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August 2, 2018 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop - 2016

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop

 

Party down in Port Townsend in August with live music all around town, Shakespeare in the Park and summer fairs for the whole family. You won’t want to miss a minute!

The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival heats up the park with “Blues in the Clubs” as a moveable feast of great music for all ages in various venues at Fort Worden State Park. One nightly wristband gives you the freedom to move around to all the venues throughout the evening, gaining the full benefit of the club experience. Centrum’s Blues faculty will play sets in all sorts of interesting combinations on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 from 8 pm – midnight. For more information, go to www.centrum.org.

Rock out at the Trail Blaze Ball on Saturday, August 4 at Memorial Field in downtown Port Townsend. The fun starts at 4 pm with live local bands playing and from 7 – 10 pm, the rockin’, rollickin’ sounds of FreddyPink will have you dancing the night away. Food trucks with a local beer, cider and wine garden will be available along with trail outfitters and vendor booths. The evening is open to all ages with a suggested donation of $20 at the gate in support of the Olympic Peninsula’s magnificent Olympic Discovery Trail. https://olympicdiscoverytrail.org/odt-event/

In a Viking saga of love, honor and betrayal, Key City Public Theatre is proud to present the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark in Hamlet at Shakespeare in the Park. Taken back to 932AD, Hamlet is reimagined as a saga where thanes and raiders seek fortune, power, and ultimately, a seat in the hallowed halls of Valhalla.

Directed by Marc Weinblatt, Hamlet features a cast loaded with KCPT mainstays and promises a thrilling take on the most famous of the bard’s work.

Performances run Aug. 3 through 26, outdoors in beautiful Chetzemoka Park (Jackson and Blaine Streets), Fridays through Sundays at 6 pm. All performances are Pay-What-You-Wish at the gate, with advance tickets costing $29, available at the playhouse box office at 360.385.KCPT (5278) or online at http://www.keycitypublictheatre.org/.

Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass and to dress warmly for when the sun goes down. Picnic fare is welcome. Concessions will also be sold.

The dock is still rockin’ for a few more weeks at the free, all-ages, outdoor Concerts on the Dock in downtown Port Townsend. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, the concerts will be Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Local vendors and a beer, wine and cider garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Help us “Go Green” this year by renting a reusable cup during the concert and returning it at the end of the show. So far this has dramatically reduced the amount plastic used at each concert. 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 the list of bands, go to http://www.ptmainstreet.org/page14/page14.html.

The Jefferson County Fair welcomes you to this year’s Bug Up-themed fair, August 10, 11 and 12. Meet farm animals up close. Cheer on riders as they put their horses through their paces. See the largest fruits, vegetables and flowers grown in Jefferson County. Hear music from fantastic bands and get your dancin’ boots on. Take a turn at riding the bull. Indulge in an elephant ear or a corn dog. Or watch the demo derby or mud drag. It’s everything a country fair should be—don’t miss it!

Open 10 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday. For more details and ticket info, visit http://jeffcofairgrounds.com.

The Olympic Music Festival (OMF) presents its 35th annual summer season in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden. World-class chamber music performances take place at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, August 11 through September 19. Programming also includes a free educational concert for children and their families on August 26 at 11 am.

Since the beginning of his tenure in 2014, OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde has electrified audiences by presenting world-class artists on the Olympic Peninsula in programs that center on the classical chamber music repertoire and, on occasion, venture into styles such as American folk music and jazz. To purchase tickets and for more detailed information about the performances, go to www.olympicmusicfestival.org or call 360.385.9699.

Key City Public Theatre will celebrate its 60th birthday on August 14 with a fun and fabulous dance party. The party will start at 7 pm at Chetzemoka Park—dance til dusk on the Hamlet set with the Prince of Denmark himself!

Photo by Deja View Photography

On August 18, the beloved Annual Uptown Street Fair and Parade celebrates 28 years of fun in Uptown and includes great local music, the Port Townsend Arts & Crafts Fair, the Jefferson County Farmers Market, tasty food on the street, free art activities for families and much more.

Come hang out with the Uptown businesses and neighbors for the day at this colorful community event. The Arts and Crafts Fair and Farmers Market begin at 9 am; kids’ activities follow from 10 am – 3 pm, and music from 10 am – 5 pm. The Uptown Pub is hosting an outdoor beer garden. The “GRANDLY LOCAL PARADE” is at 2 pm. Come make a day of it in historic, pedestrian-friendly Uptown. Lawrence Street and Tyler Street are closed for the Street Fair, as well as the Farmers Market location on Polk Street. Bring your appetite—there will be delicious local food vendors at the event. Coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Program and sponsored by generous local businesses. For more information, go to http://ptmainstreet.org.

“Jelly” by David Eisenhour

The Art Port Townsend 20th Annual Artist Studio Tour is a festival of the visual arts featuring an open studio tour of local artists. The tour is the final event of the annual Art Port Townsend Festival. Professional artists open their studios to provide demonstrations and display their work in many different mediums such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, fabric arts, glass and a variety of mixed media. This annual event is a “must see” for regional artists and art lovers. There is no charge for the self-guided tour, running August 18-19 from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information and a map of the studios, go to www.northwindarts.org/programs/art-port-townsend/aboutstudiotour/

Don’t miss the party in August. Visit us for an amazing getaway and enjoy all things Port Townsend!

A Few Upcoming Events in September—Save the Dates!
42nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival, September 7-9
Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, September 1, 2, 8 & 9
Centrum’s Ukulele Festival, September 12-16
19th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival, September 21-23

June in Port Townsend

June 4, 2018 by bluegullinn

 

 

 

Port Townsend is all abuzz with excitement about super-cool events this month. We’re serving up something for every appetite—with a cycling ride of the Tour de Forts, to the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Hootenanny, to the Taste of Port Townsend event for foodies, and music galore with Centrum. We know you’ll love the adventure of surprise and delight when you join the fun!

And for those of you who love all things water, June is for you! Be part of the exhilarating send-off of the participants in the incredible 4th Annual Race to Alaska (R2AK), and don’t miss Port Townsend Orca Festival at Fort Worden.

The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opens June 6, at its new location, the Jefferson Transit Haines Place Park and Ride, from 2 -6 pm. The market season is in full swing with the Saturday Farmers Market Uptown from 9 am to 2 pm.

With the new Haines Place Park and Ride location, the Wednesday Farmers Market can be easily accessed from anywhere in the Jefferson County. Try taking transit to the market or walk, bike, hop or drive to the new location of the mid-week farm and food market. There’s plenty of parking and you can stroll from Uptown through Kah Tai Lagoon to get to the market.

This season there are more vendors registered for the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market than in years. Here are 15 reasons to visit on opening day: Mountain Spirit Herbal Company, Duckabush Mushrooms, Spring Rain Farm & Orchard, Fiddlehead Creamery, Finnriver Farm, Serendipity Farm, Midori Farm, Hopscotch Farm + Cannery, Chimacum Valley Dairy, Bob’s Bakery, River Run Farm, Cape Cleare Fishery, Golden Harvest, Onatrue Farm, and Hurricane Hills Winery, plus a chef demonstration with Arran Stark at the opening day market. For more info, go to www.jcfmarkets.org.

The Port Townsend Main Street Program celebrates the Tastes of Port Townsend on June 7 from 5-8 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center. Foodies will enjoy delicious samples from 14 restaurants and dessert spots, breweries, wineries and cideries, plus tea and coffee.

From green curry chicken, seafood risotto, sushi, smokehouse sliders, smoked sockeye Nova Lox with cream cheese, salads and desserts, the many tastes will delight diners. There are new participants this year, including Finistere, Banana Leaf Thai Bistro, Port Townsend Vineyards, and Key City Fish Company. This event is a fundraiser for the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the historic districts Uptown and Downtown. This is a 21+ event, please bring valid ID. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.

Key City Public Theatre presents Daddy Long Legs, running Thursday through Sunday from June 8 through July 2. An adaptation of the 1912 novel of the same name by Jean Webster, this is the latest in many stage and film adaptations, and the most-true to the original work. Written in 2007, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, Daddy Long Legs is a two-person epistolary musical about a young orphan girl and her mysterious benefactor who empowers her through providing her with a college education. KCPT is opening the first West Coast production of Daddy Long Legs since the closing of its successful off-Broadway run in 2016.

For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.

Join the Brass Screw Confederacy, for its seventh annual Steampunk Festival, June 8-10. Embark upon Perilous Adventures to exotic domains on the outskirts of imagination. Come decked out in your steampunk finery for another amazing year’s adventures. And while, this may not be the biggest, fanciest, first, nor certainly not the last steampunk something-or-other on earth—there is something to steam up ingenues and aficionados alike. You won’t be disappointed. This year’s event aims to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. They’re turning it up with the Hottest Hootenanny ever, Tactical Croquet, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, Brass Screw Chautauqua, bands, magic and mayhem galore! For more details about what to expect, go to www.brassscrew.org.

Tour de Forts 2018 is a stunning ride on June 9, beginning at 8 am, that takes cyclists of all ages and abilities on a scenic and historic trip around the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Along the way, water and snack stops allow cyclists to enjoy the view from three old seaside forts that have been converted to beautiful state parks. Routes include a 62-mile, 35-mile, 15-mile and 11-mile options. To register, go to www.tourdeforts.org.

Centrum is hosting the 9th annual Chamber Music Workshop with a free public master class on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm. Student concerts are on June 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm with a faculty performance on Sunday, June 17 at 2 pm featuring composers Haydn, Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Shostakovich. The Workshop closes with a performance with Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet (pictured above). All performances are in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden.

R2AK (short for the Race to Alaska) is simple. Get a boat without a motor. Race 750 miles to Ketichan, Alaska, any way you can. Don’t get eaten by a bear. $10,000 if you’re first.

The starting gun goes off at 0500 (nautical lingo for 5 am!) on Thursday, June 14, from the NW
Maritime Center in Port Townsend. The excitement of the start is palpable and not to be missed. But if that’s too early for you, come for the Pre-Race Ruckus on Wednesday, June 13, from noon to 8 pm and let loose like you’re about to sail to Alaska…with people who actually are about to set sail for Alaska! Bring your sense of adventure. Get a free tattoo. Have a blast. To join the fun and track the boats once they’re en route, go to www.r2ak.com.

Don’t miss 2018 Port Townsend Orca Festival at Fort Worden on June 23. A day of celebration, education, ceremony and adventure! Featured speakers from the Governor’s Orca Recovery Task Force, researchers from Ocean Initiative, Long Live the Kings, and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition – and then famed rock/ska band Locust Street Taxi performs starting at 1PM. Festival awards ceremony at 2PM will honor winners of the Rat Island Regatta and JPod Scavenger hunt, as well as Governor Jay Inslee for his long-term dedication and support of the Southern Resident Orcas of Puget Sound (Gov. Inslee will not be present). With all this followed by a song and dance by the North Olympic Orca Pod and a celebration of Finn the salmon’s 30th year anniversary, this year’s award ceremony will be one for the history books. http://ptorcafest.com.

The first of Centrum’s Free Friday Concerts begin at noon on Friday, June 29 at Fort Worden, outdoors on the Nora Porter Commons Lawn and lasts for an hour. http://centrum.org/free-fridays-at-the-fort/

Get your dancin’ shoes on and polka dot attire ready for Centrum’s Honky-Tonk Polka Dot Dance, Thursday, June 28 at 8 pm in the USO Building at Fort Worden featuring a variety of talented vocalists singing tunes from a range of traditions including Irish, Appalachia, Country, Blues and Gospel. This sells out quickly, so don’t delay and buy your tickets today at www.centrum.org.

Join the fun and Party at the Plaza on Saturday, June 30 from 3-6 pm across Water Street from the Jefferson Museum of Art and History. The party is coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Promotion Committee and volunteers to celebrate the completion of construction on Water Street. Dance to music with DJ Caleb Peacock, enjoy nibbles and fun for all ages. For more info, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.

A Few Upcoming Events this Summer—Save the Dates!
The 4th Annual “Old School” 4th of July at Fort Worden
The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, public concerts July 4, 6 and 7
Concerts on the Dock, July 12-August 30, every Thursday from 5-7pm downtown
Jazz Port Townsend, July 22-29
Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 29-August 5
Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, July 14 & 15, August 11-September 9 (weekends)
Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Hamlet, August 3-26

We can’t wait to welcome you to Port Townsend this summer!

Happy Spring

April 3, 2018 by bluegullinn

 

Farmers Market Port Townsend

Farmers Market Port Townsend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Spring

We’re celebrating spring in Port Townsend and invite you to join us! It’s a beautiful season of new beginnings, fresh buds in bloom, animals birthing new offspring and the earth seemingly coming alive again. With farmers and gardeners planting seeds and harvesting early products, we’re excited to welcome back the Farmers Market after its winter hiatus!

Where else can you enjoy a goat parade with kids—both four-legged and two—as they wend their way along Taylor Street in Uptown Port Townsend through an array of farmers, bakers, crafters, shellfish growers, cider and wine makers and more?

It all begins with the opening of the Port Townsend Farmers Market on Saturday, April 7, with a ribbon cutting at 9 am followed by the baby goat parade. (Come in an animal costume for a chance to win a $20 Flora Market token!) Delight in the 70+ vendors that spring into the freshness of the season with a wide array of products for your enjoyment. A chef’s demo and live music will add to the day’s festivities. The Farmers Market invites you to celebrate 26 years of nurturing and sustaining local farms and entrepreneurs. For more info about the market, go to www.jcfmarkets.org.

Key City Public Theatre presents Wolf at the Door, April 12-28, with evening shows at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. A tenant’s rights association built on shaky alliances comes to loggerheads in the face of a gentrifying block in this hilarious world premier by acclaimed playwright, Richard Dresser. The play utilizes double roles for each actor, keeping you on the edge of your seat.

There’s a new landlord in town promising to make the building better, safer and more modern, but what about the people in rent-controlled apartments who have started to disappear. And isn’t building security just a little over the top? Character Tina thinks it’s time to form a Tenant’s Association and fight back before it’s too late. Will they hang together or hang separately? Find out the answer at the play! For more info or to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublicthreatre.org or call 360.385.5278.

The Port Townsend Film Festival’s Women & Film weekend includes your choice of 16 films, and two special events. In this #TimesUp, #MeToo year, women filmmakers break the “rules” without apology at the “Women Speak Out” symposium, Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 am, at the Cotton Building in downtown Port Townsend with coffee and pastries. Saturday night’s special event begins with a gathering at Taps at the Guardhouse at Fort Worden, followed by a 7:30 pm screening of Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise, with director Jennifer Townsend, at the Wheeler Theatre at Fort Worden. Passes are $75 and all include concierge service. Only 250 passes are available. To purchase, go to www.ptfilmfest.com.

If you love to cook and dream about your ideal kitchen, come to the 21st Annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour, Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. Nine unique homes in Uptown and North Beach will be featured. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com and on the day of the event at the Hospitality Center at the First Presbyterian Church at 1111 Franklin Street.

Join Centrum for one of the most uplifting and memorable events of the year, the Centrum Choro Faculty Concert on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden. With an all-start cast of performances, this concert traditionally sells out was the talk of the town for the entire spring and summer season last year, so don’t delay and buy your tickets today at www.centrum.org/choro-performance/

Make Port Townsend your home base for the weekend and tour nine award-winning wineries and cideries across the Olympic Peninsula for the annual Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour, April 28-29, from 11 am to 5 pm. This wine and cider trail is one to be envied with each location offering a unique and diverse variety of wine and cider paired lovingly with local, hand-crafted cheeses. For more info and ticket details, go to www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org.

Save the date for upcoming events in May:

May 5
Opening Day on the Bay for Boating Season
Boat parade begins at 12:30 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center
www.ptyc.net

May 16-20
83rd Annual Rhododendron Festival
Enjoy the Pet Parade, Bed Races, Grand Parade and Rhody Run
www.rhodyfestival.org

May 26
Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival
www.jcfmarkets.org

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend in April!

 

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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

Centrum Port Townsend

July 6, 2016 by bluegullinn

Centrum Port Townsend

Nonstop Music & Readings at Centrum in July

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Centrum Port Townsend,  is known around the world for its immersive arts and cultural workshops and festivals.  In July, 2016, we will present twenty-four public performances and literary readings (nearly one a day!) at Fort Worden State Park and in venues throughout downtown Port Townsend.

The month of July features in-depth multi-generational workshops in Voice, Fiddle Tunes, Poetry and Creative Writing, and Jazz.  Visitors and residents benefit from access to many free events at the Fort and world-class performances at concert venues on the Fort Worden campus.

This year also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and the 25th Anniversary of the McCurdy Pavilion, a WWI balloon hangar that Centrum converted into a 1,200-seat concert facility in the 1990s.

July Events

Voice Works: A Workshop for Singers (June 28-July 3)

Blood Harmony: Mothers and Fathers and Daughters
Friday, July 1, 7:30pm, Wheeler Theater

Free Fridays at the Fort (outdoor concert)
Friday July 1, Noon, featuring Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms

Honky Tonk Polka Dot Dance
Saturday, July 2, 7:30pm, USO Building

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes – the 40th Gathering (July 3-July 10)

Fiddles on the Fourth
Monday, July 4, 1:30pm, McCurdy Pavilion

Fiddles and Fireworks
Monday, July 4, 7pm, McCurdy Pavilion

Free Fridays at the Fort (outdoor concert)
Friday, July 8, Noon, featuring The Seabright Serenaders

Rhythm and Roots Dance
Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. – Littlefield Green at McCurdy Pavilion

North and South America
Saturday, July 9, 1:30pm, McCurdy Pavilion

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference  (July 17-July 24) 

Free Fridays at the Fort (outdoor concert)
Friday July 15, Noon, featuring Farko Dosumov & Friends

Writers’ Conference Public Readings (FREE)
July 17-23, 7 p.m., Wheeler Theater & Northwind Arts Center

Free Fridays at the Fort (outdoor concert)
Friday July 22, Noon, featuring Aba Kiser

Jazz Port Townsend  (July 24-July 31)

Free Fridays at the Fort (outdoor concert)
Friday July 29, Noon, featuring the Jazz Port Townsend Big Band Directed by Clarence Acox

Friday Night Mainstage Performance
Friday, July 29, 7:30pm, McCurdy Pavilion

Saturday Afternoon Mainstage Performance
Saturday, July 30, 1:30pm, McCurdy Pavilion

Saturday Night Mainstage Performance
Saturday, July 30, 7:30pm, McCurdy Pavilion

Jazz in the Clubs
Thursday, July 28, 8pm-11pm, Downtown Port Townsend Clubs
Friday, July 29, 10pm-12:30am, Downtown Port Townsend Clubs
Saturday, July 30, 10pm-12:30am, Downtown Port Townsend Clubs

Voice Works – Centrum

June 28, 2016 by bluegullinn

Voice Works – Centrum

Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden State Park

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Voice Works is this weekend at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA.
Be part of all that Centrum has to offer as a great kick off to Summer in the old blimp hanger.

Blood Harmony Voice Works Concert July 1

Voice Works – Centrum…..Friday night at the Wheeler is a show that you don’t want to miss. “Blood Harmony: Mothers and Fathers and Daughters” is a Voice Works concert featuring family members singing together, showing how people who were raised with the same accent, the same phrasing and intonation, the same genes, are capable of blending two and

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Voice Works Special: Free Screening of The Winding Stream on June 30

Voice Works – Centrum…..As part of 2016 Voice Works, Centrum and the Port Townsend Film Festival are delighted to present The Winding Stream, the story of the Carter Family that began in the hills of Virginia and led to the first real super stars of American country music. We will screen the film at the Joseph Wheeler Theater

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Petunia and the Vipers: Honky-Tonk Dance July 2

Voice Works – Centrum…..Honky-Tonk Polka Dot Dance Join us Saturday, July 2, at 8:00 p.m. in the USO Building at Fort Worden! Tickets $15 (sold at the door only) Featuring Petunia and the Vipers with a beer garden and a nice wooden dance floor. Wear your Polka Dots! About Petunia – acoustic guitar, vocals, yodeler, trumpeter Spending the early part

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2016 Voice Works: Singing to Kickstart your Summer

Voice Works – Centrum…….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

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Voice Works Welcomes Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick in 2016

Voice Works – Centrum…..Before Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick became the highly respected and successful singers, songwriters, and bluegrass bandleaders they are today, they were founding members of the groundbreaking northern California band the Good Ol’ Persons. Although Laurie remained in that group for only a short while before moving on to lead her own bands, she and

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Mollie O’Brien, Rich Moore and Kids This Summer @ Voice Works!

Voice Works – Centrum…. Mollie O’Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists’ songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own. As songwriters they

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

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