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Getting Your Trashion?

by Heather Marrone

Trashion 2014 hits the Twisp community center stage May 10th.  I am trying to brainstorm a fabulous costume, ideas anyone? 

In Town Twisp Living

by Heather Marrone

Less is more in this incredibly remodeled 1 bath 1 bedroom custom home. Check it out.

906 Burton St. $174,500

Potty Humor

by Heather Marrone

You Beautiful Toilet

We are in between seasons in the Methow Valley right now.  There is a mysterious disappearance of portable toilets at trails heads around this time.  Unfortunately my body does not seem to care.  As I was running by my latest listing, the Rainbow Lodge in Wilson Ranch, I was sincerely wishing I had a key for an impromptu visit to one of it's lovely bathrooms.

MethowValleyProperties 4 Lightning Place Video Walk Though Tour

by Heather Marrone

Go ahead and spy a little :)

You can't beat the quality and value of this 3 bed, 3 bath, 2642sf Methow custom home. Open sunny floor plan, radiant floor heating, vaulted blue pine ceilings, bonus loft, maple cabinets, granite countertops, ceramic tile floor, river rock fireplace, SS kitchen appliances. 40x40ft 2 car garage with shop, office, and 800sf apartment. RV pad with power. Self tending chicken coop, sprinkler system, fruit trees, fenced raised bed garden. Walking easement to the Methow River. Easy access to Chelan.

March 2014 Events in the Methow Valley

by Heather Marrone

Balloon Roundup

March in the Methow Valley 2014


Monday, March 3
LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064.
TRIVIA NIGHT: At the Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. $3. 996-3183. 6pm


 

Wednesday, March 5

MUSIC: Open mic hosted by Papa Dan Clements, at Twisp River Suites. Free with reservation. 997-0100. 5:30-8:30pm

 

Friday, March 7

 BALLOON ROUNDUP: Annual hot-air balloon festival in Winthrop. Free. 996‑2125.

 SENIOR DANCE: Hottell Ragtime Jazz Band at the MV Senior Citizens Center, Twisp. Free. 12:30-2pm

 FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996-2017. 5:45-6:45pm

 GRASSLANDS: Grassland ecology and grass identification, with Don Gayton at Tonasket Community Cultural Center. Free. 443-7893. 6:30pm

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Saturday, March 8

 BALLOON ROUNDUP: Annual hot-air balloon festival in Winthrop. Free. 996‑2125.

 SHIBASHI TAICHI/QUIGONG: Learn about gentle movement at The Studio, Twisp. $3. 341-4050. 8:30-9:30am

 PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION: Explore the roles of human energy fields dynamics and breath patterns, at The Studio, Twisp. $10-$12. 548-8109. 10am-noon

 NATURE OF WINTER: Snowshoe tours every Saturday through March 8 at Sun Mountain Lodge and North Cascades Basecamp. Free with trail pass. www.mvsta.com. 11am

 ART OPENING: Reception for new exhibit, “Woman: An Artist's Interpretation,” at Confluence Gallery, Twisp; runs through April 19. Free. 997-2787. 4-8pm

 BALLROOM DANCING: “Dancing With Your Stars” local competition, plus performances by the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, at the Winthrop Barn. $5-$100. 997-4004. 7pm

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Sunday, March 9

 YOGA: Zuna yoga workshop with Everett Newell at The Studio, Twisp. $30. (917) 275-5517. 2-5pm

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Monday, March 10

 LINE DANCING: LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm

 

Tuesday, March 11

 MV GARDEN CLUB: Exchange gardening ideas and information, and sometimes take a road trip. Meeting location varies, call 997‑0515. 1pm

 

Wednesday, March 12

 MUSIC: Wayne Mendro & Breathe Frue at Twisp River Suites. Free with reservation. 997-0100. 5:30-8:30pm

 

Thursday, March 13

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Friday, March 14

 BACKYARD SKI DAY: At Mazama Trailhead. All ski trails free; free equipment rentals at Winthrop Mountain Sports, Methow Cycle and Sport and Methow Valley Ski School; free lessons at trailhead. 996-3287. 10am-3pm

 FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996-2017. 5:45-6:45pm

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Saturday, March 15

 SHIBASHI TAICHI/QUIGONG: Learn about gentle movement at The Studio, Twisp. $3. 341-4050. 8:30-9:30am

 FREESTYLE CONTEST: FREESTYLE CONTEST: Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, with proceeds benefiting Room One. Loup Loup Ski Bowl. Register at ticket office. $20 pre-registration, day of $25. 997-0933. 9am

 BITE OF THE METHOW: Sample delectable offerings from the valley’s best chefs, at the Winthrop Barn. Silent and live auctions to raise funds for Winthrop Kiwanis projects. $10 from Kiwanis members. 997-1086. 5pm

 WIG PARTY: Toupee it up with a wild wig and dance to Shakedonia and Wild Mountain Nation, at TwispWorks. $5; 21 and over. 997-3300. 7-11pm

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Sunday, March 16

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Monday, March 17

 WRITERS: Prose and poetry writers welcome to share writings in room 201 above the Confluence Gallery, Twisp. Small donation to cover room rental. 997‑9070. 5:30-7:30pm

 LINE DANCING: LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm

 

Wednesday, March 19

 WESTERN MUSIC: The Horse Crazy Cowgirl band performs at the Fitzpatrick home in Edelweiss. $15. 996‑2071. 7pm

 

Thursday, March 20

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 WESTERN MUSIC AND COMEDY: Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band and cowboy poet Dave McClure at the Twisp Valley Grange. $15. 996-2404. 7pm

 

Friday, March 21

 FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996-2017. 5:45-6:45pm

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 THEATER: The Seven Year Itch presented by Methow Valley Theater at MV Community Center, Twisp. $15-$25. 997-0533. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

 

Saturday, March 22

 SHIBASHI TAICHI/QUIGONG: Learn about gentle movement at The Studio, Twisp. $3. 341-4050. 8:30-9:30am

 THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 THEATER: The Seven Year Itch presented by Methow Valley Theater at MV Community Center, Twisp. $15-$25. 997-0533. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

 

Sunday, March 23

THEATER: Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 THEATER: The Seven Year Itch presented by Methow Valley Theater at MV Community Center, Twisp. $15-$25. 997-0533. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

 

Monday, March 24

 LINE DANCING: LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm

 

Tuesday, March 25

 FIRST AID CLASS: Basic first aid and CPR/AED instruction at Aero Methow Rescue Service, Twisp. $45. Registration required. 997-4013. 6-9pm each evening

 

Wednesday, March 26

  FIRST AID CLASS: Basic first aid and CPR/AED instruction at Aero Methow Rescue Service, Twisp. $45. Registration required. 997-4013. 6-9pm each evening

 

Thursday, March 27

 THEATER: The Seven Year Itch presented by Methow Valley Theater at MV Community Center, Twisp. $15-$25. 997-0533. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

 

Friday, March 28

 FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996-2017. 5:45-6:45pm

 WINTER JAZZ: Hunt/Westerndorf Quartet with Jim Knodle and Bob Hougham. $5 to $15. 996‑3418. 7pm

 THEATER: The Seven Year Itch presented by Methow Valley Theater at MV Community Center, Twisp. $15-$25. 997-0533. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

 

Saturday, March 29

 SHIBASHI TAICHI/QUIGONG: Learn about gentle movement at The Studio, Twisp. $3. 341-4050. 8:30-9:30am

 THEATER: The Seven Year Itch presented by Methow Valley Theater at MV Community Center, Twisp. $15-$25. 997-0533. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

 

Monday, March 31

 DUCKS UNLIMITED: Annual fundraising dinner at Twisp River Pub. $35-$55. 997-6394. 5:30pm

 LINE DANCING: LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm

 

Venue Events:

Confluence Gallery

104 Glover St, Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997.2787

http://www.confluencegallery.blogspot.com/

 

Merc Playhouse

101 S Glover St, Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997.2306 or (509) 997.7529

http://mercplayhouse.org/  

Performances of Over the River and Through the Woods at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$15. 997‑7529. 20-23 March Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

 

Methow Conservancy

315 Riverside Drive, Winthrop, WA 98862 509-996-2870

http://www.methowconservancy.org/

March 4th: “Earth is a Solar Powered Juke Box,” 7pm at the Twisp River Pub

 

MVSTA

309 Riverside Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862 (509) 996-3287

http://www.mvsta.com

Friday, March 14 - Mazama Trailhead 

All the ski trails are free to everyone all day long on these days. MVSTA will offer free trailside snacks and groomer rides from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m at listed location.

 

Old Schoolhouse Brewery

155 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, WA 98862 (509) 996.3183
http://www.oldschoolhousebrewery.com/musicschedule.html

 

march 2014

ALL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWS START AT 7pm, 21+ AFTER 9pm

Saturday, 3/1

The Pine Hearts- Bluegrass

Thursday, 3/6

Vinyl Night- 5pm

Friday, 3/7

Open Mic- Hosted by RT Jr.

Saturday, 3/8

Kurt Lindsay Duo- Singer songwriter

Thursday, 3/13

Vinly Night- 5pm

Friday, 3/14

RL Heyer- Rock, Country, Pop, Soul, Folk R&B...

Saturday, 3/15

Fight or Flight- Rock

Thursday, 3/20

Vinyl Night- 5pm

Friday, 3/21

Andrew Vait- Pop, Rock, Soul, R&B, Folk...

Saturday, 3/22

The Marvins- Modern Folk, Americana

Thursday, 3/27

Vinyl Night- 5pm

Friday, 3/28

Whiskey Syndicate- Rock

Saturday, 3/29

Vaughn Jensen Band- Blues

Thursday, 2/27

Vinyl Night-5pm

Friday, 2/28

Quick and Easy Boys- Rock and Roll

 

Twisp River Pub

201 Hwy 20, Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997.6822

http://www.methowbrewing.com/musicevents/

 

Twisp Works

502 S. Glover Street , Twisp, WA 98856 509-997-3300

http://twispworks.org/category/classes-and-events

 

Winthrop Gallery

237 Riverside Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862(509) 996.3925

http://www.winthropgallery.com/current.html

 

River Front Cabin Video Walk Through

by Heather Marrone

Your Methow Riverfront cabin is waiting. Knotty pine interior, river rock hearth and wood burning stove. This classic 1100sf 2 bed 1 bath turnkey cabin is the mountain retreat you've been dreaming of. Views of Last Chance Peak and Goat Wall, 85 feet of riverfront, spacious covered trex deck. Community water and sewer. RV hookup and tank. Suited for full or part time living. Schedule a showing today.

February 2014 Events in the Methow Valley

by Heather Marrone

February in the Methow Valley 2014


SATURDAY FEB. 1
WATERCOLOR CLASSES: Sharpen your watercolor skills with Paula Christen in four classes, Feb. 1 through Feb. 22 at her studio in Winthrop. $125. 996‑2598. 10am-1pm
NATURE OF WINTER: Snowshoe tours at Sun Mountain Lodge and North Cascades Basecamp. Free with trail pass. 11am
GLOBAL HIP-HOP: Nomadic Massive at the Winthrop Barn. $5-$20. 997‑4004. 6:30pm
AMERICANA: Peter Benjamin Band at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996‑3183. 7pm

SUNDAY FEB. 2
SKI FOR WOMEN: Fundraising event at Winthrop Town Trailhead. By donation, for Room One. 997‑2050. 12:30pm
FIGURE SKATING: Freestyle sessions at Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $10. 996‑4199. 4-6pm

FEBRUARY 3 – 4
SPINNING WHEEL: Learn to make your own yarn, with Sara Ashford at Culler Studio, TwispWorks. By donation. 341‑4042. Noon-2pm each day


MONDAY FEB. 3
LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm
TRIVIA NIGHT: Test your knowledge at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. $3. 996‑3183. 6pm

TUESDAY FEB. 4
CHEAP SKATE: At Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $2.25-$3. 996‑4199. 3:30-6pm
FIRST AID TRAINING: CPR/AED/First Aid class at Aero Methow Rescue Service, Twisp. Continues Feb. 6, trainees must attend both nights. $45. 997‑4013. 6-9 pm
ALL THAT TRASH: “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Recycling & Trash,” at Methow Conservancy’s First Tuesday program, Twisp River Pub. Free. 996‑2870. 7pm

WEDNESDAY FEB. 5
WIGGLE ROOM: Bring small children to the Methow Valley Community Center gym in Twisp and let them run around and play inside. $1 or free to Community Center members. 997‑2926. 10am-noon
MUSIC: Fred Cooley and Greg Hardy at Twisp River Suites. Free with reservation. 997‑0100. 5:30pm
BEEKEEPING: Session No. 2 with Susie Kowalczyk at Methow Valley Community Center. $15. 997‑4412. 7pm

FEBRUARY 6 – 8
DANCE: The Methow Dance Collective presents a celebration of dance with new works by local choreographers and performers, at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. $5-$10 suggested donation. 997‑7529. 7pm


THURSDAY FEB. 6
AFTER-SCHOOL SKATE: At Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $4.50-$6. 996‑4199. 3:30-6pm
ALASKA AND SOUP: A trip through Alaska’s Wilderness with Tom Campion at North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama. Free presentation, $8-$15 for soup. 996‑2334. 5:30pm soup, 6pm presentation
READ OUT: Readings of poetry, fiction short stories, satire and nonfiction at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop. Free. 996‑2345. 6:30pm

FEBRUARY 7 – 8
WOMEN’S RETREAT: “Journey of the Heart” retreat at Friendship Alliance Church, Winthrop. $25 suggested donation. 699‑1063. 6-9 pm Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday

FRIDAY FEB. 7
SENIOR DANCE: Hottell Ragtime Jazz Band at the MV Senior Citizens Center, Twisp. Free. 12:30-2pm
TEEN CENTER: Come on in for ping pong, video games, wi-fi, dinner and a movie. Free. 997‑9211. 4-11pm
FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996‑2017. 5:45-6:45pm
WASHINGTON’S WILDLIFE: Methow Valley’s Ken Bevis offers stories, songs and photos about our critters, at Community Cultural Center in Tonasket. Free. 433‑7893. 6:30pm

FEBRUARY 8 – 9
AUDITIONS: Kids age 8-18 are invited to audition for the Children’s Musical Theater production of Willy Wonka Jr., at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. 996‑1871. 11am each day.

SATURDAY FEB. 8
WINTHROP SKI DERBY: 16K and 32K classic ski races at Chickadee trailhead. $20-$45. 9am
FLEA MARKET: At the Winthrop Barn. Free to attend, tables $10-12 for vendors. 996‑3581. 9am-3pm
MINDFULNESS: Explore mindfulness at the Methow Valley Wellness Center, Winthrop. Free. 997‑2152. Noon-5pm

NATURE OF WINTER: Snowshoe tours every Saturday through March 8 at Sun Mountain Lodge and North Cascades Basecamp. Free with trail pass. www.mvsta.com. 11am
ART EXHIBIT: Opening for works by the artist Vblast at The Studio, Twisp. Free. 997‑0211. 4-7:30pm
CHILI COOK-OFF: Second annual event at the MV Community Center, Twisp. $5-$8, under 5 free. 997‑2926. 5pm

SUNDAY FEB. 9
FAMILY CONCERT: Okanogan Valley Orchestra & Chorus at the Omak Performing Arts Center. $8-$12, under 12 free. 322‑0261. 3pm
FIGURE SKATING: Freestyle sessions at Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $10. 996‑4199. 4-6pm

MONDAY FEB. 10
LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm

TUESDAY FEB. 11
CHEAP SKATE: At Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $2.25-$3. 996‑4199. 3:30-6pm

WEDNESDAY FEB. 12
WIGGLE ROOM: Bring small children to the Methow Valley Community Center gym in Twisp and let them run around and play inside. $1 or free to Community Center members. 997‑2926. 10am-noon
BAKE SALE: Fifth annual Dazzling Desserts Bake Sale at Calvary Chapel Church, Twisp. Free. 997‑2467. 10am-5:30pm
MUSIC: Rico Stover and Jananne Lovett at Twisp River Suites. Free with reservation. 997‑0100. 5:30pm
SLIDE SHOW: Nick and Patti Ahlfs show slides from their trip to Turkey at Methow Valley Community Center. By donation. 997‑2926. 7pm

THURSDAY FEB. 13
AFTER-SCHOOL SKATE: At Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $4.50-$6. 996‑4199. 3:30-6pm
OWLS AND SOUP: Learn about owls with Kim Romain-Bondi at North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama. Free presentation, $8-$15 for soup. 996‑2334. 5:30pm soup, 6pm presentation

FRIDAY FEB. 14
COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE: All welcome to the Twisp Valley Grange, where social service leaders will discuss needs in the Methow Valley. 997‑4904. 10am
KIDS’ ART PARTY: Papier-mâché animals with Laura Gunnip at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. $35. 997‑2787. 10am-2pm
TEEN CENTER: Come on in for ping pong, video games, wi-fi, dinner and a movie. Free. 997‑9211. 4-11pm
FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996‑2017. 5:45-6:45pm

FEB. 15 – 16
SNOWSHOE SOFTBALL: Tournament at the Winthrop ball field. (888) 463‑8469. All day.

SATURDAY FEB. 15
TOUR OF THE METHOW: Ski 20K to 80K of the Methow Valley ski trail system. $10, shuttle included. www.methowvalleynordic.com. All day.
HAM RADIO: Amateur radio exam session at Aero Methow, Twisp. $15. 341‑4025, reservation appreciated. 9am-1pm
NATURE OF WINTER: Snowshoe tours every Saturday through March 8 at Sun Mountain Lodge and North Cascades Basecamp. Free with trail pass. www.mvsta.com. 11am
CHAMBER MUSIC: Methow Valley Chamber Music Winter Concert at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Cost TBD. 996‑6000. 7-9pm
CUPPING COFFEE: Learn about food and coffee pairings at Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Twisp. Free. 997‑2583. 11am

SUNDAY FEB. 16
DOGGIE DASH: Costumed ski racing with dogs at the Winthrop Town Trailhead. $12. www.methowvalleynordic.com. 10am
SNOWMOBILE RUN: Meet at Goat Creek Sno-park for a poker run and raffle with lunch afterwards. Sponsored by Methow Valley Snowmobile Association. mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com. 10am-noon, awards, raffle at 2pm. $10.
COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS: Cahalen & Eli perform at the Spartan Art Project, TwispWorks. Pay “as inspired.” 997‑1022. 7pm

MONDAY FEB 17
KIDS’ ART PARTY: Papier-mâché animals with Laura Gunnip at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. $35. 997‑2787. 10am-2pm
WRITERS: Prose and poetry writers welcome to share writings in room 201 above Confluence Gallery, Twisp. Small donation to cover room rental. 997‑9070. 5:30-7:30pm
LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm

TUESDAY FEB 18
KIDS’ ART PARTY: Papier-mâché animals with Laura Gunnip at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. $35. 997‑2787. 10am-2pm
CHEAP SKATE: At Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $2.25-$3. 996‑4199. 3:30-6pm

WEDNESDAY FEB. 19
WIGGLE ROOM: Bring small children to the Methow Valley Community Center gym in Twisp and let them run around and play inside. $1 or free to Community Center members. 997‑2926. 10am-noon

THURSDAY FEB. 20
AFTER-SCHOOL SKATE: At Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $4.50-$6. 996‑4199. 3:30-6pm
SALMONIDS AND SOUP: Learn all about salmonids with Gene Shull at North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama. Free presentation, $8-$15 for soup. 996‑2334. 5:30pm soup, 6pm presentation

FRIDAY FEB. 21
TEEN CENTER: Come on in for ping pong, video games, wi-fi, dinner and a movie. Free. 997‑9211. 4-11pm
FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996‑2017. 5:45-6:45pm

SATURDAY FEB. 22
NATURE OF WINTER: Snowshoe tours every Saturday through March 8 at Sun Mountain Lodge and North Cascades Basecamp. Free with trail pass. www.mvsta.com. 11am
WINTER JAZZ: Hunt/Westerndorf Quartet with Wayne Mendro, Bob Hougham, Laura Love, Mike Harvey and the Pipestone Jazz Ensemble, at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5 to $15. 996‑3418. 7pm

SUNDAY FEB. 23
THEATER: Seattle University theater program presents The Imaginary Invalid at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Cost TBD. 997‑7529. 6pm

MONDAY FEB. 24
LINE DANCING: Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers at Twisp Valley Grange. $4. 429‑2064. 6pm

TUESDAY FEB. 25
CHEAP SKATE: At Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink. $2.25-$3. 996‑4199. 3:30-6pm

WEDNESDAY FEB. 26
WIGGLE ROOM: Bring small children to the Methow Valley Community Center gym in Twisp and let them run around and play inside. $1 or free to Community Center members. 997‑2926. 10am-noon

THURSDAY FEB. 27
JOB FAIR: Okanogan County Job Fair, at Omak Community Center. Free. 826‑7541. 10am-1pm
PERCUSSION AND SOUP: Led by Kip and Celeste Roberts at North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama. Free presentation, $8-$15 for soup. 996‑2334. 5:30pm soup, 6pm presentation

FRIDAY FEB. 28
TEEN CENTER: Come on in for ping pong, video games, wi-fi, dinner and a movie. Free. 997‑9211. 4-11pm
FREESTYLE DANCE: Heart-centered dance at The Studio, Twisp. $5. 996‑2017. 5:45-6:45pm

 

Venue Events:

Confluence Gallery

104 Glover St, Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997.2787

http://www.confluencegallery.blogspot.com/

February 14, 17 & 18, 10am-2pm - Paper Mache Animals with Laura Gunnip

 

Merc Playhouse

101 S Glover St, Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997.2306 or (509) 997.7529

http://mercplayhouse.org/  

23 February.  Seattle University theater program presents “The Imaginary Invalid” at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Cost TBD. 997‑7529. 6pm

 

Methow Conservancy

315 Riverside Drive, Winthrop, WA 98862 509-996-2870

http://www.methowconservancy.org/


February 4th: “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Recycling & Trash,” 7:00 - 8:30pm at the Twisp River Pub. Methow Recycles’ Betsy Cushman and Susan Ernsdorff, and WasteWise’s Casey Bouchard will talk about what happens to Methow Valley “stuff,” including where it gets shipped, how it gets processed, and into what it gets made.  Plus, learn what we as consumers and users can do to be more thoughtful and effective in reducing, re-using and recycling.  The Pub opens at 6pm for drinks and a $10 buffet dinner.

 

MVSTA

309 Riverside Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862 (509) 996-3287

http://www.mvsta.com


200K Challenge

Every day 

MVSTA


Methow Valley Ski For Women 

February 2

Room One Fundraiser 


Ski Derby

February 8

Methow Valley Nordic Club


Methow Valley Nordic Team
Kids Holiday Ski Camp

Feb 15-16

Methow Valley Nordic Team


Try Biathlon

February 15

Methow Valley Biathlon


Tour of the Methow

February 15

Methow Valley Nordic Club


Doggie Dash

February 16

Methow Valley Nordic Club


Women's Ski and Yoga Retreat

Feb 28- March 2

Methow Endurance

 

Old Schoolhouse Brewery

155 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, WA 98862 (509) 996.3183
http://www.oldschoolhousebrewery.com/musicschedule.html

 

February 2014

ALL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWS START AT 7pm, 21+ AFTER 9pm

Saturday, 2/1

Peter Benjamin Band- Americana

Thursday, 2/6

Vinyl Night- 5pm

Friday, 2/7

Blackberry Bushes- Bluegrass

Saturday, 2/8

Cool Water- Folk Rock

Thursday, 2/13

Vinly Night- 5pm

Friday, 2/14

Nick Deonigi- Pop/Soul

Saturday, 2/15

Josh Clauson- Folk/Soul

Thursday, 2/20

Vinyl Night- 5pm

Friday , 2/21

James Coates- Acoustic Rock

Saturday, 2/22

The Royal Oui- Pop/Folk

Thursday, 2/27

Vinyl Night-5pm

Friday, 2/28

Quick and Easy Boys- Rock and Roll

 

Twisp River Pub

201 Hwy 20, Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997.6822

http://www.methowbrewing.com/musicevents/

 

Twisp Works

502 S. Glover Street , Twisp, WA 98856 509-997-3300

http://twispworks.org/category/classes-and-events

SPINNING WHEEL: Learn to make your own yarn, with Sara Ashford at Culler Studio, TwispWorks. By donation. 341‑4042. Noon-2pm each day

COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS: Cahalen & Eli perform at the Spartan Art Project, TwispWorks. Pay “as inspired.” 997‑1022. 7pm

 

Winthrop Gallery

237 Riverside Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862(509) 996.3925

http://www.winthropgallery.com/current.html

Feb 12-24 Cat and Dog Photo Contest

Reception Sunday Feb 16 10-3

 

Basecamp Lodge Walkthough, Mazama WA

by Heather Marrone

Take a walk through tour of the North Cascades Basecamp Lodge in Mazama WA.  If you want to really get a feel for the people and community in the Methow Valley while you stay and play, there is no better starting point.  Check out their website at: http://northcascadesbasecamp.com/

MVSTA Trails Are Open

by Heather Marrone

It is a low snow year- but we still have snow.  Check out this way cool MVSTA trails video.

Hick-onomy

A small community lies high in the mountains in a state we’ll leave unnamed. Until last year, it had an economy based on the all-too familiar story: Tourism in the high winter and summer months and second-home owners. Healthy hay farms and orchards completed the mix with the farms, in particular, setting a high standard: geometric fields, freshly painted houses and well-maintained tools. More than anything, the valley had beauty and wildness. These were almost sold in the mid ’70s to the highest bidder – a ski company had bought a large tract of forest and then attempted to duplicate Aspen, Colorado. The community was split but finally nixed this future – a lot of the problem was water – and, instead of downhill slopes, chose to develop extensive cross-country ski trails.

Still, the economy wasn’t solid: Tourism is uneven and delicate with more people on the low end of the pay scale than on the top, and too many of them laid off during shoulder seasons. It leaves a place vulnerable to chain stores and boom-andbust cycles, real estate tycoons and wealthy landowners who don’t have enough personal stake in the community.

Then recently, something changed.

One summer evening, a bunch of 30-somethings were spotted outside the local outdoor store complete with band, pizza and lots of kids. They did not look like tourists, and mention of “pizza night” was not advertised. They looked like they did this every Wednesday night; a local gathering, a place to talk and dance and get to know each other. (And, it turns out, this had been going for years; it suddenly was visible.)

The Saturday farmer’s market, which used to be all cabbage and turnips and hand-crocheted hats, was suddenly bursting the seams of the local community-center parking lot with fresh lettuces, sweet mountain strawberries, local honey and free-range eggs. A local butcher appeared who sold sausage (think merlot and garlic), jerkies and unique cuts of meat. A local chef who has survived 35 years in the valley plans his menus around that week’s vegetables from the market and meats from the butcher. White wool blankets from local sheep as light as clouds; a coffee roasting company near the recycling center; a mill that sells organic hard red bread flour and emmer farro; and faultless handmade soap.

Something was humming. It was summed up by the bumper sticker on a dusty truck outside a grocery store: “Support your local ‘hick-onomy.’”

Localism. Ignited by the local food movement and then, as in many communities, spreading like wildfire.

Here, old ranger-station buildings are becoming a set of artist studios, and those artists have designed a special “Made in … ” logo to brand locally produced stuff. The valley now has three local Wi-Fi providers making it easier for men and women to work from home.

The local conservation group, founded by veterans of the former downhill ski battle, works with private land owners including farmers and ranchers to protect land and riparian habitat along the banks of the main river that feeds the valley (7,000 acres and counting). They publish an excellent Good Neighbor Handbook – a guide to living on the land that is neither preachy nor vague. While mega-mansions still exist on some slopes, a vernacular architecture is growing: small, low-profile houses with earth-berms on the north side and interesting combinations of wood, stucco and state-of-the-art insulation.

In the online newspaper, combinations of old and new: a Jamboree Apple Pie Fest to celebrate a town’s 100th birthday right next to a tai chi class and a group that calls itself “Asylum for Writers.”

The wild is still wild. A wolf pack has moved back and several lynx were spotted over the winter. Snow-packed trails in July. Three free-flowing rivers and a healthy steelhead population. And it’s still tenuous: only one large chain away from a mass-market nightmare and bored tourists shuffling among places they’ve already been. But for now, this valley is on the cusp of a local, responsible economy. Latest talk is of small-scale forestry and local biodiesel. A recent blog post discussed connecting retired business leaders with folks just starting out. It isn’t happening by accident. Years of dedication by its citizens, keeping the wild, working with each other, taking risks and being politically awake is paying off. Said a local, “You have to stay creative and nimble.”

We can’t tell you where this one place is any more than you’ll want to tell us the location of your secret valley, but we know many others are out there. This is happening all over the United States. Let us know what kind of economies you see that point us in a new direction.

Reproduced from the website below:

http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=93784

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