Event Reports

Yeehaw! The 13th Annual Heybrook Hoedown Fundraiser is coming on October 19th !

On Saturday, October 19th from 5 to 10 PM the Friends of Heybrook Ridge will again be gearing up to party and raise funds for Heybrook Ridge County Park.

This year the venue will be the newly opened Startup Event Center, which after 4 years is beautifully and masterfully refurbished. There is a real stage for Spare Rib and the Bluegrass Sauce to play on, a large dance floor to accommodate all you jubilant participants, along with plenty of space for tables and chairs for eating and relaxing as well for auction items and Friends’ swag. The move is not only to a larger space but also an opportunity to support the Events Center and the groups in The Valley who have supported our cause in the past, as well as to reach out to the broader population that enjoys the Park’s trails. Chelan Soper will be providing the food this year, and we will ask for your help in providing delish desserts for our dessert auction.

The doors open at 5PM, food served at 6PM and music flows from 7to 10 PM. Ticket sales will be at the door or can be purchased in advance by contacting Susan Chatlos-Susor at stsusor (at) msn (dot) com. Ticket price is $30 and covers your meal, a drink, a free raffle ticket, just-gotta-dance music, an opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items (including dessert), and the Event Center fees. Children under 12 free.

All Erinswood Trail WTA Work Party Dates in March 2019 are postponed!

The Washington Trails Association has cancelled all trail crew work parties for March 2019 due to weather conditions and illness of WTA Crew Leader. This year’s focus will be on laying rock and gravel on the Erinswood Trail. It is located in the Park’s lowland forest near the parking lot of Heybrook Ridge County Park. Future work dates will be announced here at at WTA.org.  Please sign up for a Heybrook Ridge work party by going to www.wta.org and following these links:

• Get Involved

• Volunteer

• Find a Trail Work Party

• Day Work

• Central Cascades

• Scroll to Heybrook Ridge County Park & choose date(s)

• Scroll to Join Work Party and sign up

Annual Meeting Scheduled, Saturday February 2, 7-9 pm River House 

Join us for a review of the year’s accomplishments and election of six (6) members to the Board of Directors.  Refreshments.   See this page…

Best Hoedown Ever – 2018! 

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!  Read More Here.

Please Volunteer to Work on Erinswood Trail at Heybrook Ridge County Park 

The Washington Trails Association will be running trail crew work parties at Heybrook Ridge County Park just across from Index throughout September and into October. The dates with openings to volunteer (as of 9/1/18) are: September 4, 5, 10, 18, and 24, and October 2, 3, 9, and 10. You don’t need to have previous experience to volunteer to work, and the new “Erinswood Trail” needs a lot of work. WTA provides the tools and reviews how to use them before getting to work. Erinswood is designed to be an “ADA compliant” trail (as in, accessible by wheelchair, walker and stroller) but there is still groundwork to be done before it can be graveled and readied to use in 2019.

How to sign up:

Go to: www.wta.org/volunteer/schedule
Select: In the future, Day work party, and Central Cascades
Choose a date and select: See details, Join Work Party, and register


Anonymous Donor Revealed: Conway Leovy and Family Made Heybrook Ridge County Park Possible 

While visiting Index in early July, Joanne and Jill Conway enjoyed a chat with Louise Lindgren. The sisters concurred that it was time to celebrate their father Conway for his remarkable gift in 2008 of $500,000 to the Friends of Heybrook Ridge (FOHR).  See full article here.


FOHR Meetings for 2018

Board of DirectorsOur Board of directors meets on the third Monday of the even numbered months at the Index Fire Station.  BOD meetings start at 7 pm and are open to the public.

Meetings in 2019

Saturday Feb 2 Annual Meeting  Annual Mtg (River House)
April 15
June 17
August 19
October or November Hoedown TBD 

Report on Grand Opening and 2017 Hoedown 

October 21, 2017.  Rain, ribbon cutting, rubber boots, river rising, River House, river dancing to Rib’s rousing recitals of originals and covers.  Snohomish County organized the Grand Opening celebration and FOHR carried off their 10th annual Hoedown party and fund raising.  See this page for details.   

Washington Trail Association Work Parties Success in 2017 

Good news: we have 3 WTA trail work-party weekends set up March 23, 24 & 25; March 30, 31 & April 1st; and April 6, 7 & 8.   Click HERE for instructions for signing up on WTA website.