The team at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center (MVIC) is offering exhibits, educational programs, and Last Sunday lectures via YouTube. During these times when we are working together to keep each other healthy and safe, the MVIC is working to provide educational exhibits and presentations from a socially safe distance. To view the videos, visit YouTube.com and type “Methow Valley Interpretive Center” in the search bar. The MVIC depends on summer programs to fund the ongoing work. Please consider a donation to support our local interpretive center that strives to educate everyone about pre-European native inhabitants, geology, and natural history of the Methow Valley.
MVIC educators plan to add videos each month to the new YouTube channel. On tap now: MVIC archaeology adviser Rich Davis presents, “Understanding Stone Tools of the Methow,” describing stone tools found throughout the valley. MVIC Outreach and Education Coordinator David LaFever shares “Notes from the Center.” David, an ecologist, and educator, describes spring wildflowers and pollination strategies. He introduces nselxcin — Okanogan language –terms for seasons and flowers, and shares recollections from Methow elders.
The Last Sunday Program for the month of April features an interview with E. Richard Hart, historian, and author. Richard speaks about a topic that we should be acutely aware of today, the spread of disease amongst a population. Historically speaking, he talks about how disease pandemics affected populations in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.
For more informative MVIC videos and information on how to donate to this valued Methow Valley resource, visit http://www.methowvalleyinterpretivecenter.com.
Former Libby Creeker and Carlton Life correspondent Sue Misao took a walk on the Pigeon Creek Trail in Everett. For a hearty laugh and a deeper appreciation of walkways in the Methow Valley, check out her trail report complete with photos in the HeraldNet, www.heraldnet.com/life/so-this-is-the-pigeon-creek-trail.
A pleasant trail in the Libby Creek drainage is Chicamun Canyon, located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. A Northwest Forest pass is needed to enjoy this trail. Located at the very end of Libby Creek Road, Chicamun Canyon is a short 2.5-mile shaded, flat stretch to the end of the canyon. MVIC resources Elaine Timentwa Emerson and George Wooten suggested that the place name Chicamun is similar to the Chinook trade jargon word for “money,” “chickamin.”
Question for readers, how do you express gratitude? Dave Sabold shared an experience in gratitude via email: “When we moved to the Methow Valley in 1972, our neighbors, Ed and Hazel Kikendall, gave us some plant starts. We said thank you. Hazel said, ‘If you thank me, they won’t grow.’” The experience has proven to be a conversation starter in the various ways to express appreciation and gratitude.
Big news in Carlton: Levi Knox with Mountain Meals and Catering is serving up hot brats with fresh local produce, Monday-Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/MMCvalleyfoods.
Stop the coronavirus spread and save a life. Follow CDC guidelines to control the spread of, and infection by, the coronavirus. Wear a mask in public, stay a moose-length away from one another, and wash hands frequently. Locally made soap and moisturizer are available at all MethowMade displays. My favorite combo is lathering up with the Buzz Bar by Molly’s Soap, followed by a moisturizing rub with Gardner Gardens Beeswax skin cream …thank you, Gabby, for making wonderful smelling soap, and thank you, Dave and Marilyn, for creating an all-natural skin cream. Take care out there.