Friends of Harrington Beach

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

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!

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