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The next meeting of the Harrington Opera House Society is changed to TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 at 7 PM. in The Art Room. (Monday night - GO ZAGS!) HOHS membership not required to attend - ALL are welcome! Consider becoming a member to help support the HOHS! Meeting Information.
Heidi Muller and Bob Webb, contemporary folk musicians will include songs from their recent CD release at 7:00 PM on April 29th.
Heidi Muller and Bob Webb (BIO) cross the musical boundaries between original songs and traditional tunes, blending each other’s influences from the Pacific Northwest to the Appalachian Mountains. Featuring dulcimers, guitars, mandolin, electric cello, and Muller’s crystalline vocals, they have released four duo recordings: Dulcimer Moon, Light the Winter’s Dark,Seeing Things, and their new release Up Hurricane Creek.
Tickets will be $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Tickets will also be avaialble soon at Harrington City Hall, Harrington Food Mart, Harrington Truck & Auto, Davenport Pharmacy, and Ritzville Drug. Tickets can also be reserved by calling Linda at 509-253-4719.
"Exploring Freedom" - Solo Piano Recital by Rebecca Hardy - May 6, 2017 - 4 PM
HOHS Piano & Art Student Recital & Recption - May 21 - 4 PM
All welcome. Donations appreciated.
The Bridges Home trio with Tami and Dave Gunter as lead vocalists, multi- instrumentalists and purveyors of tasty Americana, Folk, Celtic, Roots, Rock and Originals will return to the HOHS on August 25th. Watch for details.
The Needhams - September 22, 2017
Christian/Gospel / Country from Murfreesboro, TN on the HOHS stage, Friday night of Harrington Fall Festival!
The Harrington Opera House Society Celebrates 25 Years!
Reception and "Celebration of the Piano" Presentation by Dr. Jody Graves Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 3:00 PM
The Harrington Opera House Society was founded in January 1992 to rescue the historic Harrington Opera House and Bank Block Building. The dedicated HOHS members have worked diligently for 25 years to rehabilitate the grand old structure that was built in 1904. Join us as we toast the succesful accomplishments in developing this regional venue for community events, arts, and culture.
Dr. Jody Graves, pianist, maintains an exciting, diverse and active performing career, with concert and speaking engagements throughout the United States and abroad including Austria, Norway, France, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Japan. She is recognized for her creative ability to engage audiences with anecdotes and humor, and has been referred to by the press as “Victoria Borge”. We are honored that she is returning to the Harrington Opera House to share her talents and inspiration.
Watch for details of these events and more!
Scroll down for Past Events of previous performances & activities.
with Kevin Hekmatpanah, Cello & Darin Manica, Piano
Concert performed for a small but appreciative audience on April 7, 2017. Attendence was by donation and ALL funds collected went into the HOHS funds for operations and continued venue rehabilitation and enhancements. Kevin and Darin graciously performed at not charge to the HOHS!
The Harrington Homemakers coordinated this opportunity for three young Harrington ladies to showcase their poise and talents. Watch for photos coming soon!
Hometown Country Christmas
Gospel & Bluegrass Concert Sponsored by|
Harrington Church of the Nazarene & Alpha Omega Bus Tours
The concert featuring multiple talents of the "The Parks Family" and "The Dion Family", played to in the beautifully decorated Harrington Opera House on the snowy evening of December 9, 2016.
Santa Visit and Holiday Rummage - Saturday, December 3, 2016. Santa arrived at 10 a.m. and visited with folks till noon. The Rummage Fundraiser included vintage jewelry & hats, holiday items ran from 9 am to 3 pm.
Scott Kirby - Saturday, November 19, 2016
Check out the short slide show preview from Scott's presentation on Thursday, Nov. 17th to Harrington School students. Slide show does not include the local photos that were included in the Nov. 19th show. facebook slide show
Watch for more photos of event attended by an enthusiastic audiance of 75 people!
Award winning Oregon pianist and internationally known recording artist John Nilsen, known for combining elements of folk, classical and jazz, was one of our first event performers to use the 7'1" Boston designed by Steinway grand piano recently acquired by the Harrington Opera House Society.
Watch for photos from the event which was attended by a small but appreciative audience.
A Gala Celebration and Dedication on the afternoon of October 6th was attended by about 45 members, patrons, and supporters of the Harrington Opera House Society. With the assistance of Gordon Herron, HOHS building engineer, Senator Judy Warnick, Representative Tom Dent and Representative Matt Manweller cut the ribbon to the new elevator entrance to begin the festivities. “Going up” with the legislators in the first elevator load were long time HOHS supporters, Elaine Cronrath and the urn of the late Gene Cronrath. Linda Zellmer of Davenport played during the reception prior to a program to officially dedicate the acquisition of the new 7’1” Boston designed by Steinway grand piano. Mark Stedman, former president of HOHS, opened the program and introduced Senator Judy Warneck, Representative Tom Dent and Representative Matt Manweller who each spoke briefly about their support and assistance to garner funding necessary for the elevator and ADA project. Billie Herron, current president of HOHS, explained the efforts over the years to acquire a concert quality piano and introduced the afternoon’s featured performers. Heather Safe, HOHS piano instructor, played "Shreveport Stomp" by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, a syncopated ragtime piece. Rebecca Hardy, who coordinated and played for several “Grand Interlud” HOHS piano fundraising events over the years, performed Gershwin’s famous "Rhapsody in Blue.” Several attendees had an opportunity to tickle the ivories following official program.
The Needhams Sponsored by Harrington Churches, The Needhams bluegrass gospel group returned to the Harrington Opera House on the beginning of Harrington's Fall Festival weekend, Friday, September 23, 2016.
HOHS Rummage Event, Saturday, September 24, 2016 A steady stream of visitors stopped in to the rummage room to peruse household items & other treasures available for donations and jewelry, vintage hats, photography & art prints available in The Art Room. The lobby and auditorium was open for tours pre & post theFall Festival Parade.
Nu-Blu Concert - August 19, 2016
With wheat harvest still underway, a smallish crowd of about 50 were treated to another outstanding performance by this national touring bluegrass band. Band members: Clint White (fiddle & mandolin),Carolyn Routh (bass), Daniel Routh (guitar), TJ Honaker (bango & guitar.)
Reflections of Nu-Blu in Harrington Opera House auditorium window.
Student Violin Recital - August 14, 2016
Sky McCauley of Edwall, WA, presented her first student violin recital at the HOH on Sunday afternoon, August 14th. Her instructor is Jeanne Bourgeois and the family invited the public to come listen and celebrate Sky's accomplishments as a talented musician and a budding performer. Attendance was free but donations were accepted to help offset the expenses of auditorium use.
HOHS Rummage Events The HOHS Rummage Room was unofficially open on July 2nd, and officially open July 3rd and 4th. Ed Haugan also conducted tours of the Opera House on Sunday afternoon, July 3rd for participants of the Car Club Cruise who were in town. Another Rummage Day was held on August 6th.
Bel Canto of Yakima
June 25, 2016 "Music is What Feelings Sound Like"
Bel Canto of Yakima returned to the HOHS on June 25, 2016 to present a concert titled "Music is What Feelings Sound Like". They last performed here with the Tapestry choral group in April, 2010. A small but enthusiastic audience enjoyed their collection of patriotic, American standards, spiritual, and show tunes. Donations by attendees were split between the Bel Canto Music Scholarship Program and the HOHS for continued rehabilitation projects and operations.
This was the first event to use the newly installed elevator and the third event (after background music for the Quilt Show and the HOHS Piano Student Recital) to use the new Boston Grand Piano by Steinway.
June 4, 2016
The Bridges Home trio, with Tami and Dave Gunter as lead vocalists and Paul Gunter primarily on base treated the almost 50 audience members to an awesome performance. They are not only amazingly talented musicians but also wonderful people to work with. It wasn't till the start of the performance under the hot lights on an unseasonably hot day that we discovered that the auditorium HVAC unit was not working as a result of recent elevator installation work. They didn't miss a beat and were so gracious. But the best part was their music - from traditional folk & Celtic standards to incredible original music. Tami, with her clear soprano voice "channeled" Joni Mitchel in their "Joni Mitchel Morning" song in the style of "Chelsea Morning." Then there was the hauntingly beautiful instrumental Ashokan Farewell and a beautiful arrangement of Shenandoah as their encore number. In between they delivered a wide variety of styles and textures, many with 3-part harmony. And it seemed like no two songs had the same instrumentation as they alternately utilized a wide variety of instruments - from traditional guitar, banjo, and mandolin to accordion, Celtic harp, harmonica, Irish whistles, Irish ukulele, percussive washboard, even a cigar box guitar - and there was more! We look forward to their playing at our Harrington Opera House again! And next time the elevator and the HVAC system will be in service!
Photos coming soon.
HOHS Piano Student Recital
May 22, 2016
Harrington Opera House and Heather Safe's piano students played their selected pieces on the newly acquired Boston grand piano during the annual HOHS Student Recital on Sunday, May 22nd at 4 PM. Light refreshments were served and Certificates of Participation were presented to the youth who also took part in this year's HOHS Creative Arts Program.
Quilt Show and Rummage
May 21, 2016
During Cruizin' Harrington, area quilters displayed their handiwork in the lobby and auditorium with the use of the newly arrived Boston by Steinway grand piano provided for occasional background music. Donations from Quilt Show visitors went to the PTA playground equipment project.
The "Rummage Room" was open from 9 am to 3 pm on the ground floor with collectable jewelry pieces available for donation in The Art Room. It was one of the most successful Rummage events so far with donations to the HOHS exceeding $800.
Santa Visit & Rummage/Jewelry Sale Elevator Fundraiser Held Saturday, December 5, 2015
Stage Reading of "Our Town"
On November 21, 2015, audience members from throughout the county and beyond enjoyed the stage reading of Thornton Wilder's classic "Our Town", produced by Davenport Theatrical - on the Harrington Opera House stage.
The Spokane Magic Club
A magical evening delighted the families that attended the benefit for the Harrington Opera House on Friday, September 25th. Thanks to the members of the Spokane Magic Club for bringing their talented performers to the Harrington Opera House and for donating all proceeds to the HOHS. It was great to have so many youngsters attend and all seemed captivated by the illusions, humor, and antics on the stage and in the audience. Lots of audience participation encouraged rapt attention.
Fall Festival Events
The Fall Rummage Sale attracted new donations - of items and money for items. Aimee Poteet exhibited her handmade jewelry in The Art Room and many people visited the museum and toured the Opera House on Saturday, September 26, 2015. For some, it was their first visit - others, who haven't been in the auditorium in the last two years, were impressed with the recent progress made: beautiful refinishing of the original wood trim and wainscotting, refinished floor, new window blinds, stage curtains installed, and preparations started for the ADA restroom adjacent to the auditorium.
Nu-Blu Concert From Siler City in central North Carolina, Nu-Blu brought its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to Harrington! They drove through high winds and a major dust storm and made it in time to for the evening concert on August 29th. Some frequent patrons of our HOHS events said it was one of the best concerts we've had so far! Event PosterNu-Blu website
Annual Dog Wash Several brave souls - two legged and four legged braved the winds and blowing dust on August 29, 2015 for the annnual Dog Days of Summer Dog Wash. Canines enjoyed baths by HOHS volunteers and brush out/finsh by professional pet groomer, Kristi Poteet, owner of "ME TOO!" Pet Grooming & Boarding.
HOHS Piano & Art Student Recital & Reception
The 4th Annual Piano & Art Student Recital & Reception was held Saturday, May 30, 2015. About 40 people attended the event which featured selections played by 6 of the HOHS Arts Program students as well as this year's instructors; Rebecca Hardy & Heather Safe. Because the HOH auditorium floors were still curing from the recent refinishing, the recital & reception was held at the Harrington Church of the Nazarene.
Cruzin' Harrington Events at/for the HOH - May 16, 2015
A very succesful Rummage from 9 to 4 generated over $500 for the HOH Elevator Fund. Visitors were very complimentary of the photography & art display in The Art Room. Exhibits from local photographers; Stacey Rasmussen, Ed Haugan, David Michaelson, & Karen Roberton; Seattle photographer Skip Smith; and art prints of Charlotte Schacher, Tina Fisher Turner & Bev Doolittle were included. Ed Haugan hosted many visitors to the HOHS Museum. Due to the auditorium floor refinishing project still in progress, the Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show, from 9am to 3 pm, and the Riley & Friends Jazz Concert at 4 was moved to the Harrington Community Church.
HOHS Piano Fund Benefit at the Steinway Gallery of Spokane
A benefit performance for the HOHS piano fund by EWU students, faculty, and alumni held on April 18th at the Steinway Gallery of Spokane featured chamber music written after 1900. People from as far away as Montana attended!
The Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band Returned to the HOH on March 20, 2015
Almost 100 people were treated to another outstanding performance by the awesome Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band. The audiance also enjoyed the return of Dave McClure, author, cowboy poet, composer and musician from Nespelem, Washington. The Horse Crazy Cowgirls clearly deomonstrated why they were the winners of the 2014 Western Music Association Best of the Best Harmony Award! The group arranged for a portion of the proceeds after expenses to benefit the ongoing rehabilitation projects for the Harrington Opera House!
Reflections of an outstanding concert!
Santa Visit and Elevator Fund Raiser Christmas Rummage Event
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
For the 6th year in a row, Santa included a stop in at the Harrington Opera House in his busy pre-Christmas visiting schedule. With his reindeer resting up somewhere out of town, Santa hitched a ride in a Harrington fire truck to arrive at 10 am. In just two hours of twenty-two sittings in the HOH lobby, forty-seven young and young-at-heart people visited with Santa. Most had photos taken of their visit. All youth received goody bags provided by the Harrington Chamber of Commerce. Some of the 5 to 7 year olds have been visiting with Santa at the Harrington Opera House every year since they were infants or toddlers. With this year's Rusty Lark Winter Bazaar in the Memorial Hall across the street, there were several new faces in the crowd as well. Around the corner in The HOH Art Room, business was steady for the collection of vintage to modern Christmas items in another successful Elevator Fund Raising Rummage Event.
Friday evening, Nov. 7, Tayla Lynn and Eric Tingstad performed at the Harrington OperaHouse to an audience of more than 110. President Mark Stedman of HOHS introducedTayla Lynn, a granddaughter of the country star legend, Loretta Lynn. Tayla grew up in the heart of Tennessee. She introduced Eric Tingstad, a Grammy Award winner, who had previously performed in our opera house as Tingstad and Rumble. The free flowing program seemed to be decided moment by moment as they interacted with each other, sharing, cajoling, verbally jousting between songs with Eric Tingstad playing the guitar. After two of her own songs, the audience was treated to two Loretta Lynn songs, You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man and Don't Come Home a Drinkin' with Lovin' on Your Mind. Although Tayla Lynn prefers keeping her own identity, several commented after the program that they could tell it really wasn't Loretta Lynn, but you knew they were kin-folk. Prior to intermission Tayla Lynn shared some of her personal stories of abuse, and rather than stopping on a rather depressed note, she continued singing and dialoguing another fifteen minutes. Given the opportunity to rest between sets, she spent the intermission time meeting and greeting and autographing much as she had done prior to going on stage, an occurrence that simply would not happen in a larger venue. Here one could be "up close and personal". She came back from the intermission with congratulating the hostess for the food that was prepared for the evening and continued her singing, allowing time for Eric Tingstad to perform only one solo for the event. Among the songs that Tayla sang were Coal Dust, Proud Mary (Rolling on the River), Honky Tonk Girl and concluded with O Lord, Don't Give Up On Me. With a little coaxing she returned to the stage to please the entire audience with Coal Miner's Daughter.
NE District 4-H Teen Rally
Slightly edited from report to Odessa Record by Marjorie Womach
Bridget Rohner from the WSU Extension arranged with the Harrington school and the Harrington Opera House Society to bring the 4-H Teen Rally for the NE District to Harrington Nov 8 & 9, 2014. Workshops were held in Log Rolling in the Harrington School indoor pool, Drama on the stage of the Opera House, Square Dancing (taught by a group from Reardan), Gluten-free Cooking (the teens prepared the Saturday evening meal) and Public Presentations (by the 4-H Ambassadors). Sunday the teens were involved "service learning projects" at the Opera House. One group found and moved the Christmas decorations from the basement to the lobby of the opera house and decorated the tree. Another group unboxed the Rummage items and laid them out in a stylish manner to be viewed for the sale. All items were of a Seasonal nature. The third group remained in the basement and organized and inventoried the costumes that are stored and preserved for theatrical productions. As noon brought the end of the 4-H Teen Rally, all comments regarding the teens and the Rally were very positive. The workshops were awesome, as were the teens. One opera house member stated: "They were a good bunch of kids, responsible, cooperative and helpful." One of the adults hadn't been to Harrington in some years but was so pleased with how nice the town looks, "people seem to be invested in your community."
The Harrington Nazarene Church sponsored the return of The Needhams - on Monday, September 22, 2014.
Another Successful "Grand Interlude" was held September 14, 2014 Featured:
Dr. Randel Wagner, baritone - chair of Vocal Studies at EWU
Andres Jaramillo, piano - pianist from Colombia, winner of international piano competitions and faculty member at Juan N. Corpus University
Rebecca Hardy, piano - received her Master of Music in Piano Performance from EWU
Stephen Hardy, baritone - musician gifted in classical music, as well as jazz
The concert, attended by about 100 people, featured favorites by Beethoven and Grieg, as well as musical theater selections and music from Spain and Latin America. The guest performer, Andres Jaramillo, from Colombia, South America; enthusiastically shared and explained examples of music from his country.
As in the previous 2 Grand Interlude concerts, donations after expenses continued the fund raising for a concert-grade piano for the Harrington Opera House.
Harrington Opera House was the chosen venue for another wedding!
Dan Brown & Kitty Johnson-Woods wedding - September 13, 2014 Details
The June Rummage Elevator Fund Raiser was held June 17th
The Tuesday date coincided with the Harrington Library Used Book Sale and the Mobius Science Center event and kick-off of the Summer Reading Program. The featured Artisan was Renay Calhoun with her Zentangle inspired work In Art Room https://www.facebook.com/Renayscraftcorner?ref=hl
Recital & Arts Exhibit - May 4th
The HOHS Music & Art Students were featured at a recital and reception in the HOHS on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The event began with music performances in the auditorium, followed by reception and slide show in The Art Room.
Harrington's Spring Festival -2014
The Stitchn' Chicks held their popular Quilt and stitchery show in the Harrington Opera House on April 26th during Harrington's Spring Festival weekend. Proceeds from this year's quilt raffle will go towards a new picnic table for the Harrington City Park.
Another succesful Rummage event was also held during Harrington's Spring Festival on April 26th. and metal arts, framed art prints, and farming quilt patterns were offered by Artisans in The Art Room.
HOHS volunteers also assisted many of Harrington's Spring Festival visitors, including a bus-load from Spokane's Corbin Senior Activities Center, with touring the HOH activities and museum.
"Foggy Dew Western Review" The HORSE CRAZYCowgirl Band with Dave McClure
A sizable crowd enjoyed the hilarious trip down the memory trail on March 21, 2014 The Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band and Dave McClure created an old time radio show format. Through KMOO Radio, the live audiance enjoyed memorable original musice and beautiful harmonic renditions of American & Western classics.
Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band, with Lauralee Northcutt, Jennifer Epps, and Judy Coder, backed up their amazing vocals with guitar, harmonica, light percussion, and in one song a Native American flute. Dave McClure, cowboy poet and author used local residents, Robert & Kristy Mielke, as foils for many of his zaney jokes. He also presented some impressive original piano compositions. Photos, currently on facebook, will be posted here soon.
Author, Artist, & Photographer: David Michaelson was the Community Artisan in The Art Room - on February 8, 2014. Dave displayed his books, wooden toys, and framed B&W photos of Lincoln and surrounding counties including some guildings that are no longer standing! His photos are still available for viewing on The Art Room walls. David's books are available on www.emjaypublishing.com
Santa Visit - Saturday, December 7
Santa and one of his elves arrived at the Harrington Opera House on one of the coldest days of the year. Many children and their parents braved the freezing weather to visit with Santa and have their photos taken. Thanks to Dave Nighswonger (aka Santa) Lanessa Simmons (Elf) and others who assisted with the event.
Coulee Community Choir Concert: Christmas Wish
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Coulee Community Choir, a group of about 20 people from 5 different small towns in our area presented a beautiful concert of joyful Christmas music on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8th. The Wurlitzer piano used to accompany the chourus was generously donated to the Harrington Opera House by chorus member, Sue Shear. It will help fill the need while fundraising continues towards purchase of a Steinway grand piano.
El Katif Shrine Band Concert
Under the Direction of Noble Karl Mote
A small but enthusiastic crowd enjoyed marches, show tunes, patriotic songs, old time melodies, and a humerous MC on October 20, 2013. - music for the whole family. No tickets were required, but donations (after expenses) were divided between the Harrington Opera House Elevator Fund and The Shriners Hospital for Children.
Many collectable items from at least 2 different estates were included in the rummage sale held on Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th. A few items were "priced" but most were available for any donations. Proceeds were dedicated to the HOHS Elevator Fund.
Tina Lee Turner/Fisher Gallery Show - September 28
Lincoln County artist Tina Lee Turner/Fisher exhibited her work in The Art Room at the Harrington Opera House on the rainy Saturday of the Harrington Fall Festival. Tina’s tag line, “Your Idea Painted to Life,” gives a view to her clients' cherished and personal memories and the stories behind the paintings in her exhibit are fascinating.
She paints on many surfaces and sizes, from miniature to mural.
Examples of her mural work can be seen on a brick wall near Bassett Park in downtown Washtucna and in the H.E. Gritman Senior Center on Main Avenue in Ritzville, Wash. We were pleased that Tina was able to show some of her smaller art pieces at the Harrington Opera House. Her work has been shown in many locations including the Western Art Show in Ritzville and in the Big Red Barn near Davenport during the Vintage Harvest.
Also at the Harrington Opera House on
Saturday, September 28, 2013 . . .
James E. Clarkkson, a career investigator in the legal realm and in the mysterious world of UFOs presented some of the most compelling cases he has encountered over 30 years of study. Presenters - James E. Clarkson, State Director of the Mutual UFO Network in Washington State and local Ufologist, Peter Davenport, Director of the National UFO Reporting Center are dedicated to the logical analysis of UFO reports for the benefit of everyone. MORE information.
"A Grand Interlude" September 22, 2013
"A Grand Interlude" was a delightful afternoon concert, full of folk songs, musical theater selections, familiar classical music by Chopin, Gershwin, and even some jazz! A Steinway piano,from the Steinway Gallery of Spokane, was featured as a solo instrument (pianists Rebecca Hardy and Riley Gray) and as the accompaniment to vocal works performed by Stephen Hardy and Dr. Randel Wagner and The Bella Noctis Trio with Emma Mortensen, violin; Mikaela Elms, cello and Rebecca Hardy, piano. Stephen Hardy showed his virtuosity by playing saxophone in a duet with Riley at the piano.
Nona Hengen returned to the Harrington Opera House
on June 15, 2013
Hengen/Wolfrum artistry displayed at Dr. Hengen’s book review.
Dr. Nona Hengen presented interesting background for her popular book "The Shoe Box Letters" at the Harrington Opera House on Saturday, June 15th to a small but appreciateve crowd.
A dozen paintings, exquisitely framed by John Wolfrum, also received their first public showing at this event.
From Ruby Ridge to Freedom In Forgiveness, a presentation by Sara Weaver
Saturday, June 22, 2013
This dynamic presentation was hosted by the Harringon Opera House and sponsored by and for the Harrington Ministereal Association and the Harrington Food Bank.
The evening included the "Aftermath Video" by William Shatner (as seen on the Biography Channel.) Sara Weaver explained her perspective and growth since the horrific Ruby Ridge incident.
Harrington Opera House Piano Student Recital
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 6:30 pm
Friends and supporters of Harrington Opera House Piano and Art students were treated to a recital and reception in th Harrington Opera House auditorium on May 15, 2013. HOHS volunteer Billie Herron has been providing Wednesday afternoon lessons in The Art Room of the Opera House with all proceeds donated back to the Harrington Opera House. During the afternoon piano lesson time, quiet arts & crafts projects have also been offered by HOHS volunteers Carol Giles and Amy Yirak.
A full house enjoyed the down-home country sound of Chase and 2 opening songs by Harrington's Ellie Hedreen on Sature, May 11, 2013. Check out Chase's website and his sound clips.
Harrington School Concert - April 23, 2013
The Harrington School bands, under the direction of Dave Nighswonger, performed their Spring Concert to a packed house on Tuesday, April 23rd.
Harrington Community Day - April 27th
The Stitchn' Chicks brought their Quilt Show back to the Opera House this year. It was a glorious display - filling the entire auditorium and lobby with beautiful fabric arts. Proceeds from this year's raffle quilt will go to the Harrington Opera House elevator fund.
Art Show - Artist, Leslie LePere, exhibited some of his work in the Harrington Opera House Art Room on April 27th. Described as a gentleman farmer and artist extraorinaire, he grew up nearHarringon and returned to his farm in 1981 after spending 8 years as a grahpic artist in Seattle. Known for his colorful cover art for author Tom Robbin's books, he continues to spend his non-farming time creating detailed images for event posters and business graphics.
Over 100 people stopped in to view his work on the 27th.
The Pages of Harmony Barbershop Chorus - April 20, 2013
The Pages of Harmony, Spokane's Men's Barbershop Chorus celebrated
the Diamond (75th) Anniversary of the Barbershop Men's Chorus Association at the Harrington Opera House with a wonderful evening of music and entertainment!
In this third visit to the Harrington Opera House they created a mini-musical, "The Barbershop Radio Hour," to tell the story of the founding and history of the Barbershop Chorus organization. Photos coming soon!
Santa visited the Harrington Opera House on December 1st. Art projects for kids were availabe in The Art Room.
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"Talk & Tunes" - Was A Memorable Evening of Music, Instruments & Stories
with Grammy Award Winner, Nancy Rumbel
Tuesday, Oct 16 @ 7pm in the Lobby of the Harrington Opera House
$15 Admission (Ocarinas will also be available for $15)
On October 16, 2012, Nancy, well known for her music with Tingstad & Rumbel, shared the history and use of many of her interesting handmade ocarinas and a few other unique instruments from around the world. She demonstrated and explained how she wrote and used the ocarina tor the BirdNote theme music heard on KIBX, KPBX, and KYRS.
"Never Little Miss Nothin' " Pam Stark - One-woman show
Actress, Pam Stark (Former KHQ-TV news anchor) took a small but appreciative audience down memory lane with her one woman show at the Harrington Opera House on October 12, 2012. Her narrative about "growing up in the projects of Detroit in the '60s" was both poignant and humorous. While few, if any of the audience members knew what it was like to grow up in Detroit, many remembered 45 rpm, vinyl albums and "the twist", which for those who were too young to remember, Pam performed supremely! Her story, told from the point of view of a pre-teen, was both innocent and worldly at the same time. A world where the community on one hand helped shelter and raise the youth and on the other where the adults were caught up in either trying to preserve or change the barriers between poverty, privilege, race and ethnicity. Playing real 45 records and albums on her vintage looking record player, and using just a few simple props, Pam kept it all very light, instigating many laughs with her descriptions of adolescent perceptions of what "would be cool" and what activities, often taken for granted by those with more means in those days, were real treats for her and her friends.
With all of our Harrington Opera House performances, sharing refreshments and visiting with each other and the performer(s) are part of the event. This was no exception and many continued tripping down memory lane, recounting music, TV shows, hairdos, clothes, attitudes and more from our growing up years - no matter how recent, how long ago, where in the country, or what economic status, Pam Stark's one-woman show helped us to connect with and share our memories.
"Are Alone in the Universe"? Presentation by Peter Davenport
of The National UFO Reporting Center -
Once again Mr. Davenport capitivated the audience on Saturday, October 6, 2012 with his presentation focusing on several of the most dramatic, and most well-documented, cases that have been submitted to the UFO Center during Peter’s tenure as Director, to include:
Evidence suggesting that the UFO phenomenon is not something new.
Video and audio “clips” of what witnesses have seen, or have had to say, regarding their recent sightings of suspected UFOs.
Cases in which physical evidence has been left, as the result of a suspected UFO event.
The lecture is was jointly sponsored by both the Harrington Opera House Society, and the LincolnCounty ARES/RACES “ham radio” Repeater Group. The latter provides emergency radio communications to the residents of LincolnCounty, working in co-operation with the LincolnCounty Sheriff’s Office.
The Needhams in Concert The Harrington Nazarene church is sponsored a free concert by the Needhams for the 2nd year in a row on September 21, 2012. An audience of about 40 people enjoyed the terrific Christian family group with a great Southern Gospel/Southern Rock sound!
A Grand Interlude
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Scenes from the Concert
An enthusiastic audience had a grand time at the concert of solo piano music, duets, and vocal selections at the Harrington Opera House featuring a 9' grand piano loaned by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane. A local Brass Quartet (Loren Rux, Steve Brewster, Dave Nighswonger and Rob Harper) provided music as the audience settled in. Performers for the main event were Rebecca Hardy, piano; Dr. Jody Graves, piano; Dr. Randel Wagner, baritone; and Stephen Hardy, baritone. Refreshments were provided by the Harrington Opera House Society. Donations for attendance initiated the beginning of targeted fundraising to purchase a concert-grade piano for the Opera House.
The 9' Grand Piano arrives! On loan for the concert
courtesy - Steinway Gallery of Spokane.
Support for the project was provided by Carpenter, McGuire & DeWulf, P.S. Attorneys at Law; Davenport Family Dentistry - Dr. David Turner; Davenport Family Foods; Davenport Good Neighbor Pharmacy; Eastern Washington University, Hernas Dental, Leffel, Otis & Warwick, P.S. - Certified Public Accountants; Lincoln Health Mart. Pharmacy; The National UFO Reporting Center; Odessa Union Elevators, Peak Fitness - Michael Van Pevenage, and RPT; Scott's Tire Service. will be bringing a out for this event.
Dog Wash & More Was held on Saturday, August 18th. In addition to several friendly canines, several dusty cars were washed for the cause! Donations went to the HOHS Elevator Fund. Thanks to all who participated!
Humanities Washington Program by
Jim Kershner well attended Jim Kershner, whose recent article in the Spokesman Review featured the Harrington Opera House, presented a Humanities Washington program entitled “Two Extraordinary Lives in the Inland Northwest: Carl Maxey and Chief Moses" Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. in the Opera House auditorium.
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Jim Kershner Visit and Article
Jim Kershner in the Harrington Opera House with left to right: Linda Wagner, Carol Kershner, Jim Kershner, Gordon Herron, & Billie Herron.
Jim Kershner and Spokesman Review photographer Dan Pelle visited the Harrington Opera House on June 6th. The resulting article appeared in the Spokesman Reveiw on June 24, 2012. Article in the Spokesman Review
Harrington Opera House piano students, taught by Billie Herron, gave a recital in the auditorium on Sunday, May 6th. The youngsters proudly performed music to showcase what they learned since beginning lessons at the Harrington Opera House last October. Additionally, the students shared some of the art work they completed during "Piano Lesson Day Arts & Crafts" led by HOHS members Carol Giles, and Amy Yirak. Click HERE for link to KHQ video story on Billie Herron's HOHS piano lessons which aired on Saturday, April 7th.
The Coulee Community Choir The Coulee Community Choir presented a beautiful concert of hymns and praise to a full house at the Harrington Opera House on April 29th.The choir members are all ages; young and old. Most are also sing in various church choirs from around the area. The Choir generously gave all donations to the Harrington Opera House rehabilitation funds.
Quilt Show - April 28th
at the Harrington Opera House
An amazing number of quilts and needlework items were displayed by members of the Stitchin' Chicks quilt club at the Opera House during Harrington Community Day on April 28th. Donations from quilt show visitors went toward the Harrington Chamber of Commerce Harrington Park Restroom Project. Visit www.harringtonbiz.com for more!
Other Events at the Opera House on April 28th The Art Room was open during the day - with "yard sale" items offered for sale and craft activities available for children.
At 7:00 pm, the Christian Heritage School Piano Recital was held in th auditorium. Eight of Billie Herron's Christian Heritage School piano students shared pieces demonstrating the musical skills they have developed during the past school year.
"Three in a Row - a Game Show " Saturday, April 21, 2012- 7:00 pm
Ritzville Community Theatre (RCT) provided a fun, entertaining, and educational evening to a small but enthusiastic audience on April 21, 2012. Their original production "Three in a Row" is based on the popular Hollywood Squares TV game show. Written by Ritzville's Miles Athey and Harry Schafer, & directed by Harry Schafer, the M.C. chose 2 contestants at a time from willing audience members. After a contestant selected from among the seven “stars” on stage, the MC posed a "Trivial Pursuit" type question. The selected “star,” in his or her character, quipped on the topic and then answered the question. The audience contestant then had to decide if the "Star's" answer was true of false. The first of the two contestants to have three correct answers won the round. The eight contestants who played along each received one of the prizes donated by Ritzville Drug, Sa.HAIR.a Salon - Ritzville, Harrington Golf & Country Club, Odessa Grange, Odessa Drugs, Good Neighbor Pharmacy - Davenport, Davenport Building Supply, and the Harrington Opera House Society.
The Ritzville Community Theatre group generously donated ALL proceeds from the evening to the Harrington Opera House, even returning the modest expense check they had been offered. The MC also donated his honorarium from RCT to the Harrington Opera House. Additional support for the production was provided by The Lincoln Advertiser, The Odessa Record, and the Ritzville Journal.
Tingstad & Rumbel Celebrated St. Patrick's Day at the
Harrington Opera House
Many new faces were in the audience of over 80 people to listen to the incredible guitar and woodwind duo Tingstad & Rumbel on March 17, 2012. Those who also attended their November 4, 2011 concert were treated to some "new" tunes including some Irish classics and medleys and pieces from Eric Tingstad's new Badlands CD. They also played some of the more popular pieces including San Antonio Rose and their original Medicine Tree. Visit their web site at:www.tingstadrumbel.com/
Larry & Susan Weil Presentation Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 4:00 pm
Larry & Susan Weil serve as missionaries in Mozambique Africa with One
Mission Society. They serve as co-directors of CAM (Christian Academy in
Mozambique) a Christian American K-12 school for missionary children,
those in ministry and for families wishing a Christian American curriculum. Larry is an alum of the Harrington School.2011
Harrington School Band Concert
The Harrington School bands and choirs (Grade School through High School) played to a packed, standing room only audiance on December 19th! Thank you to all who support our local youth musicians and the Harrington Opera House rehabilitation funds.
Santa visited the Harrington Opera House on Saturday, December 3rd! Christmas arts projects were available for kids in the Art Room while waiting for theri turn to visit with Santa.
"A Little Taste of Christmas" -
Benefit Dance Recital performed by
The Davenport Dance Academy
We had a full house for the dance review featuring 50 students from He Davenport Dance Academy on the evening of December 3rd. It was a wonderul showcase of the budding talent of youth dancers from throughout Lincoln County. Many thanks to Kelly Hensley, her assistants and students for this Harrington Opera House Benefit performance!
The Soda Creek 3 folk trio returned to perform at the Harrington Opera House, on Friday, September 23, 2011. This year, Paul Deuber joined Jack Harroun
and Stan Timperley to provide a wonderful evening full of great folk tunes and humor.
Also on Friday, September 23rd, Templin's Country Corner catered a Gourmet "Old World" Spaghetti Dinner FUNDRAISER for the Harrington Opera House at the Harrington Memorial Hall
(accross the street from the Opera House). Thanks to generous donations of food, and labor, the dinner was a success and raised approximately $580! Thanks to all who helped, attended, and supported!
Open House - Meet & Greet
Was held 9:00 am to Noon - prior to and immediately following the Fall Festival Parade on Saturday, September 24th. Quite a few people stopped by for a tour or refreshments including people "just passing through Harrington" took time to stop and visit. Several young folk also enjoyed the arts & craft activities in The Art Room.
Lasso Our Heritage: Cowboys and Cowgirls in Story and Song
FREE program was held at the Harrington Opera House Auditiorum
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 7:00 PM
Contemporary life in the American west is profoundly influenced by our rich heritage in the legend and lore of the early cowboys and cowgirls. In song, poetry, and story, this colorful program relates expressions of the work ethic, hardships, and joys of frontier life. These traditions continue and are strong and vibrant in present day agricultural life. Bruce & Susan Matley brought the vibrancy of this tradition to life with a musical and poetic presentation. This program was made possible by Humanities Washington. Also, the Ritzville Friends of the Library collaborated to help bring this program to the area. It was a small audience, but those who were there were totally engaged and captivated by the music, history, and presentation. More Information on this program Bruce & Susan as Nevada Slim & Cimarron Sue
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The Ryan Larsen Band
The Ryan Larsen Band played Country and Country Rock music for a small but enthusiastic crowd on Saturday, September 10th at the Opera House. The Band members really seemed to enjoy the venue and connected with the audience from the very first numbers, keeping the energy going for the whole evening. Awsemoe musicians, awesome performers! Visit their Official Website or find them on Facebook
Historic Preservation Presentation
Kristen Griffin, Historic Preservation Officer for the City and County of Spokane, Gary Lauerman board member of the Spokane Preservation Advocates, and Jim Kolva, a land use and historic preservation consultant provided an informative and interesting presentation to a small but enthusiastic audience at the Harrington Opera House on August 20th. The presentation, sponsored by the Harrington Historic Preservation Commission (HHPC) was FREE and open to the public. After the powerpoint presentation and question and answer session in the Opera House auditorium, Jim Kolva narrated a short tour of some of Harrington's downtown historic buildings. He described original uses and architectural features of many of the buildings and explained the value for the owners and the community of returning some of the buildings to their original look. Jim is willing to provide suggestions for options to consider when modifying, rehabilitating, or restoring Harrington's historic buildings and homes to help preserve Harrington's historic character. Harrington's relatively intact early 19th century downtown 3 block area is an economic development asset and potential attraction for new businesses and residents. For more information contact HHPC members Karen Allen at 509-244-5995 or Margie Hall 725-1170.
Artist, Charlotte Schacher
Charlotte Schacher is a
well known artist and
an admired art
instructor in the
Valley gave her third art workshop in the Harrington Opera House "Art Room" on May 13th & 14th. Seven students enjoyed the landscape in oils class. Charlotte brought a finished landscape painting and then worked through the steps to create it with the class. It was amazing how unique each student's painting turned out, even though working from the same scene. Charlotte agreed to return in the fall if a class of at least 6 students could be guaranteed.
"Ride Along the Oregon Trail
with 'Aunt Phoebe' Judson."
A FREE Humanities Washington sponsored program by Mary Michaelson was held at the Harrington Opera House on Friday, evening, May 13, 2011.
Mary Michaelson is the sole proprietor of “Aunt Phoebe’s Corner,” a company which conducts historical research about Phoebe Goodell Judson and other pioneers in the Pacific northwest, as well as other related subjects. She gave a very interesting slide presentation focusing on the trials & tribulations of getting and staying with a wagon train.
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There was a good turn-out for the energetic bluegrass music provided by the Panhandle Polecats on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
A small but enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the "fiddle driven roots rock" quartet from Seattle. Their sound is described as a cheerful blend of folk-rock, reggae and world rhythms, and Celtic influences with catchy pop hooks. Handful of Luvin' was voted top 5 local band of Western WA 3 yrs in a row through King 5 tv station.
The HOHS Annual Meeting
Attendees of the January 10, 2011 meeting at the Harrington City Hall, enjoyed delicious refreshments during the presentation of the Annual Report accompanied by Power Point slides. A short business meeting followed the report presentation. Report (Word)Report (PDF)Power Point (Click to advance slides)
visited the Opera House Saturday, December 11, 2010
Santa and his Helpers. Click photo for larger view.
Bronn & Katherine Journey returned to the Harrington Opera House!
Bronn & Katherine Journey
in the Harrington Opera House -
Oct. 14, 2010. Click on picture for larger view
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Bronn and Katherine Journey returned to the Harrington Opera House on Thursday, October 14, 2010. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance, including Bronn's humorous quips, his virtuosity on the harp, and Katherine's exquisite voice. Selections included some Broadway tunes, some movie and TV themes, some classical, and some folk tunes. They usually include a little bit of "music education" and this time was no exception as they shared some beautiful Welsh tunes and background information.
This was the first audience to see the newly installed ceiling in
Building Rehabilitation Update
October 31, 2010 - The floors have been leveled, and ceiling in the lobby and auditorium us up!!! New wall sconces have been added to the auditorium walls. Also, exterior wood trim work is being repainted!
Photos coming soon!
Help Restore Part of Harrington's History!
Recently, much of the original equipment from the Harrington Palm Barber Shop was discovered for sale on the Internet. The items, dating from the early 1900's, were quite "pricey" and beyond the Opera House's budget. Rather than risk losing these historical items for all time, arrangements were made to acquire them.
Click HERE for a list of the items and how you can help the Harrington Opera House keep a part of Harrington's History available for public display.
Prestentation on the Channeled Scablands and "Bretz's Flood"
A Presentation and book signing by John Soennichsen, Cheney author, was held in the auditorium of the Harrington Opera House on Friday evening, September 24th. The audience was not large in size, but all seemed to enjoy the interesting slide show and explanation of how geologist, Bretz, preserve red to convince the scientific community and the public that these unique channels were formed by cataclysmic flood rather than over eons of glaciation.
Author: Kathy (Thiemens) Walker
Kathy (Thiemens) Walker, author of The Loving Family Tree, appeared at the Harrington Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 25th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Kathy,a 1971 graduate of Harrington High School, shared her childrens book, a true story of childhood memories. A portion of the book sales were donated to the HOHS.
Gordon & Billie Herron at INCF Annual Reception
The Harrington Opera House Society recently received a grant of $18,000 from Inland Northwest Community Foundation in Spokane. It is a
grant from the Community Strategies Grant Program and is for the
sheeting and insulating of the Auditorium and Lobby ceiling areas. This is an important step towards being able to heat and eventually air condition more efficiently.
Opera House Society was honored, with other grant recipients at the
Foundation's Annual reception at the Davenport Hotel in the Grand
Pennington Ballroom on June 10, 2010. Over $800,000 was distributed for
the fiscal year 2010 from this grant program. The Inland Northwest
Community Foundation is celebrating it's 35 years as a community
philanthropy organization. This is the second grant awarded the Opera
House from this organization. The first was for the building of the new
stair case in 2007 for $29,000.00.
The 2nd Annual Doggie Days on 21st. was a success. Several dogs received baths, grooming, and pedicures while a few owners visited the museum and Art Room. The day generated over $100 in donations.
Seven students enjoyed the Charlotte Schacher landscape painting workshop - June 25 - 25, 2010 in "The Art Room" of the Harrington Oera House. All would like to schedule another workshop later this summer or in the fall.
Harrington School Band Concert Director, Monte Swenson, led our Harrington youth musicians in an outstanding performance in the Opera House auditorium on April 19, 2010. The concert included selections played by the Fifth Grade Band, the Middle Schoole Band, The High School Band, and the "Combined Band" (Middle & High School.)
Click photos for larger view
Attendance by dontation to Band Trip Fund
The Bands played to a full house!
Tapestry Women's Choir, based in Colfax
and Bel Canto of Yakima
filled the historic Harrington Opera House with beautiful music on April 17, 2010. Jayne (Ottmar) Beauchene, a 1965 graduate of Harrington High School and current member of the
Bel Canto chorus, instigated bringing both choruses together for a wonderful afternoon of song and fellowship to benefit Harrington Opera House rehabilitation projects.
Click on photo for larger view. More photos soon.
Destination for Tour Groups
Inland Empire Tours brought a group of 11to visit the Harrington Opera House on April 11th. The tourists, originating from Spokane, were also treated to visits to local gardens, arranged by Harrington Opera House volunteer, Ed Haugan. The tour guide was very impressed with both the historic Opera House & Bank Block Building and the yard/gardens and plans to arrange another tour in the summer.
Wedding at the Opera House!
On Saturday, March 20, 2010, Jordan Wagner and Heather Yirak celebrated their wedding in the historic Harrington Opera House.
A few "non-professional" photos (Click on photos for larger view)
Recent work included replacing the curtain covering the "Box Office" in the lobby with sheet rock. Eventually, wainscoting may be added to the bottom portion of the wall, replicating the historical decorative styling from the Opera House auditorium.
The February meeting was also well attended, and the next meeting is Monday, March 1, 2010 - 7:00 p.m. in the Opera House or Harrington City Hall, depending on weather.
New members welcome! Click HERE for more
Grant Received! OnMonday, December 7, 2009, the Lincoln County Commissioners awarded the Harrington Opera
House Society with a grant of $9,000 which will go towards installation of lighting in the Opera House auditorium and stairways.
Santa & one of his elves
arrives at the
Harrington Opera House
& Bank Block Building on
December 5, 2009
First Visit with Santa!
. . . and he's been a very
December 5, 2009
Also on December 5th -
the Harrington Opera House ART ROOM
Opened with orginals and prints by
and prints by Doolittle, Bateman,
Ed Tussey offered for viewing & sale!
Hot Chocolate & Coloring Activities for kids.
Harrington School Bands play to a full house on
November 24, 2009
for another interesting presentation on UFOs and the National UFO Reporting Center
Proceeds from the The October 30th evening
benifitted the Harrington Opera House Renovation Funds
The Soda Creek 3 (Formerly known asThe Fourth Grade Choir)with Jack Harroun, Stan Timperley, and Chuck Balkwill, perform at the Harrington Opera House on September 25, 2009.
A wonderful evening full of great folk tunes and humor. The trio donated all proceeds to the Harrington Opera House!
They also played in the park the next day during the Harrington Fall Festival BBQ.
Historical Group Visit On Tuesday, September 1st., Evelyn Fricke, who used to live in Harrington, and a group of people from the Rockford Historical Society toured the Opera House. Local soprano, Eileen Paulson, performed a few vocal numbers to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of
Opera House auditorium.
Dog Days of Summer
Dog Wash & "Yard Sale" August 15, 2009 Elevator Fundraiser
Photo by Karen Allen
On Friday, August 14, 2009,
The Harrington Opera House Society
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Photo by Peter Davenport
to the Opera House & Bank Block Building
Left: Cathy McMorris Rodgers signs the Opera House Guest Book
Right: Volunteers and Cathy McMorris Rodgers on
Harrington Opera House Stage.
Left to right: Wanda Budrius,
Cathy, and Carol Giles
Afternoon Tea with
Book Signing by
Author/Artist Nona Hengen was held in the Harrington Opera House July 18, 2009
Thanks to Alan Whitman and Washington Window & Door in the Spokane Valley
for the donation of the replacement window in the South wall of the lobby!
And thanks to Alan & Ed Haugan for the installation!
Thank you to Spokane's Pages of Harmony!
"Broadway, Barbershop Style" on June 20th was a wonderful evening.
Click for larger view
The Harrington Opera House A shining star in the heart of Lincoln County
Charlotte Schacher is a well known artist and
an admired art
instructor in the
Along with wildlife
paintings, she paints
portraits and a wide
variety of custom paintings.
Her work has earned her
numerous awards and has been
featured in private galleries in the
Charlotte Schacher (left) gives student, Renea Larmer, some oil painting pointers.
U.S. Bank managers observe progress.
Wanda Buddrius, U.S. Bank Manager, Harrington Branch,
checks out class progress on Friday, May 15th in the Harrington Opera House "Arts Room."
Debra Hendrickson, 2009 Harringon Opera House Events Chair, posing with some of Charlotte Schacher's paintings in the lobby of the Harrington Opera House.
was a Crowd Pleaser in the Harrington Opera House on Feb. 22nd!!
Thanks to the joint efforts of the Harrington Opera House Society and Davenport Theatrical the audience enjoyed a great show of music, comedy, and a little bit of choreography. Davenport Theatrical brought in professional lighting and sound system to help "set the stage" in the historic old auditorium.
IN The Harrington Opera House!
WOW! What an incredible event and performance by Bronn & Katherine Journey ! And, what a great way to reopen the Harrington Opera House after 10 years of bringing the old gal up to code. Many thanks to all the supporters who made this reopening possible. And to Bronn & Katherine Journey for making a special effort to include the Harrington Opera House in their solid schedule of performances for the Christmas season.
Bronn not only coaxed his harp to sound like a whole orchestra, but his sense of humor and his awareness of his audience was so entertaining that even spouses who were "drug" to the concert found themselves enjoying the performance. And Katherine's exquisite voice was purely joyful to behold.
Their selections ranged from Broadway to Celtic and Christmas, with snippets of Johnny Cash and even a Bronn Journey original, "Ode to My 401 K", thrown in to the obvious appreciation of our mostly rural crowd. And speaking of the crowd - the room was packed to capacity with Eastern WA folk as well as groups that traveled from Montana, Oregon, and Seattle! Quite a draw to this little town of Harrington!
And thanks to all the people who were ready to pitch in and help at a moment's notice when the night before the performance we had a false fire alarm! An alert Harrington citizen noticed "smoke" coming from the Opera House roof and saw an orange glow through the auditorium windows. Turns out, it was one of the first nights for our newly installed heating system. There was a bonfire on a hill outside of town that was positioned at just the right angle to reflect off of the windows. With the smoke/steam and the fiery glow, a 911 call set off a flurry of activity and an outpouring of instant support. What a scary way to discover how many people treasure our efforts to resurrect this grand old building and monument to our cultural heritage.
We still have a long way to go and major funding is still needed to renovate the auditorium and stage. Now that we have the required bathrooms, electrical service, heat, and the beautiful 2nd staircase, we can begin to use the building for concerts, art shows, dances, weddings, receptions, etc. Still rustic, with her history showing, the bare bricks, flaking plaster, and open rafters, are both reminders of her rich past and the amount of work that lies ahead.
The HOHS at dusk the week before the Bronn Journey Concert held on December 6, 2008
The Lincoln County Economic Development Council (EDC) Annual Meeting, "Evening for the Arts,"
Sponsored by Lincoln Co. EDC & Century Tel on March 27th,
was a gala evening. Held in the Harrington Memorial Hall, attendees enjoyed a sumptuous dinner hosted by the Harrington Opera House Society. Visual arts exhibited included the works of Joseph Goldberg, Jim Bauer, Edward Haugan, and Les Lepere. Pam Kelley, EDC Director, facilitated the evening with mini-presentations by sponsors and spokespersons for PDA projects throughout Lincoln County. Eileen Paulson, accompanied by Sara Jane Johnson on piano, provided interludes of music with Eileen giving an encore from the stage of the Harrington Opera House at the end of the evening.
HOHS members did a great job planning, cooking, and serving the meal which received numerous well-earned compliments. Thanks to HOHS volunteer efforts, the upstairs auditorium was equipped with temporary lighting so that the EDC meeting guests could experience the amazing acoustics while enjoying Eileen's encore musical numbers. Visit the Lincoln County EDC News page for a few photos. More photos coming soon.
Opera House Society Awarded Grant
from Davenport Times, 1/10/08 The Lincoln County commissioners agreed to help fund five local
projects recommended by the local Economic Development Council.
Grants were awarded
to . . . (and to the) Harrington Opera House Society - $12, 150 to
complete renovation of
the lobby area.
- Building Restoration Update
was recently set up for "work days" in the bank corner.
The contractors working on the stairs need the heat to be installed
in the lobby to finish woodwork. Gordon Herron is gathering bids for
the heat installation.
Work was stopped
after Christmas on the bathrooms. 2 more walls and ceiling joists
need to go up before wallboard can be put up.
that some damage was done to the roof during the last wind storm and
there is leaking. HOHS is looking for a contractor to repair the roof.
- Building Restoration Update
Remodeling of the bathroom adjacent
to the dance studio on the first floor of the opera house has been
completed except for painting. Labor for new sheet rock, flooring,
& new toilet installation was done by Tim Hampson of Davenport
Washington in conjunction with Warner Construction Co.
Mr. Mark Wetjen of Harrington, Wa. donated labor & materials to
do the wiring in the bathroom and throughout the rest of the South
West end of the ground floor.
of a County Landmark Takes Great Perseverance By Megan Rieger
The dramatis personae of the Harrington,
Wash., opera house still haunt the century-old stage. A chalked entry
above the bathroom doorway reads, “In honor of Macer Scott, the boy
who got tough with Teddy the Bear.” In the wings, the names of 12 cast
members of “Why Smith Left Home” are listed.Click
HERE for More
breathe new life into Opera House project
From the Davenport TIMESFebruary 15, 2007
Easter came early for members
of the Harrington Opera House Society.
Two grants received from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INCF)* and the Lincoln County Economic Development Fund (EDF) for $29,337
and $10,000, respectively, will breathe new life into the society's
plans to renovate the facility so it could be ready for performances
in three years.
Society treasurer, Billie Herron, said she and
her colleagues were encouraged by the grants, which will go
a long way toward constructing a second entry/exit stairwell
from the second floor Opera House to the downstairs area that
once was the "bank" of the "Bank Block Building." Click
HERE for more
Inland Northwest Community Foundation serves twenty counties
throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Founded in 1974,
its mission is to foster vibrant and sustainable communities in
the Inland Northwest. In partnership with the donors they
serve, INCF has awarded $29 million in grants and scholarships
throughout the region since its inception. These awards
have enriched education, promoted arts & culture, provided
critical human services, supported community and economic
development and ultimately impacted thousands of lives in the