Port Townsend is where filmmakers come to play! Celebrating its 15th year, the Port Townsend Film Festival (http://www.ptfilmfest.com/) will showcase 80-plus films in seven theatres over three days in the walkable National Historic Landmark District, September 19-21. Watch the sizzle reel!

John SaylesGodfather of independent film (director, producer, screenwriter, actor) John Sayles and his partner, collaborator and producer Maggie Renzi are this year’s special guests. Sayles’ work spans decades and includes dozens of award-winning films. He’s also known in Hollywood as the “script doctor,” working on commercial films to ensure blockbuster success.

Sayles and Renzi arrive Thursday night and will participate in Q&A following screenings of their films Lone Star and The Honeydripper, as well as speaking with students at local schools.

Committed to connecting audiences with filmmakers, PTFF also each year invites at least a dozen filmmakers, cinematographers and screenwriters as guests of the festival, to provide face to face contact with audiences.

Over 40 selected new documentaries and narrative films from 25 countries will be screened, with an equal number of short films ranging from five to 20 minutes in length. The world premier of Return of the River, a documentary about removal of two dams, opens at 7:30 pm Friday night, dedicated to Seattle attorney Russ Busch, who died shortly after the first breach of the dam, and members of the Lower Elwha Tribe who worked tirelessly for decades to restore the river.

Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, is the festival’s chosen writer for “Formative Films.” He’ll be available for Q&A after the screening of Breaking Away, the film that shaped his personal narrative. He will sign books at the Writer’s Workshoppe/Imprint Books on Water Street.

Passes are available  at www.ptfilmfest.com or during the festival at 607 Water Street. The festival’s best value is a full Festival Pass ($185) that includes a Friday night salmon dinner on Taylor Street and admission to all screenings.

As summer fades to autumn shades of gold and russet, make Port Townsend your base camp and explore the jaw-dropping beauty of Olympic National Park. It’s an easy drive to several trailheads where you can experience the vibrant fall foliage on a breathtaking hike. Or take your pick of seven unique beaches, stroll along meandering creeks and through magnificent moss-draped rain forests. “Easy access” hiking trails are designed for people of all ages and abilities, and ideal for families.

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For more information, go to http://www.nps.gov/olym/day-hiking.htm.

Visit us this autumn and enjoy everything Port Townsend!

Come celebrate the heart of Uptown in this annual neighborhood block party, Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9am-5pm.

The Uptown Street Fair and Parade includes the Port Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair, the Jefferson County Farmers’ Market, tasty food on the street, free art activities for families, and performances by local musicians. Come make a day of it –grab a bite to eat at the Farmer’s Market and have a picnic on the Rec Center Lawn.

“This is the 24th annual Uptown Street Fair in Port Townsend-it’s an historic neighborhood event which Port Townsend looks forward to each year”, according to organizer Donna Harding of the Port Townsend Arts Guild. “A percentage of the booth fees from the Arts Guild supports local student art scholarships and this fits in well with the artistic spirit of the day.”

For more information and schedule, visit http://ptmainstreet.org.

A feast for the eyes and festival fun for the entire family!

The festival is filled with spectacular vessels, captivating speakers, and opportunities to row, paddle and sail. The Wooden Boat Festival runs September 5, 6 and 7, with three days of live music and kids activities. Festival hours are 9am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sunday. The weekend culminates with the awe-inspiring “Sail By” at 3pm Sunday.

For those who can’t wait until Friday, Bar Harbor opens to the public Thursday night at 5pm with live music from 5:30 until 10pm.

This year’s festival features more than 250 wooden vessels and dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations. Legends of the sailing and boating world come to share their talents and knowledge with thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts.

With over 50 vendors, see the latest kits for building your own paddleboard, kayak or wooden boat, visit new and old favorites for repair and maintenance, or stroll down Artist’s Way to take in the handmade crafts, clothing and jewelry.

For the weekend’s schedule and more information about additional activities during the festival, visit http://woodenboat.org.