Trout Lake Newswriters
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527
Laurie West, 395-9330
Of course you already know that the Saturday Market is open and thriving, each and every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Bread, cinnamon rolls, baked goods, crafts, photography, sometimes produce, and quilts, quilts, quilts. Stop by, meet and greet, and get a jump on your Christmas presents, or your present for any occasion. If you haven't seen the Fair quilt, be careful. Seeing this beautiful Dresden Plate pattern quilt will make you want to spend all your money buying raffle tickets. The market is open from 10 to 5, but the rolls disappear early.
Speaking of Labor Day, there is still time to get donations to Coralee Warner for the Community Foundation rummage sale. This is a big fundraiser for the Foundation, which provides scholarships to Trout Lake graduates for higher education.
The Community Foundation will also hold its annual silent auction at the Fair. Items include one-of-a-kind pieces by local residents, great food and wine deals, recreational opportunities, and much more. Something for everyone.
Other Fair news. The Baking Contest adult entry age has been lowered, and now includes those 15 and older. Our teen bakers wanted to compete with the best, so here's their chance. Watch out, the rest of you. These younger folks have lots of energy to rattle those pots and pans.
Jonah will be setting up a zip line, which the public can ride for a fee after the children's games. The zip line is a dismount from a high platform, like those used in the ROPS courses, and the ride is reputed to be a thrill.
The Friday night potluck is not to be missed. This year's entertainment includes the award-winning Trout Lake School Band and our own Bill Smith singing folk songs. Last name A through K, bring dessert, L through Z bring salad or side.
Fair run, fun run, photo contest, parade, barn dance, timber contest, children's games, too much fun to list everything here. Read your program, and you will see. And don't forget to bring those vegetables and flowers for the exhibit. Win a one-of-a-kind Trout Lake Fair flowerpot, painted specially for this event. Good for planting, or to wear on your head at a costume party.
The Northwest Service Academy invites you to an open house on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. at the NWSA center on the Forest Service compound. They will be sharing their projects, answering questions, and explaining the hands-on service that AmeriCorps members do to address environmental needs in communities in Washington. They request an RSVP by Aug. 3 to Rose at (360) 750-7500, but I'm sure you can also call the local office at 395-3469. If you are not familiar with this great program, now is your chance. It is refreshing to see the great spirit that AmeriCorps members bring to the important work they do.
Close to home, AmeriCorps is sponsoring a Farm Wheel Trout in Hood River on Aug. 12 and in Trout Lake on Aug. 19. This leisurely bike tour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will visit a variety of farming operations including dairies, orchards, herb farms, and more. In addition, participants will be joined by historians, archaeologists, naturalists, and geologists who will share their knowledge of the area. The cost per ride is $45, which includes lunch. Proceeds will go to the Mount Adams Center Educational Garden Project. Contact Kji McIntyre at 509-395-2706 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Friends of Mt. Adams annual summer gathering is planned for Aug. 12 and 13. Darryl and Darvel Lloyd will each lead two strenuous hikes on the SE and SW sides of Mt. Adams. These hikes will go, respectively, to the Ridge of Wonders, Bird Creek Meadows Grand Loop, and Crofton Ridge. Hikes are limited to 10 people each, so you must RSVP to Darryl Lloyd at (541) 387-2217. If there is enough demand, easier hikes will be offered in Bird Creek Meadows and/or Hellroaring Valley. There is a potluck on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Trailhead B&B. Call Ray Thygesen at 395-2318 for more information. The potluck will be followed by the annual business meeting, which should not be long.
News Flash. There will be a Trout Lake team running the Hood to Coast this year. Katy McKinney is organizing the co-ed team. How great is that? If you want a terrific excuse to go to Seaside, this is surely it. You can watch them stagger, winded and dazed, across the finish line. No, that's wrong. Picture a Rocky finish, triumphant, which is the way that anyone who runs the Hood to Coast deserves to feel. Each team has to provide volunteers as well as runners. I don't know if this team still needs any volunteers, but you can call Katy if you are interested.
WE NEED NEWSWRITERS. Please call Pat Arnold 395-2233 or Bonnie Reynolds 395-2527. Pat Arnold, newswriter