Here’s another great festival held every year in the great Pacific Northwest. The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, September 6-8, 2013, now in its 37th year and is “the most education-packed and inspiring wooden boat event in the world”, according to the Wooden boat Festival website.
Port Townsend, Washington, is a town worthy of a visit on it’s own. Historically, it began in April of 1851, before Seattle, as a lumber and harbor town. The beautiful Victorian homes built in the late 1800 remain from the boom years and many are local Bed and Breakfasts now. Port Townsend is also called the “City of Dreams” because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast of the United States. No thanks to the railroad back in those days, who chose Tacoma! as its terminus, and also due to the depression labeled The Panic of ’93, settling in Port Townsend declined as other cities took a stronger hold on Puget Sound.
Now Port Townsend has an abundance of beautiful Victorian style homes and Bed and Breakfasts, a quaint downtown, 2 marinas, beautiful views, a historical military fort nearby, and the Port Townsend historic district is a US National Historic Landmark District. The town is a maritime center for independent boat builders, which, hey! brings us back to the Wooden Boat Festival.
All things about wooden boats can probably be found here, and learning opportunities abound. You might even find a local Native American, who’s ancestors lived here long before the settlers, to talk boat building the old-fashioned way, by carving out a tree. (Okay, I don’t actually know if there will be local Native Americans at this festival, but I do know they made wooden boats out of red and yellow cedar trees.)
Not excited about boats? You’ll find, of course, the usual festival activities going on too, so you can get your elephant ears and corn on the cob somewhere in the mirage of kiosks and street fair vendors, along with artwork, produce, jewelry, crafts and more.
Contact Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC to learn how to get to the festival.