Native American Celebration in Marblemount

It’s our annual Native American Celebration in Marblemount – enjoy storytelling, history, music and more!
Indian Fry Bread & Tacos available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All activities are at the Marblemount Community Hall, 60155 State Route 20, Marblemount, WA.
In honor of the 2018 Skagit Eagle Festival.

Featuring Special Guests:
Rosy Cayou, Historian of the Samish Indian Nation
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Rosy Cayou of Guemes Island, along with Indian Drummer Tsi;-Ton from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe/ Samish Island Nation, will share history and legends through stories and song.

Peter Ali, Native American Flutist
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Peter is a self-taught flutist, creating music not from notes on a page but from the spirit within. Each performance is unique. Peter plays a variety of native flutes and shares their stories as well as those of his rich ethnic heritage.

A Walk on the Wild Side – with Leah Serna

Join wildlife photographer Leah Serna (www.leahsernaphotography.com) as she discusses her travels through Canada, Idaho, Montana and beyond to capture her amazing images of grizzlies, moose, eagles, owls and wolves. Find out what it takes to walk on the wild side — where to go, when to go — and why she goes! You’ll enjoy her stories and be inspired by her images on the big screen.
Free, no reservations required. Please don’t be late!

Free Photo Presentation & Discussion: “A Walk on the Wild Side”
Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street, Concrete www.concrete-theatre.com
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Questions? Contact Valerie Stafford: Valerie@concrete-theatre.com  (360) 466-8754

Free Photography Workshop January 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Skagit Eagle Festival continues with some fun and fascinating activities in Marblemount, Rockport and Concrete, including this free photography workshop at the historic Concrete Theatre.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see Andy Porter’s amazing images on a huge screen — with Andy there to tell you how and where he captured them!

Mark your calendar!
Saturday, January 20
Starts at 11:00 a.m. – don’t be late!
Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street
No reservations required
Everyone welcome

Photographer Andy Porter (www.andyporterimages.com) will discuss subject placement, the Rule of Thirds, use of leading lines, framing, reflections and much more. Free admission; coffee available for purchase. Questions? Contact:  Valerie@concrete-theatre.com or (360) 466-8754

Andy says…
“Photography for me has always been bound with outdoor adventure. I never had an interest in taking pictures until I started to go backpacking. Then it seemed like a necessity, you know, the packing list was: backpack, tent, camera, sleeping bag, stove, food…it never occurred to me that you could go out on a trip with a way to capture the images. Of course taking pictures, good ones, is harder than it looks! But once you start to get the hang of it, what a joy!

I have heard more than once that “You take nice pictures; you must have a nice camera.” (This still makes me smile) But I have always felt that a great part of taking beautiful pictures is going to cool places! And of course that’s what makes it so much fun! The planning, the trip itself, being there, in the outdoors, that’s the best part. Being able to capture some part of the look and feel of the place is an extra bonus. It helps to keep the memory alive and makes it possible to communicate some small part of what it was like to others. That’s what photography means to me!

Now that I am living in Skagit Valley every day is like a trip or excursion! There is always something beautiful to see.

So taking awesome photos is as simple as remembering to take the camera with me when I leave the house every day! Just knowing that possibility exists makes me smile!”

Have photos to share? Please use the hashtag#SkagitEagleFestival2018

Learn About Eagles with David Hancock

Free Presentation: “The Recovery of the Magnificent Bald Eagles of Washington & British Columbia”

Looking for something warmer? Come in out of the cold, and join us at the Concrete Theatre for a presentation by David Hancock.

Saturday, January 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Contact: Valerie@concrete-theatre.com, 360-466-8754

David Hancock is a biologist, conservationist, writer, publisher, and lecturer. He has spent most of his life studying west coast and arctic wildlife. David received worldwide acclaim given to the Live Bald Eagle Video Cam which he pioneered streaming on the Internet. He is an enthusiastic and dynamic lecturer and has a fine collection of slides to illustrate a number of themes. He has published scientific and popular papers on whales, seals, seabirds, grouse, and his specialty, the northern raptors. Prior to starting Hancock House Publishers, David was a pilot and wildlife film producer and produced films on these subjects as well as the Haida and other northern Native cultures. His books include The Bald Eagles of Alaska, BC and Washington, Rocky Mountain Wildlife, and The Tlingit:Their Art & Culture, Story of Eagle.

www.hancockwildlife.org

 

 

The Salmon Run – Skagit Eagle Festival

Join us Saturday January 6, 2018 for the 5K Salmon Run or Nature Walk!

This is a unique 5K trail run that takes you through the beautiful 580 acre Double O Ranch along the Skagit River. Registration is only $20 and includes a warm knit hat, healthy snacks, cocoa, and a bonfire. If you’re not a runner, that’s okay! Just come and enjoy a free walk on the ranch for a chance to see eagles, osprey, deer, elk, and beaver. The views are amazing making this an event you don’t want to miss!

Double O Ranch

46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Rd, Concrete

breakfast@ovenells-inn.com

www.doubleoranchllc.com/about

360-853-8494

5K Registration 9:30 a.m., 5K Run 10:00 a.m.

Walk anytime between 9:30 a.m. – noon

 

Can’t wait for the Skagit Eagle Festival in January?

We can’t wait for the Skagit Eagle Festival to begin, either! And in fact, you don’t have to wait — there are activities going on right now! You can visit Rockport State Park, the US Forest Service Eagle Watcher Volunteers, and the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center during the month of December.

Rockport State Park’s Discovery Center, Fridays through Saturdays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, offers free refreshments, interactive displays, nature videos, books and crafts. Children ages 5 and up can participate in the Junior Ranger program which consists of age-appropriate opportunities (an activity booklet and a guided hike) to learn, play and protect natural spaces.

Free, guided tours depart at 11:00 am, noon, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm; Rockport State Park staff, volunteers and guest speakers will lead guests on a ½ mile, 45 minute educational walk under a dense canopy of maples and old-growth evergreens – including the 500 year old Grandmother Cedar. During the hike, the guides will discuss the ecosystems that keep forests healthy. A Discover Pass is required for entry to the park; program participation is free. parks.state.wa.us/574/Rockport

The US Forest Service Eagle Watcher Volunteers are available on weekends to assist the public’s viewing by providing tips and allowing use of their high quality spotting scopes and binoculars. The volunteers set up their outdoor base in the day use area of Howard Miller Steelhead Park. Additional sites are manned at the milepost 100 turnout and the Marblemount Fish Hatchery. The hatchery also offers self-guided tours with educational videos. Skagiteaglewatchers.wordpress.com

Howard Miller Steelhead Park also houses the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on weekends as well as weekdays for Dec 26-30. Each Saturday and Sunday, starting Dec 9, there are guided hikes along the Skagit River at 11:00 am. Guest speakers’ presentations are given on Saturdays at 1:00 pm.

Stay tuned for more Skagit Eagle Festival activity announcements!

The Skagit Eagle Festival

The Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January. During December and January Visit the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park (Saturdays and Sundays) or Rockport State Park (Fridays – Sundays) for a variety of free tours, walks, and educational programs where you’ll learn not only about these majestic birds, but also about a variety of wildlife and the beautiful areas along the Skagit River where they live or return each year.

Bald eagles, among the largest birds of prey, are opportunistic meat eaters often seen in local parks and greenbelts. Their winter migration to the North Cascades provides an opportunity to observe and photograph them in groups, feeding along riverbeds or roosting in trees in numbers that only occur from December to February when they come from as far away as Alaska to feast on carcasses of salmon that spawn, then die, along the upper Skagit River. Get up close and personal with a self-guided tour of the Marblemount Fish Hatchery, a visit with a Forest Service Eagle Watcher Volunteer (at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Milepost 100, or the Marblemount Fish Hatchery) or a-3 hour heated drift boat tour with Skagit River Guide Service (1-888-6-SKAGIT)

Special presentations during the Skagit Eagle Festival will teach you about a year in the life of an eagle, how to photograph wildlife and scenery, and much more. Each full weekend in January offers a variety of events starting off with the 5K Salmon Run/Walk at Ovenell’s Hertiage Inn on January 6. Marblemount Community Hall offers a day (Jan 13) dedicated to Native American Heritage and the Concrete Theatre offers free photography workshops. Bring your camera, dress for unpredictable winter weather, and come join us for one of the most uplifting and entertaining events of the year!

Concrete Ghost Walk 2017

Only One More Chance to enjoy the Concrete Ghost Walk
Final Tour: Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00 p.m. at the Concrete Theatre
Tickets required in advance.
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