Kick off summer in the Methow Valley with the Big Shaabang at TwispWorks on Saturday (May 25) — a free family event featuring live music, performances, open art studios and local food and beverages.
Entertainment includes music by Methow Valley band The Bitteroot Beets, aerial shows, face-painting and caricatures, playing in the splash pad, street Scrabble and tours of art studios, gardens and businesses.
The celebration will also launch a celebration of the 10th anniversary of TwispWorks. Redevelopment of the former ranger station began in 2009, when community leaders envisioned the neglected facility as a place to bring together arts, culture and business to increase the economic vitality of the Methow Valley.
A donor-provided a $1 million loan to help the community buy the property. With the campus now fully occupied and sustaining itself through rental and earned income, the loan will be forgiven and the deed to the property will be turned over in June to TwispWorks.
• 11 a.m. – FORK! Food Truck and artist studios open. Street Scrabble on the south lawn.
• Noon – Music by the Bitteroot Beets performing funk, rock and soul on the plaza main stage. Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom opens. Abracadoodles Face Painting and JP’s Custom Caricatures on the south lawn.
• 12:20 p.m. – Opening remarks from Don Linnertz, TwispWorks executive director, on the plaza stage.
• 12:30 p.m. – Feats of aerial daring by The Kestrels, youth performance troupe from the Aerie Circus Studio, on the front lawn.
• 1:15-2:30 p.m. – More music from the Bitterroot Beets on the plaza stage.