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Posted on: October 2, 2015

15-072 Family dance returns to Cama Beach State Park

No experience needed; instruction provided

OLYMPIA – Oct. 2, 2015 – The Washington State Parks’ Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to a family dance at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.

The free family-friendly event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17, at the Cama Center at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island. (Directions:

Members of two local bands, Squirrel Butter and Peckin’ Out Dough, will combine forces to provide live music with fiddles, banjos and guitars. The performers will also give dance instruction for  beginning and experienced participants. 

Fresh from a recent guest spot on National Public Radio’s “Prairie Home Companion,” the duo Squirrel Butter performs traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band and blues artists from the late 1800s through the 1950s.  Charlie Beck is a virtuoso on the banjo, fiddle and steel guitar; Charmaine Slaven plays fiddle and guitar and will call the dances—a mixture of circle, square and line dances. 

Joining Squirrel Butter will be two members of Peckin' Out Dough, a square dance band that hails from Seattle featuring guitarist Catherine Alexander and fiddler Tony Mates. 

There is no charge to attend this dance. A Discover Pass is required for parking at Cama Beach. All concerts are accessible to persons with disabilities. For special accommodations, please call the park at (360) 387-1550 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.
About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program
The Oct. 17 dance at Cama Beach State Park is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures and presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The program is a partnership of Washington State Parks and Northwest Heritage Resources, with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit: or contact Debbie Fant, Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator, at or 360-902-8635. 

About Cama Beach State Park
Cama Beach State Park is set in a spectacular, 433-acre waterfront location against a forested backdrop on the southwest shore of Camano Island facing Saratoga Passage. Cama Beach offers visitors a chance to step back in time to a 1930s-era Puget Sound fishing resort, complete with waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows.  The park is connected by a mile-long trail to Camano Island State Park, a 134-acre camping park. Both parks are open for day use or overnight stays year-round. For more information, visit: 


About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

Media contacts:
Debbie Fant,  (360) 902-8635 
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388



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