From the virtual Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire to the virtual Old Town Summer Concert Series, from Peaks & Pints daily flight to the Steilacoom Farmers Market, 6-Pack of Things To Do: Wednesday August 5 2020 covers all the bases for a hot and masked summer Wednesday.
FAIRE: Jump on Facebook Live tonight to see Mr. Punch, a rascally hand puppet whose primary vocation is whacking his saucy, nagging wife, Judy, and various members of the constabulary with a stick. The Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire can’t set up the tents this year in Enumclaw, but don’t fret, fair maidens and, uh, brutes (sorry, we’re not fully apprised of what the kids were calling one another in the 16th century), they are keeping ye olde throwback spirit alive with virtual performance. Tonight’s “Faire From Afar” performances include Punch & Judy Puppetmaster Brian Patterson and the amazing Cydeshow Cy (sword swallower). 5-8 p.m., Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire Facebook Live, photo credit: Rich Yee, courtesy of Dickens Christmas Fair, Red Barn Productions, and Facebook
BEER FLIGHT: One of the best parts of South Sound summer is when locally picked raspberries start arriving at the farmers’ markets. Pick up a pound and you’ll ask yourself how the hell you spend 10 months of the year eating strangely flavorless raspberries trucked up from California. Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year for fruit lovers with Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Raspberry Sour On the Fly. With the weather on high, “crushability” becomes an important factor when scanning Peaks and Pints’ cooler for the perfect summertime brew. Consider raspberry to-go. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Proctor District, Tacoma
ART: Give Gerardo Pena at “P”! Give Caroleena Santiesteban a “A”! Give LeShawn Gamble an “T”! Give Adika Bell an “I”! Give Saiyare Refaei and “O”! What’s that spell? ALMA MATER‘s new counter-service outdoor restaurant PATIO has absorbed the venues’ closed indoor restaurants Honey Kitchen and Matriarch Lounge offering guests a giant patio to eat and drink at acceptable social distancing. Each of the artists previously listed created a design for each letters in the venue’s namesake mural, “PATIO,” with Pena coordinating the project. Stop by PATIO for a nosh and cocktail and examine each letter. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
BICYCLES: 2nd Cycle exists to educate, support, and advocate for Tacoma cyclists. The shop sells used bikes and bike parts as well as hosts educational programs from their shop on Hilltop Tacoma. Today, 2nd Cycle hosts Back Alley Bike Drive, an afternoon drive for bike and bike part donations at their shop’s back alley between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and J Street, which can be accessed from South 13th or Ernest S. Brazil Street. The 2nd Cycle staff will be masked and social distancing to make the donation zone as safe and hands-free as possible. The staff will; think you’re a lot cooler if you wear a mask. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2nd Cycle, 1205 M.L.K. Jr. Way, Tacoma
MARKET DAY: Peaks & Pints is seeing a lot of tie-dye walking through our doors. Has the pandemic taken us back to a more bohemian hippie look? So confusing and yet so utterly believable; and no doubt, for some, so old, conjuring memories of the “China Cat Sunflower” bootleg you bought in the parking lot the summer before giving law school a second chance. If you’re down for some tie-dye, then head to the Steilacoom Farmers Market and check out Tye Dye Mike’s booth. The market has expanded onto an additional street. 3-7 p.m., corner of Lafayette and Wilkes, Steilacoom
MUSIC: “Besides possessing a vocal similarity to Lennon, [Dain] Norman also has an affinity for ‘50s and ‘60s rock, especially the same R&B that inspired the Beatles, and the British Invasion that the Beatles helped inspire,” writes Rev. Adam McKinney in the Weekly Volcano. “While most of his recordings are original tunes, he also covers Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Beatles’ own ‘Oh! Darling.’” You can catch Norman’s sparkly, jangly beachy, post-modern-lo-fi garage, rock-indie singer-songwriter vibes tonight when the Old Town Summer Concert Series hosts the Tacoma musician on their Facebook. 6:30-8:15 p.m. Old Town Summer Concert Series Facebook Live