Father’s Day concert to benefit Peace Arch park playground

Published on Wed, Jun 10, 2009
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Washington State Music Teachers Association “Composer of the Year” Victoria Sabo, with her husband Dan, will perform a benefit piano concert at 7:30 p.m. June 21, at the Blaine Performing Arts Center.

Admission is by donation and proceeds will be used to replace aging playground equipment at Peace Arch State Park.

Park manager Jason Snow said the playground equipment currently in use has reached its life expectancy and is deteriorating to the point where it needs to be removed.

Unfortunately, because of the state’s budget crisis, park staff is required to find their own sources to replace the equipment.

If they are unable to secure adequate funding, Snow said Whatcom County will soon be without a safe attraction, in a beautiful outdoor setting, for children to enjoy.

Snow said he hopes to reach his goal of a minimum $35,000 needed to buy a set of basic commercial-grade, industrial-strength playground equipment with enough features to keep a dozen kids active at the same time. A moderately elaborate set, with at least 25 different activities, can cost $50,000 to $70,000, he said.

The Sabo’s program will include a public performance of Sabo’s award-winning, two-piano composition, “Silverheels.”

The Sabos completed graduate studies at St. Olaf College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin. They continued with four years of study in Paris and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Brussels, where, with top distinction, they were awarded the Higher Diploma in Chamber Music. The concert is sponsored by Blaine author and historian, Richard Clark with support from staff and friends of Peace Arch State Park.