Celebrate 100 years of parks with music

Published on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 by Steve Guntli

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Blaine and Birch Bay residents can celebrate the Washington state parks system’s 100th birthday at one of four local concerts where an eclectic variety of international musicians will offer their music to complement the natural beauty of the parks.

Birch Bay State Park will host the first of two shows in their Concerts in the Park series on Saturday, August 24. Celtic Roots, a local group specializing in traditional Celtic folk music, will take the stage at the Wildlife Theater at 7 p.m.

The five-member band Wingin’ It concludes the Birch Bay concert series Friday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. Wingin’ It’s music is a unique blend of Celtic and French-Canadian influences, using fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin and hammered dulcimer.

Peace Arch State Park launched its International Concert Series on August 4, and will conclude the series with two final performances on August 25 and September 1.

On Sunday, August 25, Quicha Mashis will play the traditional folk music of the Andes. The band is made up of Quicha Indians from northern Ecuador, whose music has survived hundreds of years, passed down through generations since before the fall of the Incan Empire. 

The concert series draws to a close on Sunday, September 1, with a performance by the women’s a capella group Pava. Founded in Denmark, the group has performed traditional Russian folk songs at concert venues around the world. 

All concerts are free to attend, but Discover passes are required to park in any state park. For information on these concerts and other Centennial events, visit parks.wa.gov/events.