With the Puget Sound running right through the center of it, Olympia is among other things (like the state capital) a seafaring town of the recreational sort. So each year there’s three days of tug boat races and all kinds of showing off of the boat arts. Last year Covid put the cabash on it, but this year became this very low key one day event with music and model tugs on dry land and non stop live music, fully masked though outside, and no food or drink served.
This suited my friend Shambhavi, fellow urban sketcher who lives in Seattle, and I just fine. No crowds to worry about. Tuneful folk music as a back drop and the sunny harbor scene to sketch.
While I waged war with the water reflections on a tugboat in the distance, Shambhavi chose a colorful model tugboat, and did a lovely sketch that the owner of the boat asked to photograph. He then climbed in his boat to show that it is indeed seaworthy for an adult human! and a race winner!
Then we became the front row audience for a folk singing group, Cosmo’s Dream, singing a medley their own songs, sea shanties and favorite folk songs.
All in all a pretty fine afternoon, and next year I’ll be here for the three day harbor extravaganza!