Port Townsend Yuletide Festivities
December 16th, 2017, Olympic Peninsula Steam proudly sponsors historical and spirited passtimes to help keep you warm through winter. Join us for the festivities!
Big Brass Yule Ball
On December 16, 2017 we're looking to steam up the holidays with music in the dark of the year. Whether you rock gears and goggles, bustle or bowler, this is holiday opportunity to come out and kick it old school. Olympic Express Big Band brings sassy, brassy horns and rhythm for an absinth-infused evening of dancing.
The Brass Screw Confederacy and Olympic Peninsula Steam invite you to join us the American Legion Hall where the halls are decked, the hosts are jolly, and the fruit cake will keep you toasty all night long. Come as you are - Victorian, Steampunk, fancy dress, blue jeans. It's the spirit, the season and the swing that matter!
When: Saturday, December 16, 7-11pm
Where: American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St, PT directions
Who: 21+ - Tip o' the hat to Steampunks and Victorian folk
- Fancy dress never required or expected
What: Dancing, live band, festivities, and Father Christmas
How: $15 with ID at the door
What to expect
- Stomping big band sounds with Olympic Express Big Band
- The coolest Father Christmas you ever met
- selling Nice Passes at seasonable discounts
- Mistletoe, just in case that certain someone is around...
- Cash bar awash with holiday spirits
- Fruitcake. Really good fruitcake
- ...but Beware the Krampus!
Victorian Open Parlor
Also on Saturday December 16th, tour beautifully decorated 19th Century buildings and homes with historically costumed docents, seasonal music, and holiday treats. Tickets $15/person.
Tours run 1-4pm. Reservations recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the first stop of each tour.
- Old Consulate Inn - Also known as the Frank Hastings house. Frank Hastings was the second son of Port Townsend founders Lauren and Lucinda Hastings. He arrived in Port Townsend as a boy and went on to pursue many vocations including serving in the second senate of the new state of Washington in 1891. The house was built in 1889 across from the courthouse, but wasn't completed until 1907. It features a beautiful curving stairway and elegant parlor decorated for holiday festivities and featuring a baby grand piano and nautical portal, now set with stained glass.
- Starrett House - Additional details coming soon, but this spectacular Victorian home was purchased and converted back into a private home last year. Don't miss this opportunity to tour this treasured landmark.
- Griffiths House - James W. Griffiths was a seafaring entrepreneur and a partner in the Port Townsend firm of Griffiths, Bridges & Stetson, brokering to over 300 ships of both domestic and foreign registry. He arrived in Port Townsend in 1888 and prospered during its boom period. His house on Morgan Hill was completed in 1890 at a cost of $5,500. When the Port Townsend economy collapsed, Griffiths reportedly left the town “stone broke” to renew his fortune elsewhere. The second owners bought the house before 1900 for several hundred dollars.
- Commander's Beach House - The Commander's Beach House was built in 1934 when Fort Worden, Fort. Flagler, Fort Casey and Old Fort Townsend were built. The house was intended as the residence for the Commanding Medical Officer of the U.S. Quarantine Station maintained here at Point Hudson. Over the years, as the property changed hands, this gracious home has been occupied by a number of Coast Guard, Navy, and Army Commanding Officers and their families. It was decommissioned in 1955, and has been lovingly maintained as a bed and breakfast for the past 20 years.
- Bishop Victorian Hotel- This lovely three story brick building was erected in 1891 as a freight storage facility by William Bishop Sr., one of the more storied pioneers in Jefferson County history. The building was designed by architect Charles Packard and built at a cost of $15,000. Standing sentinel at the base of the bluff, The Bishop has had several incarnations as businesses have ebbed and flowed through the years, including a carriage and buggy factory at the turn of the century, an attorney’s office, and even housing the Port Townsend Soda Works from 1911 through 1920.