Poetry and music sounded Sunday in Pioneer Park


HIS NAME AND PHOTO IN PRINT – Limerick poet Don Wick recited a few at Sunday’s poetry picnic. He last appearance in print was a 1980s limerick in the Ballard News Tribune. – Photo by Ken Stern

Could there be a more beautiful spot for poets and poetry than the sylvan glade of Pioneer Park?

Georgia Johnson doesn’t think so. “For 37 years I’ve driven across the bridge and past the park thinking, ‘we’ve got to get poetry happening here,’” she told listeners from the bandstand at the free “Make Me Wanna Holler” celebration sponsored by the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. “And now it’s happening!”

About 100 people of all ages enjoyed live music, live poetry and lunch in the park on Sunday, July 24. Three music sets and two poetry sets, including an open mic, s...

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