"Everything has a beginning somewhere and one thing leads to another, though they may not seem connected: from Bach to Baroque to Appalachian folk fiddling . Actually, those have some common elements." Yo Yo Ma
Yesterday I stopped by the site of the Olympic Music Festival and met renowned violist, Alan Iglitzin, at his home. I’ve passed the highway sign a hundred times, but have never ventured off the main road to discover this idyllic musical oasis. Mr. Iglitzin invited me into his home and we conversed about the beginnings of his festival. It was no doubt more beneficial to me than to Mr. Iglitzin, who has developed an incredible venue for top quality classical and later period performers and audiences. Congratulations to Alan Iglitzin and the OMF on their 30th anniversary!
What kind of music did George and Martha Washington hear and enjoy? Well, baroque of course! No doubt, there were also folk songs and “fiddling” by guests who entertained at Mount Vernon. We would like to see this kind of music, yes, all of the above; here at “Mount Vernon West”!
The inaugural Washington Music Festival will take place this summer on Saturday, July 20, 2013. It will include various ensembles playing music reminiscent of the era when our nation began.
In celebration of its fifth anniversary, George Washington Inn and Estate with its panoramic views, will provide the backdrop for this exciting event. The sunny weather on the North Olympic Peninsula attracts many visitors to its famous “blue hole”, also known as the Olympic Rain Shadow. The incredible experience will allow you to enjoy Sequim’s famous 17 year old agri-tourism event in the heart of America’s Provence which has become known as the Sequim Lavender Weekend. The setting for this inaugural music festival is a beautiful 10 acre lavender farm with a replica of George and Martha Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon as its iconic focal point.
Make plans to bring your lawn chairs or blanket, relax on the inn’s front lawn and enjoy some of the finest baroque and early American folk music as it wafts through the ocean air from under the portico of George Washington Inn.
Other Interesting Facts About the Area:
Average annual rainfall: 16 inches Sunny days per year: 306 Miles of hiking trails in nearby Olympic National Park: 600 Number of glaciers in the Olympic mountains: 266 Number of bird species in Dungeness Wildlife Refuge: 250 Number of elk roaming the Sequim area: 50-60