The community is gearing up to celebrate the 100th year of Flag Day celebrations at the Wauconda Community Hall on Saturday.
Opening night proceeds go to Tonasket Food Bank
Shakespeare meets the 1960s in a two-weekend production of the Bard’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”
A fundraiser for the Washington State Nashville Country Star program will be at 5 p.m. June 21 at the Okanogan Eagles Club, 1820 N. Second Ave.
Omak singer hopes to take the stage
A band that was a hot West Coast draw during the 1970s and ‘80s will offer a reunion concert Saturday in the former Fletcher’s Key building, 120 Pine St.
Tonasket residents’ actor son offers prize in fundraiser for Water Ranch
One lunch charity raffle winner will be able hang out with famous Hollywood actor and musician Jack Black this month, and at the same time help support the proposed Tonasket Water Ranch and Pool Project.
Funeral service is Monday at tribes’ Omak Longhouse
Larry “Little Beaver” Condon and friends were shooting the breeze when someone asked the famous bullrider how the heck he got to Madison Square Garden for competition in the 1960s.
People choose 1940 Ford pickup as best
A huge turnout provided the region with a ton of cars and vendors at the 21st annual Swap Meet and Car Show presented by the Friendly OK Car Club on May 9-11 at East Side Park.
Blues fest joins rally
The 12th annual Run for the Border motorcycle rally and fundraiser will be Saturday with a run from Wenatchee to Oroville.
May 14, 2014- Arts & Entertainment Briefs
Traditional May Pole Dance set for Saturday afternoon
This weekend’s 80th annual May Festival will feature a weekend-long lineup of events from royalty coronation to a parade, basketball tournament, bass tournament and the traditional May Pole Dance.
Pro-West rodeo performances are Friday, Saturday
Colorama Festival returns this week for its 57th year with popular activities, from a carnival to a parade, helicopter rides, races and more.
Two-weekend run begins Friday; show includes ‘Jitterbug’
“The Wizard of Oz” blows into the Performing Arts Center on Friday for its first weekend of a two-weekend run.
Children turn out for Easter egg hunts
Shoppers can get their ‘junk fix’
Vendors from all over the Northwest are expected for Saturday’s fourth annual Vintage Faire. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. ‘ “It’s great to offer such a great venue for people’s junk fix,” said Kris Little, one of the event’s three organizers. The 50-plus vendors will offer antiques, salvaged items, jewelry, vintage goods, repurposed wares, farm junk and furniture. Booths will be in the beef barn, commercial building, the north end of the home economics building and outside. “Glampers” will offer items for glamorous, vintage-style camping. Food and beverage will be offered in the CattleWomen’s red barn and a “Blue Ribbon Bar” will be open in the grassy midway area. Beverages and an ice cream stand area also planned. Music will be provided by a brass band and a guitarist. A Vintage Faire Store will offer souvenirs, including hooded sweatshirts, beer cozies, antique replica toys, candy, canvas shopping bags and a photo booth at which people can dress up and take photos. “You could spend a whole day” at the faire shopping, eating and watching other shoppers, Little said. Last year’s faire drew around 2,300 people. “Every year we get more,” Little said. “It’s grown. It’s blown away our expectations.” “It brings in a lot more people to the fairgrounds and the community,” fairgrounds clerk Loretta Houston said. “It’s awesome. I can’t wait.” She said the faire is one of the bigger events at the fairgrounds, with several buildings and the outdoor area used. The RV area also sees increased use during the weekend. Little said some people bring wagons or wheeled wire shopping carts to haul away their purchases. Members of the Okanogan High School wrestling team will be on hand to carry larger items to vehicles in exchange for a donation to their team club. The Vintage Faire was started by five women “who love to junk” and wanted to share that love with others, Little said. Other founders are Tria Skirko, Brooke Somes, Teresa Sheeley and Kelly Buchert. Sheeley and Buchert have since bowed out of the faire. “We are just in awe that it worked,” Little said. “Now, people look forward to it.” Vendors are expected from Okanogan County and other Eastern Washington locales, and as far away as Idaho and Oregon. Shoppers come from all over the Northwest and into Canada. The organizers use a jury process to select vendors for a mix of vintage and handcrafted items. “We have pretty high standards,” Little said. Buying vintage items “can be an addiction” as shoppers hunt for specific items, great buys and things they didn’t know they needed, she said. It’s also a social event, as people greet friends they haven’t seen for awhile. “A lot will just sit and watch what other people bring out” in the way of purchases, Little said. “Some watch and giggle. Last year, one guy was out in the parking lot, tailgating, while waiting for his wife.”
There’s a young director with a ton of enthusiasm at the helm of this year’s Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Janelle Cutuli, 25, of Brewster, brings a variety of experiences to the region’s annual spring production May 2-4 and May 9-11 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 20 S. Cedar St. “She’s got some exciting ideas for capturing the mystery and awe of Oz,” longtime organization director and set and lighting designer Judy Johnston said Monday. “Janelle has been just absolutely wonderful to work with,” stage manager Carrie Zachow said. “She’s a fresh face to the production team. It’s great to work with someone with such a passion for theater. She’s doing great.” The organization seeks directors each year, with each providing a list of plays they would like to direct. Cutuli submitted “The Wizard of Oz” and “Cinderella,” which could not be done since it’s still on Broadway. “She’s done a wonderful job,” producer Kim Harriman said. “This dovetails nicely into what she wants to do for a living.” Cutuli opted to do a play based on the movie, with characters with which she and others are familiar. There also is a 1940s play based on the book, but there are major differences. For instance, Dorothy wears silver slippers and not ruby slippers as in the movie. “I wanted to take on the challenge of creating that sense of wonder that I had seen in the movie and trying to recreate that on the stage,” said Cutuli, who also loves the show’s music. This year’s play includes a Jitterbug scene that was cut from the movie. “I think we are doing really well,” Cutuli said of practices that have gone on for several weeks. “I am really excited for everybody to see it. I think we have a really great cast.” Cutuli’s first stage opportunity came when she was 8 years old and played Sprintze, one of Tevye’s young daughters, in “Fiddler on the Roof.” She worked the set for “South Pacific” two years ago. “I got a part when I was very young, and I so loved being on the stage,” she said. “It’s quite a rush. Being in that community, being with other people that are acting and being in plays gave me a lot of excitement and enjoyment.” Cutuli, a graduate of Brewster High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in education with an endorsement in theater from Western Washington University in Bellingham. Shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.