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Winthrop column
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...
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,...
Winthrop: November 21, 2018

Winthrop: November 21, 2018

By Ashley Lodato This is the time of year when I usually get all preachy about gratitude. And as I am a creature of habit, this year is no different. Consider yourself warned. As I contemplated the gratitude column’s content over the past few days, I indulged in a little ungratefulness about my self-imposed requirement...
Winthrop: November 14, 2018

Winthrop: November 14, 2018

By Ashley Lodato The Cove’s 8-year-old Manger Mall program is ramping up to provide Methow Valley children with a robust gift season, enhanced for the fourth year by the incorporation of a book donation program. (Manger Mall is a program that gives families with limited funds access to gifts, toys and now books to give...
Winthrop: November 7, 2018

Winthrop: November 7, 2018

By Ashley Lodato The Methow Valley Spinners & Weavers Guild’s (MVSWG) annual show and sale is coming up soon, on Friday-Saturday Nov. 16-17 at 137 Old Twisp Highway. The MVSWG, which was started in 1972, currently has about 18 active members with hundreds of collective years of spinning and weaving experience among them, including one...
Winthrop: October 31, 2018

Winthrop: October 31, 2018

By Ashley Lodato From the Brush with Fame department comes this story. My friend Danielle Micheletti was recently on a Horizon Air flight from Medford, Oregon, to Seattle. She later told me “A famous actor who is 80 years old sat down beside me on the plane. Can you guess who it was?” I responded...
Winthrop: October 24, 2018

Winthrop: October 24, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Each week KREM 2 News selects two local football games, and community members are asked to vote on which game Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry will visit. When Liberty Bell was selected in late September for a game against Brewster, our local cheerleading squad met Sherry during the “Tom’s Tailgate” event Sherry hosted...
Winthrop: October 17, 2018

Winthrop: October 17, 2018

By Ashley Lodato A friend of mine recently reported that her husband had given her some reusable fabric grocery bags for her birthday. “These lumberjack types,” she said wryly, “they sure know how to make a girl’s heart go pitter-patter.” But almost in the same breath she admitted that she had long been in need...
Winthrop: October 10, 2018

Winthrop: October 10, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Elsewhere in the newspaper I wrote about The Merc Playhouse’s upcoming production of the sci-fi smash “Little Shop of Horrors,” and in the process learned some fun facts about the play’s director and Winthrop resident Stephen Kish. Kish grew up in drama classes and school productions, but in college scaled back his...
Winthrop: October 3, 2018

Winthrop: October 3, 2018

By Ashley Lodato In other towns, while you’re waiting for a yoga class to begin it’s all dim light, incense, rhythmic stress-relief music and hushed tones. If you unroll your mat with too loud of a thwap, the woman next to you lying in Supta Virasana opens a single eye to glare at you. You acknowledge no one....