Touring North County for special events

Dan Grewe and Arnold Garka visit on the handcrafted wooden staircase of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museums anniversary Party March 10. -
Dan Grewe and Arnold Garka visit on the handcrafted wooden staircase of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museums anniversary Party March 10.
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ARLINGTON Many people attended more than one of the three special events in the Arlington area March 10.
All the fun started at the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museums 10th anniversary party, during the regular museum Saturday hours, from 1 - 4 p.m.
The event attracted a lot of locals who had never visited the museum in the past 10 years.
Theyre coming in by the droves, said the president of the pioneer association, Dick Prouty, who was also very excited about the news that the Stillaguamish Tribe had given the association $15,000 to help pay for a carved wooden mural that will depict the entire Stillaguamish River watershed. He and his wife, Shirley Prouty, had seen a mural in Winthrop and have been pursuing grant money to commission that artist to make a similar piece for Arlington.
Were very thankful for their contribution, Prouty said. Now were waiting to hear about another $15,000 grant to get this project moving.
A second-generation Arlington resident, Dan Grewe, enjoyed the wildlife exhibit on the second floor, after visiting with an old friend, Arnold Garka, owner of the former Garka Mill in Marysville, while standing in the hand-crafted wooden staircase of the grand museum. Dans wife, Ellen Grewe, shared stories with a fellow-former employees at Cascade Valley Hospital, Katharine Garrett, while eating cake that depicted the facade of the front of the beautiful museum building, before it was cut and eaten.
After reminiscing with old friends at the museum party Katharine Garrett and her daughter, Patty Garrett, continued their day at the preview of the Silvana Fair Auction Saturday afternoon.
Theres a lot of good stuff to buy, Garrett said.
One person who showed up to the preview, Bill Craft, who lives a mile south of the Arlington Airport, said that he is a sucker for auctions and fairs both.
Last summer we visited all the fairs Silvana, Stanwood, Skagit, Monroe and Puyallup, too! he laughed. His children are all grown and one is a veterinarian. We all love animals, he said. He hadnt decided yet whether to return to the auction.
Meanwhile, in Grandview, Loren and Pat Kraetz continued their day from the museum anniversary party by enjoying an Irish feast at the Grandview Community Centers Celtic Dinnershow. The Grandview Community Center was near capacity with about 110 people, according to the president of the Grandview Community Association, Marc Hayes, who spent all day Friday and Saturday cooking corned beef and cabbage as well as shephards pie.
Agusto Tararran made the bread, said Hayes who took a day of vacation from his city of Arlington job to prepare the meal. They raised more than $900 by serving dinner for $10 a person. Hayes said the capacity of the classic old community hall is 200.
But thats if everyone is standing shoulder to shoulder, he said.
People came from as far away as Seattle, Everett and Lake Stevens for the fun community event. Diane Arnestad brought her mother who is a Brekhus before marriage, with family ties in the Arlington area.
From the dinnershow, Mark Winterhalter took off early to go check out the carriages at the Silvana Auction. But the owner of Sugar and Spice who offers Conestoga wagon rides in downtown Arlington during the Christmas season, didnt buy the carriages, reported Silvana Fair President Roy Strotz on Monday.
The carriages were bought by Rod Olson.
We did well, said Strotz, who chose not to reveal how much money was raised.
We were the first to do an auction 60 years ago, he said. Now everyone does one.
The winner of the raffle prize of a trip to Reno was Jessica Grimm, a resident of Arlington, Strotz said. The auction ran from 6 - 11 p.m. and the preview session started at 3 p.m. The Viking Hall was expanded inside with a tent which held tight to the blustery wet weather outside, providing extra space for an elaborate display of silent auction items,
Live-auction items were inside the hall, including the cinnamon rolls by Janet Stangeland, which often sell for $250, according to Roys wife, Darlene Strotz.

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