September is a fun month to venture out in the Pacific Northwest. The kids are back in school, the ferry lines are not so long, and there are plenty of activities and events in our corner of the map. Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula has a full calendar, from bird watching at the beginning of the month to a three-day film festival at the end. Here are the highlights:
Port Townsend Farmers Market: Recently named as the Best Large Market in the state, the Port Townsend Farmers Market is nationally recognized as one of the most vibrant small town markets in the nation. There are three days of markets in Jefferson County: Saturdays through December in Uptown Port Townsend; Sundays through October at Chimacum Corner; and Wednesdays through October in Uptown Port Townsend.
Protection Island Early Fall Bird Migration: Enjoy a six-hour sail aboard the Adventuress on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10-4. Be a part of the crew on this historic vessel while touring the wildlife sanctuary of Protection Island. It’s a partnership between Sound Experience and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, so there will be a naturalist on board.
35th Annual Wooden Boat Festival: I’m not a big festival goer, but this is on my bucket list, and one of these years I’ll make it. This year’s festival is Sept. 9-11, and features more than 300 boats along with 125 presentations and demos and 80 exhibitors. This year is also the west coast premiere of the documentary Charlotte. Co-produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte of Antidote Films (The Kids Are All Right), it documents everyday activities in the boatyard where Charlotte is being built. The film is a “meditation on tradition, craftsmanship, family, community, our relationship to nature, and the love of the sea.” Screening is Sept. 8, 7 PM at the Northwest Maritime Center, followed by a Q&A.
12th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival: Seventy-four films representing 15 countries are being screened at this year’s festival, Sept. 23-25. They include the coming of age story Inuk, about a young man in the icy world of Greenland and Boy, about a 10-year-old Maori greeting his dad for the first time. Vamperfifica is being billed as the funniest “splatter” movie of the season, while documentaries include politics, religion and such adventure sports as a high-end restaurant competition. Special guest Buck Henry appears Saturday evening with his favorite feature film, Taking Off, and the next day in a Conversation With a Scribe, about his writing career. Six screening locations throughout Port Townsend, with outdoor family-friendly films each evening.
Biking, Eating, Sleeping: The Port Townsend Bicycle Association has a new bike map of bicycling and hiking trails that stretch out to eastern Jefferson County and across the North Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Culinary Loop includes farmers and vendors who grow, harvest and catch the Peninsula’s bounty that’s known as Olympic Coast Cuisine. It’s a fun site where you can create your own custom culinary loop. And now you can check accommodation availability online at EnjoyPT.com.