Friends of Harrington Beach

November News Update

Last week at the monthly Board of Directors meeting we were able to look back on the past year and at the same time look forward to new things for next year. What are the new things? Read on to find out!

Accessible Cabin: Matt Manczek Construction has really helped us make great strides. The cabin is framed in with all windows and doors installed. The interior work will soon begin. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at . We are still a little shy of our goal so additional financial contributions can be made by mail at Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Hwy D, Belgium, WI 53004 or via the donation link at http://friendsofharrington.org/

Halloween Hike: This year’s Halloween Hike was Saturday, October 18. We had a great turnout but always find we have room for more so be sure to invite your friends to all future events. Special thank you to the volunteers who helped, along with the Holy Cross 4H for their work on the haunted trail.

Volunteer Opportunities: Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Check out the following list and email us at to learn more.

  •          Bake bars or cookies to donate for the February 7, 2015 Candlelight Hike
  •          Help grill hot dogs and serve chili
  •          Help heat and serve Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Hot Apple Cider
  •          Help setup and/or take down Tikki Torches for the hikes
  •          In the summer, it is fun to work three hour shifts in the concession stand. You can work one time the whole summer or as many shifts as you want.
  •          Help with the cabin construction.
  •          Share ideas of your own!

First Day Hike: Thursday, January 1, 2015 will be a great day at the park. The Friends will be opening up the Welcome Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a fire burning in the fireplace with marshmallows to roast. Hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee will be available. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy with friends and family. You can even bring hot dogs to roast in the fireplace. Unless you have a favorite roasting stick, feel free to use ours! Admission to the park is free for Wisconsin State Parks First Day celebration. (The First Day Hike replaces the Candlelight Hike on Saturday, January 3.)

Save the Date: January 24, 2015 is the Staff/Volunteer party. February 7, 2015 will be the date for our next Candlelight Ski/Hike.

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park board of directors meet the 4th Thursday of the month. Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 in the Park office. The meeting is open to the public. I hope you can join us!

September 2014 Newsletter

Today while driving I noticed the beautiful colors of the leaves changing.  Besides the Autumn colors, we have the cooler temperatures to enjoy the hiking trails and even some picnics in the park before the winter snows begin.  Before I can take my hike, it is time I share what is happening at Harrington Beach.

Accessible Cabin:  Construction started about a month ago and it is starting to take shape.  There should be big changes starting the week of September 28 when Matt Manczek Construction helps us get the outside shell up.  The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park goal is to have it framed in and ready for interior work before the snow flies.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at .  Financial contributions can be made by mail at Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Hwy D, Belgium, WI  53004 or via the donation link at http://friendsofharrington.org/

Halloween Hike:  This year’s Halloween Hike will be Saturday, October 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  As in the past, there will be a Costume contest along with pumpkin carving competition.  The Friends of Harrington Beach will have pumpkins and carving tools available for you to use and they are FREE!  If you have your own set of tools you prefer, be sure to bring them with you.  The Friends even clean up the mess!  In the Welcome Center we will have Chili and Hot Dogs for sale.  Of course there will be free hot chocolate, hot apple cider, hot coffee, bars and cookies to eat. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Opportunities abound at Harrington Beach State Park and with such a variety to choose from, there should be one just for you.  Here is a list of just a few for your review.  Check it out and email us at to learn more.

  •          Bake bars or cookies to donate for the Candlelight Hikes
  •          Judge the Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Costumes at the Halloween Hike
  •          Help grill hot dogs and serve chili
  •          Help heat and serve Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Hot Apple Cider
  •          Help setup and/or take down Tikki Torches for the hikes
  •         In the summer, it is fun to work 3 hour shifts in the concession stand.  You can work 1 time the whole summer or as many shifts as you       want. Usually after the first time you are wanting a second time.
  •          Help with the cabin construction.

Save the Dates:  January 3, 2015 and February 7, 2015 will be the date for our Candlelight Ski/Hikes.  January 24, 2015 is the date for the Staff/Volunteer party.

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park board of directors meet the 4th Thursday of the month.  Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  The meeting is open to the public.  I hope you can join us!

Summer Program Thank You

With the end of Labor Day Weekend, Harrington Beach State Park summer programming is winding down.  Our popular After Summer Hike takes place on Saturday, September 20 at 6pm starting with roasting hotdogs at the Ansay Welcome Center and taking a 1.5 mile tikki torch lit hike around the Quarry.  Desserts will be available as well as beverages.  There is no charge for this event but donations to the Friends are gratefully accepted.  A vehicle admission fee is required for park entrance.

We want to share a picture from the recent Monarch Butterfly capture/tag/release event held on August 30 at Puckett’s Pond.  Ranger Robin Miller had an informative talk with about 19 visitors and campers then they captured, tagged, swabbed for parasite and released the butterflies back into the meadow. With volunteers like Bob and Karen Helminiak, going through the process was a breeze.  Bob is shown in the picture below with some visitors to the event.  We thank all our volunteers, staff and park visitors for making this season’s programming events successful.  Please visit us again!

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The Quarry Summer 2014 Edition

So much is happening with the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, we decided to return to a full edition of The Quarry this summer.  Please click on the link to find out about ALL of the Friends activities. 

Summer_2014_Quarry.pdf

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