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Snow or no snow, Cabin Fever Festival goes on

Trout Lake News for Jan. 12

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

Snow or no snow, Trout Lake will be hosting its annual Cabin Fever Festival this coming weekend, Jan. 14-16. This free community-wide event promises to offer something for everyone! There may be some last-minute changes to a few festival events dependant on snow conditions, as noted below.

While it hardly seems like winter around here, most of the scheduled events don't require snow (with the exception of the Nordic ski race). Due to lack of snow at Pineside sno-park, the ski race may need to be cancelled. A final decision will be made later in the week, but if the race is canceled, an alternative non-competitive event at Smith Butte sno-park is being planned (ski/snow games, relay races, refreshments).

On Saturday, along with the healthy lunch served at the Grange, the film "Fresh -- New Thinking About What We're Eating" will be shown. The documentary profiles the national movement of farmers and business people using sustainable agricultural practices.

Saturday at 1 p.m., the Mt. Adams Ranger District will be sponsoring an avalanche awareness clinic. Be ready for traveling safely in the backcountry by taking advantage of this course led by a volunteer from the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Recently added to the festival weekend, Saturday afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Destino, Cascadia Creamery and two wineries will be hosting a "Winter Blues" wine and cheese tasting event. Creamery owner John Shuman has been experimenting with different types of blue cheese and will have six varieties to sample.

On Saturday evening following the soup contest and community potluck dinner, we will be treated to an interactive music program led by rhythm event facilitator Dan Miller. Dan has a large collection of international rhythm instruments for people to use, but feel free to bring your own favorite. No experience necessary!

On Sunday, Jan. 15, the Forest Service is scheduled to host an open house at the Peterson Prairie Cabin from noon to 4 p.m. The approximate two mile (one-way) route will begin from Atkisson Sno-Park. Unfortunately the snow pack at Atkisson is quite low, so check on conditions ahead of time.

Sunday evening, be sure to head to the Grange for the family contra dance, beginning at 6:30 p.m. With the lively dance music and professional caller, this has become a favorite for all ages.

Monday, Jan. 16, the festival will conclude with kids' activities at the school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Trout Lake High School Senior class will be volunteering its time to organize and lead games, crafts, and lunch for children Kindergarten through 5th grade.

A big "Thank You" to Marjorie Mitchell for again sharing her graphic design talents, and artist Jan Muir for her painting on the poster and schedule of events. Take a good look at it around town for an event that interests you. Many thanks also to Camden McMahon for her significant contributions to this week's column! For more information on Cabin Fever Festival events, call Camden McMahon, 395-2617.


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