Fort Nisqually comes to life with the sound of music

Sing-along with the Pacific Northwest Sacred Harp Singers from 2-4 pm on Saturday, February 2 at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Point Defiance Park. The performance is free with Fort admission.

Sacred Harp singing, also called fasola singing or shape-note singing, is a community musical and social activity, emphasizing participation, not performance. Everyone is invited to come and sing (or just listen), regardless of musical experience or ability.

Shape-note singing has been around since the 18th century both in Europe and North America. The shape-note system simplifies sight-reading music and is done a cappella.

People with all levels musical experience, from none to highly trained, can participate together. The music will be sung from The Sacred Harp, a songbook originally published in 1844 and still in print today. Any type, quality, or range of voice will find a comfortable and important place within its 4-part harmonies. Fort Nisqually is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. It provides a rare setting for all generations to explore the early history of our state and learn about the life experiences of those who settled here. Re-enactors in period clothing bring the 1850s to life during the Fort’s winter hours: 11 am-4 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

Enjoy special admission rates through February 28 and banish the rainy day doldrums while exercising your brain and body.

Admission through February: $5 adults $4 youth (ages 4-17) $20 family (2 adults and a maximum of 4 kids)