By Ashley Lodato
Liberty Bell High School junior Athena Milani is this year’s Methow Valley Rodeo Queen, and your chance to be a part in her reign is coming up on Saturday (March 24) at 5 p.m., when there will be a coronation evening at the Twisp Eagles. All are invited to the coronation, dinner, and dessert auction; admission is $15.
Funds raised from the dinner and dessert auction will support the costs associated with being the rodeo queen, such as travel money and fees for the dozen or so rodeos Athena will ride in this year.
Athena has been riding for 10 years and has always loved horses. Her horse Cooper is learning to do queen rides, in addition to the barrel racing and pole bending he is accustomed to. In addition to being an equestrian and the Methow Valley’s rodeo ambassador, Athena is a scholar and a cross-country and track runner. Attending the event on Saturday is a great way to support a well-rounded student who will be promoting the Methow Valley’s rodeo culture for the next year.
If you love rainbow cake, little kids and the concept of a compassionate, educated, innovative population, please come to Little Star Montessori’s birthday party on Thursday (March 22), from 5 – 6 p.m. The party will be held in the new building, which is being built to accommodate growing demand for the school’s child care and early education services. Everyone is welcome, and Little Star alumni in particular are encouraged to attend this celebration of 36 years of healthy and joyful learning. Current students and all alumni are invited to write their names on the sub floor, like a little time capsule of the school’s population.
Another way to support Little Star’s objective in serving the youth of the Methow Valley is to attend its fundraiser and concert at the Winthrop Barn on Saturday, April 14, from 3 – 6 p.m., which will feature Little Star alumni and singer/songwriters John Sinclair and Luc Reynaud. Admission is by donation.
The Winthrop Barn had a quintessential Methow Valley promotion this past week, listing four events quite innocuous when viewed independently, but rendered almost unbelievable when considered as a whole. It’s as if any one of the words could be paired with any other of the words to create a slightly bizarre but entirely plausible event, or at least an event that someone like Andy McConkey would dream up. Consider just a few of the alternatives: Sasquatch Blood Drive. Flea Bite. Flea of the Sasquatch. Blood of the Flea. Sasquatch Market. Blood Conservancy. Anyone want to host?