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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.

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

With “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” comedy will take its turn on the outdoor stage at Port Townsend’s waterfront Chetzemoka Park over two weekends in August of 2014.

From August 15-24, 2014, a modern Shakespeare spoof concludes KCPT’s popular Shakespeare in the Park series. Three overachieving actors attempt to perform all 37 of the Bard’s plays in one fast-paced, witty and physical performance!

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is directed by Amy E. Sousa and features Duncan Frost, Anthony Phillips and Ben Rezendes.

Set design is by Terry Tennesen, with costumes by Colleen Dobbin. Fight choreography is by Ben Rezendes.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” was first performed by its authors, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. After running at the Criterion Theatre in London for nine years it has become one of the most popular stage parodies of all time.

Featuring the world’s shortest performance of Hamlet (43 seconds!), “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a hysterical lark through all of Shakespeare’s histories, comedies, and tragedies. Director Amy E. Sousa calls the show “both a send up and a celebration,” adding, “We are definitely pushing the boundaries and poking fun but ultimately as an act of love.”

“Complete Works” is known for its uproarious improvisation, which allows the actors to interact with the audience and incorporate local culture into their performances. Shakespeare in the Park alum and Port Townsend native, Ben Rezendes, says, “This show was written to be adapted to the performers. Throughout the play there are numerous jokes that we have taken the liberty of changing, adding and cutting based on our group dynamics.”

Actor Anthony Phillips adds, “We have found many places to make [Port Townsend] as much a character as we are.”

Of the unique relationship between the performers and the audience, Phillips says, “Let it be known that Shakespeare’s company looked their audience in the eyes and that this show is truly a tribute to Shakespeare, because it asks us to do the same.”

The play is sponsored by Sunshine Propane and the theater’s season sponsors are Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar and SOS Printing.

Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass and to dress warmly for when the sun goes down. Picnic fare is welcome. Proceeds from a concession stand with hot dogs, beverages and light refreshments will go toward Key City Public Theatre’s Scholarship Fund.

For those with limited mobility, golf cart transport will be provided from the park entrance at Jackson and Blaine Streets down the hill to the performance venue.

Shakespeare in the Park performances run Aug. 15-24 outdoors at Chetzemoka Park, Fridays through Sundays at 6 p.m. (Open seating begins at 5:30 p.m.).

Running time is about two hours, including one intermission.

Admission is by suggested donation of $20-24 or $10 for students. Advance tickets are available from the playhouse box office at 360-385-KCPT (5278), or online at http://www.keycitypublictheatre.org/.