The 34th annual Water Music Festival is “in the record books,” and it was a dandy! It truly takes a village, and thanks are in order to so many people!! First and foremost, thanks to every Water Music Society board member for taking on the various elements of a successful festival. Our working board is OUTSTANDING: Nancy Allen, Darlene Houser, Connie Kobes, Linda Stark, Sara Zaga, Jim Sherman, Diana Thompson, Susan Spence and Luey Anderson — thanks one and all. To Phil Allen, non-board member super volunteer, endless gratitude for spearheading equipment moving and parking (a huge job perfectly handled)! And additional non-board members really stepped up to the “plate,” so to speak. Rita Nicely headed up the food for the Sunday concert — everything was over-the-top tasty and beautifully organized. Others helping in the kitchen, besides board members, included Sandy Clancy and Stu and Diane Andrews. Rosemary Andrews did a ton of volunteer work, including food preparation and pickup, decorations, photography and publicity info distribution. And Chris Spence — thanks for your Sunday afternoon always-wonderful photography.

For use of the venues, a big thanks to Leanna and Kevin Moos for all their assistance at the Inn at Harbour Village. Oysterville Church is always a perfect venue for an intimate concert — thanks Sydney and Nyel Stevens for the use of your home as a green room. The Eagles Nest in Ilwaco was a perfect venue for our classical piano concert — roomy, beautiful views, up-close-and-personal seating for the concert, and very friendly cooperation and assistance from the staff! To Beach Barons, our sincere thanks for use of your chairs. Our musicians were wonderfully housed at the Adrift Hotel (Tiffany Turner) and at the home of Danah Vervalin. Our heartfelt appreciation to Tiffany and Danah. And to David Campiche and Laurie Anderson for hosting an artists’ breakfast — very, very nice of you! Thanks!

Our Fandango artists thoroughly enjoyed a senior outreach performance at Golden Sands. Thanks so much to Andrea Matzen for your assistance in organizing the outreach for residents.

Our event planning takes place, of course, at all of our meetings. We heartily thank the Lighthouse Resort for accommodating us in their lovely conference room.

Many thanks to volunteer bartenders Rainer Houser, Fred Marshall, Dan Geyer and Terry Stark, as well as board member Jim Sherman. The coffee was generously provided by Abbracci’s Coffee House in Long Beach. You have a wonderful coffee house and were terrific to work with. To the Chinook Observer, our thanks for your coverage of the festival. Thanks to Marilyn Gilbaugh who always writes a terrific article for Coast Weekend. Thanks to Carol Newman, who hosts us on KMUN before each of our events. Rachel Lake, Music Director at the Ilwaco high school, was a great help in providing music stands, not to forget the marvelous Young Artist she arranged to have perform — Christopher Lake. And Kathleen Davies, your Facebook work was thorough, creative, and much appreciated. Thanks also to Nansen Malin for her Facebook assistance. Thanks to Susan Spence for ongoing superb work on publicity materials and programs.

Last but not least, thanks to our audiences and donors for supporting us. Without you, we would not be able to do what we do — bring world-class music to the Peninsula and support music in the schools. And in our ongoing efforts to support those programs and involve students in musical events, we had a group of students from Naselle and Ilwaco High Schools serving appetizers and cookies, and cleaning up the venue at our Sunday concert. Thanks to Amy Chadwick and Rachel Lake for arranging to have these wonderful young people involved. All of you did a very professional, friendly, and efficient job and we loved having you at the concert and being able to listen to Alpin Hong! Thanks also to Rachel for arranging for a rousing Educational Outreach on Monday morning starring Alpin Hong, and involving the entire middle school and all of the high school music students.

Yes, it takes a village, and we had what felt more like a big city helping — thanks to one and all!

Diane Marshall

Festival Chair

The AAUW Forum on Oct. 11 was a success because of the people who helped, the candidates and those who attended and asked questions. We would especially like to thank Raymond Bank for the publicity, the committee members of AAUW, Sandy Stonebreaker, Kathy Condron, Dixie Wood, Donna Ayers and Martha Wharton. A special thanks to Amy Huntley who arranged the sound and lighting and secured the auditorium at Hilltop for the event. It was a community effort and greatly proud and appreciative of everyone who lent a hand in making it a success.

Barbara Carmel

American Association of University Women

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