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A trio of craft breweries in Wenatchee have taken up Our Valley, Our Future
on its recommendation and decided to start the community’s first brewery district.
Wenatchee Brewers Row includes Badger Mountain Brewery, Columbia Valley Brewery and
Wenatchee Valley Brewery. All the breweries are located near the Columbia River waterfront
and within walking distance of each other.
The idea for the crafty brewery district came from residents during Our Valley, Our Future’s
community outreach work in 2015-16. The district is one of 149 action items in the Our Valley
Action Plan, released last November.
“We’ve started the district as a way to cast a spotlight on the great quality tastes, styles and
presentations found at each of the craft breweries,” said Wenatchee Valley Brewing owner Dan
Bass. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Why not us?’”
Wenatchee Brewers Row will officially kick off its formation with a release party from 4 to 7 p.m.,
Oct.19, at the Wenatchee Valley Visitors Center, 137 N. Wenatchee Ave.
The breweries will hold their own individual launch events over the following three days — with
Columbia Valley on tap for Oct. 20, Badger Mountain for Oct. 21 and Wenatchee Valley for Oct.
Taking advantage of the close proximity to each other, the Wenatchee Brewers Row district is
putting together an “ale trail” map. Locals and visitors who stop by each brewery and get the
map stamped will receive a commemorative stainless steel pint glass at the last stop on the ale
trail: the tap house at the Wenatchee Valley Visitors Center.
Local officials who have privy to the district’s formation say it has the potential to boost
waterfront redevelopment and to allow more entrepreneurs to take advantage of the craft beer
trend. Brewers Row is interested in expanding in East Wenatchee and up the Wenatchee
Badger Mountain Brewing manager Ceann Lee anticipates Brewer’s Row growing and attracting
additional investment.
“The more people know, the better off we all are. And hopefully a few more local brewers will
open their own brewery doors and join the efforts of beer craftsmanship in the area,” Lee said.
Some also expect the district will create more of a vibe for the community. Bass said
Wenatchee Brewers Row is already talking about putting on several events and activities each
year, and geared to both locals and visitors.
“Our opportunities are endless,” he said.
Funding to help establish Wenatchee Brewers Row came from the Our Valley, Our Future small
grants program, the Wenatchee Tourism Promotion Area group, and the breweries themselves.
The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has provided in-kind support. Our Valley
facilitated planning meetings.
The Brewers Row logo was created by Wenatchee graphic designer Lars Ringsrud. It features
an osprey, whose local habitat includes areas along the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.
“The idea for including the osprey in the logo arose during our planning meetings,” said Steve
Maher, Our Valley project coordinator. “It’s such a natural as it captures our sense of place.
From craft beer to old industrial areas to recreation and wildlife, Wenatchee Brewers Row truly
highlights the community’s finest.”
Columbia Valley Brewery, 538 Riverside Drive, is Wenatchee’s oldest commercial brewery,
opening in 2012 adjacent to Riverfront Park. Badger Mountain Brewery, 1 Orondo Ave.,
followed in 2013 in an old fruit warehouse building in downtown Wenatchee. And Wenatchee
Valley Brewing, 108 E. Island View St., opened its doors in 2016 after converting an old house
next to Riverfront Park.



– Our Valley conducted a Regional Housing Survey in July and August, and the findings will be released at 6 p.m. Sept. 20, during a “Where Will We Live?” Community Housing Forum at Pybus Market’s Events Center. The event also will kick off discussions about potential solutions to the region’s housing woes. About 1,700 people completed Our Valley’s housing survey. Of that number, more than 700 people took the time to write short personal stories about the housing challenges they and others are facing in the region.

Seating is limited. If you would like to attend the Sept. 20 Community Housing Forum, please RSVP to info@ourvalleyourfuture.org. Include your name and number of attendees. The deadline to RSVP is Sept. 18.

– Our Valley, Our Future awarded two more grants in early August: 1) A $5,000 grant to the Cascadia Conservation District to support new and existing Firewise communities in Chelan County and to communicate to the overall community the benefits of reducing wildfire risks. Cascadia Conservation District is the lead partner on the Long-Term Wildfire Recovery Initiative Project and the Healthy Forests & Wildland-Urban Interface Project – both of which are specific actions in the Our Valley Action Plan released last November. 2) A $10,000 grant to the WSU Wenatchee Research & Extension Center for strategic planning and a seminar series leading to the development of a Graduate Research Center in the Wenatchee Valley. Momentum is growing for this game-changer and its emphasis on utilizing the community’s existing assets!

– Several projects in the Our Valley Action Plan, which was released last November, have recently met with success:

  • Our first game-changer project, a Regional Trails Organization, has been completed with the formation of Wenatchee Valley TREAD! The nonprofit group’s main task is to advocate for and coordinate a regional trails system in Chelan and Douglas counties. Board members include Jeff Ostenson, Bob Bugert, Jennifer Korfiatis, Josh Jorgensen, George Velazquez, John Sobba, Travis Hornby, Mat Lyons, and Joel Rhyner. The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, the lead partner on the game-changer, is providing TREAD administrative support.
  • The Chelan-Douglas Regional Bicycle Advisory Board has partially completed the Plan 6.2 Bicycle Amenities & Information action item with the publication of a new bike map. To check the map out online, please click here.
  • The City of Wenatchee has partially completed the Prosper 5.6 Waterfront Destination and Plan 3.1 Riverfront Redevelopment action items with the coming Hilton Garden Hotel that is being built next to Pybus Public Market.
  • Boys & Girls Club has partially completed the Live 3.2 Boys & Girls Club action item with the signing of a property lease agreement in Malaga for a new club facility.
  • And the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has completed the Prosper 5.6 Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study action item with the August release of the Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study of Chelan and Douglas Counties. For a glance at the study, please click here.

– Another upcoming event to put on your calendars: Our Valley, Our Future will release its annual report to the community on Make a Difference Day, Oct. 28. The event, which will include a social, will be held in the afternoon hours at a site TBD. Stay tuned for more!

This Saturday’s Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon has been canceled due to
continuing poor air quality forecast for the region, organizing group RunWenatchee announced
“You never want to cancel a race,” said race director Joel Rhyner. “But the health and safety of
our runners is our number one concern. We would never want to put any of our runners in harm’s
way. The air quality needs to be in the good range. Even with moderate air quality, we’re putting
runners at risk as well as all the volunteers along the race course.
“We’ve consulted with health officials and monitored air quality forecasts, and it’s a fluid situation,
changing day to day,” Rhyner said. “We just can’t guarantee good, healthy race conditions on
Saturday morning. And we can’t wait any longer to make a decision because registrants have
travel plans and we need time to notify vendors and all of our volunteers. We spoke to our
presenting sponsor, the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, and they concurred with the
decision, too.”
Runners can receive a 25 percent reimbursement of their registration fee or receive a transfer
into one of RunWenatchee’s final two races in 2017 — the Oktoberfest 10-Mile and 5-Mile Trail
Runs in Leavenworth or the Nov. 23 Turkey on the Run 12K and 5K in Wenatchee. They have
until Sept. 24 to notify RunWenatchee which option they’d like. Those who choose one of the
upcoming races will have an entry code sent to them. (For more details see below.)
“At this point during race week, virtually all of our race costs have already been incurred so we
can only refund people a percentage of their entry fee,” Rhyner said. “We have a no refund policy
that we adhere to. However, due to these unforeseen circumstances, we want to do what we can
to make things better for runners.”
Like other areas in the Pacific Northwest, Lake Chelan has been dealing with poor air quality due
to smoke from wildfires for the past few weeks. Depending on wind direction, the smoke has
come from wildfires burning in Washington state, British Columbia, Alberta, Idaho, Montana and
Within the past week, a new fire broke out on Lake Chelan’s north shore. Other fires are burning
near Winthrop, Leavenworth and Cle Elum. Their effects on local air quality vary through the day.
“The smoke is coming from all sides; that’s the problem,” Rhyner said. “It isn’t like we are dealing
with one or two fires from a certain location. It makes determining future air quality — even a few
days out — difficult.”
“Smoke conditions can change rapidly as winds shift, which makes these decisions difficult, but
we definitely recommend that people avoid activities involving exertion, such as running, in smoky
conditions,” said Barry Kling, administrator of the Chelan-Douglas Health District.
National Weather Service forecaster Bryce Williams told The Wenatchee World newspaper,
“We’re surrounded by fires. And smoke is reaching the center of the state (including Lake Chelan
and Wenatchee) from all directions, depending on the air currents at different elevations.”
A change in wind direction is expected in the Northwest by early Friday. But the National Weather
Service said this (Wednesday) morning it’s unclear if and when that will impact local air quality.
The Shore to Shore Half-Marathon was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Lakeside Park
in Chelan, followed by the 10K at 8:30 a.m. at the Chelan Shores Development. Both point-topoint
races were to finish next to Manson Bay Park in Manson.
The event would have celebrated its 16th year on Saturday. RunWenatchee has organized Shore
to Shore since 2011.
Registrants must let organizers know which of the two options they are choosing by emailing
info@runwenatchee.com by Sept. 24.
Here are the two options for runners:
1. Receive a 25 percent reimbursement of your registration fee (less Event.com fees).
2. Receive a transfer entry into the Oct. 14 Oktoberfest Trail Runs in Leavenworth or the Nov. 23
Turkey on the Run 12K and 5K in Wenatchee. Those who choose the entry into one of the
upcoming races will have an entry code emailed to them.
Registrants must let RunWenatchee know which option they are choosing by emailing
info@runwenatchee.com by Sept. 24. They should include their name and use the subject hed,
“Lake Chelan.”
Registrants can pick up their race shirts at two locations and days:
1) From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Thursday at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee
2) From 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday at Vin du Lac Winery in Chelan.
Please note: These are the only two places the shirts will be available. Shirts will not be mailed.
Shirts not claimed will be donated to charity.

The Central Washington Chapter of The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (Evergreen Central) has received a trail maintenance grant from The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA). The $10,640 grant was awarded through NSWA’s National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grant Program, with the intent to assist the US Forest Service Wenatchee Ranger District with its 60% trail maintenance backlog. The grant is yet another example of Evergreen’s grrwoing role in the Wenatchee recreation economy.

Evergreen Central has already mobilized crews and volunteers to maintain about 30 miles of trail within the Devil’s Gulch and Mission Ridge trail system. All work will be completed in 2017.  Evergreen has committed more than 600 volunteer hours as well as a $2,000 cash match to increase the grant’s impact and benefit to the local community.  Travis Hornby is the Project Manager, assisted by Alex Brieger, who leads all volunteer efforts. Evergreen Central has also partnered with Troy Bassett of Trails NFP, a skilled trail builder who will be responsible for much of the machine-based maintenance tasks.

The Devil’s Gulch and Mission Ridge trails are open to multiple recreational uses including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorcycling. Over time, this popular trail networks increasing use, combined with maintenance backlogs, have created tread, drainage, overgrowth, and erosion problems that have much degraded the user experience. Evergreen Central recognized this issue and successfully applied for the NWSA grant.  “We have been looking for ways to strengthen our Central Chapter’s impact and hire professional trail crew to work more strategically on comprehensive trail network planning, construction, and maintenance” says Evergreen’s Executive Director Yvonne Kraus. “This grant is just a first in our efforts to build up a full time trail crew and secure more funds for recreational trails around Wenatchee, Chelan, and Leavenworth.”

“We are really excited to be able to take on this project,” said Travis Hornby, Evergreen Central President. “The Devil’s Gulch trail system is a very popular and sees heavy use from multiple user groups and we are very happy to work with the forest service to improve the trail for all.”  Hornby has already mobilized a trail crew, with more than 200 labor hours and over 100 volunteer hours already reported since July 20th.  Evergreen Central encourages any trail enthusiast to become involved and help with a work party.  Contact Alex Brieger by emailing alexb@evergreenmtb.org for more information, and check the Evergreen Work party Calendar at cwevergreenmtb.org to come out and dig. “Our work parties are a ton of fun, and you learn a lot about trail building basics” says Evergreen’s Volunteer Coordinator Alex Brieger.  “Come out with us and give back to our trails – even if you have no experience – come learn what trail building is all about and what it takes to keep our regional trails in good shape.”

The National Wilderness Trail Stewardship Grant Program awards funds to trails and stewardship organizations for increasing trail maintenance accomplishments and reducing deferred maintenance (trail backlog) on National Forest System trails. A total of 23 grants, were issued for a total of $230,000 nationwide. 90 proposals were received, requesting over $1,000,000 in funding. For more info on the NWSA visit their website www.wildernessalliance.org.

Over the years with Voortex Productions, my crew and I have spent a lot of time on the road; cameras in hand and ready for unexpected opportunities. Up before the sun, we capture the world through it’s best hues: the blues, the golds, the calm. We are always awestruck by the subtle beauty we find in seemingly random places. We come home and share our excitement with our family, friends and clients – telling them how much we wish we could experience some of the magic with them. An image is a window into a story. It offers emotions and reflection but is absent of the first hand experience. With each film that we create at Voortex Productions, we attempt to capture authentic experiences as best we can using the tools at our disposal, but nothing can ever replace actually being there. With Voortex Journeys, our hope is to bring people into a live environment to witness stories first hand as they unfold,  and teach them how to capture those experiences to share with others.

Anybody with a touch of wanderlust or desire to see the world through a different lens can join us for a journey, to create your own story, and experience some of the discoveries of the natural world. You can come on a journey to connect with others, with nature, and hopefully, ultimately, with yourself.

One client we have always loved to work with at Voortex Productions is The Cascade Loop Association. We had the opportunity to do a piece for them exploring “Washington’s Ultimate Road trip” and had a great time making it. Today they have become an essential partner, as many of our Journeys are along some or all of the Cascade Loop. The 440 mile loop is really something special. It has so much variety of landscape and wildlife, as well as numerous great accommodations, eateries, activities and parks along the way. Through this partnership, we are continually looking for new things Found on the Cascade Loop to share with you. In addition, as an Image Master of Tamron Lenses, we are proud to be able to offer a whole kit of demo lenses for guests on a Journey to be able to try out.

We love seeing the world through a photographic lens, and are honored to have the opportunity to share some of our knowledge and passions with you. We invite you to join us and experience the magic of a journey.

-Charley Voorhis, Owner
Voortex Journeys/Voortex Productions/Voortex Live

The heat might have gotten to the folks at Mission as the reached out today with breaking news?

Countdown to snowmaking has begun!  96 Days; 13 Hours; 42 Minutes

We might be in the middle of summer but the heat has us looking forward to cooler times to come. Anticipation is building and the countdown to snowmaking has officially begun! Stay tuned in to our homepage as we count down the days until the start of snowmaking November 1st. Until then, mentally escape the heat by watching this quick video tribute to the one of the rarest (and craziest) of mountain employee breeds…The Snowmaker.

Summer Dinner at the Chair 5 Pub perhaps? Higher elevation means cooler temps 🙂  Friday, August 4th – make reservations now!  

Additional Passholder Benefits announced so you know that means they have not been slacking all summer – they’ve been negotiating, making your pass even more valuable!  and not just for skiing dude, discounts on skydiving and slidewaters and beer!

The Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market begins their “mid-week” market on
Thursdays beginning June 22, in the south end parking lot of Pybus Market, from
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Fresh produce from local farms, including Bickford
Orchards and Yaksum Farms, will be on hand with seasonal favorites. Local
cherries will be available at the opening on June 22.
“We know that residents want access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables mid
week and not just on Saturdays, so our Thursday market is perfect for them,”
said Farmers market manager Britany Meiklen. “The Thursday day coincides with
the popular Run Wenatchee club run/walk and the 3:00pm to 7:00pm timeframe
allows many with day jobs to do their shopping after work,” added Meiklen.
The Thursday farmers market, like their larger Saturday market, accepts WIC,
SNFMP, EBT/Fresh Bucks, credit and debit.
For more information regarding the Thursday Farmers Market, please visit
www.wenatcheefarmersmarket.com or contact Britany Meiklen at 509-663-8712

Geology, history, and Native American traditions are prominent in our local culture. But how much do you know about these elements that make the valley so special?  The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is once again offering a series of tours designed to educate and entertain all who attend.

These bus tours all originate at the museum and include expert guides. Many of the tours are new this year. Several are returning. Here is a summary of the schedule:

June 3 – Native Heritage Tour, Moses Coulee:  This new tour lets participants explore significant cultural sites of the Sinkiuse people including paint gathering, projectile manufacturing and cave locations with guide Randy Lewis. Lewis grew up with a strong understanding and sense of place within Native American Columbia Plateau indigenous society. He traces his roots to the Wenatchi band. His life experiences include fishing at Celilo Falls before waters from the construction of The Dalles Dam inundated the Columbia River site. In addition to Wenatchee Heights and Celilo Falls, Lewis lived with extended family in Okanagan County and Ellensburg. All these experiences contribute to the wealth of knowledge he is eager to share. Lewis’ enthusiasm for the history of his people, the stories of his ancestors and their relation to the surrounding landscape comes from a hope for greater understanding and respect of ancient cultures. He hopes that deeper appreciation will transcend to how people approach the discovery of Native American artifacts.

The Moses Coulee is significant for several reasons. It is believed to be the birthplace of Chief Moses. In addition, significant cave locations throughout the coulee were places to gather. The Coulee is the site of standoffs between Chief Moses and the Cavalry. Tribes used the fishing sites near Rock Island at the mouth of Moses Coulee, they gathered roots, and they gathered minerals used in pictograph painting along the Coulee. There are also lithic sites where projectile points were manufactured. Using the mouth of the Moses Coulee as a backdrop, Lewis will explain the significance of the Colockum area to tribes.

June 10 – Ice Age Flood Trail Tour:  This tour includes stops at Three Devils Cataracts, Moses Coulee, and Dry Falls. Participants will get to see Brewster’s grand terrace, Boulder Park and Withrow Morraine. Explanations of the pillow basalts between Douglas and Waterville, as well as a possible stop at the Waterville Museum are included. At Corbaley Canyon, they will see a volcanic dike fissure.  Along the tour, expert guides will point out and discuss giant boulders, kettles, kames and eskers.

Wenatchee Valley Museum is fortunate to have two highly trained guides leading this tour: Brent Cunderla and Ken Lacy. Cunderla is a retired geologist from the Bureau of Land Management. He is current president of the Wenatchee Valley Erratics, a chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute. Lacy is a board member of the Ice Age Floods Institute. Both are passionate about sharing the story of North Central Washington geology.

July 8 – Malaga Tour:  This all-new geologic venture first visits two locations where gold has been mined within the vicinity of Wenatchee. Mining for gold started almost 150 years by Chinese miners around 1870 in an area that later became the location of the Gold King/Lovitt Mines. In 1985 the Cannon Mine opened and operated for about 10 years, producing more than one-million ounces of gold and in excess of two-million ounces of silver before closing in 1994 due to lack of mineable reserves. Several unique geologic features will be observed along the route. These include Saddle Rock, Owl Sisters, and Stemilt Pinnacles. All these features are known to have Native American significance.

Imagine a wall of water almost 1,000 feet deep encompassing the Wenatchee valley. The Ice Age Floods story will be highlighted at several stops along the field trip route. The enormous Pangborn Bar, thousands of bed-load boulders rolled from distant locations, and the Moses Coulee flood bar are a few of the specific features that will be observed. The last stop on the excursion will be at the Malaga Springs Winery. The site lies at the base of Jump-Off-Joe Ridge, high on the hillside south of Malaga. An overview of the unique geology and Ice Age Floods story will be explained at this stop best due to the great scenic vistas from this location. This will be our lunch stop and time will allow wine tasting. Cunderla and  Lacy lead this tour.

August 19 – Wellington Tour:  On March 1, 1910, the deadliest avalanche in North American history swept down the snowy Cascades, burying two trains and killing 96 people. This tour includes the Wellington avalanche site and four other sites between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass that played ortant roles in the history of the Great Northern Railway Company. Those who want to learn more about the disaster before the tour might want to read Gary Krist’s book The White Cascade, available in the museum gift shop.

Historian and museum Curator of Collections Melanie Wachholder of Wenatchee will lead the tour. Tour goers will hear an overview of GNR history, view photos and artifacts from the Wellington Disaster, and then board a tour bus. The bus will then travel west on U.S. Highway 2, stopping for discussion at several points of interest. The final stop will be the interpretive site at Wellington, where participants will have lunch and take a half-mile walk around the area of the disaster. Those who wish may take a longer hike along the Iron Goat Trail.

September 9 – The Great Escape Geology Tour:  Ice Age Floods, using the Grand Coulee and the Upper Crab Creek drainages, filled the Quincy Basin at a rate up to 16.5 million cubic meters of water per second. This tour will examine the incredible erosive consequences of the floodwaters escaping the Quincy Basin, via Lynch, Potholes and Frenchman Springs Coulees. In addition, it examines the eight mile wide Drumheller Channels, through which most of the Quincy Basin floodwaters drained largely down the Lower Crab Creek drainage, toward the Columbia River at Beverly, Washington. Cunderla and  Lacy lead this tour.

October  14 – Fire and Ice Geology Tour:  Head to the site of the largest landslide to have occurred in the country. Participants learn to read and understand the features of the basalt cliffs. At the Waterville Plateau, evidence of the continental ice sheet that once covered this area can be seen, including: Withrow Terminal Moraine, kames, eskars, drumlins and kettles. See the Grand Terrace at Brewster and the source of the glacial erratics that cover so much of the Waterville Plateau.  The tour’s final stop is the volcanic feeder dikes at Pine Canyon. Cunderla and  Lacy lead this tour.

Tickets and advance registration are required for all tours.  They vary in length and price. Details are available on the museum website at WenatcheeValleyMuseum.org.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center occupies two former federal buildings constructed in 1917 and 1937. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Led by the efforts of the Columbia River Archeological Society, the museum was established in 1939 as a way to publicly display extensive private collections of local American Indian artifacts. The museum opened its doors in its current location in 1978 after outgrowing the Wenatchee Carnegie Building at Memorial Park. Today the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center operates as an independent nonprofit with generous support from the cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee and a strong membership base.

The buildings house two floors of engaging exhibits and are home to a diverse set of educational programming offerings including school tours, living history presentations, theater organ concerts, lectures, STEM enrichment classes, lectures and films. The basements of the two buildings house an extensive collection of more than 60,000 artifacts related to preserving the rich heritage and diversity of North Central Washington. The museum is located at 127 S. Mission Street in Wenatchee. Regular hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.WenatcheeValleyMuseum.org or call (509) 888-6240.

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Tickets are on sale now to the Numerica Performing Arts Center’s 2017 Hot August Nights production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Producers Don Fox and Jaime Donegan will lead an all-star local cast to produce 12 performances of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical sponsored by Tom K. Michael DDS, PS. The show will run for three weeks: August 3-5, 9-12, 16-19 with Wednesday and Thursday performances at 7:00pm, Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00pm, and a matinee on August 12 at 2:00pm.

Hot August Nights is known for its unique seating – and audiences can expect the same intimate seating for La Cage. Set entirely on the Numerica PAC stage in proscenium-style seating, ticket prices are $25-$29 with front row tables at an additional $10 per seat. This year’s VIP seating is in the Cabana sections. Cabana packages include premium seating for groups of 4-6 in cabana seats with champagne (must be 21 or older) at an additional $25 per seat.

La Cage is set in the French Riviera in the town of St. Tropez, where Georges (played by Matt Cadman) and Albin (played by Matthew Pippin) – two men partnered for better or worse – own a nightclub featuring female impersonators and Albin as the “star” performer. When Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician, Georges agrees to masquerade as “normal” when they meet the family of the bride-to-be, but Albin has other plans – with hilarious results. Parental guidance recommended for adult themes.

For information and tickets, visit www.numericapac.org, call 509-663-ARTS, or visit the Numerica PAC box office at the Stanley Civic Center on Wenatchee Avenue. Summer hours are 11am – 5pm. Support for La Cage Aux Folles provided by Central Washington Water, Beckstead Electric, Dave & Sandy Gellatly, Hodgson’s Home Care adult family home, and North 40 Productions. The media sponsor for this production is Icicle Broadcasting.

La Cage Aux Folles is based on the book by Tony Award Winning writer of “Newsies” and “Kinky Boots”, Harvey Fierstein. Music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Winning composer of “Hello Dolly”, Jerry Herman. Based on the play by Jean Poiret that inspired the Robin Williams and Nathan Lane movie “The Birdcage”.

On the first weekend in May, while we were celebrating Apple Blossoms in Wenatchee, Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort was awarded the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Conversion Cup Award for best learn to ski/snowboard program in the country during the NSAA Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mission Ridge’s Learn to Ski/Snowboard Freedom Pass Program has been a hit with guests up on the mountain and now ski areas around the country are taking notice.

Nominated for the second consecutive year, Mission Ridge beat out Whislter Blackcomb in British Columbia, Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado, and Boreal Mountain Resort in California. The Conversion Cup trophy, which travels around the country annually, resided last year in Massachusetts at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area. Other past winners of the prestigious award include Killington Ski Resort in Vermont, Camelback Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, Mountain Creek in New Jersey, and Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.

“Being nominated two straight years and being mentioned along side the other resort nominees has itself been a tremendous honor,” said Tony Hickok Mission Ridge’s Marketing Director. “But winning and being able to deliver this trophy to Wenatchee and to all of our staff is the real honor. A program like the Learn to SKi/Snowboard Freedom Pass takes the commitment of the entire mountain and especially our Ski School, Rental, and Ticketing staffs. Not only has this program given nearly 2,000 people who had never experienced skiing or snowboarding the opportunity to fall in love with the sport, it also brought us together as an organization. It has made our mountain family an even tighter knit group,” Hickok continued.

Mission Ridge’s Freedom Pass program provided unlimited beginner lessons, gear rentals, and beginner terrain access for the entire season for just $159. The program is designed to give new skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to transition from never having skied or snowboarded to feeling confident in their abilities and excited to explore more of the mountain.