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Trout Lake News for Jan. 7

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Seth Bichler

A good start to a new year: a local venue in which to gather with friends and acquaintances that had high energy music, champagne at midnight and fireworks. If the new year continues with the energy it started with at the Country Inn it will be an outstanding year.

An even better start to the new year is the presence of a new news writer for the column. We are happy to have Seth, a former service academy volunteer join the column writers. We expect that a writer who is younger than the rest of us and a male will bring an interesting perspective to the news. His first column will be in the paper at the end of January. Please remember that any news anyone has for the column can be emailed to any of us, or even better to all of us, at the email addresses at the head of the column. We welcome all communications.

Again there are multiple opportunities for learning right here in Trout Lake. The town is lucky to have so many residents willing to teach their skills. There will be Spanish classes starting this week on Monday nights and Friday morning. The classes will run for six weeks; for further information or to join contact Stephanie Stevens at 395-2275.

Cookie Gilpatrick will lead a Healthy Back Yoga Fusion class at her gym on Wednesdays through March. Contact Cookie at 395-2468.

As far as is known Tai Chi is still being offered on Friday mornings at the grange. Contact Scott at 395-2250.

There will be dance classes, a new subject, offered at the grange on Tuesday evenings. Classes for kids (3 to 6 years old) will start at 4:30 p.m . This will be followed by a Swing Class at 5:30 p.m, and a Waltz Class at 6:45 p.m. The instructors Krissy and Todd Biernacki can be contacted at 493-3260 or check their website at

Rain, rain, rain more like melt-out season without any snow to melt-out than winter, nevertheless the organizers of the Cabin Fever Festival are forging ahead with the arrangements for the festival to be held Jan. 16 and 17 for adults and children and January 18 for children only. On Saturday, Jan. 16, at 9:30 a.m. there will be Nordic Classic ski race at Pineside Sno-Park with registration starting at 9 a.m. The race is open to both competitive skiers and skiers who just want to have fun which can include the wearing of a costume. Hot chocolate will be provided after the race. It is necessary to have a Sno-Park permit for your vehicle to park at the Sno-Park. In the afternoon at 1 p.m. there will be guided snow shoe walk in the Trout Lake Preserve. The walk will start in the parking lot of the ranger station. There will be some pairs of loaner snowshoes available on a first come first serve basis.

The Annual Winter Soup Contest will be held in the school multipurpose room at 5 p.m. Cook your best soup either vegetarian or with meat and bring it to the school by 5 p.m. The winner of each category, selected by discriminating judges, will receive a gift certificate to Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Bingen.

Then at 5:30 there will be the community potluck dinner. This is your opportunity to sample the wonderful soups made for the contest, enjoy Otto's Smoked Sausages and eat your neighbors' cooking instead of your own for dinner. Come on time as the soup offerings disappear rapidly. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.

Following the dinner there will be two movies: for adults "Skiing in the Shadow of Genghis Khan" an intriguing title and for children "Scooby Doo -- Winter Wonder Dog" in the multipurpose room and the Community Learning Center Room.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, there will be an open house at Peterson Prairie Cabin from noon to 4:30 p.m. Hopefully there will be enough snow to allow interested people to reach the cabin by skies or snowmobile. Forest Service archaeologists will talk about the history of this former guard station. There will be refreshments and warmth at the cabin. Again it will be necessary to have a Sno-Park permit for your vehicle to park at Atkisson Sno-Park, the departure point for the trail.

In the evening from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. there will be another of the wonderful family contra dances at the grange. No experience is necessary to participate in this lively dance event. The caller will teach the dances so successfully that in a few minutes of practice the participants will be dancing with skill and pleasure. It's just enjoyable to be there, participate and watch all the attendees have so much fun with the dances and the music Truly an event for all ages. Please wear comfortable shoes, no heels or black soles, to protect the feet and the floor.

On Jan. 18, Monday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be games and activities organized and led by the senior class for the children at the school. If possible some of the play will be outside so be sure the children have warm clothing and snow gear. Lunch will be provided.

The organizers of the Cabin Fever Festival wish to thank their sponsors: The Trout Lake Grange, The Trout Lake School, The Mt. Adams Ranger District, The Trout Lake Fair Board and the Trout Lake Men's Club.


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