Last Thursday, July 14th marked the beginning of the free, all-ages Concerts on the Dock series in Port Townsend at Pope Marine Park Plaza, about a 30 minute drive from the Inn. Each week from July 14th through September 1st a different band entertains a large crowd and I had the chance to enjoy the musical stylings to Kevin Mason & The PT All Stars.
The weather was beautiful and people were out strolling the streets of Port Townsend shopping, eating, walking dogs, and enjoying a sunny July afternoon.
I brought my mom with me to the concert and on the way we stopped by the deli at the Port Townsend Food Co-Op’s deli for picnic supplies. With our to-go boxes full of potatoes au gratin, kale & beet salad, tabbouleh, and coleslaw we headed to the Pope Marine Park Plaza to set up our picnic and listen to the music.
At the park, there were beautiful views of Puget Sound and watercrafts of all types, shapes, and sizes floated by. Dogs walked through the park with tails wagging. Children sang, danced and played. Adults mingled among one another. With an eclectic photo booth, henna tattoos, massage therapy from the talented James Jackson, several food & vendor booths, and a beer/wine/cider garden – there was something for everyone.
As the band played up-beat songs like “Play That Funky Music” by James Brown and a funky version of “Proud Mary”, children and adults sang and danced and clearly were having a fantastic time. And with slower songs it was touching to watch couples slow dance celebrating the warm, sunny weather and great music.
When we left the music was still rocking and I heard children yelling “tag you’re it!” and running through the park. Dogs sat peacefully with their owners, picnics and picnic blankets were scattered across the lawn as far as the eye could see, and the music could be heard all the way to the car.
I highly recommend attending one of the Concerts on the Dock. It is a unique way to enjoy the historic seaport of Port Townsend and make memories that will last long past the music ends for the evening.
Written by: Kaitlin Chester