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2015 Steampunk Festival

The 2017 Port Townsend Steampunk Festival

So what is “steampunk?” And what does it have to do with Port Townsend?

Steampunk started as a science fiction genre back in the 1980s, where authors re-imagined 19th century society having advanced mostly steam-powered technology, based on the fashion, architecture and culture at the time. Think French author Jules Verne and his famous submarine, or H.G. Wells’ time machine.

The event is officially known as “The Brass Screw Confederacy” and it is a celebration of both history and fantasy, and a well-earned excuse to dress up in layers of Victorian-inspired attire, which is where Port Townsend comes in with its rich seafaring history and recognition as a Historic Seaport.

What better setting for this retro-themed festival that looks to the future? Enjoy music, speakers or just do some people watching this June 9-11.

The included photo is one of the favorites we took at the PT Steampunk Festival a couple of years ago.  We at Homer Smith Insurance love Port Townsend and all of its many and varied festivals!

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Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival

We love the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival!  Last year was especially fun for us,  as our good friend Jim “Kiwi” Ferris was the Grand Marshall of the parade and Homer was his chauffeur!

It is always held the 3rd weekend in May, well into spring, usually accompanied by sun and, of course, lots of flowers.

The Rhododendron or “Rhody” Festival began in 1935 when a local named Clive Buttermere started a sensation in motion by persuading Hearst Metronome News to make a newsreel of  the prized wild blossoms.  He surrounded them with women from the community who were chosen as Royalty to mark the event and add to the aesthetics of the pictures.  Since then, the one-day Rhododendron Festival itself has blossomed into an annual 4 day series of events culminating in a Grand Parade on Saturday and a 12K Rhody Run the next morning.

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2017 Sequim Irrigation Festival – “122 Skies of Blue”

The Sequim Irrigation Festival began with a vision of the impossible:  making the dry Dungeness Valley bloom for its farmers and homesteaders.  Against odds and gravity, a group of 20 or so pioneers led by local known as D.R. “Crazy” Callen—called “crazy” for being the one behind the idea and pushing for it– built a series of irrigation ditches in the hills above Sequim and so ushered in a 122 year legacy of providing water to a region that historically gets about 18 inches of rain a year.  The town of Sequim gratefully celebrates this achievement with a festival of culture and tradition held on the second Saturday in May with a parade through town, local “royalty” overseeing the festivities and family-friendly events. The Grand Finale Weekend begins today, May 12, 2017, and some of the main events are:

  • Carnival, May 11th – May 14th
  • Historic Walking Tour
  • Golf Tournament
  • Sequim High School Operetta
  • Strongman Competition, May 12th 6:00-8:00pm
  • Logging Show, Truck and Tractor Pull, May 12th & 13th
  • Fireworks, May 12th 9:30 – 10:30 pm
  • Irrigation Festival Fun Run
  • Hot Rods & Harleys Show N’ Cruz, May 13th, 10:45 – 4:00 pm
  • 122nd Irrigation Festival Grand Parade, May 13th 12:00 – 2:00 pm

More info can be found at the Sequim Irrigation Festival Website, http://www.irrigationfestival.com/events/ Here are a few photos we took from the 2015 and 2016 Sequim Irrigation Festivals.