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Indian Summer: Just Perfect

Trout Lake News for Sept. 24

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

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Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

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Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

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What a beautiful Indian Summer we're having! Lovely warm days with crisp mornings and evenings just perfect for a quick walk or bike ride before supper. Now that school has started, soccer and football fans are enjoying the good weather as well. Most gardens are still frost free and the harvest continues, along with wood gathering for warmth on the long winter nights. Pine needles have started to fall in my back yard and soon it will be time to bring out the rake, but for now I'll just enjoy the beauty of the season.

Volunteers -- The dictionary defines a volunteer as "one who voluntarily enters into, or offers himself for, a service." I've been thinking of volunteers a lot lately, as I gather the news and realize just how much in this community is accomplished by volunteers. Everything from those who put on the Fair, the Arts Festival, the Giant Rummage Sale, to the guys and gals that respond to our 911 calls, the volunteer firemen and EMTs. In the 2007 Fair Book, over 25 volunteer organizations were listed and I'm sure there are more now. This community runs on volunteers and I for one, can't thank them enough. Trout Lake rocks!!

Along with the change of seasons, the Saturday Market will be closing on Sept. 26, after 14 successful weeks of market fare, with many different vendors and kitchen chefs. We enjoyed a variety of good food plus hand made wares. Look for further news about next year's market in future columns as this Trout Lake Grange venture continues to grow and expand.

Speaking of the Trout Lake Grange, mark your calendar for its Community Fall Harvest Potluck on Oct. 10. Doors open at 6 with the Quilt Raffle Drawing at 7:30 followed by entertainment. Suggested donation is $10. Be sure and stop by the Saturday Market next Saturday for your last chance to purchase tickets for the gorgeous quilt donated by the Trout Lake Quilters. All proceeds from the potluck and the raffle will go towards the Grange Winter Insulation Fund. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided at the potluck; bring your favorite dish, or if your last name starts with A-F, bring an appetizer or salad/side; G-M bring a main dish or salad/side; N-T bring a main dish or dessert; U-T an appetizer or dessert. See you there!

Our own Trout Lake Country Inn is now under new management with chef Jesse Marino at the helm. He is offering excellent fare which will change on a daily basis and includes his incredible meatloaf burger with choice of sides. Other features are BBQ ribs and brisket that melts in your mouth, smoked turkey, ahi tuna and bacon wrapped shrimp. Monday night football on the big screen TV with fresh chicken tacos will please all the sports fans. The Inn is open every day except Tuesday, weekday hours are noon until 9 p.m.; weekends are noon to 2 a.m. There will be entertainment every weekend with The Connolly Brothers, Dale Fitch, The Kate Malloy Trio and others on the stage. It will be nice to have "Trout Lake's Living Room" open for business again.

Trout Lake's CSA Garden has been a huge success and is now offering u-pick veggies on Tuesday and Saturday at reduced prices. I got some fantastic sweet corn and kale on Tuesday and promptly ate every bit and wished I had more. Recently the garden donated over 500 pounds of veggies to the food bank; what a wonderful way to share our bounty with others. Not only is this garden a beautiful sight to behold, it offers companionship, community spirit and sustenance to all who partake of it. My thanks to all of you who spent many hours in its creation.

Over the past 14 years, the Trout Lake Arts Council has presented the Festival of the Arts every July. The Festival brings folks all the way from Salem and Seattle to Trout Lake to enjoy the beauty of Mt Adams and our valley, as well as to enjoy the food, entertainment and beautiful art on display. The Arts Council is seeking new members to help continue this annual event and bring fresh energy and ideas to the group. See their mission statement and other information at www.tlartscouncil@gmail.com or phone 395-2294, most importantly join this group and keep the energy flowing.

Chime Choir practice is beginning now, in preparation for the holiday season. This is a fun way to enjoy and play music, even if you think you are not a musician -- if you can count, you can play the chimes. Join the group on Oct. 5 for their first meeting at Diana Sanders home at 67 Dean Road, call 395-2913. This sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy playing music, let's do it!

Maxine Bulick, news writer

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