Friends of Harrington Beach

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.

2013 Annual Meeting News

If we had only known that holding the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park annual meeting would usher in 60 and 70 degree days, we would have held it the end of February.  Too bad the Bylaws won’t allow that!  Now for some updates.

Annual Meeting:  The annual meeting was held on April 25, 2013.  We had about 25 people in attendance.  My favorite part of the night is recognizing volunteers for their service.  This year we recognized Denny Goldsmith, Elaine Nulph, Mark Jacoby, Nancy Hise and Neil Kraemer.  The Monarch Butterfly program is being funded in their honor.

Annual Volunteer Day:  Saturday, April 27 several scouting groups, individuals and families joined staff to plant 200 trees in the campground.   They worked from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m until ALL the trees were planted.  The Friends provided lunch for the volunteers.  

Breakfast in the Park:  The annual breakfast in the park will be held  on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 9- noon.  Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, coffee and milk.  This year we will not be charging for the event but instead ask for free will donations.  We will need help with setup, cooking, serving and cleanup.  Two of this years volunteers are Rich and Peg Evans.  Rich is the former ranger at Harrington Beach State Park.  Please call the office at (262)285-3015 or email  if you are able to help.  The Ozaukee County Triathlon will be starting and ending at the lower lake.  Stop out and cheer them on as they run and bike. This is Open House day at the park so a park sticker will not be required to enter the park.  Funds raised from this years Breakfast in the Park will be used for the accessible cabin

Treasures of Oz:  This year the Quarry at Harrington Beach State Park will be one of the featured stops for the Treasures of Oz event.  This will be on June 15, 2013.  You will not need a state park sticker to enter the park on this day.  As part of the event there will be a history of the quarry given. 

      Summer Events:  The Purple Martin house was set in place and raised Saturday, April 27.  Check it out when you are in the park.  It is located directly northeast of the Park Office.  It's hard to miss this beautiful 'apartment' for our feathered friends.  The summer program schedule and Northern Cross Astronomy events are posted on the Friends website and Facebook page.  Robin Miller, Ranger/Naturalist, explained the Monarch Butterfly project she is organizing for mid-late August.  The task will be to go in a meadow of milkweed with butterfly nets and catch the monarch butterflies.  The butterflies will be tested for the OE parasite, tagged and released.  When the butterflies migrate, we will get reports of where they are found and be able to map their locations.  Robin will give a more detailed report later.  There will be training for this project before going out in the field.  You are invited to participate!

Camping:  The camping season is upon us.  If you have never been there, you need to check our campground out.  Are you looking for a great place to stay with family and friends?  Check out the Group campsite.  As in the past, firewood and ice will be available for sale at the Park Office. 

Concession Stand: It was exciting to hear Tara Kos talk about the concession stand at the annual meeting.  There were many people giving ideas of things they would like to see available for sale.  Tara will be using their recommendations in her planning of product sales.  The concession stand is scheduled to open Memorial Weekend.  She is looking for volunteers to spend 3 hours or more on Saturday or Sunday.

Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center:  Do you have a graduating senior, upcoming wedding or planning a family reunion?  The Welcome Center may be just what you need.  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.

Financial Update:  At the annual meeting Neil announced we had a net profit from product sales and donations totaling approximately $34,000 this last year.  There is a total of $78,573 on account between Checking, Savings and the Accessible Cabin account.  Although a major portion of this is for the accessible cabin, we have about $20,000 available to invest in the park.  It was announced we have started putting aside funds for playground equipment to be purchased and installed.  We are one of the few state parks without a playground and something people have been requesting.

Our next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  The meetings are open to the public so please come join us.

March 2013 Newsletter Update

                         March 2013 Newsletter Update

Today I had the opportunity to meet with a couple of great volunteers at Harrington Beach State Park.  The planning for upcoming events was so much fun and their enthusiasm only helped me get more excited about the coming summer season.

Annual Meeting:  The annual meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013.  Sign in and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the business meeting at 7 p.m.   Come enjoy a dinner and visit with others who truly love the park.   We will update you on the cabin project, vote for board members and share volunteer opportunities with all in attendance.  Please contact Nancy Hise at or 920-915-1595 to let us know if you will be attending.

Annual Volunteer Day:  Saturday, April 27, 2013  This year we will be planting trees and posting new trail signs.  We will be working from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Come for all or part of the day.  Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.  Please call Ranger Andrew Krueger at the park office at 262-285-3015 if you plan to work so he will have an accurate count for lunch.

Pancake Breakfast:  The annual breakfast in the park will be held  on Sunday June 2, 2013.  This is also Open House day at the park so a park sticker will not be required to enter the park.  Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, coffee and milk.  This event is a fundraiser for the accessible cabin. 

Treasures of Oz:  This year the Quarry at Harrington Beach State Park will be one of the featured stops for the Treasures of Oz event.  This will be on Saturday, June 15, 2013.   You will NOT need a state park sticker to enter the park on this day. 

Summer Events:  It is official, Robin Miller will be administering a Monarch Butterfly project in August.   She has also planned many great programs throughout the summer.  We also have a group who will be starting a Purple Martin project in the park.  Watch for the house to go up.   

Camping:  The camping season is just 1 month away.  If you have never been there, you need to check our campground out.  Are you looking for a great place to stay with family and friends?  Check out the Group campsite.  As in the past, firewood and ice will be available for sale at the Park Office. 

Concession Stand: The concession stand will be opening Memorial Day weekend.   I would like to thank Bob and Karen Helminiak for managing the concession stand these last 3 years.  Your service has been so appreciated.  I would like to welcome Tara Kos as the new manager.   I am looking forward to working with her and our volunteer concessionaires this year.

Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center:  Do you have a graduating senior, upcoming wedding or planning a family reunion?  The Welcome Center may be just what you need.  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.

The board and I are looking forward to seeing many of you at the annual meeting on Thursday, April  25, 2013.

 

Rhondella Morgan, President

February 2013 Update

I am sitting in my home on this early March morning listening to the birds outside.  So much noise and a sure sign the winter is coming to an end and spring will soon be here.  How exciting to have a state park filled with so much beauty this close to my home.   I think I will write this recap of our February meeting quickly as a nice walk in the park is on my mind! 

Annual Meeting:  The annual meeting will be held on April 25, 2013.  Sign in and dinner at 6:30 p.m.with the business meeting at 7 p.m.   What is on the agenda?  We will be updating you on the cabin project, giving you the opportunity to volunteer for activities that are of interest to you and voting for board members.  I think the last item is most important.  Our board is made up of people with a desire to do what is best for Harrington Beach State Park and its visitors.  Are you one of those people?  Please leave your name and number at (262) 285-3015 so we can get together and discuss your desire. 

Annual Volunteer Day:  I don’t think there is anything more fun that working together with others on something you truly care about.  A work day from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday April 27 is planned to plant new hiking trail signs and trees among other property improvement projects. A lunch will be provided to volunteers. Please call Ranger Andrew Krueger at the park office at 262-285-3015 if you plan to work so he will have an accurate count for lunch.

Pancake Breakfast:  The annual breakfast in the park will be held  on Sunday June 2, 2013.  This is also Open House day at the park so a park sticker will not be required to enter the park.  Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, coffee and milk.  This event is a fundraiser for the accessible cabin. 

Treasures of Oz:  This year the Quarry at Harrington Beach State Park will be one of the selected stops for the Treasures of Oz event.  This will be on June 15, 2013.  This will be a day you can enter the park without a state park sticker. 

Summer Events:  Keep an eye out for this section.  Robin Miller has  been working on making plans for our summer interpretive programs.  I am looking forward to seeing and sharing the schedule with you!  I will give you a hint, a request was made to the board for a Monarch Butterfly program.  My thought is you will soon hear more!

Financial Update:  We currently have $78,539 on deposit.  Of this, $56,420 is reserved for the cabin project.  With the $20,000 grant we have $76,420 for  the construction project and should soon hear back on our request for another $20,000 grant.

Our next scheduled board meeting is March 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.   Our meetings are open so we hope to see you there!

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