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1st Annual Distillers Guild in Washington state

Bars & Clubs

1st Annual Distillers Guild in Washington state

First, there was coffee. Then, there was craft beer. Now, there are spirits. Washington state's insatiable thirst for unique and homebrewed beverages is driving a growing distillery scene throughout western Washington. The first annual South Sound Spirits Celebration is a sign of how successful distilleries in Washington are, and it gives

Rustic bliss

Travel

Rustic bliss

Even as a teenager I dreamed of becoming a writer. I had a particular idea of what that meant. I imagined myself in a lakeside room, a cedar fire crackling away as I pounded out breathtaking prose on the best typewriter money could buy. (It was the early '80s.) I

'Systems of Place'

Arts

'Systems of Place'

The more time I spent in the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College looking at art by Chad Erpelding and Florin Hanegan, the more fascinating the work became. And despite being totally different in subject matter, style and media, I began to see striking similarities between Hanegan's life-size linocuts

A ramshackle vision

Music

A ramshackle vision

When I first discovered The Soft Bulletin by the Flaming Lips, it was an eye-opening experience. I had only recently begun digging into music in earnest, and so I was floored to be confronted with this candy-coated pop opera fronted by what I assumed was a madman (recent events have

Death on the Supermarket Shelf

Stage

Death on the Supermarket Shelf

The new play Death on the Supermarket Shelf, written by Alan Bryce and directed by Tina Polzin, premiered March 3 at Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way. This is Bryce's first play since last year's smash hit musical For All That. Death on the Supermarket Shelf is most definitely not a

Offering an olive branch

Reviews

Offering an olive branch

Announcer: Who doesn't like a tea house? It doesn't matter if you sling hammers or papers for a career, everyone can embrace their inner pinkie finger and enjoy a spot of tea, a cucumber sandwich, and a little lace.  The Olive Branch in Tacoma is the right place for all

Tailgating for a cause

News Front

Tailgating for a cause

This Saturday night the Khaki community will come together for one of the biggest fundraisers Naval Base Kitsap will see this year, the 2016 Silver and Gold Charity Auction. Over 350 submarine officers, chiefs and their guests will fill the Bangor Plaza Ballroom, leaving behind uniforms and salutes in favor

News Front

Washington christened

I christen thee United States Submarine Washington. May God bless this submarine and all those who sail in her," declared Elisabeth Mabus, at the christening ceremony for the Navy's 14th Virginia-class submarine last Saturday in Newport News, Virginia. Ms. Mabus then smiled and added, "Alright! Stand back!" before striking the

Tuskegee airman lived his dreams

News

Tuskegee airman lived his dreams

As George Hickman lowered himself into the cockpit of a single-engine BT 13, he simultaneously realized a childhood dream and became a part of U.S. history. During the midpoint of World War II, Hickman, the grandson of a slave, flew with the 332nd Fighter Group, which is today known as the

Easing dental anxiety with a furry muzzle

Military Life

Easing dental anxiety with a furry muzzle

Speaking from the relative comfort of a dentist's chair, paper bib hanging around his neck covering the top part of his airman battle uniform, Senior Master Sgt. Adam Harrison shares a sentiment many of us would agree with. "I hate going to the dentist." The Olympic Dental and Denture Center, he added,

Bills for veterans

Benefits & Deals

Bills for veterans

Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) works for veterans and their families. "One of my goals is to (do) right by veterans and military families who have sacrificed and served our country," the state representative from the 28th Legislative District wrote in an email. To this end, Kilduff has sponsored three bills to benefit

A unique learning experience

Attractions

A unique learning experience

Located about 30 minutes north of Bremerton and just a couple of minutes off Washington Highway 308, the Naval Undersea Museum rises imposingly out of the forest. The architecturally modern building bids passersbys to stop and take a look because an adventure awaits. The adventure begins before one can even park

Basketball for a great cause

News Front

Basketball for a great cause

The bleachers were packed in the Steilacoom High School gym, with all the usual activity one would see at a basketball game.  Outside the gym were the boosters, fundraising; concessions were served.  And inside the gym the SHS cheerleaders tried to incite the crowd to chant all the regular chants,

A military memorial to be placed at Lincoln High School

News Front

A military memorial to be placed at Lincoln High School

As a way to remember and as a way to say thank you, a five-foot tall bronze statue of Greg "Pappy" Boyington, an ace World War II fighter pilot who received a Medal of Honor, will be erected this spring at Tacoma's Lincoln High School. Boyington graduated from Lincoln High School

Yakima needs a new runway

News Front

Yakima needs a new runway

Not since 2004 has a C-130 or other cargo plane landed at the Yakima Training Center runway in eastern Washington. "The (runway) surface has deteriorated," said Joe Kubistek, a spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "It's currently not being used by any cargo aircraft." But now, work is being done to assess what

Fork this

Features

Fork this

Gentle Reader, a day may come when our appetites diminish, when our desire for food and wine in staggering abundance no longer tugs at our bellies. Our hunger sated, our thirst at long last slaked, we may forsake our annual festivals and content ourselves with the two for $20 menu

It's a hard-knock life

Stage

It's a hard-knock life

Everyone knows the story of Annie: a cheerful, young orphan girl charms her way into the heart of a cantankerous rich man during the Depression with her unyielding sense of optimism and spunk. Catchy songs are sung, tender moments are witnessed, and happy endings are plentiful. Now, the family favorite

Olympia Acoustic Festival 2016

Music

Olympia Acoustic Festival 2016

There's no shortage of music festivals in western Washington, but true music festival bliss is finding a festival that's not too big, yet not too small. A festival that hones in on the music that speaks to your soul. A festival that recognizes what the residents of a community need

Skates and school dances

Music

Skates and school dances

Roller rinks hold a place of power in the minds of people of a certain age. The further away we get from our childhoods, the more mythical the stature of roller rinks becomes. For me, the vibe of roller rinks combined my two least favorite adolescent experiences: going to a

Tamales in East T

Reviews

Tamales in East T

Announcer: Authentic Mexican food, the kind that is more than cheese smothered on tortilla, is easy to come by in the City of Destiny.  Plenty of hard working, skilled cooks from Mexico have made a home here, and have introduced us to the amazing flavors from their kitchens, including Los

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