With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors – Port Townsend has activities for every taste.
December 4: The Snow Queen
Directed by Angela Amos, The Snow Queen is Key City Public Theatre’s holiday gift to you. This sumptuous stage adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen classic, tells the tale of a brave young woman who must save her friend from his heart of ice before the evil Snow Queen takes over the world.
This is an epic adventure for all ages, that runs December 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22. Tickets are available by calling 360.385.5278 or go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org.
December 3: First Tuesday Salon
The first Tuesday of each month, the Port Townsend Film Festival screens a movie at the Rose Theatre and brings in a special guest to talk about the issues raised in the film. On December 3, come see DALLAS BUYERS CLUB in The Starlight Room, with guest, Tom Duke LMHC, CDP.
“Both a fascinating character study and a scathing indictment of the role of the medical-pharmaceutical industry in exacerbating the AIDS crisis, the fact-based “Dallas Buyers Club” is one of the best films of the year.
Working from a screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, director Jean-Marc Vallée (“The Young Victoria”) delivers a stylistically gritty film that might have been made during the era it depicts — if not for the fact that Hollywood was notoriously slow to acknowledge the reality of AIDS. Spurred to action by the likes of Rock Hudson, who revealed he had AIDS in 1985.
McConaughey is terrific as a man who refuses to let other people tell him how to live — or die. But arguably, Jared Leto is even more impressive, deftly sidestepping caricature to get to his character Rayon’s essence.
“This is the rare film that not only entertains, but enlightens.” Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post Dispatch
For the First Tuesday Salon conversation following the film, Port Townsend Film Festival is pleased to welcome back Tom Duke counselor and activist, with his own unique perspective on the AIDS epidemic that swept thru the world and continues today.
December 1: Cafes and Bistros
Explore our delicious cafes and bistros in town and enjoy some of the best coffee drinks and teas in the region. Port Townsend has local coffee roasters and very likely more coffee and tea shops than taverns! Don’t miss an opportunity to hang out in unique cafes and learn the ins and outs of coffee and tea from our knowledgeable community members.
December 2: Beaches
It may not be summer, but locals know that fall and winter are some of the most dramatic times to enjoy our town’s beaches. Port Townsend is on a peninsula, so we’re surrounded on three sides by water and beaches, making the area a perfect destination for beach walking. Did you know you can walk from Point Hudson to Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park at low tide?
Popular beach access points include North Beach and Chetzemoka Park.