WEEKEND: Very Local Parade highlight of Uptown Street Fair
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Charlotte Capel, 6, of Port Townsend paints a watercolor at 2012's Uptown Street Fair. More than 1,000 people attended last year's event.
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Diego Murray, 6, of Port Townsend lets some bubbles fly at 2012’s Uptown Street Fair. Photo by Charlie Bermant/Peninsula Daily News.

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Saturday's Uptown Street Fair is designed to be a local experience.

The fair doesn't exclude visitors but is focused on the residents. And, to paraphrase an informal motto for Port Townsend, people who are there may not be all there.

The street fair, which will be from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is in the blocks surrounding the center of Port Townsend's uptown at the intersection of Lawrence and Tyler streets.

Day's high point

The highlight of the day is always the Very Local Parade, which is sponsored by the Kinetic Skulpture Race and is a preview for that event, which this year will be Oct. 5-6.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the East Jefferson Fire-Rescue Station at 701 Harrison St. and head down Lawrence Street toward Aldrich's Market at 940 Lawrence St.

Those arriving early can bring a favorite bicycle wheel and helmet to decorate for display in the parade.

The parade is open to anyone who shows up, though political and religious floats are not allowed.

Eclectic trophies

The winning floats will be awarded eclectic trophies created by fair organizer Lisa Doray, with some offered by Jeanne Moore of Potpourri Northwest Interiors.

Moore, who has created the trophies for 18 years, is taking the year off but has cleaned out her closets and found a few older trophies to use.

The street fair operates in conjunction with the Port Townsend Farmers Market, which is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tyler Street between Lawrence and Clay streets.

The Port Townsend Arts Guild Arts and Crafts Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Port Townsend Main Street Stage, across from the Uptown Pub & Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., is the hub for live music from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Acts scheduled to perform include Kreea Baabahar, the Delta Rays, Steve Grandinetti and Lowire.

Free craft projects

Children can drop in and work on free crafting projects from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lawn of the Jefferson County Recreation Center, 620 Tyler St.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can participate in “Painting on Easels: Viva la Uptown, Parisian-Style.”

Fair sponsors provide the easels, paint and paper. Participants need bring only their talent.

People of any age will be welcome to put their artistic talents on display at the painting center set up across from Uptown Nutrition, 1002 Lawrence St.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Structural Integration Kids' Festival is offering free structural integration sessions at the community center by licensed health care practitioners for children 2 weeks to 12 years old.

Reservations are recommended by contacting Ravey Kierann at 360-297-2187 or kidsfestivalaug17@gmail.com.

A Youth Bike Scavenger Hunt for those 5 to 11 years old is set from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a Bike Scavenger Hunt from 11 a.m. to noon for ages 12 and older.

Scavenger hunt participants should assemble at Sather Park at the corner of Adams and Cosgrove streets.


Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or cbermant@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: August 15. 2013 5:53PM
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