Friends of Harrington Beach

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!

September 2013 Monthly Update

This morning I woke up to the sound of a school bus.  I next checked out Facebook and found there was one common theme to the updates, school is back in session.  End of summer is always hard until I think of what is ahead.  So let’s get to it!

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 Richard Wagner our August host and welcome Dick and Sally Warnke our September 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 proceeds are used by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park for park improvements.

Concession Stand:  The concession stand ice cream freezer is empty and defrosted.  The window shuttered for another year.  I want to say a special thank you to Tara Kos and her volunteers for their work this summer.  The money raised in the concession will be used for special events at the park.  We are also saving for some new improvements.  Keep an eye out for our next update!

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:  There is now $100,000 toward the cabin project.  We only need about $50,000 more to reach the goal.   The Cabin committee are working on final drawings and plans along with applying for one last grant.  If you would like 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. 

After Summer Hike:  The After Summer Hike is scheduled for September 21 at 6:00 p.m.  Come enjoy a walk along the beach and then stop by the Welcome Center to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over an open flame.  The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park will be providing the hot dogs, condiments, marshmallows and roasting sticks.  There will also be hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee.

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Our next board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on September 26.  We hope to see you there!

June 2013 Newsletter Updates

Our monthly board meeting was attended by some great volunteers.  It was wonderful to hear their ideas as we plan for the future and review the past.  Let’s see what is behind and what we have planned for the future.

Treasures of Oz:  Quarry Lake at Harrington Beach State Park was one of the featured stops for the Treasures of Oz event on June 15th.  The day started out cloudy, wet and cool which didn’t look good for attendance.  What a pleasant surprise to have the weather turn beautiful on time for the event.  Elaine Nulph shared the history of the park that day and met many new people to the park. 

Summer Events:  There are events planned for almost every weekend and keeping  up with them can be hard.  In order to make it easier for you, we have a calendar of events on our website at www.friendsofharrington.org.  If you are a Facebook user and would like to receive event invitations, please “Like” us at http://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfHarringtonBeachStatePark?fref=ts.

Monarch Butterfly:  We have the nets, the butterflies and the space but are short one thing… you!  Come help us catch, test them for the OE virus, tag them and then release them back in the field.  Training for this project will be held the day of the event before going out in the field.  The project will be held on August 17 and 31.  You don’t want to miss this one!  This project is funded in part by a 2013 Affinity Naturalist Grant.

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 Irv and Arlene Brandt for their work here in June.  We are looking forward to Al and Alice Hintz joining us for the month of July.

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 the proceeds are used by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park for park improvements.

Concession Stand:  The concession stand is more than a place to get soda or ice cream.  It is staffed with volunteers who love the park and can answer many of your questions.    Be sure to stop by the stand to say hi, get something to snack on and just visit with the volunteers.  Like the Firewood and Ice Sales, all proceeds are used by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park for park programs and 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:  At the board meeting we learned we have raised almost $100,000.  We only need about $50,000 more.  If you would like 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. 

Our next board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on July 25.  We hope to see you there!

May 2103 News Update

On June 2 we held the annual Breakfast in the Park.  With the cooler weather and local high school graduations, we were concerned about the number of people who would attend.  To our amazement, about 375 people attended this year’s event!  As with any other annual event, before the current one is complete the plans are in the works for the next year.  That means, keep your eyes and ears open for next year!  There is so much more going on before June 2014 so let’s get into the meat of it.

Annual Volunteer Day:   We would like to thank all of the volunteers that worked so hard to plant the trees and prepare the trails and do general cleaning of the park.  You did a great job!

Treasures of Oz:  This year Quarry Lake at Harrington Beach State Park will be one of the featured stops for the Treasures of Oz event.  This day-long event takes place on June 15th.  You will not need a state park sticker to enter the park on this day.  Elaine Nulph will be at Quarry Lake sharing a brief history of the park.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Summer Events:  The Purple Martin house is up and birds are moving in.  One of the major jobs of the volunteers involved with this project involves keeping the different “apartments” in the building available for the Purple Martins.  Be sure to check it out the next time you are in the park.  The house is located next to the park office.

Monarch Butterfly:  Your job, should you choose to accept it, will be to go in a meadow of milkweed with butterfly nets and catch the monarch butterflies.  Next you will test the butterflies for the OE parasite, tag and then release them.  When the butterflies migrate, we will get reports of where they are found and be able to map their locations.  Don’t worry about knowing how to do this, there will be training for this project before going out in the field.  The project will be held in August and you are invited!  This project is funded in part by a 2013 Affinity Naturalist Grant.

Camping:  The campers are back and our first camp hosts have moved out.  We wish to thank Glenn and Doris Wiechman for their work in the month of May.  Irv and Arlene Brandt are with us during the month of June.

Concession Stand: The stand is open and running.  Tara has added Skinny Cow products along with Cracker Jacks and juice.  We also have the Keurig up and ready to go for that great cup of coffee or hot tea.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tara at or call the park office 262-285-3015.

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:  The first physical sign of the cabin occurred this spring when electrical was run to the site.  We appreciate the Cabin Committee’s work on this project and seeing we continue with our original timeline.  Watch for future updates.

Our next monthly meeting will be held on June 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to come join us.

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