When Isabel Allende starts a new book, she always begins writing on Jan. 8. She’s superstitious that way, because it’s an important literary anniversary. On that day in 1981, she wrote a letter to her dying grandfather. The letter blossomed into her first novel, “The House of the Spirits.” It became an international bestseller that won an award for novel of the year in her native Chile. More than 30 years later, Allende has amassed many more honors and written her 18th book, a contemporary novel titled “Maya’s Notebook.”
Ticket sales are open for “The Sound of Music” and two other Leavenworth Summer Theater productions — “Footloose” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” “The Sound of Music” will be the first and longest-running show on the schedule, with two or three performances a week July 5 to Sept. 1 at the Ski Hill Amphitheater.
The Cashmere Museum is offering personal tours this summer with a device you can carry in your hand. With a grant from the Icicle Foundation, the museum bought 20 audio devices and uploaded more than 100 pre-recorded segments arranged by museum volunteers over the last year.
CASHMERE — The sound of banjos and bass carried softly on a chilly twilight breeze Monday — four days before this weekend’s Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival at the Chelan County Expo Center. The campground opened at noon, and already a caravan of about 30 RVs and tent campers had rolled in — the first of about 300 expected this weekend.
Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre recognized Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth and Chelan schools Tuesday night for their outstanding theater productions. Wenatchee High School’s “Phantom of the Opera” won honorable mention in four categories: outstanding overall musical, music direction, lighting design and hair and makeup design.
Your dad probably doesn’t want flowers for Father’s Day, so skip through the floral industry hype (it’s heavy this year) and go straight to fishing rods, AppleSox tickets, Metallica downloads and tools — such as the ChannelLock 6-in-1 Rescue Tool (pricey but handy). He’ll snip, pry, squeeze and whap to his heart’s content. Or take him to one of these choice events over the next few days for some affordable fun:
Your head’s probably still throbbing from celebrating Canada Day yesterday. Give our northern neighbors an excuse to party then get out of the way — especially when you’re talking about the declaration of a new North American dominion (1867). Any hootch left in that bottle?