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Concerts on the Dock 2016

June 8, 2016 by bluegullinn

Concerts on the Dock

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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.

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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.

Tastes of Port Townsend 2016

June 7, 2016 by bluegullinn

“Tastes” of Port Townsend

Photo by Elizabeth Becker/Seaport Photography

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

Uptown Pub
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 4, 2016 by bluegullinn

NW Maritime Center

NW Maritime Center

May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center

May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center
STEM TO STERN
News from the Northwest Maritime Center
MAY ISSUE
  • GiveBIG
  • “By Hand and Eye” with Jim Tolpin
  • Register now for US Sailing Courses
  • Downsizing Your Boat Gear?
  • Volunteer for R2AK and Wooden Boat Festival
  • Register now for Marine Weather
  • School Programs are Sailing into Spring!
  • Official Start of Western Flyer Tours
  • Classic Mariners’ Regatta
  • Boating Season Opening Day
  • Sea Shanties Song Circle
  • Save the Date: Navigator Brunch
giveBIG today!
Friday, May 13, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  
Today your donations and membership contributions can have an even greater impact. Join thousands of supporters from our community and beyond for giveBIG, an online charitable giving event. Thank you for creating powerful maritime experiences!
By Hand and Eye:
A Presentation by Jim Tolpin
Friday, May 13, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Free, No RSVP required
Before standardized rulers and measurements, pre-industrial artisans used dividers, a square, their hands, and eyes. In Jim Tolpin’s book, “By Hand & Eye”, he explores this ancient method of design, tapping into our human intuition rather than numbers. Join us on May 13 in the WBF Boatshop for a presentation by Jim Tolpin.
Register Now for Sailing Courses
Summer is on its way and it’s time to register for summer sailing courses! Experienced U.S. Sailing instructors, year-round wind, and a beautiful waterfront location surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains combine to make the Northwest Maritime Center’s Basic Keelboat Program one of the best and most beautiful in the region. Experience sailing for the first time or take your skills to the next level!
Downsizing Your Boat Gear? 
Marine Thrift is Port Townsend’s new resource for affordable boat gear. And so far, it has been a hit!
Marine Thrift uses contributions of boat gear to help support the Maritime Center’s mission, so please keep us in mind when you’re cleaning out your garages and boats.
Contributions can be made Thursday-Saturday at Marine Thrift (315-B Haines Place), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., or at the Wooden Boat Chandlery, 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the NWMC!
Marine Thrift needs a volunteer to help with identification and valuation of items. If you can help, please contact volunteer@nwmaritime.org.
Volunteer Signups for R2AK & Wooden Boat Festival Coming in May


Volunteer shift signups are on their way. Watch your email for updates on opening day for signups. Need to join our volunteer email list? Contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@nwmaritime.org or call 360.385.3628 x115 to be added to the list.
Register Now for Marine Weather 
May 21-22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
The Marine Weather course teaches the practical application of both atmospheric science and oceanography in relation to sailing. Whether you’re planning a day sail or a long distance voyage, sail safer and faster with a better understanding of the weather. May’s classes will be taught by David Wilkinson.
 
School Programs Sailing into Spring!
Bravo Team, PTHS Vessel Operations Class, Girls Boat Project, and Catlin Gabel School have all been getting out on the water this spring. In March the Catlin Gabel School from Portland piloted a new partner program with the Schooner Martha and Longboats.
Starting in May the campus will be bustling with Maritime Discovery Programs for Quilcene, Chimacum, and Port Townsend. Mark your calendars for June 3, 1:00-2:30 p.m. for the Maritime Discovery Program community presentation and celebration.
Western Flyer Tours Begin May 7
Summer Tour Schedule:
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come witness the full restoration of the boat made famous by John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez. Docents will be available to give free guided tours on Saturdays and discuss the restoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

2016 Classic Mariners’ Regatta
June 3-5
Entry Fee: $50/boat
Mark it on your calendars, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta is coming the first week of June! Register your wooden sailboat now for this eye-catching race.

Register for the Classic Mariners’ Regatta now!

Boating Season Opening Day Parade
Saturday, May 7
 
The Port Townsend Yacht Club will host the annual Opening Day Boat Parade and other community events on May 7. Join us at the Northwest Maritime Center to watch the waterfront parade, and don’t miss the Boat U.S. Concert with Lobo del Mar on the NWMC commons.
Want to join the parade? RSVP here and learn more about all the Opening Day events.
Sea Shanties Song Circle  
May 11, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Northwest Maritime Center
Sea Shanties Song Circle is the second Wednesday of each month. This is a free family-friendly event!
Save the Date: Navigator Brunch 
Saturday, July 23
Free, RSVP Required
Attracting both long-time supporters and new friends, the
Navigator Brunch is a celebration of our mission and the people who help bring it to life. It’s an inspiring fundraiser and a fun way to get to know the organization. After all, we do kick things off with mimosas. 2016’s theme is Momentumjoin us on July 23rd and find out why!
Call Len Maranan-Goldstein at 360.385.3628 x111 or email brunch@nwmaritime.orgfor more information.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
May 3 GiveBIG – more info
May 7 Boating Season Opening Day – more info
May 7 Western Flyer Tours Official Start Date
May 13 “By Hand and Eye” with Jim Tolpin
June 3 Maritime Discovery Program Community Showcase
June 3-5 Classic Mariners’ Regatta – more info
June 11-12 Pocket Yacht Palooza – more info
June 22 R2AK Pre-Race Ruckus
June 23 Race to Alaska Start – more info
July 23 Navigator Brunch – more info
September 9-11 Wooden Boat Festival – more info
MAKE POWERFUL MARITIME EXPERIENCES POSSIBLE

May 2016 Port Townsend Events

May 3, 2016 by bluegullinn

May 2016 Port Townsend Events

Rhody Festival

Coming Your Way in May—Rhodies and Races, Food and Fun!

 

Rhodies and Races, Food and Fun!
May 2016 Port Townsend Events. Port Townsend is sparkling in the spring sunshine with flowers abloom in all corners of town. This month the star of the show is the Rhododendron, Washington State’s official flower and an icon for Port Townsend. Rhodies are the centerpiece for the 81st Annual Rhody Festival with events and fun for the whole family, including your pet! Mark your calendars to join us May 16-22.

2016 Rhody Fest

May 2016 Port Townsend Events. But that’s not all that’s coming your way in May. Read on to learn about additional exciting events for you to enjoy in Port Townsend!

Art Wave, May 1-31

May 2016 Port Townsend Events. You’ll be inspired by this exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork displayed in 33 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 7, from 5-8pm and see the creativity of our children. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program. www.PTMainStreet.org

Art Wave

Opening Day on the Bay, Saturday, May 7

Opening Day of the 2016 boating season is cause for celebration as the Port Townsend Yacht Club invites the public to view the waterfront 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 12:30pm ferry to Coupeville. Following the parade, there will be the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. www.PTYC.net. Boat US is celebrating their 50th anniversary at the Northwest Maritime Center, providing music by Lobo de Mar, hors d’oeuvres and prizes.

Opening day of boating season

Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 8 at Fort Worden

Pamper Mom with brunch from 10am to 2pm at Fort Worden, surrounded by natural beauty and historic charm. Dine on the freshest, most decadent items that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. After brunch, take a stroll through the Centennial Rhododendron Garden. Call for reservations at 360.344.4400, ext. 514. www.FortWorden.org

Mother's Day Brunch at Fort Worden

81st Annual Rhododendron Festival, May 16-22

Make plans to join us for any and all of these events for our Port Townsend “community holiday” celebration:

Wednesday, May 18
6pm Trike Race begins

Thursday, May 19
4:-5pm Pet Parade begins

Friday, May 20
3:30pm Kiddie Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field
6:30pm Bed Races begin

Saturday, May 21
1pm The Rockin’ Rhody Grand Parade begins with a Cake Picnic to follow

Sunday, May 22
Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run XXXVIII
9:30am Kid’s Sprint at Fort Worden
11am 12K Race Start at Fort Worden
www.RhodyRun.com

Leftover Dreams Brings Gems of the Great American Songbook to Key City Public Theatre, May 20

San Francisco Bay Area duo Leftover Dreams explores the back roads of American popular song in the first summer concert of the year at Key City Public Theatre (KCPT), produced by Toolshed Soundlab. Patrice Haan and Tony Marcus sing gems of the great American songbook with stunning harmonies and burnished accompaniment.

Leftover Dreams

The duo presents a sampling of the best of the classic songs of Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, and Harold Arlen, mixed with lesser-known delights like Bernice Petkere, Ted Fiorito, and Ben Oakland that haven’t seen the light of day for decades. The concert begins at 8pm at the KCPT Playhouse. Go towww.keycitypublictheatre.org for tickets.

Artisan Food Festival, May 28

Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s artisan foods and makers, the 3rd Annual Artisan Food Festival will begin at the Port Townsend Farmers Market from 9am to 3pm and resume at Finnriver Cidery’s new Orchard location at 124 Center Rd. in Chimacum from 6-9pm.

Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival

The day will include artisan food making classes by CedarRoot Folk School; chef demos by Arran Stark, Sidonie Maroon, Laurette Feit and Dan Ratigan; artisan food juggling; live music by the Unexpected Brass Band and Rhythm Planet; and kids activities by the YMCA and the Port Townsend Public Library.

In the evening at Finnriver Cidery, Joy in Mudville will play live music plus Dented Buoy Pizza and the Paella House will be serving up farm-fresh food. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for the evening.http://jeffersoncountyfarmersmarket.org/celebrate/artisanfoodfestival/

Port Townsend Named Best Coastal Small Town 2016 in USA TODAY’S Reader Choice Awards

We’re quite thrilled with this nationwide recognition by all of you who voted for us! We came in #7 out of 20 nominees and the one on the West Coast in the top 10. Thank you for your vote and acknowledging our beautiful coastal small town!

Port Townsend-Coupeville Ferry Service in May

Please note if you’re traveling via Washington State Ferries between Coupeville and Port Townsend this month, there will continue to be one boat ferry service through May 25, with a second boat coming online May 26. Reservations can be made and are always encouraged. Go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/takeaferry/.

Save the date for upcoming events in June:

June 3-5, 2016
Wooden Boat Foundation’s Classic Mariners’ Regatta
www.nwmaritime.org

June 9, 2016
Port Townsend Main Street Program’s “Taste of Port Townsend”
www.ptmainstreet.org

June 10-12, 2016
5th Annual Brass Screw Confederacy, a Steampunk Hootenanny

June 23, 2016
Race to Alaska
www.nwmaritime.org

June 28-July 3, 2016
Centrum’s Voice Works
www.centrum.org

We look forward to you coming our way in May!

 

Rhody Run 2016

April 24, 2016 by bluegullinn

Rhody Run 2016

RACE STARTS 11:00am, May 22, 2016!

“The Run that Cares for the Runner”

Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run

"The Run that Cares for the Runner"

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.

About Rhody Run

Rhody Run Individual Registration

REGISTRATION

Online Registration for individuals closes at 5pm PDT on May 14, 2016! Click Above!

Rhody Run Team Registration

TEAMS

Click the link above if interested in registering as a TEAM for the Jefferson Healthcare cup.

Rhody Run Facebook Page

FACEBOOK

Our active facebook page will keep you up to date with all the happenings, results, changes etc. about the Run.

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  • “The Run that Cares for the Runner”

If you would like to become a sponsor, please email us at: ptrhodyrun@gmail.com

Point Wilson Lighthouse – Port Townsend

April 11, 2016 by bluegullinn

 

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.

Original Point Wilson Lighthouse

Keeper Thomas, who was in the lighthouse at the time of the collision, provided the following account of the accident:

It was just 12:05 this morning when I heard the crash. As I turned in the direction of the sound, I saw the West Hartland with her nose rammed into the Governor’s starboard side amidships. It was clear and the vesssels were plainly in sight about three quarters of a mile away.I immediately called Port Townsend and tried to get the coast guard cutters, Arcataand Snohomish. Both were out of port. I finally got several launches out. I could see the boats putting out, and it wasn’t more than an hour before the Governor sank.

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.

Station buildings on Point Wilson in 1916

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.

Lens in Point Wilson Lighthouse

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.

Sir: Have sent you to-day per parcel post a sample of some of the vegetables I raised on the station here. Peas, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, garlic, and squash do well, but tomatoes, cabbage, and turnips are a failure; beans fairly well after planting four times; have 4 gallons of beans salted and 2 gallons canned. The yield was good, but of course of small quantity, as space was limited. Early onions and lettuce were splendid; gave Heather (the lighthouse tender) some for their mess.

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.

Keepers:

  • Head: David M. Littlefield (1879 – 1883), William H. Jakins (1883 – 1884), George Draper (1884 – 1888), Edmund Bailey (1888 – 1894), Hans P. Score (1894 – 1899), Charles W. Sheldon (1899 – 1900), Thomas J. Stitt (1900 – 1913), William J. Thomas (1914 – 1926), Mortimer Galvin (1926 – 1932), Merrill D. Spencer (1932 – 1935), Carl Lien (1935 – 1943), Rudolph Tolman (1943 – 1950).
  • First Assistant: Nathaniel L. Rogers (1879 – 1880), H.H. Edwards (1880 – 1881), William H. Jakins (1881 – 1883), Joseph E. Evans (1883 – 1885), Edward Scannel (1885 – 1888), Anthony W. Miller (1888 – 1890), George H. Stilwell (1890 – 1891), Joseph Dunson (1891 – 1894), Edward Durgan (1894 – 1895), Albert F. Allen (1895 – 1896), George H. Stilwell (1896 – 1898), Charles J. Smith (1898 – 1903), Andrew Jackson (1903 – 1905), Charles E. Baker (1905 – 1907), Paul A. Chevalier (1907 – 1908), Henry H. Stonefield (1908 – at least 1913), Charles E. Atherton (at least 1915 – at least 1917), Edmund N. Cadwell (at least 1918), Forrest A. Tuttle (at least 1919), Henry J. Williams (at least 1920 – at least 1921), Charles D. Whitehead (1924 – 1925), Merrill D. Spencer (1927 – 1932), Rudolph C. Toman (1935 – 1943), Ted Menzoni ().
  • Second Assistant: Robert M. Langos (1939 – 1942).

Photo Gallery: 1 2 3 4 5 6

References

  1. Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, various years.
  2. “Still on Point Wilson,” The San Francisco Call, October 1, 1896.
  3. Lighthouses of the Pacific, Jim Gibbs, 1986.
  4. Umbrella Guide to Washington Lighthouses, Sharlene and Ted Nelson, 1998.
  5. Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast, Randy Leffingwell and Pamela Welty, 2000.

Port Townsend Main Street

April 4, 2016 by bluegullinn

News from The Port Townsend
Main Street Program

Elks Building by Jason Squire Photography
APRIL EVENTS–Uptown, Downtown, it’s our Town!


April 7-May 1, Key City Public Theatre “Women in Jeopardy,” Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious comedy.


April 9-11, Port Townsend Film Festival Focus: Women & Film. Eleven contemporary films by the best independent filmmakers working today. Six film professionals for Q&A after their screenings, and a filmmakers’ roundtable on Saturday night, moderated by human rights poet and film scholar, Susan Rich.

April 9, Wooden Boat Festival Spring Symposium

Also April 9, 16th Annual 4X4 Expo at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

April 15, Port Townsend Main Street “LENT” Microloan Fund Low Interest Loan Program deadline. This microloan fund offers a tool for historic district businesses to offset financial impacts from emergency situations, though business development proposals will be considered.  Click here for more information.

April 20Wooden Boat Wednesday at the Northwest Maritime Center.

April 23, Main Street Earth Day Spring Clean Up, Sponsored by The Boiler Room! Volunteers needed! Call the Port Townsend Main Street office at 385-7911 for more information.  Join us at Adams Street Park at 9 am for painting, gardening and sprucing up downtown. Adams Street Park is at Adams and Water Street, adjacent to Nifty Fifties Restaurant. Thanks to The Boiler Room and the City of Port Townsend for Earth Day Spring Clean Up support.

Also April 23, Port Townsend Rotary Auction.

April 27-May 1Centrum Choro Workshop.

NEWS AROUND THE BLOCK

KPTZ 91.9 FM’s Spring On-Air Fund Drive is set for April 11 through April 16. From The Beatles to Beethoven, from nature shows to news, KPTZ is an important part of the Jefferson County community. KPTZ 91.9 FM is celebrating its fifth year on the air in 2016. The goal is to raise $25,000.  You can donate online 24/7 on the station’s secure website at www.kptz.org, or by calling 360-554-4430 during the fund drive.
Please welcome back American Cruise Lines to Union Wharf on Thursday, April 14th! The ship will be in Port Townsend on Thursdays through June 9th–then back in August, and many Fall dates. Check the link attached for exact dates.
Happy 15th Anniversary to Sweet Laurette Cafe in Uptown!
SPONSORS ON THE DOCK!
Do you remember what a great summer we had last year and how fantastic the Concerts on the Dock series was? Well, we have a fabulous line-up for this summer, thanks to Dominic Svornich, our music programmer. These community concerts are made possible by generous businesses. If you are interested in sponsoring this year, please call the Main Street office at 385-7911 for details. Thank you!
Have a special event coming up, anniversary or news you would like us to share? SEND US YOUR NEWS AROUND THE BLOCK to admin@ptmainstreet.org — Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD

May is “Art Wave” Month!! An inspiring exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12 displayed through the month of May in businesses in the Uptown and Downtown historic districts. To learn more and to sign up, visit our website
Hanging Flower Basket Program starts in May! The baskets are ordered through Henery’s Garden Center, they will be sending order forms to businesses that have ordered baskets in the past. If you are interested in ordering baskets, please call 385-3354 or email henerysgardencenter@olypen.com and they will send you an order form. The Port Townsend Main Street Program hires an independent gardening assistant to make sure the baskets will receive top care and attention for the season, 21 weeks! This includes securing the baskets to discourage theft, watering, fertilizing and maintaining the flowers. We offer this maintenance option to those businesses which find it easier to use an outside service for the season.  More details on pricing to come or call the PTMS office at 385-7911 for details.

Do You Love Port Townsend?

Become a member of the Port Townsend Main Street Program today! Friends of Main Street Memberships are $50/year, it’s not just for businesses, it’s for everyone.
THANK YOU to our Business Boutique members,  we appreciate your support! 

A Suite at the Fountain
Conservatory Coastal Home 
Derr Jewelry
Forest Gems Gallery
Frameworks
Gallery 9
Getables
GLOW Natural Skincare
Greg Barry, DDS
Hastings Estate Company
Home Staging and Styling by Patti
Joglo
K&B O’Hana
Lively Olive Tasting Bar
Mad Hatter & Co.
Nifty Fiftys
Park Place Dog Grooming
Port Townsend Fudge Co.
PTeRider
Terrapin Architecture
The Boiler Room
The Perfect Season
The Spice and Tea Exchange
Wandering Angus
World’s End
Writers’ Workshoppe & Imprint Books

Spring YAWP (Your Alternative Writing Program) – 2016

February 11, 2016 by bluegullinn

Spring YAWP (Your Alternative Writing Program) – 2016

Wheeler Theater

March 24-27, 2016
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

SOLD OUT
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

February 9, 2016 by bluegullinn

Arts & Entertainment in Port Townsend

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

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

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

Jazz at Centrum

Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend is a summer highlight

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

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

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

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

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

February 8, 2016 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

February 2, 2016

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

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

First Tuesday Salon, Carol

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

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

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

Watch the trailer: HERE.

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

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

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

Port Townsend Film Festival 2016

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