ARLINGTON — The Arlington Arts Council brought the eclectic folk music duo of "Tingstad & Rumbel" to the Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center to close out its Winter Music Festival on Feb. 16, but Arts Council President Sarah Arney assured the community that the year ahead offers an assortment of arts-themed activities.
Eric Tingstad of Sammamish and Nancy Rumbel of Issaquah hadn't performed at the Byrnes PAC adjoining Arlington High School since its grand opening in 2007. As the 28-year musical duo prepared instruments ranging from oboes and English horns to an array of ocarinas, they complimented the venue on its quality of design and service to the community.
Visitors to downtown Arlington will be able to make some music of their own this summer, after a second Boy Scout helps to complete the Arlington Arts Council's "Sound Garden" structure in Legion Park, by adding drums and bells to the existing xylophone.
"We raised $2,500 to finish it, and the Rotary Club of Arlington matched that with a grant of their own," Arney said. "The Arts Council added another $1,000 on top of that. It'll definitely be in place by this summer."
While Arney reminded Arlington residents and visitors alike to keep an eye out for the ninth annual "Art in the Barn" in June at the Yantis Farm, as well as the sixth annual "Art in the Park" in September at Legion Park, she credited Virginia Hatch with "going like gangbusters" to coordinate the youth art activities during the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival this year, and touted the monthly arts classes offered at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.
"This latest concert finishes off our grants from last year," Arney said. "We're still figuring out how we'll use our next set of grants, but we won't decide that until the fall."
For more information, log onto www.arlingtonartscouncil.net or call 360-403-3448.