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Children admitted free for folk performances at Maryhill Museum

First Sunday to feature Romanian folk performances

Maryhill Museum will kick off its summer series of First Sundays: Art Fun Days on Sunday, May 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a program of festive Romanian folk performances.

The program is open to all ages and children under 17 are free with one paid adult.

The program will include traditional folk dances and music by the Transylvania Group led by Daniel Crucian and the Lira Choir, directed by Lucia Gocan Badiceanu, performing Romanian folk and Christian songs.

Also featured will be classical Romanian flute music by Viorel Badiceanu and the dynamic folk duo of Dumitru Petran on violin with Tomita Sava on guitar. Spotlighted in the program will be the children's dance troupe, Tulnicul, performing the treasured Alunelul dance (little hazelnut).

"Bring your entire family for an afternoon of fun activity and exploration," said Courtney Spousta, curator of education. "Try your hand at creating a Queen Marie crown of your very own and explore our beautiful Queen Marie of Romania exhibit. It'll be a great day for families to visit Maryhill. There will even be traditional Romanian sweets to taste."

Queen Marie of Romania (1875-1938) visited the Northwest, dedicated Maryhill Museum in 1926, and donated many royal artifacts to its permanent collections including her stunning coronation gown and jewelry.

The First Sunday: Art Fun Days at Maryhill are held on the first Sunday of the month, through August and include arts programs for all ages.

There are art making projects in the Eye See Resource Room and programs related to the museum's exhibitions. On June 6, the program includes a chess game with live performers as chess pieces and Renaissance music while on July 4 it will be about making a flag with Red, White, and Blue.

The theme on August 1 will be Quinnault Indian, Harvest Moon telling stories about plants and artist Marilyn Wold will lead a natural fiber paper making session.

Children under 17 are admitted free to the First Sundays programs with one paid adult admission.


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