Dear Friends of the Seaport,
The pandemic introduced the world to virtual yoga, online happy hours, digital birthday parties and even live-streamed weddings. People of every generation and technology experience level have learned to embrace virtual engagement opportunities…at least a little bit. For the Seaport, virtual programing has given us an opportunity to remain relevant, to reach new audiences, and to be there for the community when the community needed us the most.
Moving forward we know that people across all demographics and within earshot of the Seaport will continue to experiment with these online offerings, not only because virtual offerings such as our Virtual 3rd Thursday program have proven to be safe and convenient, but because many will continue to feel isolated and/or are battling depression and loneliness and so want to be able to connect with others…even if it continues to be online. But the story doesn’t end there…
Our mission as a gathering place and a nonprofit presenter of Tacoma’s rich maritime heritage is to bring people together around an understanding and appreciation of our unique differences through story and hands-on experiences; to promote healthy dialogue and connection in ways only the Seaport can evoke. It is in the North Hall, as a visitor takes in the streamlined beauty of one of the Pocock racing shells, that he/she is transported back to Berlin and the ’36 Olympics. It is in the Education Center that a child experiences for the first what it’s like to hold a sea anemone…and in that moment decides to learn more about the water around the South Sound.
So while we will continue to expand upon the success of our virtual programs I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to visit the Seaport…in person. Whether you come during normal business hours, Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or for an in person 3rd Thursday (admission is free from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) or during Seaport Maritime Weekend (August 28 – 29), when you can help us officially open our newly renovated Heritage Boat Shop, we look forward to being able to say thank you and welcome back!