Friends of Harrington Beach

March Update News

The last couple of weeks while reading Facebook posts I have noticed one common theme, will this winter ever end?  Today I can honestly respond, yes!  I have great hope in this because I see the suns rays reflecting off the house, the melting snow piles at corners that aren now low enough to see over and…I hear the birds singing!  At this moment I can’t think of a more beautiful sound.   Of course it also means the Candlelight Ski/Hikes are done for the season so now what are we going to do?  Read on to find out what is in the works…

Annual Meeting:  This years meeting will be April 24, 2014.  Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m with the business meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.   This years dinner will be a build your own baked potato bar.  The board has planned some great toppings to make the perfect potato!  We will be electing board members and discussing plans for the future.  There will also be members sharing upcoming volunteer opportunities.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Annual Pancake Breakfast:  This event will be held June 8, 2014 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Last year we decided to switch from charging for the breakfast and instead accept donations.  We have decided to do it by donation again this year.  All funds raised at this event will be used for the construction of the accessible cabin.  This is also a great volunteer opportunity.  If you would like to be on the planning committee or help at the event, please contact me at .  This is Open House Sunday so no State Parker sticker is required to enter the park.  It is also free fishing weekend.  Be sure to watch for upcoming newsletters to see what other plans we have for this day! 

Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center:   Do you know someone who added some sparkle to a finger on Valentines Day?  How about a graduating senior?  The Welcome Center may be just what you need for a family gathering, engagement party, wedding shower or graduation party.  It is available for rent on a daily basis.  Call the park office at 262-285-3015 to check its available dates and/or to reserve the building.

Cabin Update:  Patience is a virtue but mine is wearing thin.   We are waiting to hear back on our third and final grant and expect a response any day.  The cabin architectural plans are being reviewed by the DNR and we are working on final paperwork.  I look forward to the day we can post the sign saying “Excuse our dust but construct we must”.  We are continuing to collect donations to help fund this project.  At this time we are a little short of our financial goal.  To make a tax deductible gift, you can mail checks to Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Highway D, Belgium, WI  53004.  Be sure to write cabin on the memo line.  You can also make an online donation at www.friendsofharrington.org.  The donation button is under the thermometer.   

Summer Events:  Ranger Robin Miller is going to repeat the Monarch Butterfly capture, tag and release program and adding a geocaching training and exploration program.  We are also working on a schedule of events for the summer months.  Watch for updates on Facebook,  www.friendsofharrington.org  and the Park DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/harrington.

Our next board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 27, 2014.  We hope to see you there!

January 2014 Friends Updates

I was sitting at our January Board meeting unable to talk (literally, laryngitis), thinking about the amazing board members.   It was a night spent in listening mode and just looking around the table seeing so many people interested in our park.  In addition, I was so excited to see visitors there.  That is something I really love, especially when the visitors share in the discussion and provide great ideas.   What are they?  You will have to read on to learn more so….

Annual Staff/Volunteer pary:  This even was held January 18.  The Board provided the guests with several soups, fresh breads, chips and amazing desserts.  Entertainment this year included games.  Thank you to all who put effort into making this event so much fun for all of the guests.  If you would like to join in the fun next year, all you need to do is volunteer.  Easy?  You bet it is as we have so many great opportunities.  Watch our website and Facebook page for future volunteer opportunities.

Candlelight Ski/Hike:  Our next Candlelight Ski/Hike will be February 1, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.  In January we changed the food offering at a ski hike and it went over so well, we are repeating it for this hike.  Some of the Board Members will  be making their favorite soup to share.  There is quite a variety to choose from.  The great part about this event?  All of the food, coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider is free.  As usual, donations are appreciated.  A State Park Sticker will be required for all vehicles entering the park.  All funds raised at this event are used to provide program opportunities in the park.

Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center:  The Welcome Center may be just what you need for a family gathering or party.  It is available for rent on a daily basis.  Call the park office at 262-285-3015 to check its available dates and/or to reserve the building.

Cabin Update:  It is hard to imagine starting construction of the accessible cabin as we sit through another extremely cold period but, it is time to get into serious planning.  We are waiting to hear back on our third and final grant.  We are expecting a response in early March.  The cabin architectural plans are being reviewed by the DNR this month and a meeting is scheduled next week to discuss any recommended changes.  We are continuing to collect donations to help fund this project.  At this time we are a little short of our financial goal.  To make a tax deductible gift, you can mail checks to Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Highway D, Belgium, WI  53004.  Be sure to write cabin on the memo line.  You can also make an online donation at www.friendsofharrington.org.  The donation button is under the thermometer.   

Annual Meeting:  This years meeting will be April 24, 2014.  Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m with the business meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.  We will be electing board members and discussing plans for the future.  There will also be members sharing upcoming volunteer opportunities.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Annual Pancake Breakfast:  This event will be held June 8, 2014 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Last year we decided to switch from charging for the breakfast to instead taking donations.  All funds raised at this event will be used for the construction of the accessible cabin.  This is also a great volunteer opportunity.  If you would like to be on the planning committee or help at the event, please contact me at .  This is Open House Sunday so no State Parker sticker is required to enter the park.  It is also free fishing weekend.  Be sure to watch for upcoming newsletters to see what other plans we have for this day! 

Summer Events:  The board approved Ranger Robin Miller’s budget for this year's summer interpretive programming.  She's bringing back the Monarch Butterfly capture, tag and release program and adding a geocaching training and exploration program.  One of last nights meeting guest was Tony Young, the Ozaukee County DNR Game Warden.  He has some program ideas of his own he would like to offer at Harrington Beach State Park.  Watch for future updates on Facebook,  www.friendsofharrington.org  and the Park DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/harrington.

Park Management:  Some of you may remember Ranger Carolyn Morgen who worked at Harrington Beach State Park  a few years ago.  A week ago she started as Superintendent of Kohler Andrae State Park.  This job also includes oversight of Harrington Beach State Park.  I am excited to see her back and look forward to the future of this great park under her management.

Our next board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on February 27, 2014.  We hope to see you there!

December 2013 Monthly Update

Yesterday I was in my home, decorating the Christmas tree, a fire in the fireplace and the snow falling outside.  The snow was so beautiful and all I could think of was my Cross Country skis in the garage, waiting for their first workout this year.   This led me to think of the night Candlelight Ski/Hike and the need to check the schedule so I can share with you.  Let’s see what is going on!

Christmas:  Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for that special someone?  Here are just a few ideas:

  •          2014 State Park Stickers – On sale in the park office
  •          Harrington Beach State Park  sweatshirts – On sale in the park office
  •          Donation to the Accessible Cabin fund in your loved ones name

Candlelight Ski/Hike:  Our next Candlelight Ski/Hike will be January 4, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.  This year we have decided to make a change in the food for this event.  Some of the Board Members will  be making their favorite soup to share.  There is quite a variety to choose from.  The great part about this event?  All of the food, coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider is free.  As usual, donations are appreciated.  A State Park Sticker will be required for all vehicles entering the park.

Staff and Volunteer Annual Dinner:   Be sure to save January 18 for our annual event.  Watch your mail for an invitation and be sure to RSVP.   

Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center:  The Welcome Center may be just what you need for a family gathering or party.  It is available for rent on a daily basis.  Call the park office at 262-285-3015 to check its available dates and/or to reserve the building.

Cabin Update:  While the thermometer outside goes down, the one for our cabin is going up.  We currently have $105,000 of the $150,000 needed for the construction of the accessible cabin.  A third and final grant application has been submitted and the committee is expecting a response in early March.  The cabin architectural plans are drawn up and will be reviewed by the DNR this month.  We are working on collecting donations to help fund this project.  As you can see, we are still a little short of our financial goal.  To make a tax deductible gift, you can mail checks to Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Highway D, Belgium, WI  53004.  Be sure to write cabin on the memo line.  You can also make an online donation at www.friendsofharrington.org.  The donation button is under the thermometer.   

Summer Events:  Ranger Robin Miller has already started planning next year's summer interpretive programming.  She's bringing back the Monarch Butterfly capture, tag and release program and adding a geocaching training and exploration program.  Watch for future updates on www.friendsofharrington.org  and the Park DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/harrington.

Park Management:  Manager Andy Krueger has accepted a position at Pike Lake State Park.  His last day of work at Harrington Beach State Park was November 16.   I expect to see Andy, his wife Karen, and their 3 boys visiting Harrington Beach Sate Park as they plan to continue living in Ozaukee County.   If you see him, be sure to wish him great success in his new position.

Our next board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on January 23, 2014.  We hope to see you there!

October 2013 Updates

Driving home from Fond du Lac I noticed the beautiful colors of the leaves starting to appear and the fields filled with orange pumpkins.  I thought the perfect way to spend this day would be a slow walk in the woods with a cup of hot apple cider and then returning home to a hot bowl of chili.  Well, we will talk about that later so let’s see what is happening now.

Friends:  We so appreciate each and every member of the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park.  They each have a special place in making peoples experience at Harrington Beach a special place.  It is so hard when we lose one of our members as they are family to us.  It is with great sadness I must share Ron Fromm passed away on September 28.  One of Ron’s greatest loves was geocaching and he spent considerable amount of time providing geocache opportunities at Harrington Beach State Park.  He and his wife, Geri, also volunteered selling concessions this past summer.  Ron will be greatly missed.  We also extend our sympathy to Ronnie Morgan on the recent loss of her mother.  Friends members can quickly become like family as we work and play together in the good times and difficulties of life.

Camping:  Camp Hosts play a vital role in our campground.  They camp in the park one month at a time, doing routine maintenance at the sites and visiting with the campers.  We wish to thank Dick and Sally Warnke, our September  hosts and welcome Don and Vonni Dunn, our October hosts. 

Firewood and Ice Sales:  For your convenience, firewood and ice is for sale in the park at the Park Office.  The best part of purchasing your firewood and ice from us is all are used by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park for park improvements.

Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center:  The Welcome Center may be just what you need for a family gathering or party.  It is available for rent on a daily basis.  Call the park office at 262-285-3015 to check its available dates and/or to reserve the building.

Cabin Update:  Our cabin committee continues to work on the final plans and authorizations to start construction.  They are also working on collecting donations to help fund this project.  If you would like to make a tax deductible gift, you can mail checks to Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Highway D, Belgium, WI  53004.  Be sure to write cabin on the memo line.  You can also make an online donation at www.friendsofharrington.org.  The donation button is under the thermometer.   

Halloween Hike:  The Halloween Hike will be held October 19 from 6-9 p.m.  The Holy Cross 4H will once more be there with a Haunted Trail.  There will also be a quiet trail around the quarry.  The party continues at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  To make this more fun for you, we will be having a costume contest.  Be sure to pick out your best!  The Friends will also have pumpkins available for carving.  Judging of the costumes and pumpkins will be divided by age of the participants and prizes will be given!  Oh yes, hot apple cider and chili was mentioned before.  At this event we will have free hot apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee, bars and cookies.  We will also be selling hot dogs and bowls of homemade chili along with potatoes baked by the fire.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Our next board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 24 in the Welcome Center.  We hope to see you there!

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