voted for us! We came in #7 out of 20 nominees and the one on the West Coast in the top 10. Thank you for your vote and acknowledging our beautiful coastal small town!

Port Townsend-Coupeville Ferry Service in May

Please note if you’re traveling via Washington State Ferries between Coupeville and Port Townsend this month, there will continue to be one boat ferry service through May 25, with a second boat coming online May 26. Reservations can be made and are always encouraged. Go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/takeaferry/.

Save the date for upcoming events in June:

June 3-5, 2016
Wooden Boat Foundation’s Classic Mariners’ Regatta
www.nwmaritime.org

June 9, 2016
Port Townsend Main Street Program’s “Taste of Port Townsend”
www.ptmainstreet.org

June 10-12, 2016
5th Annual Brass Screw Confederacy, a Steampunk Hootenanny

June 23, 2016
Race to Alaska
www.nwmaritime.org

June 28-July 3, 2016
Centrum’s Voice Works
www.centrum.org

We look forward to you coming our way in May!

 

Rhody Run 2016

May 2, 2016 by bluegullinn

Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden State Park

Rhody Run 2016

 

 

 

 

 

“The Run that Cares for the Runner”

Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run

"The Run that Cares for the Runner"

Looking for a place to stay in Port Townsend either before or after the run. Try the Blue Gull Inn B&B, located in Historic Uptown. Two of our guest rooms have whirlpool bath tubs. Great for soaking. Have a bubble bath and relax. Enjoy a great sit down breakfast the next morning. Blue Gull Inn B&B was built is 1868 and is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend. If you remember your US history, that was 3 years after the end of the Civil War.

RACE STARTS 11:00am, May 22, 2016!

The Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run will be celebrating its 38th year in 2016 and is one of the Northwest’s best-loved races. Although we’ve grown a lot since the first Rhody Run in 1979, this race is still very much a community event. From the hundreds of volunteers who help out as race officials to the throngs of local residents who line the streets to cheer on every runner, we are both proud of and humbled by the enthusiastic community support that we receive year after year. Without this support the Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run would be impossible.

About Rhody Run

Rhody Run Individual Registration

REGISTRATION

Online Registration for individuals closes at 5pm PDT on May 14, 2016! Click Above!

Rhody Run Team Registration

TEAMS

Click the link above if interested in registering as a TEAM for the Jefferson Healthcare cup.

Rhody Run Facebook Page

FACEBOOK

Our active facebook page will keep you up to date with all the happenings, results, changes etc. about the Run.

Jefferson Healthcare Logo
  • “The Run that Cares for the Runner”

If you would like to become a sponsor, please email us at: ptrhodyrun@gmail.com

Rhody Run 2016

April 24, 2016 by bluegullinn

Rhody Run 2016

RACE STARTS 11:00am, May 22, 2016!

“The Run that Cares for the Runner”

Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run

"The Run that Cares for the Runner"

RACE STARTS 11:00am, May 22, 2016!

The Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run will be celebrating its 38th year in 2016 and is one of the Northwest’s best-loved races. Although we’ve grown a lot since the first Rhody Run in 1979, this race is still very much a community event. From the hundreds of volunteers who help out as race officials to the throngs of local residents who line the streets to cheer on every runner, we are both proud of and humbled by the enthusiastic community support that we receive year after year. Without this support the Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run would be impossible.

About Rhody Run

Rhody Run Individual Registration

REGISTRATION

Online Registration for individuals closes at 5pm PDT on May 14, 2016! Click Above!

Rhody Run Team Registration

TEAMS

Click the link above if interested in registering as a TEAM for the Jefferson Healthcare cup.

Rhody Run Facebook Page

FACEBOOK

Our active facebook page will keep you up to date with all the happenings, results, changes etc. about the Run.

Jefferson Healthcare Logo
  • “The Run that Cares for the Runner”

If you would like to become a sponsor, please email us at: ptrhodyrun@gmail.com

Welcome to Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend

April 20, 2016 by bluegullinn

Fountain Cafe 360-385-1364
920 Washington St., Port Townsend
SUNDAY-THURSDAY
Lunch 11:00am–3pm Dinner 5pm–9pm
FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Lunch 11:00am–3pm Dinner 5pm–9:30pm

Welcome to Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend. Nicholas Yates, experienced restauranteur and owner of the Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend, welcomes you and your party to experience fine food in a quiet cafe.

Fountain Cafe is a casual and intimate cafe in downtown Port Townsend. Only a block off Water Street, this popular eatery is located in the entertainment zone around Haller Fountain, a historic landmark famous for its statuesque, nude maiden and her attending sprites.

The cafe located in the Mary Webster Building invites you to drop on a whim for a quirky lunch and call ahead for reservations to gather with friends for delightful dinners. Fountain Cafe is a friendly place, where you will feel at home, as if you were dining with family and friends around your own basement bar.

You may be served by Nick, the owner of Fountain Cafe, for by one of his friendly waiters and waitresses who want your dining experience to be one you will cherish and share with friends.

Fountain Cafe Neighborhood

Fountain Cafe (left) is a few steps up from Haller Fountain (right)

Fountain Cafe is located on Washington Street in an entertaining neighborhood surrounding the Haller Statue and Fountain at the base of the Taylor Street stairs one block from Water Street. The Rose Theatre is just around the corner on Tyler Street. Nearby are an antique mall, the Wandering Wardrobe clothing store, bookstore, Bergstrom’s vintage autos and an eclectic selection of other restaurants.

FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

Lunch Menu

Lunch Menu is server from 11 AM to 3 PM

~Fountain Café~

Lunch Menu

Starters
Roasted Garlic with melted Brie- salsa fresca and garlic crostini.   $10.5
Fresh Local Mussels and Clams-
Steamed in a light Organic Pesto~ Chardonnay broth with leeks, tomato, and fresh herbs. Served with locally baked Organic baguette.            $14.5
Crab and Shrimp stuffed mushrooms -Baked and topped with a fresh citrus hollandaise                                                                                                                $14.
Soups and Salads
All served with Organic Locally baked Baguette and herb butter
Our famous Clam Chowder~ Bowl $7. / Cup $4.
Daily Soup~ Bowl $6.5/ Cup $3.5

Insalate MistaOur ‘house salad’ 
Organic greens and garnishes with choice of house made dressings: Creamy Gorgonzola, Fresh Herb Vinaigrette, Sweet Honey-Dijon, or Lemon Tahini  $6.
Warm Salad- Copious Organic greens with sautéed potato, prosciutto, and assorted veggies tossed in a warm vinaigrette and topped with parmesan and pine nuts                                              $16.5
Chicken Curry Salad- Spicy chicken salad made with coconut, almonds, and celery a yellow curry sauce served on a bed of organic field greens with fresh tomato wedges
$12.5            
Apple and Gorgonzola Salad- Fresh green apple, red onion, and ginger sautéed in Sherry and tossed with organic spinach, toasted walnuts and Gorgonzola    $13.
*Add Prosciutto $3.
Kale Caesar- Fresh chopped kale tossed with our own zesty dressing of anchovy, garlic, caper and olive oil. Topped with parmesan and lemon        Small 7./ Large 14.                                 
*Add NW smoked Salmon $4. 
Niño’s (12 and under only)
Minnie Marinara~Creamy Fettuccine~Buttery Noodles~Pesto Penne~ $7.
*All come topped with parmesan cheese unless otherwise requested
Sandwiches
Served with a cup of fresh daily soup, Clam Chowder, or salad

Turkey Reuben- Fresh in-house roasted turkey, sauerkraut, Gruyere, & creole sauce on grilled sweet Russian rye   $13.
Caprese- Fresh mozzarella layered with roma tomato, & fresh basil on grilled herb focaccia with balsamic and aioli    $11.
Brie Melt- with Organic basil pesto, slow-roasted tomatoes, and cracked black pepper on artisan bread  $11.5   *Add Turkey for $3.
Tapenade Chicken Sandwich- Chicken breast, olive pesto, spinach, and garlic aioli on grilled artisan bread   $12.
Vegan Black Bean Burger- Made from scratch with Latin flair and served with our house made tomatillo salsa, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on an organic polka bun   $14.25   *Add Gruyere for $1.
Wild Boar ‘Sloppy Joe’- Ground and seasoned to perfection, topped with diced red and green onion on Organic Italian bun with spinach and stone ground aioli  $15.
Mushroom Melt- Roasted chicken breast, caramelized mushrooms and onions, spinach and melted French Brie on grilled Organic sourdough   $14.5
Ham & Cheese- Italian Prosciutto, Gruyere, mozzarella, thinly sliced tomato, and Truffle-aioli on grilled sourdough  $14.5
Green Garden- Grilled Chicken breast, melted mozzarella, artichoke hearts, spinach, green onion, basil pesto & aioli on herbed focaccia   $14.25
Wild Coho Salmon Burger- Served on an Italian bun with organic lettuces, tomato, red onion and house Creole sauce   $15.
Lamb Burger*- with mint pesto, feta, organic spinach and sliced tomatoes on a polka bun   $15.5  
 
Pastas
Served with locally baked organic baguette

Garlic Prawn stuffed Ravioli- Tossed with fresh diced tomatoes and leeks in a delicate saffron cream sauce $16.
Roasted Walnut & Gorgonzola Penne in a rich cream sauce with spinach, and slow roasted tomatoes $15.5
Scotch Fettuccine- Northwest smoked Salmon with garlic and leeks, in a cream sauce with a hint of  Scotch  $15.5
Almond Chicken- A Whole breast rolled in thinly sliced almonds and baked, topped with a chipotle-honey drizzle and served over a bed of fresh organic spinach and risotto $15.5
  • *A 20% gratuity may be added to parties of 5 or more
  • * Consuming raw or undercooked foods may cause illness
FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

Dinner Menu

Welcome to the Fountain Café 
We cook using only the best and freshest ingredients and are committed to supporting small & locally owned businesses. We use wild Local Seafood, Organically grown greens, herbs, and vegetables (when available). This is why after more than 30 years we continue to win awards and have been featured in many guild books, newspapers, and magazines across the country. We love food and strive to add a creative, original flair to all of our preparations. Enjoy your meal and thank you for coming! 
Parties of 5 or more may be charged a %20 gratuity.
Appetizers
Roasted Garlic with melted Brie, salsa fresca, and grilled local baguette $10.5
Crab and Shrimp stuffed mushrooms baked and topped with a fresh citrus hollandaise sauce $14
Oysters Guadalupe Local pan-fried oysters over a bed of organic greens with zest and chipotle-cocktail sauce $15 
Mediterranean fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil served with balsamic reduction, extra virgin olive oil, olive tapenade, and grilled crostini $11.5
Buffalo Frogs Legs Delicious freshwater legs (6) fried & tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce, served over spinach with matchstick carrots & a crumbled gorgonzola dipping sauce $14.5
Local Mussels and Clams steamed in an organic (nut free) basil pesto & Chardonnay broth with leeks, tomato, and fresh herbs $15
Wild Coho Salmon Cakes served with Creole sauce and a petite salad $15.
Garlic Prawns Tiger prawns (6) sautéed with garlic and fresh herbs in lemon butter over a bed of Organic spinach $10.5
Lamb Trio of sliders (1) Fresh Mint Pesto & Feta (2) Cranberry-Orange chutney (3) Creole and fresh cilantro $14.5
Salads
Insalate Mista Our ‘side’ salad of Organic greens dressed with fresh garnishes and your choice of: Creamy Gorgonzola, Fresh Herb Vinaigrette, Sweet Honey Dijon or Lemon Tahini dressing $7
Kale Caesar Fresh chopped Organic Kale tossed with our own dressing made of fresh garlic, anchovy, caper, and olive oil. Topped with parmesan and lemon Large $14/ Small $7                           *Add Chicken breast, Prawns (4), or NW Smoked Salmon $5
Entrée Salad Abundant veggies and Organic field greens tossed is a fresh herb vinaigrette with your choice of Gorgonzola, Feta, or Parmesan cheese $16
Classic Warm Salad Copious Organic greens tossed in warm balsamic vinaigrette with potatoes, veggies, mushrooms, and prosciutto. Topped with parmesan, pine nuts, and fresh garnishes $16.5
Duck Breast Salad Seared and thinly sliced natural duck breast served over a bed of Organic Greens tossed in fresh cider-poppy seed vinaigrette, Chèvre, candied nuts, and seasonal fruit $21
~Ninos~
Mini Marinara-Creamy Fettuccine-Buttery Noodles-Pesto Penne
$7. Each (all come topped with parmesan cheese)
*We are a small and at times very busy Café, please be considerate of those who may be waiting for your table, be conscious of your child’s noise level, and refrain from using cell phones as a courtesy to your fellow diners. Thank You
Entrees served with locally baked Organic baguette
Seafood and Shellfish
Angel Prawns Large tiger prawns, local shiitake mushrooms and fresh vegetables in a spicy fresh ginger-sesame-lime broth over angel hair pasta $18
Scotch Fettuccine Smoked Northwest Salmon, leeks, green onion and fresh garlic in a cream sauce with a hint of Scotch $17.5
Oysters Dorado Fresh local oysters in a garlic-chardonnay sauce with mushrooms & eggplant over linguine topped with roasted pinenuts $16.5
Puttanesca Prawns, capers, olives, eggplant, artichokes, and linguine tossed with anchovy in our zesty marinara and topped with parmesan cheese $17.5
Chipotle Prawns Black tiger prawns with fresh snap peas, tomato, and matchstick carrots in a smoky chipotle cream sauce over fettuccine $18
Paella Saffron risotto with chicken, prawns, bell peppers, spicy Italian sausage, Marrowstone Island mussels & clams $26
Cioppino Local oysters, prawns, Marrowstone Island mussels & clams, fresh fish, leeks, capers, and herbs in a savory tomato-saffron broth $26
Great Pastas
Add chicken, spicy sausage or prosciutto to any dish for $5 
ground wild boar $6 
Roasted Walnut and Gorgonzola Penne in a rich cream sauce with fresh spinach and slow roasted tomatoes $15.5
The Greek Our feta sauce with artichoke hearts, sweet bell peppers, Greek olives, & capers on penne pasta $16.5
Aio e Oio Cloves of roasted garlic, freshly chopped garlic, and fresh tomatoes tossed in garlic olive oil with penne, fresh basil and parmesan cheese $15
Capellini Amore Chicken breast, tomatoes, capers, kalamata olives, fresh basil, and angel hair pasta in a light broth topped with parmesan cheese $16.5
Prosciutto OR Chicken & Linguine with garlic, spinach, and wild mushrooms in a parmesan cream sauce topped with toasted pinenuts $17.5
More Entrées
Wild Mushroom Risotto Italian Arborio rice with locally grown wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, slow roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs, a touch of sherry, parmesan cheese and pinenuts $16.5
Moroccan Chicken with an apricot-olive butter sauce alongside saffron risotto over a bed of fresh julienned baby spinach, with parmesan cheese to finish $21
Vegan Black Bean Cakes From scratch with housemade tomatillo salsa, served alongside a small organic green salad and sautéed fresh vegetables $16.5
Baked Gorgonzola Chicken A whole chicken breast with gorgonzola and apricots in a rich sherry cream sauce. Served with chef’s choice of sides $20.
Rack of Lamb Oregon’s Anderson Ranches gives us a wonderful organic, natural grass-fed cut, which we pan-roast to perfection and serve with a fresh mint-pesto and apricot demi-glaze alongside chef’s choice of sides $36
Chicken Marsala A whole chicken breast baked with mushrooms and cranberries in a sweet marsala cream reduction with chef’s choice of sides $20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Consuming raw or undercooked foods may cause illness
 
FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

Desserts

Warm Gingerbread
WE COOL THIS ON OUR COUNTER EVERYDAY BEFORE HEATING IT SLIGHTLY AND SERVING IT WITH LOT’S OF VANILLA CUSTARD AND WHIPPED CREAM
*Even better with a glass of Royal Oporto ’77 Cholheita $16
Chocolate Torte
A DECADENT FLOURLESS TORTE THAT WILL MELT IN YOUR MOUTH, TOPPED WITH A DRIZZLE OF FRESH RASPBERRY PUREE AND WHIPPED CREAM
*Even better with a glass of Warre’s ‘King’s Tawny’ $11
Key Lime Cream Pie
AN INDIVIDUAL PIE WITH A LADY FINGER CRUMBLE CRUST AND FRESH LIME ZEST
*Even better with a glass of Terra Blanca Reserve Chenin Blanc $9
Bailey’s Irish Crème Brulée 
VANILLA FLAN BAKED WITH A TWIST OF OUR FAVORITE IRISH CREAM, TOPPED WITH A CAP OF CARAMELIZED RAW SUGAR WE HAND-FIRE TO ORDER
*Even better with a glass of Evenus Zinfandel ruby port $9.5
Tiramisu
A TRUE ITALIAN VERSION NICK FOUND IN ITALY, WITH ESPRESSO AND RUM DRENCHED LADY FINGERS LAYERED WITH WHIPPED MASCARPONE AND DARK CHOCOLATE
*Even better with a glass of Barnard Griffin ‘Syrah’ port $8.5
$7.5 EACH
Bread Pudding
LOCAL ORGANIC BREAD WITH BRANDY SOAKED CHERRIES, BAKED TO PERFECTION, THEN TOPPED WITH CINNAMON-VANILLA CUSTARD AND WHIPPED CREAM 
*Even better with a glass of El Maestro Sherry $10 
 
 
~Ports Etc…~
 
ROYAL OPORTO ‘TAWNY’ OR ‘RUBY’ $7.5
 
BARNARD GRIFFIN ‘SYRAH’ PORT $8.5
 
EVENUS ‘ZINFANDAL’ PORT $9.5 
 
WARRE’S ’KING’S TAWNY’ $11
 
ROYAL OPORTO 10 YR TAWNY $12

 

 

 

WARRE’S HERITAGE RUBY PORT $13
 
ROYAL OPORTO ‘1977 CHOLHEITA’ $16
 
TERRA BLANCA ‘RESERVE’ CHENIN BLANC $9
 
EL MAESTRO SIERRA MEDIUM SWEET SHERRY $10

Fountain Cafe Historic Building

Fountain Cafe is located in the Mary Webster historical building at 920 Washington Street, just a few steps up from Haller Fountain and a short walk from Water Street. Mary Webster building is dated 1889 atop the street facade. Its mint green color is distinctive among the nearby buildings. Its front door is recessed in a small alcove above three steps accessed from the slopping sidewalk, which leads down to the nearby Haller Fountain. The simple green building is to Port Townsend’s Victorian homes as a Quaker gathering place is to a church cathedral. Without the lavish filigree of the uptown homes, the simple lines of the Mary Webster building reflects the simpler life of the downtown architecture.
FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

April Main Street – Port Townsend

April 15, 2016 by bluegullinn

  • April Main Street – Port Townsend

April News Update from the Port Townsend Main Street Program
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News from The Port Townsend
Main Street Program

Elks Building by Jason Squire Photography
Elks Building by Jason Squire Photography

APRIL EVENTS–Uptown, Downtown, it’s our Town!

April Main Street – Port Townsend. Merchants, sign up now for “Art Wave” an inspiring exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12 displayed through the month of May in businesses in the Uptown and Downtown historic districts. Host a donation jar in your store and help raise more money for art education in the Port Townsend schools.Click Here to Sign Up.

Through May 1, Key City Public Theatre “Women in Jeopardy,” Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious comedy.

April 15, Port Townsend Main Street “LENT” Microloan Fund Low Interest Loan Program deadline. This microloan fund offers a tool for historic district businesses to offset financial impacts from emergency situations, though business development proposals will be considered.  Click here for more information.

April 20, Wooden Boat Wednesday at the Northwest Maritime Center.

April 23, Main Street Earth Day Spring Clean Up, Sponsored by The Boiler Room! Volunteers needed! Join us at Adams Street Park at 9 am for painting, gardening and sprucing up downtown. Adams Street Park is at Adams and Water Street, adjacent to Nifty Fifties Restaurant. Thanks to The Boiler Room and the City of Port Townsend for Earth Day Spring Clean Up support. Call the Port Townsend Main Street office at 385-7911 for more information.


April 23, Port Townsend Rotary Auction supporting Supporting Dove House, serving victims & survivors of domestic violence .

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April 23, Marine Thrift Swap Meet, organized by the NWMC is from 8 am to 1 pm at The Port Townsend Boat Haven. Bring your cash and stock up on used tools, hardware, supplies, and more.

April 27-May 1, Centrum Choro Workshop.

NEWS AROUND THE BLOCK


Have you pledged yet? KPTZ 91.9’s Spring Fund Drive runs through April 16. KPTZ is community radio by you, for you. Please call and pledge during the drive at (360)554-4430 or donate online at www.kptz.org

The Jefferson County Historical Society will hold a Volunteer Fair on Saturday April 16 from noon until 3:00 pm in the Pope Marine Park Building.  Interested individuals are invited to drop in, enjoy refreshments, meet staff and board members, and learn about volunteering at JCHS. JCHS president Chris Prescott said, “Whatever your talents, we can utilized them. It’s a great way to have fun and preserve our history at the same time.”


Happy 16th Anniversary to The Perfect Season! To celebrate, they will be having a 20% off sale, drawings and refreshments the weekend of April 22-24th! Congratulations on 16 years Regina!


New driving school in town! Welcome Apollo Driving Academy, located in The CoLab, 237 Taylor Street. Next class starts April 20th. More details atwww.apollodrivingacademy.com.

Jane Dough Shortbread is now located on Taylor Street! Look for her business opening very soon at 213 Taylor St. and try out her delicious shortbread.


Shirvan Rug Gallery will be having their grand opening ribbon cutting on April 28th at 1 pm! Please stop by the store to see beautiful Oriental Rugs, Fine Turkish Jewelry and other Accessories! They also offer restoration, repair and cleaning of rugs. Welcome to Port Townsend Adem and Birgul Solak.


Artist Don Tiller is back on Water Street with the 839 Pop Up Gallery in the historic Hastings Building through August!

SPONSORS ON THE DOCK!
Well, we have a fabulous line-up for this summer, thanks to Dominic Svornich, our music programmer. These community concerts are made possible by generous businesses. Only a few spaces left, if you are interested in sponsoring this year, please call the Main Street office at 385-7911 for details. Thank you!
Have a special event coming up, anniversary or news you would like us to share? SEND US YOUR NEWS AROUND THE BLOCK to admin@ptmainstreet.org— Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD

May is “Art Wave” Month!! An inspiring exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12 displayed through the month of May in businesses in the Uptown and Downtown historic districts. Host a donation jar in your store and help raise more money for art education in the Port Townsend schools. Click here to sign up!

Hanging Flower Basket Program starts in May! The baskets are ordered through Henery’s Garden Center, they will be sending order forms to businesses that have ordered baskets in the past. If you are interested in ordering baskets, please call 385-3354 or email henerysgardencenter@olypen.com and they will send you an order form. The Port Townsend Main Street Program hires an independent gardening assistant to make sure the baskets will receive top care and attention for the season, 21 weeks! This includes securing the baskets to discourage theft, watering, fertilizing and maintaining the flowers. We offer this maintenance option to those businesses which find it easier to use an outside service for the season.  Pricing sheet here or call the PTMS office at 385-7911 for details.

Do You Love Port Townsend?

Become a member of the Port Townsend Main Street Program today! Friends of Main Street Memberships are $50/year, it’s not just for businesses, it’s for everyone.

THANK YOU to our Friends of Main Street members,  we appreciate your support! 
Mari Friend
Kathi Presti
Jan and Michael Gertley
Tina Summers

MAIN STREET TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Washington State has reached its cap for 2016! Thank you to the following who were able to pledge to Port Townsend for the 2016 Main Street Tax Incentive Program.

We would like to acknowledge and thank all the participants in the 2015 Main Street Tax Incentive Program.


Thank you Mount Baker Block Building!
Mount Baker Block Building
211 Taylor Street, Suite #15A
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
mountbakerblock@olypen.com

The Mount Baker Block Building. The century old Mount Baker Block Building, located in historic downtown Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula in the State of Washington, features 50,000 square feet of office, financial and retail space. It is located on Water and Taylor Street, which is the busiest and most popular intersection in the city.

Built by Port Townsend’s first mayor, Charles Eisenbeis, the Mount Baker Block Building is Port Townsend’s tallest building with a handicapped accessible elevator. Situated in the heart of a Victorian era downtown, it offers spectacular panoramic views, a virtual high tech environment and proximity to a full range of support businesses and transportation corridors. It is ideally suited for today’s high technology industries, with lease rates less than half of metropolitan Seattle areas.

Thank you for putting your state B&O tax dollars to work here in our community and simultaneously benefiting your business. We appreciate it very much!

Commercial Space available in the Historic Districts

Mezzanine level space for rent in the James & Hastings Building, 940 Water St., $450/month – contact Lois for more information (360)385-6131

PRIME WATER STREET RETAIL SPACE
1034 Water Street – 1350 sq. ft. retail space, approximately $1.50/sq. ft. Tall ceilings, small storage space. Parking available. Contact Beverly at 360-774-0802.

Pop-up Space available in the historic Hastings Building at Taylor & Water.

Retail Opportunities in Flagship Landing
Click here to see more about spaces available
at Flagship Landing

For available spaces Uptown and Downtown 
visit The Port Townsend Main Street Program’s website here.

The Port Townsend Main Street Program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1985.

“Fostering economic vitality and preservation of place within our historic business districts, while maintaining our small town quality of life.”

211 Taylor St. Suite 3
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-7911
www.ptmainstreet.org

LANZA’S RISTORANTE

April 13, 2016 by bluegullinn

Our favorite place to dine in Port Townsend

Located in Historic Uptown

LANZA’S RISTORANTE
1020 Lawrence Street
Port Townsend, WA

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Lanza’s Ristorante is located in UPTOWN  Port Townsend, WA.  We have been here for 30 years!
We are open Tuesdays – Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.  We open at 5:00 pm.
Our phone # is 360-379-1900.  Please call after 3 to make your reservation.  We do not take reservations left on our answering machine.
We hope to see you soon!
Steve and Lori

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LANZA’S RISTORANTE

Menu – April 2016

Antipasti
Tomato Salad & Baguettes
Roma Tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh garlic and olive oil on top of toasted baguettes
$8.50
Antipasto Platter
Salami, prosciutto, provolone, roasted garlic, roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers, gorgonzola, kalamata olives
$10.50

Calabrian Salad $12.50
Fresh Romaine tossed with garbonzo beans, mozzarella, red onion, olives, tomato and salami
Florio Salad  $13.00
Warmed spinach with prawn, sausage, green pepper, mushrooms and mozzarella
Roasted Vegetable Salad $11.50
Roasted Red pepper, mushrooms, artichokes, zucchini and feta cheese served over spinach
Joe’s Gorgonzola Chicken Caesar Salad $13.00

Pasti
Served with choice of soup or salad
Spaghetti and Meatballs  $16.50
Topped with Grandma Gloria’s meatballs or Papa Joes Italian Sausage
Spaghetti Puttanesca $16.50
Kalamata olives, capers, anchovies and red pepper in a zippy spicy red sauce

Penne Bella $20.00
Wild Mexican prawns, Italian sausage, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, green onion garlic cream
Tortellini Carl Vella  $18.50
Tortellini, prosciutto, peas in a garlic cream sauce
Penne with Sausage, Mushrooms and Spinach $17.00
Hearty red sauce with sausage, mushrooms and spinach
Angel Hair Pomodoro $16.50
Roma tomato, olive oil, fresh basil and fresh garlic
Lasagna Formaggio   $17.50
Fresh pasta layered with zucchini, spinach, artichoke hearts, mozzarella and ricotta
baked in a tomato cream sauce
Linguine Luna $18.50
Steve’s smoked salmon, sundried tomatoes, green onions in a feta cream sauce
Tortellini Carne $18.50
Tortellini tossed with a meat and sausage red sauce

Specialita
Served with choice of soup or salad
Chicken Picatta $19.00
Draper valley farms chicken breast, capers, lemon, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes served over pasta
Chicken Marsala $19.00
Draper valley farms chicken breast, mushrooms, green onion, roma tomatoes in a marsala red sauce over pasta
Pollo Bolognese $19.50
Gina Lanza’s famous chicken breast topped with prosciutto and provolone baked in a marsala cream over pasta
Bistecca Stefano $27.00
Blue Mesa Natural rib eye grilled, topped with gorgonzola and served with pasta marinara
Scampi Pasenelli $23.00
Wild Mexican prawns , garlic, white wine and butter served over pasta with steamed spinach

Pizze

The Uptown
Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushroom and olives
Small $14.50  Large  $22.00

Vegetarian
Mushrooms, red onions, black olives, bell pepper and fresh tomatoes
Small  $13.00  Large  $20.00
Bianca
Olive oil, mozzarella, red onion, Kalamata olive and artichoke hearts  No sauce!
Small $12.00  Large $19.00
Mediterranean
Italian Sausage, Artichoke hearts, red onion, and roasted garlic
Small $15.00  Large  $22.00
Calzone Del Mare
Smoked Salmon, wild prawn, pesto, mozzarella and ricotta
$15.50
Calzone Adriatica
Artichoke hearts, prosciutto, fresh basil, mozzarella and ricotta
$14.50
Pizza Toppings
Pepperoni, Black Olives, Mushrooms, Italian Sausage, Red onion, Green Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Diced Roma Tomato, Salami, Feta, Roasted Red Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic, Roasted Eggplant, Prosciutto, Zucchini,
Desserts

Tiramisu
Lemon Cheesecake
Creme Brulee

Canoli
Elevated Ice Creams
Spumoni
MarionBerry Sherbet
Swiss Orange Chocolate

Fiddle Tunes – Port Townsend

April 12, 2016 by bluegullinn

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Workshop

July 3 – July 10, 2016 – the 40th Gathering!
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

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Fiddle Tunes – Port Townsend. Spend a week living, learning, and playing music with masters of a wide variety of fiddling styles. The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes provides an opportunity to be in community with the bearers of fiddle traditions.

The goals of the gathering are broader than improving your skills as a musician, and include discovering culture through music, learning music in a cultural context, and building lifelong relationships in the fiddle music community.

Fiddle Tunes started in 1977. It’s a week-long, total-immersion workshop with a hallmark of presenting an expansive array of fiddle styles from specific regions of the world. Workshops, classes, band labs, tutorials, dances, concerts, singing, open jams, hat parties – all contribute to participants’ experience. Visit the artist faculty page to learn more about the artists and the regional styles represented at the gathering.

Fiddle Tunes – Port Townsend. You’ll learn by the oral tradition – listen, imitate, listen, practice, and listen again. Please don’t expect written music on paper. The main teaching focus is on the fiddle, but you’ll find day-long instruction on the banjo, guitar, and button accordion, and nearly as many classes on piano, keyboard accordion, singing, clogging, string bass, mandolin, and social dance.

What happens during the week?

You’ll arrive at Fort Worden and pick up your registration packet, which has a schedule, your badge, and your meal ticket if you ordered one. You’ll have time to settle into your dorm room (or other housing) in time for the first event, which is dinner in the Commons. After dinner we’ll have an extensive welcoming session where we’ll attempt to introduce everyone who is teaching during the week. This is harder than it sounds, as there are more than 55 people on the teaching staff. Your goals at the welcome session might be to visually identify the faculty, try to choose who you want to spend time with during the week, and enjoy other styles of music that you won’t have time to study.

There are two categories of staff–the faculty and the tutors.

FACULTY: During the week each faculty person will teach four morning classes, lead an afternoon “band lab,” play for an evening dance, and play in one or two performances.

TUTORS: Beginning-level tutorials are designed to address the needs of beginning and beginning/intermediate players who wish more individualized instruction on their instrument; they will focus on technique. Intermediate level tutorials tend to focus on style. In many cases, the intermediate tutorials will be in the musical styles presented by the faculty. Tutorial sessions are universally small, and are open to all.

You will also find tutors hosting jam sessions with a spirit of graceful encouragement, playing for dances, and generally being a welcoming and helpful presence throughout the week.

Band Labs

Each of the faculty will lead a Band Lab after lunch. What’s a Band Lab? Basically, you’ll be a part of a band learning to play in that faculty member’s style. You’ll learn what makes that style sound like it does – slurs, slides, bowing, ornaments, tempo, etc. Each band lab will play for a dance late in the week, and play in the band lab concert on Saturday morning.

There is also a Beginners’ Band Lab, which is a band lab for beginning-level musicians.

Other Events During the Week

Three nights of in-house concerts showcasing the faculty; a participants’ concert; hat party; four public performances (two on the 4th, one on the 8th, and one on the 9th); pleanty of hosted jams.

Beginners at Fiddle Tunes

What might a beginning musician expect at Fiddle Tunes? The gathering welcomes people of all abilities, but it’s not uncommon for beginning musicians to feel frustrated at Fiddle Tunes. Here’s what to expect.

The mornings are dedicated to workshops led by the faculty. Generally speaking, these players were invited to the festival as representatives of a certain style of music, one that they learned from their family and neighbors. Some are experienced teachers, many are not. In an effort to present them in an organically (as much as possible), they receive no guidelines from Centrum as to what level they should teach – it’s their choice. Most teach at an intermediate and above level.

As a result, there is nothing geared specifically for beginners in the morning classes. But we think it’s critically important that you attend these sessions. The people on staff are active tradition-bearers, and they share more than their music. You probably won’t open your case at these sessions. Rather, you’ll be in listening mode, soaking your head in a certain style, listening to stories, understanding the context in which this person’s music is played back home.

After lunch, you can join the Beginners Band Lab – all beginning-level players of any instrument are invited. You’ll get an idea about how exciting it is to play with other people. The Beginners Band will play for a dance if they’d like, and also in the Band Lab concert on Saturday morning.

In the late afternoon we offer beginning level tutorials (see above). They’re small, so you’ll have plenty of personal attention.

We hope this information is helpful to you in deciding whether the workshop might be a good fit. Being among so many players can be overwhelming, but it helps to know what to expect. If you have any more questions, feel free to call Peter McCracken at 360-385-3102, x127.

Kids at Fiddle Tunes

Is the gathering appropriate for children?

Absolutely! The Festival is an intergenerational gathering, and we welcome musicians of all ages and abilities to participate fully in Festival activities.

If your child is under 13, and not ready to fully participate, we offer a special Kids Track (see the FAQ page).

If you have any questions about any of this, send Peter McCracken an email: peter@centrum.org , or call 360-385-3102, x127.

Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend

April 11, 2016 by bluegullinn

 

Description: Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. It was early in the morning on April 1, 1921 when Keeper William J. Thomas of Point Wilson Lighthouse heard a sickening grinding noise. He knew instantly there was trouble in the water and quickly telephoned Port Townsend to send help.Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. What Keeper Thomas heard was the slamming of the crowded passenger liner Governor of the Admiral Line into the freighter West Hartland. The 417-footGovernor had just offloaded passengers in Victoria and was bound for Seattle, when it rounded Port Townsend and was rammed by the freighter. Reports of the accident would later conclude that the pilot on the Governor mistook the West Hartland’s running lights for the fixed lights on Marrowstone Point and failed to yield the right-of-way. A ten-foot gash was torn in the Governor’s iron hull, and even though the captain of the West Hartland ordered full speed ahead to try to keep the hole plugged, the Governor soon began to sink in 240 feet of water. In the time it took for the vessel to sink, most of the passengers were able to scamper aboard the West Hartland, and all but eight of the 240 people aboard the Governor were rescued.

Original Point Wilson Lighthouse

Keeper Thomas, who was in the lighthouse at the time of the collision, provided the following account of the accident:

It was just 12:05 this morning when I heard the crash. As I turned in the direction of the sound, I saw the West Hartland with her nose rammed into the Governor’s starboard side amidships. It was clear and the vesssels were plainly in sight about three quarters of a mile away.I immediately called Port Townsend and tried to get the coast guard cutters, Arcataand Snohomish. Both were out of port. I finally got several launches out. I could see the boats putting out, and it wasn’t more than an hour before the Governor sank.

Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. Point Wilson, named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 after his colleague Captain George Wilson, marks the western side of the entrance to Admiralty Inlet from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is an important landmark for vessels traveling to and from Puget Sound. This critical turn was first marked by a church bell. Recognizing that the point was often shrouded by fog, in 1865, Captain J.W. Sheldon donated a ship’s bell to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend with the condition that the bell be rung on foggy days. Several years later, a steamer used the sound of the bell as a guide into Port Townsend harbor. John H. Yates was so touched after reading the newspaper account of the dual-role the bell played, that he wrote the hymn, “The Harbor Bell.”

Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. Congress passed an act on June 20, 1878 appropriating $8,000 for establishing a light and fog signal at Point Wilson, but as this amount was insufficient for both aids, priority was placed on the fog signal. The fog signal machinery was built in Portland during the winter of 1878 – 1879, and on March 3, 1879, an additional $12,000 was allocated for the station. The fog signal building was built by hired labor under the direction of the district engineer, and a twelve-inch steam whistle housed therein was placed in operation on September 1, 1879, giving an eight-second blast every minute.

A $923 contract to manufacture the lantern room for the lighthouse was awarded to Smith Brothers & Watson, the lowest bidders, on July 2, 1879, and a lens, formerly used at Point Bonita, California, was sent northward to be installed at the station. Plans for the lighthouse were approved on August 12, and the district engineer supervised its construction over the next four months. C.W. Holt and a crew of eighteen men commenced construction of the lighthouse on September 2, 1879.

Station buildings on Point Wilson in 1916

The lighthouse consisted of a twelve-foot-square frame tower rising to a height of forty-six-foot from the pitched roof of a two-story keeper’s dwelling. The tower first exhibited its fixed white light, which could be seen for up to thirteen miles, on December 15, 1879, and mariners “were unanimous in expressions of commendation of the excellence of the light and of the efficiency of the fog-signal.”David M. Littlefield, a Civil War veteran and local resident, was appointed the first keeper at Point Wilson and was paid an annual salary of $800. Littlefield served as keeper for four years before moving back to Port Townsend, where he would later serve as a City Councilman, Mayor, and Collector of Customs.

In 1894, a galvanized-iron oil house was built on the station grounds, and a new lens was installed in the lantern room, changing the light’s characteristic from fixed white to fixed white varied by a red flash every twenty seconds.

Water to operate the station’s steam whistle was captured from cement water sheds and stored in a brick cistern. One would think that there would always be ample rainfall in Washington, but Port Townsend lies in a rain shadow caused by the Olympic Mountains and sees little rainfall during the summer months. This proved to be an issue on September 29, 1896, when the steamer Umatilla left Victoria, British Columbia just after midnight, bound for Puget Sound in a dense fog. The fog signal at Point Wilson was inoperable due to a lack of water, and the steamship was forced to navigate by sounding its whistle at regular intervals and listening for echoes to judge its proximity to land.

The 310-foot-long Umatilla struck rocks about a mile west of Point Wilson, but Captain J.C. Hunter was able to quickly free his vessel and decided to try to reach Port Townsend. The impact punctured the Umatilla’s hull, and as the crew had failed to close the doors sealing off the ship’s five hull compartments, water quickly flooded in, quenching the engine’s fires. Realizing the danger he was in, Captain Hunter wisely ran the Umatilla aground a few hundred yards from Point Wilson Lighthouse and lowered the bow anchors to hold the ship in place. All passengers were safely offloaded, but the ship and cargo suffered roughly $100,000 in damages. Though Point Wilson’s fog signal wasn’t sounding, Captain Hunter and his pilot were censured for “overconfidence.”

High tides and stormy weather occasionally took their toll on the sandy beach on which the tower was built. In 1886, a picket fence, 5 feet high and 440 feet long, was built across the low part of the spit to catch drifting sound and build up the area where a breach seemed likely. By 1904, much of the beach had eroded, threatening the integrity of the lighthouse. The problem was temporarily fixed by 1,542 tons of stone reinforcement piled on the eastern and northern sides of the reservation.

Lens in Point Wilson Lighthouse

The current lighthouse was completed in 1914, but the original lighthouse, minus its tower, continued to serve as aresidence for the keepers. The new lighthouse features a forty-nine-foot concrete tower, built in an octagonal shape to reduce wind pressure, which projects upward from a fog signal building. The light still shines from the fourth-order Fresnel lens, sending forth alternate red and white flashes every five seconds.In 1917, the Secretary of Commerce urged lighthouse keepers to cultivate as much land as possible at their stations in anticipation of food shortages during World War I. Keeper William Thomas willingly complied and that fall sent the following letter to the lighthouse inspector.

Sir: Have sent you to-day per parcel post a sample of some of the vegetables I raised on the station here. Peas, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, garlic, and squash do well, but tomatoes, cabbage, and turnips are a failure; beans fairly well after planting four times; have 4 gallons of beans salted and 2 gallons canned. The yield was good, but of course of small quantity, as space was limited. Early onions and lettuce were splendid; gave Heather (the lighthouse tender) some for their mess.

Keeper Thomas was commended by the department for the energy and zeal he showed in obtaining such fine results, and a photograph showing a potato, parsnip, carrot, and a bulb of garlic that he grew in the station’s sandy soil is preserved in the National Archives.Like those at Point Bonita and Point Loma, the light at Point Wilson was extinguished during World War II as a defense measure to protect nearby Fort Worden and the entrance to Puget Sound.

Today, a computer, located at the Coast Guard Air Station at Port Angeles, monitors the light, which was automated in 1976. The keepers’ quarters were occupied by Coast Guard personnel until 2000. During the winters of 2005 and 2006, high winds and waves pummeled the low-lying lighthouse property flooding the basement of the keepers’ dwelling and ripping the fog horn from its soundwall. The State of Washington has considered purchasing the property from the Coast Guard and combining it with nearby Fort Worden State Park, however, in 2007 the scheduled review of this proposal was delayed. Moving the lighthouse and associated buildings, which will likely cost between $3 and $5 million dollars, is considered the only long-term solution for saving the station. In the meantime, the Coast Guard is filling in the holes that have developed in the wall of rock armor built around the point.

During the summer of 2011, divers with the Marine Documentation Society visited the wreck of the Governor and discovered the ship’s bell, buried in silt. Because the divers didn’t have an expert with them to authenticate the bell, it was left with the wreckage. The owners of the salvage rights for the wreck are considering what to do with the bell once it is recovered. Placing it on exhibit at the lighthouse wouldn’t be a bad option.

Keepers:

  • Head: David M. Littlefield (1879 – 1883), William H. Jakins (1883 – 1884), George Draper (1884 – 1888), Edmund Bailey (1888 – 1894), Hans P. Score (1894 – 1899), Charles W. Sheldon (1899 – 1900), Thomas J. Stitt (1900 – 1913), William J. Thomas (1914 – 1926), Mortimer Galvin (1926 – 1932), Merrill D. Spencer (1932 – 1935), Carl Lien (1935 – 1943), Rudolph Tolman (1943 – 1950).
  • First Assistant: Nathaniel L. Rogers (1879 – 1880), H.H. Edwards (1880 – 1881), William H. Jakins (1881 – 1883), Joseph E. Evans (1883 – 1885), Edward Scannel (1885 – 1888), Anthony W. Miller (1888 – 1890), George H. Stilwell (1890 – 1891), Joseph Dunson (1891 – 1894), Edward Durgan (1894 – 1895), Albert F. Allen (1895 – 1896), George H. Stilwell (1896 – 1898), Charles J. Smith (1898 – 1903), Andrew Jackson (1903 – 1905), Charles E. Baker (1905 – 1907), Paul A. Chevalier (1907 – 1908), Henry H. Stonefield (1908 – at least 1913), Charles E. Atherton (at least 1915 – at least 1917), Edmund N. Cadwell (at least 1918), Forrest A. Tuttle (at least 1919), Henry J. Williams (at least 1920 – at least 1921), Charles D. Whitehead (1924 – 1925), Merrill D. Spencer (1927 – 1932), Rudolph C. Toman (1935 – 1943), Ted Menzoni ().
  • Second Assistant: Robert M. Langos (1939 – 1942).

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References

  1. Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, various years.
  2. “Still on Point Wilson,” The San Francisco Call, October 1, 1896.
  3. Lighthouses of the Pacific, Jim Gibbs, 1986.
  4. Umbrella Guide to Washington Lighthouses, Sharlene and Ted Nelson, 1998.
  5. Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast, Randy Leffingwell and Pamela Welty, 2000.
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