Sorticulture is more than sort of a festival of arts, crafts, horticulture

  • By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer
  • Thursday, June 14, 2007 3:10pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Certainly by now you’ve heard about that weirdly named garden party called Sorticulture, which is sort of about art and sort of about plants (think horticulture). But did you know that Sorticulture is also sort of, well a lot, really, about fun.

The two-day outdoor festival that starts today at Everett’s Legion Memorial Park has music, jugglers, comedy, crafts, puzzles and jugglers.

Did we mention jugglers?

The kids’ entertainment is pretty much nonstop throughout Sorticulture and includes some traditional crafts and a few new treats.

Admission is free.

This year’s Sorticulture event also provides on-site day care if parents want to relax at the beer and wine garden.

The wine garden is sponsored this year by historic Everett Theatre, which wanted to make the wine garden’s “The Greenroom” a destination spot by featuring beer from Lazy Boy Brewery and wine from Maryhill Winery.

The garden also features, from 5 to 8 tonight, easy listening jazz with Tim Koss and the Not for Nuthin’ Trio. The garden also will feature Essence Dance Company and Sabine with the music of Mike McFadden on Saturday.

While the parents relax, the children will be nearby under the watchful eye of day care professionals who will help them draw, work on puzzles and enjoy face painting.

Other kid-friendly highlights this year are:

* “Kindergarden” with outside projects for little gardeners such as painting terra cotta flower pots.

* Friends of Arturo Rodriguez, an Afro-Cuban, all-acoustic group who will rove throughout the festival. Friends of Arturo will also gather as a band on the stage from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

* Fiddler Shula Kleinerman and Vicki Boeckman, who plays recorder, combine talents in a down-home music style while roaming throughout the festival.

* Zambini the Bumbling Chef can’t be missed as he roams throughout the festival in a big hat over his large papier-mache head.

* Adria the Juggler is known for her live standup comedy in Tacoma and juggles anything from bowling pins to hoops to knives and can be seen wearing an evening gown or jeans.

* The Brothers from Different Mothers: Matt Baker and Alex Zerbe are comedic jugglers and have been doing their high-energy show since 1999. They rule The Herald Stage starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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