Spar Cafe

It was a beautiful day today for a sketch outing.  I’ve had the McMenamin’s Spar Cafe in Olympia on my list since I sketched at the McMenamin’s in Centralia.  I needed the stamp to get my prize!

McMenamins always has interesting art for their beer labels.

McMenamins always has interesting art for their beer labels.

It was a lovely drive down and I arrived at lunch time.  I chose a table from which to sketch while I waited for my meal.  The cafe is an Olympia Heritage site, built in 1935.  It has always been a popular meeting place.  Designed by Joseph Wohles.  Some of the booths had curtains, which can be seen on the left in my sketch.


I got both my McMenamin’s Passport and my sketched stamped.  With this last stamp in the section, I earned my prize, which was a T shirt.

More photos here, including some of the original Washington State Capitol Building.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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5 Responses to Spar Cafe

  1. miatagrrl says:

    I knew you were trying to sketch all the McMenamins, but I didn’t realize you were going for a prize! Wow, very cool — the sketch, the stamp, the passport, the shirt, everything!

    – Tina

    • redharparts says:

      I’d like to sketch all of them, but that will take a long time. I’m just making sure I take my McMenamin’s passport when I do visit one. Every time a section is completed, there is a prize. 🙂

  2. Mepling says:

    Lovely sketch, Kate…and an inspiring mission. A McMenamins sketching tour is right up my alley!

  3. Kay Tyllia says:

    Very nice job of completing your goal!
    It sounds like it was a fun adventure and a visual treat as well.
    Nicely done, Kate.

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