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Birders: The Central Park Effect Screening March 17 at 7


Every spring, dedicated New Yorkers line up in Central Park to witness the extraordinary array of birds that grace the park every year. The oasis of green acts as a magnet for the twice-yearly migration of millions of birds moving along the Eastern Seaboard.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball captures this phenomenon in his film Birders: The Central Park Effect, screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St. The film is sponsored by the North Central Washington Audubon Society.

Devoting equal time and affections to birds and birders, Birders explores a distinctly New York phenomenon, telling a story of humanity, nature and the precarious balance between the two.

Not only does the film capture the diversity of the birds chancing the park but the diversity of the people who watch them. The colorful cast includes acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, a fashion-adverse teenager and a bird-tour leader who has recorded every sighting she has made since 1940.

Filmmaker Kimball said: “I hope that this film conveys how a vital piece of nature can exist in the most unlikely of places and that now, more than ever, we need to make every effort to preserve nature wherever we find it.”

The Wenatchee Valley Film Series is presented by Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Trust for Public Land and the Chelan Douglas Land Trust. Screenings are free but a $5 donation is suggested.


Join Us For High Tea At Wells House


The Wells House Committee announces a “Spring Tea” on May 31st at 1:00 p.m. to be held at Wells House, 9th Street and Nelson, in Wenatchee.

This fundraising event will feature afternoon “high tea” treats with specialty teas presented by Cha at Pybus Public Market. A highlight of the event will be a display of a period wedding dresses from 1910 through 2000. Funds raised from the event will help refinished rooms for bridal party use.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Wenatchee Museum & Cultural Center at 127 S. Mission in Wenatchee. Stop by or call 509-888-6240 for more information or to reserve a ticket. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required.

Explore! An Ecosystem Near You

ImageKids can explore the web of life from 9 a.m. to noon, March 31-April 3 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Visiting experts and museum staff lead this exciting class for kids in grades 3-5 featuring walking field trips, art lessons, and science experiments. 

“We want kids to really understand ecosystems including the one they are part of,” said museum education coordinator Selina Danko. 

Students will build a terrarium, create a doomsday vault, clone a plant, build a mini-greenhouse, study leaf pigments and conduct a plant-feeding experiment during the four-day class.

Daily walking tours feature Wenatchee’s urban landscape and river areas. Students will examine mud near the riverbank in search of footprints left behind by nocturnal animals. Water samples from different areas of the river will be collected for microscopic study.

“We will draw, paint, walk and conduct experiments while learning to use all of our senses to learn about the world around us,” Danko said. “This class will be loads of fun.”

Cost of the program is $20 per day for museum members, $25 for nonmembers. To attend all week, cost is $70 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Call 509-888-6240 or visit the museum to pay for classes.

Renovation Gives New Life To The Wenatchee Valley Museum

Open space, natural lighting and easy access are some of the benefits of the renovation now concluding at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Thanks to grants from the Icicle Fund, Community Foundation of NCW and community donations, the museum has been able to fulfill a longtime goal of moving our Main Gallery to the ground floor. This will make it easier for visitors to explore the new exhibits that frequently rotate in and out of the gallery: art shows, traveling exhibits and thematic history displays.

Opening the large space beyond the Quad, or performance area, has been a major effort. First we had to empty out the pioneer-era exhibits and put artifacts into storage. 

Two of the antique cars were temporarily moved offsite; the 1907 Sears is currently in the museum lobby. Many of the pioneer artifacts will reappear next year when we create a new exhibit upstairs in the former Main Gallery space that will highlight early Wenatchee history.

Once the artifacts were safe, contractors tore down walls and dismantled the Victorian House.

Then they removed a false ceiling to reveal clerestory windows that let in a lot of light. Sheet rocking, painting, sanding floors, and installing brand-new lights and sound system has given the staff several months’ worth of opportunity to cheerfully ignore the noise, dust and odor that inevitably accompany a major remodeling project. Except for the floors, which will be refinished this fall, we’re just about ready to present our new exhibit space to you.

It’ll formally open on Friday, June 1, with the “Baseball in Wenatchee” exhibit. We’re sure you’ll love the baseball history display and its new home!

John Harmelt: The last chief of the Wenatchi

John Harmelt (c. 1847-1937)

John Harmelt was the last chief of the Wenatchi band of Salish-speaking Indians who for millennia lived in the river valley that now bears their name.

He inherited the leadership from his father around 1902. By this time the Wenatchis had been assigned to the Sahaptin-speaking Yakama reservation after their traditional lands, granted to them by the 1855 Treaty, were overtaken by white settlers.

During the course of his life Chief Harmelt fought the government over its broken promises, traveling on several occasions to Washington, D.C.

But sadly, he did not see his hopes and demands met and he and his wife died when their Cashmere home burned to the ground.

One of greatest Wenatcheeains to be portrayed at our People of Our Past historic event, Harmelt will be played by his very own grandson, William Dick.

Come, speak with history this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Tsillan Cellars at the Wine Gala

Tsillan Cellars in Lake Chelan is one of the region’s best know wineries and will be pouring two of their selected vintages at the Wine Gala this Saturday.

Tsillan Cellars specializes in Rieslings. Each year they make an off-dry and a dry Riesling that have proven to be very popular Washington wines. Their signature wine, Bellissima Rossa (which means ‘Most Beautiful Red’ in Italian), is a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Merlot.

On Saturday they’ll be pouring their 2007 Estate Barrel Select Syrah and the 2009 Estate Pinot Grigio for sampling and wines will also be availble for purchase.

Check out Tsillan’s website here and come taste their offerings at the wine gala this Saturday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. You can get your tickets here.

Food is Art – Art is Food

Opening today, January 7th! Our Food is Art – Art is Food exhibit.

Here are a few shots of the exhibit as our exhibit coordinator Bill Rietveldt and some of the staff put the finishing touches on it.

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The opening reception will be today, the first Friday of January, from 5 to 7 p.m. We’ll have refreshments and a Thai fruit carving demonstration by local food artist Supattra Pornprasit and admission is FREE, as always on First Fridays at the Museum.