Friends of Harrington Beach

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

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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Upcoming Events

25 Apr
Friends Annual Meeting
04/25/2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annual Friends Meeting at Ansay Welcome Center. Dinner at 6pm with business meeting starting at 6:30pm. More details in February 2019
27 Apr
Work/Earth/Play Day
04/27/2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Clean up, plant trees and have a productive work day at the park. Then join the Friends for a free lunch at the Ansay Welcome Center. If you have a scout troop, civic or family group coming, call the park office to let them know. 262-285-3015
23 May
Friends Board Meeting
05/23/2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
26 May
Observatory Viewing
05/26/2019 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join the Northern Cross Science Foundation for an evening of star gazing. The Plunket's Observatory holds the 20" Panarusky telescope and is located by Puckett's Pond shelter.
2 Jun
Friends Annual Pancake Breakfast
06/02/2019 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Annual free pancake breakfast held during open admission to Wisconsin State Parks Weekend. More details to follow