By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
It’s already August, but there are still plenty of activities coming up all over the Methow Valley to keep adults and kids busy for the next couple of months. Following is a roundup of things to do.
Summer Musical Theater Camp: A fun-filled camp focused on theater performance with training in acting, singing and dancing at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. The camp is for ages 8 and up and requires no previous experience. Campers learn backstage fundamentals such as set building and costuming. Campers will all earn a part in Disney’s The Jungle Book, Kids while polishing their skills for two performances at the end of the week.
The camp is directed by Megan Hicks and Kathryn Stahl. Hicks returns for her fourth Merc summer camp. She is a director, choreographer and actor from the Puget Sound area and teaches junior high drama and English. Stahl has worked as an actor and director for several theater companies in the south Puget Sound area. She has spent the past two years in Nebraska, working for the Omaha Children’s Theater Company and focusing on students from at-risk middle schools, students on the autism spectrum and other diverse populations.
Aug. 8-13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Merc Playhouse. $275. Registration forms are on the Merc website, www.mercplayhouse.org. For information call 997‑7529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puppet Show: The Twisp Library offers a free puppet show for kids as part of its summer reading program.
Aug. 9, 2 p.m., at the Twisp Public Library. Free. 997‑4681.
Super-Cool Science Show: Kids will learn about states of matter, the effects of temperature and how colors change. See matter fizz, freeze and fly.
Aug. 10, 3 p.m. at the Winthrop Public Library. Free. 996‑2685.
“Seven Tongues of Flame”: Hank Cramer, a nationally touring folksinger and Methow Valley resident, will tell the story of Ireland’s Easter Rebellion of 1916 through story and song. Known for his booming bass voice, wry humor and smooth flat-picking on a vintage guitar, Cramer sings a huge repertoire of traditional and contemporary folksongs that cover the spectrum from Celtic to cowboy songs. The performance is sponsored by Humanities Washington.
Aug. 11, 6 p.m., Twisp Public Library. Free. 997‑4681.
Tiles, Trays and Techniques: Matt Armbrust, an award-winning ceramic artist with a focus on functional ware, will lead a ceramics workshop designed for ceramic artists of all levels. Armbrust will help participants find and develop a unique and concise voice in clay.
Aug. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. in the in the Methow Valley Clay Art Center (Building 9) on the TwispWorks campus. $50, pre-registration is required at 997‑3300 or email@example.com.
Build Your Own Power-Tool Drag Racer: Turn you old power tools into drag-racing machines in this fun and fast workshop led by Trent Whatley, Liberty Bell High School’s welding and construction teacher. With the power tool drag races featured in this year’s Phoenix Festival, this is your chance to get a jump on the competition. Then, at the festival in October, test your machine against others from around the valley and beyond. Students will be required to bring the power tool of their choosing — the teacher will provide the rest.
Aug. 20, 1 to 5 p.m. in the Road House (Building 8) at TwispWorks. $80 (includes a $20 materials fee); pre-registration is required at 997‑3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fabulous Fabric Craft: Susan Gottula leads kids in crafting with fabric as part of the summer reading program.
Aug. 25, 2 p.m., at the Winthrop Public Library. Free. 996‑2685.
Summer Reading Party and Craft Day in Twisp: End-of-summer celebration and craftmaking.
Aug. 25, 2 p.m. at the Twisp Public Library. Free. 997‑4681.
Summer Reading Party and Craft Day in Winthrop: End-of-summer celebration. Decorate T-shirts with glitter, do painting and other art projects.
Aug. 31, 2 p.m. at the Winthrop Public Library. Free. 996‑2685.
Directed Revelations: Learn how to direct a fully produced play or readers’ theater with Merc Artistic Director Ki Gottberg. This four-hour workshop is for anyone interested in digging into a theater script for fun, acting or enlightenment. Learn how directors approach text, how to create strong transitions on stage and how to block scenes. Also learn about communicating with actors to help them go deeper into their characters. No experience necessary.
Sept. 11, 2 to 6 p.m. $40; pre-registration is required at 997‑7529 or email@example.com.
Leatherworking: Learn the basics of leatherworking with Mike Jolley of JR Brand Leather. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at working with leather, this is your chance. Learn precision, concentration and how to stay in the moment to create functional art.
Sept. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. in the Education Station at TwispWorks. $70 (includes a $10 materials fee); pre-registration is required at 997‑3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compost 2 Color: Who knew onion skins, coffee grounds and wilted greens could be so beautiful? Learn how to turn your kitchen waste into beautiful natural dyes with textile artist Sara Ashford of Culler Studio. All participants will leave with a dyed skein of wool to use in their own knitting or crocheting creations.
Sept. 24, 1 to 5 p.m. in the Education Station at TwispWorks. $60 (includes a $10 materials fee); pre-registration is required at 997‑3300 or email@example.com.
Pine Needle Basket Weaving: Learn this traditional art form from MaryAnn Larsen.
Fridays through the end of August, noon to 4 p.m. at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center on the TwispWorks campus. $10. 997‑0620.
Knitting/Crochet Circle: Work on your knitting or crochet project; get creative ideas and hone techniques.
Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. at Twisted Knitters, 109 N. Glover Street in Twisp. Free. 997‑0233.
Theatrical Improv: Learn basic skills of theatrical improv with experienced actor and improviser Raven Odion. Learn to think quickly on your feet; laugh and have fun.
Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center on the TwispWorks campus. $5 for class, plus $1 toward facility rental. Call 341‑4900 to confirm.