Stew harbor master in Rubber boat-aLearn easy skills for repairing inflatable boats on at 12pm, May 22, 2013 at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Stewart Pugh will teaching a class on the basics of inflatable boat repair and maintenance. Attendees will come away with a basic understanding of the different types of boat fabric and how to perform simple patches and repairs. He will discuss the different configurations of inflatable boats and how they are best used. Included are a few “rubber boat tricks” learned from world cruisers.

Inflatable boats are a relatively new invention in the world of boating. They have advanced from the once simple canvas tubes covered with vulcanized rubber to modern synthetic rubber and plastic coated over modern fabrics.

Inflatable boats are the mainstay of rescue vessels and almost mandatory for safe river rafting. Almost all commercial vessels now carry inflatable boats in the form of emergency life-rafts and emergency rescue boats.

Repair of an inflatable boat is easy, but a solid starting point of technique and material is required. A simple mistake can make the boat unrepairable. It is also important to know when a repair should not be done or when the boat is at the end of its life.

Stewart Pugh has worked on all types of marine motors for 45 years and the last 12 years has maintained the fleet of small outboards used by the Northwest Maritime Center and Schooner Adventuress. He has a Port Townsend boat shop that repairs small outboards, inflatable boats and builds underwater robots.

Free Event. Advance Sign up required.
Location: Classroom upstairs above the Boat Shop (red building)
Class size limited to 24 persons. RSVP for a seat at or call 360.385.3628 ext 101.

McCurdy PavilionCentrum, the multidisciplinary nonprofit arts and creative education organization at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, has unveiled its 2013 summer lineup of live performances at Fort Worden and in Port Townsend clubs. Tickets for all events are available online, or by calling Centrum at 800.746.1982.

National Heritage Fellowship winners the Birmingham Sunlights; jazz legend Anat Cohen; Basque musicians Joseba Tapia, Arkaitz Miner and Xavier Berasaluze; former NFL player and bluesman Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes; and such writers as Ann Hood and Dan Chaon are some of the performers who, along with tens of thousands of audience members, transform Fort Worden State Park into the summer destination of music, dance and literature.

And this summer, there will be more performers and events than ever before, with Voice Works (June 24-30, 2013); the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (June 30-July 7, 2013); Readings and Lectures from the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference (July 7-21, 2013); Jazz Port Townsend (July 21-28, 2013); and the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival (July 28-August 4, 2013). Centrum performances are the culmination of week-long residential workshops in which aspiring, amateur, and pre-professional artists from around North America live, work, and play with world-class artist performers. Curated by Artistic Directors such as Erin Belieu, Suzy Thompson, John Clayton, and Daryl Davis, these workshops are the heart of the Centrum experience.

“My anticipation for Centrum’s summer season grows every day,” said Centrum Executive Director Robert Birman. “I regard our offerings as an itinerary, rather than merely a programmatic listing of events. Centrum’s performances and readings– year-round, in fact—are a virtual tour of the world for the mind and the ears. In that respect, I’m looking forward to hearing music and seeing language in a new ways as a result of exposure to the cultural context and the traditions that fuel the art forms Centrum’s faculty artists will be presenting.

Our finale performance at ‘Voice Works” in June is emblematic of this. Entitled, “Roots and Branches of American Singing – from the Secular to the Sacred,” the title says it all. Audiences will see and hear a cappella gospel singing from Alabama to the works of Pharis and Jason Romero from Horsefly, British Columbia, and all parts in between. It’s going to be an inspiring summer of exploration for everyone!”

Mainstage shows take place at McCurdy Pavilion, a 1,200-seat World War I-era balloon hangar that has been converted into a unique concert hall. Smaller, more intimate performances take place at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater. The Jazz and Acoustic Blues festivals feature late-night performances at club venues all over Port Townsend. In addition, every Friday at noon between June 28 and and August 3 Centrum presents free performances on the lawn in front of the Fort Worden Commons.

arianna-quartetCentrum is pleased to welcome the Arianna String Quartet to the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival on April 21, 2013 (2pm)for a spirited concert of  string quartets by Lacerda, Mozart, and Beethoven. Purchase individual concert tickets online, or call (360) 385-3102 ext. 110.

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles.

Their performances have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality” (Chicago Tribune) and “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News, South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

String Quartet No. 1
Osvaldo Lacerda (1927-2011)

  • Preludio e Fuga
  • Aria
  • Dansa

String Quartet in G Major, K 387
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

  • Allegro vivace assai
  • Menuetto: Allegro
  • Andante cantabile
  • Molto allegro


Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  • Allegro
  • Molto Adagio
  • Allegretto

The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and “Live from Music Mountain”, which broadcasts to 125 stations in the U.S. and to 35 countries.

The Quartet conducts residencies at the Peabody Institute of Music and the Madeline Island Music Camp, and the continuation of the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, held on the campus of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where they have been full-time faculty since 2000.

The Arianna Quartet is also Ensemble-in-Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, where they present their own series of concerts.

Purchase Individual Concert Tickets Online, or call (360) 385-3102 ext. 110.

Arianna String Quartet
2:00pm, April 21, 2013
Joseph F. Wheeler Theater
Fort Worden State Park