Diane Urbani de la Paz

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Live music dips toes into the crick

THE LAST FULL month of summer has come. Is there any way for us grownups to get back that feeling, that barefoot, splash-in-the-crick all day… Continue reading

Acoustic Blues festival to warm up Fort Worden stages

Surrounded by lovers and players of the blues, Robert Birman started Sunday night at the Wheeler Theater by expressing his feelings. “You’re… Continue reading

Jazz Port Townsend artists get together with joy

There’s a whole lot of hugging going on. Men and women, young and old, white, black and brown: They’re together in music… Continue reading

A fort filled with jazz: Jazz Port Townsend offers public performances

We meet here, said John Clayton, all for “the F bomb.” “Fun,” Clayton told his audience of students and faculty at the… Continue reading

Sweet-smelling purple fields draw visitors to Peninsula

You can talk about the healing nature of lavender. It soothes bug bites, cools anxiety and brings relief from restlessness, say studies around… Continue reading

Take your time … Lavender Weekend is here

Take it slow and easy. This weekend gives you the reasons. An orchestra of lavender farms. Pick-your-own herbal bundles. Reggae music. And, let’s… Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Woods to open for a three-week run

In this forest, our heroine Rosalind challenges society’s rules. Shaking them off, this whip-smart woman makes a rule set of her own,… Continue reading

Staffers Julie Christine, seated, and Teresa Verraes coordinate classes and programs such as The Bunker at Fort Worden’s Port Townsend School of the Arts. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz

Creative haven: Friday night Bunker gives space to young artists

Friday night, the music’s on and so are the colors. Collage materials, charcoal, paper and paint are ready for you, the artist.… Continue reading

Staffers Julie Christine, seated, and Teresa Verraes coordinate classes and programs such as The Bunker at Fort Worden’s Port Townsend School of the Arts. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Writing heroes with auras

I AWAITED MY heroes. For years I’ve hung on their words in novels such as “Into the Beautiful North;” in an essay on the New… Continue reading

Melissa Febos

Literary rock stars descend on Port Townsend for free readings

“Whip Smart.” “Godforsaken Idaho.” “The House of Broken Angels.” “Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze.” They’re a… Continue reading

Melissa Febos

Marrowstone Island author releases debut novel

Meet the author who celebrated the release of her debut novel at Chuck E. Cheese’s, with a side trip to a particular store.… Continue reading

Outspoken actor Danny Glover to be Port Townsend Film Festival special guest

Thanks to a staff member’s connection, actor-producer-social activist Danny Glover is to be the special guest at this year’s Port Townsend Film… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Voices, stomps and grace

I’M LOOKING FOR hope and energy, some way to keep my spirits up amid the news cycle. I found it at Fort Worden State Park… Continue reading

Strings sound out: Fiddle Tunes brings hundreds to Fort Worden

Right about now, the fort is fully warmed up. Over the past week, Fort Worden State Park has been the setting for… Continue reading

Red apples and bluegrass: Finnriver hosts weekend festival

Love songs and honky-tonk, “Backsliding Blues” and “Ophelia,” ice cream and apple cider: That’s the plan this weekend at Finnriver Farm & Cidery,… Continue reading

Port Hadlock’s Old Alcohol Plant to host new benefit fest

Hey, why don’t we have a music festival? The fixings are right in front of us: grassy spot with bay view, patio… Continue reading

Draw a bath: Soaking in the forest atmosphere at Fort Worden

When she first heard of forest bathing, Ellen Falconer wondered. Is that like some nudist thing? Turns out you take this bath… Continue reading

Seattle Art Museum exhibit’s displays include images of Peninsula

Here, you can look into the eyes of an Apache girl, a Wisham bride, a Hopi chief. The photographs of Edward Sheriff Curtis… Continue reading

Nonprofit seeks volunteers for therapeutic riding

Meet the big, nonjudgmental therapists: Fury, Nevada, Dixie, Athena and Tikki. They have a natural ability to soothe and uplift, no words… Continue reading