By Ashley Lodato
They say that if you can remember Woodstock you weren’t there, but if you were at the 1960s party at the Winthrop Barn on Saturday night you will definitely remember it because it was so completely far out. A groovy crowd of flower children gathered to jam and let it all hang out while chilling to the outta-sight sounds of the 10 rad bands that played over the course of the evening.
Organized by Lauralee Northcott, the event celebrated the decade that started with the FDA’s approval of the birth control pill and ended with Woodstock. Folk music, blues, pop music, old rock and roll, and the British invasion — all were represented on stage while a stoked audience could not resist shaking that thing at the happening scene. The vibe was hip and all present were in the zone.
Although many in the crowd dressed the part, particular honors go to Carolyn Sullivan for best costume, with her Senior Center rose-colored glasses, poofy blouse, beaded vest, and headband, while Ben Gilmore won the dubious distinction of worst-dressed, due to his artful employment of “the most horrible wig you’ve ever seen” (Lauralee’s words). Prizes included, appropriately, a Righteous Brothers collection, Nancy Drew mysteries, and the original soundtrack to the Dr. Zhivago film.
Lauralee kept the crowd laughing with ’60s-era jokes such as “What dance do hippies hate? The square dance!” An all-volunteer committee donated time, energy and money to produce the event, so all proceeds from the dance went to benefit the Winthrop Barn. Now that’s news that will give us all a rush.
Two part-time Methow Valley residents are being honored in Wenatchee next weekend. Mazama property owner Bob Parlette and Winthrop cabin owner Eliot Scull, along with the late Gordon Congdon, have been named as Grand Marshals in the Apple Blossom Festival for their leadership in the creation of the Apple Capital Loop Trail, which is a running/walking/biking trail that runs up one side of the Columbia River and down the other between the two bridges in Wenatchee.
The loop trail and related land trust projects have had a significant impact on the Wenatchee economy and have garnered strong community support and thus Bob and Eliot, along with their wives, will be put on display in convertibles in the Apple Blossom parade on Saturday.
When I saw Eliot on his way to a bike ride at Sun Mountain and congratulated him, he was quick to point out that he and Bob are mere representatives of the dozens of dedicated people who were instrumental in making the loop trail a reality. If you happen to go down to Wenatchee on Saturday to see the parade, be sure to give Bob and Eliot a big elbow-elbow-wrist-wrist-wrist wave when you see them.