Friends of Harrington Beach

October 2012 Newsletter Updates

Today my family worked at the task of storing the summer furniture and toys for the winter.  It reminded me of the stories I read as a young girl about animals preparing for their winter hibernation.  I got to thinking it might be nice to hibernate in my warm home rather than be outside.  Of course, if I do that for the next several months, I will miss out on the many wonderful things available in Wisconsin.  What is ahead?

Belgium Christmas Parade:  It is hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Bob Burant is looking for volunteers to help decorate the shuttle.  Please call the park office at (262) 285-3015 if you would like to help.  The parade will be held on Sunday, November 25 and the shuttle has room for riders.  Don’t eat beforehand as there is chili and hot cocoa in the village park following the parade!

Packer Party/Fundraiser:  We are getting closer all the time to the funds needed to build the Accessible Cabin.  December 2, 2012 we will be holding a Packer tailgate party at the Belgium Community Center.  The admission fee will get you hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, chips, pasta & potato salads, & desserts. Soda & coffee are also included and a cash bar is available.  Watch the website for more information on this event.

Candlelight Ski/Hike:  This will be held January 5, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Come inside the building for a bowl of chili and hot dog along with some great bars and cookies, hot cocoa, hot apple cider and coffee.  The Northern Cross Science Foundation will be there for night viewing, weather permitting..  If you would like to help bake for this event and/or serve, please call the park office at (262) 285-3015.

Save the Date:  January 12, 2013 will be the annual staff and volunteer appreciation dinner.  It will be held at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center. 

Accessible Cabin Update:  We have been actively working to raise funds for construction of the accessible cabin.  At this time we have about $40,000 cash in the account along with the approval of a $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant.  We are preparing the application for a second $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant.  Ken Matthews and I had the opportunity to be interviewed on The Morning Blend Milwaukee.  If you missed it and would like to see the episode, please go to http://www.themorningblend.com/videos/174596061.html .  If this project interests you, please let us know by calling the park office at (262) 285-3015.  Many hands make light work.

Website:  Be sure to check the website  www.friendsofharrington.org for new pictures and information on upcoming events.  We will also update the site should any event need to be cancelled due to inclement weather. 

Welcome Center:  I find the idea of sitting around the fire place with friends and family so appealing in the winter time.  I think the one in the Adolph & Marie Ansay Welcome Center is beautiful and there is room for great group events.  For just $150 you can rent the Adolph & Marie Ansay Welcome Center for the whole day.  If you are a member of the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, rental is only $135.  Call the park office at (262) 285-3015 to reserve it for your next party!

Our next scheduled board meeting is January 24, 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!

September Monthly Newsletter Updates

On my way into the park for the board meeting I noticed the beautiful autumn colors are really starting to pop.  When I reached the stop sign at Sauk Trail Road I found I had an extra-long wait as three deer decided standing in the middle of the road was a good idea.  It was nice to have a few minutes to relax and enjoy their beauty.  If only I had a camera with me!  Now to keeping you in the loop…

Halloween Candlelight Hike:  This hike will be held October 20 from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m.  We are looking forward to the costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, haunted trail and plenty of food.  Speaking of pumpkins, we need to get looking for pumpkins and candy for this year’s event!  If you would like to help, please call the park office at 262-285-3015 or email .  Some volunteer opportunities include:

·   Bake bars or cookies to be served at the event

·   Serve food

·   Judge costumes and pumpkins

·   Fill goodie bags for the children who attend

·   Help at the bonfire

·   Supervise the pumpkin carving

Belgium Christmas Parade:  We will be decorating the shuttle for the parade on Saturday, November 24.  The time is yet to be set.  If you would like to help with the float, please contact the park office at 262-285-3015 or email .  Bob Burant will be overseeing this project and would love to have you on his team.  There is also the opportunity to ride on the shuttle during the parade which will be held Sunday, November 25.  Watch the website for time and meeting place.

Packer Party/Fundraiser:  December 2, 2012 we will be holding a Packer Party at the Belgium Community Center.  The funds raised at this event will be used for construction of the accessible cabin.  The committee is finalizing the details and this information will be posted on the website within the next month.  An important part of this event will be the silent auction.  We have some great prizes and are looking for more donations.

Save the Date:  January 12, 2013 will be the annual staff and volunteer appreciation dinner.  It will be held at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center. 

Financial Update:  We have been actively working to raise funds for construction of the accessible cabin.  As of August 23, 2012 we have $7,038 cash in the account along with the approval of a $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant.  We are in the process of applying for a second $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant.  In addition to the funds in the cabin account, we have $11,961 in Checking and an additional $9,234 in savings.

Website:  Have you had a chance to check out our website at www.friendsofharrington.org?  The calendar gives you all the important dates.  Updates on future events are kept current on the website!

Welcome Center: Are you looking for a place to spend time with family and friends with a beautiful fireplace, bathrooms & kitchenette?  What about a place where you don’t have everyone running through your house?  For just $150 you can rent the Adolph & Marie Ansay Welcome Center for the whole day.  If you are a member of the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, rental is only $135.  Call the park office at 262-285-3015 to reserve it for your next party!

Our next scheduled board meeting is January 24, 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! 

Article written by Friends President Ronnie Morgan

Monthly Update of Friends Events ~ August 2012

Have you ever felt like you were “out of the loop”?  How about “everyone knows what is happening but me”?  Well, the Volunteer Board of Directors of the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park would like to change that.  Starting this month, we will begin sending you notes from the meeting and highlight upcoming events.  Let’s get started!

After Summer Candlelight Hike:  This hike will be held September 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  At the event we will be drawing the winners of this year’s raffle.  We will not be charging for food at this event but those who attend will have the opportunity to make donations to the organization.  How can you help?  If something on the following list jumps out at you, please contact Ronnie Morgan at her email:  or call the park office at 262-285-3015.

·   Setup Tiki torches (done late morning or early afternoon)

·   Takedown Tiki torches following the event

·   Serve and/or talking to visitors during the event

·   Baking bars or cookies to be served at the event

Halloween Candlelight Hike:  This hike will be held October 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  There will be the usual costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, haunted trail and plenty of food.  If you would like to help, please contact Ronnie Morgan at her email: or call the park office at 262-285-3015.  Some volunteer opportunities include:

·   Setup Tiki torches (done late morning or early afternoon)

·   Takedown Tiki torches following the event

·   Bake bars or cookies to be served at the event

·   Serve food

·   Judge costumes and pumpkins

·   Fill goodie bags for the children who attend

Belgium Christmas Parade:  I know, school hasn’t even started and we are talking about the Christmas parade.  The Friends would like to once again decorate the shuttle for the parade.  If you would like to help with this project, please contact Ronnie Morgan at her email:  or call the park office at 262-285-3015.

Packer Party/Fundraiser:  December 2, 2012 we will be holding a Packer Party at the Belgium Community Center.  Watch future editions for more details.

Save the Date:  January 12, 2013 will be the annual staff and volunteer appreciation dinner.  It will be held at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  More details to follow.

Financial Update:  We have been actively working to raise funds for construction of the accessible cabin.  As of August 23, 2012 we have $35,178 cash in the account along with the approval of a $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant.  We are in the process of applying for a second $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant.  In addition to the funds in the cabin account, we have $8,298 in Checking and an additional $9,233 in savings.

Website:  We are excited to announce our new website is up and running.  Check out www.friendsofharrington.org

Our next scheduled board meeting is September 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  Our meetings are open so we hope to see you there!

We hope you enjoyed this update.  If you have questions or comments on this article, please send them to .

Thanks!

Accessible Cabin Update

The Accessible Cabin Committee had an active 2011 and will expand our efforts in 2012 to meet our goal of raising the $150,000 required by the DNR before groundbreaking can commence in 2013.

To date, we have raised approximately $30,000 in donations. In addition, we have an in-kind commitment for all of the engineering work!

We have recently received approval of a $20,000 Knowles- Nelson Stewardship grant, bringing our total funds to nearly $55,000. Two additional yearly $20,000 grants will be requested.

Since these are matching grants, we need the funds to “match” the $20,000. To help in this endeavor we are planning another Pancake Breakfast in the park on June 3,2012, as well as another raffle. We are also distributing several cabin donation boxes throughout the area.

Our website is being updated to provide up-to-date status of the cabin fundraising and construction progress. You may also find updates on our Facebook page: Friends of Harrington Beach State Park.

Finally, we welcome volunteer support with experience, skills and interest in the various construction trades required to build this cabin in 2013/14. Please contact Andrew Krueger at (262) 285 -3015 to schedule a meeting with him and/or Neil Kraemer and learn more about this project.

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