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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

Port Townsend Main Street

April 4, 2016 by bluegullinn

News from The Port Townsend
Main Street Program

Elks Building by Jason Squire Photography
APRIL EVENTS–Uptown, Downtown, it’s our Town!


April 7-May 1, Key City Public Theatre “Women in Jeopardy,” Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious comedy.


April 9-11, Port Townsend Film Festival Focus: Women & Film. Eleven contemporary films by the best independent filmmakers working today. Six film professionals for Q&A after their screenings, and a filmmakers’ roundtable on Saturday night, moderated by human rights poet and film scholar, Susan Rich.

April 9, Wooden Boat Festival Spring Symposium

Also April 9, 16th Annual 4X4 Expo at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

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 20Wooden Boat Wednesday at the Northwest Maritime Center.

April 23, Main Street Earth Day Spring Clean Up, Sponsored by The Boiler Room! Volunteers needed! Call the Port Townsend Main Street office at 385-7911 for more information.  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.

Also April 23, Port Townsend Rotary Auction.

April 27-May 1Centrum Choro Workshop.

NEWS AROUND THE BLOCK

KPTZ 91.9 FM’s Spring On-Air Fund Drive is set for April 11 through April 16. From The Beatles to Beethoven, from nature shows to news, KPTZ is an important part of the Jefferson County community. KPTZ 91.9 FM is celebrating its fifth year on the air in 2016. The goal is to raise $25,000.  You can donate online 24/7 on the station’s secure website at www.kptz.org, or by calling 360-554-4430 during the fund drive.
Please welcome back American Cruise Lines to Union Wharf on Thursday, April 14th! The ship will be in Port Townsend on Thursdays through June 9th–then back in August, and many Fall dates. Check the link attached for exact dates.
Happy 15th Anniversary to Sweet Laurette Cafe in Uptown!
SPONSORS ON THE DOCK!
Do you remember what a great summer we had last year and how fantastic the Concerts on the Dock series was? 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. 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. To learn more and to sign up, visit our website
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.  More details on pricing to come 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 Business Boutique members,  we appreciate your support! 

A Suite at the Fountain
Conservatory Coastal Home 
Derr Jewelry
Forest Gems Gallery
Frameworks
Gallery 9
Getables
GLOW Natural Skincare
Greg Barry, DDS
Hastings Estate Company
Home Staging and Styling by Patti
Joglo
K&B O’Hana
Lively Olive Tasting Bar
Mad Hatter & Co.
Nifty Fiftys
Park Place Dog Grooming
Port Townsend Fudge Co.
PTeRider
Terrapin Architecture
The Boiler Room
The Perfect Season
The Spice and Tea Exchange
Wandering Angus
World’s End
Writers’ Workshoppe & Imprint Books

April Events – Port Townsend, WA

April 2, 2016 by bluegullinn

April Events – Port Townsend, WA. Spring is beckoning hibernating homebodies to come out and play, to breathe the warmer, fragrant air, and relish longer days. So pack your bags and come to Port Townsend for a springtime stay!

Port Townsend Farmers Market

April Events – Port Townsend, WA. The 24th season of the Port Townsend Farmers Market opens April 2 at 9 am for a ribbon cutting by Port Townsend Mayor, Deborah Stinson, and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director, Derek Sandison.

Mr. Sandison will offer opening remarks followed by the annual goat parade through the market with adult and baby goats from Harmony’s Way Farm. The parade will include kids (both four-legged and two-legged) with their parents, and of course shoppers, all strolling through the market. Enjoy live music by Kristen and Otto Smith. Arran Stark from Jefferson Healthcare will provide a lively chef demo from 11 am to noon and the Port Townsend Public Library will host story time for kids of all ages starting at 10:30 am at the market.

The Port Townsend Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, located Uptown on Tyler St. between Lawrence and Clay. For more info, go towww.jcfmarkets.org.
Vote for Port Townsend

Port Townsend has been nominated in USA TODAY’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest! Their expert panel selected Port Townsend as a contender for Best Coastal Small Town 2016, which launched earlier this week. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate/town of their choice athttp://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastal-small-town-2016/port-townsend-wash/. You can vote once a day for the run of the contest.

Voting ends Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:59 am EDT and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm EDT, then later on USA TODAY. So, if you love Port Townsend–and we certainly hope you do!–please vote for us every day! Thank you.

Key City Public Theatre presents PT Shorts Goes to China, Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 3 at 5:30 pm at Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. Stories by Yiyun Li take the armchair traveler and historian to China as Key City Public Theatre’s next PT Shorts program presents readings from Li’s books A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.

Key City Public Theatre

Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in Women In Jeopardy!, Wendy MacLeod’s fun and flirtatious new comedy opening at Key City Public Theatre on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm and running through May 1. Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure.

Fresh off its 2015 World Premiere at the Geva Theater in Rochester, NY, Women In Jeopardy! “could be titled ‘Audience in Stitches’,” said Jack Garner of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, who added, “It’s one of the funniest nights of theatre I can recall.” Playwright Wendy MacLeod is known for her sidesplitting punch lines and comedic depth, and Women In Jeopardy! pokes fun at charity runs and outdoor enthusiasts, including a slacker snowboarder who wants to catch a “cougar.”

Visit www.keycitypublictheatre.org for more information and to book tickets.

PTFF Women and Film

The Port Townsend Film Festival presents Women & Film, Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10. Pass holders choose two feature films a day that will screen at the Rose and Rosebud Theatres. Passholders also attend a special screening of acclaimed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson.” Her screening is followed by a roundtable discussion of filmmaking, moderated by human rights poet Susan Rich.

Attending filmmakers include: Doria Bramante with her six-year-project, “The Refugees of Shangri-La” and Varda Bar-Kar with her funny documentary about a perfectionist high school choir director, “Big Voice.” Michelle Steffes will attend with her narrative film, “Driftwood,” about the search for love. Sara Hirsch Bordo attends with her film, “A Brave Heart, the Lizzie Velasquez Story.” Joining the panel is up-and-coming actress, Diana Elizabeth Torres, with her film “East Side Sushi.”

For a full list of films, schedule and to buy passes, see www.ptfilmfest.com or call 360-379-1333.

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Centrum brings master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser with cellist Natalie Haas to Port Townsend on April 17 at 3:30 pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden. Fraser is known as a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles. Haas is a graduate of the Julliard School and has toured and recorded extensively with Fraser. She has appeared on more than 50 albums.

Concert goers can expect to be transported across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs, raucous dance tunes and improvisations based on traditional themes.

For more information, and to purchase tickets (which will go fast!), go towww.centrum.org or call 800.746.1982.

AAUW Kitchen Tour

The American Association of University Women and University Women’s Foundation (AAUW/UWF) sponsors the 19th Annual Kitchen Tour, Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to 4 pm, showcasing eight kitchens that range from ultra-contemporary to cottage cozy. The kitchens’ quality reflects extensive collaboration with area architects, designers and craftspeople.

The self-guided tour begins at the Hospitality Center at 1111 Franklin St. where tickets can be purchased for $20. This is a great opportunity to explore Victorian Port Townsend and support AAUW’s funding of scholarships and education programs. For more information, go to www.aauwpt.org or access “Port Townsend Kitchen Tour” on Facebook

PTFF Focus: Women & Film, April 9th & 10th

April 1, 2016 by bluegullinn

PTFF Focus: Women & Film, April 9th & 10th

PTFF Focus: Women & Film, April 9th & 10th

First Tuesday Salon – April 5th Eye In The Sky

 

 

March 31, 2016

PTFF Focus: Women & Film, April 9th & 10th.Thanks to Marcia Perlstein and loyal sponsor KPTZ for capturing conversation from some of our Women & Film creators. Broadcasts begin next Tuesday & Wednesday:
Tues 4/5   5:30 pm   Women in Film #1 Diana Elizabeth Torres, East Side Sushi; Sharon Liese, The Gnomist
Wed 4/6   5:30 pm     Women in Film #2  Varda Bar-Kar, Big Voice; Cindy Meehl,Trapped
Thurs 4/7 Noon   Programs 1 & 2 back to back.  Noon – 1pm.

PTFF Focus: Women & Film, April 9th & 10th. Who will be joining us for Women & Film?  Beginning at the top left:  Susan Rich, poet and film educator, Sara Hirsh Bordo, director; Avril Speaks, director & producer; Diana Torres, actor; Varda Bar-Kar, director; Michelle Steffes, director; Doria Bramante, director. And, we hope you’ll join us! See the schedule and buy passes HERE.

First Tuesday Salon April 5th Eye In The Sky  Rose Theatre @ 7:30pm with Guest Film Scholar, Joseph Daccurso

Eye In The Sky tackles an important subject – the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.  This film also helps us say goodbye to beloved actor, Alan Rickman in one of his final roles, this time opposite the marvelous Helen Mirren.  See the trailer HERE.

To help guide the discussion, PTFF is delighted to introduce a new member of our film community, Professor Joseph Dacurrso.  His years of teaching film history and technique make his voice a welcome addition to our First Tuesday conversation.

April in Port Townsend with film,

Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
211 Taylor Street, Suite401A
Port Townsend, WA  98368
360-379-1333/ Cell 360-774-1978
www.ptfilmfest.com

Jefferson County International Airport

March 28, 2016 by bluegullinn

Jefferson County International Airport

Jefferson County International Airport is located approximately four miles southwest of Port Townsend, between State Routes 19 and 20, with the driving entrance from Route 19.  This general aviation airport has a single 3,000 foot east-west runway.

Jefferson County International Airport

Jefferson County International Airport

Jefferson County International Airport. If Port Townsend is your first stop when traveling from Canada or another nation, you are required to clear U.S. Customs as soon as you arrive. Call 360-460-6857, to schedule a clearance appointment.  When you land, you are required to proceed to the Customs waiting area, where the inspector will meet you.  In order to avoid delays, you should contact the local U.S. Customs office at least one hour prior to your arrival.

The U.S. Customs waiting area is at the east end of the ramp for your privacy, and there are signs directing you there.  The yellow sign with the arrow is located on the left side of the south taxiway, and points you toward the east end of the ramp, adjacent to the helicopter landing zone.  Please remain at the waiting area until the Customs officer clears you to proceed.  Aircraft may not land at any private airstrips until the aircraft has been cleared into the United States by a Customs officer at a designated airport.

For general information, including import restrictions, please link to the U.S. Customs & Border Protection web site.

 

Noise Abatement Procedures

Pilots know best how to operate their aircraft so that they create the least amount of noise.

These recommended procedures are not meant to interfere with safety, good judgment, FAA rules, or with techniques that good pilots know will help reduce ground noise from their aircraft.

Jefferson County International Airport is adjacent to residential areas. Because of this, some residents are very sensitive to noise from aircraft. These recommended procedures are designed to reduce aircraft noise for the community while keeping visiting aircraft and their operators welcome. Pilots are requested to follow these procedures with respect for the local residents and for other pilots.

SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT. It is understood that FAA rules, weather and safety considerations may at times require deviation from these procedures.

THERE IS NO SUBSTIUTE FOR ALERTNESS IN THE
VICINITY OF AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT.
WATCH OUT FOR UNANNOUNCED TRAFFIC!

We at Jefferson County International Airport are dedicated to being good neighbors. Please help us by practicing the following recommended procedures.

noise-abatement

General Aircraft – Utility Airport

  • AWOS Frequency: 119.025 MHz / AWOS Phone Number: (360) 379-1199
  • (Aircraft under 12,500 lbs.)
  • Establish traffic pattern 1,000 msl
  • Fly patterns on South side of field

Departures – Runway 27

  • Fly runway heading to golf course & 700′ msl before turns
  • Departures to South & East, left hand turn at golf course, extend crosswind leg until well South over Discovery Bay

Departures – Runway 09

  • Fly runway heading to 700′ msl, abreast of HIghway intersection before turns
  • Departures to West, extend crosswind turn to clear downwind traffic pattern, above pattern altitude, before turning West

Noise Abatement Procedures, Both Runways

  • On departures: Reduce power & change propeller pitch as soon as safety and performance permits
  • On approaches: Avoid long, low excess power
  • Remain at or above indicated glide slope on final approaches

Helicopters

  • Same procedures as fixed wing aircraft
  • Stay East of segmented circle – windsock on approach to helipad landing area
  • Do not over fly any aircraft on taxiways or parked aircraft

Air Services

Aerial Photography

Air Charters

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Owner and Pilot Resources

Aircraft Rentals

Airfield Restaurant

  • Spruce Goose Cafe — (360) 385-3185  (On site, 7:00 AM-4:00 PM daily)

Car Rental (Off field, located in town, advance reservation advised)

  • Gary’s Affordable Rentals — (360) 379-4739

FAA Flight Examinations

FBO

Flight Training

Fuel Service (100 LL)

  • Tailspin Tommy – (360) 385-6394 (click on link for current fuel prices)

Ground Taxi Services

  • Peninsula Taxi — (360) 385-1872

Hangar (Condominium Hangar) Contractors building at JCIA:

Museum

Scenic Flights

On the Water in Port Townsend

March 27, 2016 by bluegullinn

On the Water in Port Townsend

On the Water in Port Townsend

On The Water

Surrounded on three sides by water, Port Townsend is an unmatched destination for boaters and maritime enthusiasts.

On the Water in Port Townsend. The area is home to many of the best boat building and maintaining craftsmen and women in the world. Many of the marine trades firms specialize in working with wooden boats of all eras. Others do much of their work with more modern materials and leading edge technologies.

Port Townsend is home to the renowned Wooden Boat Festival –  the first and largest such gathering in North America, and now a year-round destination and resource for wooden boat enthusiasts worldwide thanks to the activities of the Northwest Maritime Center.

Maritime activities are clustered in the Point Hudson Marina in the heart of the historic and civic  district of downtown Port Townsend, and in the Boat Haven area at the entrance to downtown. Visit the Port of Port Townsend website for more information on services in each location.

In addition to kayaking, rowing, and sailing, Port Townsend is known as a premier whale watching destination – with close access to the Southern Resident Pods of orcas (killer whales) who live off of our waters.

So bring your kayak, sail into Port Townsend Bay and drop anchor or get a slip at one of the marinas – we’ll see you on the water!

Western Flyer in Port Townsend

March 25, 2016 by bluegullinn

Western Flyer in Port Townsend

Western Flyer in Port Townsend– an historic boat once used by author John Steinbeck, is currently being restored at the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven, after a year underwater and an uncertain future.

Western Flyer in Port Townsend. The 72-foot vessel was built by Tacoma’s Western Boat Building Co. in 1937. In 1940, the seiner was chartered in Monterey, California, by American literary giant John Steinbeck and his friend Ed “Doc” Ricketts for a six-week biological collecting expedition that was the subject of Steinbeck’s 1951 book, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.”

The boat’s new owner, John Gregg of California, decided to do the restoration work in Port Townsend, after visiting the area:

“Guys were working with hand tools and caulking boats – there is just a lot of local knowledge there that I don’t think is duplicated anywhere else on the West Coast. So I realized right away that that boat had to stay there.”

Mark Stout of Scow Bay Boats of Port Townsend, is overseeing the project, and will draw from the local talent pool to conduct the repairs.

Once the 2 year, $2 million restoration is completed, Gregg plans to sail the boat to Monterey Bay in California for use as an educational center.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — Famous authors can make their boats famous too: Hemingway, Darwin, Cousteau, even Humphrey Bogart. Famous boats often fall into disrepair before a resurrection.

Such is the case in Port Townsend, where they are getting started on a $2 million restoration of “The Western Flyer” on which John Steinbeck wrote “The Log of the Sea of Cortez.”

“There she is. You can see she’s a little caved in there,” said Peter Quinn, Steinbeck fan and owner of Port Townsend’s Imprint Bookstore.

There she is, indeed, sitting in the Port of Port Townsend’s public boat yard hoisted onto dry land struts. Weathered, aged and nearly a lost hope. She has certainly lost her dignity, covered in mud and barnacles. But, after a year or so underwater in the La Connor Channel, it was hauled to Port Townsend largely because the port has an extremely large crane.

So, the story of “The Western Flyer” is not over. In fact, it faces a magnificent new chapter.

“The Log of the Sea of Cortez” was a 1951 Steinbeck non-fiction book chronicling the sea and nature during a 6,000-mile voyage with scientist friend Doc Ricketts. Steinbeck rented the sardine fishing boat and had it sailed to Mexico. The boat was built in Tacoma in 1937.

Steinbeck also wrote “Cannery Row,” “Of Mice and Men,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and more.

Quinn, given to spiritual refrains, says “the universe lined things up and brought the boat to Port Townsend,” the perfect place because it is a well-known literary town and renowned for its wooden boat craftsmen. Quinn says the town is thrilled that California businessman John Gregg, the new owner, ended the scuffle for ownership.

“The good news is that Mr. Gregg appears to want to keep her whole,” he said, “and put her back together again here in Port Townsend where we have some of the best shipwrights in the world.”

Work on “The Western Flyer” is just getting started, fixing the ladder Steinbeck climbed, the door he used, even the stem where Steinbeck may have manned the wheel.

Interior photos show why restoration could cost $2 million: it is a mess but structurally intact.

Still, Steinbeck fans are here gawking.

“Interestingly, people have come from other countries say ‘We’re here to see Steinbeck’s boat’,” said Quinn.

“The first place I wanted to stop was right here with this vessel,” said Dan Jacobs, visiting from Bainbridge island with his wife.

Port Townsend officials are thrilled.

“We’ll find people down here obviously Steinbeck fans, putting their hands on the hull channeling Steinbeck,” chuckled Larry Crockett, Executive Director of the Port of Port Townsend. “Yea, it’s a wonderful story. It really is.”

Quinn reads from “The Log from the Sea of Cortez”: “The sight steering is a compromise of perfection which allows your boat to exist at all”

He said Steinbeck and the boat are intertwined, and always will be.

“Western Flyer’s all clear now,” Quinn quotes before closing the book.

It’ll take about two years to complete the restoration. Maybe move, given the shape of things. And the folks around Port Townsend fully expect to see an ever increasing Steinbeck tourism boom during the restoration until it sets sail for Monterey.

THE GREAT PORT TOWNSEND BAY KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE – 2016

March 24, 2016 by bluegullinn

October 1-2, 2016

THE GREAT
PORT TOWNSEND BAY
KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE

FOR THE GLORY!

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History Of Kinetics

WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED?

-by Steven Emery

The Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race – 2016. Take a generous portion of adventure, mix in some garage engineering and creative artistic license, then stir vigorously amongst enthusiastic fans, and you have a recipe for the most kaptivating form of racing: Kinetic Sculpture Racing. Fascinating to watch, Kinetic Sculptures are functional works of engineering art. Their designs can vary from simple one-person contraptions, to high tech, multi-pilot marvels with lengths of over seventy-five feet! After the creators of these kineticly inspired dream machines spend weeks, days, and months designing and building their sculptures, they face the challenge of completing a race course consisting of many terrain types. These types of terrain can be as easy as a paved road, or as messy as a sticky quagmire of mud. Sometimes the terrain becomes as dangerous as a choppy bay or a swift flowing river.

The origins of this colorful contest of human and machine dates back to Mother’s Day 1969 in the quaint Victorian town of Ferndale, California. Before that first race, a local artist named Hobart Brown made a few artistic improvements to his son Justin’s tri-cycle. After completion, Hobart displayed the newly created pentacycle in front of his art gallery. A nearby shop owner named Jack Mays created his own kinetic art sculpture and challenged Hobart to a race down Main street. As word caught on, other area artists joined in the race. Soon there were a dozen human powered art sculptures entered to race down Main street that first time. It is noted that neither Hobart nor Jack won that first race.

As the vehicles evolved, the more challenging elements of water and mud were introduced to the race course. In the interest of economy and self-sufficiency, the requirement to carry everything needed to negotiate a multi-terrain environment was deemed necessary. A kineticnaut (or kinetic pilot) had to be prepared for many hazards or breakdowns. Mastering the course without assistance is paramount to the philosophy of Kinetic Sculpture Racing.

Later, in 1983, the Greater Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race was held, making the Port Townsend the third oldest race on the ever growing Kinetic Racing circuit. The Port Townsend race still holds to the original values and spirit of the first race held in Ferndale. Relying on grass roots support, the Port Townsend race is one of the few remaining kinetic races that are not owned by a corporation. It is an independent race, with the volunteer organizers priding themselves on keeping the grass roots & kinetic spirit alive.

Today, fourty-four years after the first race, Kinetic Sculpture Racing has become a worldwide phenomenon. Races are now being held in not only Ferndale and Port Townsend, but the kinetic sculpture-racing concept has spread to Boulder, Colorado; Corvallis, Oregon; Ventura, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Portland, Oregon. The kinetic race has become an international event with the addition of the Poland race and the Perth, Australia race. More races that are international are coming in the future. Races are now being organized in England, Germany, South Africa, and Japan. Kinetic sculpture racing has become a conduit for peaceful international competition and lasting relationships.

What started out to be a friendly, creative home town race has now grown up to be a philosophical, artistic, engineering movement, with a devoted following worldwide. It has become an appealing visual attraction drawing international media attention. The Kinetic Sculpture Race enjoys the reputation as a fun spectator sport, entertaining fans from all corners of the globe. These kineticnauts and their wacky Kontraptions; have won the hearts, and imaginations of all who witness this eccentric, eclectic pageantry of human powered machinery.

Kitchen Tour – 2016

March 22, 2016 by bluegullinn

Kitchen Tour

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SAVE THE DATE!

Kitchen Tour – 2016. Our popular self-guided tour of outstanding kitchens returns on April 30!

19th Annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour

10:00 – 4:00 , April 30, 2016 in Port Townsend

Purchase tickets in Port Townsend at Kitchen and Bath Studio; What’s Cookin!; Quimper Mercantile; Green Eyeshade, In Sequim at Over the Fence; in Port Angeles at Fiddleheads and Swains; Dana Pointe Interiors in Port Ludlow; or the Chimacum Corner Farmstand.

The Hospitality Center located at the Presbyterian Church,1111 Franklin Ave will have tickets the day of the Tour.

Proceeds support scholarships and education projects in East Jefferson County.

Facebook: Port Townsend Kitchen Tour

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More about what AAUW does for our Community

Work in Local Education

AAUW Port Townsend supports education in East Jefferson County in many ways.

Phonics Tutoring
AAUW Port Townsend and Chimacum Creek Primary School are partners in the Kindergarten Phonics Project. Volunteers work on basic reading skills with groups of three to four students. For the last five school years, the Phonics Project has helped Chimacum Creek kindergartners master reading and spelling skills far beyond previous classes.
More information about the Phonics Project

Math Project
AAUW members have partnered with others in the community to improve the math competency of third graders in Port Townsend, Chimacum, and Quilcene, using small-group activities and individualized computer instruction.
More information about the Math Project

Career Day
Each spring, Port Townsend AAUW sponsors a Career Day for eighth-grade students in Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene. The middle school students have a chance to interact with local professionals and learn about careers which may interest them. Sometimes such contacts help give students a direction, and may inspire them to continue their education.
More information about the Career Day

Grant Street Literacy Project
AAUW’s Grant Street Kindergarten Tutoring Program provides targettetd students with one-on-one attention to improve essential pre-reading skills.
More information about the Grant Street Program

 

Race to Alaska

March 19, 2016 by bluegullinn

ABOUT THE RACE

Race to Alaska. Last year 35 teams started, 15 finished.

THIS ISN’T FOR EVERYONE

We doubt Larry Ellison and his America’s Cup boats could even finish.

We invited him to change our minds.

750 miles of 50 degree water

Race to Alaska. The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.

It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind.

It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat,

with a chance of drowning

…being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.

There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on god’s green earth.

R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity:

You, a boat, a starting gun

$10,000  if you finish first,

A set of steak knives if you’re second,

Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course.

Self-supported race: no supply drops, no safety net.

Any boat without an engine can enter.

The race has two stages:

Stage 1: Proving Grounds-

Port Townsend to Victoria BC (40 miles)
R2AK  starts with an initial race across open water, two sets of shipping lanes, and an international border.  The first stage is designed as a qualifier for the full race and as a stand-alone 40 mile sprint for people who just want to put their toe in.

If you want to be a part of R2AK but don’t have the time or inclination for the full race- join for a full day of all out racing across some of the biggest water in the course. Racers continuing on will clear Canadian customs in Victoria.

Stage one winners get to bask in the glory for a full day and a half.

Stage 2: Long haul North-

Victoria BC to Ketchikan (710 miles)

Racers start in Victoria at high noon on Sunday, June 26th and continue until they reach Ketchikan or are tapped out by the sweep boat.

Other than two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella, there is no official course. To quote the bard:  You can go your own way.

If that sounds like your brand of whiskey, sign on to attempt its second year.

Want to go all in?

Become a sponsor and be a part of the next great adventure.

Doing the race?

Better decide soon.  We close the doors to applications on April 15.

2016 race packet can be found here:  RACE PACKET

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