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    PT PlayFest Returns March 5-15, 2015

    See nine plays in one weekend at PT PlayFest –  a theater-lover’s feast, featuring winning one-acts by Jefferson County playwrights, open rehearsals of plays-in-progress, playwriting workshops, and more. 

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    2015 Victorian Heritage Festival Coming Soon

    The 2015 Victorian Festival will celebrate Port Townsend’s extraordinary maritime traditions and history and is scheduled for March 20-22, 2015.

Key City Public Theatre, in association with George Rezendes/Toolshed Soundlab, is pleased to announce the lineup for its first ever Winter Concert Series. Jazz Songstress Sylvia Herold takes the stage on February 20th, and Americana Folk-Duo Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore perform on February 25th.

All concerts start at 7:30 pm at Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend. The lobby bar, serving beer, wine, and other refreshments, opens at 6:30. Tickets ($18) can be purchased online at keycitypublictheatre.org, by phone at (360) 385-5278, or in person at the Playhouse Box Office, 419 Washington Street.

sylvia-heroldSylvia Herold, February 20, 2015

Singer, guitarist, and song sleuth Sylvia Herold masterfully mines the motherlode of American jazz and popular song from the 1930s through the 1960s. Songs of wit and romance by composers Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, and Harold Arlen are lovingly rendered in a voice the San Francisco Examiner calls “mesmerizing.” Herold was a member of the swing vocal trio Cats & Jammers and played extensively with The Hot Club of San Francisco.

Currently, Sylvia tours and records with Wake the Dead, Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs, and Euphonia, as well as The Sylvia Herold Ensemble. She has appeared on more than 25 albums, including five solo recordings. Herold is a resident teacher at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California, and has also taught at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, Port Townsend Voice Works, and British Columbia Swing Camp. Chuck Ervin will be joining her at Key City Playhouse on bowed and plucked upright bass.

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, February 25, 2015

One voice and one guitar. That’s all it takes for Grammy Award-Winner Mollie O’Brien and her husband Rich Moore to reach crowds with their soul-satisfying brand of Americana-Folk. Through the intimacy of this sparse arrangement, Mollie’s powerful inflections, phrasings, and nuances shine clear as Rich’s articulate guitar fills and interludes provide poignant counterpoint.

Of their most recent release, Love Runner, Gretchen Peters from Songwriter Magazine says, “One part Maria Muldaur, one part Suzy Bogguss & one part Ella Fitzgerald, Mollie O’Brien’s voice with its seemingly limitless range is the perfect vehicle for this eclectic set of songs. It takes serious talent to play and sing this effortlessly.” That effortlessness undoubtedly results from Mollie’s extensive, 20+ years musical career in which she has perfomed with a plethora of different artists, including Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Todd Phillips, Sally Van Meter, Nina Gerber, Pete Wernick, and, of course, her brother Tim O’Brien.

Romance is in the air with Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away. This year it falls on a three-day weekend—perfect for an 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 info@jeffcountychamber.org or 360.385.2722.

Red Wine & Chocolate

With Port Townsend as your home base, tour the Olympic Peninsula Wineries for their luscious Red Wine and Chocolate event over two weekends in 2015: February 7 & 8 and 14, 15 & 16. You’ll love the classic pairings of handcrafted wines and locally-made chocolate delights, and of course, the spectacular scenery en route to each winery.

The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and chocolate samples at the nine participating wineries. Book online tickets.

2015 Salmon Derby

Love fishing? Register now for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby’s $10,000 Winter Blackmouth Classic, February 20-22, 2015.

Launch your boat at Port Townsend’s Boat Haven Marina and head out to the Strait with over 500 miles for fishing, from Tongue Point in the west through Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Marrowstone Island, Port Ludlow, to Whidbey Island in the east.

And if fishing isn’t your passion, but it is for your spouse/partner, stay in Port Townsend and enjoy meandering through our boutique shops and galleries, then grab a bite to eat at one of our delicious restaurants or cafes.

2015 Shipwright's Regatta

The sailboat racing season opens with the 24th Annual Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 28, 2015. 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 and be connected with skippers looking for crew.

The regatta is presented by the Northwest Maritime Center and Wooden Boat Foundation, in conjunction with the Port Townsend Sailing Association.

Port Townsend has Eco-Friendly, EV (Electric Vehicle) Parking Stations! When you arrive in your EV, there are six new, free charging locations. The Level II stations have been donated by local solar contractor Power Trip Energy, and the electricity is being provided free of charge by the hosting businesses.

One of Port Townsend's EV charging stations

The charging locations are:

  • NW Maritime Center, last space at end of Water Street
  • Windermere Real Estate, 1220 Water Street *
  • GreenPod Development, 1531 W Sims Way *
  • PT Laundromat and Car Wash, 2115 W Sims Way
  • John L Scott Real Estate, 2219 W Sims Way *
  • Power Trip Energy – 83 Denny Ave, just outside town

* To be installed in early February

Many EV drivers are familiar with PlugShare.com and the PlugShare app which will provide details and maps for each of the stations as they go live.

Save the date for upcoming events in March:

March 5-15, 2015
19th Annual Playwrights Festival
Key City Public Theatre, Port Townsend
Port Townsend Arts Commission’s Festival of New Plays

March 20-22, 2015
Victorian Heritage Festival
Port Townsend and Fort Worden
Join in the celebration of Port Townsend’s extraordinary maritime traditions and history. Pub crawl, tours inside Victorian buildings,fashion show and more.

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!

The sailboat racing season opens with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta in February!

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 and be connected with skippers looking for crew.

The 24th annual regatta is presented by The Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation, in conjunction with the Port Townsend Sailing Association.

Learn more about the Shipwright’s Regatta.