Friends of Harrington Beach

January 2015 Newsletter Update

The Friends started 2015 out right supporting the Wisconsin First Day Hike with warming fires, cocoa, apple cider and coffee for all in attendance. We were so excited to see so many families and friends out enjoying this beautiful park. Now to update you on what is happening!

Accessible Cabin: The shell is done, deck is on and we made it through our first inspection.  We just need the plumbers and heating crew to stop out and finish their work so insulation can be done. Of course temperatures in the 40’s would be helpful as well. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at . As you can imagine, as you work on a project, there are changes that need done to fit with new requirements or better service for the building. We increased our goal from $150,000 cash to $160,000. If you are able to help, 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/

Candlelight Ski-Hike: Our next hike will be on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. We will be serving a few different soups, hot dogs, bars/cookies, apple cider, cocoa and coffee. As an added extra, we will have baked potatoes cooking out on the fire. They will be baked in dutch ovens. The food will be free but donations are appreciated. Vehicle Admission sticker will be required.

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 soup
  • Help heat and serve Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Hot Apple Cider
  • Help setup and/or take down Tiki 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.
  • Help with the cabin construction.
  • Share ideas of your own!

Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook or visit our website at www.friendsofharrington.org to keep up-to-date on all that is happening in the park.

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. We hope you can join us!

Ozaukee Press Accessible Cabin Article

Camping For All: December 25, 2014 Ozaukee Press Article

Steady progress continues on the handicap-accessible cabin being built at Harrington Beach State Park in the Town of Belgium.  Subcontractors and volunteers have completed the rough structure and structural and electrical inspections are scheduled for this week, Friends of Harrongton Beach member Neil Kraemer said.  The cabin should be open in time for the 2015 camping season, he said.  The Friends group needs to raise $23,000 to meet its $160,000 fundraising goal.  Volunteers are needed to help install log siding, interior woodwork, tile work, staining and wheel-chair-accessible landscaping in spring, Kraemer said.  For more information on the cabin, visit www.friendsofharrington.org, the group's Facebook page, contact the park office or e-mail .  Shown with the nearly completed exterior structure are Friends of Harrington Beach members (from left) Rhondella Morgan, Ray Cary and Kraemer.  Photo by Sam Arendt

 

Cmas cabin article Oz Press004

 

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!

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