Port Townsend Yuletide Festivities
December 15th, 2018, 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 15, 2018 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 15, 7-10pm
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: $10 in advance $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 15th, 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 - (Confirmed) 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.
- O'Rear House Built in 1891 as a carriage house, windmill and barn for the F. W. Hastings House next door, W. O'Rear had the entire structure moved repositioned to its current aspect facing the water. It has been remodeled from a carriage house to a Victorian home. Although the exterior was completed in 1891 and is distinctly Victorian, the interior was finished at the time the Arts and Crafts movement was gaining momentum. As a result, the house has one foot in the 19th Century and the other in the 20th. It is furnished with a mix of furnishing from both eras.
- Quimper Inn Known as the Harry Barthrop house, it was built in 1888 and had a very nice re-model done by the Barthrops in 1904. Harry was killed in a hunting accident in 1908 but his wife, Gertie lived in the house alone until 1947. In the 1904 re-model, the front porches were added, the 3rd floor was converted into living space, and the beautiful built-ins in the dining room with their leaded glass doors were added. along with these improvements, the house was probably electrified, and plumbed at that time. In the past years there have been about 7 owners including the present owner, Sue Ramage. The house has been run as a bed and breakfast since 1970 and is to the present day.
- 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 - (Confirmed) 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.