Red Wine and Chocolates
Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away. Escape with your sweetheart to Port Townsend for a romantic weekend getaway. We have a wide array of fantastic accommodations to suit your style. Click here for choices and to book your reservation. Many of our restaurants are offering Valentine’s specials too. For more details, contact our Visitor Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.385.2722.
Start your romantic celebration with Port Townsend as your home base and fall head over heels with the Olympic Peninsula Wineries and Cideries during their luscious Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate event over two scrumptious weekends: February 10-11 and 17-19, from 11 am to 5 pm. Let your quest for guilty pleasures run wild with the unmatched, extraordinary blends of Washington grapes, apples and pears—paired with decadent chocolates and local culinary fare. Enjoy a romantic drive through the scenic Olympic Peninsula!
The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine/cider tasting and chocolate samples at the nine participating wineries and cideries. Book here for online tickets. www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org/redwinechocolate.php
What better place to celebrate love than Port Townsend? Over the years, our city has received many accolades from the media naming us the “best of….” Most recently, in 2017, we were named by Architectural Digest as “One of the 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America” and MSN named Port Townsend the “Prettiest Town in Washington.”
With that in mind, we welcome you to come downtown and show your love for our fair city by penning a Love Letter to Port Townsend. You can write a poem, a love letter, or simply list the three things you love most about Port Townsend. Select restaurants and coffee shops will have entry forms. Please enter by February 14 to win prizes.
Concierges are ready to assist you!
On Saturdays, Port Townsend have friendly “Celebrity Concierges” roaming Water Street, from 1-3 pm, offering suggestions for things to do and see, giving directions and answering questions. They’ll be providing coupon books and maps to help you get around downtown. Be sure to look for them!
From now through June, the “Believe It or Knot!” game will pique your interest in unbelievable facts (or fiction) about our salty seaport. From the 1890s Victorian seaport to modern day, the past and present of Port Townsend will have you questioning whether you believe it or “knot.”
Hidden throughout downtown are incredible facts (true or false!) about our city. Find 10 of them at participating businesses. Try your hand to see how well you know your facts about Port Townsend by completing the game to be entered in prize drawings–$100 in monthly gift certificates and a chance to win a grand prize of $500 in gift certificates to spend in downtown businesses. And be sure to tag any of your photos on Instagram or Facebook with #ILovePortTownsend!
Key City Playhouse
Key City Public Theatre will kick off its 60th anniversary season with the Northwest Premiere of the critically-acclaimed, one-woman play, “Spirit Awakening,” written, directed and performed by Akuyoe Graham, at the KCPT Playhouse February 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7 pm with Saturday matinees at 2 pm.
Capturing how Ms. Graham evolved as a human being and performer, an immigrants and a woman, this mythic story is effused with power and strength, sensitivity and emotion as the supremely skilled Graham creates 12 distinct personalities that segue into one another with seamless brilliance as her life takes her from Africa to London to Spanish Harlem and eventually Hollywood. Each step provokes new levels of personal assessment, raising complex questions of split loyalties and the difficulties of rediscovering one’s roots, unimpeded by dogma. One film/theatre critic described her as a “mystic in the theatre, a sage on the screen.”
To purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org or call 360.385.5278.
The sailboat racing season opens with the 27th Annual Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 24. Boats of all construction are welcome. As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing, but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting to be connected with skippers looking for crew.
The regatta is presented by the Northwest Maritime Center and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. www.nwmaritime.org/events/shipwrights-regatta/
Save the date for upcoming events in March and April:
22nd Annual Port Townsend PlayFest
Key City Public Theatre, Port Townsend
This is a theater lover’s feast offering 10 plays over two weekends, including six one-act plays by local writers and three full-length plays by regional and national playwrights.
Victorian Heritage Festival
The theme is Victorian Dreams—from roots as traditional as tea and shortbread to the high-flying speculation of Jules Verne, there will be celebrations about all that was best in the hearts and minds of this time in history. Mark your calendar for a grand time for the entire family!
We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!
OLYMPIC PENINSULA WINERIES
Olympic Peninsula Wineries is a collaboration of nine award winning wineries and cideries located in Sequim, Port Angeles, Chimacum, Nordland, and Port Townsend. Our wine trail is one be envied with each location offering a unique and diverse variety of wine & cider, paired lovingly with locally crafted chocolates. See what each winery has planned for you!
Finnriver Farm & Cidery: We seek to delight the senses with tantalizing tastes of our decadent brandywines and our farmcrafted ciders, including a Special Release Winter Ruby cider, with organic cranberry and vanilla spice, and our deeply delicious oak-aged Pommeau. Also enjoy samples of locally crafted truffles featuring Finnriver flavors from Elevated Candy Company and Port Townsend Chocolate Company miniature dark chocolate cups. Enjoy a small sumptuous cup of Elevated’s sipping chocolate to warm the heart, with a splash of our Cacao Brandywine. Crust Pies will bake up their beloved mini pies with chocolate and our Raspberry brandywine. Finnriver offers weekend food carts with crepes and bratwursts (and a special oyster pop-up on 2/17) and live music & dancing too! Live Music schedule
Marrowstone Vineyards: We are releasing two new wines for the event to compliment our existing repertoire. What better time to release these wines, to kick off our new season, and to celebrate this awesome event! The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon everyone has been waiting for is rich and earthy, with strong flavors of Italian plums, and dark cherries. Also the first white wine from the 2017 harvest, Sauvignon Blanc has a delightful honey and almond scent transcending into distinctive flavors of apricot, honeydew, caramel, and green apple.
Each of our wines will be specifically paired with a different flavor chocolate prepared by The Port Townsend Chocolate Company. A lot of time and energy was put into these individual pairings to assure an unforgettable, mind-blowing flavor experience.
Wind Rose Cellars We will be pouring only red wines! We will pair our award winning red wines with locally made chocolates from Yvonne’s Chocolates. We will also have our VIP bar open where tasters can sample additional wines for a nominal fee
Join Wind Rose Cellars for tour after hours both Friday and Saturday nights. We will host local live music in our intimate bistro setting. Show times are 7-9pm with no cover for customers of Wind Rose Cellars. Live Music Schedule.
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! Winemaker Don Corson will offer a tasting of Reserve wines in our barrel room for an additional $10. Great discounts will help add to your cellar.
Olympic Cellars: this year’s Red Wine & Chocolate event will be more luscious than ever. We will feature two new wines, 2014 Carmenere and 2015 Cabernet Franc.
Our brand new 2014 Carmenere – The color of this wine is especially striking. It’s the deepest, richest, bluish-purple color you have ever seen. This wine feels opulent on the pallet. Aromas of plum green peppercorn and raspberry give way to spice, plum, and cocoa with a long lingering finish. It’s delicious, exotic and wholly unlike anything else we’ve produced. Kiona Vineyard. 100 cases produced.
2015 Cabernet Franc – This is our first vintage of Cabernet Franc since 2009. You will love the violet, blackberry, aromatic herbs, and sandalwood aromas combining with soft acidity and ripe tannins. This wine tastes of sun-drenched blackberry, plum and red currant with a wonderfully distinct earthiness. It is exceptionally well-balanced and offers volume, complexity and a long, luxurious finish. Lonesome Spring Vineyard. 100 Cases produced.
Join us in the cellar where nibbles of mild cheeses and decadent spreads will enhance your tasting. Also, ‘We Do Fudge’ of Sequim will be on-site pairing the perfect fudge flavors with our wines.
While visiting the cellar, you can stop by our photo booth or create a message in a bottle for that someone special in your life. We’ll have a station set up for writing a message and corking it in a wine bottle.
Port Townsend Vineyards: Born out of hard work, innovation, and a long term vision for future generations, Port Townsend Vineyards introduces locally produced wine to the city. Our goal is to provide thought-provoking wine for casual enjoyment. We do it by welcoming you into our town and sharing our talents. Come visit us on the RWCC tour and taste a sneak peak of our highly-anticipated Tempranillo Rose! We’ll also be pouring our Sangiovese, Cab Franc, and Syrah, delightfully paired with chocolates from Elevated Candies.
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
Port Townsend Farmers Market. Just 3 blocks down Clay Street from the Blue Gull Inn B&B on Saturdays is our local Farmers Market. Great local produce, food, crafts and music from 9am to 2pm. Take time to enjoy all it has to offer. We are fortunate to have such a nice Farmers Market in our Community, especially in Uptown. Located on the corner of Lawrence and Tyler streets, across the street from Aldrich’s grocery store.
Tyler and Lawrence Streets, Port Townsend, WA
The Port Townsend Saturday Market is a lively community hub in the center of uptown Port Townsend. One of the largest small town markets in the nation, the Market has over 70 vendors each week including: 40 farms, 4 artisan cheese makers, 3 cideries, artisan bakers, espresso and coffee, herbal salves, soaps, and arts and crafts. Come get your groceries for the week, enjoy a delicious meal, live music and community. Open the first Saturday in April through the third Saturday in December, 9am – 2pm from April through October, 10am – 1 pm from November-December.
‘Tis the season for salmon sandwiches and spring planting. The In Season Catering Salmon Wagon will be back at market this Saturday with delicious salmon sandwiches featuring fish from Cape Cleare Fishery, Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery bread, local eggs and salad greens, as well as Wild Sage Tea. Yum!
The return of the Salmon Wagon signifies a change in the market season from the early spring to later spring and summer. If you haven’t started already, this is the time for planting your veggie, fruit and flower starts. Local farmers have an abundance of salad green, herbs, medicinal and decorative flower, strawberry, raspberry, shrub and even tomato starts at market. While tomato starts should be planted in greenhouses or hothouses this time of year, the other starts at market can go straight into the ground. Ask your local farmer if you have any questions about planting.
This Saturday is also the weekend before May Day on Monday, May 1. May Day is ancient northern hemisphere spring festival traditionally including dancing, singing, May poles, giving flowers, and sharing food. While the earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times honoring flower goddesses, May Day has been adapted from culture to culture. In the United States May Day is both a celebration of spring and International Worker’s Day. This is a time to share May baskets with neighbors and friends. Traditionally, May baskets, filled with flowers and possibly treats, are dropped off on a friend’s porch, their bell is rung or door knocked upon and the giver runs away before being caught. You are in luck! In time for May Day there are plenty of spring flowers at market for your baskets to loved ones and neighbors.
One last thing, did you know that we accept and match EBT/SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers at market? With community and grant support we help you stretch your federal food assistance dollars so you can get more nutritious, local food. Check in with Jefferson County Public Health and OlyCAP to find out when WIC and Senior Farmers Market Program vouchers will be distributed (usually in June). Visit the market booth for more information about our matching programs. Our thanks goes out to our individual donors and sponsors: Jefferson Healthcare, Kristin Manwaring Insurance, the Port Townsend Food Co-op, United Good Neighbors, and a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the United Stated Department of Agriculture. Check out our new EBT signs. Salix did. If you are about two feet tall they are lots of fun.
Centrum Port Townsend
Nonstop Music & Readings at Centrum in July
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.
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
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
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
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
VOICE WORKS ARTICLES
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
July 3 – July 10, 2016 – the 40th Gathering!
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington
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.
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: email@example.com , or call 360-385-3102, x127.