17 July 2012

Some More Photos of the Platform Crew

Now that everyone is in recovery mode after the great "Evening at the Depot" on Saturday, Bob Behal has had a little time to start processing his photos of the platform construction.  Here are some of his first offerings, with Jim West, below, the HPG board chairman and depot project manager, kicking things off.  By the end of the platform construction, note Jim's expression in a follow-up shot!

Don supervising as Brian works!
Bill Warner and Jon Anderson hard at work
Bill takes a break
Our fearless leader at 3 pm as the platform was completed
Forgotten Freight lit up the Freight Room Stage with some great bluegrass tunes

We Are Not Brothers also played, as did Charlie Sutton and Henry Willard

More photos to come.  Thanks Bob

15 July 2012

"An Evening at the Depot"

Saturday morning found Bill Warner and others down to the wire on finishing the platform before "An Evening at the Depot" kicked off.  In a matter of hours, Bill and others were back on that same platform, enjoying a lively theater presentation and great music wafting from the freight room, visiting with friends, and sampling plenty of scrumptious desserts. People came and stayed for the whole evening, listening to the sounds of Charlie Sutton and Henry Willard, We Are Not Brothers, and Forgotten Freight.  But there was quite the prelude leading up to the laid back evening!

Before things kicked off, there was some last minute finish work on the platform, wrapping up around 3 pm.  When APOD Theatre showed up to practice for its performance, Jim West quickly went to work on clearing the stage and adding some lighting.  Meanwhile, the theater group got ready on the platform, including doing some last minute costume prep.  Ironically, during the heyday of the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway, people sometimes jokingly referred to the little short line as "the Washing, Ironing and Mending" Railway.  It was fitting then that Paul Bauer should be out on the brand new platform, ironing costumes before the actors took the stage in the freight room!

APOD Theatre kicked off the evening with a sampling of the local talent.  Special thanks to Todd and Rebecca Payne for re-energizing the theater movement in town.  

Once the theater acts were over, Charlie Sutton and Henry Willard took the stage.... These two guys are great musicians and also great supporters of the depot, having christened the Freight Room Stage as the first musicians to perform on it, along with Jim and Becca West.

Then it was on to the good tunes by "We Are Not Brothers."  Yes, there is a striking resemblance between the musicians, but Jim West (the evening's MC), left, definitely doesn't look like part of the family tree!
As the bands delivered on the music, Karen Rohn and Gary Hayden delivered on the beverages and desserts, and also presided over the silent auction.  Karen of course is on the HPG board, and runs the Company Store on the weekends with Don Somers.  But Gary also needs to be recognized as one of the best depot supporters around.  Thanks Gary for all you do!

Meanwhile, out on that nice new platform, HPG President Kenny Cada and Potlatch City Councilman Dave Cada visited with Mayor Dave Brown and wife Grace, City Clerk Shelly Hammons and her sister Gail, and local businessman Don Ball.

And inside, on the Freight Room Stage, Forgotten Freight kept up the tempo with some fine bluegrass.  That's hometown boy Stuart Osborne on the far left.  Stuart also does some excellent fiddling. 

As the lights went down, and Forgotten Freight delivered on a final train song, it kind of felt like Potlatch had its own Grand Old Opry stage.  What a great night!

Thanks to all who attended, gave generously of time, talent and money,
and to all who took the time to enjoy that new platform and
Freight Room concert. 
It was an evening to be remembered!

13 July 2012

Get 'Er Done

Getting ready for the July 14 "Evening at the Depot" has brought out the best in our HPG forces.  Board member Hal Van de Vord pulled into the parking area Thursday without much fanfare, unloaded his riding lawnmower, and tackled the grassy areas around the depot, then hauled out his push mower to spruce up the spaces between the tracks.  This is what a guy does in retirement??  Once he'd groomed the surrounding landscape, he hopped back in his truck and took off.  Many thanks, Hal!!!!

Board president and project manager Jim West considers the depot a family affair, and this time daughter Delaney joined him.  She was busy doing some staining by Friday morning.

And who should show up Friday morning but our phantom board member Paul Kimmell (that's him on the right with our Jolly Jim)?  Don't kid yourself.  Paul has been the depot's patron saint for years.  But he said it was time he put some sweat equity into the old building, so he joined Friday's work crew to bump up the tempo and get the platform done before the Saturday concert.  By the way, Jim was up and at 'em at 4:30 (no, I wasn't there to prove it), doing his level best to get that darned platform done.

Bob Behal, our ever faithful energizer bunny, was back at it again, and maybe it's time we install a cot in the freight room for him.  The man works through all kinds of weather, and without him, we'd never have gotten this far.  How do we say thanks enough, Bob?

Here's the action around noon Friday, as Kenny and Dave Cada presided over the hammering and drilling (they were tending to other chores inside).  Also, thank you Jon Anderson for once again coming out to help (that's Jon on the far left).  Jon was one of he earliest workers on the depot, many years ago, and he still helps out when he can. 

Meanwhile, inside, Kenny, Karen Rohn and yours truly (Barb) set up the silent auction and tidied the ticket room  We have some amazing things donated, including two pies from Michelle French and a bundt cake from Caryn Brown (Don Somers was on hand to open up the Company Store during all this and provided amusing tales of getting his yearly firewood).  And Dale Spring from the Wagon Wheel deserves a halo for kicking in much of the wine and beer for the Saturday event!!!!  And the City of Potlatch donated chairs and tables for the eveing, plus the catering license.  This is an "I think I can" sort of town!!!!

See you Satuday night at the depot!!!!

04 July 2012

Next Up: An Evening at the Depot

The Sign is Back !!!

Last week some of us were so busy with the visitors from the Milwaukee Road Historical Association convention that we failed to look up and see that the old "Potlatch" sign is back in its rightful place.  Someone caught Webb French and sons on camera so we know who to thank.  It looks great, guys!  Many thanks.  By the way, the sign has long been hung up on the little depot in the park, but that depot came into town from Princeton.  Incidentally that little depot is sporting a new paint job and looks very nice!