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Fort Nisqually Encampment, Music and art in Wright Park, Pierce County fair and other events this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Aug. 11, 2012 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
August 10, 2012 2:57 pm

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Take a rugged journey to 1855
Visitors will be able to travel back to 1855, when the fur brigades from east of the Cascades camped at Fort Nisqually, during the Brigade Encampment on today and Sunday.

More than 100 volunteers will re-create the arrival of the brigades to this Hudson’s Bay Co. post. The camp re-creates the sights and sounds of early Washington Territory. There will be events ranging from Fur Trappers’ Races to a ladies’ tea, from dancing to the music of bagpipes and more.

The encampment also features the “Engagé for the Day” program and Kids’ Alley where visitors can participate in presentations, learning skills such as fire-starting with flint and steel, blacksmithing or spinning wool.

The event will run 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission for the encampment is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors/students/active military and spouses, $5.50 for youths and $31 for a family.

The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is inside Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. For information, contact 253-591-5339 or go to

Music and Art in Wright Park
This free family event is back with half-hour sets of rock music from indie to punk, including the Fun Police, the Rusty Cleavers, Big Wheel Stunt Show, Girl Trouble, Humble Cubb and more. Artist Larkin Cypher will create a painting live to be auctioned at the end of the event as a fundraiser. There’ll be artist vendors and food, and of course Wright Park’s excellent kids’ play area and sprayground. Noon-7 p.m. Saturday. Free. Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma.

Other community events this weekend
Pierce County Fair
an old-fashioned country affair with a little ’60s fun thrown in along with animal exhibits, fair food, rides and more. Aug. 11-12, Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave. E., Graham.

Enjoy day of dancing, drumming, singing, and shopping with a diverse group of Native American artists at the In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival today from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Events will be both inside the museum and out on the plaza with vendors selling artwork in all price ranges. Head down to the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma for this free festival.

Meeker Mansion Great American Yard and Antique Sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup. 253-848-1770,

Edgewood Picnic 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11, Edgemont Park, Edgewood. Free.

Farmers Markets open this weekend
Federal Way Farmers Market
320th and Pacific Highway South, in the Sears parking lot at The Commons, Federal Way, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27. Features fresh organic produce, fresh cut flowers, bakery products, kids activities, local crafts, live entertainment, concessions, special events. Master Gardener on-site to answer questions. 253-261-8157,

Gig Harbor Farmers Market, Uptown 4701 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29. Features open-air market featuring fresh flowers, produce, plants, food, handmade crafts, a kids’ tent, free guitar lessons and live entertainment. 253-851-7397,

Olympia Farmers Market 700 N. Capitol Way. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through October, Saturdays-Sundays in November and December. Features open air and covered market. More than 100 vendors selling organic produce, meats, fresh fish, herbs, cut flowers, arts and crafts, live entertainment. 360-352-9096,

Proctor Farmers Market North 27th and Proctor streets in Proctor Business District, Tacoma, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, second Saturdays in January, February and March. Features open-air market features farm fresh and organic produce, garden plants, cut flowers, grass-fed meat, fresh salmon, freshly harvested shellfish, rain collection barrels, locally cultured cow and goat’s milk cheeses, bakery items, hot, ready-to-eat foods. Live entertainment, cooking demos and kids’ booth. 253-961-3666,

Puyallup Farmers Market Pioneer Park and the Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian St. (corner of Fourth Ave. S.W. and Meridian), in downtown Puyallup, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through October 13, Sundays through Sept. 2. Features open-air and covered market with more than 100 vendors selling fresh produce, nursery stock, salmon, oysters and shellfish, meats, artisan crafts, prepackaged and prepared foods including cheese and bakery items, concessions. 253-840-2631, ext. 101,

Tacoma Farmers Market, South Tacoma Location MetroParks STAR Park and Community Center, 3873 S. 66th St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30. Features open-air market featuring fresh, seasonal produce from Washington farmers, seafood, meat, wine, nursery stocks, prepared and packaged foods, concession vendors, artisan vendors selling jewelry, woodworking and other artisan items.

Vashon Island Growers Association (Viga) Farmers Market Village Green, at Vashon Highway and Bank Road, Vashon Island, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 15. Features mostly food and crafts grown or produced on the island, fresh produce and other farm products, nursery stock, packaged foods, baked goods, kids’ activities. 206-778-8001,

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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