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Land trust's StreamFest mixes learning with fun

Participants in this year's StreamFest at Ennis Arbor Farm, Sept. 6-7, will be able to gain inspiration and information for enjoying and taking care of natural and cultural assets while walking, eating, shopping and listening to music.

During the 3-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. events, three walks to Ennis Creek and three to four walks on more level trails are scheduled each day. One of those will be a birding walk led by Dungeness River Audubon Center director Bob Boekelheide. On Sunday, participants can learn from Patty McManus-Huber, Sequim, and Alfredo Quarto, Port Angeles, about supporting environmentally harmonious food production in a new Big Tree Circle area and find inspiration from Sequim area resident and storyteller Alice Susong as she tells what almost happened to Itsy Bitsy Spider and his friends in a contaminated watershed.

Joy Siemion, owner of Joy's Wine Bistro, has organized StreamFest's first smorgasbord as a way to experience fresh and tasty produce from local farms and nearby waters.

StreamFest silent auction shoppers will be able to learn from Port Angeles artist Clark Mundy while he demonstrates and talks about the hand-hammered copper fish he creates. "Elwha Jumper," the piece he donated to this year's auction, depicts a young fish that could be a salmon or steelhead leaping toward a fly. Sequim resident John Alevras created the hand-tied fly. Mundy and fellow artists Darrell Charles Jr. and Albert Charles Jr., both members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, also created the 6-foot-long "Elwha Return," which hangs in the entry of the Clallam County Courthouse. That artwork already has raised about $10,000 for the land trust through donations for listings on a nearby plaque that enable donors to show their own support for the land trust 's work and honor and memorialize others.

Mundy said the Coast Salish native design work used for all the salmon is a tribute to the Klallam people and their commitment to the salmon and other wildlife of the region.

"I give my art to the land trust to help it protect the habitat lands the fish must have," he said. "I am very happy that my artwork has inspired others to donate to the land trust 's work. It's one thing I can do!"

A list of auction items will be available Saturday and they will be on display from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, when bidding will close.

Participants can choose to join parades at 5:30 p.m. Saturday or 3:30 p.m. Sunday or just sit back and enjoy them. StreamFest's first "Procession of the Species" offers an opportunity to create costumes and masks from recycled materials at the event or in advance that celebrate favorite animals and plants.

Even the StreamFest music will support the emphasis on enjoying what's local. Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 15, is following a "Homegrown Hoedown" theme by presenting groups of musicians from across the North Olympic Peninsula, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday and encouraging all musicians to bring their instruments and join in jam sessions both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to StreamFest at Ennis Arbor Farm continues to be free. Tickets for the full smorgasbord are available for $18 each from Port Book and News and Feiro Marine Life Center, in Port Angeles; Pacific Mist Books, Sequim; and Sunny Farms Country Store's Farm and Garden Store, between Sequim and Port Angeles. Small-plate and meatless versions can be purchased at the event for $5 to $10, as long as food supplies last. Continuous shuttles between the StreamFest at Ennis Arbor Farm and parking at the Eagles, U.S. Highway 101 and Penn Street, on the east side of Port Angeles, also are free. Ennis Arbor Farm's StreamFest entry is opposite Peninsula Golf Club, in the 800 block of Lindberg Road.

Insider's tour tickets are available only through the land trust office, 417-1815. They are $60 each and cover transportation and guiding to significant salmon restoration and protection sites in the Salt Creek watershed and a picnic lunch. The 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tour will leave from Albertson's, 114 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

More information, including possibilities for arranging for special needs accommodations, is available from the land trust office, 417-1815, or www.

northolympiclandtrust.org.

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