......Shopping and other errands take a little longer because everywhere you go you run into neighbors and friends. We love to get together and visit. We get together on the 4th of July, School Barbecue and the Harvest Festival. When one of our folks passes away, we get together at the Darrington Community Center for a funeral dinner potluck. Once a year we all get together for a big Happy Day potluck just so we aren't always getting together when someone dies. We love to visit and talk about our beautiful mountains, the next get together and our school.
Education for our children is very important. When we built our first school in 1892, it was all made from local materials except the windows. and built by community volunteers and this is the spirit Darrington still has today. When our children needed updated and safer play equipment a huge part of our community came out to help install it even though it was pouring rain. That Monday there were lots of smiles and grins as our children played on the new equipment.
The last years assessments for our first graders showed that they were all reading 100% at or above grade level. Are we just a little bit proud of that? You bet we are! The whole grade school has been learning about a country called Guatemala and helping a sister school library over there and they sure are proud of themselves. Everyone looks forward to the seeing the High School-Middle School Drama Club performances.
We love our sports and we have very talented high school athletes. When the kids are returning home from a big game, we can all hear that bus come through town with the sirens blowing . Our volunteer fire department and ambulance association make sure everyone knows when the bus comes to town! It looks like a long parade of fire trucks and proud parents waving as they come through town! In the Spring the volunteer fire department sponsors a great fishing derby for the kids and the Easter Egg Hunt and they are always there at the 4th Of July Fair to "hose" down the kids or lend a hand at Tug-Of-War. A pretty special bunch of folks!
The Old Fashion 4th Of July is alive and well at Darrington, Washington. Everybody turns out one way or another for the Parade. If you aren't in the parade, you are very likely watching it as the freshly waxed fire trucks roll by. The parade goes a couple blocks up to the Old School Park for the Mansford Grange 4th Of July Fair. There is fun for the kids, good food to eat and a great excuse for us all to get together and have fun and see who will win at Tug-Of-War. At night the Town of Darrington has a great fireworks display over at the school.
The love of the mountains, woods and rivers have always run deep here. I believe that Jean Bedal Fish, an early pioneer woman and member of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe said it best. "A sense of security seemed to come from these mountains; it was like living in the hollow of the cupped hand of God". We know our mountains by their names and how different each of our four rivers will change with the seasons.
Life out here seems to rotate more around the seasons. Trillium's in bloom is a hearkening of Spring, Summer is a time for the great outdoors. Autumn brings a pageant of colors and the bald eagles. Winter is time for all those holiday get togethers and searching for the perfect Christmas tree, and watching, and sometimes catching, the winter fish that move through our river systems.
The old-timers tell stories that have been shared generation to generation, and our Darrington Historical Society is busy archiving all these great stories so they may never be lost. Some of these stories may be fish stories, but we let those slide. We understand that it's important to tell the biggest and best fish story.