This blog about the people, places and happenings in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater is maintained by Dusti Demarest, The Olympian's features editor and a Thurston County resident for 16 years. Contact her via e-mail at email@example.com.
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FRIDAY -- All about the ladies: Ladies, get your friends and family together for GIRLS NIGHT OUT in downtown Olympia, an all-day event where you can explore local businesses while supporting the Olympia Union Gospel Mission. Hours are 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday. Purchase $15 tickets for a goodie bag (supplies limited) and head out to find participating businesses. For every $10 you spend at those businesses, receive a raffle ticket for door prizes. At the end of the day, enjoy complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar and mingle with all the ladies at the event reception from 8:30-9:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE. For more details, call 360-357-8948.
FRIDAY -- Wine and blues : MIA VERMILLION made a name for herself with her 2009 independent debut CD Alone Together With the Blues. After a two-year hiatus, she is back performing live. See her at 8 p.m. Friday in an intimate acoustic performance at Medicine Creek Winery, 947 Old Pacific Highway SE, Olympia. The cover charge for the 21-and-older-only show is $7.
SATURDAY -- Mmmmm chowder: After a five-year hiatus, the SWANTOWN MARINA BOATSWAP & CHOWDER CHALLENGE is back, running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the marina, 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia. A dozen local restaurants will serve chowder from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and $5 will get you a mug for your chowder samples and a token that allows you to vote for your favorite. Otherwise, admission is free. For more information, call 360-528-8000 or go to portolympia.com.
This might be the most crowded weekend for fun and entertainment, this side of early December. But that is good news for all of us looking to appreciate South Sound's live music scene, its amazingly talented youth, and its beautiful scenery -- and to relax and laugh a little.
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We are at the height of the high school musical season, and if you've never seen a production at a South Sound high school, you don't know the extraordinary talent you're missing. But you can also find tropical tunes, celebrity photographs, flutes, harps, comedy and lots of cooperation among the offerings.
Olympia is such a thriving arts & entertainment community that even when there's a weekend with the mega-combo of Spring Arts Walk and Procession of the Species, there are still OTHER things to do too. Read on ....
Overwhelmed by the hundreds of things to see during spring Arts Walk? Features writer Molly Gilmore, who has written about and attended many, many Arts Walks, offers up this list of highlights that you shouldn't miss. I know I'll be checking them out.
If you love music of any kind, you will be able to find your people this weekend in Olympia. From Vivaldi to ABBA, from jazz to some of the biggest hits in country music, you'll find it here. Plus, you can get your consciousness raised at the Environmental Film Festival, laugh a little at the Olympia Little Theatre, or hone your edginess with Theater Artists Olympia. Or learn to make lefse!
South Sound will be overflowing with live talent this weekend, from proven stage plays to plays created in 24 hours, from TCTV's talent contest to Olympia Choral Society's singers. And if it stops raining (or not), you can even take a sail aboard a tall ship.
This weekend encompasses that crazy diversity in entertainment Olympia has become famous for. From Tarantino to Robin Hood, from AC/DC to jazz guitar, from belly dancing to amazing acrobatics, you should be able to find something right here in South Sound to suit your mood.
Blame the Easter Bunny for the overwhelming number of fun events this weekend -- and too many opportunities to eat chocolate and Peeps. But this weekend also offers up three great stage plays, a presentation by an internationally renowned photographer, a tango performance and lots of music.