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Mazama: December 12, 2018

Mazama: December 12, 2018

By Erika Kar In case you have had your head buried in the snow (wait, what snow?), you are probably aware that Christmas is coming right up. And that means one thing, Christmas at the Very End of the Road held at the Mazama Store. This year, the popular event will be held on Sunday, Dec....
Twisp: December 12, 2018

Twisp: December 12, 2018

By Sarah Schrock During the Christmas season, it’s hard not to imagine and fantasize about the lore of a wintry New England village from a century ago. It’s probably the imagery from classic Christmas movies like “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or the Norman Rockwell calendars that lined bookstore shelves during...
Lower Valley: December 12, 2018

Lower Valley: December 12, 2018

Editor’s note: Since this column ran in the Dec. 12, 2018 edition of the Methow Valley News, we have learned that Helen Louise Martin passed away in 2001 and not 2004. Thank you to Claudia Bradley for the correction; Claudia sent an email with the additional information that Helen was born in Wyoming, and lived...
Winthrop: December 12, 2018

Winthrop: December 12, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Here’s one of the many things I love about the valley: people’s willingness to jump in and do things, no matter how spontaneous the occasion or how ill-equipped the actor, with a bare minimum of information. We seem to be a population universally game for impulsive commitment. For example, let’s say I...
Twisp: December 5, 2018

Twisp: December 5, 2018

By Sarah Schrock This is the week to shop, learn, gaze and give! To the tune of “Let it Snow:” “When the weather outside is delightful, smoky air can be quite frightful.  With fog and sun ahead, brown hillsides are to dread. And since we’ve no snow to play, come to Twisp and ride the...
Winthrop: December 5, 2018

Winthrop: December 5, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Champions of the world from around the valley united in rhapsodic ecstasy over the weekend, at The Barnyard Cinema’s showings of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film chronicles legendary rock band Queen’s rise to fame and its show-stealing performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert which, if you’re around my age, you probably remember...
Mazama: December 5, 2018

Mazama: December 5, 2018

By Erika Kar Here I sit, brokenhearted. Tried to write, but can’t get started. Mazama is a quiet spot, not much happens, I kid you not. When Sunday comes, as it always does, a column comes due and my head starts to buzz. I poke around, looking for news, when there is none, I then get...
Winthrop: November 28, 2018

Winthrop: November 28, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Two musical items of note this week. First, local musician Lauralee Northcott regrets that she did not win either of the International Western Music Association’s (IWMA) top honors this year: songwriter of the year and album of the year. Still, Northcott had a great time attending the annual awards ceremony and says,...
Twisp: November 28, 2018

Twisp: November 28, 2018

By Sarah Schrock A Canadian friend of mine who lives here recently shared her distress about the holiday rush between our Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. You see, the Canadian Thanksgiving occurs on the second Monday in October, well before Halloween, giving a long grace period between fall holidays and the ability to ease into Christmas....
Lower Valley: November 28, 2018

Lower Valley: November 28, 2018

By Joanna Bastian In this season of gratitude, it is important to keep the balance in the universe by practicing the age-long tradition of Festivus — the Airing of Grievances. Let us begin. • Wasps. I would be grateful that weather that is too cold for the little buggers, but now I’m vacuuming up their carcasses as...