By Ashley Lodato
After spending 364 days of the year warning their kids about the dangers of accepting candy from strangers, parents all over the valley sent these same kids out in the streets to solicit candy from strangers. It seemed like downtown Winthrop’s Halloween was the busiest it has ever been, but the Tenderfoot, which actually keeps track, reports that the number of trick-or-treaters was on par with last year, at about 160 kids.
Guests at the North Cascades Mountain Hostel had the most expensive Halloween of their lives when, much to their dismay I imagine, scores of kids trick-or-treated them, lured, I suppose, by the festive light strings in the yard.
Unprepared and in possession of no candy despite a thorough search, the hostelers ended up digging into their grocery bags and giving the kids individually wrapped organic Asian pears that I suspect cost as much as the entire contents of the kids’ candy bags. If it’s any consolation, hostel people, the kids did eat the pears right away, and enjoyed them very much!
Puppeteers Joe and Val Cashore, who were in town for a performance of their renowned Cashore Marionettes, spent Halloween quite anonymously at the Rocking Horse Bakery listening to Wild Mountain Nation, enjoying the novelty of being the audience instead of the headliner.
The latest in a string of fire relief efforts will give community members a chance to work off those Butterfingers and Snickers Minis while also helping valley residents who bore the brunt of the effects of the summer’s fires and floods. “Feet vs. Fire” gives athletes and active folks options for a friendly 5-kilometer or 10K run or walk. Starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 9), the event begins at the Mazama trailhead kiosk and includes chip timing and the opportunity to compete for prizes in various categories, including the popular “best costume” division and the “fastest dog” class. Snacks and hot beverages will be provided at the end. All proceeds benefit Room One’s fire and flood relief work. If you have questions, email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other day my friend Ronda and I were discussing the limitations of a stud finder. When I shared my newfound knowledge (courtesy of Phil Woras) that a stud finder detects not metal but density, Ronda replied “How enlightening! One of the difficulties I experienced in bars in the ’70s is now explained …”