Spring is beckoning hibernating homebodies to come out and play, to breathe the warmer, fragrant air, and relish longer days. So pack your bags and come to Port Townsend for a springtime stay!

Port Townsend Farmers Market

The 24th season of the Port Townsend Farmers Market opens April 2, 2016 at 9 am for a ribbon cutting by Port Townsend Mayor, Deborah Stinson, and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director, Derek Sandison.

Mr. Sandison will offer opening remarks followed by the annual goat parade through the market with adult and baby goats from Harmony’s Way Farm. The parade will include kids (both four-legged and two-legged) with their parents, and of course shoppers, all strolling through the market. Enjoy live music by Kristen and Otto Smith. Arran Stark from Jefferson Healthcare will provide a lively chef demo from 11 am to noon and the Port Townsend Public Library will host story time for kids of all ages starting at 10:30 am at the market.

The Port Townsend Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, located Uptown on Tyler St. between Lawrence and Clay. For more info, go to www.jcfmarkets.org.
Vote for Port Townsend

Port Townsend has been nominated in USA TODAY’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest! Their expert panel selected Port Townsend as a contender for Best Coastal Small Town 2016, which launched earlier this week. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate/town of their choice athttp://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastal-small-town-2016/port-townsend-wash/. You can vote once a day for the run of the contest.

Voting ends Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:59 am EDT and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm EDT, then later on USA TODAY. So, if you love Port Townsend–and we certainly hope you do!–please vote for us every day! Thank you.

Key City Public Theatre presents PT Shorts Goes to China, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 3 at 5:30 pm at Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. Stories by Yiyun Li take the armchair traveler and historian to China as Key City Public Theatre’s next PT Shorts program presents readings from Li’s books A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.

Key City Public Theatre

Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in Women In Jeopardy!, Wendy MacLeod’s fun and flirtatious new comedy opening at Key City Public Theatre on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm and running through May 1. Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure.

Fresh off its 2015 World Premiere at the Geva Theater in Rochester, NY, Women In Jeopardy! “could be titled ‘Audience in Stitches’,” said Jack Garner of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, who added, “It’s one of the funniest nights of theatre I can recall.” Playwright Wendy MacLeod is known for her sidesplitting punch lines and comedic depth, and Women In Jeopardy! pokes fun at charity runs and outdoor enthusiasts, including a slacker snowboarder who wants to catch a “cougar.”

Visit www.keycitypublictheatre.org for more information and to book tickets.

PTFF Women and Film

The Port Townsend Film Festival presents Women & Film, Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 2016. Pass holders choose two feature films a day that will screen at the Rose and Rosebud Theatres. Passholders also attend a special screening of acclaimed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson.” Her screening is followed by a roundtable discussion of filmmaking, moderated by human rights poet Susan Rich.

Attending filmmakers include: Doria Bramante with her six-year-project, “The Refugees of Shangri-La” and Varda Bar-Kar with her funny documentary about a perfectionist high school choir director, “Big Voice.” Michelle Steffes will attend with her narrative film, “Driftwood,” about the search for love. Sara Hirsch Bordo attends with her film, “A Brave Heart, the Lizzie Velasquez Story.” Joining the panel is up-and-coming actress, Diana Elizabeth Torres, with her film “East Side Sushi.”

For a full list of films, schedule and to buy passes, see www.ptfilmfest.com or call 360-379-1333.

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Centrum brings master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser with cellist Natalie Haas to Port Townsend on April 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden. Fraser is known as a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles. Haas is a graduate of the Julliard School and has toured and recorded extensively with Fraser. She has appeared on more than 50 albums.

Concert goers can expect to be transported across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs, raucous dance tunes and improvisations based on traditional themes.

For more information, and to purchase tickets (which will go fast!), go towww.centrum.org or call 800.746.1982.

AAUW Kitchen Tour

The American Association of University Women and University Women’s Foundation (AAUW/UWF) sponsors the 19th Annual Kitchen Tour, Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm, showcasing eight kitchens that range from ultra-contemporary to cottage cozy. The kitchens’ quality reflects extensive collaboration with area architects, designers and craftspeople.

The self-guided tour begins at the Hospitality Center at 1111 Franklin St. where tickets can be purchased for $20. This is a great opportunity to explore Victorian Port Townsend and support AAUW’s funding of scholarships and education programs. For more information, go to www.aauwpt.org or access “Port Townsend Kitchen Tour” on Facebook.

Save the date for upcoming events in May:

May 8, 2016

May 16-21, 2016

May 22, 2016

May 28, 2016

We look forward to seeing you in Port Townsend in April!

Five outstanding directors and a leading actress are attending, and will be on stage for Q&A.

“Women & Film,” the Port Townsend Film Festival’s annual Focus event, will be held Sat. and Sun., April 9-10. Eight feature films will screen during the day at the Rose and Rosebud Theatres, with a special event for all pass holders on Saturday night. Passes are on sale now.

“Until Hollywood recognizes the significant work of women film professionals, we’ll be showcasing their work in this festival,” said Janette Force, PTFF executive director. She spent three months curating films to select the final roster of films, two of the directly from Sundance 2016.

The Saturday night special event is a screening of lauded cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson.” Johnson, whose work has taken her to Bosnia, Nigeria and Iraq, has made “a bold documentary that is both a transcendent overview of her professional life and a probing look into her own personal experiences….The way individuals, and societies, grapple with memories both buried and lost, stands at the heart of “Cameraperson”…(Johnson’s) ultimate role is not only that of the silent witness, but also the engaged participant and empathetic autobiographer,” says Variety.

A filmmakers’ roundtable follows moderated by human rights poet and film scholar, Susan Rich.  Saturday night’s event will take place at the Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden. Doors open at 6 p.m., screening begins at 7 p.m.

Avril Speaks, with over 18 years as a filmmaker, producer, director, writer and editor, joins us for the roundtable. After receiving her Masters degree in film directing from Columbia University, she was a full time professor at Howard University, Washington DC. She currently teaches film at California’s Azusa Pacific University and at Greenway Arts Alliance. She is the director of two award-winning feature films and has worked in development for Focus Features.

Other attending filmmakers who will be available for Q&A after their screenings and part of the roundtable discussion are Doria Bramante with her six-year-project, “The Refugees of Shangri-La” and Varda Bar-Kar with her funny documentary about a perfectionist high school choir director, “Big Voice.” Michelle Steffes will attend with her narrative film, “Driftwood,” about the search for love. Sara Hirsch Bordo attends with her film, “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.” Joining the panel is up-and-coming actress, Diana Elizabeth Torres, with her film “East Side Sushi.” Torres was recipient of Mexico’s Celebrity Centre International Award for improving the arts in Latin American culture.

Passes are $75 each, include concierge service and give you the choice of four films. Several films include shorts. All passes include Saturday night’s special event at the Wheeler Theatre. For a schedule, film synopsis, filmmakers’ bios, and to buy passes, see www.ptfilmfest.com or call 360-379-1333.

As winter fades into spring with flowers bursting into bloom and trees leafing out, new life and freshness abound. Soak in the many activities around town this month and find March’s magic with events to match your mood and interests.
Jim Tolpin Gypsy Wagon

The Port Townsend School of Woodworking is hosting an Open House on March 12 from 2-4:30 pm at Fort Worden in Building 315, in anticipation of their upcoming Tiny Homes building class. Presentations from Jim Tolpin and Steven Habersetzer will talk about Gypsy Wagons and Tiny Homes.

She Tells Sea Tales

The 3rd Annual She Tells Sea Tales storytelling event is being hosted at the Northwest Maritime Center on March 12 at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. This event celebrates International Women’s Day by bringing together women storytellers and songwriters who share tales from their seafaring lives. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.nwmaritime.org. All proceeds fund the Northwest Maritime Center’s Girls’ Boat Project, which is an all girls woodworking and sailing program run in conjunction with Port Townsend School District.

Susan Jones

On Friday, March 18 at 7:30 pm, come to Key City Public Theatre for laughter that is “larger than life” as Olympic Peninsula Comedy presents Comedy Night with Seattle comedian Susan Jones. Susan is a national touring act who performed on the popular Northwest show “Up Late NW” and most recently opened shows for Saturday Night Live legend Rob Schneider. She is a must-see comic who has starred in reality television and independent films and can be seen performing stand-up acts in comedy clubs across the country. Larger than life, Susan uses her attitude and experiences with size acceptance and being a single mom to deliver consistently funny, crowd-pleasing performances. To reserve tickets go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org for more info.

Victorian Parlor

The 20th Annual Victorian Heritage Festival celebrates Port Townsend’s extraordinary history and culture March 18-20. Started as a call to preserve and restore Port Townsend’s architecture and history, the festival helped establish history as a cornerstone of Port Townsend’s community. This year the festival turns its attention to the hearth and home of the region’s 19th century past. Experts discuss the lives and livelihoods of the Olympic Peninsula’s early settlers. Panels range from hunting and trapping to handicrafts and trades of the region. Cross-time panels include renovation of 19th century homes and the experience of living history as re-enactor and historian.

Perennial favorites such as the Victorian Fashion Show, Friday night pub crawl, Victorian Ball & Contradance, Building Tours by Port Townsend’s Main Street Program and, as always, free admission for young adults and children through a generous donation from the Victorian Society in America – Northwest Chapter. For more info, go to www.vicfest.org.

Celebrate Easter with Brunch at Fort Worden on Sunday, March 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. Call 360.344.4400 for reservations.

Save the date for upcoming events in April:

April 2
Port Townsend Farmers Market Opens

April 7 through May 1
Key City Public Theatre presents Women in Jeopardy by Wendy MacLeod
9 am to 2 pm

April 9 and 10
Celebrate Port Townsend Film Festival’s Women and Film
Choose from eight films and meet with acclaimed directors at the Rose Theatre.
Reserve tickets at www.ptfilmfest.com

April 30
Port Townsend Kitchen Tour
10 am to 4 pm

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!