Today was 13th annual Art on the Ave and today’s new place is the Sixth Avenue Business District. We knew from reading status updates that parking was going to be tough, so we went to the TCC transit center and caught the #1 bus to Sixth Avenue. It let us out withing a block of the festival. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been to this festival and it has really grown with lots of quality art for sale. We purchased some 253 (the local area code) tshirts and I bought two hair clips. We watched Vicci Martinez (recently on The Voice) belt out a couple of songs and then we had a cool drink and went home. I think my favorite photo below is the guy who was filming Vicci Martinez on his iPad!
Saturday we happily went on the Urban Chicken Coop Tour, organized by Garden Sphere in the Proctor District. I’m considering the tour one large place! We managed 8 or the 9 stops on the Tacoma tour and were so impressed with the graciousness, knowledge and openness of the owners and the good looks of the urban chickens! While we don’t qualify for chickens ourselves because of our two terriers, I can certainly see the appeal.
For Martin Luther King Day, I went to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at 1902 South Cedar Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 . As of January 31, 2011, this branch of the Tacoma Public Library System will close, leaving eight locations. The Swan Creek Branch is also closing and the main branch will also have its hours reduced from 66 to 54.
The library’s previous sign has been replaced with the sign in the photograph. There is also a notice on the door that states “Tacoma Public Library Service Alert. As a result of a $1.8 million dollar shortfall in the Library’s 2011 – 2012 budget, the Tacoma Public Library will close two branch libraries and reduce hours at the downtown Main Library effective Monday, January 31, 2011.” Per the news report, the MLK Branch has some of the lowest circulation figures and has considerable deferred maintenance. While I an see the logic of the closure, it is a certain loss to the families in the area.
The closing of this branches no doubt would have saddened Dr. King, who is know to have said “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Sounds like the function of a public library to me.
We got out of town for a day in Port Townsend. Of course, Port Townsend is a fully functional city with grocery stores, gas stations and medical offices, but it is their historic district that is exceptional. Per MyNorthwest.com (see below) “Port Townsend is cited as one of only three National Victorian Seaports on the National Register of Historic Places (along with Galveston and Cape May, NJ) and is the only one on the West Coast”. Considering its excellent harbor, Port Townsend was going to be the northwest terminus of the railroad lines. In anticipation of the rail coming, many lovely Victorian residences and commercial buildings were constructed. But then the depression arrived and the rail was not extended and the town languished. Now it is a destination spot, combining the natural beauty of the bay and nearby Olympic Mountains with the appeal of the historic buildings. There is an abundance of interesting stores and restaurant. I’m sure that later I will make individual places my new place of the day, but today it is the entire downtown historic district.
Today’s new place of the day is Tacoma! I found it’s possible to check into a city instead of a specific place. Of course I was at a particular place in Tacoma, the Art Museum (which I’ve already used as the new place of the day). Dear husband and I went to the 3rd Thursday Art Walk and to see the Mighty Tacoma photographic exhibit. I highly recommended it! The photo below was taken in Opera Alley (I think) some time ago, but it goes with today’s Tacoma theme.
The art museum’s link is http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/Default.aspx
Today was another extra special new place of the day (9/19/2010). I can’t believe there is an island around that I hadn’t visited! There is even a bridge there, so it’s not like it’s difficult. Raft Island is home to three artists in the Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour 2010. There was Pen & Ink artist Mike Neil (#7), Kate Larsson (watercolors), Patrice Bruzas collage/sumi), Sharon Carr (paintings) #8 combined and Doug Fillbach, art glass(#9).
Raft Island is pretty much a residential community with many of the properties having water views. Information about it can be found here http://raftisland.org/
The Open Studio Tour was lots of fun. We didn’t get to all of them, but the ones we did visit were gracious and very talented, Information on the annual tour can be found here. http://www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org/
I thought the new place of the day was going to be the Blazing Onion Restaurant where we had lunch. It is a normal sized restaurant space with good food. I walked through the restaurant and counted 14 large TVs! That includes the ones in the restrooms. Remember when we’d go eat a meal together and talk? I’m just saying.