By Nancy Covert
Shades of the ’80s when Steilacoom was the location for three major films and numerous commercials. (War Games, etc.)
Once, again, it’s showtime in Steilacoom‚Ä¶no, not the SHS Musical–“How to Succeed in Business”–that production, though, runs May 15, 16, 17 and 19.
This “show” involves the Bair Drug and Hardware Store. The 1895 former community gathering spot on the corner of Wilkes and Lafayette has a “starring” role in a video being filmed this week. Don’t expect to see it, though, on any mega-screen theater.
According to Elizabeth Compton, Production Manager for Media Partners of Seattle, the store is being used as the location for a training film about customer relations.
The final product will be about 20 minutes long, but it involves two days of filming, plus the cast. The store was scouted several months ago as a potential setting for the production.
While a rack of costumes was waiting in an anteroom behind the back-of-the-Bair former post office, the store itself had been re-decorated to resemble a 19th century general store, complete with the original soda fountain.
To date, said SHMA Bair Store committee member Brant Shalikashvili, no permanent tenant for the Bair has been found to operate the historic store. A potential client, however, met with him that afternoon to discuss a possible use.
Meanwhile, SHMA’s Museum on Rainier Street is open from 11 am-3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for tours.
An upcoming SHMA event is the series about “The Women of Steilacoom,” set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. The lecture, featuring presentations about two early 20th Century Steilacoom women: Hattie Bair and Clenda Davidson, is free and open to the public.