It seems as though summer has finally decided to show up. And just in time for the Mazama Garden Party, which benefitted the Methow Housing Trust. The party was held on Saturday at the Mazama Country Inn under a gorgeous blue sky. It was an idyllic summer party with kids running around in between the diners, twinkling lights strung overhead, and perfect summer barbecue food being enjoyed. Word has it that 375 dinners were served at the party and no one is mentioning how many drinks.
The music was fantastic and party-goers really started hitting the grassy dance floor once Laura Love and the Family Dog took the stage. This year, Laura’s vocals were joined by Sarah Stephens of The Bitterroot Beets for a special surprise. It just so happens that Sarah and her husband, Max Thomas, bought one of the Methow Housing Trust’s homes in the McKinney Ridge neighborhood of Mazama. Coming full circle, Sarah also works with the Methow Housing Trust. Clearly it is a project that she believes in.
Now that summer is here, perhaps you aren’t quite as worried about the terrible internet we have here in Mazama. Instead of trying to stream a movie and ending up just poking your eyes out because of the eternal buffering, you might be outside enjoying the weather. That’s great and is as it should be, but do not be lulled into complacency. Before you know it, darkness will fall sooner and an evening with some Netflix will sound delightful.
However, unless we all take action, it will be another season of miserable buffering. Take heart! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. But everyone must act. Everyone. Even you. The Okanogan PUD is surveying the community to determine the feasibility of creating a high-speed internet infrastructure in our area. As Nancy Kuta told me, the more people that respond, the better, so that the PUD is aware of the problem that we have in the upper valley. Personally, I’m surprised that they can’t hear our cries of frustration all the way from here. If you would like to take the survey, go to okpudfiber.org/address-lookup.
The survey takes just a minute but could change all of our lives. For the better? You’ll have to be the judge of that. If nothing else, we will all be less frustrated and more up on the current episodes of those salacious shows that some people (cough, cough) might like to watch.
Finally, word has it that one of my lovely colleagues just turned 35 (more or less). Happy birthday, Ashley!