BY SALLY GRACIE
Who will tie these beautiful June days with a ribbon? Please put them in a box for us so we can pull them out when August comes.
Liberty Bell High School’s Class of 2013 held its awards ceremony last Thursday and graduated on Friday (June 7) at the school.
Uh oh, I thought, as salutatorian Tom Zbyszewski began, “Home is where the heart is.” Graduation speeches can be deadly, and cliché-ridden, but the three student speakers succeeded with original takes on old themes.
Zbyszewski, an accomplished speaker, rose above the cliché by describing each of the 42 members of his class with personal details and tying each one to his theme. Johnnie Duguay and Jacqueline O’Keefe shared the valedictorians slot, presenting a witty duet of a speech, with practical advice from some of their favorite teachers as the heart of their address. If one idea tied the two speeches together, it was the speakers’ appreciation of the Methow Valley and its people.
After school board members had handed out diplomas, and the graduates, their friends and families had crowded the gym and posed for the compulsory photographs, the Class of 2013 (and their invited guests) boarded buses for the ride to Pipestone Canyon Ranch for the “after” party.
All the stress of the past months was gone, and the graduates had a great time. They played lawn croquet and slack line-balancing outdoors. Inside, parents had transformed the barn into an Indian bazaar. Booths included: a trivia booth with enough “fantastic” prizes for everyone – including dorm furnishings; the Kiwanis blackjack and roulette table; fortune telling; Tuareg Tattoo and Tribal Art booth for exotic, Egyptian makeup, body painting and henna tattoos; and a costume booth where partiers could grab a funny hat, a scarf, a mustache or a cane.
Graduates danced to tunes from DJs John Sinclair and Dusty Mills. They enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches and chocolate fondue. When they needed a break they could relax in the Peacock Lounge, decorated with peacock feathers, silk hangings and comfortable seating. A highlight of the party was impromptu singing and guitar music by Patty Watson, Dylan Mills and Alexa Gee, and a standup comedy routine by Chuck Long.
Almost makes me want to go back to high school. Entertainment lasted past midnight.
Congratulations to all the graduates, including my granddaughter, Amaya Genevieve Gracie.
Congratulations to newlyweds Amanda Jackson and Kraig Mott. The good weather held for their nuptials at their home on June 1.
Art Walk came on a busy weekend. Nevertheless, Confluence Gallery was crowded with patrons of the arts at the opening of “Interpreting the Methow, Plein Aire to Studio.” Visit the show this week: Wednesday through Friday, 11a.m. -6 p.m., or Saturday, 10 a.m-6p.m.