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My Hometown: Olympia, Washington

When Andrew Poultridge arrived in this capital city, he was instantly attracted to the bustling arts scene and community spirit. Two decades later he and wife Noelle Nordstrom have passed on that passion to kids Madeline, 12, and Abe, 15.

By Krista Myerhoff

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We go to Olympia Farmers Market weekly, except in the winter, when it isn't open. It's the second largest in the state next to Seattle's Pike Place Market. Nearly 115 vendors sell everything from fresh-caught oysters to handmade soaps to gourmet roasted nuts. In the summer we wander the booths filling our bags with local corn and all types of berries.

During the free biannual Arts Walk, downtown businesses display student-made and professional pieces—both of our kids' work has been featured—while dancers take to the streets. The festival honors Earth Day with Procession of the Species, a parade where thousands march in nature- and animal-themed masks and costumes. Last year Noelle and Madeline joined a percussion troupe while Abe and I admired from the sidelines.

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