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Hastings Building c.1889

Hastings Building c.1889

The Port Townsend Main Street Program is coordinating the “Insider’s Historic Building Tours”—with Downtown and Uptown Tours on Sunday, March 23, 2014 during the Victorian Festival. The tours reveal intriguing stories from the past and visions for the future. Knowledgeable guides will lead the tours. Tickets are on sale now for $10 each from the Port Townsend Victorian Festival’s website at www.vicfest.org.


The Fowler Building (aka The Leader Building) 226 Adams Street

  • Capt. Enoch S. Fowler, a skipper and early Port Townsend entrepreneur, built this two-story building from sandstone quarried from Marrowstone Island in 1874.
  • The Leader is celebrating its125 anniversary this year.
  • Tour Leader: Scott Wilson, Publisher of the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader

The Mount Baker Block Building 1890  211 Taylor Street

  • Get a first-hand look at Port Townsend’s “shanghai tunnels” in an 1890 building erected by Port Townsend’s first mayor.
  • Tour Leader: Mari Mullen, Executive Director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program.

The Eisenbeis Building, 1889–2013 830 Water Street.

  • Built in 1889 by Port Townsend’s first mayor, Charles Eisenbeis, this historic building, constructed with Port Townsend bricks, has been completely renovated into a mixed-use building.
  • Tour Leader: Michelle Sandoval, Windermere Real Estate

The Hastings Building 1889 833-839 Water Street

  • Climb the stairs to the past at the landmark Hastings Building and get a rare look at a grand historic building frozen in time, but poised for an exciting transformation.
  • Tour Leader: Heather Dudley Nollette, Project Manager for the Hastings Building (and descendent of Lucinda & Loren B. Hastings, the original building owners).
  • Please note: These historic buildings are accessed by steep stairways.  The Eisenbeis Building and the Mount Baker Block are ADA Accessible on the upper floors via elevator.


Meet Us At The Bell Tower—At The Top Of Haller Stairs at Tyler/Jefferson Streets

The Bell Tower 1890– near the top of the Haller Fountain Stairs (Tyler/Jefferson)

  • Hear about the history of Uptown and how it evolved and will be able to go inside the Bell Tower’s main floor.
  • Tour Leader: Bill Tennent, Director, The Jefferson County Historical Society

The Gallus Rutz Building Built 1889 1044 Lawrence Street

  • Built in 1889 by Dr. Gallus Rutz.
  • The tour includes a sneak peak at “Grandma Lily’s Apartment” upstairs, decorated with nostalgic flair.
  • Tour Leader: Building Owner Helen Gunn

The Barthrop House (aka The Quimper Inn Bed & Breakfast)

  • 1306 Franklin
  • It was built by Captain Henry Morgan in 1888 and is now the home of The Quimper Inn.
  • Tour Leaders: Owners Sue and Ron Ramage
  • Please note: Access to the upper floors of these historic buildings include stairs.

Events subject to change.

pub-crawlThe Port Townsend Main Street Program has a new event on tap  – the Port Townsend Pub Crawl in the historic districts of PT. Set to take place quarterly, the first Crawl is set for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014 from 6pm-10pm.

“The goal of the pub crawl is to get people out circulating, socializing, and having fun on a Monday night,” according to Mari Mullen, the executive director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program. “It’s a way to highlight the nightlife of Uptown and Downtown and offer some new things to do.

For the low cost of $10, participants will receive an official “Port Townsend Pub Crawl” souvenir glass, and a wristband which earns them drink and appetizer specials during the event. Venues will also offer an activity to encourage participants to come to their location.

The Belmont – 925 Water St.

  • Everybody’s Brewery IPA or Lager Beer for $3.
  • Complementary non-alcoholic beverage for designated drivers.

Cellar Door – 940 Water St.

  • $2 Oly’s on Draft, $1 Off Cocktail Menu & Well Drinks!
  • “Professional photo booth with the lovely Shannon Conyers, complete with props and maybe even a leprechaun! Come costume up, hop in the booth with your friends and get ridiculous!”
  • Designated driver special, Free Soda.

Doc’s Marina Grill – 141 Hudson St.

  • St. Patty’s Day Drink Specials, Happy Hour Menu and Free ½ cups of Chowder!
  • Mini Relay Races, win Great Prizes!
  • Designated driver specials available.

Middletown Dreams Pinbar – 213 Taylor St.

  • $1 off Tap Beer and Cup of Noodles!
  • Flash Air Hockey Tournament…will you be the next air hockey champion?
  • Designated driver special, $1.50 Bedford Sodas.

The Public House – 1038 Water St.

  • Shamrock Jell-O Shots for $1, Extended Happy Hour Menu from 6-10, St. Paddy’s Day Drink and Food Specials!
  • Designated driver special, Free Soda.

Sirens – 823 Water St.

  • Buy a Whiskey and fill your Pub Crawl glass with a taste of Ireland’s greatest beer. Corned Beef and Guinness Stew, traditional pasties and a hearty Fisherman’s Pie. Also a fabulous selection of Irish whiskies, beers and ciders.  Finish it off with an Irish Cupcake!
  • Mad, Mad, Mad, Irish Libs to keep you entertained or embark on a Guided Whiskey Tasting, full of information and history.
  • Designated driver special, Free Soda or Coffee.

Uptown Pub – 1016 Lawrence St.

  • $3 Guinness Bottles.
  • Free Pool & Darts, Music at 9pm.
  • Free juice or soda for designated drivers.

Fins Coastal Cuisine – 1019 Water St.

  • $6 Wells, $3 Beers, $8 Clams, $8 Mussels, $10 Calamari, $6 Hummus, $5 Green Salad, $5 Caesar…bring your appetite!
  • Drawings for cool prizes
  • Designated driver special, Free Soda.

Tickets go on sale March 1. Tickets will be available to purchase at each of the participating bars as well as online through the Port Townsend Main Street website www.ptmainstreet.org. For event updates, visit The Port Townsend Main Street Program Facebook page.

This is a 21+ event. For a safe atmosphere, the Port Townsend Main Street Program will promote using designated drivers, Peninsula Taxi and walking. All locations will also offer a free or low cost non-alcoholic beverage for designated drivers.


The winning playwrights of the 2013 Port Townsend Arts Commission’s One-Act Play Competition, whose plays will be premiered in the 2014 Port Townsend Festival of New Plays, produced by Key City Public Theatre.
Back row, L to R: Deborah Daline, D.D. Wigley, Deborah Wiese, Henry Feldman.
Front row, L to R: Jack O’Connor, David Hundhausen.
Photo by Phil Baumgaertner, KCPT.

Heads up, theater fans! The Port Townsend Festival of New Plays —aka PT PlayFest—is coming to town March 6-16, 2014.

Presented over two weekends, PlayFest offers a unique glimpse behind the scenes of how contemporary plays are created. In addition to open rehearsals, writing workshops, and panels with guest artists, post-play discussions follow every performance event. It is produced by Key City Public Theatre, now in its 56th season.

New this year: “Locals Weekend” (March 6-9) features the winning one-acts and precedes the jam-packed “Festival Weekend” (March 13-16), when four days of back-to-back events expand into two locations: Key City Playhouse and nearby Pope Marine Building.

“It is possible to see nine plays over Festival Weekend, some in different iterations as they are workshopped day-to-day,” says Festival Dramaturg Mara Lathrop.

Immerse yourself with a $35 Festival Pass and enjoy access to all performance events both weekends. The pass is intended to open the door to new theatrical experiences, and to encourage repeated viewings of plays as they evolve over the course of the festival.

Local, regional, national talent

Featured guest Richard Dresser, a widely produced playwright and instructor at Rutgers University, attends a special performance of his new play, “100 Years,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 14. The staged reading is followed by a facilitated discussion and an artist reception.

Jefferson County talent is showcased in premieres of six plays by winning playwrights of the Port Townsend Arts Commission’s One-Act Play Competition. Three plays receive staged readings; three receive full productions. The one-act productions are performed March 7, 8, 13 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., March 9 at 2:30 p.m., and March 14 at 1:30 p.m. The one-act readings are performed March 6 at 7:30 p.m., March 14 at 6 p.m., and March 16 at 3 p.m.

Two notable regional playwrights—Kim Hinton and Jeni Mahoney—are spending a week in residence during PlayFest, workshopping new full-length plays. Each play receives two staged-reading performances during Festival Weekend. These sandwich a 2-1/2 hour “open rehearsal,” where you can drop in and observe the artists at work on the play.

PlayFest is also home to the 6th annual “Here, There & Everywhere,” a celebration of women playwrights from around the world in honor of International Women’s Day. This year’s monologues share themes of mothers and daughters.

PlayFest’s ensemble cast of 18 includes both Equity Actors and local talent.