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.
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.
DOWNTOWN TOUR FROM 11 AM TO 12:45 PM
The Fowler Building (aka The Leader Building) 226 Adams Street
The Mount Baker Block Building 1890 211 Taylor Street
The Eisenbeis Building, 1889–2013 830 Water Street.
The Hastings Building 1889 833-839 Water Street
UPTOWN TOUR FROM 1 PM TO 3 PM
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)
The Gallus Rutz Building Built 1889 1044 Lawrence Street
The Barthrop House (aka The Quimper Inn Bed & Breakfast)
Events subject to change.
The 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.
Cellar Door – 940 Water St.
Doc’s Marina Grill – 141 Hudson St.
Middletown Dreams Pinbar – 213 Taylor St.
The Public House – 1038 Water St.
Sirens – 823 Water St.
Uptown Pub – 1016 Lawrence St.
Fins Coastal Cuisine – 1019 Water St.
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.
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.