Tacoma Urban Sketcher’s 3rd Wednesday sketch outing was at the historic Bair Drug in Steilacoom. It’s now a charming restaurant but the original Bair Drug and Hardware Store was built in 1895. It’s also a Living Museum, with the walls full of artifacts from the turn of the 20th century (1900).
Though there are so many interesting sketch opportunities in the shop, it was such a nice day I decided to sketch outside. The old clock across the street caught my eye. A clock also seemed appropriate as this is “Back to the Future” day.
With only a few minutes remaining, I walked down to Pioneer Orchard Park for a view of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the distance, across Puget Sound.
I had only a bit of time left to sketch because during a portion of the time allotted for our outing, I was a witness to a car accident. It was a minor one and no one was hurt. But since I saw it all, I gave my name as a witness. One of the drivers involved worked for a government agency and the supervisor came to get a written statement, since I was still there. Not the sort of excitement one wants to have.
We shared our sketches but didn’t gather for a group photo. A few of us enjoyed a delicious lunch there at Bair Drug.