My neighbor, the potter Marcia Ives, has been making a lot of pottery during the pandemic, but with galleries and shops closed she’s had nowhere to sell it. Now, with a large stockpile at hand (a gorgeous and bright stockpile, I might add — I saw it last weekend and it made me want to overhaul my housewares), Marcia is hosting her first open studio sessions. In order to facilitate a safe social distancing experience, Marcia is offering two open studio times: 3-6 p.m. on Friday (July 3) and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday (July 4), in the courtyard outside her home studio at 24 Appaloosa Road, in the Twin Lakes area. Masks are required (BYO) and Marcia will provide gloves for those who intend to handle the pottery. Marcia will donate 20% of her sales at the open studios to Movement for Black Lives (http://www.m4bl.org).
A sad toll from last week’s hot days comes from Okanogan County Search and Rescue (OCSAR). On June 20, OCSAR and the Winthrop Marshal’s Office responded to a call for assistance in the Lewis Butte area, for a dog in distress. OCSAR coordinator Rick Balam reports that “A couple had gone hiking with their large dog. During the course of the hike the dog went into medical crisis due to [insufficient drinking water], and subsequently died on the trail. OCSAR and the Marshall’s Office were able to recover the animal for the couple who lost it.”
OCSAR reminds us that when hiking or doing other recreational activities, especially now that temperatures are rising, humans should carry enough water for themselves and for their animals.
In other recreational news, the Methow Cycling Team and the Methow Valley School District have been working with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for over a year to bring the dream of a single-track trail to the Liberty Bell campus, team co-coach Hanz Scholz reports.
“The concept of the trail began as a vision to create an easily accessible trail for the team to train on,” he says. “Before long we realized that this trail would provide incredible trail access for the entire student body, no matter what the activity. From bikes and trail running to wildflower hikes for science class, the Liberty Bell Trail will give trail access to any kid who can get to school. That’s the big dream: trail accessibility for all of the valley’s kids.”
The planning is complete and digging will commence as soon as enough funds are raised. The team has raised $15,000 of the $35,000 needed to build a 4.5-mile natural surface, multi-use, single-track trail circumnavigating the Methow Valley School District campus, on undulating terrain through shrub-steppe and lightly forested areas. Donations from the community are being solicited. For more information visit http://www.evergreenmtb.org/donatetomethow.