WHAT WE DO--THE PORT TOWNSEND MAIN STREET PROGRAM
Main Street Merchant Breakfasts - We offers quarterly merchant breakfasts on a variety of topics. Cost per breakfast $5 members / $7 nonmembers
Hanging Flower Basket Program – Flower baskets are ordered through Henery’s Garden Center for $45 + tax. Main Street offers an optional watering and maintenance program, cost varies according to # of baskets. Mid-May through September 30.
March 22 Main Street offers “Insider’s Historic Building Tours” in conjunction with the Victorian Festival.
April 18 Earth Day Spring Clean-Up 9-12 Noon. We coordinate volunteers and encourage business owners to help clean up and beautify downtown and uptown Port Townsend.
May Main Street Art Wave - showcases K-12th grade student artwork for the month of May in businesses uptown and downtown. This promotion helps create awareness of arts education programs in the public schools. Cost: $10.00. "Art Affair" fundraisers for the Arts in Education Program in the Port Townsend School District occur throughout the year.
Concerts on the Dock- A free 8-week outdoor concert series featuring primarily local bands on Thursdays starting July 2nd and running through August 20th. The concerts take place at the Civic District Plaza from 5:00-7:30pm and include a beer/wine/cider garden and local vendors. Attendance ranges from 250-400 each week. Goal: to create a connection with downtown, showcase great regional music and local businesses. Local businesses help sponsor these shows through venue sponsorships, beer/wine garden sponsorships and stage sponsorships.
August 15--Uptown Street Fair & Parade – Over 2000 attend the event on Lawrence Street from 11am to 5 pm. Local businesses help sponsor the event. Attendance is estimated at over 2,000. The goal of the event is to celebrate the Uptown Historic Business District and neighborhood, offer family fun, showcase great local art with the PT Arts Guild Arts & Crafts Fair as well as music, local food, and The Farmers' Market. Main Street provides event insurance, marketing assistance and lends gear.
August 30 - “Main Street Feast” -- a community dinner in the street to celebrate the Port Townsend Main Street Program’s 30th Anniversary! Stay tuned for details.
Summer Sidewalk Sale - Labor Day Weekend Sept. 5-7th. Promoted through social media, store signage and our website. This is a free promotion, no cost to participate.
October 1- Main Street Girls’ Night Out to raise funds for Jefferson Co. Public Health Program to help provide free Breast/Cervical Cancer screenings for local women in need and PT Main Street Program through the sale of 500 goodie bags, raffle tickets and an after party. Promotion cost is $40 for members ($50 nonmembers) or $100 ($125 nonmembers) to be a goodie bag sponsor store. Approximately 500 event attendees.
Main Street Downtown Trick or Treat & Costume Parade on Halloween at 4 pm; The Port Townsend Main Street Program has coordinated this event since 1994. We work with the Port Townsend Police to close the streets from 3:45 to 5:30pm. Attendance estimate: 2,000 (K-6th graders with parents). Goal: a family-friendly event in the safe atmosphere of downtown and cultivate a community connection with downtown merchants. This is a free promotion; merchants purchase candy for the children.
November and December - Victorian Holidays in Port Townsend - The goal is to promote local shopping/dining/lodging, assist with holiday lighting/decorations and create festive events and retail promotions to spark community connection. Merchant Open House and Small Business Saturday: November 28th. Community Treelighting and Santa visit: December 5th. Kiwanis Choo Choo Rides for families December 12th and December 19th. Yuletide Fest coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam: December 12th. Campaign includes postcards, print ads, signage, website, press releases, and social media promotion. Special events and holiday lighting add to the festive atmosphere uptown and downtown.
Throughout the year: * Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program * HUD Low Interest Loan Program--Spring & Fall * Adams Street Park Maintenance/Bulbouts/rain gardens, downtown restroom and port-o-lette maintenance * sidewalk cleaning *seasonal bird abatement * Online Building and Business Inventory resource tool.
(Events subject to change)