12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

Dozens of boats wait patiently at the starting line to dig their oars into the water. Crowds of people watch them, their patience thinning quickly from all the excitement. The dragon boat race is seconds away from commencing.

St. Martin’s University will host the 12th annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, April 29. The free event will consist of music, performances and, of course, the boat race. Among the highly anticipated performances at the festival are the St. Martin’s University Hawaii Club performers, the Taiko Drum Group from River Ridge High School, and the Lion dance. Event organizers expect this year’s festival to attract between 5,000 and 6,000 people.

According to Sally Henry, the university’s development associate of fundraising events, over 50 teams from Portland to Seattle are participating in this year’s event. She says each team consists of 20–24 paddlers competing in one of four divisions: community (novices), women’s, competitive mixed and juniors. “We provide the training and equipment for all the community teams,” says Henry, “if there is a community organization interested in participating. It’s a great team-building opportunity.”

A tradition that dates back to fourth-century China, dragon boat racing is said to commemorate famed poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into the Milo River to protest the political turmoil and suffering of the people at that time. Today dragon boat races are an opportunity to celebrate culture and community, says Henry, adding, “We hope attendees will enjoy this unique cultural experience, feel a sense of community, and experience St. Martin’s University at its best.”

Josephine Yung, the university’s vice president of international programs and development, notes that St. Martin’s has been an integral part of the community since 1895. “We always want to give back to the community and create a cultural event to bring together community, have fun and celebrate diversity.”

St. Martin’s University 12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia

Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


images by: Joe Saladino

America’s Automotive Trust

The Future of America’s Automotive Heritage


“It’s important that vintage and modern collectible vehicles continue to be restored, driven and enjoyed,” says David Madeira, CEO of the new not-for-profit America’s Automotive Trust. The work of AAT, which was announced this summer, will be to ensure that “our nation’s automotive legacy is celebrated” and that the skills and knowledge necessary to sup-port the future of the collector community are transferred to the next generation.According to Madeira, AAT has four founding institutions: Le-May – America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto and Concours Club. He emphasizes that collaboration in strategic planning and programs reduces redundancies and facilitates the first concerted efforts to secure America’s automotive heritage. He adds that organizations interested in preserving America’s automotive legacy are welcome to join and benefit from AAT’s capabilities.Each of the founding organizations has a distinct role within AAT as part of the Trust’s larger heritage effort, as outlined by Madeira:

  • LeMay – America’s Car Museum: ACM is the repository for automotive treasures and a gathering place for enthusiasts, with educational programs for all ages, rotating exhibits and events.
  • RPM Foundation: Formerly known as the Hagerty Education Program at ACM, the foundation helps accelerate the growth of the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftsmen through formal training and mentorship.
  • Club Auto: Promoting America’s automotive legacy to a broader audience, Club Auto produces driving days, race events, track days and other activities for enthusiasts of collectible and modern vehicles.
  • Concours Club: Members of this high-level philanthropic organization are the ambassadors and advisers to the Trust, and are essential to ensuring a vibrant future for auto enthusiasts

“By creating an alliance of like-minded organizations, our vi-sion for continuing America’s rich automotive pastime can have a greater impact on the millions of collector car enthusi-asts around the globe,” concludes Madeira. “A coalition … is vital to securing America’s automotive heritage and building an endowment to support those that share in that vision.”


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