What’s happening in Port Townsend, WA
While in Port Townsend and need a place to stay. Try the Blue Gull Inn B&B.
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
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
Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Fort Worden
Pamper 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
Wednesday, May 13
- 6pm Trike Race begins
Thursday, 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.
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
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.
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.