By Sally Gracie
Trick-or-treat can’t come soon enough for me. I bought the candy weeks ago and, despite my best intentions, I’ve gotten into that bag of mini-Snickers bars.
D. J. Desjardins, 4 years old, has won a basket of goodies and a $25 gift certificate for guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin at Hank’s Harvest Foods. I imagine the Desjardins might need a forklift to transport the 164-pounder to their home.
Halloween isn’t until this Friday (Oct. 31), but the community is looking towards the holidays to follow.
Manger Mall committee women Wendy Braden, Kathryn Eisenhauer and Glenda Johnson will serve soup, cornbread and dessert as thanks to former volunteers and to welcome new ones at a luncheon this Saturday (Nov. 1). The get-together begins at 11 a.m. at Methow Valley United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share if you’d like.
Manger Mall, a division of The Cove and Neighbors Helping Neighbors, allows valley families in need to provide gifts for their children for the Christmas holiday. Parents pre-register and pay a small amount for each child’s gift, then go to the Twisp Valley Grange to select the gift and stocking stuffers for their children.
For volunteers who like to sew, the Manger Mall committee will have kits for pillowcases and quilts at the luncheon. Hand-made items like these, made by members of the community, have traditionally been available as additional gifts for each child.
For more information, call Wendy at 997-9357 or Glenda at 997-0292.
Spots for vendors are disappearing fast for the second Christmas Bazaar, set for Dec. 6 at the Methow Valley Community Center. The Nov. 22 bazaar is full. Call Kirsten Ostlie at 997-2926 for more information.
During the fires and floods, many of you published photos or wrote about your experiences on Facebook. Or you told your stories to friends when you met them in town. These stories and photos can become a permanent part of the valley’s shared history in a keepsake publication by the Methow Valley News in the planning for December. Contact editor Don Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just watched the afternoon school bus make an extra stop to let a flock of wild turkeys cross Second Avenue. Reminded me of “Make Way for Ducklings!” These big birds have entertained me all day as they moved around my house and on the field across the street. I didn’t mind when some one of them nipped the purple petunias — saved me from doing the job myself.
I could get close, but not too close, with my camera before one handsome bird jumped down from his perch on the fence.
The Seahawks won yesterday. I’m happy for you Seattle fans, but I’m still grieving the Orioles’ failure to advance to the World Series. I can’t deny that for baseball fans the games between the Royals and the Giants have been spectacular. I’m rooting for the American League team and hope that Kansas City can pull it off.