By Audrey Bentz
"Behind the Garden Gate" is the theme of the garden tour in High Prairie on June 21. Guests will begin at the Carlson home at 9:30 a.m., and then continue on to three other residences (Krieg, Kearn, and McKercher) to view the extensive work and beauty of the flower, tree and garden areas. The public is invited to attend, and it would be helpful to contact Rachel Carlson for directions at 509-805-5010. Carpooling is an option with advance notice.
High Prairie residents were also treated to a Swale Canyon "ride" this past week. Jack Bruckner worked with the Klickitat Trail Conservancy, and Ranger Kallinen, to arrange 12 residents a motorized trip from Harms Road to Wakiakus. They reported abundant mock orange and other wildflowers, raptors, deer and song birds. Ranger Andy pointed out geological formations along with the benefit of the Swale Creek to fish and wildlife. The group was very grateful to the Park Service for this unique opportunity.
Fern Johnson is the new person to contact if there is interest or inquiry on renting the High Prairie Community Center. She can be reached at 509-637-5465 and will be willing to forward a packet of rates and other information if there is any interest in possibly renting the facility for a meeting, a lecture or a special celebration for up to 184 people. The location is 701 Struck Road (about 7 miles above Lyle).
High Prairie is grateful to the community for the great success of the Firehouse Sale and the follow up "13 mile sale." Proceeds are shared by the Volunteer Fire Department and the management of the Community Center. The monthly High Prairie Community Council meeting is Thursday, June 21.