Oly has a way of making virtues out of vices. As the unofficial Lesbian Capitol of the United States, we have seen same sex marriage as a family value since the 1960’s – that is ‘value all families’. The underground Punk scene which is seen, in many places, as a culture of degenerate youth is celebrated here. Dumpster diving is a sport. We consider it our recycling duty, a community event. Families sit in rocking chairs on their porches smoking pot together.
Drinking good, strong coffee was a virtue here and throughout the Pacific Northwest when the rest of the country was enjoying their Folgers. In fact, we have made that vice into high art.
And then their is alcohol…for much of Olympia’s history, our main economy was based on beer. Olympia Beer, of course. Now, thankfully, we have better beer. Artisan beer. Fishtale.
Yesterday I got together with my friend, T, and a woman who may be a potential new tenant. We were having talk about how, on the surface, Olympia is incredibly mundane. There is nothing obviously fun to do here. It is not until you ‘dive in’ and spend some time around town that you discover the really cool stuff. The vices that make the community vibrant. Everyone that I have ever spoken with has said essentially this very same thing. (Except JJ who could never handle the dive or the drive to Oly.) Our uber-coolness is a secret club, kind of like a liberal, peace-nik, vegan, stoner Fight Club.
I recently discovered a group of women who have taken drinking to a whole new level of virtue. The Olympia Ladies Drinking Club. http://www.facebook.com/groups/297819358044/ The first rule of the Ladies Club is you have to be a lady. Sorry boys.
Not only do they celebrate the vice of functional alcoholism, they have made it into a philanthropic event. Yes, that’s right. Women get together and get drunk in the name of social responsibility. Each year the group puts on a fund raiser for a local non-profit. This year they have picked GRuB – Garden Raised Bounty. The fund raiser is called The Grand Oly Opry, a Blue Grass and Rock-a-billy show put on at the Olympia Eagles Club. (Boys are welcome.) This year it is on Saturday, August 25th. There is no cover, but there is a suggested donation at the door.
- 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce orange juice
Glass Type: cocktail glass
Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. And dude? Be nice.