We’re Over the Moon About All the Fun in June!

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It turns up the heat with the hottest Steampunk Hootenanny ever, featuring bands from across the country, burlesque, and a diverse array of entertainments. All-ages attractions include: Tactical Croquet, Airship Apprentice (our own collectible card game), Hugo award-winning Phil & Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius, Rise of Aester’s annual assembly, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, bands, magic, and mayhem galore!www.brass-screw.org

Race to Alaska 2015

The first-ever Race to Alaska (R2AK) starts with a celebratory send-off party hosted by the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) on June 3. The “Pre-Race Ruckus” will be held in the Pope Marine Park (adjacent to the NWMC) from 5-7 pm and will feature live music, a beer garden and food carts. There will be an opportunity to see the boats and meet the characters who have entered into this inaugural event.

Over 60 teams will depart Port Townsend in the wee hours on June 4 (rumor has it sometime between 4 and 5 am!), headed for the Stage 1 finish in Victoria, BC. Stage 2 will leave Victoria on June 7. The race ends 750 miles later in Ketchikan, Alaska. The winner receives $10,000 and the second place finisher gets a set of steak knives. Join the fun at the “Pre-Race Ruckus” to send them off in style the day before the race start! www.NWMaritime.org

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The 32nd Annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta begins the next day on June 5, at the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), concluding on Sunday, June 7. This event draws classic wooden boats from across the state to race, rub elbows and celebrate the beauty of wooden boats. The races are open to classic sailboats of all sizes, kayaks, dinghies and row boats.

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. A loosely-organized race for wooden dinghies, shells and kayaks will be held Sunday at 9 am, if there are enough participants. The final sailboat race will start at noon and the weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 5 pm.www.NWMaritime.org

Visit our new Port Townsend Visitor Information Center recently relocated to 2409 Jefferson Street (the former home of Northwind Art Center), just off Sims Way. This will provide easy access for you as you’re coming into Port Townsend and you’ll love the fresh new look. The volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you not only to Port Townsend, but to the new Visitor Center as well.

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Also on the move, the Fort Worden Visitor Center relocated from the Guardhouse, near the entrance to the park, to the Park Administration Office across from the Parade Grounds. The Visitor Center and gift shop is managed by the Friends of Fort Worden, with all proceeds from sales going toward support of the park. Stop by, learn about Fort Worden, and pick up a few gifts for friends and family. www.fwfriends.org

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The 2nd Annual Fort Worden Open House is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates the diversity of Fort Worden and the Lifelong Learning Center. Rediscover the natural beauty and rich history of this 434-acre state park on Saturday, June 13.

From 2-6 pm, bring the whole family and learn about the innovative programming and extraordinary events presented by Fort Worden’s 12 campus partners. And don’t forget your dancing shoes! There will be live music and entertainment at the Fort Worden Commons all afternoon, culminating in an all-ages concert with Locust Street Taxi and special guests performing in the USO Building beginning at 7 pm.

For more information visit Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/events/638520192916220/

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Nothing celebrates America like the 4th of July and after a two-year hiatus, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of fireworks to Fort Worden State Park for the 1st Annual “Old School” 4th of July.

In collaboration with Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Thunderbull Productions, locals and visitors will enjoy a memorable weekend of excellent music, delicious food and “Old School” traditions. Saturday, July 4th, carries the weekend’s momentum to a climax with a pie-eating contest, field games, piñatas, free root beer floats, a car show, live music and much, much more, all culminating in an epic display of fireworks. www.jeffcountychamber.org and  www.centrum.org.

Pack the car, load up the kids and dog, and come to Port Townsend for summer fun!

Parks & Beaches

Parks, Beaches and FUN things to do

Parks, Beaches and FUN things to do

Parks, Beaches and FUN things to do

Parks, Beaches and FUN things to do

Parks, Beaches and FUN things to do. Port Townsend is home to some of the most oustanding public parks in the state of Washington.

Fort Worden State Park is a turn-of-the-century army base located just 2 miles from the downtown core. Fort Worden offers an unmatched combination of natural beauty and historic interest. Acres of saltwater beaches, wooded hills, and open fields are framed by stunning vistas of the Olympic and Cascade ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In addition to being a mecca for nature lovers, the Park and it’s nonprofit campus partners is a center for lifelong learning.

Perched between downtown and Fort Worden is the lovely Chetzemoka Park. This city-owned gem is on the water, and has a stunning view of the Cascade Mountains and Whidbey Island. The Park has  flower gardens, picnic areas, play equipment, and a bandstand modeled after the Victorian original, as well as access to the beach and tidelands.

Port Townsend is just miles away from the mighty Olympic National Park. One the nation’s crown jewels, ONP showcases Pacific Ocean beaches, rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals. Roads provide access to the outer edges of the park, but the heart of the Park Olympic is wilderness; a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike.

Want more to explore? Check out PTGuide.com’s complete list of City parks.

Do not miss all there is to see and do during your visit to Port Townsend, WA. Many great places to shop and dine. Enjoy our beaches and waterfront. Have fun!

While here, stay at the Blue Gull Inn Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy one of our 6 guest rooms

What’s happening in Port Townsend, WA

While in Port Townsend and need a place to stay. Try the Blue Gull Inn B&B.

Art Wave

May 1-31, 2015

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 2, from 5:30-7:30pm 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 2, 2015

Opening Day of the 2015 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

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Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Fort Worden

brunch-at-fort-wordenPamper Mom with brunch from 10am to 2pm at Fort Worden, surrounded by natural beauty and historic charm. Executive Chef Lou Bair welcomes your family to dine on the freshest, most decadent items that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Indulge in the Mimosa Bar and Omelet Bar, paired with tasty ham and roast New York strip loin or house-smoked salmon and Hood Canal mussels. Top it off with gourmet pastries, artisan meats and cheeses and fresh fruits. Enjoy live music in an intimate dining setting.

After brunch, take a stroll through the Centennial Rhododendron Garden. Call for reservations at 360.344.4400, ext. 514. www.FortWorden.org

80th Annual Rhododendron Festival
May 9-17, 2015

Make plans to join us for any and all of these events for our Port Townsend “community holiday” celebration. Learn more at www.RhodyFestival.org orwww.RhodyRun.com

Wednesday, May 13

  • 6pm Trike Race begins

Pet_paradeThursday, May 14

  • 4:30pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field

Friday, May 15

  • 3:30pm Kiddie Parade begins with the Navy Band NW Concert to follow
  • 6:30pm Bed Races begin

Saturday, May 16

  • 1pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade with a Cake Picnic to follow

Sunday, May 17

  • 11am Rhody Run XXXVII begins

Artisan Food Festival
May 23-24, 2015

Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s artisan foods and makers, the weekend includes classes, chef demos, tastings, tours and author talks.

artisan food festival

Start at the Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am to 3pm in Uptown Port Townsend featuring over 70 vendors. Seattle-based Sasquatch Books, one of the Nation’s leading independent publishers, with top-selling books on food, wine, travel, and gardening, will feature their food books and authors at the market. Authors Jennifer Adler and Kate Lebo will be onsite to teach classes based on their books. Artisan food classes will be going on all day from 10am to 5pm. A self-guided tour of Jefferson County Food Artisans on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.http://jeffersoncountyfarmersmarket.org/celebrate/artisanfoodfestival/

4th Annual Brass Screw Confederacy
A Steampunk Hootenanny
May 29-31, 2015

The extravaganza takes over downtown Port Townsend aiming to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. It turns up the heat with our hottest Steampunk Hootenanny ever, featuring bands from across the country, burlesque, and a diverse array of entertainments. All-ages attractions include Tactical Croquet, Airship Apprentice (our own collectible card game), Hugo award-winning Phil & Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius, Rise of Aester’s annual assembly, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, bands, magic, and mayhem galore! www.brass-screw.org

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Race to Alaska
June 3, 2015

The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) invites you to a celebratory send-off for the first-ever Race to Alaska (R2AK). The Pre-Race Ruckus will be held in the Pope Marine Park (adjacent to the NWMC) from 5 – 7pm and will feature live music, a beer garden and food carts. There will be an opportunity to see the boats and meet the characters who have entered into this inaugural event.

Over 60 teams will depart Port Townsend in the wee hours on June 4 headed for the Stage 1 finish in Victoria, BC. Stage 2 will leave Victoria on June 7. The race ends 750 miles later in Ketchikan, Alaska. Join the fun at the Pre-Race Ruckus to send them off in style the day before the race start! www.NWMaritime.org

We look forward to having you come our way in May…and June too!

What would you sacrifice in order to save your town from economic ruin?  This is the question at the heart of Tanstaafl*, Key City Public Theatre’s original production, running from April 23, 2015 to May 10, 2015. The play, conceived and directed by KCPT Artistic Director Denise Winter, revolves around an industrial town in the Pacific Northwest that, despite its history as a booming metropolis of industry and culture, has inexplicably fallen into debt and disrepair. When a former citizen returns and offers financial security, the town soon learns that “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch*”.

A Key City Original

The origins of Tanstaafl are as interesting as the play itself. This Tragicomedy draws inspiration from the German language playwrights of the 20th century, such as Durrenmatt, Frisch, and Brecht, whose plays explore the deepest themes of humanity in a bizarre, absurdist way that allows the audience to disengage their disdain just long enough to appreciate the comedy of it all before circling back for a macabre ending that highlights the moral poignancy of the issues at hand.

Tanstaafl holds a special significance for Denise Winter, who, ten years ago, kicked off her tenure as Artistic Director at Key City Public Theatre with a sold-out run of Brecht’sThreepenny Opera. For Winter, the works of these German playwrights are as potent as ever. “They’re not cut and dry,” she says, “They reflect a world in which we take our lessons and our lumps but also lighten our load by finding some humor in the foibles of the human condition. If we can’t laugh at the things that go wrong while also drawing deeper meaning from them, then, what’s the point?”

So, to celebrate her tenth anniversary at KCPT, Winter has taken the opportunity to create an original work that, in addition to exploring German Tragicomedy’s oft-explored themes of economic ruin, greed, and the cost of salvation, has a Glenn Miller score, ensemble dance numbers, and a script that is infused with the places, ideas, and voices of the Pacific Northwest.

The ensemble cast, including some Key City favorites and several new faces, help bring to life this production that breathes with the spirit of Key City Public Theatre, a company deeply rooted in the community. Tanstaafl is a wicked blend of classic tragedy and high comedy that explores the darkest depths of human nature and, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, presents the audience with a choice of their own: laugh at the absurdity of the tale or cringe at its resonance.

Show Details

Tanstaafl is generously sponsored by Playwright for Playwright, Itali Lambertini, and 66 Women. KCPT’s Season Sponsors are PT Fudge Company, Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar, and SOS Printing. Pay-what-you-wish performances, sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission, will be on Sunday, April 26th and Thursday, April 30th.

Tanstaafl runs from April 23rd through May 10th at Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend. Tickets ($10-$24) & info at keycitypublictheatre.org and at the box office, 419 Washington Street, 360-385-KCPT.

Thank-you!!!

 

What’s happening in Port Townsend, WA

While in Port Townsend and need a place to stay. Try the Blue Gull Inn B&B.

Art Wave

May 1-31, 2015

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 2, from 5:30-7:30pm 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 2, 2015

Opening Day of the 2015 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

Opening-Day-on-the-Bay

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Fort Worden

brunch-at-fort-wordenPamper Mom with brunch from 10am to 2pm at Fort Worden, surrounded by natural beauty and historic charm. Executive Chef Lou Bair welcomes your family to dine on the freshest, most decadent items that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Indulge in the Mimosa Bar and Omelet Bar, paired with tasty ham and roast New York strip loin or house-smoked salmon and Hood Canal mussels. Top it off with gourmet pastries, artisan meats and cheeses and fresh fruits. Enjoy live music in an intimate dining setting.

After brunch, take a stroll through the Centennial Rhododendron Garden. Call for reservations at 360.344.4400, ext. 514. www.FortWorden.org

80th Annual Rhododendron Festival
May 9-17, 2015

Make plans to join us for any and all of these events for our Port Townsend “community holiday” celebration. Learn more at www.RhodyFestival.org orwww.RhodyRun.com

Wednesday, May 13

  • 6pm Trike Race begins

Pet_paradeThursday, May 14

  • 4:30pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field

Friday, May 15

  • 3:30pm Kiddie Parade begins with the Navy Band NW Concert to follow
  • 6:30pm Bed Races begin

Saturday, May 16

  • 1pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade with a Cake Picnic to follow

Sunday, May 17

  • 11am Rhody Run XXXVII begins

Artisan Food Festival
May 23-24, 2015

Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s artisan foods and makers, the weekend includes classes, chef demos, tastings, tours and author talks.

artisan food festival

Start at the Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am to 3pm in Uptown Port Townsend featuring over 70 vendors. Seattle-based Sasquatch Books, one of the Nation’s leading independent publishers, with top-selling books on food, wine, travel, and gardening, will feature their food books and authors at the market. Authors Jennifer Adler and Kate Lebo will be onsite to teach classes based on their books. Artisan food classes will be going on all day from 10am to 5pm. A self-guided tour of Jefferson County Food Artisans on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.http://jeffersoncountyfarmersmarket.org/celebrate/artisanfoodfestival/

4th Annual Brass Screw Confederacy
A Steampunk Hootenanny
May 29-31, 2015

The extravaganza takes over downtown Port Townsend aiming to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. It turns up the heat with our hottest Steampunk Hootenanny ever, featuring bands from across the country, burlesque, and a diverse array of entertainments. All-ages attractions include Tactical Croquet, Airship Apprentice (our own collectible card game), Hugo award-winning Phil & Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius, Rise of Aester’s annual assembly, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, bands, magic, and mayhem galore! www.brass-screw.org

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Race to Alaska
June 3, 2015

The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) invites you to a celebratory send-off for the first-ever Race to Alaska (R2AK). The Pre-Race Ruckus will be held in the Pope Marine Park (adjacent to the NWMC) from 5 – 7pm and will feature live music, a beer garden and food carts. There will be an opportunity to see the boats and meet the characters who have entered into this inaugural event.

Over 60 teams will depart Port Townsend in the wee hours on June 4 headed for the Stage 1 finish in Victoria, BC. Stage 2 will leave Victoria on June 7. The race ends 750 miles later in Ketchikan, Alaska. Join the fun at the Pre-Race Ruckus to send them off in style the day before the race start! www.NWMaritime.org

We look forward to having you come our way in May…and June too!

What would you sacrifice in order to save your town from economic ruin?  This is the question at the heart of Tanstaafl*, Key City Public Theatre’s original production, running from April 23, 2015 to May 10, 2015. The play, conceived and directed by KCPT Artistic Director Denise Winter, revolves around an industrial town in the Pacific Northwest that, despite its history as a booming metropolis of industry and culture, has inexplicably fallen into debt and disrepair. When a former citizen returns and offers financial security, the town soon learns that “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch*”.

A Key City Original

The origins of Tanstaafl are as interesting as the play itself. This Tragicomedy draws inspiration from the German language playwrights of the 20th century, such as Durrenmatt, Frisch, and Brecht, whose plays explore the deepest themes of humanity in a bizarre, absurdist way that allows the audience to disengage their disdain just long enough to appreciate the comedy of it all before circling back for a macabre ending that highlights the moral poignancy of the issues at hand.

Tanstaafl holds a special significance for Denise Winter, who, ten years ago, kicked off her tenure as Artistic Director at Key City Public Theatre with a sold-out run of Brecht’sThreepenny Opera. For Winter, the works of these German playwrights are as potent as ever. “They’re not cut and dry,” she says, “They reflect a world in which we take our lessons and our lumps but also lighten our load by finding some humor in the foibles of the human condition. If we can’t laugh at the things that go wrong while also drawing deeper meaning from them, then, what’s the point?”

So, to celebrate her tenth anniversary at KCPT, Winter has taken the opportunity to create an original work that, in addition to exploring German Tragicomedy’s oft-explored themes of economic ruin, greed, and the cost of salvation, has a Glenn Miller score, ensemble dance numbers, and a script that is infused with the places, ideas, and voices of the Pacific Northwest.

The ensemble cast, including some Key City favorites and several new faces, help bring to life this production that breathes with the spirit of Key City Public Theatre, a company deeply rooted in the community. Tanstaafl is a wicked blend of classic tragedy and high comedy that explores the darkest depths of human nature and, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, presents the audience with a choice of their own: laugh at the absurdity of the tale or cringe at its resonance.

Show Details

 

Tanstaafl is generously sponsored by Playwright for Playwright, Itali Lambertini, and 66 Women. KCPT’s Season Sponsors are PT Fudge Company, Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar, and SOS Printing. Pay-what-you-wish performances, sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission, will be on Sunday, April 26th and Thursday, April 30th.

Tanstaafl runs from April 23rd through May 10th at Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend. Tickets ($10-$24) & info at keycitypublictheatre.org and at the box office, 419 Washington Street, 360-385-KCPT.

Looking for real estate, check out Port Townsend, WA

While in Port Townsend and looking for real estate. Stay at the Blue Gull Inn B&B

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Point Wilson Light House

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Blue Gull Inn B&B

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. Our home was built by ND Hill in 1868. If you can imagine, our home was built 3 years after the end of the Civil War. ND Hill and his family and had a large home with a large dining room, perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. Join us for a great Breakfast!!! ND Hill was our local pharmacist, back then a pharmacy is a combination today of a pharmacy and hardware store.

Looking for a place to stay during your visit in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Enjoy the Blue Gull Inn B&B, www.bluegullinn.com

If you like history, here is your trivia of the day. The ND Hill House actually was owned by the Hill Family for 90 years, it was finally sold in 1958.This home was built at the beginning of the Victorian era, the style of the home is Gothic Victorian.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B  www.bluegullinn.com  Stay in one our 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool bath tubs. Have coffee or a glass of wine on our sweeping front porch. Relax in our parlor or dining room, a casual, country Victorian theme.  The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Looking for more to see and do in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Art Community. Lots of great places to shop and dine for a list check out www.enjoypt.com or,  www.ptguide.com

So you are visiting Port Townsend and decide like many people, it is a great place to live. For real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax www.johneissinger.com. We are a very walking and bicycle friendly community. Port Townsend is located right on the water, at the entrance to Puget Sound. We are the water gate way to the Puget Sound, many boaters find Port Townsend by boat.

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park, located just north of Port Townsend. Take a stroll on the curved sandy beach with the Point Wilson lighthouse at the other end. Enjoy the old concrete bunkers, RV parks, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking or just relax.

Real Estate Recap 1st Quarter 2015 – Port Townsend, WA

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Real Estate Recap 1st Quarter 2015 – Port Townsend, WA

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Real Estate Recap 1st Quarter 2015 – Port Townsend, WA

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Real Estate Recap 1st Quarter 2015 – Port Townsend, WA

 

 

 

 

2015 real estate sales

Real Estate Recap 1st Quarter 2015 – Port Townsend, WA    Hope you find this information interesting. To put this all in perspective. Just the other day we had 8 new pending sales, 5 of the 8 homes had been on the market less than 12 days. Our real estate market is really starting to heat up!!!                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhody Festival

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

Rhody Bed Race

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, 2015

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 2, from 5:30-7:30pm 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 2, 2015

Opening Day of the 2015 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

Opening-Day-on-the-Bay

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Fort Worden

brunch-at-fort-wordenPamper Mom with brunch from 10am to 2pm at Fort Worden, surrounded by natural beauty and historic charm. Executive Chef Lou Bair welcomes your family to dine on the freshest, most decadent items that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Indulge in the Mimosa Bar and Omelet Bar, paired with tasty ham and roast New York strip loin or house-smoked salmon and Hood Canal mussels. Top it off with gourmet pastries, artisan meats and cheeses and fresh fruits. Enjoy live music in an intimate dining setting.

After brunch, take a stroll through the Centennial Rhododendron Garden. Call for reservations at 360.344.4400, ext. 514. www.FortWorden.org

80th Annual Rhododendron Festival
May 9-17, 2015

Make plans to join us for any and all of these events for our Port Townsend “community holiday” celebration. Learn more at www.RhodyFestival.org orwww.RhodyRun.com

Wednesday, May 13

  • 6pm Trike Race begins

Pet_paradeThursday, May 14

  • 4:30pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field

Friday, May 15

  • 3:30pm Kiddie Parade begins with the Navy Band NW Concert to follow
  • 6:30pm Bed Races begin

Saturday, May 16

  • 1pm Rhody Festival Grand Parade with a Cake Picnic to follow

Sunday, May 17

  • 11am Rhody Run XXXVII begins

Artisan Food Festival
May 23-24, 2015

Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s artisan foods and makers, the weekend includes classes, chef demos, tastings, tours and author talks.

artisan food festival

Start at the Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am to 3pm in Uptown Port Townsend featuring over 70 vendors. Seattle-based Sasquatch Books, one of the Nation’s leading independent publishers, with top-selling books on food, wine, travel, and gardening, will feature their food books and authors at the market. Authors Jennifer Adler and Kate Lebo will be onsite to teach classes based on their books. Artisan food classes will be going on all day from 10am to 5pm. A self-guided tour of Jefferson County Food Artisans on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.http://jeffersoncountyfarmersmarket.org/celebrate/artisanfoodfestival/

4th Annual Brass Screw Confederacy
A Steampunk Hootenanny
May 29-31, 2015

The extravaganza takes over downtown Port Townsend aiming to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. It turns up the heat with our hottest Steampunk Hootenanny ever, featuring bands from across the country, burlesque, and a diverse array of entertainments. All-ages attractions include Tactical Croquet, Airship Apprentice (our own collectible card game), Hugo award-winning Phil & Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius, Rise of Aester’s annual assembly, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, bands, magic, and mayhem galore! www.brass-screw.org

SteamMan-credit-Nyk-Fury

Race to Alaska
June 3, 2015

The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) invites you to a celebratory send-off for the first-ever Race to Alaska (R2AK). The Pre-Race Ruckus will be held in the Pope Marine Park (adjacent to the NWMC) from 5 – 7pm and will feature live music, a beer garden and food carts. There will be an opportunity to see the boats and meet the characters who have entered into this inaugural event.

Over 60 teams will depart Port Townsend in the wee hours on June 4 headed for the Stage 1 finish in Victoria, BC. Stage 2 will leave Victoria on June 7. The race ends 750 miles later in Ketchikan, Alaska. Join the fun at the Pre-Race Ruckus to send them off in style the day before the race start! www.NWMaritime.org

We look forward to having you come our way in May…and June too!

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Port Townsend Named a Smithsonian 2015 Best Small Town to Visit

Smithsonian Magazine has just published their annual list of the Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit – and Port Townsend made the cut at number 6!

The magazine worked with the geographical information company Esri to sort the nation’s small towns (those with a population under 20,000) according to their number of cultural attractions, historical sites, nature opportunities and food-and-drink destinations, then researched to find the places commemorating important anniversaries, openings, renovations, recoveries and other milestones in 2015.

“This Victorian seaport town is one of the jewels of the damp-but-gorgeous Pacific Northwest, with a heavy emphasis on the locally grown, the handcrafted and the quirky (the recent opening of the farmers’ market featured a parade of a dozen goats). Alongside the highly browsable indie shops and restaurants packed with local food, visitors come to enjoy Fort Worden, a 19th-century army-base-turned-state-park that boasts a plentiful event calendar thanks to local arts organization Centrum. The fort’s new executive chef, Lou Bair, (yes, the fort has an executive chef) will continue the emphasis on locally-sourced food, offering cooking classes and a new pub, Taps at the Guardhouse (opening in June). Aside from the bevy of learning opportunities nearby—the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, School of Wooden Boat Building, Maritime Center and Marine Science Center, to name a few—Port Townsend’s real draw is the great outdoors; it’s the gateway for Olympic National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, where the misty peaks and spectacular old-growth rainforests include some of the last land to be explored in the lower 48.”

Port Townsend, WA voted 6th Best Coolest Small Town

2015 JeffCo Expo: April 25-26

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Head to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for a weekend of  4×4’s, Mud Drags,Demolition Derby, Car Show, and much more!

Learn about the EXPO at http://www.jeffcofairgrounds.com/JeffCo_Site/EXPO.html.