Hoedown 2015

Heybrook Hoedown 2015 – Friends Thank Friends

Fundraising for Trailblazing a Success!

The Friends of Heybrook Ridge wishes to thank all the supporters of the 8th annual Heybrook Hoedown held on October 24th at the River House. Over 75 folks came to the fundraiser and shared good will, food, music and dance.  All things added and subtracted, Hoedown VIII netted plenty of community fun and about $1800 profit. The approximately 2-mile trail on the town-side of Heybrook Ridge is roughed in now; the money you have helped us raise will go to making it hiker-ready in the New Year.


Our hometown band, Spare Rib and the Bluegrass Sauce, kept us hopping to their tunes, and Rib was a master auctioneer with a unique rapper sort of style.

This year we tried something new. FOHR, led by Board member Kem Hunter, solicited and juried photos of the Sky Valley area created by several local artists, all of whom were willing to donate their work to sell at Hoedown and future fundraisers. Selected were stunning works by Kelley Schalo, Bruce Albert, and Garvin Carrell. Reproduced as note cards and medium to large framed prints, they proved popular with Hoedown attendees.

SAM_3177 Contributing photographer Kelley Schalo explains her technique to a young admirer.SAM_3185

There were also two big auction items of the evening: an enchanting hand-made flute donated by Peter Ali (who opened the program and later wowed us all by jamming with the band on his flute).


The second big auction item was a 2×6 foot print of Carrell’s panorama photo, taken of the North Fork valley from Lookout Point (just like the one that hangs in the Index Historical Museum).  A small version of the panorama is shown in the first photo.

We give heartfelt thanks to all the artists and others who contributed auction items. Their works, several children’s sets of our brilliant socks, and the new FOHR t-shirts are still available for sale. Stop by the Ellie and Clarence shop in Index, drop us a note at the Post Office (box #265) or talk to Kem or Ann (anndarlington320 at gmail dot com) to get yours. Our goods make wonderful Christmas gifts, and your purchases keep on giving as Heybrook Ridge County Park evolves.