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What’s Happening in Port Townsend

July 11, 2019 by bluegullinn

What’s Happening in Port Townsend

July 4, 2019 by bluegullinn

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

July 1, 2019 by bluegullinn

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

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Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

Get set for fun on the 4th and some of the hottest music in the Pacific NW.

Summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Bring your family, your best friend, your sweetheart or come solo, but whatever you do, be sure to check out all the fun. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer!

Get set for fun on the 4th and some of the hottest music in the Pacific NW.

Summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Bring your family, your best friend, your sweetheart or come solo, but whatever you do, be sure to check out all the fun. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer!

 

Celebrate America’s birthday at Fort Worden and get ready for the biggest and best party of the year at the “Old School” 4th of July. Don’t miss an epic lineup of live entertainment, food vendors, field games, free root beer floats, a tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, and a community portrait, all culminating in a glorious laser light show at 10:20 pm. The festivities begin at 4 pm on the parade grounds at Fort Worden. Headline sponsors for the event are Thunderbull Productions, the City of Port Townsend, the Friends of Fort Worden and Seattle Theater Group, along with many local businesses.

An ”Old School” 4th overlaps with Centrum’s Festival of Fiddle Tunes, a week-long immersion workshop presenting fiddle styles from specific regions of the world. Two performances will honor this American holiday: Fiddles on the Fourth is at 1:30 pm in the McCurdy Pavilion and at 7:30 pm, enjoy Fireworks and Fiddles featuring artists from Iowa, Georgia, Western Canada, New England and Louisiana Cajuns, also at the McCurdy Pavilion. For tickets, go to www.centrum.org.

photo by David Conklin

Rock the dock this summer at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock, in downtown Port Townsend on the waterfront across from City Hall. The series, sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, runs every Thursday, July 11 through August 29, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Come to dance, see friends, enjoy a drink and have a bite. Local vendors and a beer/wine/cider garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Seating opens at 4:30 pm, show starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Bring chairs or blankets and settle in for some great tunes. For more into and details about the bands that are playing, go to www.ptmainstreet.org/concerts-on-the-dock/.

Centrum offers the Free Fridays at the Fort concert series July 5 through August 4, showcasing fiddle tunes, jazz and blues on the lawn of the Commons at Fort Worden and is free to the public. Performances begin at noon and go until 1 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic lunch or grab something to go at Reveille in the Commons. In the rare event of inclement weather, alternative plans will be posted on www.centrum.org.

The wildly popular Olympic Music Festival presents its 36th annual summer concert series, offering 12 world-class performances of chamber music and other styles over six weekends, July 13 and 14, and August 10 through September 8. Concerts are presented in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden.

Opening weekend celebrates the festival season with Art of the Violin I. Superstar Sarah Change joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for an exclusive recital to kick off the summer season. Together, the duo explores treasures of the violin and piano repertoire including Beethoven’s powerful “Moonlight” and “Appassionata sonatas,” Bazzini’s demonic Round of the Goblins; and Ravel’s dazzling gypsy fantasy, Tzigane. Buy tickets early as space if limited and expected to sell out: www.olympicmusicfestival.org

Jazz Port Townsend is the perfect opportunity to experience excellent musicians, soak up a weekend of jazz in a seaside paradise and participate in a wide array of mainstage and nightclub performances, July 25-27. Artistic Director John Clayton inspires a true sense of family during this special week of events that showcases internationally-known performers in new and unexpected pairings. Jazz Port Townsend has emerged as one of the leading jazz festivals in the nation.

Festival mainstage performances take place in Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion. Jazz Port Townsend also features the popular Jazz in the Clubs series, in venues throughout Fort Worden. Come alive with the sounds of jazz. Jazz in the Clubs: Thursday, July 25, 8-11 pm, Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, 10 pm – 12:30 am. Mainstage Concerts: Friday, July 26, 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 27, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. For more information, go to www.centrum.org/jazz-port-townsend-performances/.


A few upcoming events later this summer—Save the Dates!

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 28-August 4. www.centrum.org

Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, August 10-September 8, www.olympicmusicfestival.org

Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the ParkThe Merry Wives of Windsor, August 1-25, www.keycitypublictheare.org

Jefferson County Fair, August 9-11, www.jeffcofairgrounds.com

Uptown Street Fair, August 17, www.ptmainstreet.org

Concerts on the Dock, every Thursday in August, www.ptmainstreet.org

Wooden Boat Festival, September 6-8, www.woodenboat.org

Pack up your dancin’ shoes, favorite shorts, best hat, music-loving friends and family, and head to Port Townsend for some epic fun and sizzling hot summer events this month. We can’t wait to see you!

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

Whats happening in Port Townsend

June 28, 2019 by bluegullinn

Fire Boat

 

Puffin Cruise & Summer Band!

Sunrise over Port Townsend

What’s Happening in Port Townsend & East Jefferson County!  June 27, 2019

 

Loads of fun classes for kids this summer!

Thursday there’s a Farewell Party for City Manager David Timmons at PT Library.

This month’s Candlelight Concert presents An Evening of Gospel and Songs of Spirit.

Take in a Summer Puffin Cruise with the PT Marine Science Center.

Enjoy a summer after with Port Townsend Summer Band at Chetzemoka Park.

 

Final weekend! Through June 30th at Key City Public Theatre is a summer performance of “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter,” A Musical Revue.

 

Please check ferry alerts for the Port Townsend/Coupeville (Keystone) route before arriving at the terminal. Make your reservation now. Route is reduced to one-boat into early July.

 

Finnriver Live Music on the Land

Join us at the Finnriver Cider Garden in Chimacum for local food, craft cider, live music & more.
Open Daily. All ages welcome.

Friday – Stephanie Doenges of Bread & Gravy
Saturday – Joy in Mudville – Bluegrass/Folk
Sunday – Kristen Marlo – Singer/Songwriter

Thanks for helping us celebrate the ‘culture’ in agriculture! Learn more here!

 

Music & Entertainment

Thursday June 27

Discovery Bay Brewing: Taproom Trivia

Candlelight Concert: An Evening of Gospel and Songs of Spirit

Cellar Door: Diane Trani with the Al Harris Trio

The Palindrome: Winery Comedy Tour

Sirens Pub: Karaoke featuring Louie’s World

Uptown Pub: Music Trivia

Friday June 28

PT Vineyards: Wine Down Fridays

Discovery Bay Brewing: Bruce Hooke

Marrowstone Vineyards: Caribe Live

Pourhouse: Reach For The Sky

Finnriver: Stephanie Doenges of Bread & Gravy

Cellar Door: Nathaniel Talbot

Sirens Pub: Never Come Down

Uptown Pub: Songwriters’ Showcase

Saturday June 29

Discovery Bay Brewing: Estrella Roja

Marrowstone Vineyards: Angie & Caribe Steel Band

Pourhouse: Kayohti

Finnriver: Joy in Mudville

Old Alcohol Plant: The Hounds of Townsend

PT Brewing: Freddy Pink

Disco Bay Detour: Baylin and MaeDea LadyLaRose

The Keg & I: Sundsaga

Cellar Door: Throwback DJ Party

Sirens Pub: Samara Jade and Band

Uptown Pub: Auld Lange Syne

Sunday June 30

Finnriver: Kristen Marlo

PT Brewing: The Crocs

Port Townsend Summer Band: Chetzemoka Park

Cellar Door: Never Come Down

Theatre & Performing Arts

Thru June 30

KCPT: “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter,” A Musical Revue

Sunday June 30

Sunday StoryCraft StorySwap

Community Events

Thursday June 27

PT Library: Farewell Party for City Manager David Timmons

Saturday June 29

Chetzemoka (čičməhán) Trail Grand Opening & Dedication

Readings & Lectures

Thursday June 27

The Castle: Silent Reading

Arts & Crafts

June

Local Art Shows

Classes & Workshops

This week

Next week

Recreation & Sports

Daily

Port Townsend-San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour

4 Hour Whale Watching Tour (2x/day)

Saturday June 29

PTMSC: Summer Puffin Cruises

Intro to Spin Bike Cycling

Sunday June 30

Forest Bathing & Contemplative Walking

Film & Movies

June

Saturday June 28

PT Library: Family Movie Night

Daily Shows

 

May Flowers and more in Port Townsend, WA

May 1, 2019 by bluegullinn

 

 

 

 

 

As April showers give way to May flowers, nothing takes center stage as eloquently here in Port Townsend as the Rhododendron, which you’ll see blooming prolifically around town. It’s not only Washington’s state flower, but it’s the star of the show this month as we celebrate our 84th Rhododendron Festival, with activities and fun for the whole family…even your pet! Mark your calendars to join us May 15-19!

May Rhody Festival

But that’s not all that’s coming your way in May. Read on to learn about more exciting events and activities for you to enjoy in Port Townsend this month!

Art Wave, May 1-31
You’ll be inspired by this colorful month-long exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork displayed in 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 4, from 5:30-7:30 pm and see the creativity of our children. For more info, go to http://ptmainstreet.org/may-is-art-wave/.

Art Wave

Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS) Celebrates 140 years with a Birthday Bash
The JCHS Birthday Bash is Friday, May 3, at the Northwest Maritime Center. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event to celebrate 140 years of preserving stories and community heritage.

The event begins at 4 pm with fantastic party favors for the first 140 to arrive, with cake and champagne for a toast. Come for the party and stay for the lecture!

JCHS First Friday Lecture Series – History of the S’Klallam people in Port Townsend
The lecture follows the party on May 3 at 7 pm featuring David Brownell, Historic Preservation Officer for the Jamestown S’Klallam. He will talk about the village of qatay (Kai Tai, Kah Tai) and the history, archaeology and ethnography connecting the S’Kallam people and Port Townsend. The presentation will cover a general timeline of pre- and post-contact Native presence in and around the area.

Opening Day on the Bay, Saturday, May 4
Opening Day of the 2019 boating season is cause for celebration as the Port Townsend Yacht Club invites the public to view the waterfront parade and enjoy the US Navy’s Northwest Region Funk Band playing before and after the 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 12:30 pm ferry to Coupeville. Following the parade, there will be the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. www.PTYC.net

Boat Parade

The Port Townsend Wearable Art Show
Fifty-five works of art will be coming down the runway at this year’s show on Saturday, May 11, featuring designers from New York, British Columbia, New Mexico, Colorado, California, and, of course, the Pacific Northwest. Designers competing in the wearable art category will vie for a “Best in Show” prize of $2,500. Showtimes are 2 pm and 7 pm at the McCurdy Pavilion in Fort Worden State Park. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ptwearableart.com or call 1.800.838.3006.

Wearable Art Show

84th Annual Rhododendron Festival and Rhody Run, May 15-19
Talk like a local and call it “Rhody!” For those of us in Port Townsend, this term encompasses anything going on during the week of the festival. We simply call all of it “Rhody.” Feel free to do so, too. Make plans to join us this year for Rhody and celebrate our Port Townsend “community holiday” with us. Here’s the scoop:

Rhody Grande Parade

Wednesday, May 15
6 pm Trike Race begins
Thursday, May 16
3:30 pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field
Friday, May 17
2:15 pm Kiddies Parade begins and the Carnival is ongoing through the evening
6:30 pm Bed Races begin
Saturday, May 18
1 pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade
Cake Picnic following the parade at the Civic Plaza on Water Street
Sunday, May 19
11 am 41st Annual Rhody Run begins
www.RhodyFestival.org or www.RhodyRun.com

The 7th Annual Artisan Food Festival
This festival is May 25 in Uptown Port Townsend with 70+ local farms, live music, artisan foods, craft beer, cider, wine, and arts and craft vendors including cheese pairings with Mt. Townsend Creamery and Port Townsend Vineyards. Chef demonstrations by Jefferson Healthcare’s Executive Chef, Arran Stark; Finistere’s Executive Chef and Co-owner Deborah Taylor; Jesse Rose, Silverwater Café’s Executive Chef; and Denise Joy from Mountain Spirit Herbal Company. For a schedule of events, go to http://jcfmarkets.org/ptaff/.

Food Festival

Save the date for upcoming events in June:

June 2-3
Pre-Race Ruckus and Race to Alaska
No motor, no support, all the way to Alaska. Watch the race start in Port Townsend!
www.r2ak.com

June 6
Port Townsend Main Street’s Taste of Port Townsend
Sample. Sip. Mingle. It’s going to be delicious!
www.ptmainstreet.org/tastes-of-port-townsend-2/

June 7-9
The Brass Screw Confederacy – Steampunk Festival
Join us somewhere between 1891 and a time that yet may be…
www.brass-screw.org

June 14
Centrum’s Chamber Music Series
An evening concert by the American String Quartet
www.centrum.org/port-townsend-chamber-music-festival/

June 24-July 1
Centrum’s Voice Works Performances
Vocal Showcase of music, June 27
Boogie at the Honky Tonk Polka Dot Dance, June 30
Vintage Vocals Concert, July 1

Victorian Festival March 22-24, 2019

March 2, 2019 by bluegullinn

Please join March 22-24, 2019 in Port Townsend, WA for another delightful edition of the Victorian Heritage Festival

The Victorian Festival returns with new events, old favorites, and even more opportunities to experience a way of life that was. Join us among the beautiful Victorian architecture of Port Townsend as history lives again.

Watch this space for more information and ticket sales. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Party in Port Townsend

August 2, 2018 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop - 2016

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop

 

Party down in Port Townsend in August with live music all around town, Shakespeare in the Park and summer fairs for the whole family. You won’t want to miss a minute!

The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival heats up the park with “Blues in the Clubs” as a moveable feast of great music for all ages in various venues at Fort Worden State Park. One nightly wristband gives you the freedom to move around to all the venues throughout the evening, gaining the full benefit of the club experience. Centrum’s Blues faculty will play sets in all sorts of interesting combinations on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 from 8 pm – midnight. For more information, go to www.centrum.org.

Rock out at the Trail Blaze Ball on Saturday, August 4 at Memorial Field in downtown Port Townsend. The fun starts at 4 pm with live local bands playing and from 7 – 10 pm, the rockin’, rollickin’ sounds of FreddyPink will have you dancing the night away. Food trucks with a local beer, cider and wine garden will be available along with trail outfitters and vendor booths. The evening is open to all ages with a suggested donation of $20 at the gate in support of the Olympic Peninsula’s magnificent Olympic Discovery Trail. https://olympicdiscoverytrail.org/odt-event/

In a Viking saga of love, honor and betrayal, Key City Public Theatre is proud to present the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark in Hamlet at Shakespeare in the Park. Taken back to 932AD, Hamlet is reimagined as a saga where thanes and raiders seek fortune, power, and ultimately, a seat in the hallowed halls of Valhalla.

Directed by Marc Weinblatt, Hamlet features a cast loaded with KCPT mainstays and promises a thrilling take on the most famous of the bard’s work.

Performances run Aug. 3 through 26, outdoors in beautiful Chetzemoka Park (Jackson and Blaine Streets), Fridays through Sundays at 6 pm. All performances are Pay-What-You-Wish at the gate, with advance tickets costing $29, available at the playhouse box office at 360.385.KCPT (5278) or online at http://www.keycitypublictheatre.org/.

Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass and to dress warmly for when the sun goes down. Picnic fare is welcome. Concessions will also be sold.

The dock is still rockin’ for a few more weeks at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock in downtown Port Townsend. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, the concerts will be Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Local vendors and a beer, wine and cider garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Help us “Go Green” this year by renting a reusable cup during the concert and returning it at the end of the show. So far this has dramatically reduced the amount plastic used at each concert. Seating opens at 4:30 pm, show starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Bring a chair or a blanket and settle in for some great tunes. For the list of bands, go to http://www.ptmainstreet.org/page14/page14.html.

The Jefferson County Fair welcomes you to this year’s Bug Up-themed fair, August 10, 11 and 12. Meet farm animals up close. Cheer on riders as they put their horses through their paces. See the largest fruits, vegetables and flowers grown in Jefferson County. Hear music from fantastic bands and get your dancin’ boots on. Take a turn at riding the bull. Indulge in an elephant ear or a corn dog. Or watch the demo derby or mud drag. It’s everything a country fair should be—don’t miss it!

Open 10 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday. For more details and ticket info, visit http://jeffcofairgrounds.com.

The Olympic Music Festival (OMF) presents its 35th annual summer season in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden. World-class chamber music performances take place at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, August 11 through September 19. Programming also includes a free educational concert for children and their families on August 26 at 11 am.

Since the beginning of his tenure in 2014, OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde has electrified audiences by presenting world-class artists on the Olympic Peninsula in programs that center on the classical chamber music repertoire and, on occasion, venture into styles such as American folk music and jazz. To purchase tickets and for more detailed information about the performances, go to www.olympicmusicfestival.org or call 360.385.9699.

Key City Public Theatre will celebrate its 60th birthday on August 14 with a fun and fabulous dance party. The party will start at 7 pm at Chetzemoka Park—dance til dusk on the Hamlet set with the Prince of Denmark himself!

Photo by Deja View Photography

On August 18, the beloved Annual Uptown Street Fair and Parade celebrates 28 years of fun in Uptown and includes great local music, the Port Townsend Arts & Crafts Fair, the Jefferson County Farmers Market, tasty food on the street, free art activities for families and much more.

Come hang out with the Uptown businesses and neighbors for the day at this colorful community event. The Arts and Crafts Fair and Farmers Market begin at 9 am; kids’ activities follow from 10 am – 3 pm, and music from 10 am – 5 pm. The Uptown Pub is hosting an outdoor beer garden. The “GRANDLY LOCAL PARADE” is at 2 pm. Come make a day of it in historic, pedestrian-friendly Uptown. Lawrence Street and Tyler Street are closed for the Street Fair, as well as the Farmers Market location on Polk Street. Bring your appetite—there will be delicious local food vendors at the event. Coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Program and sponsored by generous local businesses. For more information, go to http://ptmainstreet.org.

“Jelly” by David Eisenhour

The Art Port Townsend 20th Annual Artist Studio Tour is a festival of the visual arts featuring an open studio tour of local artists. The tour is the final event of the annual Art Port Townsend Festival. Professional artists open their studios to provide demonstrations and display their work in many different mediums such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, fabric arts, glass and a variety of mixed media. This annual event is a “must see” for regional artists and art lovers. There is no charge for the self-guided tour, running August 18-19 from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information and a map of the studios, go to www.northwindarts.org/programs/art-port-townsend/aboutstudiotour/

Don’t miss the party in August. Visit us for an amazing getaway and enjoy all things Port Townsend!

A Few Upcoming Events in September—Save the Dates!
42nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival, September 7-9
Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, September 1, 2, 8 & 9
Centrum’s Ukulele Festival, September 12-16
19th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival, September 21-23

June in Port Townsend

June 4, 2018 by bluegullinn

 

 

 

Port Townsend is all abuzz with excitement about super-cool events this month. We’re serving up something for every appetite—with a cycling ride of the Tour de Forts, to the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Hootenanny, to the Taste of Port Townsend event for foodies, and music galore with Centrum. We know you’ll love the adventure of surprise and delight when you join the fun!

And for those of you who love all things water, June is for you! Be part of the exhilarating send-off of the participants in the incredible 4th Annual Race to Alaska (R2AK), and don’t miss Port Townsend Orca Festival at Fort Worden.

The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opens June 6, at its new location, the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride, from 2 -6 pm. The market season is in full swing with the Saturday Farmers Market Uptown from 9 am to 2 pm.

With the new Haines Place Park and Ride location, the Wednesday Farmers Market can be easily accessed from anywhere in the Jefferson County. Try taking transit to the market or walk, bike, hop or drive to the new location of the mid-week farm and food market. There’s plenty of parking and you can stroll from Uptown through Kah Tai Lagoon to get to the market.

This season there are more vendors registered for the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market than in years. Here are 15 reasons to visit on opening day: Mountain Spirit Herbal Company, Duckabush Mushrooms, Spring Rain Farm & Orchard, Fiddlehead Creamery, Finnriver Farm, Serendipity Farm, Midori Farm, Hopscotch Farm + Cannery, Chimacum Valley Dairy, Bob’s Bakery, River Run Farm, Cape Cleare Fishery, Golden Harvest, Onatrue Farm, and Hurricane Hills Winery, plus a chef demonstration with Arran Stark at the opening day market. For more info, go to www.jcfmarkets.org.

The Port Townsend Main Street Program celebrates the Tastes of Port Townsend on June 7 from 5-8 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center. Foodies will enjoy delicious samples from 14 restaurants and dessert spots, breweries, wineries and cideries, plus tea and coffee.

From green curry chicken, seafood risotto, sushi, smokehouse sliders, smoked sockeye Nova Lox with cream cheese, salads and desserts, the many tastes will delight diners. There are new participants this year, including Finistere, Banana Leaf Thai Bistro, Port Townsend Vineyards, and Key City Fish Company. This event is a fundraiser for the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the historic districts Uptown and Downtown. This is a 21+ event, please bring valid ID. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.

Key City Public Theatre presents Daddy Long Legs, running Thursday through Sunday from June 8 through July 2. An adaptation of the 1912 novel of the same name by Jean Webster, this is the latest in many stage and film adaptations, and the most-true to the original work. Written in 2007, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, Daddy Long Legs is a two-person epistolary musical about a young orphan girl and her mysterious benefactor who empowers her through providing her with a college education. KCPT is opening the first West Coast production of Daddy Long Legs since the closing of its successful off-Broadway run in 2016.

For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.

Join the Brass Screw Confederacy, for its seventh annual Steampunk Festival, June 8-10. Embark upon Perilous Adventures to exotic domains on the outskirts of imagination. Come decked out in your steampunk finery for another amazing year’s adventures. And while, this may not be the biggest, fanciest, first, nor certainly not the last steampunk something-or-other on earth—there is something to steam up ingenues and aficionados alike. You won’t be disappointed. This year’s event aims to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. They’re turning it up with the Hottest Hootenanny ever, Tactical Croquet, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, Brass Screw Chautauqua, bands, magic and mayhem galore! For more details about what to expect, go to www.brassscrew.org.

Tour de Forts 2018 is a stunning ride on June 9, beginning at 8 am, that takes cyclists of all ages and abilities on a scenic and historic trip around the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Along the way, water and snack stops allow cyclists to enjoy the view from three old seaside forts that have been converted to beautiful state parks. Routes include a 62-mile, 35-mile, 15-mile and 11-mile options. To register, go to www.tourdeforts.org.

Centrum is hosting the 9th annual Chamber Music Workshop with a free public master class on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm. Student concerts are on June 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm with a faculty performance on Sunday, June 17 at 2 pm featuring composers Haydn, Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Shostakovich. The Workshop closes with a performance with Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet (pictured above). All performances are in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden.

R2AK (short for the Race to Alaska) is simple. Get a boat without a motor. Race 750 miles to Ketichan, Alaska, any way you can. Don’t get eaten by a bear. $10,000 if you’re first.

The starting gun goes off at 0500 (nautical lingo for 5 am!) on Thursday, June 14, from the NW
Maritime Center in Port Townsend. The excitement of the start is palpable and not to be missed. But if that’s too early for you, come for the Pre-Race Ruckus on Wednesday, June 13, from noon to 8 pm and let loose like you’re about to sail to Alaska…with people who actually are about to set sail for Alaska! Bring your sense of adventure. Get a free tattoo. Have a blast. To join the fun and track the boats once they’re en route, go to www.r2ak.com.

Don’t miss 2018 Port Townsend Orca Festival at Fort Worden on June 23. A day of celebration, education, ceremony and adventure! Featured speakers from the Governor’s Orca Recovery Task Force, researchers from Ocean Initiative, Long Live the Kings, and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition – and then famed rock/ska band Locust Street Taxi performs starting at 1PM. Festival awards ceremony at 2PM will honor winners of the Rat Island Regatta and JPod Scavenger hunt, as well as Governor Jay Inslee for his long-term dedication and support of the Southern Resident Orcas of Puget Sound (Gov. Inslee will not be present). With all this followed by a song and dance by the North Olympic Orca Pod and a celebration of Finn the salmon’s 30th year anniversary, this year’s award ceremony will be one for the history books. http://ptorcafest.com.

The first of Centrum’s Free Friday Concerts begin at noon on Friday, June 29 at Fort Worden, outdoors on the Nora Porter Commons Lawn and lasts for an hour. http://centrum.org/free-fridays-at-the-fort/

Get your dancin’ shoes on and polka dot attire ready for Centrum’s Honky-Tonk Polka Dot Dance, Thursday, June 28 at 8 pm in the USO Building at Fort Worden featuring a variety of talented vocalists singing tunes from a range of traditions including Irish, Appalachia, Country, Blues and Gospel. This sells out quickly, so don’t delay and buy your tickets today at www.centrum.org.

Join the fun and Party at the Plaza on Saturday, June 30 from 3-6 pm across Water Street from the Jefferson Museum of Art and History. The party is coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Promotion Committee and volunteers to celebrate the completion of construction on Water Street. Dance to music with DJ Caleb Peacock, enjoy nibbles and fun for all ages. For more info, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.

A Few Upcoming Events this Summer—Save the Dates!
The 4th Annual “Old School” 4th of July at Fort Worden
The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, public concerts July 4, 6 and 7
Concerts on the Dock, July 12-August 30, every Thursday from 5-7pm downtown
Jazz Port Townsend, July 22-29
Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 29-August 5
Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, July 14 & 15, August 11-September 9 (weekends)
Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Hamlet, August 3-26

We can’t wait to welcome you to Port Townsend this summer!

Spring into Fun

May 7, 2018 by bluegullinn

Enjoy PT

 

 

 

As April showers give way to May flowers, nothing takes center stage as eloquently here in Port Townsend as the Rhododendron, which you’ll see blooming prolifically around town. It’s not only Washington’s state flower, but it’s the star of the show this month as we celebrate our 83rd Rhododendron Festival, with activities and fun for the whole family…even your pet! Mark your calendars to join us May 16-20!

But that’s not all that’s coming your way in May. Read on to learn about more exciting events and activities for you to enjoy in Port Townsend this month!

Art Wave, May 1-31
You’ll be inspired by this colorful month-long exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork displayed in 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 5, from 5:30-7:30 pm and see the creativity of our children.

New this year, tap into your creativity at the ArtZone—a Paint n’ Sip Party on May 24 from 5-7 pm for adults 21+ to benefit Arts in the Port Townsend Public Schools. The class will be led by Jesse Watson, an award-winning local artist who’s known for his colorful landscapes and portraits. The $50 fee includes materials and refreshments. The art party will be held in the Kuhn Building at 1044 Water Street. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program. http://ptmainstreet.org/may-is-art-wave/

Opening Day on the Bay, Saturday, May 5
Opening Day of the 2018 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 12:30 pm ferry to Coupeville. Following the parade, there will be the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. www.PTYC.net

Gemboree, Saturday, May 5

The Port Townsend Rock Club is hosting their annual Gemboree showcase, including local experts demonstrating contemporary beading, jewelry bezel setting, stone sculpting and much more. The organization has been active for over 50 years in Port Townsend. Located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, the clubhouse hosts a complete studio, library and a cavalcade of people who love to work on and learn about gems, minerals and geology. Explore the possibilities at the Gemboree from 10 am to 2 pm. Free to the public. For more info, email porttownsendrockclub@gmail.com.

83rd Annual Rhododendron Festival and Rhody Run, May 16-20
Talk like a local and call it “Rhody!” For those of us in Port Townsend, this term encompasses anything going on during the week of the festival. We simply call all of it “Rhody.” Feel free to do so, too. Make plans to join us this year for Rhody and celebrate our Port Townsend “community holiday” with us. Here’s the scoop:

Wednesday, May 16
6pm Trike Race begins
Thursday, May 17
4:30pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field
Friday, May 18
3:30pm Kiddies Parade begins and the Carnival is ongoing through the evening
6:30pm Bed Races begin
Saturday, May 19
1pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade with a Cake Picnic to follow
Sunday, May 20
11am 40th Annual Rhody Run begins
www.RhodyFestival.org or www.RhodyRun.com

The 5th Annual Artisan Food Festival is May 26 in Uptown Port Townsend with 70+ local farms, live music, artisan foods, craft beer, cider, wine, and arts and craft vendors including cheese pairings with Mt. Townsend Creamery and Port Townsend Vineyards. Chef demonstrations by Jefferson Healthcare’s Executive Chef, Arran Stark; Finistere’s Executive Chef and Co-owner Deborah Taylor; Jess Rose, Silverwater Café’s Executive Chef; and Denise Joy from Mountain Spirit Herbal Company. For a schedule of events, go to http://jcfmarkets.org/ptaff/.

Save the date for upcoming events in June:

Shipwrights

June 1-3
Classic Mariners’ Regatta
Watch beautiful wooden boats and high-caliber sailors racing their hearts out.
www.nwmaritime.org/classic-mariners-regatta/

June 7
Port Townsend Main Street’s Taste of Port townsend
Sample. Sip. Mingle. It’s going to be delicious!
www.ptmainstreet.org/tastes-of-port-townsend-2/

June 8-10
The Brass Screw Confederacy – Steampunk Festival
Join us somewhere between 1891 and a time that yet may be…
www.brass-screw.org

June 13 and 14
Pre-Race Ruckus and Race to Alaska
No motor, no support, all the way to Alaska. Watch the race start in Port Townsend!
www.r2ak.com

June 17
Centrum’s Chamber Music Series
An afternoon concert by the Pacifica Quartet
www.centrum.org/port-townsend-chamber-music-festival/

June 27, 28 and 29
Centrum’s Voice Works Performances
Vocal Showcase #1 of music and dances, June 27, 7:30 pm
Boogie at the Honky Tonk Polka Dot Dance, June 28, 8 pm
Vocal Showcase #2 of music and dances, June 27, 7:30 pm

We can’t wait to welcome you to Port Townsend this month!

Happy Spring

April 3, 2018 by bluegullinn

 

Farmers Market Port Townsend

Farmers Market Port Townsend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Spring

We’re celebrating spring in Port Townsend and invite you to join us! It’s a beautiful season of new beginnings, fresh buds in bloom, animals birthing new offspring and the earth seemingly coming alive again. With farmers and gardeners planting seeds and harvesting early products, we’re excited to welcome back the Farmers Market after its winter hiatus!

Where else can you enjoy a goat parade with kids—both four-legged and two—as they wend their way along Taylor Street in Uptown Port Townsend through an array of farmers, bakers, crafters, shellfish growers, cider and wine makers and more?

It all begins with the opening of the Port Townsend Farmers Market on Saturday, April 7, with a ribbon cutting at 9 am followed by the baby goat parade. (Come in an animal costume for a chance to win a $20 Flora Market token!) Delight in the 70+ vendors that spring into the freshness of the season with a wide array of products for your enjoyment. A chef’s demo and live music will add to the day’s festivities. The Farmers Market invites you to celebrate 26 years of nurturing and sustaining local farms and entrepreneurs. For more info about the market, go to www.jcfmarkets.org.

Key City Public Theatre presents Wolf at the Door, April 12-28, with evening shows at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. A tenant’s rights association built on shaky alliances comes to loggerheads in the face of a gentrifying block in this hilarious world premier by acclaimed playwright, Richard Dresser. The play utilizes double roles for each actor, keeping you on the edge of your seat.

There’s a new landlord in town promising to make the building better, safer and more modern, but what about the people in rent-controlled apartments who have started to disappear. And isn’t building security just a little over the top? Character Tina thinks it’s time to form a Tenant’s Association and fight back before it’s too late. Will they hang together or hang separately? Find out the answer at the play! For more info or to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublicthreatre.org or call 360.385.5278.

The Port Townsend Film Festival’s Women & Film weekend includes your choice of 16 films, and two special events. In this #TimesUp, #MeToo year, women filmmakers break the “rules” without apology at the “Women Speak Out” symposium, Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 am, at the Cotton Building in downtown Port Townsend with coffee and pastries. Saturday night’s special event begins with a gathering at Taps at the Guardhouse at Fort Worden, followed by a 7:30 pm screening of Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise, with director Jennifer Townsend, at the Wheeler Theatre at Fort Worden. Passes are $75 and all include concierge service. Only 250 passes are available. To purchase, go to www.ptfilmfest.com.

If you love to cook and dream about your ideal kitchen, come to the 21st Annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour, Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. Nine unique homes in Uptown and North Beach will be featured. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com and on the day of the event at the Hospitality Center at the First Presbyterian Church at 1111 Franklin Street.

Join Centrum for one of the most uplifting and memorable events of the year, the Centrum Choro Faculty Concert on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden. With an all-start cast of performances, this concert traditionally sells out was the talk of the town for the entire spring and summer season last year, so don’t delay and buy your tickets today at www.centrum.org/choro-performance/

Make Port Townsend your home base for the weekend and tour nine award-winning wineries and cideries across the Olympic Peninsula for the annual Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour, April 28-29, from 11 am to 5 pm. This wine and cider trail is one to be envied with each location offering a unique and diverse variety of wine and cider paired lovingly with local, hand-crafted cheeses. For more info and ticket details, go to www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org.

Save the date for upcoming events in May:

May 5
Opening Day on the Bay for Boating Season
Boat parade begins at 12:30 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center
www.ptyc.net

May 16-20
83rd Annual Rhododendron Festival
Enjoy the Pet Parade, Bed Races, Grand Parade and Rhody Run
www.rhodyfestival.org

May 26
Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival
www.jcfmarkets.org

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

 

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