First Saturday Sketch-out January 7th, 2017Charlie's Restaurant & Lounge
113 E Main, Puyallup, WA 98372
Parking: There is a small parking lot beside the restaurant and a quite large Public
Parking (free from 8:30am-11:00 pm) across the street from the restaurant.
We will meet at Charlie’s Banquet Room at 10 am. This will be our ‘home base’ for this sketch-out and also where we will have lunch after our sketch-out. We may choose to sketch outdoors, but Charlie’s bathrooms will be available to us.
Inside Charlie’s, we will be somewhat limited in sketching opportunities, as this is a very popular Saturday breakfast venue. However, some of us might want to sketch in Charlie’s Bar/Lounge with its cozy fire place. It is attached to the Banquet Room.
Indoor and outdoor sketching opportunities are available near Charlie's . There are many conveniently placed outdoor benches in the downtown area--benches with a view. And many of the sidewalks have a roof over them in case of 'mist'. Dress appropriately for warmth rather than beauty, if sketching outdoors.
If you are sketching alone or with just one or two others, it should be very easy to get permission to sketch indoors almost everywhere. Ask permission to sketch in an indoor location, unless you are an actual customer. If you are, feel free to sketch away. (Do not ask to sketch at the Pioneer Antique Mall—they will say a not too friendly ‘no’.)
Nearby…within a block or two or three of Charlie’s are a lot of old buildings and interesting businesses to sketch: The historic Liberty Theater, Mazatlan (with its big windows in the pub), the 100+ years-old Johnson’s Jewelers (with its old-fashioned outdoor clock), Meeker Mansion is in view of Charlie’s, next door to Charlies is a typical downtown barber shop and near that, a small key-making shop. 3rd. St. Antiques is worth a visit. So is Pioneer Park, Downtown Bike, Newell Hunt Furniture Store across from the train station, a My Cheese Shoppe, Charisse's Consignment has fun window displays, plus there is lots more. There are even some back alleys that are interesting and safe to wander in. Plus a Railroad Crossing with literally all the 'bells and whistles (if interested in sketching the street scene there: bring ear plugs as it’s a busy crossing.). Happy hunting!