ARLINGTON — While the seventh annual Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival promises a full day of activities and exhibits on Saturday, Feb. 1, many of the festivities will get a head-start on Friday, Jan. 31.
The Eagle Festival's Friday events are set to include paddle-rafting on the Stillaguamish River heading out from Haller Park at 10:30 a.m., the first of two days of the Country Carvers Chainsaw Carving Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Legion Park, the Art Show reception — with wine-tasting, a chamber concert and the haiku poetry contest entries on display — at Magnolia Hall from 5-8 p.m., and live musical entertainment kicking off at 7:30 p.m. at the Mirkwood & Shire Cafe.
"The three winning haiku poems will be imprinted in concrete in a plaza area as part of the 67th Avenue project," said city of Arlington Recreation Manager Sarah Lopez, who's also proud to present the Rock, Paper, Scissors Art Show at Magnolia Hall on Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m."We're excited to host the Marysville Rock & Gem Club, as well as the Monroe Gold N Gem Prospecting Association, and Arlington Arts Council members Sharon Johnson and Virginia Hatch have been working hard to gather a great group of textile artists to demonstrate their skills at the Nature Art Show."
With those two groups serving as the "Rock" and "Scissors" of the show, the Arts Council will additionally represent "Paper" through its annual Eagle Photo Contest.
That Saturday will also feature two "Predators of the Heart" wild animal shows sponsored by Calvary Arlington — at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Eagle Creek Elementary — which Lopez expects should free up more floorspace in the Arlington City Council Chambers for the return of the Sarvey Wildlife Center's open house from noon to 4 p.m.
"You can see Sarvey's live birds of prey, just like the Seahawks," Lopez laughed, before she also recommended the 9-10 a.m. tour of the city's storm water wetland and Eagle Trail on Feb. 1, as well as birdwatching at the Port Susan Bay Nature Conservancy from 10 a.m. to noon that same Saturday. "Hopefully our decent weather will hold out, so that lots of people will want to check it out."
"The Eagle Festival is a great opportunity, on these short winter days, to get the kids outside and have some fun," city of Arlington Natural Resources Director Bill Blake said. "This is definitely an event for the entire family, with a variety of things to see and do, and it's free."
To learn more about the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival, log onto www.arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest.