South Sound Maritime Heritage Association/ Olympia WA
August 25, 2020 Contact: Don Chalmers/ 360-280-0511
Carol Riley/ 360-566-0498
Scaled-Down, Virtual Olympia Harbor Days Event Announced
Working within Washington State coronavirus health guidelines, the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association (SSMHA) has developed a scaled-down version of its popular Olympia Harbor Days festival normally held every Labor Day Weekend, according to board president Don Chalmers.
“While we want to continue our 47-year- long Harbor Days legacy, we are also aware that we need to offer a safe event for the public in this coronavirus pandemic era,” Chalmers said. “So, we’re presenting a virtual event with safe at home community participation activities, Olympia Harbor Days Lite, which keeps our transitional tugboat heritage theme, while using online digital media content and other ways to provide family-friendly activities.”
Among the features of this year’s event are ……
For the past nine years the SSMHA had licensed the Kiwanis Club of Olympia to host the event. However, because of the health impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit service organization had to end its sponsorship for 2020.
“The Association and its community partners, including the City of Olympia, Port of Olympia and Kiwanis, have worked diligently to accomplish their goals to keep the festival alive in 2020,” Chalmers said, “and to find new partners to help us present our traditional Harbor Days tugboat festival and races 2021. However, the coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on this year’s event.”
Under State and local health limitations, the SSMHA has developed a series of Harbor Days Lite activities designed to accomplish this goal for 2020. A full list of event information, activities, videos and links will be available at www.HarborDays.com, www.MaritimeOly.org and on Facebook.com/OlympiaHarborDays starting September 5th.
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