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Historic Home Tour at Barn House

April 9, 2012

Over 300 people came out to our Historic Home Tour organized by  Skagit County Historical Museum this Saturday.  The sun was shining, the daffodils were out in the fields around us and we had 4 volunteers from the Museum to help us shepherd people safely throughout our house and studio space. We even had a traffic director at the Barn who in real life is the Director of the Historic Museum.  I was impressed!!!!! at the wonderful volunteers and also the courteous friendly people who turned up to see our place.  The only thing I had to do was get the place ready.  That meant shuffling boxes once again from one floor to another, packing and repacking, cleaning windows, floors et. etc. I’m sure you get the picture. It was incredible trying to get 3 floors ready for visitors at the same time.  But I had a lot of help from Glynn, Sabrina and Bobbi in the run up.  Then there were the fellows who do the gardening to spruce it up after the windy winter – hours and hours of gardening behind the scenes. My grand daughter came to help as well and told us she went up and down the stairs 30 times in one day.  Don told me they had to put a new door in the entrance 3 days before the event.  This was completed at 1:00a.m. Sat. morning.  Our wonderful students and graduates showed up to do their artwork and demonstrate.  The following pictures show Penny, Gwen, Linda, Alba, Sandy and Lisa talking to visitors about their work as Artists in Residence. I put together a slideshow showing the derelict barn to its present state. The next time you are in La Conner, try to get to the Skagit County Historical Museum as you will be suprised at this gem that is tucked away on the hill in La Conner and watch next year for another of their historical tours where they feature around 8 historical homes in the Skagit Valley.    Gail

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Piepenbring permalink
    April 9, 2012 2:39 pm

    I wish I could have been there to help. Someday, maybe. . . .

  2. BJ Arnold permalink
    April 9, 2012 6:18 pm

    What a great event… sorry to have missed it. Hope to make it next weekend. BJ

  3. Lexa permalink
    April 10, 2012 2:15 am

    It looks like a real success. The story of the barn is amazing. Just too far to drop in but will see you next week.

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