Children, food, story, and song are all great ways for people to connect. Lummi / Island Story & Song is an event that will bring together Lummi Nation and Island neighbors to listen to stories, enjoy songs, and break bread together at Lummi Island's Beach School, 3:30 - 6:30pm on Saturday, April 15. There is no charge to attend this event and all are welcome.
Three Lummi Nation and three Lummi Island groups will each share roughly 10 minutes of music and stories at this family-friendly event lasting just over an hour. Participants include hereditary chief Bill James, the Blackhawk Singers, storyteller Solomon Lawrence, the Beach School Choir lead by Ingrid McGarry, Julie Trimingham, and others. A community table will offer space for Lummi Nation and Island organizations to share information about community programs. An art table will offer activities for children, some from the Garden of the Salish Sea curriculum.
Food is an integral part of culture – so breaking bread together is an important part of this event. Matt Ballew, a traditional fish cook from Lummi Nation, and Tess Winds-Johnson, owner of the Beach Store Cafe on Lummi Island, will collaborate on a salmon dinner. Sidedishes will be provided, potluck style, by attending island families. Island volunteers will set-up and clean-up. Please contact Tess at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up to participate in the potluck, as we are relying on the island community to welcome and host our neighbors from across the water.
On April 15, mainlanders taking the 3:10pm ferry across to the Island will be transported from the ferry dock to Beach School by the school's bus. Performances start at 3:30pm, followed by dinner at 5pm. The bus will return guests in time for the 7pm ferry.
Lummi / Island Story & Song is funded by a Project Neighborly Grant through the Whatcom Community Foundation. Lummi Island Foundation for Education (LIFE), the Beach School PTO, Lawrence Solomon, Rena Priest, and Julie Trimingham are collaborating on the organization of the event. For more information, please contact Julie at email@example.com.