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Sequim Lavender Festival 2016

March 7, 2016 by bluegullinn

Sequim Lavender Weekend July 15, 16 & 17, 2016

Sequim Lavender Festival 2016

Sequim Lavender Festival 2016

Thanks everyone for attending the Sequim Lavender Weekend!
Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for next year July 15, 16, & 17, 2016.

Sequim Lavender Festival 2016. A world class street fair, lavender farms, and a host of community events make the Sequim Lavender Weekend one of the biggest lavender celebrations in the country.

For close to two decades, Sequim and the surrounding Dungeness Valley have been internationally recognized as the premier growers of this fragrant herb. Family owned farms are prized for the special attention they give to growing the finest lavender in the country.  Sequim is bursting with activity during this three day celebration of everything lavender the third weekend in July.

This website is updated as new events and details are finalized.  Check back often for the latest information.

Get the details on all of the 2015 lavender events!  Check back in the spring of 2016 for updated information.
Learn about Farm Tours
Learn about the Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair
Learn more about Community Events during the weekend

Sequim Lavender Weekend Event Map

The City of Sequim is proud to produce the official event map for Sequim Lavender Weekend providing an overview of all of the events occurring during the weekend for the convenience of our visitors.

All of the farms have different activities and featured events during the weekend.  Please check the official program, the information on this website, and individual farm and community organization websites for more details on their events.

Looking for a place to stay? Enjoy a great breakfast at the Historic Blue Gull Inn B&B located in Port Townsend. Great dining, shopping and beaches await your visit to the Olympic Peninsula. Have fun at the Lavender Festival.

Download the 2015 map. (4.5 mb)
Check back in the spring of 2016 for the updated map.
Sequim Lavender Weekend Event Map

Find Port Townsend, WA

March 6, 2016 by bluegullinn

Find Port Townsend, WA

Find Port Townsend, WA

Find Port Townsend, WA

Find Port Townsend, WA. Perched at the northeast tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a magical combination of land and sea, with panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.

Getting to Port Townsend is half of the fun! Located a short ferry ride from the Seattle metro area – it generally takes around two hours to get here from Seattle. You can also drive north from the Portland and Olympia area along scenic Highway 101. If you come from Vancouver, you can drive to Whidbey Island and take a ferry direct to Port Townsend.

Download the official map of Port Townsend (includes historic places).



From Downtown Seattle via Seattle/Bainbridge Island Ferry

Take the Washington State Ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island (the ferry crossing is 35 minutes). Follow HWY 305 for approximately 12 miles to HWY 3 in Poulsbo. Take HWY 3 North for approximately 7 miles to the Hood Canal Bridge. Turn left onto the bridge which becomes HWY 104, take the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From South of Seattle or Tacoma

From I-5 South to Tacoma take the Gig Harbor/Bremerton exit 132 to WA-16 W. Follow WA-16 W (27 miles). WA-16 W becomes WA-3 N in Gorst (25 miles). Turn left onto WA-104 W and cross Hood Canal Bridge continue on the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Edmonds or North of Seattle via Edmonds/Kingston Ferry

Take Washington State Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston (approx 25 minutes). Follow WA-104 West for approximately 10 miles through Port Gamble to the Hood Canal Bridge. Turn right and cross Hood Canal Bridge continue on the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Leaving Airport, head West on South 170th Street toward Military Road South. (0.16 miles). Turn Left onto Military Road South (1.38 miles). Turn left onto S 188th Street (0.03 miles). Merge onto I-5 South toward Portland (19.63 miles). Merge onto WA-16 West via Exit number 132 toward Gig Harbor/ Bremerton (27.08 miles). WA-16 West becomes WA-3 North. (25.33 miles). Turn left onto WA-104 W and cross Hood Canal Bridge continue on the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Victoria, British Columbia via  Victoria/Port Angeles Ferry

Take the Victoria-Port Angeles ferry (90 minute crossing). Click here to view schedules and fares. Ferry exits onto Laurel St .2 miles. Turn left onto E. Railroad St. 0.1 miles, take 1st right onto N. Lincoln St./US 101 E. and continue for 34.2 miles. Turn left onto WA-20, go 7.8 miles and turn left to stay on WA-20 for another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Vancouver, British Columbia via Keystone/Port Townsend Ferry

Follow Provincial Route 99 south to border crossing. Provincial Route 99 S. becomes I-5 S. Go 46.1 miles take exit 230 toward WA-20/Burlington/Anacortes. Go .4 miles turn right onto WA-20 E. make a U-turn onto WA-20 W. Go 11.8 miles turn left onto WA-20 and continue 16.4 miles turn right to stay on WA-20, go 9.5 miles turn right onto S. Main St. go 0.6 miles (S. Main St. becomes Engle Rd.), go 3.3 miles. Take the Port Townsend-Keystone Ferry. You are now in downtown Port Townsend.


Jefferson Transit provides public transportation in our area. Whether your drive or not, we encourage you to park your car in the Haines Place Park-N-Ride Lot and use Jefferson Transit buses and downtown shuttles to get around Port Townsend.

The Park-N-Ride is located next to Safeway on Hwy 20.  View Jefferson Transit’s map showing the Downtown Shuttle route and the location of the Park-N-Ride.

June 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

March 5, 2016 by bluegullinn

June 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

Taste of Port Townsend June 14

Taste of Port Townsend

Taste of Port TownsendJune 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA. Tickets are on sale now for The Taste of Port Townsend, Thursday, June 14th, 2012 from 4pm-7:30 pm.

The Taste of Port Townsend is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 5013c nonprofit founded in 1985.“Committed to the historic preservation and economic vitality of our historic business districts … while maintaining our small town quality of life.

“A fun Experience—Great Food”

“Seriously YUM” Taste of PT Diners

One ticket gives you admission to all 12 dining spots on the tour:

Visit 6 of the 12 dining spots and enter to win THE TASTY PRIZE – Fabulous restaurant gift certificates!

* Indicates a required stop on the tour to enter to enter the Tasty Prize drawing.

  • * Apothecarium
    1300 Water St.
  • Banana Leaf Thai Bistro
    609 Washington St.
  • The Boiler Room
    711 Water St.
  • Fins Coastal Cuisine
    1019 Water St.
  • * The Food Coop
    414 Kearney St.
  • Jordini’s
    929 Water St.
  • Khu Larb Thai / The Little Rose
    225 Adams St.
  • * Muskan Indian Restaurant
    2330 Washington St.
  • Necesito Burrito
    940 Water St.
  • Perfect Dreams Cupcakes
    909 Water St.
  • The Silverwater Café
    237 Taylor St.
  • Undertown Coffee and Wine Bar
    211 Taylor St.

Purchase tickets online now at and save $5 per ticket through June 12, 2012.

Tickets are also available at Safeway, The Food Coop, and Quimper Sound. Adult $30, Kids $20 (12 & under)

JUNE 2016

1-4 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival

4 Calder String Quartet at Centrum

5-10 Tales, Texts & Theater at Centrum

3-5 34th Annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta

4 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

5 37th Annual Chili Cook-off, Fairgrounds

5 Chimacum Farmers’ Market Opens! 10am-3pm

9 Taste of Port Townsend 10-13

5 th Annual Steampunk Festival

11 PT Library Book and media sale

11 Pocket Yacht Palooza

17-18 Into the Mystic Faire

18 Raker’s Car Show, Memorial Field, 9am Shipwrecked!, KCPT

19 Centrum Migrant Art

19-24 Voices from The Field At Centrum

22 R2AK Pre-race Ruckus

23 2 nd Race to Alaska Start

24 Free Fridays at the Fort

25 Rat Island Regatta 25-26 Olympic Music Festival,

2pm 26 PT Summer Band, Chetzemoka Park, 3pm, 

28- July 3 Centrum’s Voiceworks

May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

March 1, 2016 by bluegullinn

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

Rhody Festival

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

May Events 2016 - Port Townsend, WA

May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

Rhody Festival is our unofficial kick off to Summer!


May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA. In 1935, Clive Buttermere, a local businessman, convinced the Hearst
Metrotone News organization to come to Jefferson County and film the
rhododendrons in bloom. Hearst provided “short subjects”‘ to theaters throughout the
United States, and visited Jefferson County in that year to photograph the wild
rhododendrons. As a prelude to Hearst’s arrival, Mr. 8uttermere and the business
community organized a Queen competition so that there could be a group of young
women photographed with the rhododendrons. Nominations were made and the
community could vote on their favorite by shopping at participating merchants.
Dollars spent equaled votes. Myrtle Olsen was voted the first Rhododendron Queen and
filmed by Hearst.


The American Legion, having witnessed the enthusiasm of the community and
the festival spirit that was created, decided to make the celebration of the beauty of the
rhododendrons in bloom an annual event. In 1936 the first Rhododendron Festival
took Place. Royalty was chosen in the same manner and this process of selection
continued for several years. The first festival in 1936 was a one day event with a
parade. As the years progressed more events were added and the length of the
Festival grew. (Visit the Jefferson County Historical Society to see the old brochures)
The Festival was suspended during World War II (1942-45), and resumed in 1946.


The Chamber of Commerce took over the festival leadership in the early 1950’s
and more events were added until it grew to be a week-long celebration. Each year
brought different events: fat man’s race, boat race, golf tournament, baseball
tournament, air show, cow chip throwing contest, bed race, trike race, beard growing
contest, car show, kids’ parade, Queen’s Ball, and more. For many years, the
candidate who sold the most buttons was chosen Queen. During the early festivals,
the publicity tour only included members of Royalty, rather than candidates.


In the 1980’s the festival became a non-profit corporation and not affiliated with
any one group in the County. Volunteers chair the festival as well as serve as board
members. Royalty are provided scholarships from the association to pursue their
education. Button sales and contributions from community members and
businesses fund the festival. The annual budget is spent on candidates’ expenses,
Royalty expenses, float building and maintenance, travel expenses of the float crew
and Royalty to between 10 and 15 parades per year. The travel to other communities
is not only fun, but is a way of promoting Port Townsend and Jefferson County.


1 Art Wave Begins – Childrens’ Art in Stores

1 Opening Day of Boating Season

7 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

7 Wearable Art Show

4 Walk a Mile In Her Shoes

11-15 Centrum Kitchen Culture

16-22 81 st Annual Rhododendron Festival

16 Rhody Royalty Handprints

18 Wooden Boat Wednesday

18 Rhody Trike Race

19 Rhody pet parade and Carnival

20 Rhody kiddies Parade, Bed Races, Hair and Beard contest

21 Rhody Festival – Grand Parade

22 38th Annual Rhody Run

29 Tractor Days – Nordland General Store

30 PT Summer Band, American Legion, 11:30am

29-J 4 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival

NW Wine & Cheese Tour

February 29, 2016 by bluegullinn

April 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA

February 28, 2016 by bluegullinn

Food     Farms     Arts     Crafts     Music     More!
Port Townsend Saturday Market, 2011 WA State Market of the Year

April 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA. The Port Townsend Saturday Market is a lively community hub in the center of up town Port Townsend. One of the largest small town markets in the nation, Port Townsend Saturday Market hasover 70 vendors each week including: 40 farms, 4 artisan cheese makers, 3 cideries, artisan bakers, espresso and coffee, herbal salves, soaps, and arts and crafts. Come get your groceries for the week, enjoy a delicious meal and live music. Open the first Saturday in April through the third Saturday in December, 9 am-3 pm from April through October, 10 am- 2 pm from November-December.

Check out the video of the Saturday Market.

Because once a week is not enough

Polk St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

April 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA. You have to cook everyday, and you don’t want to use produce that has been sitting around since Saturday. Wednesday is the perfect day to head back to the market. Its midweek, you can come after work- the market starts at 2:00. There’s food and music. It’s a great place to shop or relax on the grass.

The Wednesday market is a farm and food only market, no crafts. It is generally a more relaxed slower paced market than Saturday’s festival like atmosphere. Many of the same growers from the Saturday Market sell at Wednesday as well: Red Dog Farm, Midori, Finnriver, SpringRain and more. You will also find some other great local food from vendors including: Pane D’Amore and Crust.

APRIL 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA

2 PT Farmer’s Market Opens! 9am – 2pm

2 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

9 JeffCo Library Book Sale

9 WBF Spring Symposium

15 Scandia Dinner

22 Wheel-in Drive-in Opens!

20 Wooden Boat Wednesday

22-23 Granny’s Attic at Cape George Colony

23 Earth Day Spring Clean up

23 WBF Maritime Swap Meet

23 PT Rotary Auction

23 PT Community Orchestra Concert Women in Jeopardy KCPT

24-29 Water World At Centrum

27-M 1 Centrum’s Choro Workshop

29 NW Big Band Concert

30 19th Annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour

March Events Port Townsend

February 27, 2016 by bluegullinn


March Events Port Townsend. Presented over two weekends, PT PlayFest features six winning one-acts by Jefferson County playwrights, open rehearsals of plays-in-progress, playwriting workshops, and more.

Jefferson County talent will be showcased in premieres of six plays by winning playwrights of the 2016 Port Townsend Arts Commission’s One-Act Play Competition: Christopher Clow, Doug Given, D.D. Wigley, Christopher Clow, Judith Glass Collins, and new playwright Hewitt Brooks. Three plays receive staged readings; three receive full productions.

“Locals Weekend” (March 3-6, 2016) features the winning one-acts and precedes the jam-packed “Festival Weekend” (March 10-13, 2016), with three days of back-to-back events.

Two notable regional playwrights were invited to spend a week in residence, workshopping their full-length plays in progress. In Richard Dresser’s “War Stories”, Master Sergeant Boyd Cassidy, a Vietnam vet, is in a high-end Phoenix hotel to finally receive the recognition he deserves after years of turmoil—until a knock at the door sends him into a horror more profound than anything he faced on the battlefield. In Duane Kelly’s “Escorting Tom”, Carol will be leaving her inept and isolated husband, but her secret plan to help him survive without her goes wildly off the rails.

KCPT’s featured guest playwright this year will be Darrah Cloud, whose play “The Posthumous Democrat”, the dramatic story of a composer, Catherine Starr, whose famous, connected conservative father leaves her a legacy both enormous and crippling. This full-length play will be directed by KCPT Artistic Director Denise Winter. Darrah will also be teaching the free playwriting workshop sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission on Saturday, March 12, from 10 am – 1 pm. This will be followed by Darrah’s fee-based playwriting intensive Sunday, March 13, from 10 am – 1 pm (space is limited).


To register for one or both of these workshops, e-mail or call 360-379-0195.

The $35 Festival Pass grants access to all performance events both weekends. Writer’s Passes are $95 and additionally include the playwriting intensive taught by Darrah Cloud.

Single show tickets and passes are available from the Playhouse Box Office at 360-385-KCPT, or online at


Port Townsend’s Victorian Festival 2016


Victorian Heritage Festival 2016, Port Townsend, WA

Port Towsend’s Victorian Festival 2016


The 2016 Victorian Festival will celebrate Port Townsend’s extrordinary history and culture and is scheduled for March 18-20, 2016. Tickets now on sale!

Victorian Pub Crawl Friday Night
Kick off Friday night with our pub crawl – featuring saloons, “shanghai tunnels,” and fine vintage cocktails through a staggering selection of Port Townsends (in)famous watering holes.

Lectures, exhibitions and more

We invite you to celebrate the extraordinary Pacific Northwest history and architecture preserved in Port Townsend’s historic uptown and downtown districts.

Victorian Ball
Fashion Show – Celebrating its 17th Anniversary!
…and more to be announced

Join us March 18-20, 2016
For a celebration of our region’s 19th Century history – bringing together scholars, enthusiasts and curiosity-seekers from across the Pacific Northwest.

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

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!

Events in MARCH – 2016

5 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

6-11 Explorations at Centrum

3-13 PT Playfest, KCPT

12 PT Library Book Sale

16 Wooden Boat Wednesday

18-20 Victorian Festival

18-20 Insider’s Historic Building tours

19 14th Annual JeffCo Community Garage Sale

Whale Watching

February 16, 2016 by bluegullinn

Whale Watching. For 30 years, Puget Sound Express has set the standard for exciting whale watching tours and wildlife tours around the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. Puget Sound Express offers a variety of adventure cruises for you to choose from – all easily accessible from Seattle, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Peninsula:

Gray Whale photo by Merrill GoshoGray Whale Tours

Each spring, migrating gray whales pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, providing an excellent opportunity to visit and learn about these amazing mammals. We run half-day whale tours in March and April to see the grays.

March 5 – April 25, leave Port Townsend, Washington at 10am.
Port Townsend tours feature the 40-seat MV Red Head, and run approximately 3-4 hours. The waters that we travel in are protected and usually calm. The tour must have a minimum of 15 passengers for a departure.

March 5 – April 25, leave Edmonds, Washington at 10am and 1pm
Our NEW Edmonds tour features the 60-seat, high speed foilcat MV Chilkat. These tours run approximately 2 hours and the waters that we travel in are protected and usually calm. The tour must have a minimum of 15 passengers for a departure.

seattle-orca-photo-by--renee-beitzelSeattle/Edmonds Whale Watching Tour

See the majesty and beauty of orcas and humpback whales with Puget Sound Express’ new Seattle Watching Tours out of Edmonds! Ride theChilkat, our high speed foilcat, at speeds over 40 mph to the San Juan Islands. This is the fastest whale watching boat in the Northwest, and when you combine that with three generations of dedication and experience connecting Seattle visitors with the great outdoors – we guarantee you’ll see whales or your next trip is free! Tours begin in April. We leave at 9:00am and return at 2pm In July and August, we add a 2:30pm departure that returns at 7pm.

cwrFour Hour Whale Watching Tour (Port Townsend)

The perfect trip for visitors and travelers with a busy schedule! Departing in the morning, our fast and comfortable 40-seat Red Head seeks out orcas, minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales to give you a guaranteed whale watching experience in the San Juan Islands.

Trips run April – October, and feature an on-board naturalist. If the whales are “singing,” you’ll be able to hear them with our hydrophone.

baby orcas photo by janine harlesPort Townsend – San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour

Our signature tour, this daylong cruise on the Glacier Spirit combines orca watching with an on-board naturalist, and a tour of the beautiful San Juan Islands. We visit the popular town of Friday Harbor for shopping, island cuisine, and sightseeing.

This San Juan Islands trip is also the official passenger ferry route between Port Townsend and San Juan Island, and in addition to seeing killer whales, we often see minke whales, Stellar and California sea lions and Dall’s porpoises. The full-day tour runs May – September.

eagles-smith-island3-Day San Juan Islands Wildlife Cruises

Join Puget Sound Express for exciting 3 day cruises through the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Selected by National Geographic as one of the World’s Top 3 destinations, the waters around the San Juan Islands are home to orcas (killer whales), minke whales, gray whales, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, porpoise, otters, and a dizzying array of seabirds.

PTMSC Protection Island Cruises

Produced in partnership with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, our three-hour Spring and Fall Bird Migration Cruises coincide with annual migrations of  loons, phalaropes, mergansers, merlins, bald eagles, oystercatchers, harlequin ducks, murrelets, auklets, and more.

Naturalists from the Marine Science Center serve as on-board interpreters and provide commentary on local birds, mammals, geology, history and weather.

3 Day Audubon Birdwatching Cruise

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society and Puget Sound Express invite you to take part in an amazing three-day birdwatching and wildlife cruise in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, April 12-14, 2016.

Tour Naturalist Bob Boekelheide (formerly Director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center) will be pointing out all the birds for us. In addition to wildlife and bird watching, we will visit and stay overnight at the historic Roche Harbor Resort, tour fascinating sites on San Juan Island, as well as Deception Pass near Whidbey Island.

Olympic Music Festival moves in 2016

February 12, 2016 by bluegullinn

Olympic Music Festival moves from Quilcene barn to Port Townsend theater

After 32 years, the Olympic Music Festival is moving from its beloved, rustic barn in Quilcene and joining forces with the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend.

Olympic Music Festival

Olympic Music Festival New Site – Fort Worden State Park Port Townsend, WA

Olympic Music Festival moves in 2016. In a surprise move, the Olympic Music Festival has announced that it will leave the picturesque barn in Quilcene where, for the past 32 years, it has attracted prominent musicians to perform high-quality concerts in a dressed-down, rustic environment.

The barn, which is on Jefferson County property owned by violist and OMF founder Alan Iglitzin, also offered preconcert picnics on the lawn, as well as amplified sound — though without views of the stage — for those who preferred their Beethoven alfresco.

Instead, OMF’s 2016 season will be held in Fort Worden’s enclosed Wheeler Theater in Port Townsend.

The shift was made possible by a newly formed partnership between OMF and the 42-year-old Centrum Foundation, a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been programming chamber music in Port Townsend since its inaugural season.

For music lovers, the venue change means that the open, airy environment of the Quilcene farm’s uninsulated barn — which featured a combination of folding chairs and hay-bale seating, along with porta-potties — has been replaced by a heated theater with almost the same seating capacity but superior acoustics and amenities.

While OMF’s first season in Port Townsend will be five weeks long (Aug. 13 to Sept. 11) rather than this year’s 12-week season, the festival might be extended in the future.

“Our last summer was so successful,” OMF artistic director and pianist Julio Elizalde said. “We sold over 5,000 individual tickets and came away with a lot of energy and excitement.”

In November, Iglitzin, 84, retired as the festival’s executive director and requested the venue change.

“The farm’s 55 acres are really the Iglitzins’ home,” Elizalde said. “For all these years, they sacrificed their privacy to thousands upon thousands of strangers who attended the festival.

“The change is very sad. But there are an incredible number of benefits to being in Port Townsend and working with Centrum. It’s the best possible outcome,” Elizalde said.

“Centrum presents fully formed, professional ensembles, while OMF assembles ad hoc groupings of professional musicians a la the Marlboro Festival model. Together, we can potentially transform Port Townsend into a year-round chamber music destination.”

“Our goal with this relationship is to expand awareness and appreciation of chamber music in Jefferson County and environs,” said Centrum Executive Director Robert Birman. “It’s a net gain for both groups, because we can cross-promote and work in collaboration.”


Spring YAWP (Your Alternative Writing Program) – 2016

February 11, 2016 by bluegullinn

Spring YAWP (Your Alternative Writing Program) – 2016

Wheeler Theater

March 24-27, 2016
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

To reserve a spot on the waiting list, please call Hali Miller at 360-385-3102, x114

Spring YAWP (Your Alternative Writing Program) – 2016, was launched as a reaction to the branding, marketing, and career networking of AWP. We desired to create, instead, a retreat place for writers to live in cozy cabins and focus deeply on your work.

We’re totes about community and reading and writing and doing guided freewrites and writing exercises and creating new work and having good food at PT restaurants and being underneath the March sky and being around the firs and sitting under a madrona and hunting for eggs and and and and and and and 
 this will be our third YAWP session in less than a year!

Centrum’s Spring YAWP happens March 24-27, 2016. (Yes, Easter is March 27. So we’ll be doing a Sunday-morning egg hunt on the Fort Worden field with the Madrona tree : )

Limited to 20 total.

Cost: $195 (to cover the cost of the Suds cabins, and the open-mike space.) Have you published fifty novels? $195. Are you writing your first-ever poem? $195. Meals are not included: what’ll happen is some folks’ll contribute together for communal meals; and some folks’ll do their own meals in the ten kitchens provided; and some folks’ll go into town.


Thursday, March 24 , 2016

  • 5 pm-8 pm: arrival and welcoming.
  • 8 pm-9 pm: opening readings.

Friday, March 25, 2016

  • 10-10:50 am: guided morning freewrite.
  • 11-noon: guided morning freewrite.
  • 12 pm onward: residency time.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

  • 10-10:50 am: guided morning freewrite.
  • 11-noon: guided morning freewrite.
  • 12 pm onward: residency time.
  • 8-10 pm: evening gathering and conversation.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

  • Departure by 11 am.
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