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Jazz Festival 2016 – Port Townsend, WA

February 10, 2016 by bluegullinn

Jazz Festival 2016 – Port Townsend, WA

Fort Worden State Park – Port Townsend, WA

Jazz Festival 2016 – Port Townsend, WA

Jazz Festival 2016 - Port Townsend, WA

Jazz Festival 2016 – Port Townsend, WA

The participant combo coached by drummer Matt Wilson rehearses in Wheeler Theater during the 2013 Port Townsend Jazz Workshop.

Drummer Matt Wilson leads a workshop session at Jazz Port Townsend. Photo by Jim Levitt.

July 24-31, 2016
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington




Jazz Festival 2016 – Port Townsend, WA. Whether you’re a journeyman performer, aspiring professional, or an enthusiastic beginner, the weeklong workshop at Jazz Port Townsend is the perfect opportunity to meet other excellent musicians, soak up a week of jazz in a seaside paradise, and leave as a better musician. If you are an educator, please visit our Educator Track section to learn how you can be a part of the week.

Artistic Director John Clayton has hand-picked faculty who are outstanding both as performers and teachers. They’ll inspire you with their playing, and then work with you directly to develop your own skills.

You’ll receive focused instruction as you rehearse daily in combos or vocal classes. Jazz Theory sessions provide valuable information for increasing your skills as an improviser. Master classes are conducted each day by faculty members who cover topics specific to their chosen instruments. “Faculty Presents” concerts each afternoon give you a chance to hear performances in an intimate setting. The workshop culminates in a series of “Students Present” concerts in which all participants have an opportunity to perform.

Applicants must have good technical command of their instrument or voice, as well as elementary improvisation experience or a basic knowledge of music theory. Differing levels of experience are expected, and every effort is made to match players of similar abilities. An audition is required.

Read more about audition requirements.

Applicants apply at one of three levels: Beginner/Intermediate, Advanced, or Semi-Pro. Semi-pro players have the option of applying for special themed combos, focusing on specific styles (details in the audition instructions). All participants receive daily instruction from our outstanding artist faculty.

For more information, call or email Jazz Program Manager Gregg Miller at, or 360.385.3102 x109.

Arts & Entertainment in Port Townsend

February 9, 2016 by bluegullinn

Arts & Entertainment in Port Townsend

National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” and arts and entertainment is a large part of the reason why.

Arts & Entertainment in Port Townsend. For more than three decades, artists of all ages have flocked to Centrum, the nonprofit arts organization located at Fort Worden State Park, for artist residencies, workshops and performances. Centrum’s summer performance festivals in music and literature are national events, drawing thousands to the area.

Copper Canyon Press, also located at Fort Worden, is the nation’s premier poetry publishing house. Copper Canyon Press fosters the work of emerging, established, and world-renowned poets for an expanding audience.

Jazz at Centrum

Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend is a summer highlight

Located at the entrance to downtown,Northwinds Arts Center is a hub of visual arts and literary activity, producing educational programs, lectures, readings and workshops, and by providing juried and invitational venues for displaying the work of regional artists.

Key City Public Theatre is perhaps the most active and vital theater organization on the Olympic Peninsula. Their year-round slate of performances and workshops draws audiences from around the region.

Port Townsend’s location, coupled with its proximity to the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland metro areas, makes the town an attractive destination for national music acts and audiences looking for intimate performance experiences.

From music, to theater, to visual and performing arts, Port Townsend is a destination not to be missed. Be sure to visit’s comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar to find out what’s happening in Port Townsend.

Strange Brewfest 2016

January 29, 2016 by bluegullinn

Strange Brewfest 2016

Photo by Kevin Mason

Now that the New Year is off to a roaring start this month, plan to attend the 12th Annual Strange Brewfest, January 29-30, boasting wildly inventive, palate-challenging craft brews featuring over 50 breweries and cideries, along with more than 80 mind-bending potations.

Strange Brewfest 12, is the Mount Olympus of beer festivals, as the 12th version of Port Townsend’s ode to Northwest brewers and their imaginations lets you party like Greek Gods and Goddesses!

This iconic festival is an indoor-outdoor event based in downtown Port Townsend at the American Legion Hall in our National Historic Landmark District.

Photo by Kevin Mason

Taste is not the only sense that Strange Brewfest 12 will tempt. Be dazzled by the sights and sounds of the weekend with a continuous lineup of rockin’ music. Indulge in the carnival-like atmosphere that this festival is known for.

Admission to Strange Brewfest 12 is $30/person which gives you a souvenir tasting glass, four tasting tokens and a wristband for both days. Additional tasting tokens are $1.50 each. This is a 21+ event. Make reservations for accommodations soon as Port Townsend gets sold out quickly for this event!

For event details visit

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend in 2016! Happy New Year!

Wooden Boat Festival

August 23, 2014 by bluegullinn

The 38th annual Wooden Boat Festival is taking place in Port Townsend in a couple weeks. The events run from Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th. This is one of the largest festivals held in Port Townsend and even if you are not a serious boater, there is lots to do. There will be contests, movies, live music and a food court featuring local beer and wine. For those wooden boat lovers, over 300 wooden vessels are present. There are presentations and demos as well as boat races and chance to take a ride in some of these amazing watercraft.  The festival is taking place at and around the Northwest Maritime Center in downtown Port Townsend. You can find the festival schedule and place to purchase tickets online at their website:

Wooden Boat Festival

Jazz Music Port Townsend

July 24, 2014 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend plays host to some of the best jazz musicians of today during Jazz Port Townsend. Fans from all around come to learn from and hear amazing musicians. Concerts are going on throughout this weekend, July 25 & 26th. Venues include McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park as well as “Jazz in the Clubs,” for a more intimate experience, at select venues around Port Townsend. Be sure to check out the package deal on multiple evenings/concerts. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear beautiful music and enjoy what is forecast to be another outstanding weekend on the Peninsula.Jazz Port Townsend

Port Townsend Elevated Ice Cream Co.

June 29, 2014 by bluegullinn

Ice cream on the waterfront

Ice cream on the waterfront

As the Port Townsend weather heats up, it is nice to know there is a fun spot to cool off. Elevated Ice Cream Co. has something for everyone. Fresh and local ingredients go into their “scratch made” product. With at least 30 different flavors of ice cream, sherbet, and Italian Ices you can’t go wrong. They have seasonal flavors along with the tried and true favorites (mine is the Swiss Orange Chocolate Chip). If ice cream is not your thing, it’s alright I’m not here to judge, they have espresso, baked goods and an adjoining candy shop. Their chocolates and truffles are handmade and make a perfect treat for you or to take back home as a special gift. The candy shop also provides a selection of candies from around the world and something for that difficult to shop for person. Do not leave without trying the salted caramel chocolate.

Port Townsend best small town in America

June 27, 2014 by bluegullinn

Well, one of America’s 10 best small towns of 2014 according to Fodor’s Travel. Port Townsend will always be number one in my heart, but is in good company. Some other towns listed are Telluride, Colorado and Paia, Hawaii… nothing to sneeze at. The only way to know for sure is to come for a visit. If you have been to PT you already know what all the fuss is about. If you haven’t been out this way, now you don’t have to take my word for it, this is a must-see kind of town.Port Townsend

Thai Food, Try Some

June 23, 2014 by bluegullinn

When you visit Port Townsend and find yourself in the mood for Thai food, head to Khu Larb Thai Restaurant. This is the best Thai food restaurant around, seriously, miles around. This is a lovely place for a date or a get-together with friends, they always have a fresh rose on each table. From the menu my personal favorites are their Egg Rolls, Tom Yum Goong, and the Garlic Pork… yummm. They also have delicious bubble tea and to-go orders “next door” at the Little Rose. I think you’ll find the only bad thing about this place is you have to come back to P.T. to get more! Khu Larb Thai

Festival of American Fiddle Tunes

June 22, 2014 by bluegullinn

If you are scouring the internet, searching for a fun way to spend the weekend, come join us in Port Townsend. Saturday June 28th is the Rakers Car Show, it begins at 9:30a.m. at Memorial Field, downtown. Bring your Active Duty Military ID and get in for free.

Taking place at Fort Worden State Park, Sunday, June 29th through July 6th is Port Townsend’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. The workshops are primarily focused on the fiddle, but also include banjo, guitar, accordion, singing, and dance. For those more interested in being a spectator, myself included, they offer concerts and dancing. Visit for all the details, hope to see you there.Port Townsend's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes

Tea Time or Tee Time

June 18, 2014 by bluegullinn

While different, these can both be great ways to spend an afternoon in Port Townsend. Set up a golf tee time at  Port Townsend Golf Course, located within walking distance of the Blue Gull Inn. It is a 9 hole golf course with a driving range that boasts beautiful views of town and the Olympic Mountains on a clear day. If you are looking for a ‘cup of tea’ time then head downtown to Pippas’s Real Tea.  This is more of a modern take on a tea room, so it’s a laid-back,casual, and comfortable way to enjoy a soothing cup of tea and tasty treat.Pippa's Real Tea

Port Townsend Golf Course

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