Turn of the Tides Festival celebrates marine life, winter solstice

The South Sound Estuary Association will hold its second annual Turn of the Tides Festival, a celebration of the winter solstice, Saturday.

The free event will include marine life displays, environment education, arts and crafts, chowder and hot chocolate.

Traditional native storyteller Curtis Dupis is schedule to appear from noon-1 p.m. Local artists Jess Archer, Chelsea Baker and Justin Crawford also will be on hand.

Partner organizations expected include LOTT’s Water Education and Technology Science Center, Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm, Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Nisqually Land Trust, Pacific Shellfish Institute, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, Taylor Shellfish and Washington Conservation Corps.

The event will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia. For more information, go to sseacenter.org.