Upcoming activities celebrate 100th anniversary of state park system OLYMPIA – August 1, 2013 – As the final month of summer gets under way, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds the public that there are dozens of fun events to enjoy in parks all over the state. The events are part of Washington State Parks Centennial 2013, celebrating 100 years of state parks in Washington.
Included on the calendar are music events such as Latino music and dance, a performance by an unconventional military band and an American roots music concert series, to name a few. Recreation and leisure groups are joining the celebration by organizing their events in parks; these include bicycle challenges, outdoor painting days, geocache challenges and relay races. Interpretive events focus on marine ecology, bats, geology and archaeology.
Following are highlights of just a few of the events and activities coming up soon. For more events and detailed information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/:
• Signature celebration at Deception Pass State Park, near Oak Harbor, Saturday, Aug. 3: This all-day birthday celebration sponsored by the Deception Pass Park Foundation is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Cranberry Lake near the park entrance. Includes food vendors, live music, Junior Ranger activities, tours and a birthday ceremony at 1 p.m.
• A capella gospel quartet A Moment in Time, concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at West Beach Amphitheater, Deception Pass State Park. Final concert in the American Roots Concert Series, a State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission and Northwest Heritage Resources. Grants support is from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.
• Griffiths Priday State Park Centennial celebration at the ocean near Copalis Beach, noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Event features a noon potluck, museum exhibits, historical park photo displays Seashore Conservation Area wildlife highlights and an appearance by geologist Brian Atwater to guide a canoe paddle up to the Ghost Forest.
• Mountains to Sea at Larrabee State Park near Bellingham, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. The first state park in the Washington State Park system will celebrate the Centennial with a dedication to the Larrabee family, who donated land for the park. Members of the family will be on hand to talk and meet the public. August 4 is a State Parks free day, meaning no Discover Pass is required to access a state park that day.
• Music with Passage, a Navy Band, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island near Port Townsend. But this isn’t your typical military music; hear hits from the sixties through the present, with harmonies, guitars and explosive drums. Discover Pass free day.
• Painting in the Parks, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 8 to 11, at Cape Disappointment State Park on the Long Beach Peninsula. Celebrate the Centennial with artistic inspiration as outdoor painters create works in the great outdoors. Presented by Plein Air Washington Artists.
• Waikiki Beach Concert Series VIII continues at Cape Disappointment State Park, with a concert at 7 p.m. August 10, with bluegrass, blues, funk and Caribbean by Sugarcane.
Submitted by WA STATE PARKS
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