Big band jazz, swing dancing at historic Foss Waterway Seaport Dec. 5

The City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission will host a fund-raising event in December at the historic Foss Waterway Seaport in downtown Tacoma.

Maritime Heritage Swing will feature the sounds of Pierce County Community Big Band, a swing dance demonstration, refreshments, and a no-host bar. The event will commemorate the USS Lexington’s role in providing power to Tacoma during a power shortage in December 1929 caused by a drought that affected the hydroelectric sources, according to City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Coordinator Lauren Hoogkamer.

“This event is a fun way to celebrate Tacoma’s maritime heritage and the occurrences that happened on the waterfront,” said Hoogkamer. “It also highlights the great work that the Foss Waterway Seaport is doing to bring awareness to the Waterway’s history and preserve the historic Balfour Dock Building, which is the oldest remaining maritime-industry-related building in Tacoma.”

The event will be held on Fri., Dec. 5, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., at the Foss Waterway Seaport, located at 705 Dock St., in downtown Tacoma. Tickets are $25 per person and registration is required in advance by visiting Free parking will be available at the adjacent Republic Parking lot. Proceeds will be used to support this event, as well as future community education and programming in 2015.

Maritime Heritage Swing is the latest in a series of events aimed to provide increased preservation programming and events that engage the community, such as a historic brewery tour, industrial art show, and trivia night featuring local history.