Icicle TV, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 09:17 Leah Ricketts
Wild & Scenic put on it’s second annual bluegrass festival this past weekend at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Multiple bands on two separate stages played throughout the day on Saturday under blue skies and sunshine.
Roughly 300 ticket holders attended the festival, plus another 50 volunteers and 50 performers and over $3000 was raised. Money will go towards WSI 2013 programs, specifically the 13th annual Skagit River salmon and bald eagle float in Marblemount on Saturday January 12th and the 9th annual Sauk river hike bike and boat in Darrington on Saturday may 11th. Both programs will serve disabled, homeless, refugee/ESL and low income youth and children from our partner organizations – Rehab Without Walls, Tukwila School District, South Park Community Center, Seattle Parks and Rec Special Pops., Youthcare, Neighborhood House, Refugee Womens Alliance and more.
Each program is designed to teach individuals the about beauty of the cascades and empower them with the skills to raft, hike and cycle our local rivers and mountains. WSI believes these activities will inspire a generation of environmental stewards and can be presented in a way that celebrates diversity and balances our social, cultural, financial and physical differences.
While the festival proved to be a lot of fun for everyone – including some long time WSI participants, organizers hope it also gains them the visibility that will help them to grow as an organization. Because WSI is completely volunteer run and has no paid staff, they do need more volunteers, donors and children to be moved by their mission and jump on board.