The Washington State Historical Society will hold its 11th annual summer public event on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. IN THE SPIRIT Native Arts Market and Festival highlights handmade Native American artwork and features musicians, dancers, demonstrators, traditional Native foods, and much more.

In addition to the nearly 20 vendors, some of the performers will include:

  • Vince Redhouse, Grammy-nominated Navajo flute player born and raised in California. He has played music since the age of seven and continues to love creating music. Not only will he be the first performance of the day, but will also be selling his CDs and other merchandise throughout the day as a festival vendor.
  • Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers, who have performed at the IN THE SPIRIT festival every year since its inception in 2006 and tend to be a crowd favorite. Tiny Barril has an incredible ability to tell native story through song, dance and presence. Adorned in button blankets and masks, the group can transform the museum into a gathering about a fire in the Alaskan wilderness.
  • Rona Yellow Robe Walsh, named the 2014 Native American Museum Awards’ Flutist of the Year. She is a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe and was born and raised in Montana. Rona has three albums available and has performed at IN THE SPIRIT for several years.
  • The Le-La-La Dancers from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. They have traveled and performed as a traditional Kwakwaka’wakw dance company throughout the world for over 25 years. Their performance will highlight various spiritual entities through dancing, music and masks. They often play a large role in performances at the annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria.

The IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit opened at the History Museum on May 28. Native American artists submitted their works for consideration by a jury who selected pieces for inclusion in the show. The jury then selected the following winners:











During the extent of the juried art exhibit, which can be viewed at, museum patrons have been voting for their favorite piece. The Washington State Historical Society  will present the winner with the highly-coveted People’s Choice Award during the Aug. 13 festival. The exhibit closes the following day.

This year’s market and festival will take place inside the History Museum due to ongoing construction on the Museum’s outdoor plaza and amphitheater. For more information on the construction project, please visit

Take a Recreation Vacation

CTB_MountainBike_Horizongal (1)This summer, our capital city will host an adrenaline-fueled race that pairs the best of the region: award-winning ales and adventure. Capitol to Bay Relay, taking place on Aug. 6, is an adventure race that includes mountain and road biking, running and paddling. Recently sanctioned as an official adventure race by the United States Adventure Racing Association, the relay allows competitors to participate solo, but encourages them to compete in tandem or with a team.

The course begins in Capitol State Forest and ends in downtown Olympia, totaling 37 miles of the region’s mountains, waterways and prairies. The best part: It ends with entry to Olympia Brewfest, a tasting celebration with 30-plus beers, live music and food.

Experts agree that pairing beer and exercise is a fruitful combination. A recent medical study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University found positive connections between exercise and beer. The study, as reported by The New York Times, shows an “unequivocal correlation between exercising on any given day and subsequently drinking, especially if someone exercised more than usual.”

So grab your friends and let the “training” begin! The Capitol to Bay Relay website offers a detailed map of the course for training preparations. Thurston County is home to several top spots for imbibing post-workout, including Top Rung Brewing in Lacey, Oly Tap Room on the Olympia waterfront and Three Magnets Brewing in downtown Olympia.

For more information or to register, visit The Capitol to Bay Relay is organized as a benefit for the PARC Foundation of Thurston County, which is dedicated to preserving the vital green spaces of our natural surroundings, and expanding and supporting works of art and artists in the community.

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Cutting Edge: Art Quilts of Washington

quiltsQuilters quilt and painters paint, but there is a world of di-mension behind the work of fabric artists. As the newest exhibit at the Washington State History Museum—Cutting Edge: Art Quilts of Washington—shows, quilting is an artistic medium in and of itself.

“Traditionally, quilts were hand-sewn from scraps of fabric to meet a practical need—they kept families warm during the winter months,” said Lynette Miller, head of collections for the Washington State Historical Society and curator of the quilt exhibit. “Over time, they have evolved from simply being functional into something decorative and creative, and finally into a means of artistic expression no different from painting or sculpting.”

Cutting Edge: Art Quilts of Washington is a collaborative effort between the Washington State Historical Society, which also has a number of historic quilts from its collection on display, and the Contemporary Quilt Art Association, a diverse group of artists, teach-ers, writers and collectors from throughout Washington. The juried exhibit features the work of association members, who view quilts as an exciting medium of expression and a viable contemporary art form.

“Today’s quilt artists may still use sewing machines, but they are just as likely to use more contemporary technology such as computers and printers or less traditional techniques such as painting, hand-dyeing and bleaching,” said Colleen Wise, president of the Contemporary Quilt Art Association. “They may embellish their work with beads, metal or found objects. They are using quilt-making as a means of expression rather than comfort. Quilt-making has evolved into a true art form with a distinctive American history.”

Cutting Edge: Art Quilts of Washington through Aug. 21 at the history museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.


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Slider Cook-off at the Museum of Glass

summer-cookoffGuests shook, rattled and grilled in their favorite rockabilly style at the Museum of Glass. For the fifth year, attendees tasted and cast votes for their favorite slider, provided by popular Puget Sound restaurants. Slider cook-off winners included the Judges’ Award,which went to WildFin Restaurant, and People’s Choice, which was awarded to the Pine Room Events Center. Live glass-blowing in the Hot Shop with John Miller, fiery rockin’ music from The Dusty 45’s, games and a silent auction completed the evening. Proceeds from the event support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.summer-cookoff2

Style Makers: The Designers’ Choice

designers-choice1designers-choice2Vedere is an Italian word meaning “to see, look at; meet, consult; find out, and grasp.” It is the root of the word vista, which means “a large and beautiful view of an area, or a number of things that may be possible in the future.” Marrying these concepts with precision and finesse is Vedere Construction.

Traditionally, builders and designers are at odds, with competing goals and priori-ties. Vedere, however, not only values involvement, it seeks it. Owners Jon Lyon and James Brown execute your design plans with passion, transforming your home into the space you’ve dreamed of.

Vedere joined forces with Alinda Morris Design to transform a Lakewood home for a busy family. The couple and their daughters moved into the neighborhood several years ago. The home wasn’t their taste, but they loved the neighbors and sense of community, and hired Morris to spearhead a comprehensive remodel.

The family’s goal was to update and maximize the visual impact while adding storage. This was balanced with the desire to create special, cozy areas for family time that were fresh and stylish, and infinitely livable.

The family was encouraged to celebrate the home’s ceiling height with custom wall coverings. The texture created a sophisticated yet child-friendly family room. The fireplace surround was dressed up with millwork, mantel and crown molding. The handwoven grass wallpaper was used again in the new breakfast nook to complement the banquette, and in the master bath to add warmth to tile and glass.

The master bath is a showpiece, beginning with new vanity and cabinetry. A large tile shower with frameless glass door and a soaking tub surrounded by beautiful stacked stone provide a serene feeling.

Crown molding and built-in bookcases now frame the master suite to add a custom touch and functionality. “That’s what I love about interior design—you can change the way people function in their space,” says Alinda Morris.


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Iron Rabbit Restaurant and Bar

iron-rabbit“Cozy, little, undiscovered.” That’s how Crystal Kampling, general manager of Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar describes this low-key dining gem in Olympia. Its gorgeously plated, exquisitely savory cuisine draws loyal regulars who like to keep mum about their secret foodie spot.

In fact, the restaurant has been a bastion of creative Euro-international cuisine for a decade. Owner and menu genius Christian Skillings has succeeded every year in pulling together a dining experience that’s both intimate and intriguing, with fresh and inspired dishes that are locally sourced and community-supportive.

On the far-reaching, pan-world menu, what’s a top customer go-to? One popular choice, also Kampling’s favorite, is the MSG-free, gluten-free, vegan coconut curry. “Christian searched high and low for the perfect ingredients for our special curry sauce,” she says. “I could eat it every day, and I definitely recommend it for first-time diners.”

But the menu is seasonal and ever-changing. The challenge is choosing among such flavorful selections as blackened, spiced prawns with rum cream sauce and pepper jack cheese; hand-made gnocchi with marsala cream sauce, portobello mush-rooms and pecorino Romano; artichoke heart linguine Alfredo; and New York strip steak with bleu cheese bacon butter and garlic mash.

Coming up for summer is brighter fare—light, crisp vegetable-themed sautés and big, classic salads. In June, look for the Father’s Day special: A free steak with the purchase of a beer.

Last year, the restaurant underwent a minor facelift with new paint outside and new light fixtures inside. Iron Rabbit is eyeing expansion opportunities, too, says Kampling, although the location is still up in the air. “We keep getting busier every year, so another location isn’t out of the question.”


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103 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia

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Puyallup Design Reimagined

puyallup-designEight years ago, Troy and Becky Rucker called Olympic Landscape for landscape design and installation. In the next month, a conceptual plan was developed with the homeowners’ input, and the landscape work began in October 2008. Since the Ruckers’ home was under construction, Olympic was in on the entire design-build process from the beginning and proposed upscaled entry walks and a reflection pool to the work the builder had in mind.

Work took place during the fall and winter months and by late winter the major part of the project was complete, including sprinklers, lighting, plants and lawns. The Ruckers participated in all phases of design and construction, which is exactly how Olympic Landscape likes to work. “It’s very rewarding to have the homeowners engaged in the process,” says Olympic designer John Sullivan.

In turn, the Ruckers enjoyed their participation with Olympic. “They were thoughtful, great at planning and phenomenal in making the plans work in the real world,” the couple says. “The installation was impressive to watch, considering the many site challenges they had to overcome.” The crowning glory? “We especially love the grand entry and the fountain courtyard, with the night effect of up-lighting.”

The Ruckers were so pleased with the effect that was achieved and the service they received that they called Olympic Landscape a couple of times over the years to add to their landscape. The most recent visit was to install historic Wilkeson paving stone around the courtyard fountain.

Troy and Becky Rucker are among the many customers who see the value in Olympic Landscape’s 40 years of experience. According to owner Neil Hedman, Olympic offers an array of services to support the planning and building of your landscape. In-house design teams work closely with professionally trained technicians to provide a seamless transition from Day One to the realization of your landscaping dreams. A large part of the company’s success can be attributed to Hedman’s oft-repeated phrase: “We love what we do!”


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Play Around The Sound 2016

mt-rainierThere is really no better place than the Pacific Northwest during summertime. We are lucky to have such a beautiful playground. With no short-age of things to do, how do you go about choosing? ShowCase checked out some of the best local attractions and compiled them here. So get out your calendar and prepare for some serious playtime.

One of Tacoma’s family favorites is the Independence Day Freedom Fair, located on Ruston Way and in historic Old Town. Celebrate our nation’s independence with a day of family activities capped with a spectacular fireworks show.Later in the month, July 16 and 17, take a weekend and enjoy the Tacoma Maritime Fest. This annual event includes plenty of kid-friendly activities, ships to explore and free boat tours of the Foss Waterway and the Port of Tacoma.Admission to both events is free. For more information and a schedule of events, visit and

Gig Harbor
Story_Fisherman Gig HarborSlow down a bit and take a boating trip out to Gig Harbor. Enjoy a flight of whiskey at Heritage Distillery or a bowl of clam chowder at the Tides Tavern in historic downtown. Stroll along the waterfront and stop in at the Harbor History Museum for activities for kids and grown-ups. Later in the evening, catch an outdoor concert at Summer Sounds at Skansie or take a blanket and some popcorn for Friday Family Fun Movies in the Park.

Head out to Enumclaw over the weekend of July 29 and 30 for the Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair. Besides terrific food and vendors, visitors can check out local art at the Arts Alive Gallery on Cole Street. Stop by Tracy’s Roadside Produce for farm-fresh produce, jams, jellies and even local Washington wines.

Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater have activities and events for everyone this summer. Tour our state capitol or the Olympic Flight Museum. Get in touch with your wild side at Wolf Haven International in Tenino or the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Take the kids to the Hands On Children’s Museum or enjoy an adult outing on the South Sound Wine Trail. For more Top 10 attractions, go to

Story_Home Course Golf DupontA town steeped in rich Pacific Northwest history, DuPont is a fascinating place for a historical perspective. Visit the DuPont Historical Museum to view photos, maps and more. Looking to explore? DuPont has a thriving parks system filled with hiking and biking trails for the whole family.

Story_Puyallup Market_RGBDowntown Puyallup offers friendly hometown charm in both shopping and dining. For a taste of fresh, local food and art, visit the Farmers’ Market in Pioneer Park. This unique market features only local vendors, farmers and artists and is sure to be a favorite.

Seattle has much to offer year round and is particularly spectacular during the summer months. With so many unique neighborhoods, Seattle boasts numerous markets, street fairs and an abundance of exceptional dining experiences. There are also the familiar local attractions such as Pike Place Market and the Great Wheel. Coffee snobs might want to visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room located just nine blocks from the original store at Pike Place. Check out the helpful links below for more information.

Family-Friendly, Ride to Rail, Ride and Farm Tour

willapa-hills-trailRolling alongside a scenic river, through forests and right next to pastoral farmland, the Willapa Hills Trail in south-west Washington will see its first large-scale bicycle event this summer.

Geared for families and recreational cyclists, the first annual Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival will take place June 25–26. Registration is open for the leisure ride, which will cover 22 miles each day along mostly flat trails from Chehalis to Pe Ell and back.

The ride will take cyclists from just off the Interstate 5 corridor to the valleys of west Lewis County, home to many farms that grow produce and make cheeses that are available in markets from Portland to Seattle, as well as online. Several of these farms along one section of the trail will host a side trip for riders to stop and briefly tour the farms, sample food and buy some food to go.

Highlights of the Fat Tire Ride & Festival include the farm tour, the adjacent Rainbow Falls State Park, and live music and more in the community of Pe Ell, itself a major stop on the trail.

The Willapa Hills Trail was built as a railroad in the late 1800s, providing passenger and freight service between Chehalis and South Bend, Washington. Service waned over the years, and Washington State Parks bought the right-of-way in the 1990s. Major improvements have been made, including nearly six miles of paved trail between Chehalis and the small town of Adna, and three new bridges spanning the Chehalis River.

Cost for the event is $30, with a family rate of $80 for up to five people. Riders are encouraged to bring extra cash to purchase food and drink at the farm tour and in Pe Ell.

Any bike other than a lightweight road bike is suitable for the trail.

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Red Lion Olympia to Become Boutique Hotel RL

red-lionThe Red Lion Hotel Olympia is undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation into a modern, design-conscious hotel and hip gathering spot, Hotel RL. This follows the announcement last year by Red Lion Hotels Corporation that the longstanding Olympia staple would be converted to the company’s new upscale lifestyle brand.

“The Red Lion brand was founded in the state of Washington in 1959, and as the state capital, Olympia is an important meeting place,” said Greg Mount, RLHC president and CEO. “Our Olympia hotel team is known for incredible food and guest service. We want our physical hotel to also exceed guest expectations. The remodeled Hotel RL is built around the concept of a hotel serving as a town square where visitors and locals alike meet to collaborate. Olympia is the perfect market in which to do that.”

Relaxed, creative and welcoming, Hotel RL will offer a taste of the local scene, where socially-minded business and leisure travelers are invited to work, play and pursue their passions freely. The new hotel will be part urban lodge, part local hangout and 100 percent unique.

Upgrades to the Red Lion Hotel Olympia have already begun, with the full remodel expected to be completed this fall. Improvements are planned for the nearly 200 guest rooms, the lobby, restaurant and 16,500 square feet of meeting space. The new pavilion-style lobby has as its focal point The Steps, a tiered gathering and seating area where guests can enjoy an espresso and complimentary Wi-Fi in the mornings or a signature cocktail in the evenings.

“This new brand is a big deal for Red Lion Hotels,” said Jeff Bowe, director of sales. “All of our market research points to delivering a product that appeals to travelers with a millennial mind-set. I’m excited to lead our Olympia property into this new market. Our guests will be surprised at some of the changes they will see. This is not just a fresh coat of paint. It’s a whole new series of amenities that invite guests into our public spaces to enjoy good coffee, food, conversation and entertainment.”

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