Methow Arts Festival with Rabbit Wilde and Portland Taiko

Mon, July 4, 11:30-3pm, 2016

Plan_Multicultural_Japanese_Taiko29TH ANNUAL METHOW ARTS FEST

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Held in the Twisp River Park and starting just after the Independence Day Parade through Twisp, the festival offers something for everyone. The core activities are over a dozen art booths offering a variety of arts experiences for all ages.

Since 1987, Methow Arts Alliance has worked with the community to produce a unique arts festival at Twisp River Park. Held on the 4th of July annually, this community event features day-long entertainment, over 12 hands-on-art booths (hosted by a professional artists from the Artist in Residence roster for the Okanogan region) for children and adults, a local food zone, a pie eating contest, artist demonstrations, field games and much more!


9 drummers take the stage to celebrate this year’s theme of Rhythm. Experience the renowned Japanese kumidaiko performance group from Portland, Oregon. Kumidaiko is the Japanese art form of ensemble drumming, also well known as “taiko”, the Japanese word for drum. The sound of the Taiko will entertain, enthrall and enrich all that experience the power of the Taiko.

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Experience the stomping Indie folk pop quartet from Bellingham. ‘If you like dancing, forest landscapes, adventures, Colorado, the PNW, harmonious vocals, love stories, early mornings, late nights, local produce, or stdancerong coffee, you will love Rabbit Wilde…This is art and entertainment in a beautiful form.’ ~Ear To The Ground Music


The eleven women of HooDoo Marimba Ensemble are local to the Methow Valley. Much of our marimba music is based on the mbira, the ancient tribal instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. This instrument is deeply embedded in the Shona culture’s rituals and traditions dating back thousands of years. Their intricate interlocking polyrhythmic melodies were arranged for the marimba (singing wood) and is known worldwide for its joyful inspirational sound. In their fifth year together, the HooDoo Marimba players are Joyce Bergen,Anne Coghlan, Betsy Cushman, Nancy Farr, Annie Brubaker Filer, Linda Mendro, Mary McIvor, Barb Preston, Juliet Rhodes, Celeste Roberts, and their teacher, Barbara Hoffman.

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Aerial Arts and Paint Pendulum
with Sarah Prochnau,
Poi Dancing with Christina Stout,
Hoodoo Marimba.




Pendulum Painting, Tin Can Bongos & Shakers, Tie Dye, Copper Art with Barry Stromberger, Facepainting, Beaded Ankle Jingles, Copper Bubble Wands, Ribbon Sticks, Young At Art Music Arena and more. Kids ages 5-12 get 5 free booth tickets with their $5 entry. Additional booth tickets are $1 each. Booth fees help to cover the cost of materials. Art booth prices range in price from free to $10.

ARTIST Demos Dance, glass blowing, massage and more.

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A fresh mix of tantalizing options from our local food vendors: Tacos Jalisco, Rocking Horse Bakery, Twisp River Pub Hamburgers, FORK Food Truck, Iced Blue Star Coffee and Manja Pizza will be available for purchase. Please remember to bring cash. We will also offer a beer garden to quench your thirst. Remember to bring your ID. Cold brews, spiked lemonade, smooth wine and more.

pie eating The increasingly popular pie-eating contest will move to center stage so the rest of us can watch the hilarious battle of mouth, stomach, and will.

Day-long stage music and song is intriguing; and live music keeps the scene dynamic, as well as providing a vibrant backdrop for the many celebrations of art happening around the entire park.

(Photos courtesy of E.A. Weymuller.)

portland_taikoDATE: Mon, July 4th, 11:30-3pm; LOCATION: Twisp River Park, Twisp, WA; TICKETS:$29/GROUP PASS! Advance purchase group passes (admits 4 of any age with 5 booth tickets), $10/Adults, $5/kids 5-15 years (includes five free booth tickets with entry), under 5 years – free. Advance tickets: and Methow Arts. CONTACT: Methow Arts, 509.997.4004,