Concert Season Continues through the Spring

Spring concerts

The final three months of our 10 month concert season features excellent musicians, many of whom have not appeared at Traditions before.  From a young bluegrass duo the Page Turners (April 7th) to two superb Brazilian groups (Brazilian Strings Trio, April 14th & Trio Brasiliero, May 6th) to the jazz singing of award-winning Greta Matassa, May 26th, or the championship fiddle music of both Dylan Foley (April 29th) and April Verch (May 19th) to........

In addition, there is a special promotion to support Olympia's own Arbutus Folk School.  There are 3 concerts the first weekend in May - Molsky’s Mountain Drifters on Friday, May 4th, Scott Cossu on Saturday the 5th, and Trio Brasileiro on Sunday the 6th.  If you buy a ticket for more than one show, $10 of your ticket money will be donated to Arbutus for their fine work offering classes that teach a wide variety of craft skills.

Check our Events page for more detail...we hope to see you at some of these shows.

Traditions is a place to discover folk art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries.

Traditions is also a cafe and center for concerts, workshops and public forums; a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.

This site is about community - from our friends here in Olympia to the wider community of the world. Here you'll find useful information, stories and connections to others. We welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas and your presence. We encourage you to come gather with us for conversation, music and good food.



Where in the World?

Find out where some of our clothes and accessories came from in our interactive “Where in the world did it come from?” pages. Click on the images below to learn interesting facts about a number of fair traded items.

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The Traditions Story

Traditions, as Traditions Fair Trade, started at the Antique Sandwich Company. in Tacoma, Washington. in October of 1993. The Antique Sandwich Company has been operating since 1974 as a place for tasty and healthy breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and desserts as well as a spot for the South Puget Sound community for folk and classical concerts, open mikes, plays, and social benefits. Tamie and Shirley Herridge started small and grew over the years and they continue to serve the first and next generation of “Antique regulars”. I had been a working part of that partnership for two decades until devoting my time to the Olympia store and cafe. However, you can still find a section of ‘Traditions’ crafts at the Antique Sandwich Co., so visit there as well - if not for the crafts then for the best milkshakes you might ever have. (Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 No. Pearl, Tacoma, Wa. 98407 (253) 752-4069, near the entrance to Pt. Defiance Park and the Vashon Ferry landing) -Dick Meyer

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Traditions Café and World Folk Art
300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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