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Dec. 5, 2008 at 12:17am

Six exciting updates from Tacoma Winterfest

COUNTDOWN: 9 days til the festival, 11 days until I'm available for hire

Hello everybody, I thought you might be interested in what's happening with Tacoma Winterfest. If not, please stop reading this blog immediately. *smile*

We're on the final stretch now and things are shaping up pretty nicely! Here are 6 new and exciting updates:

We received over 80 vendor applications already so we are totally full - we even had to turn away some people which made me sad but had to be done. We only had so much space to work with.

Friday Dec. 4th is the deadline to turn in your promotional items to be added to the Tacoma Winterfest gift bags. We will hand out these gift bags to the first 250 people through the door with paid admission each day. We have some really great stuff so far! We want this to be a gift bag - not a bag of advertisements so please keep that in mind when selecting what you'd like to put in there. Drop off 500 or 250 of your items between 9-5 at Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street.  

We still need a few more volunteers. If you like getting involved with community this will be a really fun volunteer project. The volunteers we already have are really awesome people and we have a great time together.
This Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm we are going to work on decorating. We have snacks planned.

During the festival we have several (four hour shift) positions (Dec.13 between the hours of 11 am and 11 pm and Dec. 14 between the hours of 11 am and 9 pm.)

1 SHIFT = Free admission both days
2 SHIFTS = Free admission both days for you and a friend
3 SHIFTS = All of the above plus free Foss Waterway Seaport membership
4 SHIFTS = All of the above plus free tickets on a party cruise!!!

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Diane Collins at

The Tacoma Winterfest commercial will air on Click! Cable TV beginning next Monday on MTV, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Lifetime, FX and TNT.

For a sneak peek, go to:

The radio ad will be on KVTI 1-91 FM starting tomorrow (Friday).

The press release is out! Here it is:
Press Release (kill date Dec. 15th 2008)

Tacoma Winterfest

Who: Foss Waterway Seaport

What: Tacoma Winterfest is a locally focused holiday festival for the whole family. At Tacoma Winterfest you can shop local for everyone on your gift list while your friends and family are happily distracted by our many activities. Gift wrap service ensures that your gift is safely concealed until gift giving time.

Where: Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma WA

When: Dec. 13th noon to 10 p.m.

           Dec. 14th noon to 8 p.m.

Admission: $5.00, children under 12 are free

NOTE: The first 250 people through the door on Saturday and Sunday will receive a free goody bag with paid admission.

Parking at the Republic Parking lot next door is just $1 for Tacoma Winterfest attendees!

A few attractions:

    * The arrival by boat of Captain Claus (Noon Saturday and noon Sunday)
    * Pictures with Captain Claus (Saturday 1-6 pm, Sunday 1 5 pm.)
    * Children's craft area (Saturday 1-6 pm, Sunday 1 5 pm.)
    * Over 70 local vendors!
    * Gift Wrap service by local artists from Tacoma Art Place
    * Live entertainment
    * Doyle's Den beer garden (by Doyle's Public House)
    * Fashion Show (by Fashion Association of Tacoma)
    * Theatrical storyteller (by Live Paint)
    * Lighted Boat competition Dec. 13 (by Delin Docks, Dock Street Marina and Foss Harbor Marina)
    * The Illusion of Elvis Christmas Concert (by Danny Vernon)

Tacoma Winterfest invites you to GoLocal for all your holiday shopping with over 70 local vendors inside Foss Waterway Seaport on Dec. 13th and 14th. Hate Wrapping Gifts? At Tacoma Winterfest your gift can be transformed into a work of art. Gift wrap service will be provided by artists from Tacoma Art Place.

Enjoy Tacoma Winterfest with the whole family. Live entertainment, delicious food, coffee, hot chocolate and lots of fun activities will keep them distracted while you pick out their perfect gifts. For those over age 21, Doyle's Den provides the perfect hiding spot. Outside on the wharf is a view of the Seas 'N Greetings Lighted Boat Contest at the neighboring marinas.

Captain Claus's ship will arrive just as the festival opens on Dec. 13 and 14th at noon. He will sit for pictures with children inside Foss Waterway Seaport from 1 6 pm on Saturday and 1 5 pm on Sunday. The Children's Interactive Play Area will be open during those hours with a variety of art projects to engage young minds.

Saturday at 1 p.m. children are invited to enjoy a theatrical storytelling of an adaptation of the Aboriginal story about celebrations of light around the world called, Lighting the Way by Live Paint.

Come and see the 180 foot Tacoma Winterfest mural painted by local artists. See a fashion show featuring clothes from 20 different local boutiques and designers. Enjoy live music on the Click! Cable TV main stage by local musicians Steve Stefanowicz, Gavin Guss, Doug Mackey, Heather Lum, Evan Purcell, Stephanie Johnson, Motopony, Urban Orchestra and more. For the big finale Sunday at 5 pm, Danny Vernon, The Illusion of Elvis, will perform a very special Elvis Christmas concert that you don't want to miss!

Please remember, shopping local is good for your community, our local economy and the environment!


Click! Cable TV
F.A.T. (Fashion Association of Tacoma)
MKD Marketing Design
Linda Lapping Graphic Design
Weekly Volcano
Columbia Bank
GoLocal Tacoma
Broadway Center
Sway Productions
Star Rentals
AABERG Rentals
APP Associated Petroleum Products
Tacoma Art Place
Embellish Multispace Salon
Supernova Tattoo
Doyle's Public House

Meet our Executive Team:

Claudia Riedener - VENDOR MANAGER
Sherah Tilley and Ondia Shapiro of F.A.T. - FASHION STREET MANAGERS
Mary K Johnson - DECORATOR
Russ Heaton of Doyle's Public House - BEER GARDEN DIRECTOR
Travis Orcutt of Glass Ceilling Music - STAGE MANAGER
Sue Pivetta of Tacoma Art Place and 100th Monkey - GIFT WRAP STATION MANAGER

Publicity contact: Angela Jossy, email:, phone: 253-426-5704

The entertainment schedule will be announced soon - stay tuned.

Thanks for reading this. See you at Tacoma Winterfest!

~Angela Jossy

comments [1]  |  posted under , art, Christmas, festival, GoLocal, holiday, local, music, shopping, Tacoma, Winterfest


by intacoma on 12/5/2008 @ 2:07pm
headline is a lie not really that exciting, wayy to much to read