By Mandi Donohue
Despite the floodgates opening, the Methow Valley was singin’ in the rain this weekend! Driving down valley, there were a host of events, happenings and fundraisers going on and folks walked around a bit waterlogged, but fairly content just the same.
Up on the pass, weather was a bit more hellish and my husband got to experience it firsthand Saturday night. As he was coming around a bend between Ross Lake and Blue Lake, he passed a truck the other way which blinded him with its high beams. As Lliam rounded the corner in his infamous Volkswagen Rabbit, he ran into the remnants of a rockslide at least knee deep. Thankfully he was driving a lightweight vehicle that allowed him to go up and over the slide, or as only Lliam can describe it, “a sweet rockslide jump.”
Aside from banging up his oil pan and fuel pump, he is incredibly lucky to have no ultimate damage. The vehicle behind him and its passenger didn’t fare as well. With a boulder the size of a beach ball ramming up into its motor, it flat-lined the heavy truck immediately. I was incredibly grateful to “Corey in the Toyota” for picking up my husband and the other stranded gentleman for a ride down valley. Prior to the kindness of Corey, there was no such luck from a truck with a horse trailer attached. When Lliam waved down the vehicle and asked for a ride to the Freestone, the men inside said “We don’t have time for this” and continued on their way. Ha! I have a sneaky suspicion they weren’t carrying horses.
I was incredibly happy to hear it was a “capacity crowd” at the Mazama Community Club’s potluck on Saturday. I got the full report from Midge Cross and Nancy Kuta. The meeting started out with a myriad of thank you’s given to those who have helped out this year: Sherrie Krown for her flower beds, Gay Northrup for the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, Jay Lucas and Larry McWhirter for their lawn care and June and Don Fitzpatrick for purchasing and putting up new bunting. Midge reported that doesn’t begin to cover the countless others who helped over Memorial Day to swell numbers. Jan Gregg, the treasurer, gave her account of the monies.
Then Louise Stevens, secretary and archivist, gave a little history lesson about the Mazama Community Club building and how it has been used over the past 95 years. I was fascinated to learn that it was initially a school where teachers taught all ages and had as many as 40 students in that tiny little building! It was also mentioned that Don Davidson and Libby Hills are willing to do movie night but they need someone with a laptop to play DVDs. Any takers? It’s always a treat, especially in the dark days of winter, to huddle into the club for a good Oscar contender with friends and neighbors.
You may have noticed the machinery by The Bike Shop and it looks like work is underway! Jim Gregg talked about the parking lot development and they’re moving the shop farther back on the land to make room for the new construction. Midge said, “This process has been long in the works, with much input from community members and gracious involvement of the landowners: Bill Pope, Steve Devin, Art Gresch and, of course, the Mazama Community Club.” All in all, it seemed like a successful night and due to a pack of invited Pacific Crest Trail hikers, not a morsel was left and not a belly left hungry.
I also got a quick report from Lisa Picklesimer about the Mazama Community Church’s annual Harvest Carnival. Lisa said, despite the rain, they still had “almost 50 show up with new faces and lots of fun for all.” As always, the bouncy house was the favorite and Kaliope Creighton won the people’s choice with her delicious pumpkin bread. Congrats to the winner!