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April 20, 2016 by bluegullinn

Fountain Cafe 360-385-1364
920 Washington St., Port Townsend
SUNDAY-THURSDAY
Lunch 11:00am–3pm Dinner 5pm–9pm
FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Lunch 11:00am–3pm Dinner 5pm–9:30pm

Welcome to Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend. Nicholas Yates, experienced restauranteur and owner of the Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend, welcomes you and your party to experience fine food in a quiet cafe.

Fountain Cafe is a casual and intimate cafe in downtown Port Townsend. Only a block off Water Street, this popular eatery is located in the entertainment zone around Haller Fountain, a historic landmark famous for its statuesque, nude maiden and her attending sprites.

The cafe located in the Mary Webster Building invites you to drop on a whim for a quirky lunch and call ahead for reservations to gather with friends for delightful dinners. Fountain Cafe is a friendly place, where you will feel at home, as if you were dining with family and friends around your own basement bar.

You may be served by Nick, the owner of Fountain Cafe, for by one of his friendly waiters and waitresses who want your dining experience to be one you will cherish and share with friends.

Fountain Cafe Neighborhood

Fountain Cafe (left) is a few steps up from Haller Fountain (right)

Fountain Cafe is located on Washington Street in an entertaining neighborhood surrounding the Haller Statue and Fountain at the base of the Taylor Street stairs one block from Water Street. The Rose Theatre is just around the corner on Tyler Street. Nearby are an antique mall, the Wandering Wardrobe clothing store, bookstore, Bergstrom’s vintage autos and an eclectic selection of other restaurants.

FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

Lunch Menu

Lunch Menu is server from 11 AM to 3 PM

~Fountain Café~

Lunch Menu

Starters
Roasted Garlic with melted Brie- salsa fresca and garlic crostini.   $10.5
Fresh Local Mussels and Clams-
Steamed in a light Organic Pesto~ Chardonnay broth with leeks, tomato, and fresh herbs. Served with locally baked Organic baguette.            $14.5
Crab and Shrimp stuffed mushrooms -Baked and topped with a fresh citrus hollandaise                                                                                                                $14.
Soups and Salads
All served with Organic Locally baked Baguette and herb butter
Our famous Clam Chowder~ Bowl $7. / Cup $4.
Daily Soup~ Bowl $6.5/ Cup $3.5

Insalate MistaOur ‘house salad’ 
Organic greens and garnishes with choice of house made dressings: Creamy Gorgonzola, Fresh Herb Vinaigrette, Sweet Honey-Dijon, or Lemon Tahini  $6.
Warm Salad- Copious Organic greens with sautéed potato, prosciutto, and assorted veggies tossed in a warm vinaigrette and topped with parmesan and pine nuts                                              $16.5
Chicken Curry Salad- Spicy chicken salad made with coconut, almonds, and celery a yellow curry sauce served on a bed of organic field greens with fresh tomato wedges
$12.5            
Apple and Gorgonzola Salad- Fresh green apple, red onion, and ginger sautéed in Sherry and tossed with organic spinach, toasted walnuts and Gorgonzola    $13.
*Add Prosciutto $3.
Kale Caesar- Fresh chopped kale tossed with our own zesty dressing of anchovy, garlic, caper and olive oil. Topped with parmesan and lemon        Small 7./ Large 14.                                 
*Add NW smoked Salmon $4. 
Niño’s (12 and under only)
Minnie Marinara~Creamy Fettuccine~Buttery Noodles~Pesto Penne~ $7.
*All come topped with parmesan cheese unless otherwise requested
Sandwiches
Served with a cup of fresh daily soup, Clam Chowder, or salad

Turkey Reuben- Fresh in-house roasted turkey, sauerkraut, Gruyere, & creole sauce on grilled sweet Russian rye   $13.
Caprese- Fresh mozzarella layered with roma tomato, & fresh basil on grilled herb focaccia with balsamic and aioli    $11.
Brie Melt- with Organic basil pesto, slow-roasted tomatoes, and cracked black pepper on artisan bread  $11.5   *Add Turkey for $3.
Tapenade Chicken Sandwich- Chicken breast, olive pesto, spinach, and garlic aioli on grilled artisan bread   $12.
Vegan Black Bean Burger- Made from scratch with Latin flair and served with our house made tomatillo salsa, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on an organic polka bun   $14.25   *Add Gruyere for $1.
Wild Boar ‘Sloppy Joe’- Ground and seasoned to perfection, topped with diced red and green onion on Organic Italian bun with spinach and stone ground aioli  $15.
Mushroom Melt- Roasted chicken breast, caramelized mushrooms and onions, spinach and melted French Brie on grilled Organic sourdough   $14.5
Ham & Cheese- Italian Prosciutto, Gruyere, mozzarella, thinly sliced tomato, and Truffle-aioli on grilled sourdough  $14.5
Green Garden- Grilled Chicken breast, melted mozzarella, artichoke hearts, spinach, green onion, basil pesto & aioli on herbed focaccia   $14.25
Wild Coho Salmon Burger- Served on an Italian bun with organic lettuces, tomato, red onion and house Creole sauce   $15.
Lamb Burger*- with mint pesto, feta, organic spinach and sliced tomatoes on a polka bun   $15.5  
 
Pastas
Served with locally baked organic baguette

Garlic Prawn stuffed Ravioli- Tossed with fresh diced tomatoes and leeks in a delicate saffron cream sauce $16.
Roasted Walnut & Gorgonzola Penne in a rich cream sauce with spinach, and slow roasted tomatoes $15.5
Scotch Fettuccine- Northwest smoked Salmon with garlic and leeks, in a cream sauce with a hint of  Scotch  $15.5
Almond Chicken- A Whole breast rolled in thinly sliced almonds and baked, topped with a chipotle-honey drizzle and served over a bed of fresh organic spinach and risotto $15.5
  • *A 20% gratuity may be added to parties of 5 or more
  • * Consuming raw or undercooked foods may cause illness
FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

Dinner Menu

Welcome to the Fountain Café 
We cook using only the best and freshest ingredients and are committed to supporting small & locally owned businesses. We use wild Local Seafood, Organically grown greens, herbs, and vegetables (when available). This is why after more than 30 years we continue to win awards and have been featured in many guild books, newspapers, and magazines across the country. We love food and strive to add a creative, original flair to all of our preparations. Enjoy your meal and thank you for coming! 
Parties of 5 or more may be charged a %20 gratuity.
Appetizers
Roasted Garlic with melted Brie, salsa fresca, and grilled local baguette $10.5
Crab and Shrimp stuffed mushrooms baked and topped with a fresh citrus hollandaise sauce $14
Oysters Guadalupe Local pan-fried oysters over a bed of organic greens with zest and chipotle-cocktail sauce $15 
Mediterranean fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil served with balsamic reduction, extra virgin olive oil, olive tapenade, and grilled crostini $11.5
Buffalo Frogs Legs Delicious freshwater legs (6) fried & tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce, served over spinach with matchstick carrots & a crumbled gorgonzola dipping sauce $14.5
Local Mussels and Clams steamed in an organic (nut free) basil pesto & Chardonnay broth with leeks, tomato, and fresh herbs $15
Wild Coho Salmon Cakes served with Creole sauce and a petite salad $15.
Garlic Prawns Tiger prawns (6) sautéed with garlic and fresh herbs in lemon butter over a bed of Organic spinach $10.5
Lamb Trio of sliders (1) Fresh Mint Pesto & Feta (2) Cranberry-Orange chutney (3) Creole and fresh cilantro $14.5
Salads
Insalate Mista Our ‘side’ salad of Organic greens dressed with fresh garnishes and your choice of: Creamy Gorgonzola, Fresh Herb Vinaigrette, Sweet Honey Dijon or Lemon Tahini dressing $7
Kale Caesar Fresh chopped Organic Kale tossed with our own dressing made of fresh garlic, anchovy, caper, and olive oil. Topped with parmesan and lemon Large $14/ Small $7                           *Add Chicken breast, Prawns (4), or NW Smoked Salmon $5
Entrée Salad Abundant veggies and Organic field greens tossed is a fresh herb vinaigrette with your choice of Gorgonzola, Feta, or Parmesan cheese $16
Classic Warm Salad Copious Organic greens tossed in warm balsamic vinaigrette with potatoes, veggies, mushrooms, and prosciutto. Topped with parmesan, pine nuts, and fresh garnishes $16.5
Duck Breast Salad Seared and thinly sliced natural duck breast served over a bed of Organic Greens tossed in fresh cider-poppy seed vinaigrette, Chèvre, candied nuts, and seasonal fruit $21
~Ninos~
Mini Marinara-Creamy Fettuccine-Buttery Noodles-Pesto Penne
$7. Each (all come topped with parmesan cheese)
*We are a small and at times very busy Café, please be considerate of those who may be waiting for your table, be conscious of your child’s noise level, and refrain from using cell phones as a courtesy to your fellow diners. Thank You
Entrees served with locally baked Organic baguette
Seafood and Shellfish
Angel Prawns Large tiger prawns, local shiitake mushrooms and fresh vegetables in a spicy fresh ginger-sesame-lime broth over angel hair pasta $18
Scotch Fettuccine Smoked Northwest Salmon, leeks, green onion and fresh garlic in a cream sauce with a hint of Scotch $17.5
Oysters Dorado Fresh local oysters in a garlic-chardonnay sauce with mushrooms & eggplant over linguine topped with roasted pinenuts $16.5
Puttanesca Prawns, capers, olives, eggplant, artichokes, and linguine tossed with anchovy in our zesty marinara and topped with parmesan cheese $17.5
Chipotle Prawns Black tiger prawns with fresh snap peas, tomato, and matchstick carrots in a smoky chipotle cream sauce over fettuccine $18
Paella Saffron risotto with chicken, prawns, bell peppers, spicy Italian sausage, Marrowstone Island mussels & clams $26
Cioppino Local oysters, prawns, Marrowstone Island mussels & clams, fresh fish, leeks, capers, and herbs in a savory tomato-saffron broth $26
Great Pastas
Add chicken, spicy sausage or prosciutto to any dish for $5 
ground wild boar $6 
Roasted Walnut and Gorgonzola Penne in a rich cream sauce with fresh spinach and slow roasted tomatoes $15.5
The Greek Our feta sauce with artichoke hearts, sweet bell peppers, Greek olives, & capers on penne pasta $16.5
Aio e Oio Cloves of roasted garlic, freshly chopped garlic, and fresh tomatoes tossed in garlic olive oil with penne, fresh basil and parmesan cheese $15
Capellini Amore Chicken breast, tomatoes, capers, kalamata olives, fresh basil, and angel hair pasta in a light broth topped with parmesan cheese $16.5
Prosciutto OR Chicken & Linguine with garlic, spinach, and wild mushrooms in a parmesan cream sauce topped with toasted pinenuts $17.5
More Entrées
Wild Mushroom Risotto Italian Arborio rice with locally grown wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, slow roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs, a touch of sherry, parmesan cheese and pinenuts $16.5
Moroccan Chicken with an apricot-olive butter sauce alongside saffron risotto over a bed of fresh julienned baby spinach, with parmesan cheese to finish $21
Vegan Black Bean Cakes From scratch with housemade tomatillo salsa, served alongside a small organic green salad and sautéed fresh vegetables $16.5
Baked Gorgonzola Chicken A whole chicken breast with gorgonzola and apricots in a rich sherry cream sauce. Served with chef’s choice of sides $20.
Rack of Lamb Oregon’s Anderson Ranches gives us a wonderful organic, natural grass-fed cut, which we pan-roast to perfection and serve with a fresh mint-pesto and apricot demi-glaze alongside chef’s choice of sides $36
Chicken Marsala A whole chicken breast baked with mushrooms and cranberries in a sweet marsala cream reduction with chef’s choice of sides $20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Consuming raw or undercooked foods may cause illness
 
FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

Desserts

Warm Gingerbread
WE COOL THIS ON OUR COUNTER EVERYDAY BEFORE HEATING IT SLIGHTLY AND SERVING IT WITH LOT’S OF VANILLA CUSTARD AND WHIPPED CREAM
*Even better with a glass of Royal Oporto ’77 Cholheita $16
Chocolate Torte
A DECADENT FLOURLESS TORTE THAT WILL MELT IN YOUR MOUTH, TOPPED WITH A DRIZZLE OF FRESH RASPBERRY PUREE AND WHIPPED CREAM
*Even better with a glass of Warre’s ‘King’s Tawny’ $11
Key Lime Cream Pie
AN INDIVIDUAL PIE WITH A LADY FINGER CRUMBLE CRUST AND FRESH LIME ZEST
*Even better with a glass of Terra Blanca Reserve Chenin Blanc $9
Bailey’s Irish Crème Brulée 
VANILLA FLAN BAKED WITH A TWIST OF OUR FAVORITE IRISH CREAM, TOPPED WITH A CAP OF CARAMELIZED RAW SUGAR WE HAND-FIRE TO ORDER
*Even better with a glass of Evenus Zinfandel ruby port $9.5
Tiramisu
A TRUE ITALIAN VERSION NICK FOUND IN ITALY, WITH ESPRESSO AND RUM DRENCHED LADY FINGERS LAYERED WITH WHIPPED MASCARPONE AND DARK CHOCOLATE
*Even better with a glass of Barnard Griffin ‘Syrah’ port $8.5
$7.5 EACH
Bread Pudding
LOCAL ORGANIC BREAD WITH BRANDY SOAKED CHERRIES, BAKED TO PERFECTION, THEN TOPPED WITH CINNAMON-VANILLA CUSTARD AND WHIPPED CREAM 
*Even better with a glass of El Maestro Sherry $10 
 
 
~Ports Etc…~
 
ROYAL OPORTO ‘TAWNY’ OR ‘RUBY’ $7.5
 
BARNARD GRIFFIN ‘SYRAH’ PORT $8.5
 
EVENUS ‘ZINFANDAL’ PORT $9.5 
 
WARRE’S ’KING’S TAWNY’ $11
 
ROYAL OPORTO 10 YR TAWNY $12

 

 

 

WARRE’S HERITAGE RUBY PORT $13
 
ROYAL OPORTO ‘1977 CHOLHEITA’ $16
 
TERRA BLANCA ‘RESERVE’ CHENIN BLANC $9
 
EL MAESTRO SIERRA MEDIUM SWEET SHERRY $10

Fountain Cafe Historic Building

Fountain Cafe is located in the Mary Webster historical building at 920 Washington Street, just a few steps up from Haller Fountain and a short walk from Water Street. Mary Webster building is dated 1889 atop the street facade. Its mint green color is distinctive among the nearby buildings. Its front door is recessed in a small alcove above three steps accessed from the slopping sidewalk, which leads down to the nearby Haller Fountain. The simple green building is to Port Townsend’s Victorian homes as a Quaker gathering place is to a church cathedral. Without the lavish filigree of the uptown homes, the simple lines of the Mary Webster building reflects the simpler life of the downtown architecture.
FOUNTAIN CAFE
360-385-1364
920 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
Lunch 11:00am –  3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday
Lunch 11:00am – 3pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

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

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!

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 PTGuide.com’s comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar to find out what’s happening in Port Townsend.

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

February 8, 2016 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

February 2, 2016

•First Tuesday Salon, Carol, Feb. 2, Rose Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
with special guest, Kate Reavey, poet and Peninsula College professor

•The Mask You Live In, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden, FREE!
•PTFF Great Big Gala, Sun., Feb 28, with radio host Luke Burbank, NW Maritime Center

First Tuesday Salon, Carol

“American-born English playwright Phyllis Nagy wrote the first draft of the script in 1996. Almost 20 years and many drafts later, we have Todd Haynes’ immaculate, dream-like Carol–in which Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara take us inside a passionate story of desire and retribution that’s both satisfying and disturbing.” Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald. Read more HERE.

Join us for a conversation with poet and professor Kate Reavey, following the screening. Kate’s work as a poet has taken her around the world, with a fellowship to study in Florence as she pursues her doctorate in literature. Her work at Peninsula College helps other poets find and refine their voices.

The film, Carol, is based on the novel, The Price of Salt. Author Patricia Highsmith became well known for her “poison pen” with disdain for Jews, blacks and homosexuals. The novel was written in her early career, and thought to be autobiographical.

Watch the trailer: HERE.

The Mask You Live In, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden
FREE, only 260 seats available.
Doors open at 5:45, tickets issued at the door.

Back by popular demand from PTFF’s screening at the 2015 Festival! In collaboration with The Jefferson County Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls, join us for a public screening of the film, The Mask You Live In, followed by a panel discussion. Details HERE.

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

Choro: Brazilian Music – April 27 – May 1, 2016

February 6, 2016 by bluegullinn

Choro: Brazilian Music – April 27 – May 1, 2016

Choro: Brazilian Music – April 27 – May 1, 2016

Choro: Brazilian Music – April 27 – May 1, 2016Port Townsend, 2015 Centrum Choro Workshop Instructors Concert, Trio Brasilieros, Dudu Maia, bandolim, Douglas Lora, 7-string guitar, Alexandre Lora, pandeiro, percussion, Wheeler Theater, Centrum.

Workshop: April 27 – May 1, 2016

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Choro: Brazilian Music – April 27 – May 1, 2016. Our popular Choro workshop is back and better than ever with new offerings and a new faculty member. Dudu Maia is coordinating an expansion of the schedule which will allow the faculty more time to explore current and historical players and styles in addition to master classes, group sessions and, of course, lots of playing. Whether you’re new to the workshop or have attended several, you’ll get lots of new information.

We’re particularly excited to announce the addition of violinist/mandolinst Ted Falcon. He’ll join returning faculty members Dudu Maia, (bandolim); the extraordinary clarinetist, Anat Cohen; and Trio Brasileiro members Douglas Lora, 7-string guitar; andAlexandre Lora, pandeiro/percussion. All are master teachers and outstanding performers who will show you first hand how much fun it is to play Choro.

Choro is a great way for both jazz and classically oriented musicians to meet on common ground. There are written charts with lovely and lively melodies accessible to any competent player. There’s also room for improvisation, and in a vein that’s a great way for classical musicians to expand their skills in this. This workshop is limited to forty-five people and is open to strings, woodwinds, accordion/piano and hand percussion (rather than drum set). Some others are also accepted; call if you have a question about your instrument.

“I found the entire workshop a highlight. A very amazing, wonderful group of people.
Within 15 minutes of settling into our room we were playing tunes in the living room with
our new house mates.”  – Workshop Participant

Some of the most delightful moments of the weekend happen after dinner, when faculty and participants gather in the large living room and jam to their hearts’ content. This year there are two housing options. Premium housing is in the beautiful, large Victorian “officer’s houses” (returning participants will be familiar with these). A second option will be in the Madrona Vista building and is a bit more economical. Both options provide private rooms and full kitchens.

Participants will receive free admission to the April 30 performance in the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater.

Who should attend the workshop?

Both classical and jazz musicians will feel comfortable in this workshop, and will enjoy expanding their skills through this style. You should be proficient on your instrument, i.e. comfortable with the mechanics of playing. There will be people of different backgrounds and abilities and we’ll be sure to match you up.

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What is Choro music?

The Brazilian musical style of Choro represents the coming together of European melodic and harmonic traditions with African rhythms and sensibilities. Emerging in Brazil in the middle of the nineteenth century, Choro is a cousin of jazz, with a sense of yearning that is often described as a “sweet lament.” Many ethnomusicologists believe that the name Choro comes from the Portuguese verb chorar—that is, to weep or to cry. It often seems bright and happy on the surface, but if you dig deeper you’ll find a kind of sadness, a longing that Brazilians call saudade.

Something about the combination of Portuguese and Italian influences resulted in melodies with a strong romantic feeling. When joined with its African influences, Choro has an irresistible groove and rhythmic momentum that is uniquely Brazilian. (Click Here to read more about Choro).

What does Choro sound like?

Here are some YouTube links featuring our faculty playing typical Choro tunes:

Choro Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, 4/27

  • 4 – 5:30pm Check-in, Centrum office
  • 6 – 7:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:30 First session
  • 9:30 Welcome reception

Thursday, 4/28

  • 8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast for those who registered for it
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Group session: “Jacob do Bandolim; the Father of Choro”
  • 11 – 12:25 Master classes
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
  • 2:00 – 3:30 Group session: “Brazilian Rhythms”
  • 3:45 – 5:15 Ensemble rehearsals
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • Evening: Open for jamming

Friday, 4/29

  • 8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Group sessions: “Choro Harmony and Melody”
  • 11:00 – 12:25 Master classes
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
  • 2:15 – 5:00pm Rehearsals
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • Evening: Open for jamming

Saturday, 4/30

  • 8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Group session
  • 11:00 – 12:25
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30 – 5:00 Rehearsals
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 7:30pm Concert by Faculty in Wheeler Theater
  • 9:30pm Reception, open for jamming

Sunday, 5/1

  • 8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:30am Final session, participant performances
  • 11:00am Checkout

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 www.strangebrewfestpt.com.

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

Old School 4th of July

June 23, 2015 by bluegullinn

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Old School 4th of July. Nothing celebrates America like the 4th of July and after a two-year hiatus, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of fireworks to Fort Worden State Park for the 1st Annual “Old School” 4th of July.

In collaboration with Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Thunderbull Productions, locals and visitors will enjoy a memorable weekend of excellent music, delicious food and “Old School” traditions. Saturday, July 4th, carries the weekend’s momentum to a climax with a pie-eating contest, field games, piñatas, free root beer floats, a car show, live music and much, much more, all culminating in an epic display of fireworks. www.jeffcountychamber.org and  www.centrum.org.

Pack the car, load up the kids and dog, and come to Port Townsend for summer fun!

 

Looking for a place to stay during your visit in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Enjoy the Blue Gull Inn B&B, www.bluegullinn.com

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. Our home was built by ND Hill in 1868. If you can imagine, our home was built 3 years after the end of the Civil War. ND Hill and his family and had a large home with a large dining room, perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. Join us for a great Breakfast!!! ND Hill was our local pharmacist, back then a pharmacy is a combination today of a pharmacy and hardware store.

If you like history, here is your trivia of the day. The ND Hill House actually was owned by the Hill Family for 90 years, it was finally sold in 1958.This home was built at the beginning of the Victorian era, the style of the home is Gothic Victorian.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B  www.bluegullinn.com  Stay in one our 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool bath tubs. Have coffee or a glass of wine on our sweeping front porch. Relax in our parlor or dining room, a casual, country Victorian theme.  The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Looking for more to see and do in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Art Community. Lots of great places to shop and dine for a list check out www.enjoypt.com or,  www.ptguide.com

If you decide you want to move to Port Townsend. Remax is here to help you you’re your dream home or lot.  Contact John Eissinger www.johneissinger.com

Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers

June 22, 2015 by bluegullinn

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 Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers

June 23-28, 2015
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers….. You’ll learn new songs, about your range, and how to find your key.

Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers _ Centrum

Join us for Centrum’s latest gathering of singers! Voice Works is held at Fort Worden State Park, a venue unparalleled in beauty and facility. Expect four days and five nights of intense fun, singing instruction, repertoire building, and merry music making with some top drawer vocalists.

Singing is compelling, a natural human effort to communicate. Singing maintains culture, and it makes you feel good. The combination of world-class artists and passionate singers at Voice Works creates a rare community, safe for participants of all levels to participate.

Day and night you’ll soak up styles, songs and stories in a wide range of vocal traditions. Through close observation and personal experimentation you’ll learn about breathing, phrasing, dynamics, how to make your voice blend, and what makes your voice unique.

Before I came to Voice Works, I loved singing, but I never felt comfortable with what it sounded like, or my ability to blend with other people. But that class with Pharis – the warm-ups, the breathing – and then you’re in to your day, you’re warmed up, you’re opened up in a way that makes it possible for your voice to come out, it’s like you’re prepared for anything ….

Specifically, you’ll learn to sing harmony, vintage country duets, classic jazz, swing, how to find a third part, traditional Mexican music, Appalachian ballads, Irish folk songs, mountain gospel, honky-tonk songs, bluegrass, and much more. You should expect intensive study, community building, singing, public performances, dances, house parties, song swaps, and a participant showcase every day.

When you go round in a circle, and your instructor says “Try this, try that,” it somehow becomes so unthreatening, and it’s really fun. Everyone has such a unique and different voice, you learn SO much from other participants, and you start to understand your sound is okay, it’s all right. It’s your voice.

Besides absorbing a variety of cultural and stylistic music, daily technical sessions will be on the schedule. A vocal warm-up class starts off each morning, and a class teaching you a set of vocal exercises to build your voice to its full potential will be offered twice each day.

The workshop is open to everyone. Differing levels of ability are expected, and the faculty will respond to participant need accordingly. If you’re on the beginning end of the spectrum, you’ll find an ample slate of classes to address your needs; likewise, advanced singers will find plenty to challenge them. If you can’t help singing, or if you’ve always wanted to sing with people but for whatever reason you don’t, you should plan to be at this workshop.

It is truly wonderful to sing with others and what a supportive environment for singers of all levels of experience. Time and time again we were reminded of what a beautiful gift we give by singing.

This is Centrum – Port Townsend, WA

June 19, 2015 by bluegullinn

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Centrum Voice-Works 2015

 

Centrum’s Mission, Vision & Values

This is Centrum – Port Townsend, WA. Do not miss Voice Works this week!!!

Mission

Centrum’s mission is to promote creative experiences that change lives.

Through inter-generational immersive workshops, we bring together aspiring and master artists to foster creativity, find and provide mentorship, and build community. Our public performances are the culmination and celebration of our workshops and programs, where we welcome audiences to share in those creative experiences.

Vision

Centrum’s vision is of a future where creative artists and learners of all ages and backgrounds connect through direct and shared artistic experiences.

Values

Centrum is committed to providing outstanding service and experiences to our participants, faculty, audiences, volunteers, supporters, and community.

We believe that:

  • Creative experiences have the power to change lives
  • Traditional art forms, and the cultural context in which they were formed and continue to evolve, are essential keys to our nation’s multicultural heritage and future
  • Creative artists and writers thrive in partnership and alliance with others
  • A close connection with our community helps us better serve all of our audiences, partners, and neighbors
  • There is value in providing an environment for lifelong learning for people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of their level of expertise or professional aspirations
  • A safe and nurturing environment builds confidence and promotes creative expression and critical thinking skills

We are so fortunate to have a non profit organization like Centrum right here in Port Townsend. Located at Fort Worden State Park. Make sure you check out all that Centrum has to offer. Many different Festivals for your enjoyment, Jazz, Blues, Fiddle Tunes and Voice Works are only part of what Centrum has to offer. Check out their web site to see all the events and talent they bring to Port Townsend.

While visiting Port Townsend stay at the Blue Gull Inn B&B.

If you decide you want to live in our area, contact John Eissinger a local Realtor with Remax.

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