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The one year remembrance of the SR 530 landslide is approaching and Snohomish County and partners have worked together to facilitate an event for families, communities, volunteers and responders to come together to honor and remember the 43 lives lost that day.
SR 530 will be closed so that everyone can come together on the road to remember and reconnect. Details regarding the event are below. We hope you will be able to attend.
When: 7:00 a.m. Sunday March 22
Where: Park at Darrington Rodeo Grounds (if coming from Darrington, located at 42109 SR-530, Arlington, WA) or Miller Shingle (if coming from Arlington or Oso, located at 21021 SR-530, Arlington, WA.)
Transportation: Buses will start transporting people to the slide area at 7:30 a.m.
Road closure: State Route 530 will be closed just west of Darrington and east of Oso from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 22, for a SR 530 slide remembrance event. Traffic will be detoured via State Route 20 as we can no longer pilot traffic on the Seattle City Light access road. Please account for additional travel time when using this route.
· The remembrance ceremony officially starts at 10:37 a.m. with a moment of silence.
· Due to the number of anticipated attendees, transportation to the site will take time. To allow the families of lost loved ones and slide survivors private time at the site, you will be asked to wait in a staging area near the slide area. At 10:15 a.m. first responders, community members, honor guard, color guard, and public officials will proceed to SR 530 from the staging areas to the east and west.
· Media will be present at the event and you are welcome to speak to the media if you choose.
· Chaplains, Green Cross professionals and support service dog teams will be available onsite.
· Please wear weather appropriate clothing as there is no cover from rain and comfortable, sturdy footwear (no open-toe shoes or heels). Be prepared to walk for the occasion.
· If you are a responder, you are invited to wear the uniform/clothing that you wore during slide response so that families and other responders can more easily identify you. Fire department apparatus are not participating in the event and parking areas cannot accommodate these vehicles.
· Please carpool to the parking areas.
We would love to welcome all community, responders, volunteers & public officials to Darrington on March 22nd. This is a time of reflection, gratitude and heartfelt tragedy. Thank you to the many that helped us through these very hard times.
Gathering of Hope, a service of remembrance, at the Darrington Community Center on March 20th at 7 pm Music by Evan Whickham, prayers, readings & messages of hope from a variety of Pastors of the Greater Stilly Valley. Refreshments and Fellowship to follow. The address is The address is 570 Sauk Ave, Darrington, WA 98241.
Darrington Library Meeting Room Dedication for Linda McPherson on March 21st at 11 am. This will take place at the Darrington Library. The Darrington Library Meeting Room was a dream of Linda's for years and through her dedication and perseverance this beautiful meeting room with a large picture looking out toward Whitehorse Mountain is a reality today. We are forever grateful to Linda for seeing this project through! The address is 1005 Cascade St Darrington, WA 98241.
A Soup Social & Open House at Oso Fire Department, March 22, 12-4pm The address is 21824 SR 530 NE, Arlington, WA 98223
Open House at the Darrington Fire Department March 22, 1 - 3pm Ongoing slide presentation of the mudslide efforts, new Mudslide Remembrance Show Case with donated artifacts from the mudslide, coffee, cookies & punch. The Address is 1115 Seeman Street, Darrington, WA 98241.
Enjoy small town hospitality at the Community Dinner Potluck at the Darrington Community Center, March 22nd at 1 pm Come and enjoy great food and small town fellowship in Darrington. Potluck will be provided by the Darrington community. The address is 570 Sauk Ave, Darrington, WA 98241.
A Benefit Concert for Oso Fire Department at Rhodes River Ranch, March 21st, doors open at 1 pm and auction begins at 4:30 Rhodes River Ranch will be having a benefit concert and live auction. Proceeds from this event will be split between the Oso Fireman's Association Mudslide Fund, for those affected by the slide & the Oso Fireman's Assoc. general fund to help cover administrative cost of disbursement. The address is 22016 Entsminger Rd, Arlington, WA 98223
If you are headed up the Stilly Valley for this weekend be sure and stop at the recently reopened Oso General Store
The Whitehorse Farmers Market Coming To Darrington in 2015! The Whitehorse Farmers Market will begin in April and close in October, Thursday thru Sunday, 9 am to Dusk. The market will be located on the north side of the Hometown Bakery Cafe with the beautiful backdrop of Whitehorse Mountain. As we get closer to the opening we'll be receiving more information and will be posting updates.
Darrington's third and final summer Street Fest is coming up Saturday, Aug. 16. For their last hurrah!
Street Fest organizers want to pay forward the support they received during the slide by raising funds for communities in Eastern Washington affected by the recent wildfires “Street Fest isn’t only to thank everyone for their support and compassion, it’s also an opportunity for our community to pay it forward to the people of Okanogan County,” said Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin. The final Street Fest begins at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon with food from the Pacific Northwest Barbeque association, wildland firefighting demonstrations and live trout pond for kids to fish. The Darrington Fire Department will accept cash donations at its booth in town to donate to the Okanogan County Fire Victim Assistance fund. The musical portion of the event starts at 6 p.m. with the performance of “Oso Strong Highway 530, ”by Grammy winning artist Star Nayea. Musical guests for Street Fest are Arlington country singer Jesse Taylor and Seattle-based band The Beautiful Strangers. Members of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe will host a booth to promote their upcoming events with renowned flute player, Peter Ali. Darrington Fire District 24, the state Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service will share tips on how to make homes fire safe, inside and out. The free outdoor movie “The Goonies” will kick off at dusk. Free popcorn is available, but visitors should bring their own chairs. Street Fest is on Darrington Street in Old Town between Emens and Givens Avenue.
Our new Whiskey Ridge Brewing will be having an open house on Saturday, August 2nd, from 6 to 9 pm. They will be featuring their sample flights and pints at a discount for who ever has free Eventbrite tickets. See the link below. You do not need tickets to attend. Come on out and and taste some really good beer and meet the friendly folks at Whiskey Ridge Brewing!
Get started for a great fun summer weekend with Darrington's June Street Fest In Old Town!
Music, children's activities, and booths start at 7 pm and the Lego Movie starts at dusk. So bring your lawn chairs and make a night of it! You may want to add some camping to your weekend . Darrington has several campgrounds to choose from and fabulous hiking trails to explore!