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16-039 Family dance events in July and August at Cama Beach Historical State Park

Square dancers at Cama Beach Historical State Park

Outstanding callers, live music and free instruction 

OLYMPIA – June 29, 2016 – The Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to “Kick Up Your Heels and Dance,” a series of family dances with live music this summer at Cama Beach Historical State Park.

The free dances are from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday July 16 and 30 and August 27 at the Cama Center at Cama Beach Historical State Park, 1880 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island.  (Directions:

Family square dances were a traditional part of 1930s summer activities at Cama Beach when the state park was a fishing resort. The summer dance series brings live music and experienced callers whose aim is to get everyone on their feet and dancing. Each family-oriented dance is open to all ages and all levels. Callers will teach circle dances, square dances and contra dances.   

July 16: Family Square Dance with music by Risky Chicken and Alex MacLeod, Caller

July 30: Family Dance with music by Forrest Carroll and Friends and Amy Carroll, Caller

Aug. 27: Family Dance with music by the Hot Pepper String Band and Sherry Nevins, Caller

All of the programs are free of charge. 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.

[Note to media: Photos are available upon request]

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program

The dances at Cama Beach State Park are part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts in the Parks program, including upcoming events, visit: or contact Debbie Fant, Program Coordinator, at or 360-902-8635.

About Cama Beach Historical State Park

Cama Beach Historical 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 about Cama Beach Historical State Park, including how to reserve a cabin, 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:                         

Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604
Debbie Fant, (360) 902-8635

Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:
(800) 833-6388


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