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June is Jumpin’ with Fun in Port Townsend!

June 13, 2019 by bluegullinn

June is Jumpin’ with Fun in Port Townsend!

Port Townsend is all abuzz with excitement about our super cool events this month. We’re serving up something for every appetite. Catch your breath when the wind fills the sails of the stunning wooden boats in the Classic Mariners’ Regatta and be part of the exhilarating send-off of the participants in the incredible 5th Annual Race to Alaska!

From the Taste of Port Townsend event for foodies and the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival to music galore with Centrum and so much more, we know you’ll love the adventure of surprise and delight when you join the fun this month in Port Townsend!

Classic-Mariners-Regatta-photo-by-Michael-BermanPhoto by Michael Berman

The 36th Classic Mariners’ Regatta, May 31-June 2, brings beautiful wooden boats, high-caliber sailors racing their hearts out, and a friendly atmosphere. Since 1984, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta has animated Port Townsend Bay with the wooden boat spirit that is quintessentially Port Townsend. This event draws classic wooden boats from across the state to race and celebrate the beauty of these classic vessels.

The weekend kicks off with a welcoming gathering on Friday night. Saturday brings two races, the first starting at noon and the second one commencing immediately after. The final sailboat race will start at noon on Sunday and the weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 5 pm. www.nwmaritime.org/events/classic-mariners-regatta/

This year the Classic Mariners’ Regatta, SEVENTY48 and the Race to Alaska are back-to-back in a weekend of epic fun and on-the-water adventure. So come to the Northwest Maritime Center ad Pope Marine Park to watch or race in the regatta, cheer on SEVENTY48 racers as they arrive from Tacoma, take part in the R2AK madness on Sunday during the Ruckus, and see the R2AK teams set off early on Monday.

2018 R2AK winner: Team Sail Like A Girl

R2AK (short for the Race to Alaska) is simple. Get a boat without a motor. Race 750 miles to Ketchikan, 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 Monday, June 3, from the Northwest Maritime Center. 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 Sunday, June 2, 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.

Photo by Deja View Photography

The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opens June 5, at Haines Place Park and Ride, from 11 am to 3 pm. The market season is in full swing with the Saturday Farmers Market Uptown from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Wednesday Farmers Market can be easily accessed from anywhere in the Jefferson County. Try taking transit to the market or walk, bike or drive to Jefferson Transit’s Park and Ride. There’s plenty of parking and you can stroll from Uptown through Kah Tai Lagoon to get to the market. For more info, go to www.jcfmarkets.org.

Photo by Deja View Photography

The Port Townsend Main Street Program celebrates the Tastes of Port Townsend on June 6 from 5-8 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center. Foodies will enjoy delicious samples from 21 restaurants and dessert spots, breweries, wineries and cideries, plus tea and coffee businesses.

“Join us for a culinary adventure in support of our local Port Townsend Main Street Program. We’re excited about the menu this year featuring lots of local tastes from savory to sweet, perfectly complemented by delicious hand-crafted, artisan beverages,” says Mari Mullen, Executive Director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program. This is a 21+ event, please bring valid ID. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.

Photo by Diane Urbani

Key City Public Theatre presents a Cole Porter revue with the title The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter, running Thursday through Sunday from June 7 to 30. The guests are arriving as the music plays. Drinks flow at the bar on stage. A little sipping, a little dancing—and then the party morphs into a performance where the songs of Cole Porter transport the audience to a 1940s cabaret. This show is steeped in saucy Porter rarities from the early 20th century, an era when plenty of declining and falling were going on. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.

Photo by Nyk Fury

Join the Brass Screw Confederacy, for its 8th annual Steampunk Festival, June 7-9. Celebrate diabolical geniuses who give “us punks our steam” and their Mad Science! 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, fashion show, Hot Dam Scandal, magic and mayhem galore plus more! For more details about what to expect, go to www.brassscrew.org.

Centrum is hosting the Chamber Music Series featuring the American String Quartet on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden. The program will include works from Shostakovich, Fauré and Ravel. The quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it’s famous. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, the quartet has performed in all 50 states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide. For more info, go to www.centrum.org/port-townsend-chamber-music-festival/.

The first of Centrum’s Free Friday Concerts begin at noon on Friday, June 28 at Fort Worden, outdoors on the Nora Porter Commons Lawn and lasts for an hour. It’s a great way to welcome the weekend, relax and enjoy fantastic music. Bring the family. Have a picnic. Enjoy summer.

The Chetzemoka Interpretive Trail will have its grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 29 at Memorial Field at 1 pm, approximately 131 years since the last hereditary chief passed away. The new trail tells the story of Chief Chetzemoka and the S’Klallam people in Port Townsend in both a visual and physical way. It’s a partnership with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County Historical Society and the Port of Port Townsend, connecting many points of tribal, geographic and historic interest spanning 3-mile and 6-mile loops on a 12-mile route around the city and through Fort Worden. Many of Chief Chetzemoka’s descendants will be in attendance. For more info about the trail, go to www.tribalmuseum.jamestowntribe.org/hsg/chetzemoka_trail.php.

A stunning totem pole has been given to the Northwest Maritime Center by the Jamestown S’Klallam which will be erected the morning of June 27 on the corner of Water Street and Monroe Street.

Upcoming Events this Summer—Save the Dates!

The 5th Annual “Old School” 4th of July at Fort Worden

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, public concerts July 4 and 6

Concerts on the Dock, July 11 – August 29, every Thursday from 5-7 pm downtown

Jazz Port Townsend, July 21-28

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 28 – August 4

Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, July 13 & 14, August 10-31 (weekends)

Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the ParkThe Merry Wives of Windsor, August 2-25

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

Escape to Port Townsend, WA

May 31, 2019 by bluegullinn

 

News Around The Block:

Farewell Party for City Manager David Timmons – Thursday, June 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Port Townsend Public Library in the historic Carnegie Reading Room (upstairs), 1220 Lawrence Street. Celebrate and thank David for 20 years of distinguished service to Port Townsend as the City’s first City Manager. Enjoy light refreshments and live music. Fun for all ages.
The Tin Brick, located downstairs at 232 Taylor Street has reopened! The fire is burning and Jason and the team are ready to serve you tasty pizza, delicious cheesesteak sandwiches, and ice cold beverages to wash it all down!

 

Sean The Barber has opened his own shop, Tyler St. Barber Shop is NOW OPEN! Located at 220 Tyler Street in the historic James and Hasting Building. Please welcome Sean.

Port Townsend Vineyards is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary! Please join them on June 1st at their Winery on Sims Way from 3 – 8 pm. Enjoy the sounds of Micaela Kingslight, PTV wine, food by Mo Chilli BBQ, Fiddlehead Creamery, Chef Wyatt Sushi and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: lawn games, bocce ball, wine raffles, and more. All ages welcome! Future Port Townsend Vineyards Wine Plaza will be opening this summer…stay tuned for more details.

Be on the lookout for new businesses opening soon!

  • The Vanishing Point, located at 628 Water St., opening soon
  • Tommyknocker’s Cornish Pasty, located at 711 Water St., opening this summer
  • The Treehouse – a space of Healing Arts, located at 1007 Water St., opening soon

 

June Events & Activities:

June 1, Art Walk…stroll the shops, restaurants, hotels, and art galleries for an array of beautiful art.

June 1-2SEVENTY48 Finish Line Clubhouse and Bar – It’s like the Pre-pre-Ruckus! They’re standing up a Finish Line Clubhouse Bar at Pope Marine for SEVENTY48, because the finish line is right there at City Dock.

June 1-2, Wooden Boat Festival Classic Mariners’ Regatta.

June 2, Chili Cookoff at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

June 2, Race to Alaska Ruckus! See the boats, meet the racers, get the tattoo, party! All the spirit of the Race to Alaska, 10% of the danger.

Please note: Water Street will be closed from Madison to Monroe Streets Sunday between 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Detour routes will be available.
June 3, Race to Alaska – 750 Miles, No Motors, No Support…all the way to Alaska. Don’t miss the 5 am start!

June 6, Main Street’s Taste of Port Townsend – join us for an evening of local tastes, sips, and desserts!

June 7, Jefferson Historical Society First Friday Lecture featuring Glenys Ong NAGPRA Collections Assistant at Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Repatriation & NAGPRA from the Burke Museum, at the Northwest Maritime Center. NAGPRA is the acronym for The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

June 7-30, Key City Public Theatre’s Cole Porter Revue, a tongue-in-cheek historic cavalcade from the rare jewels of Cole Porter’s vast tuneful treasure trove.

June 7-9, Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival. Celebrate the aesthetics, craftsmanship, and enthusiasm of ages past rolled up with the whimsy and shenanigans of a frolicsome fantasy. Entertainments and education for all ages.

June 7-15, Centrum’s Port Townsend Chamber Music Workshop. Fostering the highest level of training and coaching for pre-professional chamber musicians in community with leading faculty chamber musicians.

June 14, Centrum’s Chamber Music Series featuring American String Quartet.

June 15, PT Orca Festival – an annual tradition celebrating the relationships of iconic species of the Salish Sea, the orca, and the salmon, and deepening our relationship and responsibility to them.

June 15, Friends of the Port Townsend Library Book Sale at the Port Townsend Community Center.

June 24-29, Centrum’s Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers.

June 30, PT Summer Band plays Chetzemoka Park at 3 pm.

June 30 – July 7, Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes, a week living, learning, and playing music with masters of a wide variety of fiddling styles.

Events subject to change

Love from Japan

June 1, 2017 by bluegullinn

Love from Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love from Japan! We receive many comments from our guest over the past 2o years. Here is just one example from a Mom and Daughter that stayed with us just yesterday. In each guest room we have a diary book for guest to make write comments in. Over the years we have seen many comments in these books. Everything from how great their stay at our in was, to great places to dine and what to see and do in the area. We hope you can visit the Blue Gull Inn Bed & Breakfast and share your comments in our diary. You can make a reservation right on line at www.bluegullinn.com or just give us a call at 360-379-3241. Port Townsend is known for great dining, shopping and FUN. For a list of things to see and do in Port Townsend, WA. Check out www.enjoypt.com.

Thank you so much for staying with us and your nice comments!

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.

 

 

The ND Hill House is also the Blue Gull Inn B&B

Nathaniel D. Hill House

Built: 1868

Location: 1310 Clay Street Uptown Port Townsend, WA

The ND Hill House was built by the Hill Family in 1868. It is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. Port Townsend was incorporated in 1851 and is one of the oldest cities in Washington State. Dr. Hill was the local Pharmacist, owning the ND Hill & Sons Pharmacy. He had locations in both downtown and at one point in Uptown as well. Keep in mind that in that time period a pharmacy would also sell what we call hardware today. The ND Hill building still stands today on the corner of Water and Quincy streets, in downtown Port Townsend, WA. ND Hill became one of the most successful and well-respected men to live in what was the Washington Territory. He was the first manufacturer of medicinal drugs. ND Hill was a very hard working businessman and became in many commercial businesses. For example, banking, railroads, saw mills, hardware, and telegraph companies. He was a territorial representative and County Commissioner. He became one of the leaders in the drive for Statehood in Washington.

 

ND Hill came to Port Townsend in 1868 with his wife, Sallie Hazeltine Haddock Hill and their two sons, Robert Crosby Hill and Howard Hazeltine Hill.

 

It is hard to imagine the ND Hill House was built 3 years after the end of the Civil War in the United States.

 

The Hill Family resided in the home at 1310 Clay Street for 90 years until 1958. At that time the house was sold by Hill’s granddaughter, Sally Hill. She was the last family member to live in the house. She was an elderly woman by that time, who had returned to Port Townsend to care for her father, Howard Hill who was 90 years old. No longer able to climb stairs, he slept on a day bed in the dining room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race 2 Alaska

May 4, 2017 by bluegullinn

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PRE-RACE RUCKUS

Teams are here because they are going racing. You’re here to see the start of crazy.
Join us in celebrating why this race is a stupid worth doing.

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

June 20, 2016 by bluegullinn

Visit Port Townsend in June

June 10, 2016 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend Bay

Port Townsend Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Port Townsend in June. 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 from Fort to Fort, to the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Hootenanny, to the Tastes of Port Townsend event for foodies. We know you’ll love the adventure of surprise and delight when you join the fun!

And for those of you craving all things maritime, start the month off with Key City Public Theatre’s “Shipwrecked!” Catch your breath when the wind fills the sails of the stunning wooden boats in the Classic Mariners’ Regatta, and be part of the exhilarating send-off of the participants in the incredible 2nd Annual Race to Alaska!

Key City Public Theatre presents Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself)—an epic entertainment by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Marguilies, running from June 2 through July 3, 2016. Prepare to be swept away in a high seas adventure, populated by a monstrous man-eating octopus, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, cannibals, and buried treasure—“a story all the more remarkable because every word is true!”

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. This audacious autobiographer and entertainer blurs the line between fact and fiction, enrapturing the audience in a story of the high seas. “The breathless story of a seafaring wanderer springs to life like a theatrical pop-up book.” –The New York Times. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.

The Classic Mariners’ Regatta, June 3-5, 2016, is beautiful wooden boats, high-caliber sailors racing their hearts out, and a friendly atmosphere that is more pot luck than yacht club. Since 1984, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta has animated Port Townsend Bay with the Wooden Boat Foundation spirit that is quintessentially Port Townsend. With hand-sewn award pennants and dinner in the Wooden Boat Foundation boat shop, this is a regatta weekend not to miss.

This event draws classic wooden boats from across the state to race, rub elbows and celebrate the beauty of wooden boats.

The weekend kicks off with a welcoming gathering on Friday night. Saturday brings two races, the first starting at noon and the second one commencing immediately after. The final sailboat race will start at noon on Sunday and the weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 5pm pm. www.nwmaritime.org/events/classic-mariners-regatta/
Photo by Elizabeth Becker/Seaport Photography

The Port Townsend Main Street Program celebrates the Tastes of Port Townsend on June 9, 2016 from 5-8pm. This delicious event will take place at the Northwest Maritime Center in downtown Port Townsend. Foodies will enjoy tasty samples from 14 restaurants and dessert spots, two breweries, two wineries, and two cideries.

“We are thrilled with the response of the participating restaurants and artisan beverage makers. They were enthusiastic about the new format. It will be more of an evening party centered on local tastes which reflect our amazing culinary scene,” says Mari Mullen, executive director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program. 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.

Tour de Forts 2016 is a beautiful ride that takes cyclists of all ages and abilities on a scenic and historic trip around the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula on June 5, 2016. Along the way, stop and take in the view at up to three old seaside forts that have been converted to beautiful state parks. Cyclists will also get to enjoy the first day of the Chimacum Farmers market, and browse fresh produce from local farms as they hydrate and snack. Routes include a 35-mile, 62-mile, and 100-mile options, as well as a shorter “fun ride” for beginning bikers. Multiple water and snack stops are provided and you can look forward to festivities at the end! To register, go towww.tourdeforts.org.

The Brass Screw Confederacy occupies Port Townsend June 10-12, 2016, with the steamiest, zaniest, most creative Steampunk event to date. This is “Year 5,” a celebration of the bodger and the Patent: Approved year. Step into the Bodgers’ Grand Exhibition where makers and mad genius display their marvelous contraptions and creative skills. Imagine your high school science fair unburdened of such vulgar constraints as physics or reality. Steampunk Hovercraft, tanks, and a great variety of other contraptions to discover, plus…

As in years past, the Brass Screw Confederacy aims to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. They’re bringing you the hottest Saturday night Hootenanny ever, featuring The Cog Is Dead from Daytona Beach, FL and Seattle’s steamiest Nathaniel Johnstone Band. Perennial favorites including Tactical Croquet, burlesque, the amply expanded Bazaar of the Bizarre, the Brass Screw Chautauqua, bands, magic and mayhem galore! Tickets available at the 607 Water Street. Seewww.brass-screw.org for a list of times, locations and schedule of events.
Photo by Nick Reid

The Race to Alaska (R2AK) was born in the spirit of tradition, exploration and the lawless self-reliance that defines the sea-faring journey through the Inside Passage. 750 miles. No motors. No support. All the way to Alaska. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind-powered race. First place is $10,000 and second place is a set of steak knives.

The race starting horn blares at 6am on Thursday, June 23, 2016, with public viewing areas open at the Northwest Maritime Center.

R2AK is like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, or being run down by a freighter, or being swallowed by a whirlpool. There are squalls, killer whales and tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles per hour. There’s also some of the most beautiful scenery on earth—as well as a wicked block party to kick the insanity off!

The night before, the R2AK Pre-Race Ruckus is Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 3-8pm. The Ruckus is free and open to everyone. Beyond great food, drinks, and Seattle soul band Down North performing, the Ruckus will also feature a fire-hose rodeo, various feats of strength, free R2AK tattoos (yep, the permanent kind), and your chance to check out all the amazing race boats—including a 70’ trimaran that may very well break the world record for fastest time to Alaska! To join the fun and track the boats once they’re en route, go to www.r2ak.com.

A Few Upcoming Events this Summer—Save the Dates!

For your kids when you’re visiting:

Free Fridays at the Fort: Free music during the lunch hour at Fort Worden; July 1-August 5

The 2nd Annual “Old School” 4th of July at Fort Worden

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, July 3-10

Concerts on the Dock, July 14-September 1, every Thursday from 5-7pm downtown

Jazz Port Townsend, July 24-31

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 31-August 7

Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, July 16 & 17, August 13-September 11

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

 

Events June 2016 – Port Townsend, WA

June 5, 2016 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend

Port Townsend

 

June is Jumpin’ with Fun You Won’t Want to Miss!

Events June 2016 – Port Townsend, WA. 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 from Fort to Fort, to the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Hootenanny, to the Tastes of Port Townsend event for foodies. We know you’ll love the adventure of surprise and delight when you join the fun!

And for those of you craving all things maritime, start the month off with Key City Public Theatre’s “Shipwrecked!” Catch your breath when the wind fills the sails of the stunning wooden boats in the Classic Mariners’ Regatta, and be part of the exhilarating send-off of the participants in the incredible 2nd Annual Race to Alaska!

shipwrecked

Key City Public Theatre presents Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself)—an epic entertainment by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Marguilies, running from June 2 through July 3, 2016. Prepare to be swept away in a high seas adventure, populated by a monstrous man-eating octopus, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, cannibals, and buried treasure—“a story all the more remarkable because every word is true!”

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. This audacious autobiographer and entertainer blurs the line between fact and fiction, enrapturing the audience in a story of the high seas. “The breathless story of a seafaring wanderer springs to life like a theatrical pop-up book.” –The New York Times. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.

regatta

The Classic Mariners’ Regatta, June 3-5, 2016, is beautiful wooden boats, high-caliber sailors racing their hearts out, and a friendly atmosphere that is more pot luck than yacht club. Since 1984, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta has animated Port Townsend Bay with the Wooden Boat Foundation spirit that is quintessentially Port Townsend. With hand-sewn award pennants and dinner in the Wooden Boat Foundation boat shop, this is a regatta weekend not to miss.

This event draws classic wooden boats from across the state to race, rub elbows and celebrate the beauty of wooden boats.

The weekend kicks off with a welcoming gathering on Friday night. Saturday brings two races, the first starting at noon and the second one commencing immediately after. The final sailboat race will start at noon on Sunday and the weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 5pm pm. www.nwmaritime.org/events/classic-mariners-regatta/

Photo by Elizabeth Becker/Seaport Photography

Photo by Elizabeth Becker/Seaport Photography

The Port Townsend Main Street Program celebrates the Tastes of Port Townsend on June 9, 2016 from 5-8pm. This delicious event will take place at the Northwest Maritime Center in downtown Port Townsend. Foodies will enjoy tasty samples from 14 restaurants and dessert spots, two breweries, two wineries, and two cideries.

“We are thrilled with the response of the participating restaurants and artisan beverage makers. They were enthusiastic about the new format. It will be more of an evening party centered on local tastes which reflect our amazing culinary scene,” says Mari Mullen, executive director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program. 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.

tour-deforts

Tour de Forts 2016 is a beautiful ride that takes cyclists of all ages and abilities on a scenic and historic trip around the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula on June 5, 2016. Along the way, stop and take in the view at up to three old seaside forts that have been converted to beautiful state parks. Cyclists will also get to enjoy the first day of the Chimacum Farmers market, and browse fresh produce from local farms as they hydrate and snack. Routes include a 35-mile, 62-mile, and 100-mile options, as well as a shorter “fun ride” for beginning bikers. Multiple water and snack stops are provided and you can look forward to festivities at the end! To register, go towww.tourdeforts.org.

brass-screw2

 

The Brass Screw Confederacy occupies Port Townsend June 10-12, 2016, with the steamiest, zaniest, most creative Steampunk event to date. This is “Year 5,” a celebration of the bodger and the Patent: Approved year. Step into the Bodgers’ Grand Exhibition where makers and mad genius display their marvelous contraptions and creative skills. Imagine your high school science fair unburdened of such vulgar constraints as physics or reality. Steampunk Hovercraft, tanks, and a great variety of other contraptions to discover, plus…

As in years past, the Brass Screw Confederacy aims to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. They’re bringing you the hottest Saturday night Hootenanny ever, featuring The Cog Is Dead from Daytona Beach, FL and Seattle’s steamiest Nathaniel Johnstone Band. Perennial favorites including Tactical Croquet, burlesque, the amply expanded Bazaar of the Bizarre, the Brass Screw Chautauqua, bands, magic and mayhem galore! Tickets available at the 607 Water Street. Seewww.brass-screw.org for a list of times, locations and schedule of events.

Photo by Nick Reid

Photo by Nick Reid

The Race to Alaska (R2AK) was born in the spirit of tradition, exploration and the lawless self-reliance that defines the sea-faring journey through the Inside Passage. 750 miles. No motors. No support. All the way to Alaska. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind-powered race. First place is $10,000 and second place is a set of steak knives.

The race starting horn blares at 6am on Thursday, June 23, 2016, with public viewing areas open at the Northwest Maritime Center.

R2AK is like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, or being run down by a freighter, or being swallowed by a whirlpool. There are squalls, killer whales and tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles per hour. There’s also some of the most beautiful scenery on earth—as well as a wicked block party to kick the insanity off!

The night before, the R2AK Pre-Race Ruckus is Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 3-8pm. The Ruckus is free and open to everyone. Beyond great food, drinks, and Seattle soul band Down North performing, the Ruckus will also feature a fire-hose rodeo, various feats of strength, free R2AK tattoos (yep, the permanent kind), and your chance to check out all the amazing race boats—including a 70’ trimaran that may very well break the world record for fastest time to Alaska! To join the fun and track the boats once they’re en route, go to www.r2ak.com.


A Few Upcoming Events this Summer—Save the Dates!

For your kids when you’re visiting:

NightattheMuseum

Free Fridays at the Fort: Free music during the lunch hour at Fort Worden; July 1-August 5

The 2nd Annual “Old School” 4th of July at Fort Worden

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, July 3-10

Concerts on the Dock, July 14-September 1, every Thursday from 5-7pm downtown

Jazz Port Townsend, July 24-31

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 31-August 7

Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, July 16 & 17, August 13-September 11

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

Events – May 2016

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

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  • 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

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.

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  • “The Run that Cares for the Runner”

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

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