State Parks celebration continues with band concerts

Staff reportJune 30, 2013 

The centennial celebration of State Parks and Recreation continues this week with a series of concerts planned at parks across Western Washington. The concerts feature performances by the 133D Army Band’s Patriot Brass Band and General’s 7 Dixieland Band.

The 133D band is comprised of members of the Washington Army National Guard.

It will perform a number of songs, ranging from Bach to Lady Gaga and John Williams to Youngblood Brass Band.

General’s 7 band performs pieces from artist such as Johnny Cash to classics such as “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

schedule

The General’s 7 Dixieland Band

Friday: Beacon Rock State Park, 10 a.m.

Friday: Battle Ground Lake State Park, 2 p.m.

Friday: Cape Disappointment State Park, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Kopachuck State Park, noon

Saturday: Millersylvania State Park, 5 p.m.

July 7: Nolte State Park, 10 a.m.

July 7: Flaming Geyser State Park, 1 p.m.

July 7: Dash Point State Park, 6 p.m.

133D Army Band’s Patriot Brass Band

Friday: Cama Beach State Park, 10 a.m.

Friday: Fort Casey State Park, 2:30 p.m.

Friday: Fort Flagler State Park, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Dosewallips State Park, noon

Saturday: Penrose Point State Park, 6 p.m.

July 7: Scenic Beach State Park, noon

July 7: Dash Point State Park, 6 p.m.

While the performances are free, a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to all the parks.

SHARE SUMMER MEMORIES

The U.S. Department of the Interior as started a new photo project, “Summer in America’s Great Outdoors.”

The goal is to create an online photo collection of the fun things people can do on the nation’s public lands this summer. Project organizers realize that the public is the greatest source of images from the nation’s varied public lands.

Department staffers are asking people to send their hiking, camping, fishing, biking, sightseeing and other outdoor recreation photos going to doi.gov/ americasgreatoutdoors/ summer/index.cfm. You can see the photos that already have been submitted on the department’s Summer in America’s Great Outdoors Flickr group at flickr.com/ groups/summerago/pool.

When submitting an image, include a short description of the location so staffers can properly identify the proper public land.

May visitation

MOUNT RAINEIR

May 2013: 51,227

May 2012: 62,732

Difference: -18.3 percent

Year to date 2013: 126,316

Year to date 2012: 135,284

Difference: -6.6 percent

The weather continued to be a factor in park attendance. May’s count was the lowest since 2007, when the park eventually reopened after being closed after the November 2006 floods.

OLYMPIC

May 2013: 274,629

May 2012: 287,399

Difference: -4.4 percent

Year to date 2013: 678,008

Year to date 2012: 643,607

Difference: 5.3 percent

Visitation declines at most major districts in the park led to the 4.4 percent decrease in recreation visits. The exception was the Hoodsport District that saw 139.7 percent increase – 6,232 visits in May compared to 2,600 visit in 2012.

National Park Service

May 2013: 27,241,806

May 2012: 28,269,549

Difference: -3.6 percent

Year to date 2013: 89,543,849

Year to date 2012: 94,756,571

Difference: -5.5 percent

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