NOTE: The total cost to rebuild Entiat’s riverside park was misstated in the original version of this story. The error has been corrected in this version.
Baby you can drive my (patrol) car:
The city of Wenatchee’s new squad cars will hit the pavement escorting none other than the Beatles (tribute band Liverpool Legends) next week.
Chief Tom Robbins will lead the way as the band arrives in a white limo at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee about an hour before their show 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A mob of screaming teenagers and frantic paparazzi will greet the band as they stroll Abbey-Road style across Wenatchee Avenue for an on-air interview with Sunny FM, said Matt Cadman, executive director of the PAC.
“This is the kickoff for the 2013-14 season and we wanted to make a big deal out of it,” Cadman said.
Before the stars arrive, the PAC will host a champagne-and-strawberry party — by invitation only — to thank its supporters and mark the first time the PAC started a season with every show financially backed by a sponsor.
A dramatic steel sculpture of Chilcosahasket, the last chief of the Entiat people, will anchor Entiat’s Columbia River-side park when it reopens to the public for Memorial Day weekend 2015.
Sitting atop a spirited horse, the chief will have his arms raised to the sky. He’ll face eastward, the source of the rising sun’s energy. It’s a powerful image, but one that will look familiar to anyone who knows the work of Omak tribal artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand.
Similar sculptures by Marchand are on display across the region and into Canada, including a “salmon chief” which adorns the Beebe Springs Natural Area, near Chelan Falls some 20 miles northeast.
The sculptures are similar, but not the same.
“They’re all different, but you have to look close to see some of the differences,” says Wendell George, of Omak. George, an author, tribal elder and story teller, is also Chilcosahasket’s great grandson.
Working from an 1895 photograph, Marchand will add facial features to the Entiat sculpture to resemble Chilcosahasket. The Chelan County PUD commissioned the $17,000 work and is paying for the park’s $7.3 million renovation to compensate Entiat, which was forced to relocate when the reservoir behind the PUD’s newly finished Rocky Reach Dam flooded the old townsite in the early 1960s.
Are the sculptures too similar? No, says Kris Pomianek, a PUD spokeswoman. PUD officials let George decide how he wanted his great grandfather depicted in the work. Signing on the sculpture will identify the rider as Chilcosahasket, she said.
Besides, George said, a chief in the Chelan Falls area was called Wapato John, the half brother of Chilcosahasket. If the Beebe Springs sculpture were named after him — it currently isn’t — there would have been a family resemblance, anyway.
King of the Mountain:
Think you’ve got what it takes to be ruler on high for a year? Do to want to stand on top of Saddle Rock in a cape and survey your domain?
Then the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has the fundraiser for you.
The organization is auctioning off the title of king or queen of Saddle Rock for the next year. The winning bid will get a cape and cudgel, a free weekly beer at a local brewery, gift certificates, an official portrait taken in the saddle, and the honorary title for a year.
That is one of 14 packages the Land Trust is auctioning in an online fundraiser to raise money for its $8.1 million Foothills Campaign. The money will be used to buy land and protect it for generations to come.
Other items being auctioned include a new Trek EX 8 29er mountain bike, a $1,000 Arlberg Sports gift certificate, a camping trip and catered dinner at Horse Lake Reserve, a reserved prime parking spot at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort for the entire ski season, a photography workshop led by John Marshall and Peter Bauer, a private ride and dinner in the foothills with U.S. mountain biking champion Stephen Ettinger, and four nights at a Mazama cabin.
The online auction began this Friday at www.cdlandtrust.org and continues through Sept. 22.
Zombies in training:
Chelan area residents are invited to discover their inner zombie during an eight-week “Thriller” training.
The zombie classes run every Wednesday through Oct. 30 at Morgen Owings Elementary School, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will culminate in a public performance of the popular Michael Jackson dance and song.
The training costs $20 and is a benefit for Give Naked, a local organization that raises for funds for people in need.
This week’s Worm was compiled by reporters Christine Pratt, Rachel Hansen and Michelle McNiel. Got a tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.