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Schedule of Events Friday, Aug. 7 5 to 10 p.m. Beer garden is open, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley 5:50 p.m. Julian Betz sings the national anthem 5 to 9 p.m. Big Bend Bash, inside Si View Community Center 6 to 9 p.m. Food booths, arts and crafts 6 to 9 p.m. Art show, produced by Snoqualmie Valley Arts, in the front lawn tent 6 to 9:30 p.m. DJ dance party at the main stage 9 to 10 p.m. Glow Light Walk at Si View Park, get creative with glow sticks
Cover photos: Parade entries from Si View Parks, the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Marching Band and Valley Center Stage. Above, Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club members celebrate a successful stunt.
What’s a Jamboree? It’s been Alpine Days and Jamboree Days, and now it’s called the Festival at Mount Si, but the thing that doesn’t change is the spirit of the event. Whatever you call it, this weekend’s festival of music, art, fun and games is a celebration of summer, and of community. As always, Si View Community Park is the setting for most events of the Festival at Mount Si this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7 to 9. Events start Friday with an arts show, booths, vendors and children’s activities at the park, plus a new youth band showcase, called the Big Bend Bash. “It’s going to be in the new community center, now that the remodel is done, and we’ll have a DJ dance party outside so they don’t conflict,” said
Festival at Mount Si Chairperson Jill Massengill. Also new to the event on Friday, is a modern take on the old torchlight parade, and Massengill is especially excited about what it could become. The glow light walk is a free-form homage to the nighttime parade of decades-past festivals. “We’re going to line people up and parade on the walkway at Si View Park,” said Massengill, “and people can come in costumes if they feel like it, and decorate themselves with glow sticks… You can turn yourself into a giraffe, or maybe a Martian.” Glow lights will be available for sale on the festival grounds, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, or you can bring your own, as the spirit moves you. The regular parades are part of Saturday’s events. A children’s parade starts at 10:15 a.m. — line up at Downing Avenue on North Bend Way — followed by the grand parade at 10:30. Grand Marshal of the parade will be local musician and business owner Danny Kolke, founder of Boxley’s Place, the Boxley Music Fund, and the North Bend Jazz and Blues Walks.
Events continue all day at Si View, including an adult co-ed volleyball tournament and kids’ field games, both organized by Si View Parks, the three-day art show, the Burstin’ with Blueberries dessert contest judging at 12:30 (entries due by 11:45 a.m.), the always entertaining cherry pie eating contest at 2:15 p.m., the much-loved pet contest at 4 p.m. with prizes for best trick and best costume, live music on the main stage from noon on and community stage performances throughout the day, capped off by a fireworks display. On Sunday, come for a big chili cookoff, music by hometown favorite Austin Jenckes at noon, and the return of the wife-carrying contest. Massengill can’t help but laugh when she talks about this contest, introduced with great success to the festival last year. It’s a race for husbandand-wife teams to run, jump, crawl and spin through silly obstacles for the prize of the wife’s weight in beer. For the full schedule and more information, visit www.festivalatmtsi.org.
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Above: The band NG pictured at EMP in Seattle, will be one of the featured performers at the Big Bend Bash, Friday, Aug. 7. Below: Snoqualmie band LocoMotive is also on the Big Band Bash schedule.
The Festival at Mount Si is introducing something new this year, the Big Bend Bash or “B3”, to it’s opening night schedule. B3 will feature four young bands, all under 21, in a Friday night show from 6 to 9 p.m. The show is being described as a “free, all-ages, high-energy concert” and promises to be loud. The band lineup includes LocoMotive (Snoqualmie alternative pop punk), Destination Unknown (Kent, punk funk), Asterhouse (Kenmore, emo alternative rock) and NG (Mercer Island, party rock and blues). Songs will be originals, influenced by the likes of Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes and Royal Blood. Gary Horn, B3 organizer, was inspired to put the event together. His two sons, Ryan and Ethan, play in LocoMotive, and he’s watched all of the other B3 bands perform in the past. “Having kids who are part of the local music network really helps,” he said. “Over the years we’ve watched a lot of bands perform and this lineup was handpicked. These bands are relatively young, but definitely have the ability to create an exciting and memorable experience. Trust me, this is going to be a fun show.” The idea for a youth-centric concert like B3 didn’t come up in festival planning meetings until May and the event almost didn’t happen at all. “We realized pretty quickly that a second outdoor music stage was cost-prohibitive. The stage, sound system and people to manage it were just too much,” Horn explained. Then Minna Rudd, recreation supervisor at Si View, and Jill Massengill, Festival at Mount Si president, came up with the idea of using the Si view Community Center to host the event. “Within minutes everything else just fell into place” ® Horn stated. “With a large indoor facility suddenly available, I knew we could pull something great together by August.”
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Festival names Danny Kolke Grand Marshal
Schedule of Events
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Saturday, Aug. 8 9:30 a.m. Line up for the Kiddie Parade at Downing Avenue/North Bend Way 10 to 7 p.m. Art show continues, front lawn tent 10 to 7 p.m. Food booths, arts and crafts 10:15 a.m. Kiddie Parade, down North Bend Way 10:30 Grand Parade, down North Bend Way 11 to 7 p.m. Kids area is open 11 to 10 p.m. Beer garden is open 11:45 a.m. Deadline to enter desserts in the Burstin’ with Blueberries Dessert Contest, at the information booth Noon to 5 p.m. Adult coed 4x4 volleyball tournament Noon to 5 p.m. Silent auction, proceeds help to fund the festival Noon to 9:30 p.m. Live music on the main stage 12:30 p.m. Blueberry dessert judging, community stage 1:45 p.m. Parade awards announced, main stage 2:15 to 3 p.m. Cherry pie eating contest, community stage 3:30 to 4 p.m. Veils of the Nile dance company performs, community stage 4 to 5 p.m. Amazing pets contest, community stage, awards for best costume and best trick 5 to 5:30 p.m. Mount Si Karate Demo Team perform, community stage 5:30 to 6 p.m. Snoqualmie Valley Winds community band perform, community stage 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Snoqualmie Valley Strings, community stage 7:30 to 8 p.m. Valley Idol winners perform, community stage 9:45 p.m. Fireworks
Danny Kolke plays the piano with his Danny Kolke Trio last September, during the North Bend Jazz Walk. The event switched this year to a spring date, to include more high school bands, but it, like the Blues Walk, is going strong.
Danny Kolke, founder of Boxley’s Place, has been named Grand Marshal for the Festival at Mount Si. Being named a Grand Marshal of a city event is something that he never pictured. “My reaction was ‘wow.’ I think I said that seven times in a row,” Kolke said. Having lived in the Valley for almost 18 years, Kolke has made his mark on the town of North Bend. He founded Boxley’s Place, a live jazz club and restaurant, with his wife six years ago. From there he created the Boxley Music Fund, A non-profit foundation that now owns the club, manages the music programming and hosts events like the North Bend Jazz Walk and Blues Walk. “You can make the argument that it would be more successful in a bigger city but I don’t know if that’s true or not. I think it has the advantage of being part of a small town and in a big city, if it goes away, nobody cares,” Kolke said. “In a small town we become part of the experience, so it’s nice to be part of a community.” Kolke not only created a jazz club in the city but also teaches kids jazz. He teaches piano, improvisation, and leads Mount Si High School’s Jazz Band 2. “The kids are learning everything from basic team collaboration, because there are a bunch of them on stage, there’s no arrangement so they are figuring this out on the fly, they also have to learn to be good communicators, who
is going to do what first and who goes next,” Kolke said. “There is so much thinking on your feet. I think it’s really great for kids.” According to Kolke, the reward from all of this is just to see students get excited about the music. “It’s fun to see kids learn it, and get excited about it, and do well with it,” Kolke said. “It’s rewarding in ways I never expected. We didn’t start this venue to do kids’ programming, it happened by accident and now I can’t imagine not doing it because it’s one of the best things about it.” One of the opportunities Boxley’s has given young players is the venue to play with older, more experienced musicians. There are times that Kolke has a 12-year-old playing with people who are 70, playing with somebody who’s 40. “These guys have become friends with people who could be their grandparents,” Kolke said. “It’s really cool to see them develop friendships performing together.” Last year Kolke let the Boxley Music Fund take over the restaurant, in addition to already running the music programming. More than 200 families are members of the Boxley Music Fund. “The goal is that it’s less about me and more about the community doing this together,” Kolke said. “I think it’s easy to get so busy and so wrapped up into routines and it’s easy to lose sight of things that are important and doing this project and connecting with the kids as often as I do is a great reminder that it’s very rewarding to invest in other people.” Through investing in other people, creating events like the jazz and blues walks and Boxley’s itself, Kolke has been able to share his love of music with the community. “Music is a magical thing, especially when you share it with other people and do it with other people; I can’t say enough positive about that.”
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Sno Valley Winds love to play A band that got together on a dare is part of the musical lineup for the Festival at Mount Si. Sno Valley Winds takes to the Community Stage of the Festival Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The group is mostly made up of adult musicians of varying backgrounds, ranging from people who play professionally to people who haven’t played since high school. The band was started by Dean Snavely, a middle school teacher who convinced band parents to learn or relearn an instrument for a performance. That stunt caught on and so many people got into File Photo playing music again that they stayed Members of the Sno Valley Winds group, picutred here in a Railroad Days parade, are regular fixtures in community together and formed the Sno Valley Winds. Snavely moved on a few parades and festivals in the Valley. years ago and Mike Herb, a high There are currently about 20 to “We have players in the group “Canterbury Chorale,” a “Sound of school band director, now directs. “It’s really just about having fun 25 members, playing various instru- that I consider semi-professional Music” medley and the “National and playing your instrument,” Herb ments but they are always look- and a player who learned a com- Emblem March.” The Sno Valley Winds are said. “It’s for people to continue ing for more, especially because the pletely new instrument just for the also performing at Snoqualmie’s playing after the easy ways of play- music can change based on who band,” Herb said. Fix hadn’t played since she was Railroad Days, 5:30 p.m. Friday, ing in school disappear.” they have. in school but was able to catch back Aug. 14 on the Arts Stage. Carol Fix, an alto saxophone “Instrumentation is based on “We are always looking for new player in the band, said that the who joins,” Fix said. “We need some up. When she started playing her players. If people want to join, check saxophone with the group, it was group is very welcoming and always more percussion right now.” the first time she had played since out our website or come to our open to new members. concerts and come talk to us,” Herb All levels of skill are invited to seventh grade. “We do this because we like makThe Sno Valley Winds will play said. join as long as people are willing to ing music,” she said. “It’s a really fun a 30-minute set consisting of four For information, visit put the work in to learn. group.” songs, “America the Beautiful,” www.snovalleywinds.org.
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Art is on display and in development for three days on the front lawn of the Si View Community Center. Valley artists showcase their talents in a series of demonstrations throughout the Festival at Mount Si. Among the artists you can see are: Jeffrey Waters, a wellknown artist from Fall City and a past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society, will demonstrate watercolor techniques, and show his works, which have won recognition throughout the Valley on Saturday; Jeff Sturgeon, a local artist known for his awardwinning metal paintings of landscapes, will demonstrate painting with acrylics on metal on Saturday; Bob Antone will demonstrate oil painting. Antone is a composer, and musician who was born and raised in the Snoqualmie Valley; Tami Donnelly, an acrylic artist from Covington, paints wildlife with her daughter, Emily Donnelly. They will give jewelry making and painting demonstrations on Friday and Sunday. Tami’s specialty is painting various animals and designs on miniature canvases, then attaching them to necklaces she makes. Other Valley artists taking part are Alraune Chowdhury, working in watercolor and acrylic on Saturday, and Leslie Kreher, who works in water color and graphite.
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Wife-carrying, the sequel Couples’ race returns for more festival fun
It’s no sport for the faint of heart, but it might be for lightweights. The return of the wife-carrying contest to the Festival at Mount Si fun and games promises all of the excitement of the inaugural event, from the (gulp) public weighing-in of the wives to the final photo finish. Husbands and wives, or stunt wives in some cases, will compete in heats, running an obstacle course that includes balancing skills, water hazards and lots of laughs along the way. Because all the wives are weighed in advance, all the husbands will be handicapped to carry the same weight. The grand prize is beer, in fact, the winning wife’s weight in beer. Festival chairperson Jill Massengill is excited to bring back the event, and hoping for another good turnout. “We don’t have anyone sign up ahead of time, just like the pet contest, so we don’t know what the response will be. I just hope people can have a sense of humor about it.” she said in a conversation about the festival happenings. Last year’s winners, Chris and Kristin Dalla Santa, certainly did. The couple sped through the course with a time of 38.68 seconds and posed, this time with the wife carrying the husband, for a victory photo.
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Above: Greg and Carlye Lowell of North Bend donned costumes and raced for glory, and beer, in last year’s wife-carrying contest. Top, right: 2014 wife-carrying contest winners Chris and Kristin Dalla Santa of North Bend reverse their roles when they pose in the winners circle. Right: Scott Massengill gets a running start while carrying Denise Fiedler in the inaugural wife-carrying competition at last year’s Festival at Mount Si.
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