News Release 11-045
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
Sandy Mealing, (360) 902-8559
Jens Lund, (360) 902-8526
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:
Pearrygin Lake State Park plays host to the Celebrating Cultures festival
Aug. 17, 2011 –
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 celebration runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, on the lakeshore of Pearrygin Lake in Pearrygin Lake State Park, 561 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop. The event features musicians from Washington state, kids' hands-on art activities booth by Methow Arts Alliance and art demonstrations by Eva Castellanoz. Visitors enter the event through the east campground of Pearrygin Lake State Park. All are welcome to the free event. The Discover Pass is not required for those attending the celebration.
The schedule of performances includes:
• 12:30 p.m. – Assorted entertainment from local performers around the Winthrop area
• 1 p.m. – Los Bailadores del Sol, folklórico dancers from Yakima Valley
• 2 p.m. – Hướng Việt Performing Arts Group, Vietnamese music and dance group from the Everett area
• 3 p.m. – A Moment in Time, African-American a cappella gospel music from Seattle
• 4 p.m. – Filipiniana with Roger Del Rosario, Filipino music and dance of the Seattle area
Eva Castellanoz, nationally recognized Smithsonian folk artist, will demonstrate the art of wax and paper flower making throughout the festival. Castellanoz is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, which recognizes lifetime achievement of artistic excellence and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.
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. Additional support is provided by Winthrop Kiwanis Foundation, Methow Arts Alliance, Methow Suites Bed and Breakfast and Twisp River Inn Bed and Breakfast. 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 in the Methow Valley in north central Washington. The park features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake. The park opened in 1964 as a state park recreation area. Renovation and construction of the campground was completed 1972. In 2004, 94 acres, including a store, hayfield and the west campground were added to the park. The lake offers swimming, fishing and boating and the park is well-known for viewings of marmots, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds and other wildlife.
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 98-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
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