LoveOly Summer Fest This Year!

The Olympia Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce that they are launching a downtown street festival in historic Downtown Olympia that includes live music and performances, activities for kids and families, interactive art installations from local artists, local community groups, and a Biergarten featuring craft beer from 3 Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse. LoveOly Summer Fest 2021, presented by the City of Olympia, will take place every Saturday from July 10 to August 28, from noon to 6 pm.

The Olympia Film Society (OFS) has partnered with the Downtown Alliance to produce the headline acts for the festival on the Main Stage in the Entertainment Area, sponsored by Olympia Federal Savings. The Black Tones will kick off the summer concert series on Saturday, July 10.

Seattle-based rock ‘n’ roll band, The Black Tones welcomes audiences into their musical family every time they take the stage. Whether sharing an evening with the group as it opens for Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, or Mavis Staples or rocking a late-night gig as the band headlines its own show (with mother and siblings in tow) at a prominent Emerald City venue, to know The Black Tones is to be a part of their extended sonic kin.

The Black Tones, which has already traversed the U.S. playing festivals in Nevada, Mississippi, and Oregon, and boasts their own hate group-fighting 8-bit video game will look to the new year with vigor, releasing a 7” on Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready’s record label in March. Undoubtedly, the band will pop up on the soundtrack to a family reunion near you.

Local support band Low Wires a new and unique PNW sound that includes members from the Dirty Birds and Residents Kings plus new indie sweethearts The Cavities featuring Harrison Hannon and Gabe Judd of Monk Flower.

Lacey in Tune Returning This Summer

Just in time for summer, things are opening back up! We once again can attend beloved events that are often highlights of our year. The City of Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation, along with presenting sponsor Chick-fil-A, is just as excited as you are to see the return of Lacey In Tune at Huntamer Park. It’s just not summer without this incredible series that is free for all to enjoy.

Starting July 6 and running through August 10, Tuesdays will be full of entertainment the entire family will love! The shows start at 6:30 p.m., giving you plenty of time to pick-up that barbecue to-go, grab some blankets or chairs, and head to the park. This year’s line up includes comedy acts, magic and music, including a Harry Potter-themed night you won’t want to miss! The well-known Jeff Evans will dazzle you with magic while Alex Zerbe will make you laugh until your sides hurt.

Children’s Entertainment Series

  • July 6: Alex Zerbe, zaniac comedy juggler
  • July 13: Eric Ode, original music for kids and families
  • July 20: Buck and Elizabeth, musical comedy and ventriloquism
  • July 27: Ruth and Emila, mom/daughter kid’s music duo
  • August 3: Tonks and Aurors, Harry Potter wizard’s rock
  • August 10: Jeff Evans, magic show

Need a break during your lunch hour? Head to Huntamer Park at 12 p.m. for Lacey In Tune’s summer concert series. From July 7 through August 11, you can get some fresh air, sunshine (hopefully!) and relax while listening to some amazing artists. Each week is a different genre, so you can experience everything from traditional jazz and Sinatra, to rock. “Every year we are excited to welcome back the Army National Guard Rock Band,” says Sieler. “Full Metal Racket has performed at our series every year since 2008! They are back again!”

Concert Series

  • July 7: Washington National Guard Patriot Brass, traditional jazz
  • July 14: Dueling Crooners, sounds of Sinatra and more
  • July 21: The Electrics, midtown to Maroon 5
  • July 28: Washington National Guard Full Metal Racket, rock band
  • August 4: Swantowne, variety of music
  • August 11: Dmitri Matheny, jazz: Stevie Wonder Songbook
Lacey in Tune Movies in the Park

If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive date night or family night, head to Lacey in Tune on Friday nights! Four fun films are planned for this summer that make for great outings with your kids, significant other, or friends. Lacey in Tune has a mix of classics and new favorites that everyone is sure to enjoy. And watching a movie under the stars at the park is an experience unlike any other. The movies are projected onto a giant, 18-foot-square screen that brings them to life. If you haven’t done it, this is your year! Movies start at 8 p.m. at Huntamer Park.  “While we wait for it to get dark enough, we have some fun games folks can play for a chance to win great prizes provided by our sponsors!”  shares Sieler.

Movies in the Park Series

  • July 16: “The Goonies “(PG)
  • July 23: “The Croods: A New Age” (PG)
  • July 30: “Wonder Woman 1984” (PG-13)
  • August 6: “Jumanji: The Next Level” (PG-13)

A Few Changes

While it’s amazing that things are returning to normal, we still have guidelines that must be followed. At this time, in Phase 3, the State requires events to follow certain COVID-19 safety measures including: masks worn by anyone over the age of 5, small group gatherings up to 15 people, which need to be 6 feet from other groups, and capacity limited to 50% of outdoor area, explains Sieler.

In order to follow these rules, Lacey in Tune will have free pre-registration that is required for entry. You can register on the City of Lacey website. “This allows us to update guests about any changes or reminders of rules, and be sure we don’t exceed capacity,” Sieler continues. “Governor Inslee has stated that on June 30 mandates and restrictions will be lifted, but at this time, we are not sure if that includes every aspect or not, so we are proceeding as if we continue in phase 3 because we don’t know specifics. Our hope is all things like crowd gathering limits will go away and all who want to come enjoy the shows can!”

In addition to state guidance, Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation will also be following Thurston County Health Department guidance to the series.

Be sure to bring your own seating and blankets, and leave space between other parties. You are encouraged to bring your own food to enjoy, as currently no food vendors are committed. Check the Lacey In Tune webpage for updates as this may change. Otherwise, picnic baskets from home are great, or stop by one of our amazing local restaurants and grab something to go on your way to the park.

When you get to the park, be ready to check in at a welcome tent. Then look for the group circles marked out, choose a spot and get ready to be entertained! With good food, good company and great entertainment, Lacey In Tune is sure to make this summer one you will remember long after sweater season returns.

For more information and to register, visit the Lacey In Tune webpage.

Comedy and Beatboxing with Tyler Boeh

Next week, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present the comic talents of Tyler Boeh on Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the Washington Center Main Stage as part of their Best of Comedy Underground Series.

As an award-winning, beatboxing talent, Boeh has the ability to shift seamlessly from well-crafted material to improvised exchanges.  Boeh has appeared on “NESN Comedy All-Stars,” “Celebrity Name Game,” and two seasons of “Laughs on Fox.”  He has also released comedy albums and recently released a Dry Bar Comedy special, “Wait For It,” that has garnered over 25 million views online.  Don’t miss your chance to catch Boeh live.  Tickets can be purchased for the live and streaming show at https://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/the-best-of-comedy-underground-2/ starting at $26 for the live show and $12 per household for the streaming show.  The Best of Comedy Underground Series is sponsored by Olympic Rental & Landlord Services. Grab your tickets for this exciting show before they’re gone!

New Children’s Museum Opening Soon!

The Children’s Museum at JBLM, which broke ground in November 2018, converted the base’s old skating rink into a satellite facility of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, the first of its kind on a military installation.

The Children’s Museum at JBLM is the result of a partnership between Greentrike, whose programs include the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Play to Learn Pierce County, and the JBLM Child and Youth Programs. The museum will serve the children of military families with an emphasis on early learners and those experiencing special needs.  At a recent visit to the facility the First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, noted, “What a beautiful gift this is to the children here. The partnership with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma shows what can happen when communities both inside and outside the gates come together to support military families.”

The Children’s Museum at JBLM is situated on Lewis Main adjacent to the JBLM splash park, skate park and the bowling alley.  

The museum features multiple playscapes, including a water area, and art studio, and a climber. All playscapes are designed with an emphasis on STEAM activities for children 12 and under, inspiring creativity and imaginative play. 

JBLM has about 40,000 service members and about 63,000 family members. About 5,100 military families live on JBLM, and about 1,500 of the on-base families have children ages six and under.

This project is part of the Greentrike’s More than a Museum Campaign, to broaden its reach beyond the walls of its Tacoma-based museum and engage children and families throughout Pierce County in playful explorations together. 

Tanya Durand, Greentrike executive director said, “We are so excited to come alongside our longtime partners and make this museum a joyful, playful place for families living on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.”

After seven years of collaboration and building renovations to bring this project to its opening, JBLM Garrison Commander Col. Skye Duncan said, “We are incredibly thrilled to reach this day. We have thousands of kids with their families at JBLM, and there’s no better place to create the first on-base children’s museum than Joint Base Lewis-McChord.” 

The Children’s Museum at JBLM is made possible in partnership with The Boeing Company, Bamford Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Command, and MWR.

Boeing and its employees provided a combined $1.5 million to support the development and launch of the museum. “Military families deserve spaces like this to connect with each other, to explore new ideas and to inspire dreams,” said Bill McSherry, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Government Operations. “Boeing is deeply committed to supporting our military families and communities. This includes employee hiring and retention efforts as well as investing in innovative partnerships like this first ever children’s museum on a military base.” 

For more information about the Children’s Museum at JBLM, visit www.playJBLM.org