Clear weather, plentiful tunes greet festival-goers on first day of Arts Walk

Clear weather, plentiful tunes greet festival-goers on first day of Arts Walk

Staff writerOctober 5, 2013 

Music filled the streets of downtown Olympia on Friday, the opening night of fall Arts Walk.

There were xylophone and trumpet players, guitarists and pianists, folk musicians and marching bands.

The Olympia High School drum line performed across the street from the Olympia Transit Center. It wasn’t just about sharing their rat-a-tat and rumbling percussion beats, it also was a fundraiser — and spectators were invited to add money to a donation box.

“A lot of our things are broken,” said Jesse Sullivan, 17, who leads the group. “We have broken sticks and drum heads.”

Arts Walk, the city’s twice-a-year celebration of all things artistic, continues Saturday with more music, dance performances, art demonstrations and fine arts on display at 93 venues.

“It’s the creative process in action,” said Jayne Patrick of Littlerock, who attended Friday night. “And it’s so accessible.”

The event features traditional art forms such as woodworking and watercolor, and less common ones such as bonsai trees and acrobatic yoga.

“In a way, it’s always new,” said Stephanie Johnson, arts and events manager for the city of Olympia. “There are always new artists and businesses.”

The city estimates that 10,000 people attend fall Arts Walk, she said. And since it didn’t rain Friday, there was a strong turnout, Johnson said.

“It feels really laid back and comfortable,” she added.

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