Four years ago, when I approached Stacy Caiarelli Brown, events manager for Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association, and Heidi Dukich, executive director for the Mount Si Food Bank about doing Night on a Dark Trail as Snoqualmie Valley community event, we hoped to have an annual, fun Halloween event that would involve the Valley as performers and audience, give back to the community as entertainment, and support families in need. At the end of our third year of production, due to the active support of so many wonderful people, the journey continues and gets better.
Without the partnership this year of Acceptiva, Big Star Studios, Cascade Dance Academy, DMW Martial Arts and Fitness, the city of Snoqualmie, Espresso Recyclers, Ignite Dance and Yoga, Meadowbrook Urgent Care, Mount Si Food Bank, Pioneer Coffee, the Snoqualmie Ridge ROA, Snoqualmie Storage and U-Haul, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis, Steve’s Doughnuts and Mark’s Pet Pals, the show would not exist.
Without the financial support of our $1,000 sponsor, Meadowbrook Urgent Care, our $500 sponsors, Higher Learning Martial Arts and Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club, our $250 sponsors, Carmichael’s True Value Hardware, Swedish Hospital, Tellus Real Estate, and our other sponsors, Banyan Restaurant, Big Star Studios, Kirby Nelson Orthodontics, Mount Si Golf Course, Mount Si Chevron, North Bend Theatre, the Sallal Grange, Sno Falls Credit Union and Twin Star Car Wash, we could not pay for all particulars needed for these performances.
Without the support of the city of North Bend, Portland Sand and Gravel, Potelco, Puget Western, Inc., the Snoqualmie Valley Record, the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, and the wonderful asphalt company crew doing repairs on Bracken Place, our work would have been overbearing.
Without the special talents of unique individuals, Jackie and Myke Fedyk on set pieces and parade help, Stephanie Merrow on acting direction, Mark Matlock composing original “mummy” music, Sam Abramson and local photographer, Kristin Tetuán arranging for the keyboard performance, Deanna Haverfield of Pioneer Coffee on cast and makeup, Rose Mitra of Ridge Café and Deli on costumes, and Bruce Muir, tech guy extraordinaire, helping with lights and sound, we would have floundered. They are angels in disguise.
Without our fun, wonderful and crazy cast made up of many ages, from Chief Kanim Middle School, Twin Falls Middle School and Mount Si High School, from Snoqualmie, Fall City, North Bend and Bellevue, from family and friends old and new, we could not provide a unique Snoqualmie Valley experience.
Without JoAnna Bell, and others putting up with a crazy man spouting off ideas about this, 12 months of the year, and if not encouraging insanity, tolerating it with an occasional smile, a sigh and a very needed hug, it would be a dream, not a reality.
And of course, you wonderful audience members, having come to watch us perform this event and this year support the Mt. Si Food Bank with over a $7,400 donation. Bless you all!