Best Hoedown Ever! and a Heybrook Trails Update by Ann Darlington, President FOHR
On October 20th the Friends of Heybrook Ridge (FOHR) celebrated our 11th annual Heybrook Hoedown celebration and fundraiser. Joining in the fun and support were over 150 community supporters who helped us net $10,500, $5K of which came from a single anonymous donor -Wow!
Spare Rib and the Bluegrass Sauce provided “gotta-dance” music well into the night.
Big thanks go out to the River House for (yet again) providing us with a free and friendly venue, Kelly Whitcomb and team for yummy grub, and several folks who contributed their time and goods. Leigh and Malia Christianson worked through the cold evening at the ticket entrance and the outdoor keg.
Multiple artists gifted generously to our auctions. Karen Hultberg’s painting “Clearing Storm-Mountain Goat” raised over $1000 and Patrick Woods surprised us with another coveted just-finished painting of Mt Index. Garvin Carrell gave us a new photo from Lookout Point—this time taken in the middle of the night with the Milky Way above the mountains and Index town.
Allan Peterson and Tim Folsom crafted a fine chest of drawers made of Heybrook alders from the Folsom family’s land.
Peter Ali not only opened the musical program with his soul-searching flute performance, but also donated a native flute.
And Sara Poore’s eye-glazing, lip-smacking glazed icing 4-layer chocolate/raspberry cake led the dessert raffle to new heights.
Rib Horst was masterful as the auctioneer for all of these items, reaching another record for fun and raising funds.
A big shout-out goes to the FOHR team that pulled off this event: Anna Folsom, Sue Cross, Susan Chatlos-Susor, Kathy Corson, and Cate Burnett. Thanks too to Yvonne Lawson for staffing the FOHR swag sales of tee shirts, socks and water bottles.
Since that wonderful evening, 2 other gifts have come to us. Sue Cross raised $360 for FOHR through her Birthday Fundraiser on her Facebook page, and an anonymous donor recently gifted $6,000! Such generosity humbles us and keeps us motivated to work on our 12-year mission to develop Heybrook County Park.
That mission includes completion of the “Erinswood Trail”, a half-mile nearly flat loop trail that will accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and folks of all ages seeking (as Sue puts it) “a leisurely stroll through an enchanting forest.” Find its start as it splits off just before the start of the Leovy trail (the one to the summit). Erinswood was built by the Washington Trails Association (WTA) and is now fully roughed in, open to use and ready for the over 200 yards of rock and gravel fill that will make it a fully compliant ADA trail.
That’s an expensive undertaking, and we won’t know until this spring whether or not the grants that SnoCo Parks applied for in August will come through. The statewide competition for limited funds was intense, so our odds of winning are not high. Meanwhile, we continue to work with WTA and the County to find ways to complete this project. We at FOHR are a committed and tenacious bunch. We will do it, though it may take longer than hoped. Adding over $17K to our Heybrook funds this year keeps us keeping on.
Our next open-to-the-public FOHR board meeting will be on December 17th at the Fire Station from 7-9:00 pm. Kevin Teague from SnoCo Parks and Zachary McBride from WTA will be featured guests. Together we will plan our next steps for Heybrook. Join us?