Westerly Home delivery food service expands to Tacoma

Tacoma now has a new healthy and delicious home food delivery service as Westerly Kitchen has now expanded to offer their gourmet services to the city’s residents.

Born from the kitchen and imagination of Chrissy Hunt, Matt Hunt and Annalicia Schwab, the owners developed this meal delivery service because they “believe in the importance of good food and the power of delicious meals prepared with whole ingredients. When you continuously fuel your body with the right nutrients, you will feel your best. [There’s] no calorie counting or fad diets with Westerly meal delivery.”

Our publisher, Robin Lucas, recently tried the meal and she was delighted. Not only were the meals nutritionally dense, [but] they were really delicious. I was a little reserved, but now my husband and I are big fans.” It feels good to eat well. Healthy habits simply make happy people,” says Lucas.

To learn more about this healthy and nutritious food, visit Westerly Kitchen.

The Infinite: An Out-Of-This-World Experience

The largest ever interactive outer space exhibit is in Tacoma for the duration of the summer. Known as “The Infinite,” the virtual reality exhibit is in Washington until Sept. 5, following a tour in Houston and Montreal.

Located at the Tacoma Armory, guests are first directed to a waiting room with audio interviews from past astronauts describing the excitement and anticipation of leaving the familiar and beginning their trip to space. 

The staff is concerned with making sure visitors are comfortable and prepared to move through the experience, though there is an air of mystery to some degree. Once exiting the waiting room, several staffers assist guests with understanding and putting on their VR headsets.

After a short tutorial, guests are released into the vastness and wonder of the International Space Station replica. Here, one can identify the figures of others in their group by looking out for yellow silhouettes, identify strangers who have a blue silhouette, and recognize staff members who reflect a bright green light. 

Perhaps most unique is that depending on where one goes, and subsequently what videos they select, each person will have a different experience as they are shown different content. Though you can move about the space station with someone in your group, there will be nuances which differ, and the staff recommends visitors move independently to get a personalized tour. 

Videos — which play when a visitor taps on an orb of light shown in front of them — incorporate lifelike video and audio. The videos transition from practical topics to more abstract ones, such as astronaut Jessica Meir demonstrating how to get in and out of bed in a zero-gravity environment, versus an interview with Kansas born-and-raised astronaut Nick Hague describing how he views space exploration as an opportunity to improve the way humans interact with natural environments.

One hour in length, The Infinite’s virtual reality portion concludes with the first-ever VR spacewalk. Ushered into chairs, guests relax and watch as footage captured by astronauts floats by and everything — from the earth below to the galaxy above — immerses visitors in an environment most will never see. 

After this brief movie-like portion, guests return their headsets to a futuristic neon conveyor belt and exit through a digital art installation which experiments with light and reflection. Pictures are allowed in this exhibit, and although it is enchanting, it is not recommended for those with light sensitivity or epilepsy. 

Also important to consider is motion sickness and acrophobia, which should not present an issue unless extremely severe, since any sensation of movement glides by gently and is not sudden. The feeling of being “up above” the earth can be disorienting at first, but quickly becomes part of the magic. 
The Infinite is a must-see experience. My recommendations? Wear contacts if you normally wear glasses, forego makeup, dress coolly, and leave the high heels at home. Ticket prices range between $16.50 to $31.20 and can be bought at theinfiniteseattle.com.

Summer is Here and So are Great Outdoor Events

Summertime is filled with fantastic events, festivals and fairs in the South Sound. Everyone is itching to get out and enjoy some in-person events, so here’s a sampling from around the area.

Lacey

Enjoy concerts, food trucks, kids’ activities and, of course, fireworks at Lacey’s 2022 Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, July 3 from 4-11 pm at the Rainier Vista Community Park. On Thursdays, July 9 to August 13, enjoy a series of free events from 2-3pm for families featuring unique entertainment, from comedy for kids to fun, family shows at various local parks.

Olympia

In nearby Olympia, you’ll want to check out Olympia Harbor Days over the Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4. This 48th annual non-profit festival celebrates the maritime heritage of the Puget Sound with a weekend of entertainment, food, art, history, and everyone’s favorite – tugboat races. Entry is free, but you can buy tugboat rides–highly suggested to purchase in advance.

Centralia

Summerfest is a day loaded with old fashioned Fourth of July fun! Treat yourself to a pancake breakfast, fishing derby, a fun run, followed by games, contests and entertainment throughout the day plus a parade, demolition derby and fireworks. Later in the month, Centralia celebrates their annual Antique Fest in historic Downtown Centralia and the Hub City Car Show returns in August with hundreds of unique cars, a BBQ, prizes, and games.

Puyallup

Love comic books and the Marvel/DC Comics universe? Then you’ll want to check out Summer Con (think Comic-Con in San Diego) at the Washington State Fairgrounds June 17 to 19, then head down the street to downtown Puyallup and Pioneer Park for the Meeker Days Arts & Music Festival on those same days for food, music, kids’ activities, and more. And, of course, the biggest fair in the state is at the Washington State Fairgrounds from September 2 to 25.

Tacoma

Tacoma knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July with two major events. The Summer Blast presented by Metro Parks Tacoma will be held from 11:00am to 10:30pm at Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park. Attendees will be treated to a free family event featuring live music, food trucks, a craft market, and fireworks. And, also on the Fourth of July is the annual Freedom Fair along Tacoma’s waterfront. Enjoy a variety of activities including a fireworks display, an airshow, Camp Patriot dedicated to our military, a car and hot rod show, a children’s area, a beach pole vault competition, and an international food marketplace. And, after a COVID hiatus, the Taste of Tacoma says it will be back in Summer 2022.

Gig Harbor

This year’s Maritime Gig Festival is June 4 and 5 at the Skansie Brothers Park and will feature a fun run, parade, children’s fair, Wheels on the Water Car Show, Blessing of the Fleet and food vendors, plus live music throughout the weekend. After a two-year COVID-induced absence, Gig Harbor’s popular Summer Arts Festival returns. Held on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday July 17, the Festival features juried arts and crafts from over 120 artists and creators.

Sumner

The Downtown Sumner Association is planning a funfilled summer. The lineup includes a Community Block Party on June 18 from 3-7pm and a weekend of live music, crafts and vendors during Rhubarb Days and the Vintage Market July 9 to 10. In August, check out the Sumner Classy Chassis Car Show happening on July 9 from 10am to 3pm.

LYNN CASTLE