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Clearwater Valley: Art show, BrewFest liven up week in Kamiah

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689


Free Press / Norma Staaf Pictured are John and Pollyanna Candalot, owners of Wolftrack Brewing in Cottonwood, at the FeBrewary event in Kamiah.

— Last Tuesday night the Muse Media February art opening was the place to be in Kamiah! Lauren Paterson, artist and Muse Media owner, welcomed a diverse group of artists with the theme What Does Equality Mean to You? An interesting mix of people came by to enjoy the varied art pieces and to mingle, snack and meet the artists. Ashlei Ryan was on hand with a display about YWCA’s local programs to support women and to answer questions. Cameron and Amelia provided some fun live music with guitar, drumming and vocals. Maylei Ryan, at age 5 the youngest artist featured in the show, painted a colorful piece almost as tall as she is. The show will be up for the month of February at Muse Media (410 Main Street, Kamiah). Artwork is for sale and 25 percent of the sales price will go to support the YWCA.

We had fun at the Febrewary Brewfest in Kamiah on Saturday seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones. This chamber of commerce event featured local and regional craft beers and hard ciders. Lots of good brews, got to sample five, five-ounce drinks. It’s great to see the Chamber recognizing the craft brewing culture that is developing in our area with beer:30 taproom owner Brian Brokop leading the event. Local band the Syndicats entertained in the afternoon until the auction started.

The Upriver Youth Leadership council (UYLC) is continuing to offer weekly events for students. “Crab” soccer is the next event, geared for young people grades 7-12. It’s on Friday, Feb. 16, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Kamiah Middle School. What is crab soccer, you may wonder? It’s an informal sport played by two teams on a gym floor where players support themselves with their hands behind them, while walking with their feet, resembling the way a crab walks. Participants try to kick a goal from this position, which is harder than it looks. UYLC encourages students from any local schools plus homeschoolers to join in. They are an inclusive group and welcome anyone who wants to participate. Call Jasmine Huerta at 208-743-0392 or by email for information.

Lara Smith called me the other night to let me know about all of the great auction items they are getting for the VEST Fest 3 event. In addition to the continued generosity of many local businesses and individuals, she reached out to her contacts on the Idaho tourism board. Sun Valley and Coeur d’Alene resorts both donated packages that would provide a great mini-vacation destination in Idaho for the lucky high bidder. The VEST Fest 3 dinner and fund-raiser is coming up March 10 at the Kooskia Community Center starting at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. VEST stands for Valley Educational Support Team. All money raised goes to supplement Clearwater Valley Schools for supplies and technology beyond the funding the school gets.


Free Press / Norma Staaf In Kamiah last weekend, Muse Media’s February art opening brought in a crowd of talented individuals. Here, Amelia Oswald explains her art.

The first year they raised $4,000, the second year $12,000. They expect this popular event to sell out again this year so buy your tickets early from Kama Payton at the Clearwater Valley High School or Lara Smith and Clearwater Valley Elementary. It’s not too late to donate auction items, too.


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