Seattle Branch
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society


Fort Worden Dance Workshop 2016

September 9 - 11



Sharon Osborne Barker, Calgary AB

Linda Henderson, Diablo, CA

Ron Wallace, Rohnert Park, CA

Andrew Smith, Emporia, KS


Muriel Johnstone, Piano

Keith Smith, Fiddle

For those of you wishing to plan ahead, the 2016 Fort Worden dates have been set.  Watch  for your application in the mail or online in April 2016.


Memories from 2015

Irene Paterson of the Seattle Branch wrote a new dance in honor of Rachel and Dillup who are leaving for a new home next month.  There were several requests for a copy of it, so it is provided here.   Hooked on Bells.   We will all miss them in Seattle.


Gallery of Photos 

Ft. Worden Years 2003 - 20

 Ft W Ball -Elinor V front pg cropped.jpg (401421 bytes)

Dances Created For Former Ft. Worden Years 

                                                          Map of Fort Worden Vicinity

 The Place - Fort Worden

Fort Worden State Park is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the lovely, quaint Victorian town of Port Townsend, Washington. Fort Worden is a former coastal artillery fort, constructed as one of a triad of forts designed to prevent naval invasion of the Puget Sound. Now a Washington State Park, it is included on the National Register of Historic Places and has also been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a national historic landmark. Located at the entrance to Puget Sound (Victoria, B.C. is just across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca), the views are a breathtaking combination of water and mountain. On a clear day one can see both Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker. Fort Worden, with its officers’ houses, parade ground and other period structures was photogenic enough to have served as the site for filming of the 1982 movie “An Officer and a Gentleman".

Erickson Hall where we have our Ceilidh and Saturday Evening Ball, as well as our initial, arrival  registration, is located immediately west of Fort Worden State Park, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  As you drive onto the Fairgrounds, it is the first building on your left.  There is plenty of parking there.  Click on Erickson Hall for a map from Fort Worden State Park to there, or if you need more detail,  click on the 'Map Quest' symbol and zoom in on the map for full page details.


Dormitory - Dorm housing, in the former barracks, offers a minimally furnished single room (twin bed) or a few double occupancy (two twin beds).  Bathrooms are down the hall. No cooking is allowed in the rooms. See our information letter above for more details.

Vacation Housing - Shared Victorian houses with a parlor, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and multiple bedrooms, with linen and daily maid service.   These consist of the larger Officers’ Row houses (3-6 bedrooms) and the smaller NCO houses (2 bedrooms). Limited single accommodations are available for one person per room.  Double accommodations are for two people per room; most share a queen size bed, though there are a few rooms with two twin beds.  Children may not sleep on the floor; however, some rollaway beds are available.   Please see this year's information letter above for more details and about meals.

[Picture of officers housing at Ft. Worden]

Camping - Sites are available on the grounds of Fort Worden.  Contact Ft. Worden directly if you are interested.

Meals - The State Park has a dining facility. The food and service is excellent. Please see this year's information letter in the registration  for available plans.

Alternative Accommodations - For those desiring alternatives to the offerings above, bed and breakfast, motel, and hotel accommodations are available in town.  For more information on these off-site options, please contact the Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce:  1-888-365-6978, e-mail:   or on the web at Early reservations are recommended, as local lodging may fill quickly.

       Questions or Concerns?                                 

Updated 11/10/15