Monthly Archives: June 2017

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Port Townsend Old School 4th of July 2017

Looking for a fun family-friendly outdoor activity with lots of elbow room?  Head over to the Fort Worden Parade Grounds for the 3rd annual Old School 4th of July 2017, hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Thunderbull.

The event starts at 4PM with the National Guard Dixieland Jazz Band and features a Tug of War Championship, a Pie-in-the-Face event (our crazy-brave friends are going to get messy!), and a watermelon eating contest. After a jam-packed day with music from the Caribe Steel Band and local beats from “The Ultimate Dance Band”  Uncle Funk and the Dope 6, it’s finally time to shoot for the stars with a fireworks diplay sponsored by First Federal.

Homer Smith Insurance is one of the Launch Sponsors of this fun event! We will be there!  Come on out!

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!