Concerts on the Dock 2015, photo by Deja View Photography
Concerts on the Dock 2016
Port Townsend Main Street Program’s Concerts on the Dock
Free All-Ages Summer Music Series at Pope Marine Plaza
Concerts on the Dock 2016. Downtown Port Townsend rocks with all-ages free Concerts on the Dock Thursdays July 14th through September 1st at Pope Marine Park Plaza. This music on the waterfront is sponsored by generous local businesses, the Port Townsend Main Street Program, Homer Smith Insurance, Kitsap Credit Union, Uptown Pub & Grill, KPTZ 91.9 FM, The Peninsula Daily News, The CoLab and the City of Port Townsend. Local vendors and a Beer/Wine & Cider Garden contribute to the festive atmosphere. Seating opens at 4:30pm, show starts at 5:00pm and end at 7:30 pm.
July 14th – Kevin Mason & The PT All Stars
Stage Sponsor – The Bishop and Swan Hotels
Beer Garden Sponsor – The Commander’s Beach House
July 21st – Uncle Funk & The Dope Six
Stage Sponsor – Wooden Boat Festival
Beer Garden Sponsor – Jim & Sherry
July 28th – Toolshed Trio with Abakis
Stage Sponsor – SOS Printing
Beer Garden Sponsor – Sport Townsend
August 4th – Locust Street Taxi
Stage Sponsor – Holley Carlson, Coldwell Banker Best Homes
Beer Garden Sponsor – All About Escrow
August 11th – Olympic Express Big Band
Stage Sponsor – Get Connected
Beer Garden Sponsor – Glow Natural Skin Care/Soak on the Sound
August 18th – Cold Comfort with Kilcid Band
Stage Sponsor – Windermere Port Townsend
Beer Garden Sponsor – Jefferson County Cannabis
August 25th – Joy in Mudville
Stage Sponsor – Fort Worden
Beer Garden Sponsor – Fort Worden
September 1st – Lucky Brown & The Funk Revolution
Stage Sponsor – Peninsula Hearing
Beer Garden Sponsor – Schodowski Law
The ‘Concerts on the Dock’ are some of our favorite events throughout the year, and have become the sign for many of us that summer has truly arrived! These FREE outdoor music events take advantage of a beautiful waterfront setting in Pope Marine Plaza, and the lineup this year is going to be incredible. Come to dance, see your friends, enjoy a beer and have a bite. In addition to loyal, perennial vendors Daily Bird Pottery, Magical Henna and James Jackson Massage, we’ll have food at every concert alternating between Mo Chilli BBQ and Paella House, coffee from Java Gypsy, Popsicle by PT Pops, and vegan ice cream at select shows by Fiddlehead Creamery! Bring a chair or a blanket and settle in for some great tunes.
Photo by Elizabeth Becker/Seaport Photography
Tastes of Port Townsend 2016…….“Tastes” of Port Townsend — Sample ~ Sip ~ Mingle…It’s going to be delicious!
Thursday, June 9th from 5-8 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.
Join us for an Evening of Local Tastes of Port Townsend Food, Beer, Wine, Cider and Desserts!
This is an amazingly tasty fundraiser for the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit.
TICKETS ON SALE AT THE DOOR or Until Noon on 6/8 at www.eventbrite.com or
1016 Lawrence St.
Lively Olive Tasting Bar–
929 Water St.
The Food Coop–
414 Kearney St.
$50 for Food & Alcohol Tastes or $35 for Food Only Tastes
This is a 21+ event, please bring your ID.
Tasty Samples from:
The Belmont – Lamb Meatballs with a Basil Mint and Feta Cheese Pesto & Stone Ground Apricot Sauce
Cablehouse Beach Canteen – Razor Clam Chowder
Sirens Seafood Bar – Puget Sound Boil — local mussels, clams and prawns in traditional Old Bay and beer broth with red potatoes and corn on the cob
Taps at The Guardhouse – Pulled Pork Sliders
Ichikawa Sushi Bar & Steak House – Miso Soup & Sushi Samples
The OId Whiskey Mill – Caribbean Chicken Sandwich – Smoked chicken, Mount Townsend cheese curds, apricot habanero chutney and baby greens on thick sliced French bread with roasted shallot aioli
The Silverwater Cafe – Sicilian Prawn Risotto
The Tin Brick – Wood Fired Pizza
Dogs-A-Foot – Hot Dog Bites
Port Townsend Food Coop – A selection of Artisan Cheeses
Elevated Ice Cream and Candy Shop – Locally made Chocolates &
Root Beer Floats featuring Bedford’s Beer Soda and Elevated Ice Cream
Port Townsend Chocolates – House made Caramel, hand dipped and sprinkled with Sea Salt & House made Caramel with Organic Pecans
Port Townsend Fudge Company – Locally made Fudge
The Boiler Room – Homemade Cookies & Homemade Chai & New England Coffee Syrup
And Select Sips from:
Eaglemount Wine and Cider
FairWinds Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend, Merlot & Lemberger
Finnriver Cidery – Honey Meadow Cider
Lullaby Winery – 2009 Morning Light, Rouge de Virginie, & 2014 Carbon
Marrowstone Winery – Pinot Gris, Riesling & Barbera
Pippa’s Real Tea – Iced Tea
Port Townsend Brewing Company – Chet’s Gold, Amber & Hop Diggidy
Propolis Brewing – Beltane – Elderflower Saison with Brett
Sunrise Coffee Company – Locally Roasted Reg. & Decaf Coffee
May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center
May 2016 Port Townsend Events
RACE STARTS 11:00am, May 22, 2016!
The Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run will be celebrating its 38th year in 2016 and is one of the Northwest’s best-loved races. Although we’ve grown a lot since the first Rhody Run in 1979, this race is still very much a community event. From the hundreds of volunteers who help out as race officials to the throngs of local residents who line the streets to cheer on every runner, we are both proud of and humbled by the enthusiastic community support that we receive year after year. Without this support the Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run would be impossible.
Description: Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. It was early in the morning on April 1, 1921 when Keeper William J. Thomas of Point Wilson Lighthouse heard a sickening grinding noise. He knew instantly there was trouble in the water and quickly telephoned Port Townsend to send help.Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. What Keeper Thomas heard was the slamming of the crowded passenger liner Governor of the Admiral Line into the freighter West Hartland. The 417-footGovernor had just offloaded passengers in Victoria and was bound for Seattle, when it rounded Port Townsend and was rammed by the freighter. Reports of the accident would later conclude that the pilot on the Governor mistook the West Hartland’s running lights for the fixed lights on Marrowstone Point and failed to yield the right-of-way. A ten-foot gash was torn in the Governor’s iron hull, and even though the captain of the West Hartland ordered full speed ahead to try to keep the hole plugged, the Governor soon began to sink in 240 feet of water. In the time it took for the vessel to sink, most of the passengers were able to scamper aboard the West Hartland, and all but eight of the 240 people aboard the Governor were rescued.
Keeper Thomas, who was in the lighthouse at the time of the collision, provided the following account of the accident:
Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. Point Wilson, named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 after his colleague Captain George Wilson, marks the western side of the entrance to Admiralty Inlet from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is an important landmark for vessels traveling to and from Puget Sound. This critical turn was first marked by a church bell. Recognizing that the point was often shrouded by fog, in 1865, Captain J.W. Sheldon donated a ship’s bell to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend with the condition that the bell be rung on foggy days. Several years later, a steamer used the sound of the bell as a guide into Port Townsend harbor. John H. Yates was so touched after reading the newspaper account of the dual-role the bell played, that he wrote the hymn, “The Harbor Bell.”
Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend. Congress passed an act on June 20, 1878 appropriating $8,000 for establishing a light and fog signal at Point Wilson, but as this amount was insufficient for both aids, priority was placed on the fog signal. The fog signal machinery was built in Portland during the winter of 1878 – 1879, and on March 3, 1879, an additional $12,000 was allocated for the station. The fog signal building was built by hired labor under the direction of the district engineer, and a twelve-inch steam whistle housed therein was placed in operation on September 1, 1879, giving an eight-second blast every minute.
A $923 contract to manufacture the lantern room for the lighthouse was awarded to Smith Brothers & Watson, the lowest bidders, on July 2, 1879, and a lens, formerly used at Point Bonita, California, was sent northward to be installed at the station. Plans for the lighthouse were approved on August 12, and the district engineer supervised its construction over the next four months. C.W. Holt and a crew of eighteen men commenced construction of the lighthouse on September 2, 1879.
The lighthouse consisted of a twelve-foot-square frame tower rising to a height of forty-six-foot from the pitched roof of a two-story keeper’s dwelling. The tower first exhibited its fixed white light, which could be seen for up to thirteen miles, on December 15, 1879, and mariners “were unanimous in expressions of commendation of the excellence of the light and of the efficiency of the fog-signal.”David M. Littlefield, a Civil War veteran and local resident, was appointed the first keeper at Point Wilson and was paid an annual salary of $800. Littlefield served as keeper for four years before moving back to Port Townsend, where he would later serve as a City Councilman, Mayor, and Collector of Customs.
In 1894, a galvanized-iron oil house was built on the station grounds, and a new lens was installed in the lantern room, changing the light’s characteristic from fixed white to fixed white varied by a red flash every twenty seconds.
Water to operate the station’s steam whistle was captured from cement water sheds and stored in a brick cistern. One would think that there would always be ample rainfall in Washington, but Port Townsend lies in a rain shadow caused by the Olympic Mountains and sees little rainfall during the summer months. This proved to be an issue on September 29, 1896, when the steamer Umatilla left Victoria, British Columbia just after midnight, bound for Puget Sound in a dense fog. The fog signal at Point Wilson was inoperable due to a lack of water, and the steamship was forced to navigate by sounding its whistle at regular intervals and listening for echoes to judge its proximity to land.
The 310-foot-long Umatilla struck rocks about a mile west of Point Wilson, but Captain J.C. Hunter was able to quickly free his vessel and decided to try to reach Port Townsend. The impact punctured the Umatilla’s hull, and as the crew had failed to close the doors sealing off the ship’s five hull compartments, water quickly flooded in, quenching the engine’s fires. Realizing the danger he was in, Captain Hunter wisely ran the Umatilla aground a few hundred yards from Point Wilson Lighthouse and lowered the bow anchors to hold the ship in place. All passengers were safely offloaded, but the ship and cargo suffered roughly $100,000 in damages. Though Point Wilson’s fog signal wasn’t sounding, Captain Hunter and his pilot were censured for “overconfidence.”
High tides and stormy weather occasionally took their toll on the sandy beach on which the tower was built. In 1886, a picket fence, 5 feet high and 440 feet long, was built across the low part of the spit to catch drifting sound and build up the area where a breach seemed likely. By 1904, much of the beach had eroded, threatening the integrity of the lighthouse. The problem was temporarily fixed by 1,542 tons of stone reinforcement piled on the eastern and northern sides of the reservation.
The current lighthouse was completed in 1914, but the original lighthouse, minus its tower, continued to serve as aresidence for the keepers. The new lighthouse features a forty-nine-foot concrete tower, built in an octagonal shape to reduce wind pressure, which projects upward from a fog signal building. The light still shines from the fourth-order Fresnel lens, sending forth alternate red and white flashes every five seconds.In 1917, the Secretary of Commerce urged lighthouse keepers to cultivate as much land as possible at their stations in anticipation of food shortages during World War I. Keeper William Thomas willingly complied and that fall sent the following letter to the lighthouse inspector.
Keeper Thomas was commended by the department for the energy and zeal he showed in obtaining such fine results, and a photograph showing a potato, parsnip, carrot, and a bulb of garlic that he grew in the station’s sandy soil is preserved in the National Archives.Like those at Point Bonita and Point Loma, the light at Point Wilson was extinguished during World War II as a defense measure to protect nearby Fort Worden and the entrance to Puget Sound.
Today, a computer, located at the Coast Guard Air Station at Port Angeles, monitors the light, which was automated in 1976. The keepers’ quarters were occupied by Coast Guard personnel until 2000. During the winters of 2005 and 2006, high winds and waves pummeled the low-lying lighthouse property flooding the basement of the keepers’ dwelling and ripping the fog horn from its soundwall. The State of Washington has considered purchasing the property from the Coast Guard and combining it with nearby Fort Worden State Park, however, in 2007 the scheduled review of this proposal was delayed. Moving the lighthouse and associated buildings, which will likely cost between $3 and $5 million dollars, is considered the only long-term solution for saving the station. In the meantime, the Coast Guard is filling in the holes that have developed in the wall of rock armor built around the point.
During the summer of 2011, divers with the Marine Documentation Society visited the wreck of the Governor and discovered the ship’s bell, buried in silt. Because the divers didn’t have an expert with them to authenticate the bell, it was left with the wreckage. The owners of the salvage rights for the wreck are considering what to do with the bell once it is recovered. Placing it on exhibit at the lighthouse wouldn’t be a bad option.
March 24-27, 2016
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA
To reserve a spot on the waiting list, please call Hali Miller at 360-385-3102, x114
Spring YAWP (Your Alternative Writing Program) – 2016, was launched as a reaction to the branding, marketing, and career networking of AWP. We desired to create, instead, a retreat place for writers to live in cozy cabins and focus deeply on your work.
We’re totes about community and reading and writing and doing guided freewrites and writing exercises and creating new work and having good food at PT restaurants and being underneath the March sky and being around the firs and sitting under a madrona and hunting for eggs and and and and and and and this will be our third YAWP session in less than a year!
Centrum’s Spring YAWP happens March 24-27, 2016. (Yes, Easter is March 27. So we’ll be doing a Sunday-morning egg hunt on the Fort Worden field with the Madrona tree : )
Limited to 20 total.
Cost: $195 (to cover the cost of the Suds cabins, and the open-mike space.) Have you published fifty novels? $195. Are you writing your first-ever poem? $195. Meals are not included: what’ll happen is some folks’ll contribute together for communal meals; and some folks’ll do their own meals in the ten kitchens provided; and some folks’ll go into town.
Thursday, March 24 , 2016
- 5 pm-8 pm: arrival and welcoming.
- 8 pm-9 pm: opening readings.
Friday, March 25, 2016
- 10-10:50 am: guided morning freewrite.
- 11-noon: guided morning freewrite.
- 12 pm onward: residency time.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
- 10-10:50 am: guided morning freewrite.
- 11-noon: guided morning freewrite.
- 12 pm onward: residency time.
- 8-10 pm: evening gathering and conversation.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
- Departure by 11 am.
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.
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.
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.