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News from The Port Townsend
Main Street Program

Elks Building by Jason Squire Photography
Photo by Elizabeth Becker of Seaport Photography

December Events -- Uptown, Downtown, it's our Town!

Through Dec. 30, Key City Public Theatre's "Spirit of the Yule," a new take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is set in Port Townsend when the lumber boomtown was eagerly awaiting the railroad connection that would make it the preeminent port city in the Pacific Northwest.  

Art by Michael Hale
Dec. 16, Gingerbread Contest at Flagship Landing - on display through January 14, 2017. Aldrich’s Gingerbread Contest is headed Downtown this year. Drop off your creations at FLAGSHIP LANDING, 1007 Water St. From Dec. 16th - Dec. 30th 2016. Judging Takes Place: January 7th, 2017. Rules and entry form here. Thanks to Scott and Robin Rogers for generous prizes! The Gingerbread Contest will go back home to Aldrich's in 2017.

Dec. 16, Come in from the cold and enjoy hot tea and the gift of spoken word at Poetry Open-Mic at
Pippa's Real Tea, 636 Water Street from 5-6 pm.

Dec. 17, Big Brass Yule Ball, Father Christmas will be on hand, along with plenty of mistletoe to steam up the holidays with music from Olympic Express Big Band. Whether you rock gears and goggles, bustle or bowler, this is holiday opportunity to come out and kick it old school at the American Legion from 8-11 pm. Coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam
Dec. 17, Open Parlor Tours: Historic inns and homes of Port Townsend with their halls bedecked for the holidays. Self-guided tours are SOLD OUT.

Dec. 17, Bundle up for the Main Street/Kiwanis Choo Choo Rides for Families from 1-4 pm; suggested donation of $5 per person, benefits Art Education Programs in the Port Townsend Schools. Meet by Pope Marine Park, Madison/Water Streets.

Dec. 17, Last Port Townsend Farmers Market of the year from 10 am to 2 pm inside of the Community Center. Farmers will be outside for your local produce needs.

Dec. 17, Dirty Beat Duo's 4th Annual
Jingle Ball at Cellar Door! Bring a Light ~ Wear a Light ~ Dance with the Light!

Dec. 17-18, 13th Annual Procrastinators Fair at The Cotton Building, 607 Water St. Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm. Community Bowl Project will be onsite raising money for the food bank.

Dec. 21
A Light in the Darkness ~ A Fire Cabaret & Solstice Celebration at Ichikawa Sushi Bar & Steak House from 7-10 pm. Welcome back the sun and break through the oppressive darkness with a fire performance and dance party. 

Dec. 23, Paul Rogers' Holiday Hi-Jinx Allstar Show in the historic Wheeler Theater in Fort Worden, a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Winter Shelter in Port Townsend. 

Dec. 31, First Night Celebration coordinated by the Jefferson County Historical Society. All ages, alcohol-free, event featuring live music, children’s activities and the dropping of the anchor to ring in the new year.

Dec. 31,
Wine and Wonder, enjoy delicious wine tasting from The Wine Seller and the amazing magic of Joey Pipia as they team up for a super fun, one of a kind, New Year’s Eve special event; wine tasting and a full performance of “The Magic Chamber” at Joe Euro’s Wine Seller in downtown Port Townsend.

Dec. 31, New Year's Eve Chef's Dinner at Taps at the Guardhouse, Fort Worden  

Jan. 1, New Year's Day Brunch at Fort Worden Commons 
We would like to thank everyone who attended the Port Townsend Main Street Members Party at The Old Whiskey Mill on Dec. 8th! We recognized our dedicated board members, welcomed new board members and honored our Main Street Leaders. Congratulations to “Main Street Champion - Danny McEnerney" of The Rockfish Group, “Volunteer of the Year - Christel Hildebrandt," owner of The Uptown Pub, and “Collaborator of the Year - Port Townsend Kiwanis Club."  We would also like to thank Kris Nelson, Amber Bartl, and the wonderful staff of The Old Whiskey Mill, it was delicious!

Our Wonderful Members - thank you!

Main Street Champion - Danny McEnerney
pictured with Main Street Executive Director, Mari Mullen

Photo by Deja View Photography
Collaborator of the Year - Port Townsend Kiwanis Club
(pictured l to r - Mary Arroyo, Rowen Arroyo, and Jan Carter)
Photo by
Deja View Photography

Students supported by Applied Education Foundation, a Port Townsend S.T. E.A.M. nonprofit, will wrap gifts by donation. Dec. 16th - Dec. 24th, from 1-5 pm, in Flagship Landing, 1007 Water Street downtown. They will be demonstrating their S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects through Dec. 30th. Check out their interactive reef display while students wrap your presents. Dive underwater and see the reefs of the world with V.R. (virtual reality) goggles. And even aim some solutions (not pollutions) at the dying reefs of Hawaii. Learn about the Underwater Robot prototype students are building in their robotics program in response to a request by Hawaiian Memorial Reefs.
Port Townsend Creative, a production of Swashbuckle Industries, has a boutique in the historic Hastings Building, 839 Water St., for the next few weeks (possibly longer). Fine woodwork, leatherwork, apparel, jewelry, and more! 

Uptown Pub and Grill's Kitchen has new hours and is now open for lunch! HoursLunch Wednesday - Saturday 12-2 pm, Dinner - 5-8 pm, Sunday Open for Seahawks Game. Closed on Tuesdays. Follow them on Facebook to see the latest menu and always a vegetarian option! 

Surf Building Demolition

From The Hastings Estate Company: The demolition of the building that housed the former Surf restaurant, located at 106 Taylor Street, is in progress. This is an initial stage in preparation for a highly anticipated project at the same site, which will include new construction on the former Surf site in tandem with a full rehabilitation of the adjacent historic Hastings Building. The timeline for the larger project is not yet determined. The demolition process is anticipated to take up to three months to complete, as the owners are committed to removing the building carefully in order to create minimal disturbance downtown and to protect the environment. Demolition work will be completed by Hodlik Construction, a local general contractor. A section of sidewalk in front of the Surf building on Taylor Street will be closed to pedestrian traffic during the demolition, but Taylor Street will remain open to car traffic during the majority of the project – with the exception of some periods of time when the street end will need to be closed to traffic to allow crane access. For more details, please contact

2016 Main Street Collectible Ornaments
are selling fast!

$12 while they last at: 

Conservatory Coastal Home, 639 Water St.
Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Shop, 631 Water St.
First Federal, 1321 W Sims Way
Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St.
Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St.
Old Consulate Inn, 313 Walker St.
PT Shirt Co., 940 Water St.
Quimper Mercantile Co., 1121 Water St.
Safeway, 442 W Sims Way
Sport Townsend, 1044 Water St.
The Bishop Victorian Hotel, 714 Washington St.
The Green Eyeshade, 720 Water St.
The Swan Hotel, 222 Monroe St.
Tickled Pink, 825 Water St.

Purchase a collectible Main Street Christmas ornament featuring original art by Jason Gould which showcases the Carnegie Library. Special thanks to Paulette Lyle for artwork permission. Ornaments are $12, proceeds help fund the holiday activities of the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Thanks to our generous merchants for showcasing the ornaments!

Do You Love Port Townsend?
Consider making a year-end gift to the Port Townsend Main Street Program!

Did you know that our program serves diverse segments of our population by offering free, community-building events such as Girls’ Night Out, Concerts on the Dock, the Uptown Street Fair, Main Street Trick or Treat, and the Community Tree-lighting and Santa Visit?  We care for the downtown gardens, Cotton Building restrooms and 100+ hanging flower baskets. We promote local shopping and help light up Port Townsend for the Holidays. We offer low-interest loan funds to property owners for commercial building renovations and microloans to business owners to offset financial impacts of emergencies. Our work enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors to our community. Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift to our 501c3 nonprofit organization HERE. You can also become a member and support our work all year long. Thank you!

member directory

The Port Townsend Main Street Program is pleased to offer the opportunity to put your state B&O tax dollars to work here in Port Townsend through the work of our Main Street Tax Incentive Program.

Tickled Pink
It's never too early to start thinking about next year! Put Your State B&O Taxes To Work Here In Port Townsend Through The 2017 Main Street Tax Incentive Program. 75% of your donation is returned to you via B&O tax credits in 2018. In addition, your entire contribution may qualify as a 501(c)(3) charitable deduction on your 2017 federal income tax return.

The Port Townsend Main Street Program can receive up to $133,333 in contributions. Approvals are given each year on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 12:01 am, January 1, 2017, made online through the Dept. of Revenue’s (DOR) website. DOR’s online portal will continue to accept tax credit contributions until the state cap of $1.5M in tax credits has been reached. And as in 2016, we do anticipate that the $1.5M tax credit cap will be met early in the 2017 year, so we encourage you to pledge early.

Commercial Opportunities/Spaces 
in the Historic Districts

Retail Space Available on Prime Taylor Street Location in the Historic Mount Baker Block Building, approx. 1290 sq. ft., available Dec. 1, 2016. By appointment only, call (360) 385-7275 or (425) 391-1170 Mount Baker Block Building

734 Water St. 2nd Floor Space Available -- up to 4,500 sq. ft. of space with potential to break up the space; options for 600 sf down to 300 sf. View flier for more info and pictures, 734-water-street-for-lease-flyer or broken up office spaces here 734-water-street-floor-plan.

For MORE available spaces Uptown and Downtown 
visit The Port Townsend Main Street Program's
Happy Happy Holidays to You!
The Port Townsend Main Street Program
is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1985.

Our Mission: “Fostering economic vitality and preservation of place within our historic business districts, while maintaining our small town quality of life.” 

211 Taylor St. Suite 3
Port Townsend, WA 98368 
Copyright © 2016 The Port Townsend Main Street Program, All rights reserved.

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