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VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: January 4, 2017

Twisp: January 4, 2017

By Sarah Schrock A rare and unusual thing happened last Friday night in town. I thought something might be afoot when Thursday night we saw Terry Hunt and Laura Love out to dinner at La Fonda Lopez. As Friday rolled around, rumors were circulating. Word on the street was that an impromptu jazz performance was...
Mazama: December 28, 2016

Mazama: December 28, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Only a few days past winter solstice and a few days before New Year’s Eve, a time of endings and beginnings, I thought it might be a good week for some contemplation. I went in early to work on Saturday, so I could leave for a couple of hours for a Christmas Eve...
Winthrop: December 28, 2016

Winthrop: December 28, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Despite dark nights, news and events, the past week has been one filled with light. First, the slow but steady increase in daylight hours with the winter solstice, always eagerly anticipated by those of us in northern latitudes. A large group of Little Star Montessori School alumni and parents occupied all five...
Twisp: December 28, 2016

Twisp: December 28, 2016

By Sarah Schrock The Loup welcomed hundreds of skiers for a joyful post-Christmas opening on Monday, and eager skiers finally got a taste of the sweet sugary powder that finally filled in the doughnut hole. The doughnut hole refers to the nucleus of the winter weather patterns that tend to swirl around us, dumping snow...
Lower Valley: December 28, 2016

Lower Valley: December 28, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Several years ago, my husband and I were at a Christmas bazaar, choosing each other’s gifts. He spent a long time admiring a metal sculpture of a larger-than-life heron that stood serenely on display. He has often reminisced aloud about that heron, and commented upon the severe lack of garden art in...
Mazama: December 21, 2016

Mazama: December 21, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Yes, Missi Smith. There is a Santa Claus. After ads placed in the “Lost and Found” section of the Methow Valley News, after countless radio spots galore, the adult gift stolen from you at last year’s white elephant party has been returned. When I asked the jolly elves of this valley to manifest...
Winthrop: December 21, 2016

Winthrop: December 21, 2016

By Ashley Lodato “Not dead yet” was such a popular theme last week that I am continuing it for at least one more round. And leave it to Jill Calvert to have her own show-stopping “not dead yet” story. As you read my account, just imagine Jill’s gestures and facial expressions adding to the storytelling...
Twisp: December 21, 2016

Twisp: December 21, 2016

By Sarah Schrock There’s only one word to describe this past week: frigid. After a big ol’ nothing from a snow forecast that predicted lots of snow last week but only brought periodic dustings, the temperature plummeted to an inhuman level and we scrambled to stay warm inside — all the while attending holiday performances, last-minute shopping,...
Twisp: December 14, 2016

Twisp: December 14, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Now that most people have gotten their tree, strung lights are on the house, and FedEx and UPS trucks are zooming in and out, it’s time for the gatherings to begin. There are so many gatherings, concerts, letters to send, gifts to garner, and performances to keep track of that I lost...
Mazama: December 14, 2016

Mazama: December 14, 2016

By Mandi Donohue The holiday bazaar in Winthrop is absolutely one of my favorite days of the year in the Methow. Not only does it make my little entrepreneurial heart sing, but it is shopping local at its absolute best. I always do a quick lap and then dive in more closely. This year didn’t disappoint!...