One of Tacoma’s most anticipated annual summertime events, Proctor Arts Fest is back again for its 15th year. Some favorites will be returning again this year, and a few new attractions have been added to keep things fresh. There is something for everyone, including the little ones who will have their own special play area and entertainment stage.
While the festival itself is held on Aug. 6, it is actually part of three days of activities. Things get going on Aug. 5, with a major sidewalk sale involving many participating Proctor businesses, with savings of up to 70 percent on all kinds of things – from home décor and locally made artworks, to fashions and gifts. The sale continues into the day of the Fest then on Aug. 7, winners of the Juried Art Show will be announced at the show’s headquarters at Mason United Methodist Church (2710 N. Madison St.). There are more than 85 entries this year that will be on view Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There is no admission to the big Saturday Fest, so families of all sizes can have a day out together without breaking the bank. There will be four performance stages and The Bite of Proctor (see sidebars), 130 arts and crafts booths, an arts demonstration area, a quilt display by the Comforters Quilt Guild, and a new neighborhood mural being painted by Alexis St. John.
The eighth annual Top Dog Contest, Fashion Show and Parade will be going on at noon over at the Click! Family Stage and the Proctor Farmers Market will go on as regularly scheduled with its own entertainment stage.
Special family events will be underway at the Kids Fun area at the Masonic Lodge parking lot between North Proctor and North Adams streets with crafts for kids to make. More stuff for kids to do will be happening at North 28th and North Proctor streets where the Click! Family stage will be filled with entertainment organized by Tacoma Public Library Public Relations Director David Domkoski.
New this year, Lowell PTA and the North End Children’s Theatre are joining forces to produce a half-hour musical play “The Wild Adventures of Pecos Bill.” Featuring 25 young actors 7-10 years old, this original play was written and directed by Judy Carlson Hulbert, artistic director of North End Children’s Theatre. It plays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Blue Mouse Theater, 2611 N. Proctor St. Admission is free.
Also new this year, Barefoot Collective will present exciting, original dance works at Blue Mouse Theater, 2 p.m.
For complete information on Proctor Arts Fest, visit www.proctorartsfest.com.
"BITE OF PROCTOR"
3920 N. 28th St. (in front of Megs & Mo)
Menu – Larb Gai Spring rolls, Vietnamese coffee
3806 N. 26th
Menu – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs
2510 N. Proctor
Menu – Cupcakes
MASONIC LODGE PARKING LOT
3819 N 27
Menu – SnoCones, Soft Drinks, Water
On street, near firehouse
Menu – Sampling Sliced Peaches with Cream
OLD HOUSE CAFÉ
2712 N. Proctor
Menu – Full Menu
POUR AT FOUR
3814 N. 26th
Menu – Pulled Pork Sandwich, Barbecued Beef, Corn Dogs
UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND
On street near Megs & Mo at 3920 N. 28th St.
Menu – Coffee
LIVE ON STAGE
METROPOLITAN MARKET STAGE – N. 26TH & PROCTOR
10 a.m. to noon – The Collective(rock)
Noon to 1 – Choreographed Karate(Academy of Steve Curran)
1-2 p.m. – The Blondes(Acoustic band with harmonies)
2-4 p.m. – The Total Experience Gospel Choir
4–5:30 p.m. – High Rollers(high energy rock, soul, funk, r&b)
CLICK! & TACOMA PUBLIC LIBRARY FAMILY STAGE – N. 28TH & PROCTOR
10 a.m. – Nancy Stewart (singer/songwriter)
11:15 a.m. – The Not Its (kids rockin’ band)
1 p.m – Johnny & Jason (dance, sing, think)
2 p.m. – Charlie Williams (a.k.a. “The Noise Guy”)
3 p.m. – Jeff Evans (magician)
4 p.m. – Stadium Taiko (Japanese Taiko drums)
FARMERS MARKET STAGE
9-11 A.M. – South Sound Strings
11 a.m. to noon – Canning Demo with Dallas
Noon – JAZZSTRINGS
2-4 p.m. – Nordic Exposure
BLUE MOUSE THEATER STAGE – 2611 N. PROCTOR ST.
11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – North End Children’s Theater performs “The Wild Adventures of Pecos Bill”
2 p.m. – The BareFoot Collective(exciting, original dance works)
ICE CREAM ESPRESSO STAGE – 3810 N. 26TH
3 p.m. – Ozzie Thurman & Doug Konop Swing Band
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
PROCTOR MERCHANTS SIDEWALK SALE
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on sidewalks in front of shops on North 26th Street and on North Proctor Street
CAPERS EMPLOYEES ART DISPLAY
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Capers, 2602 N. Proctor St.
ART AT PROCTOR ART GALLERY
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3811 N. 26th St.
Watch for them all over the Fest
JURIED ART SHOW
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Mason Church on North 27th & Madison
ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the streets on 26th from Adams to Madison and on Proctor from 25th to 28th streets
PROCTOR MERCHANTS SIDEWALK SALE
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on sidewalks in front of shops on North 26th and on Proctor Street
THE BITE OF PROCTOR
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at locations throughout the district (see sidebar)
QUILT DISPLAY by the Comforters Quilt Guild
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Masonic Lodge Lower Level
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North 26th & Madison
METROPOLITAN MARKET MAIN STAGE
Entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at North 26th & Proctor Street
CLICK! FAMILY STAGE
Entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at North 28th and Proctor Street
BLUE MOUSE STAGE
Entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Mouse Theater
FARMERS’ MARKET STAGE
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Proctor Farmers Market on North 27th between Proctor and Madison
ICE CREAM ESPRESSO STAGE
3 p.m. at 3810 N. 26 St.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North 27th between Proctor and Madison
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the street at North 26th & Adams featuring wood turning, blacksmith/metal forging, spinning, found object artwork, and treadle sewing machine demos
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Masonic Lodge Parking Lot between Proctor & Adams on North 27th Street
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at North 28TH & Proctor Street
TOP DOG FASHION SHOW & PARADE
12 noon at Click! Family Stage, North 28th & Proctor
JURIED ART SHOW
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mason Methodist Church, North 27th & Madison