Did you have trouble with your Verizon phone over Memorial Day weekend? How many tourists does it take to make the cell phone towers overload?

At the Pipestone Music Days concert on Saturday evening (May 25), young violinist Keeley Brooks played Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor. Keeley was the first-place winner of the Christine Cherrington Merit Award, the highest award given by Cascadia for “excellence in musicianship.” She was also awarded $250 and her name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque, according to her teacher, Pamela Hunt.

Violinist Justice Owens won a $100 second prize, and Peter Aspholm, Terry Hunt’s student, won third prize and $50 for his guitar musicianship. Five other music students competed for the prize.

The Pipestone Youth Orchestra – 11 strong this year – also performed. Pianist Linda Mendro played a Schumann piano concerto. Violinist Nick Sauders played a movement from a Mozart concerto with the Pipestone Orchestra, conducted by Tara Weaver. Mike Harvey led 12 members of the Pipestone Jazz Ensemble through four pieces, concluding with “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” which brought in the orchestra and a vocal by Meghan Sullivan.

Student recitals on Sunday concluded a big musical weekend for Pipestone and the valley.

Twisp Library Friends’ annual Memorial Day Book Sale was a huge success for buyers and for the library, which will use some of the proceeds to support the summer reading program. Selections were especially good as the people of the valley donated thousands of excellent books. Bill Biddle’s books, donated by Barbara Biddle, also drew a lot of interest. Their sale raised about $500, which will be shared between the Twisp and Winthrop libraries.

At 1 p.m. in the gym on Saturday, as the library volunteers began to break down the sale, dozens of Cascadia musicians arrived to help box up the leftover books and put the tables away. Sharing the same space might have caused conflict, especially since the orchestra needed to rehearse before their evening concert. Instead, the library group and the musicians showed how cooperation between two popular community groups is the local response.


“To this day, I’m convinced that people think it’s a movie about Florida,” says Baltimore filmmaker and celebrity John Waters about his 1971 film Pink Flamingos.

“Forty years [after the film’s release], the sculptures have become unlikely fixtures of a certain kind of high-end sensibility, a shorthand for tongue-in-cheek tackiness,” according to an entry on As a native Baltimoron, I guess I have that “high-end sensibility.” Or I just like tacky stuff. I doubt that Hank Konrad realized the personal significance of the four pink garden ornaments he had on display on the sidewalk outside his store.

On Saturday, when I found that someone had placed one of the birds in my front garden, I was thrilled. I still don’t know who you are, but you made my day, and have given me the best early 70th birthday present besides. So thank you.

As for Waters’ film, it may be the most disgusting, sickest movie ever made. You can watch it online, hon, but don’t think I’m recommending it.