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Posted on Oct 6, 2018

Lots of attractions planned for new Celebration of Cultures at Heritage Park

Seeking to unify cultures and have people learn from one another, the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum will host A Celebration of Cultures on Oct. 13, starting at 10 a.m.
The event is making “sort of a comeback,” the museum’s Harriet Weber said, noting that the community hosted a similar celebration in 2007, to commemorate Quincy’s 100th birthday.
However, that event differs from this one.
The 2007 event featured a parade and foods from different countries, and it happened downtown. This year’s celebration is on the museum grounds, at 415 F St. SW, Quincy, otherwise known as the Heritage Park, and will offer plenty more, Weber said.
“The idea is to share all of our cultures with each other, but also to bring our community together,” she said. “We are all Quincy.”

The Quincy Heritage Park is the site for the Celebration of Cultures. In this photo, the new Heritage Barn is under construction, but it will be open for Celebration of Cultures.
Photo by Dave Burgess/Post-Register

A broad variety of music, dance, arts, food booths from eight countries (Holland, India, Sweden, Mexico, England, Germany, Japan and the U.S.) and flags will be on display, alongside performances from traditional Mexican music ensemble Mariachi Huenachi, opening the event at 10 a.m. The event is scheduled to run until 3 p.m.
Performers also include traditional Irish-step dancer Toby Black, Seattle-based classical Indian dance troupe Kalalaya, (Kal-ah-LYE-yuh) and the Quincy High School Choir, which will singing the national anthem and a medley American songs.
In addition, Mary Anne Webley will host a black-and-white exhibit of her own photographs, titled “Faces of Quincy.” The Boruff family will offer pony rides, and the Wanapum Heritage Center will have its mobile museum on site, as well.
Wenatchi tribe member Arnold Cleveland will hold a presentation on Indian life in Central Washington, and Bertha Dearie will hold a presentation on Dia De Los Muertos.
David Fenner, an affiliate lecturer at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies will give a presentation titled “Tapestry of Faith: Religious Diversity in the Middle East.”
In addition to an invocation, a speech by Mayor Paul Worley and a parade of flags, members of the American Legion will do the presentation of the colors and introduce a new flag pole, donated by the Legion’s Mark Owens.
“We have a lot of things going on,” Weber said.
Admission to the event is free, but tickets for the pony rides will be $5 and $2 for the food tasting area.
The Celebration of Cultures will also serve as a replacement to Harvest Days, an autumn festival that ran for 16 years, until 2017.
Some aspects of Harvest Days will remain during Celebration of Cultures, like the apple cider pressing, and the summer kitchen, which shows people how to make pioneer-era food.
“Everything else is different,” Weber said.

By Sebastian Moraga,