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VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: April 18, 2018

Mazama: April 18, 2018

By Erika Kar Nothing happened in Mazama this past week. That was almost going to be the extent of the Mazama column. It was the quietest week probably since last year at this time. With skiing done, not enough snow to snowmobile, and most spring breaks over, it left Mazama empty and beautifully quiet. Part-time Mazamans...
Winthrop: April 18, 2018

Winthrop: April 18, 2018

By Ashley Lodato When ninth-grader Keeley Brooks was 8 years old, she began listening to a recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor played by violinist Hilary Hahn and became quite familiar with and fond of it. So about 18 months ago when Keeley’s violin teacher asked her “What piece would you like to play before...
Twisp: April 18, 2018

Twisp: April 18, 2018

By Sarah Schrock Recovering from jet lag feels like being Elmer Fudd. There’s a lot of grumpiness and dopiness, intermixed with moments of perplexing fog. Somewhere in the fog, the cream got placed in the microwave. As the kettle brewed, we awaited our morning revival cup only to not find the cream. Perplexed, the fog...
Mazama: April 11, 2018

Mazama: April 11, 2018

By Erika Kar I have more fodder for the file titled, “It Really Is a Small World After All” or “Strange Methow Meetups.” Last week, Peter Fitzmaurice, Shannon Skibeness and son Nicholas (Nick) Fitzmaurice combined spring break with some California college visiting. Pretty smart planning. Much better than touring colleges in say, Washington or Oregon in...
Winthrop: April 11, 2018

Winthrop: April 11, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Two-time Olympian, Liberty Bell High School graduate and Methow Valley Nordic Team alumnus Sadie Bjornsen frequently tells a story from her childhood. In this formative memory, Sadie recalls seeing Methow Olympian Laura McCabe returning from the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. “When Laura came back … the whole valley arranged a surprise...
Lower Valley: April 11, 2018

Lower Valley: April 11, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I imagine Igor Stravinsky composed his “Rite of Spring” (“La Sacre”) during spring, while observing a landscape emerging from winter. Perhaps he listened to a gentle wind blow through the woods — the opening lines of the woodwinds. Flurries of snow grew into dissonant surges of pouring rain as harmonies fractured like...
Mazama: February 7, 2018

Mazama: February 7, 2018

By Erika Kar By the time you read this, the Methow Conservancy’s program, “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?” will have already occurred, and those that attended are now better armed with scientific facts to support their opinion. As I mentioned in last week’s column, I know of someone that has seen two, yes two, Bigfoot-ish creatures. I’m...
Winthrop: March 7, 2018

Winthrop: March 7, 2018

By Ashley Lodato I attended the opening reception for the “Connecting Threads” exhibit at Confluence Gallery on Saturday evening, and was surprised and delighted to learn that a family friend from my childhood has five pieces — two dolls and three dioramas — in the exhibit. Even better, she was present at the opening, so...
Twisp: March 7, 2018

Twisp: March 7, 2018

By Sarah Schrock The Methow never ceases to attract and cultivate artistic talent. Local photographer Lidija Kamansky recently received high honors from SmartPhotoCourses.com as one of the best 101 landscape photographers. The website, which offers tips and advice alongside online photography classes, hosts a blog that reviewed current-day photographers in the landscape genre. They chose...
Mazama: February 28, 2018

Mazama: February 28, 2018

By Erika Kar This past week while thinking of things to write about, I came up with the idea of Googling famous Mazamans. I tried the search with many different words, yet nothing really came up. There is the rumor that Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and currently the richest man in the world, has a home...