Father’s Day on the Foss: Free music and fun for the whole family

Chalk art on the sidewalks provides a fun and festive atmosphere.
Credit: Photo by Amber

By Mario Lorenz
Friends of the Foss Committee Member

Join Friends of The Foss and Tacoma Waterfront Association for a free summer concert festival on June 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at 1821 Dock St. The festival is sponsored by Charles Schwab’s local advisor Shane Conway, AAMS.

All performances happen in the public amphitheater in front of the Albers Mill Lofts and the Museum of Glass. In addition, more than 30 vendor booths with valuable information and wares provide special interest. Tacoma’s City Council member Robert Thoms will officiate at noon to introduce the festival.

Clay Martin Puppet Theater performs on the main stage from 12-12:30 p.m. and from 2-2:30 p.m. Clay Martin is one of Northwest’s finest puppeteers since 1979. Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater began as a street show in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Clay has performed in theaters and festivals around the world. He is a master of all forms of puppetry including hand puppets, marionettes, shadow theater, rod puppets and toy theater. Learn more at http://claymartinspuppets.com.

Cow Girls DreamWestern swing and Americana musicwill be playing as the first featured act from 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Tara Tinsley: singer, songwriter, guitarist has a Michigan heart, a California smile, and a Nashville state of mind. Tara is the second featured artist at 2:45 p.m.

The event includes free music, hot dogs, popcorn, face painting, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma interactive kids’ zone, chalk art, Johnny’s Dock Restaurant & Marina with clam chowder, emcee Mario Lorenz, 20-plus vendors, Downtown: On the Go, Safe Streets, and so much more.

Special thanks is given to all of the sponsors: City of Tacoma, Community Council of Tacoma, Shane Conway, AAMS, Johnny’s Dock Restaurant & Marina, Fife Signs, Tacoma Fire Logs, Delin Docks, Neighborhood Council of New Tacoma, Tacoma Weekly Foss Harbor Marina, Tacoma Waterfront Association, Esplanade HOA, Foss Waterway Owners Association, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, the Volunteers with Friends of the Foss, Foss Waterway Seaport, Foss Waterway Development Authority, Big Foot Clown Alley – Melon-E the Clown, Amy Baalaer Face Painting, Dock Street Marina, and Foss Landing Marina & Boat Storage.




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