June is Jumpin’ with Fun in Port Townsend!
Port Townsend is all abuzz with excitement about our super cool events this month. We’re serving up something for every appetite. Catch your breath when the wind fills the sails of the stunning wooden boats in the Classic Mariners’ Regatta and be part of the exhilarating send-off of the participants in the incredible 5th Annual Race to Alaska!
From the Taste of Port Townsend event for foodies and the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival to music galore with Centrum and so much more, we know you’ll love the adventure of surprise and delight when you join the fun this month in Port Townsend!
Photo by Michael Berman
The 36th Classic Mariners’ Regatta, May 31-June 2, brings beautiful wooden boats, high-caliber sailors racing their hearts out, and a friendly atmosphere. Since 1984, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta has animated Port Townsend Bay with the wooden boat spirit that is quintessentially Port Townsend. This event draws classic wooden boats from across the state to race and celebrate the beauty of these classic vessels.
The weekend kicks off with a welcoming gathering on Friday night. Saturday brings two races, the first starting at noon and the second one commencing immediately after. The final sailboat race will start at noon on Sunday and the weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 5 pm. www.nwmaritime.org/events/classic-mariners-regatta/
This year the Classic Mariners’ Regatta, SEVENTY48 and the Race to Alaska are back-to-back in a weekend of epic fun and on-the-water adventure. So come to the Northwest Maritime Center ad Pope Marine Park to watch or race in the regatta, cheer on SEVENTY48 racers as they arrive from Tacoma, take part in the R2AK madness on Sunday during the Ruckus, and see the R2AK teams set off early on Monday.
2018 R2AK winner: Team Sail Like A Girl
R2AK (short for the Race to Alaska) is simple. Get a boat without a motor. Race 750 miles to Ketchikan, 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 Monday, June 3, from the Northwest Maritime Center. 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 Sunday, June 2, 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.
Photo by Deja View Photography
The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market opens June 5, at Haines Place Park and Ride, from 11 am to 3 pm. The market season is in full swing with the Saturday Farmers Market Uptown from 9 am to 2 pm.
The Wednesday Farmers Market can be easily accessed from anywhere in the Jefferson County. Try taking transit to the market or walk, bike or drive to Jefferson Transit’s Park and Ride. There’s plenty of parking and you can stroll from Uptown through Kah Tai Lagoon to get to the market. For more info, go to www.jcfmarkets.org.
Photo by Deja View Photography
The Port Townsend Main Street Program celebrates the Tastes of Port Townsend on June 6 from 5-8 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center. Foodies will enjoy delicious samples from 21 restaurants and dessert spots, breweries, wineries and cideries, plus tea and coffee businesses.
“Join us for a culinary adventure in support of our local Port Townsend Main Street Program. We’re excited about the menu this year featuring lots of local tastes from savory to sweet, perfectly complemented by delicious hand-crafted, artisan beverages,” says Mari Mullen, Executive Director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program. This is a 21+ event, please bring valid ID. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.
Photo by Diane Urbani
Key City Public Theatre presents a Cole Porter revue with the title The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen through the Eyes of Cole Porter, running Thursday through Sunday from June 7 to 30. The guests are arriving as the music plays. Drinks flow at the bar on stage. A little sipping, a little dancing—and then the party morphs into a performance where the songs of Cole Porter transport the audience to a 1940s cabaret. This show is steeped in saucy Porter rarities from the early 20th century, an era when plenty of declining and falling were going on. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.
Photo by Nyk Fury
Join the Brass Screw Confederacy, for its 8th annual Steampunk Festival, June 7-9. Celebrate diabolical geniuses who give “us punks our steam” and their Mad Science! 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, fashion show, Hot Dam Scandal, magic and mayhem galore plus more! For more details about what to expect, go to www.brassscrew.org.
Centrum is hosting the Chamber Music Series featuring the American String Quartet on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden. The program will include works from Shostakovich, Fauré and Ravel. The quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it’s famous. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, the quartet has performed in all 50 states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide. For more info, go to www.centrum.org/port-townsend-chamber-music-festival/.
The first of Centrum’s Free Friday Concerts begin at noon on Friday, June 28 at Fort Worden, outdoors on the Nora Porter Commons Lawn and lasts for an hour. It’s a great way to welcome the weekend, relax and enjoy fantastic music. Bring the family. Have a picnic. Enjoy summer.
The Chetzemoka Interpretive Trail will have its grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 29 at Memorial Field at 1 pm, approximately 131 years since the last hereditary chief passed away. The new trail tells the story of Chief Chetzemoka and the S’Klallam people in Port Townsend in both a visual and physical way. It’s a partnership with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County Historical Society and the Port of Port Townsend, connecting many points of tribal, geographic and historic interest spanning 3-mile and 6-mile loops on a 12-mile route around the city and through Fort Worden. Many of Chief Chetzemoka’s descendants will be in attendance. For more info about the trail, go to www.tribalmuseum.jamestowntribe.org/hsg/chetzemoka_trail.php.
A stunning totem pole has been given to the Northwest Maritime Center by the Jamestown S’Klallam which will be erected the morning of June 27 on the corner of Water Street and Monroe Street.
Upcoming Events this Summer—Save the Dates!
The 5th Annual “Old School” 4th of July at Fort Worden
The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, public concerts July 4 and 6
Concerts on the Dock, July 11 – August 29, every Thursday from 5-7 pm downtown
Jazz Port Townsend, July 21-28
Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 28 – August 4
Olympic Music Festival at Fort Worden, July 13 & 14, August 10-31 (weekends)
Key City Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, The Merry Wives of Windsor, August 2-25
We can’t wait to welcome you to Port Townsend this summer!
The Victorian Festival returns with new events, old favorites, and even more opportunities to experience a way of life that was. Join us among the beautiful Victorian architecture of Port Townsend as history lives again.
Watch this space for more information and ticket sales. We look forward to seeing you!
Arts & Entertainment
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.
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.
Enjoy our annual Olympic Peninsula Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate Tour! Let your temptations run wild with our unmatched extraordinary blends of Washington grapes, apples and pears – paired with decadent chocolate & local culinary fare. You’ll fall head over heels with Olympic Peninsula Wineries & Cideries, during the Olympic Peninsula Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate Tour. This tour takes place over two scrumptious weekends to allow you to savor each venue’s offerings. Our new release varietals and culinary offerings will satisfy every palate and have you falling in love with every sip.
Tickets for this self guided tour are available on-line for $40 or $45 at the wineries or cideries and are non-refundable. These tickets include a souvenir wine glass, wine and cider tastings at each location as well as sensational chocolate pairings. Visitors who get their ticket stamped at all nine tasting rooms will be entered into a drawing for a love inspired gift basket. Purchase tickets here.
All venues will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day for the tour and some venues may have extended hours for non-tour visits. Tasting fees for those not participating in the ticketed event will be $10 per person at each winery or cidery.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries encourage responsible wine touring and recommend that you have a designated driver in your group. Designated drivers do not need to purchase a ticket and are always welcome to taste the food. While children are allowed in the tasting rooms, you must be 21 or over to purchase tickets and/or participate in wine and cider tasting.
Eaglemount Winery & Cidery: Join Eaglemount with chocolate serenade, delicious caramel sauce paired with our lineup of ciders, wines and meads with the new release of Brambleberry Burn Cider and wine release of Tempranillo you’ll fall in love with Eaglemount again and again.
Harbinger Winery: Attention Wine Lovers and Chocoholics!
The Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate Tour is your ticket to unabashedly celebrate several great things at the same time; the survival of another cold, dark January, the anticipation of blooming romance, and the celebration of red wine, hard cider and gourmet chocolate. The Harbinger crew has been surfing through an ocean of wine and chocolate pairings and gleaning tattered and wine- stained notes to create the ultimate palatial experience for you on the subject.
Also in the works is the highly provocative VIP Reserve tasting for those daring enough to step behind the velvet curtains of the Kitty Kat Lounge. Sample Harbinger Winery’s gold medal and reserve wines with handmade aphrodisiac chocolates and prepare to have your preconceived beliefs warped with mind-bending creations.
We hope to see you at Harbinger Winery for this much anticipated, once-a-year chocolate extravaganza!
FairWinds Winery: visitors can have fun dipping tasty tidbits from salty pretzels to sweet strawberries in the chocolate fountain and discover a favorite pairing with our current wine releases, including the popular Port O’ Call.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery: At Finnriver, we will seek to delight the senses with tantalizing tastes of our decadent brandywines and our farm crafted ciders, including our orchard series Golden Russet Cider, botanical Solstice Saffron Cider, our beloved Raspberry Brandywine and newly released Chai Brandywine. Also enjoy samples of chocolate delights or purchase a hot meal from the Finnriver Kitchen or one of our wonderful weekend food vendors: Dented Buoy woodfired pizza or Hama Hama oysters and chowder! We will also have live music Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Marrowstone Vineyards: Marrowstone Vineyards is excited to share their red wine and chocolate offerings to help shake off those winter blues! For the wine, cider and chocolate experience we will be pouring our red wines with a taste of sweet as well as savory. Silverwater Café will be providing us with delectable turtle fudge, and some decadently rich chocolate mousse truffles. For our savory option they are preparing cacao spice rubbed lamb skewers. These tasty bites of sweet and savory, paired with our red wines is something you will absolutely not want to miss out on.
Wind Rose Cellars: Wind Rose Cellars plans an exciting and educational experience when you visit our tasting room.
We will pour some of our award-winning reds paired with local chocolatier Yvonne Yokota. Yvonne will also be on site with chocolate truffles along with her delicious chocolate bark.
We will pour the following wines: 2013 Primitivo, 2014 Field Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Nebbiolo, 2014 Bravo Rosso, 2015 Hunters Red and our ever so popular 2017 Muscato. We have some special sales going on as well. We also plan to have our VIP bar open pouring some of our rare and super limited produced wines.
We also have live music planned:
- February 8th “Dawn Martin” local keyboardist who really packs the house. 7-9pm
- February 9th Forest Beutel” regional one-man band that plays blues. 7-9 pm
- February 14th Blue Skyz Jazz local jazz Trio performing from 6-8pm
- February 15th “Tony Flaggs Band” local trio that plays a mixture of rock with a little bluegrass. 7-9pm
- February 16th “Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz” local jazz vocalist that will amaze you with her vocals. 7-9pm
Join us if you can. We’d love to show you our spin on Italian varietals grown in Washington State.
Camaraderie Cellars: we like to think that red wine and dark chocolate applied internally is just what the doctor orders to sustain your good health. Sips of varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, as well as Bordeaux-styled blends will certainly fill the bill. Add to that, tasty bittersweet chocolate heart cookies and dark chocolate bark bites. And to highlight savory chocolate, the Cocoa Spiced pulled pork will be back by popular demand. Enjoy tastings in our new Ridge Room. Toasting good health for all! Great discounts will help add to your cellar.
Olympic Cellars: Olympic Cellars welcomes you. It is our 40th Anniversary and in celebration, we will release our first ever Pinot Noir with a special commemorative label.
We are really excited to have ‘We Do Fudge’ of Sequim back on-site pairing the perfect fudge flavors with two new limited-release wines.
Petite Sirah, 2015 -This is our first vintage of this delicious full-bodied, well-balanced wine which tastes of juicy plum and raspberry.
Petit Verdot, 2015 – The mouth feel is plush, and the taste is distinctive for the espresso, bitter chocolate overtones to its plump core of black currant and blueberry flavors.
Last year’s favorite pairing of White Port and carrot cake fudge will also be back. Yumm! As always, we will have a variety of red and white wines available to sample.
You will also enjoy sampling some fun nibbles in the cellar and taking advantage of special discounts to stock up your cellar.
Port Townsend Vineyards: Come visit us on the Red Wine, Cider & Chocolate tour and taste a sneak peak of our highly-anticipated Discovery Rosé! Attendees will receive the first tastes of this year’s vintage. We’ll also be pouring our 2017 Merlot and 2016 Pinot Noir, delightfully paired with truffles from Elevated Chocolate and other snacks. Come walk through the tank hall to view operations and settle in inside our heated Discovery Room Pavilion.
As April showers give way to May flowers, nothing takes center stage as eloquently here in Port Townsend as the Rhododendron, which you’ll see blooming prolifically around town. It’s not only Washington’s state flower, but it’s the star of the show this month as we celebrate our 83rd Rhododendron Festival, with activities and fun for the whole family…even your pet! Mark your calendars to join us May 16-20!
But that’s not all that’s coming your way in May. Read on to learn about more exciting events and activities for you to enjoy in Port Townsend this month!
Art Wave, May 1-31
You’ll be inspired by this colorful month-long exhibit of over 400 pieces of children’s artwork displayed in businesses in Uptown and Downtown, created by grades K-12 in the Port Townsend School District. Come to the historic districts for Art Walk on Saturday, May 5, from 5:30-7:30 pm and see the creativity of our children.
New this year, tap into your creativity at the ArtZone—a Paint n’ Sip Party on May 24 from 5-7 pm for adults 21+ to benefit Arts in the Port Townsend Public Schools. The class will be led by Jesse Watson, an award-winning local artist who’s known for his colorful landscapes and portraits. The $50 fee includes materials and refreshments. The art party will be held in the Kuhn Building at 1044 Water Street. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program. http://ptmainstreet.org/may-is-art-wave/
Opening Day on the Bay, Saturday, May 5
Opening Day of the 2018 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 12:30 pm ferry to Coupeville. Following the parade, there will be the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. www.PTYC.net
Gemboree, Saturday, May 5
The Port Townsend Rock Club is hosting their annual Gemboree showcase, including local experts demonstrating contemporary beading, jewelry bezel setting, stone sculpting and much more. The organization has been active for over 50 years in Port Townsend. Located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, the clubhouse hosts a complete studio, library and a cavalcade of people who love to work on and learn about gems, minerals and geology. Explore the possibilities at the Gemboree from 10 am to 2 pm. Free to the public. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
83rd Annual Rhododendron Festival and Rhody Run, May 16-20
Talk like a local and call it “Rhody!” For those of us in Port Townsend, this term encompasses anything going on during the week of the festival. We simply call all of it “Rhody.” Feel free to do so, too. Make plans to join us this year for Rhody and celebrate our Port Townsend “community holiday” with us. Here’s the scoop:
Wednesday, May 16
6pm Trike Race begins
Thursday, May 17
4:30pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field
Friday, May 18
3:30pm Kiddies Parade begins and the Carnival is ongoing through the evening
6:30pm Bed Races begin
Saturday, May 19
1pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade with a Cake Picnic to follow
Sunday, May 20
11am 40th Annual Rhody Run begins
www.RhodyFestival.org or www.RhodyRun.com
The 5th Annual Artisan Food Festival is May 26 in Uptown Port Townsend with 70+ local farms, live music, artisan foods, craft beer, cider, wine, and arts and craft vendors including cheese pairings with Mt. Townsend Creamery and Port Townsend Vineyards. Chef demonstrations by Jefferson Healthcare’s Executive Chef, Arran Stark; Finistere’s Executive Chef and Co-owner Deborah Taylor; Jess Rose, Silverwater Café’s Executive Chef; and Denise Joy from Mountain Spirit Herbal Company. For a schedule of events, go to http://jcfmarkets.org/ptaff/.
Save the date for upcoming events in June:
Classic Mariners’ Regatta
Watch beautiful wooden boats and high-caliber sailors racing their hearts out.
Port Townsend Main Street’s Taste of Port townsend
Sample. Sip. Mingle. It’s going to be delicious!
The Brass Screw Confederacy – Steampunk Festival
Join us somewhere between 1891 and a time that yet may be…
June 13 and 14
Pre-Race Ruckus and Race to Alaska
No motor, no support, all the way to Alaska. Watch the race start in Port Townsend!
Centrum’s Chamber Music Series
An afternoon concert by the Pacifica Quartet
June 27, 28 and 29
Centrum’s Voice Works Performances
Vocal Showcase #1 of music and dances, June 27, 7:30 pm
Boogie at the Honky Tonk Polka Dot Dance, June 28, 8 pm
Vocal Showcase #2 of music and dances, June 27, 7:30 pm
We can’t wait to welcome you to Port Townsend this month!