April 26: 4000 Friends and a Fundraiser at the Panida in Sandpoint

We surely don’t expect to get all 4,000 of our Friends into the Panida on April 26, but we would surely like to get as many as we can to come out for an evening of entertainment and opportunity to meet our 4,00th friend. We don’t know who they are yet, but we are getting closer momentarily, and one of these days soon, somebody will sign up for that momentous honor.

Plan to come meet our 4,000th friend, enjoy a no host bar from Eichardt’s (one of our major sponsors for this event, along with KPND), and bid on a plethora of silent auction items. Among other things, you will be able to vie for a one of four chances to be among only 10 volunteer “mule wrangler” when the famous USFS Nine-Mile Pack Train comes to pack restoration supplies to the Star Peak Lookout in late July. There are a very limited number of places on this crew, so bid early and often. We will also have some great raffle and door prizes.

Enjoy the musical stylings of Fiddlin’ Red and Samantha Carstens, as well as some “true and not-so-true” tales from the StoryTelling Company. Tickets are $10, and will soon be available at Eve’s Leaves and Eichardt’s. Wear your FSPW volunteer hat or Wolverine Watch cap and get a nice surprise at the door.

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About The Author:

Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at bluecreekpress.com.

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (www.scotchmanpeaks.org/trails), which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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