News Release 12-076
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Rick Lewis, (509) 996-2370 Rick.Lewis@parks.wa.gov
Hilary Schult, (360) 902-8604 Hilary.Schult@parks.wa.gov
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
Pearrygin Lake State Park plays host to Celebrating Cultures festival
Aug. 6, 2012 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Celebrating Cultures festival at Pearrygin Lake State Park, near Winthrop.
The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29 on the lakeshore of Pearrygin Lake in Pearrygin Lake State Park, 561 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop. The two evening programs celebrate Washington’s diverse cultures with music and performing art styles from around the world. Visitors enter the event through the east campground of Pearrygin Lake State Park. Refreshments provided by Room One are available at the festival. All are welcome to the free event. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the festival.
Performances are scheduled as follows:
• Phil and Vivian Williams: Old-time fiddle and string-band music from the Northwest and Oregon Trail
• Mariachi Estrella de México: Music by Wenatchee’s acclaimed professional mariachi band
• Luc and the Lovingtons: Seattle world music band with Methow Valley roots (featuring renowned Chilean hip-hop artist, Felipe Cañete)
• La Famille Léger: Acadien and Quebecois string-band music from eastern Canada
• Dragon Art Studio: World-famous Beijing rod puppet theater (www.dragonartstudio.com)
• Los Flacos: Latin American and Caribbean acoustic music
The festival is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures. The program is a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission and Northwest Heritage Resources. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Arts Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events.
The Celebrating Cultures festival is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend, please call (509) 429-6808 or (509) 996-2370. Those who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.
Pearrygin Lake State Park is a camping park with more than 1,200 acres in the Methow Valley of north central Washington. The park features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake. The lake offers swimming, fishing and boating. Old willows and ash provide shade on hot summer days. Hikers can also walk the Rex Derr trail, a 3.1-mile loop through the east campground and along the shrub steppe hillside above Pearrygin Lake.
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The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 99-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
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