Monday, January 23, 2017

February 2017 sketch outings

Trying something new...  all the February outings in one post......   

First Saturday, February 4th:  Pantages Theater / Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

901 Broadway, Tacoma WA 98402


The theater will be opened just for us between 10:00 AM – 1:00PM Saturday.  Meet inside at 10 am)

Built as a vaudeville theater in 1915, this venue now hosts musicals, live music & comedy.  There many beautiful areas to sketch inside and out.  If you want a preview of what it looks like inside, go here:

Street parking is usually available throughout the Theater District, or paid parking ($5) in the Park Plaza North Garage, 923 Commerce Street (between 9th & 11th on Commerce Street), or the Subway Lot, 916 Broadway Street (across the street from the Pantages).

Alternatively, free parking on Saturday at Freighthouse Square/Tacoma Dome Station should be available.   2501 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421   Take the light rail (trolley) from there to the Theater District stop and walk back a short distance.

Cafes in the immediate area are limited, but there’s a Subway just across the street from the Pantages that can seat our group (around 1:00PM).  They’ll even have your meal ready if you call your order in ahead: (253) 572-3393
Second Thursday February 9

Gig Harbor sketch outing

Inn at Gig Harbor
3211 56th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

We will meet in the lobby of the Inn at Gig Harbor at 10am.  There are some chairs near a cozy fireplace in the large lobby area or bring your own chair to use since we will not be guests of the Inn.  There are also some interesting views around the exterior of the building if the weather is nice.  There is plenty of parking available. 


Cross Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Exit to Olympic Dr.
Turn left to cross the freeway (from the north turn right onto Olympic Dr.
Turn right on Pt Fosdick.
Go past all the construction on your left, the road curves to the left.
Turn right on 32nd Ave NW and go straight to the front of the Inn.
There are several fast food places for lunch in the area or the Tanglewood Grill which is very close at the intersection of 32nd and 56th,.


Third Wednesday  February 15   Foss Waterway Seaport

705 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402 

Meet inside the front doors at 10 am.   

There is an admission cost:   Admission is $10.00 for Adults; $8.00 for Students, Military, and Seniors (62+). 

Parking:  There are a few spaces at the Museum.  Otherwise, here is a map:

There are many interesting exhibits inside the Museum.  The area also has a very good view of the seaport and if the weather is good there will be many sketching opportunities outside.

Lunch at Rock The Dock Pub & Grill nearby. 

  Fourth Thursday: February 23  FISH Foodbank

4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor, WA

A gift of canned meat or fish would be appreciated!

16W to Gig Harbor City Center, straight onto Stinson Ave, left onto Harborview which leads into Burnham. Just past Hy-Lu-Hee-Hee restaurant turn into Eagles parking lot, is to the left of Eagles building.


Ad Hoc outing with Seattle Urban Sketchers:  
Friday, February 24:  Wintergrass

Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 900 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, WA

From the FAQ:
Wintergrass is a nonprofit, family-friendly Bluegrass music festival, with concerts and dances at 4 different stages. There are also music education programs for kids and adults, workshops, impromptu jams, and a chance to see and hear some great music. 

While you can buy a ticket, we found there was plenty to see, hear and sketch in the lobby area, which is free.  There were many impromptu sessions all over the hotel lobbies as well as vendors with instruments and other interesting items.  

(Being a nonprofit, even if you don't need to pay a membership, they would appreciate a contribution, no matter how small). 
While you can park there, it is easier and cheaper to park in the Lincoln Square Mall just across the street to the south. 

Meet in the "Winter Garden" (3 story atrium near Hyatt Regency hotel lobby) at 1000.  We'll sketch until 12:30 and meet back in the lobby.  

If anyone wants to then go for lunch after, there are many places withing the Hyatt/Bellevue Place


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