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Memories of sails and sun

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on April 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm with No Comments »
April 1, 2009 4:13 pm

Remember summer?

Here’s a chance to think back to a time when it didn’t spit snot every other morning, and when white sails and cannon fire punctuated Commencement Bay.

Tall Ships Tacoma is hosting the theatrical premier of its official video with two gatherings at the Galaxy Theater Gig Harbor, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.

The events run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 8. Tickets are $20 a person, and the DVD sells for $15. You can order them at tallshipstacoma.com, or call (253)272-5650.

The evenings will begin with a reception with a cash bar, a welcome from Stan Selden, president of Tacoma Tall Ships Organization, and Les Bolton, executive director of Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport.

Expect Selden and Bolton to celebrate the fun, and the money, Tall Ships 2008 brought to Tacoma. The financial benefit includes $2.5 million in improvements to the Foss Waterway infrastructure, and the $20 million economic boost the festival generated in July.

Also expect Selden to encourage donations to cut the debt the festival still owes some of its vendors.

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