There are Lots of Reasons to Visit Port Townsend in June, July, and August!

Brass Screw Confederacy and Steampunk Hootenanny, June 6-8: 

An action-packed weekend bringing together a body of steampunks, Neo-Victorians, and sympathizers set in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend to celebrate humanity’s progress towards a more convivial world. Witness artists, actors, and the aesthetically odd that embrace esoteric apparel, exotic experiments, and fantastical imaginations unfettered by trifles like physics and decorum. Theme is “Octopi PT!”

Olympic Peninsula Steam, 360.385.6753, www.brass-screw.org

31st Annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta, June 6-8

More than just a race, this regatta is a celebration of traditional seamanship and maritime heritage. It’s a rendezvous to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow sailors who have met one another over the years. The regatta is sponsored by the Northwest Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation and the Port Townsend Sailing Association.

Wooden Boat Foundation, 360.385.3628 ext 103, www.woodenboat.org

Centrum’s Voice Works, June 23-29

A workshop for singers.

Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Port Townsend Summer Pub Crawl, June 23

Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360.385.7911, www.ptmainstreet.org

A Life in the Theatre at Key City Public Theatre, June 26-July 13

An exhilarating showcase for two terrific actors
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s uproarious backstage comedy about actors at the end and beginning of their careers. A deliciously revealing look at living your life on the stage.

Key City Public Theatre, 360.385.5278, www.keycitypublictheatre.org

Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, June 29-July 6

A foot-tapping celebration from the masters of fiddle traditions with special concerts on the 4th of July!

Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

JULY

Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, July 10-20

Enjoy an astonishing array of small-group workshops, craft lectures, guided freewrites, readings and more, with some of the leading voices in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Concerts on the Dock, July 10-August 28 (every Thursday), 5:30-7pm

Local bands perform a wide array of dance music downtown on the corner of Water Street and Madison Street. It’s a great way to celebrate summer in Port Townsend!

Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360.385.7911, www.ptmainstreet.org

Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend, July 20-27

2014 is shaping up to be an epic year for Jazz Port Townsend. Artistic Director John Clayton has worked with Centrum to assemble a truly outstanding collection of the jazz world’s great artists to offer memorable performances and workshops. Don’t miss Jazz in the Clubs in downtown and uptown Port Townsend!

Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, July 27-August 3

This is a week-long, total-immersion experience that passes down the skills, sounds, stories, laughter, and heartache of the authentic bearers of the blues tradition. For many, it’s a pilgrimage. For others, it’s an intensive week of deeply satisfying music-making. For all, it’s a chance to learn new tunes and styles, and to take playing and performing to a new level. Don’t miss Blues in the Clubs in downtown and uptown Port Townsend!

Centrum, 360.385.3102, www.centrum.org

AUGUST

Key City Public Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Park, August 1-24

The Trojan Woman with, August 1-10

In the aftermath of war, what happens to the women and children left behind?

Are they doomed to slavery or will they become the wives of their conquerors? Their fate and the fate of their victors hang in the balance.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), August 15-24

A parody of ALL of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes flat!

Three overachieving actors attempt to perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays
in one fast-paced, witty and physical performance! It’s an evening of laughter for Shakespeare lovers (and haters) alike.

Key City Public Theatre, 360.385.5278, www.keycitypublictheatre.org

78th Annual Jefferson County Fair, August 8-10

Enjoy a good ol’-fashioned fair where county residents and guests alike gather to recognize the talents and accomplishments of individuals and families in livestock, agriculture, home and fine arts, crafts, and industry.

Jefferson County Fair, 360.385.1013, www.jeffcofairgrounds.com

2nd Annual Summer Cider Day, August 9, noon-5pm

Discover the delicious diversity of Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders and meet at least 15 cidermakers, while tasting from 50 varieties of local and regional ciders. The day offers the experienced cider enthusiast, as well as the newly cider curious, a chance to sample a complete range of cider styles and flavors.

Northwest Cider Association, 360.336.3727, www.nwcider.com

24th Annual Uptown Street Fair/Parade/Crafts Fair, August 16

Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360.385.7911, www.ptmainstreet.org

Whale watching on PS Express every day all summer: A terrific day boat trip from Port Townsend takes you to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands for lunch and then off to see the Orcas! This is a super comfortable trip and the best way to see the Orcas in their natural habitat….Puget Sound! You can easily walk to the boat from A Bungalow on the Bluff. So you can see that there is a lot to see and do in Port Townsend this summer! Don’t forget to make your reservations for A Bungalow early as summer is a busy time.

PORT TOWNSEND SPRING ACTIVITIES

May is the month to celebrate the arts in Port Townsend, and there are plenty of things going on to do just that! Here are just a few:

  • April 30: UUAW Kitchen Tour: What a great opportunity to see designed (and redesigned) kitchens in Port Townsend! This year the tour is uptown Port Townsend, an most is within walking distance of A Bungalow!
  • Saturday May 1: The opening of Art Wave: A fun and inspiring display of local kid's art displayed in merchant windows along Water Street. It is colorful, fun, and always full of surprises, and what a great way to support the work of young aspiring artists!
  • Saturday May 7th: Opening day of boating season and Gallery Walk from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 13 & 14: Madison Street Arts & Crafts  Fair, 10:00 – 6:00. Great variety of northwest vendors.
  • Saturday May 21: Rhody Grand Parade 1:00, starting uptown and finishing along Water Street. This parade culminates a week of local fun festivities celebrating our community!
  • May 28: Memorial Weekend! 

OLYMPIC PENINSULA SPRING FLING!

Spring is here and there are lots of reasons to visit Port Townsend. An easy and beautiful drive from Portland via the Hood Canal along the Olympic Peninsula, Seattle via Bainbridge Island and Hood Canal Bridge, and Vancouver, via Agate Pass Bridge. The days are longer and warmer, the trees and flowers are in bloom, and it is the perfect time for a long getaway weekend or midweek break!

Here a few things going on:

  • Saturday Farmer's Market: Starting in April, our Saturday market is back! Fresh produce, plants, food vendors and live music make this a fun community event. The best part, it is only a three block walk from Bungalow and Hideaway on the Bluff!
  • AAUW Kitchen Tour: Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 – 4:00. Explore eight spectacular Uptown and Downtown Port Townsend kitchens where you will discover amazing remodels as well as incredibly unique new kitchens. You can get tickets at any of the homes and go from there. You can often park your car and walk from place to place, so it is a fun way to spend the day.
  • Rhody Bike Tour: This annual event is a fun way to start getting in shape for summer biking. Whether you choose a short, medium, or long route, it is a great way to check out some of the rural scenery of Jefferson County.
  • Rhody Week: This is fun event packed week with races, carnival, parades, and everything in between. May 16 – 21, ending with the annual Rhody Run on Sunday, May 22. A fun way to celebrate spring and participate in home town community events!

10 Reasons To Visit Port Townsend This Spring!

Visit FinnRiver Cidery for some delicious hand crafted ciders, dessert wines, and spirits. Their new tasting room is open Friday – Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00, and will have expanded hours in the spring. This is really a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Saturday Community Boatbuilding: If you ever built a boat, fantasized about building a boat, or actually plan to build a boat….consider spending a day at Community Boatbuilding. Sponsored by NW School of Boatbuilding, the event is free and is a great way to get a hands on (literally) experience! Wear some work clothes, bring some snacks to share, and enjoy a fun day.
Salsa Dance Intensive March 18-21: Offering Salsa classes On1 and On2 for both intermediate and advanced dancers, taught by Roger Chen and instructors from Century Ballroom. Each day will start with a footwork and styling class for all levels.
Latin Jazz Workshop March 18-21: Learn how to play and use a variety of Latin rhythms including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean as well as developing improvisation skills in the Latin idiom. You will also get a chance to perform in a combo with expert coaching in a live performance venue. What fun!
Antique Show April 9-10: Shoppers will have a great time browsing a large selection of vintage toys, glassware, pottery, furniture, and jewelry from northwest antique dealers.
Spring Migration Tour April 24: Join this special bird migration expedition to Protection Island aboard the Glacier Spirit, a well-appointed and comfortable 65-foot motor yacht.
Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour April 17-18: Each of six Olympic Peninsula wineries will feature a local artisan cheese paired with one of their selected wines. A fun and delicious way to explore the peninsula!
Woodworking Classes: If there is one thing that Port Townsend is known for it the very fine woodworkers which call this home. We have wooden boats, fine furniture, and yes….fine musical instruments which are crafted here. Treat yourself!
Kitchen Tour April 24: Tour eight Marrowstone Island kitchens in this popular self guided tour held each April by AAUW. If you haven’t been to Marrowstone Island, this is your opportunity to visit fabulous rural homes which are not normally open to the public. Whether you are planning on a new kitchen….or just dreaming, this is a really great event.
Mention SPRING GETAWAY with your reservation and you get an automatic 15% off your stay! (Good until June 1, 2010 and cannot be combined with any other discount)

Wine, Cider, Cheese & Chocolate!

Nestled close to the World Heritage Olympic National Park, the scenic shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and fertile farmlands and countryside are seven artisan wineries with a rich heritage. All are family owned with a personality and character unique to each. Many days you’ll find the winemakers themselves pouring their wines in the tasting rooms greeting their visitors and sharing their passion… about wine, the Peninsula they call home, and the local fresh cuisine. This month they are hosting the annual Wine & Chocolate tour!
Port Townsend is home to a national award winning cheese Mount Townsend Creamery. As the North Olympic Peninsula’s first artisan creamery they have built their business on innovation as well as tradition. Owners Matt Day and Ryan Trail have worked to reinvigorate the dairy processing industry in the Northwest by introducing specialty cheeses made using traditional methods with a northwest flavor. It is their goal to help rebuild the region’s dairy processing tradition while paying homage to the dairies that have allowed them to thrive. Now that is what community is all about!

I bet you didn’t know that western Washington grows the best apples for cider, and we have three cideries to prove it! You can make a day of touring them at: Eaglemount Wine & Cider, FinnrIver Cidery, and Wild Fire Cider.