American Roots Music Series returns to state park

Staff reportJuly 7, 2013 

Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island will be the location for the seventh annual American Roots Music Series that begins Saturday. The series celebrates the roots of American music and features traditional Pacific Northwest folk music from local artists, said a State Parks news release.

Each of the outdoor performances begins at 7 p.m., running Saturdays through Aug. 3. The park is at 41020 state Route 20, Oak Harbor. All performances are scheduled for the West Beach amphitheater on the Whidbey Island side of the park. If raining, performances will move to the East Cranberry Lake picnic shelter, also on the Whidbey Island side of the park.

Admission to the performances is free, but the Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.

Here is the schedule of performances:

Saturday: Ryan McKasson and Dave Bartley, traditional Scottish music on fiddle and guitar.

July 20: La Famille Léger, Acadien and Québécois house music from eastern Canada.

July 27: Canote Brothers; traditional Anglo-American old-time fiddle tunes, country songs and swing.

Aug. 3: A Moment in Time, Seattle African-American a cappella gospel quartet.

The series is sponsored by the State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program.

For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit


The Mount Rainier National Park Associates will hold its annual exotic plant removal party Saturday.

Participants will meet at the Paul Peak Trailhead located on the Mowich Lake Road. Volunteers will be removing non-native plants that are invading the areas adjacent to the roadway and at the trailhead.

Participants are not required to know about native and non-native plants, said a news release from the group. Park crew members will work with volunteers and tell them which plants to remove and help identify native plants.

Participants should bring work gloves, a small digging tool, such as a hand trowel, or a weed removing tool. They also should bring a lunch, plenty of fluids to drink and dress according to the weather.

The crew will meet at 8:30 a.m. and start work at 9 a.m. The work should be done by 3 p.m. When participants enter the park, they should tell the ranger at the entrance gate that they are working on a volunteer project and will be admitted for free.

If you plan to attend this work party, contact John Titland at


A night sky astronomy programs is being offered daily at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. The program starts at 10:45 p.m. daily through July 14, weather permitting. Telescopes are provided.

Park visitors can call 360-565-3131 after 3 p.m. to see if the program is on for that night.

Additional programs will be offered in late July, August and early September.

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