Tuesday 23 January 2007

Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival


The Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival will be happening again soon: February 3rd and 4th (Super Sunday), in and around Concrete, Washington (map).




It's a very nice, local-feeling, grass-rootsy event. Come visit! There will be a variety of great activities inside at the schools in Concrete, and eagle viewing for a number of miles along the beautiful and mighty Skagit


Here's the Schedule of Activities at the Concrete HS/elementary complex:
(we're going on saturday and planning to participate in the red-lettered events. The Speakers page on the festival website gives more info about the various presentations on the schedule and about the speakers who will be giving them... )

Saturday, February 3, 2007
7:30-10:30 a.m. Biscuits ‘n Gravy Breakfast - Senior Center, Concrete (yum gravy)
8:30-9:00 a.m. Teacher Clock Hours Registration - Concrete High School
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Volkswalk registration & event - High School Multi-purpose Room
10:00-5:00 p.m. Artisan’s Gallery Open - High School Gym
10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker: “Where do Savvy Urban Merlins and Crows Choose to Live?” - Band Room
10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker: “The First People, Environments and spirits of the Upper Skagit River” - Library
10:00-4:30 p.m. Salmon Story Telling Tent And Children’s Activities - Commons
11:00-12:00 p.m. Sardis Raptor Center presentation “Hunters of the Sky” - Multi-purpose Room
11:00-4:00 p.m. Guided Bus Tour Middle School Entrance
*12:00-1:00 p.m. Speaker (Pauline Hillaire! -- see below): “Legends and Stories of The Elders” - Band Room *
1:00-2:30 p.m. Old-Timers Get-Together - Elementary School Library
1:00-2:00 p.m. Sardis Raptor Center presentation “Hunters of the Sky" - Multi-purpose Room
2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker: “Voices Along the Skagit: Teaching the History of the First People in the Skagit River Watershed - Library
2:00-3:00 p.m. Speakers: Eagle Festival Poster Contest Winners - Band Room
3:00-4:00 p.m. Sardis Raptor Center presentation “Hunters of the Sky” - Multi-purpose Room
3:00-7:00 p.m. Salmon Dinner - Cafeteria

3:30-5:00 p.m. Flute Circle Gathering - Elementary School Gym
5:30 p.m. Festival Mainstage Event : performers include Tsimshian Haayuk dance group, and Gene Tagaban (pictured at right) – Master Storyteller - Elementary School Gym

Sunday, February 4, 2007
8:30-9:00 a.m. Teacher Clock Hours registration - Concrete High School
9:00-1:00 p.m. Volkswalk registration & event - High School Multi-purpose Room
10:00-5:00 p.m. Artisan’s Gallery Open - High School Gym
10:00-4:30 p.m. Salmon Story Telling Tent And Children’s Activities - Commons
10:00-4:30 p.m. Planetarium - Multi-purpose Room
10:00-3:00 p.m. Guided Bus Tour - Middle School Entrance
10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker: “Song of the Salish Sea” - Band Room
10:00-11:00 a.m. Speaker: “A Look to the Future: The Fish Program at the Baker River Project” - Library
11:00-12:00 p.m. Sardis Raptor Center “Hunters of the Sky" - Multi-purpose Room
12:00-1:00 p.m. Speaker: “Song of the Salish Sea” - Band Room
12:00-1:00 p.m. Speaker: “A Year in the Life of An Upper Skagit Eagle” - Library
1:00-2:00 p.m. Sardis Raptor Center “Hunters of the Sky” - Multi-purpose Room
1:00 p.m. Raffle Drawing begins—runs Throughout the afternoon - Multi-purpose Room
2:00-3:00 p.m. Speaker: “A Look to the Future: The Fish Program at the Baker River Project” - Library
3:00-4:00 p.m. Sardis Raptor Center “Hunters of the Sky” - Multi-purpose Room

Entertainment At A Glance:

Saturday, February 3rd

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Entertainers in the
Northwest Artisan Gallery
Celtic harp, classical guitar, and
Native American flute
3:30 pm, Concrete Elementary School Library: Flute Circle with Peter Ali
5:30 pm, Concrete Elementary Gym: Festival Main Event, with Tsimshian Haayuuk, (pictured at right) Native Alaskan Cultural Dancers (we've seen them several times--wonderful!)
Gene Tagaban, Native American storytelling, dancing and flute


Sunday, February 4th
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, Entertainers in the Northwest Artisan Gallery:
Folk/world beat vocals - guitar &
Native American flute


* the highlight for us of last year's festival was the storytelling of beautiful and wise Lummi elder Pauline Hillaire. We are so glad to see that she will be attending and sharing more stories with us again this year! If you have any thought of attending, her presence alone certainly makes it worthwhile!


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