News Release 11-046
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
Srey Ryser, (360) 902-8626
Jens Lund, (360) 902-8526
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:
Millersylvania State Park plays host to fourth annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration
Aug. 18, 2011 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to attend the fourth annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at the Millersylvania State Park near Olympia.
The festival runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Millersylvania State Park’s Environmental Learning Center, 12245 Tilley Road South, Olympia, off I-5 Exit 99 (Scott Lake). Members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian community perform traditional and contemporary Cambodian music and arts. Traditional food is available for purchase. The Discover Pass is not required for those attending the event.
Artists and performances include:
• Cambodian Classical and Folks Dance of Tacoma and the Cambodian Heritage Society of Seattle – classical, traditional and folk dances
• Somleng Tro Khmer Musical of Tacoma – traditional Cambodian instrumental music
• The Watanakpeap Dontrey band of Olympia – contemporary Cambodian music
• The Wat Prachum Raingsey Buddhist Association Chai Yam Ensemble – traditional Cambodian percussion
The festival also offers hands-on Cambodian crafts instruction for kids, face painting, a look into the history of Cambodia and artifact and costume viewings. Vendor booths feature Cambodian arts and crafts.
This event is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend, please call (360) 902-8526 or (360) 753-1519, or hearing- and speech-impaired may call the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.
The Cambodian Cultural Celebration is presented by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, the Washington State Parks Foundation, Angkor Gourmet and Northwest Heritage Resources.
Millersylvania State Park is a camping park with freshwater shoreline along Deep Lake, a few miles south of the Washington state capital. The historic park is nestled in broad stands of old-growth cedar and fir trees, with trails throughout the park and buildings hand-constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. Relics of a narrow-gauge railroad and several skid roads used in the 1800s by the logging industry remain on park grounds. Millersylvania State Park, whose name means 'wooded glade,' is a popular for boating, swimming and fishing.
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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