Come June 21, all of Federal Way will be moving to music.
For the first time in the city, the Federal Way Lions Club have worked to bring Make Music here to get community members involved in different forms of music, from playing recorders to learning guitar to dancing.
Janine Barber and Dorothy Burt with the Federal Way Lions Club said they are excited to see their hard work pay off when this event finally begins.
Town Square Park and both public libraries are going to hold events during Federal Way’s first ever Make Music Federal Way, with events like drum circles, community sing-alongs, and make-your-own-instrument workshops.
There will be events for all ages throughout the day.
The Lions Club wanted to ensure this event showcased the diversity already present in the Federal Way community, with organizations like Peleese Siva, which aims to reduce youth inequality in disadvantaged communities.
Gaylen Floy with the South Sound Council of the Blind will also be teaching blues harmonica during the event.
Barber said the Lions Club was just awarded a $1,500 4Culture grant for the event, which they are using to bring a videographer here to capture the first of what they hope to become an annual event.
“It’s like Woodstock is coming to Federal Way,” Barber chuckled.
According to Barber, New York has graciously offered to donate 40 harmonicas and drumsticks to Federal Way for the event.
Bloodworks Northwest will also be on site for those who wish to donate blood.
According to their website, Make Music Day-Federal Way is a celebration of the first day of summer.
“June 21st, 2019 will be the first Make Music Day for the City of Federal Way, which has more than 94k residents,” the website reads in part.
Barber said their list of people participating in this first-ever Federal Way event keep growing, and the Lions Club is excited to see what the actual day brings.
Make Music is a nation-wide event that originally began in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique.
Now, every year on June 21, it’s held in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.
Among others, in attendance at the event will be Blood Works, South King Fire & Rescue, Federal Way Lions Club, d’Aigle Authoharps, Do the Right Thing, Federal Way Chorale, Music & Arts, Peleese Siva, the Performing Arts and Events Center, South King Council of the Blind, and the Washington Diamond Drill Team.
A schedule of the day’s events at Town Square Park, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m., include the presentation of the flag, an address by Mayor Jim Ferrell, sing-alongs, guitar lessons, and tons of music.
Of the event, Ferrell said “”It’s exciting that Jan Barber and the rest of the Lions Club are starting a new tradition in Federal Way with this event. From our parks staff to here in the Mayor’s Office, we’ve seen firsthand how much work they have put into organizing and planning this event. Live music can have a great impact on a community, and we hope Make Music Federal Way will be something that is welcomed in our community on June 21 and for years to come.”
For more information, visit www.makemusicday.org/federalway.