Groups prepare for spring events
Last updated 3/17/2019 at 7:32pm
The Harrington Opera House Society met March 4 in the Art Room of the opera house, with the following in attendance: Ellen Evans, Becky Moeller, Mark and Sheryl Stedman, Ed Haugan, Billie and Gordon Herron, Linda Wagner and Karen Robertson.
Karen Robertson said she is working with Les LePere and Tim Tipton on the Chamber map and also did ground work for the Chamber newsletter with support form included. She is working on the annual newsletter and, although delayed this year, it will be completed this month.
Cruizin’ Harrington has been scheduled for May 18 and the Society has approved use of the auditorium for the quilt show.
In Carol’s absence, president Ellen Evans read her proposal on rummages for the 2019 year in the Rummage Room: Cruizin’ Harrington and Fall Festival (two-day sales events), Santa day and 4th of July (one-day events) and four times per year on same Saturdays as the Food Bank and God’s Closet are open. She suggested a committee with four members plus herself which could incorporate non-members to work toward the goal of making these rummage sales of greater service to the community as a whole. Discussion entailed allowing her to continue with the sales on her schedule, since they have been so successful.
Rehabilitating the Rummage Room was addressed, since it has no heating and poor lighting. The Society will seek a bid from Kysar Mechanical, as well as a gas furnace for that area.
The Society continues is search for a music teacher, as there are four students interested at the present time.
Excitement grows as the Calendar of Events fills. Carolyn Cruso will appear April 27 at 7 p.m. with her hammered dulcimer. A separate dulcimer jam session may take place earlier in the day. Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth are scheduled for June 1 at 7 p.m., and they will do a Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan tribute. Information continues to be gathered by Mark Stedman on the Jonah project and by Billie Herron on the Indigenous Missing Woman, with no conclusion to date. The Fiddlers will come in October. The group is researching the possibility of the Hawk Creek duo presenting an event.
Chamber of Commerce
The Harrington Area Chamber of Commerce met March 6, at noon at the Post & Office with the following attendees: Tim Tipton, Paula Harrington, Cindy Haase, Cade Clarke, Karen Allen, Wayne Massie, Summer Shockley, Cherie MacClellan, Dave Michaelson, Amber Zagelow, Heather Slack and Bunny Haugan.
Discussions continued on the Vacant Lot Project and on working out details for the matching-funds grant with Innovia Foundation. Details will be forthcoming. Ron Hall is creating a 3-D rendering of the plans for the project.
Cruizin’ Harrington received the greatest amount of discussion time as vendors and details are being worked out. The Electric Hotel, owned by Karen and Jerry Allen, will have a return appearance of Outlaw Woman this year and details for live music are forthcoming. The Quilt Show will be held at the Opera House. Children’s games will be set up on the lot next to US Bank. Yard sale maps are being created. Harrington Golf and Country Club will have a prime rib dinner as in prior years. Northwest Inflatables has committed to returning this year with bouncy houses and water balls. Food vendors are also beginning to sign up. A vendor form is available on the Harringtonbiz.com website. To find it, go to http://www.harringtonbiz.com/cruizin-harrington/ and click the vendor form link. The Chamber’s next mailer will be assembled May 1 and will allow vendors to submit advertisements if received prior to April 26.
New filters have been installed at the Harrington swimming pool, and the pool is being cleaned prior to filling and pressure-testing, according to Wayne Massie. The goal is to have the new permits issued and the pool opened before Cruizin’ Harrington.
Tipton is working with a fabrication company to have a solar-powered light created for the amenities sign near the Cenex station. It will have a battery backup for cloudy days. He has also overseen the project of having the sign on Coal Creek Road straightened from the dents it received during the plowing of snow this season.
Mielke to host barn concert
Alicia Mielke will host a cello and piano recital March 24 at 5 p.m. at the Fairplay Concert Hall on the Mielke family farm at 35099 Rolinco Road East, Sprague, nine miles south of Harrington. Mielke is thrilled to announce the Anderson-Nagano Duo; Brady Anderson on cello and Jasmine Nagano on piano, in a concert featuring music by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.
Brady Anderson made his solo debut at age 15, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. He studied cello at the University of California at Berkeley and the Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music. He has performed concertos and received awards in numerous competitions.
Jasmine Nagano, originally from Maui, moved to Spokane with her family in 2002, and currently resides in the Bay Area. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and Master of Music in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Mielke stated that “Brady and Jasmine met when they sight-read a piece together at St. Lawrence String Quartet seminar at Stanford in the summer of 2017. Since then, they have continued to play as the Anderson-Nagano Duo, finding it more and more enjoyable as they developed their repertoire.” A suggested donation of $20 helps defray expenses.