The warmth of a wood stove fire, the sounds of holiday music, the aroma of a fantastic baked potato bar, homemade caramel corn, and the fragrance of pine boughs, along with folks chatting with vendors of all kinds, filled the 100 year old Great Hall Saturday at the Camden Grange & Community Center's first FALL VENDOR FAIR.
The quality of the vendors was fantastic — with everything from jewelry, farm and garden products such as goat cheese, honey, jams & jellies, and crafts such as painted stones, handmade soaps, photography, and woodcrafts — filled the Grange's Great Hall. In the kitchen, just $4 got you a baked potato with more fix'ns than you could imagine.
To the more than 100 patrons who attended, supporting our local farmers and artisans while enjoying the warm atmosphere of the event, Thank you!! You have definitely put this event on the future MUST DO list for all those in Elk, Camden and surrounding areas.
A huge THANK YOU to Lauri Chamberlin and her crew of dedicated helpers who worked tirelessly to make this event a success!! We can't wait to see what you do next! 😉
Add the Camden Grange & Community Center website address to your "Favorites" and stay tuned for upcoming exciting events. www.camdengrange.org and follow us on FaceBook.
Our Artist in Residence, Carolyn Durham recently guided a group of both experienced and first time students in the finer points of fine art. Each student was provided with all the materials necessary for producing their own interpretation of Carolyn’s original warm and cozy Autumn painting: stretched canvas, table top easel, paints, brushes, and more. Importantly, Carolyn provided step by step directions, helpful hints, and encouragement to each student – you can see the gleam of success in the eyes of the students in their graduation photograph.
Carolyn’s next fine art acrylic painting class is scheduled for Saturday, 10 December, from noon to 4 P.M., and will cost $30 per student.
You can register for this class HERE.
During the Winter of 2021-2022, the ice on the grange roof was thick enough and heavy enough to slide down during a “warming” spell, and slice off our wood stove's concrete block chimney!
Happily, our local skilled mason, Chris Hansen, was able to install a new chimney in the following Summer, and heating our Great Hall was again possible.
BUT, our long-term thinking Grange Stewards, Chad and Lee, asked, “What if we have another ice problem next Winter?”, and they promptly installed a metal diverter to alleviate the possibility. Also called a “chimney cricket”, the diverter splits the running water and sliding snow/ice down each side and around the chimney.
Well done, to both Chad and Lee!
HIGHLIGHTS AND ON-GOING (*) SPECIAL EVENTS FOR OCTOBER 2022
*03 October: 6 P.M. – Camden Grange and Community Center committee meeting – all are invited to bring their interests, skills, and suggestions.
*08 October: 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. – Farmers’ Market at Camden Grange.
*11 October: 7 P.M. – Elk-Camden Garden Keepers garden club annual Harvest Dinner and last meeting for 2022.
*19 October: 10 A.M. – noon – quilting club meeting.
*20 October: 6:30 P.M. – HAM radio operator’s club meeting.
05 October – FOOD PRESERVATION, FREEZE DRYING
08 October – BASKET WEAVING 3
15 October – MOZZARELLA CHEESE MAKING AT HOME
19 October – SOURDOUGH BREAD BAKING!
22 October – FINE ART ACRYLIC PAINTING
26 October – HOMEMADE JERKY!
29 October – DOG TRAINING SEMINAR
DETAILS ON THESE EVENTS CAN BE SEEN ON THE "EVENTS & CLASSES" PAGE
We need volunteers, PLEASE!!
A work party is going to attempt cleaning up the Main Hall to get it ready for a host of upcoming indoor events.
When? This Thursday, August 25 from 7PM - 9PM
So come on down and bring your favorite work gloves!
Those who help will be treated to FREE ice cream provided by our generous president, Mary Lee Rozelle.
Thank you for your consideration!!
Our July class on “Instant Pot” pulled pork was a big hit with the students, especially when instructor Pat McGinty told them there was pulled pork barbecue sauce sandwiches and chips on the post-class menu.
Pat offered lots of tips on saving food budget money, and on saving precious food preparation time in the kitchen.
More “Instant Pot” classes are on the horizon (including a class using unique dessert recipes), so please stay tuned!
Camden Grange and Community Center announces that their free lending library house is now open to the public.
The library is a free book-sharing box, built by members of Camden Grange’s 48 North 4-H Club, where anyone may take or leave a gently-used book to share with others. Community members are not required to share a book in order to take one, but it is recommended to give back to the library to ensure books are always available to the public.
Members of Camden Grange and Community Center hope the community is able to use the library to inspire a love of reading, and as a way to share their own favorite books (appropriate for kids, teens, and adults) with others.
The library is situated on the front porch of Camden Grange, which is located at 7 Camden Road, Elk, WA 99009
MORE JUNE OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP CAMDEN GRANGE!
Dear Friends of Camden Grange and Community Center:
Another June opportunity to help us re-connect our Grange with our community is upon us. We plan to clean out and organize the Grange basement on Friday, the 24th of June, from 1-4 P.M.
We are looking for some friends to help lift and tote stuff of questionable value, out of the basement, and into a stock trailer for eventual disposal.
Grange President Mary Lee Rozelle has offered to provide pork “sloppy joe” sandwiches and all the fixin’s for the crew. Should be one of those “many hands make light work” things, LOL. Please feel free to bring your older teenaged helpers, and if you have access to a hand truck (“dolly”), pushbroom, dustpan, etc., please bring them as well.
You can contact me to let me know that you are available at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 509-292-0326.
Thanks, Jim Mcginty
Dear Friends of Camden Grange:
Quite a few of you have asked me what you can actually DO for our newly-reactivated grange and community center.
Opportunities in June abound, LOL!
On 18 June, during our community’s annual Elk Pioneer Days celebration, we will be hosting a “Heritage Day at Camden Grange”, with a big display of vintage photographs of Elk and Camden, an exhibit of antique homestead and farm equipment, and (especially for children) a “touch and teach” collection of pioneer-era home and kitchen tools. Children will be invited to churn butter, spin wool, shell corn, grind beans, and other fun activities.
This “Heritage Day” will run from noon to four P.M., and is free to the public.
If you have a vintage tool, and would like to show, and can demonstrate that tool, we would appreciate your time and effort – you can simply email me at email@example.com or call me at 509-292-0326.
Thanks for your consideration – all our efforts at restoring Camden Grange and Community Center to its place as the “heart of the community” are paying off – again, thank you.