Super Saturday Celebrates "Festival for All Ages"

May 27, 2004

Super Saturday, June 12, 2004
The Evergreen State College, Olympia
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free parking and open to the public

Super Saturday, one of the biggest one-day festivals in the state, marks its 26 th anniversary on June 12 with a new emphasis on live music and entertainment for young and old. This year's theme is "Festival for All Ages" and features two-dozen live music performances, storytelling for kids, and popular Super Saturday traditions such as the Friends of the Evergreen Library used book sale, the Native Arts Fair in the Longhouse and the "Greener Oasis" for Evergreen alumni and friends.

The Evergreen State College began hosting Super Saturday in 1978 as a way to thank the community for its support and to have some fun on graduation weekend. The popular event attracts 25,000 with its mix of entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, and international foods and flavors. Highlights this year include:

(New!) The Evergreen Classic 5K

Everyone -walkers, runners and strollers- is invited to the race on Sunday, June 13, hosted by Friends of the Evergreen Library. Pre-register at Super Saturday's information booth for $20, or $25 day of the race (registration includes water bottle and commemorative short-sleeve T-shirt). The race begins at 9 a.m. at the west end of the westbound Evergreen Parkway, a half mile from Parking Lot B. Runners will travel along a flat, fast course through the campus that ends just short of Lewis Road. The race is USATF certified and sanctioned. Awards will be given to the winners in the overall and masters divisions. The top three finishers in 11 age divisions will also be recognized.

Non-Stop Stage Favorites

At the Main Stage, catch faculty member Sean William's Irish folk band Fiddlehead, followed by Olympia favorite the Mud Bay Stompers and power pop band Grey Daisy. Also playing Main Stage: the Aaron English Band, Six Foot Savage, the Whole Bolivian Army, the Rikk Beatty Band and Locust Street Taxi. The Leisure Education Stage hosts non-stop, high-kicking, arms-flying, feet-stomping entertainment. Come watch Heather Treadway's Tap Dance, the Tanglefoot Cloggers, Dance Diversion with Donna Pallo-Perez, vocalists Vanessa Bell and Irene Scott, and Polynesian, Middle Eastern and Orissi dance. KAOS-FM radio hosts its own stage this year, featuring Olympia teen rock band the Crossing; the Evergreen staff funk/soul group, Funks Underworld; Olympia country folk the Tune Stranglers and world music ensemble L'Aquafois. Music starts at 10 a.m.

Storytelling, Used Book Sale

When Evergreen Academic Adviser Joyce Stahmer tells a story, she uses her arms, legs, face and full vocal range to enchant her audience. Also a member of the Heartsparkle Players, Stahmer is a griotess-an African culture bearer, the royal keeper of history and folktales. The Friends of the Evergreen Library sponsors storytelling sessions and a free book distribution in the family activities area in the Library second floor lobby.

The library book pre-sale takes place for members only from 10 to 11 a.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door. The sale opens to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paperbacks are $2, hardbacks $3, audio and video materials $2 per title. Book collections from retiring faculty are featured this year. See what they had on their shelves! Explore the audiotapes of lecture series given by nationally prominent professors, too.

Native Arts Fair

The Longhouse will have up to 30 Native artist vendors selling pottery, clothing, jewelry, basketry, dolls and other items for its own unique celebration. Frybread and Indian tacos are available for purchase. Intertribal drum groups representing both coastal and plains-style drumming will perform throughout the day.

Family Fun and Games

Children can play with Gak, water tables and other hands-on activities from juggling to chemistry in their special area on Red Square. Parents will appreciate a comfortable and quiet area for infants needing a respite from all the fun. Toddlers will have their own playroom to roam and interact with their peers.

(Back by popular demand!) Greener Oasis

Evergreen's Alumni Association sponsors the Greener Oasis at the Greenery Café and Patio in the CAB from noon to 6 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older and present valid photo ID to enter this area. Beer and wine will be for sale in addition to non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Alumni are invited to catch up with each other and make new friends. All proceeds benefit the Evergreen Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Intercity Transit Offers Convenient Shuttle Service

Watch for Intercity Transit's convenient Park & Ride service for getting to and from Super Saturday. Shuttles will leave every 10 minutes (10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) from Westfield Shoppingtown Capital Mall between Best Buy and J.C. Penney. Regular fares apply.
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Contact: Kate Lykins Brown, (360) 867-5213
Art Costantino, vice president for Student Affairs,
(360) 867-6296