Peace Arch concerts celebrate Northwest cultures

People planning to be in the area of Peace Arch State Park on the U.S.-Canadian border in Whatcom County might want to visit Aug. 3 for the start of the Peace Arch International Concert Series.

The free one-hour concerts are scheduled for 2 p.m. on the first four Sundays in August.

A celebration of the diverse cultures in the Northwest, the series features music and dance performances by Anglo-American maritime, Afro-Brazilian, Croatian and Irish-American artists.

The performance schedule is:

Aug. 3: “Songs of the Sea” with fishing poets and storytellers Jon Campbell of Point Judith, Rhode Island, and John van Amerongen, who once fished out of La Push.

Aug. 10: “Show Brazil” featuring music, martial arts and dancing. Eduardo Mendona and his group will perform many different music and dance forms such as bossa nova, samba and ijexa.

Aug. 17: Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble. Founded in 1975 in Anacortes, one-quarter of the residents of this community are descended from immigrants from another fishing village, Vela Luka, on the Island of Korula, Croatia.

Aug. 24: Crumac, with the Tara Academy Dancers. Crumac is a trio of musicians who perform traditional Irish tunes and songs.

The park is at Peace Arch State Park, 100 A St., Blaine. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the concerts.

A day-use park, Peace Arch commemorates treaties and agreements that arose from the War of 1812. It features horticultural exhibitions and the giant commemorative concrete arch that straddles the border.


The Mount Rainier National Park Associates will hold its next trail work party Saturday.

The project will take place at Narada Falls. The volunteer crew will work with park staff to replace two culverts just below the Narada Falls overview area. To complete the work, there will be 30-40 feet of turnpike which will be constructed and filled with tread material, according to information from the park.

Following tradition, August work party MRNPA volunteers are invited to gather at a nearby campground for some time together, a potluck dinner and an evening spent around the campfire.

Free camping also will be available Friday night before the work party and Saturday after the work party.

If you plan to attend the August work party, and if you plan to camp one or both nights, contact the group’s volunteer coordinator, John Titland, at volunteer@mrnpa.org.

Include the number of volunteers who are joining you, and if you plan to camp.


The schedule at the Ohanpecosh Visitor Center in Mount Rainier Naitonal Park will change starting Aug. 3.

Until then, the visitor center is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

Beginning in one week, the center will be open Thusdays-Sundays from noon-4 p.m., according to chief of interpretation Ingrid Nixon.

The center will close for the season Sept. 7.

With a better budget, park managers were able to reopen the visitor center in the southeast corner of the park on a limited schedule. In 2013, the center was closed the entire summer because of a lack of operating funds.