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Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

July 1, 2019 by bluegullinn

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

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Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

Get set for fun on the 4th and some of the hottest music in the Pacific NW.

Summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Bring your family, your best friend, your sweetheart or come solo, but whatever you do, be sure to check out all the fun. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer!

Get set for fun on the 4th and some of the hottest music in the Pacific NW.

Summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Bring your family, your best friend, your sweetheart or come solo, but whatever you do, be sure to check out all the fun. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer!

 

Celebrate America’s birthday at Fort Worden and get ready for the biggest and best party of the year at the “Old School” 4th of July. Don’t miss an epic lineup of live entertainment, food vendors, field games, free root beer floats, a tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, and a community portrait, all culminating in a glorious laser light show at 10:20 pm. The festivities begin at 4 pm on the parade grounds at Fort Worden. Headline sponsors for the event are Thunderbull Productions, the City of Port Townsend, the Friends of Fort Worden and Seattle Theater Group, along with many local businesses.

An ”Old School” 4th overlaps with Centrum’s Festival of Fiddle Tunes, a week-long immersion workshop presenting fiddle styles from specific regions of the world. Two performances will honor this American holiday: Fiddles on the Fourth is at 1:30 pm in the McCurdy Pavilion and at 7:30 pm, enjoy Fireworks and Fiddles featuring artists from Iowa, Georgia, Western Canada, New England and Louisiana Cajuns, also at the McCurdy Pavilion. For tickets, go to www.centrum.org.

photo by David Conklin

Rock the dock this summer at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock, in downtown Port Townsend on the waterfront across from City Hall. The series, sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, runs every Thursday, July 11 through August 29, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Come to dance, see friends, enjoy a drink and have a bite. Local vendors and a beer/wine/cider garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Seating opens at 4:30 pm, show starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Bring chairs or blankets and settle in for some great tunes. For more into and details about the bands that are playing, go to www.ptmainstreet.org/concerts-on-the-dock/.

Centrum offers the Free Fridays at the Fort concert series July 5 through August 4, showcasing fiddle tunes, jazz and blues on the lawn of the Commons at Fort Worden and is free to the public. Performances begin at noon and go until 1 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic lunch or grab something to go at Reveille in the Commons. In the rare event of inclement weather, alternative plans will be posted on www.centrum.org.

The wildly popular Olympic Music Festival presents its 36th annual summer concert series, offering 12 world-class performances of chamber music and other styles over six weekends, July 13 and 14, and August 10 through September 8. Concerts are presented in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden.

Opening weekend celebrates the festival season with Art of the Violin I. Superstar Sarah Change joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for an exclusive recital to kick off the summer season. Together, the duo explores treasures of the violin and piano repertoire including Beethoven’s powerful “Moonlight” and “Appassionata sonatas,” Bazzini’s demonic Round of the Goblins; and Ravel’s dazzling gypsy fantasy, Tzigane. Buy tickets early as space if limited and expected to sell out: www.olympicmusicfestival.org

Jazz Port Townsend is the perfect opportunity to experience excellent musicians, soak up a weekend of jazz in a seaside paradise and participate in a wide array of mainstage and nightclub performances, July 25-27. Artistic Director John Clayton inspires a true sense of family during this special week of events that showcases internationally-known performers in new and unexpected pairings. Jazz Port Townsend has emerged as one of the leading jazz festivals in the nation.

Festival mainstage performances take place in Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion. Jazz Port Townsend also features the popular Jazz in the Clubs series, in venues throughout Fort Worden. Come alive with the sounds of jazz. Jazz in the Clubs: Thursday, July 25, 8-11 pm, Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, 10 pm – 12:30 am. Mainstage Concerts: Friday, July 26, 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 27, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. For more information, go to www.centrum.org/jazz-port-townsend-performances/.


A few upcoming events later this summer—Save the Dates!

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 28-August 4. www.centrum.org

Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, August 10-September 8, www.olympicmusicfestival.org

Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the ParkThe Merry Wives of Windsor, August 1-25, www.keycitypublictheare.org

Jefferson County Fair, August 9-11, www.jeffcofairgrounds.com

Uptown Street Fair, August 17, www.ptmainstreet.org

Concerts on the Dock, every Thursday in August, www.ptmainstreet.org

Wooden Boat Festival, September 6-8, www.woodenboat.org

Pack up your dancin’ shoes, favorite shorts, best hat, music-loving friends and family, and head to Port Townsend for some epic fun and sizzling hot summer events this month. We can’t wait to see you!

Start Your Summer with a Bang in Port Townsend!

Whats happening in Port Townsend

June 28, 2019 by bluegullinn

Fire Boat

 

Puffin Cruise & Summer Band!

Sunrise over Port Townsend

What’s Happening in Port Townsend & East Jefferson County!  June 27, 2019

 

Loads of fun classes for kids this summer!

Thursday there’s a Farewell Party for City Manager David Timmons at PT Library.

This month’s Candlelight Concert presents An Evening of Gospel and Songs of Spirit.

Take in a Summer Puffin Cruise with the PT Marine Science Center.

Enjoy a summer after with Port Townsend Summer Band at Chetzemoka Park.

 

Final weekend! Through June 30th at Key City Public Theatre is a summer performance of “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter,” A Musical Revue.

 

Please check ferry alerts for the Port Townsend/Coupeville (Keystone) route before arriving at the terminal. Make your reservation now. Route is reduced to one-boat into early July.

 

Finnriver Live Music on the Land

Join us at the Finnriver Cider Garden in Chimacum for local food, craft cider, live music & more.
Open Daily. All ages welcome.

Friday – Stephanie Doenges of Bread & Gravy
Saturday – Joy in Mudville – Bluegrass/Folk
Sunday – Kristen Marlo – Singer/Songwriter

Thanks for helping us celebrate the ‘culture’ in agriculture! Learn more here!

 

Music & Entertainment

Thursday June 27

Discovery Bay Brewing: Taproom Trivia

Candlelight Concert: An Evening of Gospel and Songs of Spirit

Cellar Door: Diane Trani with the Al Harris Trio

The Palindrome: Winery Comedy Tour

Sirens Pub: Karaoke featuring Louie’s World

Uptown Pub: Music Trivia

Friday June 28

PT Vineyards: Wine Down Fridays

Discovery Bay Brewing: Bruce Hooke

Marrowstone Vineyards: Caribe Live

Pourhouse: Reach For The Sky

Finnriver: Stephanie Doenges of Bread & Gravy

Cellar Door: Nathaniel Talbot

Sirens Pub: Never Come Down

Uptown Pub: Songwriters’ Showcase

Saturday June 29

Discovery Bay Brewing: Estrella Roja

Marrowstone Vineyards: Angie & Caribe Steel Band

Pourhouse: Kayohti

Finnriver: Joy in Mudville

Old Alcohol Plant: The Hounds of Townsend

PT Brewing: Freddy Pink

Disco Bay Detour: Baylin and MaeDea LadyLaRose

The Keg & I: Sundsaga

Cellar Door: Throwback DJ Party

Sirens Pub: Samara Jade and Band

Uptown Pub: Auld Lange Syne

Sunday June 30

Finnriver: Kristen Marlo

PT Brewing: The Crocs

Port Townsend Summer Band: Chetzemoka Park

Cellar Door: Never Come Down

Theatre & Performing Arts

Thru June 30

KCPT: “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter,” A Musical Revue

Sunday June 30

Sunday StoryCraft StorySwap

Community Events

Thursday June 27

PT Library: Farewell Party for City Manager David Timmons

Saturday June 29

Chetzemoka (čičməhán) Trail Grand Opening & Dedication

Readings & Lectures

Thursday June 27

The Castle: Silent Reading

Arts & Crafts

June

Local Art Shows

Classes & Workshops

This week

Next week

Recreation & Sports

Daily

Port Townsend-San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour

4 Hour Whale Watching Tour (2x/day)

Saturday June 29

PTMSC: Summer Puffin Cruises

Intro to Spin Bike Cycling

Sunday June 30

Forest Bathing & Contemplative Walking

Film & Movies

June

Saturday June 28

PT Library: Family Movie Night

Daily Shows

 

May Flowers and more in Port Townsend, WA

May 1, 2019 by bluegullinn

 

 

 

 

 

As April showers give way to May flowers, nothing takes center stage as eloquently here in Port Townsend as the Rhododendron, which you’ll see blooming prolifically around town. It’s not only Washington’s state flower, but it’s the star of the show this month as we celebrate our 84th Rhododendron Festival, with activities and fun for the whole family…even your pet! Mark your calendars to join us May 15-19!

May Rhody Festival

But that’s not all that’s coming your way in May. Read on to learn about more exciting events and activities for you to enjoy in Port Townsend this month!

Art Wave, May 1-31
You’ll be inspired by this colorful month-long exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork displayed in businesses in Uptown and Downtown, created by grades K-12 in the Port Townsend School District. Come to the historic districts for Art Walk on Saturday, May 4, from 5:30-7:30 pm and see the creativity of our children. For more info, go to http://ptmainstreet.org/may-is-art-wave/.

Art Wave

Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS) Celebrates 140 years with a Birthday Bash
The JCHS Birthday Bash is Friday, May 3, at the Northwest Maritime Center. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event to celebrate 140 years of preserving stories and community heritage.

The event begins at 4 pm with fantastic party favors for the first 140 to arrive, with cake and champagne for a toast. Come for the party and stay for the lecture!

JCHS First Friday Lecture Series – History of the S’Klallam people in Port Townsend
The lecture follows the party on May 3 at 7 pm featuring David Brownell, Historic Preservation Officer for the Jamestown S’Klallam. He will talk about the village of qatay (Kai Tai, Kah Tai) and the history, archaeology and ethnography connecting the S’Kallam people and Port Townsend. The presentation will cover a general timeline of pre- and post-contact Native presence in and around the area.

Opening Day on the Bay, Saturday, May 4
Opening Day of the 2019 boating season is cause for celebration as the Port Townsend Yacht Club invites the public to view the waterfront parade and enjoy the US Navy’s Northwest Region Funk Band playing before and after the parade. Watch the boats sail by from the Northwest Maritime Center Pier, Pope Marine Park or any other convenient location along Water Street. The parade will begin after the departure of the 12:30 pm ferry to Coupeville. Following the parade, there will be the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. www.PTYC.net

Boat Parade

The Port Townsend Wearable Art Show
Fifty-five works of art will be coming down the runway at this year’s show on Saturday, May 11, featuring designers from New York, British Columbia, New Mexico, Colorado, California, and, of course, the Pacific Northwest. Designers competing in the wearable art category will vie for a “Best in Show” prize of $2,500. Showtimes are 2 pm and 7 pm at the McCurdy Pavilion in Fort Worden State Park. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ptwearableart.com or call 1.800.838.3006.

Wearable Art Show

84th Annual Rhododendron Festival and Rhody Run, May 15-19
Talk like a local and call it “Rhody!” For those of us in Port Townsend, this term encompasses anything going on during the week of the festival. We simply call all of it “Rhody.” Feel free to do so, too. Make plans to join us this year for Rhody and celebrate our Port Townsend “community holiday” with us. Here’s the scoop:

Rhody Grande Parade

Wednesday, May 15
6 pm Trike Race begins
Thursday, May 16
3:30 pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field
Friday, May 17
2:15 pm Kiddies Parade begins and the Carnival is ongoing through the evening
6:30 pm Bed Races begin
Saturday, May 18
1 pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade
Cake Picnic following the parade at the Civic Plaza on Water Street
Sunday, May 19
11 am 41st Annual Rhody Run begins
www.RhodyFestival.org or www.RhodyRun.com

The 7th Annual Artisan Food Festival
This festival is May 25 in Uptown Port Townsend with 70+ local farms, live music, artisan foods, craft beer, cider, wine, and arts and craft vendors including cheese pairings with Mt. Townsend Creamery and Port Townsend Vineyards. Chef demonstrations by Jefferson Healthcare’s Executive Chef, Arran Stark; Finistere’s Executive Chef and Co-owner Deborah Taylor; Jesse Rose, Silverwater Café’s Executive Chef; and Denise Joy from Mountain Spirit Herbal Company. For a schedule of events, go to http://jcfmarkets.org/ptaff/.

Food Festival

Save the date for upcoming events in June:

June 2-3
Pre-Race Ruckus and Race to Alaska
No motor, no support, all the way to Alaska. Watch the race start in Port Townsend!
www.r2ak.com

June 6
Port Townsend Main Street’s Taste of Port Townsend
Sample. Sip. Mingle. It’s going to be delicious!
www.ptmainstreet.org/tastes-of-port-townsend-2/

June 7-9
The Brass Screw Confederacy – Steampunk Festival
Join us somewhere between 1891 and a time that yet may be…
www.brass-screw.org

June 14
Centrum’s Chamber Music Series
An evening concert by the American String Quartet
www.centrum.org/port-townsend-chamber-music-festival/

June 24-July 1
Centrum’s Voice Works Performances
Vocal Showcase of music, June 27
Boogie at the Honky Tonk Polka Dot Dance, June 30
Vintage Vocals Concert, July 1

Summer is Sizzlin’ in Port Townsend!

July 2, 2017 by bluegullinn

 

 

Happy 4th of July

 

Summer is Sizzlin’ in Port Townsend! Summer is in full swing and promises to heat up even more with blazing hot events and activities throughout the month. We have performances that will get your blood pumping, your heart thumping and your feet stomping. Oh, yeah, and you’ll probably get caught laughing a lot too. Enjoy Port Townsend this summer!

Celebrate America’s birthday at Fort Worden and get ready for the biggest and best party of the year at the “Old School” 4th of July. Don’t miss an epic lineup throughout the day of live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, a hot air balloon, field games, free root beer floats, miniature golf and a tug-of-war, all culminating in a glorious display of fireworks once it’s dark. The festivities begin at 4 pm on the parade grounds at Fort Worden. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Thunderbull Productions, along with many local businesses.

An ”Old School” 4th overlaps with Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes Festival, a week-long immersion workshop presenting fiddle styles from specific regions of the world. Two performances will honor this American holiday: Fiddles on the Fourth is at 1:30 pm in the McCurdy Pavilion including a BBQ on the Green, and at 7 pm, Fiddles and Fireworks will showcase artists from Mexico, Missouri, Virginia and Alberta, also at the McCurdy Pavilion. For tickets, go to www.centrum.org.

Following the success of last year’s teen initiative production, Distracted, Key City Public Theatre is launching their 2017 teen initiative, a play written, directed, produced, and acted entirely by Port Townsend youth, Promposal, with performances July 7 – July 15, Wednesday – Sunday at 7:30 pm, with 2:30 pm matinees on July 8 and 9. Tickets are $12, with Pay-What-You-Wish performances on July 9 and 13.

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country, Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his book Man Without a Country. Ian Coates’ new play Promposal blurs the line between the daily grind of high school and contemporary American politics. Despite the grim topical backdrop, this teen production is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud with its dark humor. For more info, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.

Rock the dock this summer at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock, in downtown Port Townsend on the waterfront. The series, sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, runs every Thursday, July 13 through August 31, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Come to dance, see friends, enjoy a drink and have a bite. Local vendors and a beer, wine and cider garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Seating opens at 4:30 pm, show starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Bring a chair or a blanket and settle in for some great tunes. For more into and details about the bands that are playing, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.

Centurm offers the Free Fridays at the Fort concert series June 30 through August 4, showcasing fiddle tunes, jazz and blues on the lawn of the Commons at Fort Worden and is free to the public. Performances begin at noon and go until 1 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic lunch or grab something to go at Reveille in the Commons. In the rare event of inclement weather, alternative plans will be posted on www.centrum.org.

The wildly popular Olympic Music Festival will be offering their stellar performances in partnership with Centrum with concerts held at the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden.

Olympic Music Festival Artistic Director Julio Elizalde is joined by Andrew Wan, concertmaster of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and longtime OMF cellist Jennifer Culp, in a program of beloved trio masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn on July 15 and 16. For tickets, go to www.olympicmusicfestival.org

Artistic Director John Clayton has worked with Centrum to assemble a truly outstanding collection of jazz artists from around the country for this year’s Jazz Port Townsend. Enjoy “Jazz in the Clubs,” a movable feast of great music featuring intimate performances in venues in downtown Port Townsend. Your wristband is an all-night access pass, allowing you to move around to the various venues throughout the evening beginning Thursday, July 27 at 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, at 10pm. For more information, go to www.centrum.org.

Pack up your dancin’ shoes, favorite shorts, best hat, music-loving friends and family and head to Port Townsend for some epic fun and blazing hot summer events this month. We can’t wait to see you!

A Few Upcoming Events later this Summer—Save the Dates!
Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 30-August 6
Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, August 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and Sept. 2, 3, 9 & 10
Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Henry IV—Part 1, August 4-27
Jefferson County Fair, August 11-13
Uptown Street Fair, August 19
Concerts on the Dock, every Thursday in August

 

Love from Japan

June 1, 2017 by bluegullinn

Love from Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.

 

 

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

Nathaniel D. Hill House

Built: 1868

Location: 1310 Clay Street Uptown Port Townsend, WA

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old School 4th of July in Port Townsend

May 31, 2017 by bluegullinn

Fireworks on the Beach

Fireworks on the Beach

 

Old School 4th of July in Port Townsend

 

Old School 4th of July in Port Townsend

Fireworks off the Beach at Fort Worden State Park – 10 pm

Bring the family, enjoy the show!!!

BOOM! BOOM! BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!

Get ready for the biggest and best party of the year!

The “Old School” 4th of July is coming back for a 3rd round of community collaboration and celebration!

4PM – 10PM Fort Worden State Park
200 Battery Way, in Port Townsend, WA

Featuring live entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, hot air balloon, field games,

free root beer floats, miniature golf, tug of war and a glorious display of fireworks!

It takes a community to pull off a party like this and it can’t happen without your help

There are tons of ways to get involved

An “Old School 4th of July” is the theme of a big celebration this year at Fort Worden State Park featuring music, games, pie-eating and tug-of-war contests, and a free firework display.

The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Thunderball Productions and Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

People are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, games and anything else they want to share.

The Fort Worden Parade Grounds are open for free parking starting at 3:30 p.m. on July 4; all other parking requires a Discover Pass, available at the park for $30 for a year, $10 for a day.

The sign-up for the pie-eating contest, $20, begins at 4 p.m., with apple pies made by artisan baker Meredith Hotchkiss. The first 12 people to sign up are to compete.

At 6:30 p.m., a flock of bird-shaped piñatas are ready to release candy from Elevated Ice Cream Co. and dental hygiene products donated by David Chuljian, DDS. Free root beer floats are to be served to the first 1,000 people in attendance starting at 7 p.m.

There also is still time to sign up for the Old School 4th of July tug-of-war contest with a $1,000 grand prize. Deadline is at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2 at Pope Marine Park. Additional activities include, but are not limited to, a display of “old school” cars by the Rakers Car Club, boffing with Wildwise Adventure School, henna art by Sacred Skin Henna, a miniature golf course and a PT Village Building Convergence art installation.

Most importantly:  Be there!   Party with us on the parade grounds at Fort Worden Tuesday, July 4th

Fiddle Tunes

June 25, 2016 by bluegullinn

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Workshop

July 3 – July 10, 2016 – the 40th Gathering!
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

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Fiddle Tunes. Spend a week living, learning, and playing music with masters of a wide variety of fiddling styles. The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes provides an opportunity to be in community with the bearers of fiddle traditions.

The goals of the gathering are broader than improving your skills as a musician, and include discovering culture through music, learning music in a cultural context, and building lifelong relationships in the fiddle music community.

Fiddle Tunes started in 1977. It’s a week-long, total-immersion workshop with a hallmark of presenting an expansive array of fiddle styles from specific regions of the world. Workshops, classes, band labs, tutorials, dances, concerts, singing, open jams, hat parties – all contribute to participants’ experience. Visit the artist faculty page to learn more about the artists and the regional styles represented at the gathering.

You’ll learn by the oral tradition – listen, imitate, listen, practice, and listen again. Please don’t expect written music on paper. The main teaching focus is on the fiddle, but you’ll find day-long instruction on the banjo, guitar, and button accordion, and nearly as many classes on piano, keyboard accordion, singing, clogging, string bass, mandolin, and social dance.

What happens during the week?

You’ll arrive at Fort Worden and pick up your registration packet, which has a schedule, your badge, and your meal ticket if you ordered one. You’ll have time to settle into your dorm room (or other housing) in time for the first event, which is dinner in the Commons. After dinner we’ll have an extensive welcoming session where we’ll attempt to introduce everyone who is teaching during the week. This is harder than it sounds, as there are more than 55 people on the teaching staff. Your goals at the welcome session might be to visually identify the faculty, try to choose who you want to spend time with during the week, and enjoy other styles of music that you won’t have time to study.

There are two categories of staff–the faculty and the tutors.

FACULTY: During the week each faculty person will teach four morning classes, lead an afternoon “band lab,” play for an evening dance, and play in one or two performances.

TUTORS: Beginning-level tutorials are designed to address the needs of beginning and beginning/intermediate players who wish more individualized instruction on their instrument; they will focus on technique. Intermediate level tutorials tend to focus on style. In many cases, the intermediate tutorials will be in the musical styles presented by the faculty. Tutorial sessions are universally small, and are open to all.

You will also find tutors hosting jam sessions with a spirit of graceful encouragement, playing for dances, and generally being a welcoming and helpful presence throughout the week.

Band Labs

Each of the faculty will lead a Band Lab after lunch. What’s a Band Lab? Basically, you’ll be a part of a band learning to play in that faculty member’s style. You’ll learn what makes that style sound like it does – slurs, slides, bowing, ornaments, tempo, etc. Each band lab will play for a dance late in the week, and play in the band lab concert on Saturday morning.

There is also a Beginners’ Band Lab, which is a band lab for beginning-level musicians.

Other Events During the Week

Three nights of in-house concerts showcasing the faculty; a participants’ concert; hat party; four public performances (two on the 4th, one on the 8th, and one on the 9th); pleanty of hosted jams.

Beginners at Fiddle Tunes

What might a beginning musician expect at Fiddle Tunes? The gathering welcomes people of all abilities, but it’s not uncommon for beginning musicians to feel frustrated at Fiddle Tunes. Here’s what to expect.

The mornings are dedicated to workshops led by the faculty. Generally speaking, these players were invited to the festival as representatives of a certain style of music, one that they learned from their family and neighbors. Some are experienced teachers, many are not. In an effort to present them in an organically (as much as possible), they receive no guidelines from Centrum as to what level they should teach – it’s their choice. Most teach at an intermediate and above level.

As a result, there is nothing geared specifically for beginners in the morning classes. But we think it’s critically important that you attend these sessions. The people on staff are active tradition-bearers, and they share more than their music. You probably won’t open your case at these sessions. Rather, you’ll be in listening mode, soaking your head in a certain style, listening to stories, understanding the context in which this person’s music is played back home.

After lunch, you can join the Beginners Band Lab – all beginning-level players of any instrument are invited. You’ll get an idea about how exciting it is to play with other people. The Beginners Band will play for a dance if they’d like, and also in the Band Lab concert on Saturday morning.

In the late afternoon we offer beginning level tutorials (see above). They’re small, so you’ll have plenty of personal attention.

We hope this information is helpful to you in deciding whether the workshop might be a good fit. Being among so many players can be overwhelming, but it helps to know what to expect. If you have any more questions, feel free to call Peter McCracken at 360-385-3102, x127.

Kids at Fiddle Tunes

Is the gathering appropriate for children?

Absolutely! The Festival is an intergenerational gathering, and we welcome musicians of all ages and abilities to participate fully in Festival activities.

If your child is under 13, and not ready to fully participate, we offer a special Kids Track (see the FAQ page).

If you have any questions about any of this, send Peter McCracken an email: peter@centrum.org , or call 360-385-3102, x127.

Centrum Port Townsend

June 24, 2016 by bluegullinn

BLUES

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Apply for the John Potter Blues Scholarship

Our friends at Crossroads Music in Port Townsend are once again paying for a young, aspiring blues musician from Jefferson or Clallam County to attend the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. Crossroads Music began this music scholarship to honor their dear friend and teacher John Potter who passed in 2013.  He taught at Crossroads Music for

FIDDLE TUNES

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Peter McCracken Named ‘Best of the West’

Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) announced this week that Peter McCracken and Centrum, along with legendary songwriter/performer Danny O’Keefe are the recipients of its Best of the West Awards for 2016. The Best of the West awards were established by FAR-West in 2005 to honor individuals who have maintained an enduring presence in the folk and acoustic music scene in

JAZZ

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Space & Scholarships Still Available for Jazz Port Townsend

Summer will be here before we know it and of course that includes the 2016 Jazz Port Townsend workshop July 24-31. Remember the feeling of hearing world-class faculty from just a few feet away in your first Faculty Presents concert? The individualized attention you got in your combo or vocal class? The amazing mainstage and club performances,

WRITING

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Helena María Viramontes: Story Has No Limit

Centrum is pleased to welcome Helena María Viramontes to the faculty of the 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Considered one of Hispanic literature’s most distinguished craftspersons, Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories and two novels Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came With Them.  She has also co-edited with

VOICE WORKS

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2016 Voice Works: Singing to Kickstart your Summer

We’re getting close to June 28 to July 3 when we gather at Fort Worden in Port Townsend for Voice Works – our summer week of singing –  and the program is shaping up nicely. There’s a plethora of opportunities for harmony singing, with a duet session held each period of the day: Duets from

YOUNG ARTISTS

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Scholarship Deadlines for Youth Programs

Explorations Scholarship Deadline: January 25,2016 Notifications the week of February 1 Explorations is Centrum’s immersive, week-long program for middle schoolers.  Students are introduced to the world of arts and ideas, creative risk-taking, and personal development. It’s a total learning environment that challenges the mind and body in equal measure. Each day features four workshop sessions where

Race to Alaska

June 22, 2016 by bluegullinn

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RACE TO ALASKA

750 miles, no motors, no support,  all the way to Alaska.

2016 R2AK Dates & Times

Pre-Race Ruckus
Wednesday, June 22
3:00–8:00 p.m. in Port Townsend, WA

2016 Race to Alaska Start
Stage One: Port Townsend to Victoria
Thursday, June 23, 6:00 a.m.
Northwest Maritime Center

Stage Two: Victoria to Ketchikan
Sunday, June 26, 12:00 p.m.
Victoria Harbour

First Prize: $10,000

(Second place gets a set of steak knives)

Do You Have What It Takes?

The physical endurance, saltwater know-how and bulldog tenacity to navigate the 750 cold water miles from the Lower 48 to Alaska.

We’ll guarantee blisters, mild hypothermia, and the cathartic elation that comes from accomplishing something others would call impossible.

RACE TO ALASKA

750 miles, no motors, no support,  all the way to Alaska.

2016 R2AK Dates & Times

Pre-Race Ruckus
Wednesday, June 22
3:00–8:00 p.m. in Port Townsend, WA

2016 Race to Alaska Start
Stage One: Port Townsend to Victoria
Thursday, June 23, 6:00 a.m.
Northwest Maritime Center

Stage Two: Victoria to Ketchikan
Sunday, June 26, 12:00 p.m.
Victoria Harbour

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