Pataha Flour Mill to host Washington Wind Festival

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POMEROY -- The Pataha Flour Mill will host the Washington Wind Festival on Saturday.

The theme for this year's festival is "Music in the Wind." The event will showcase an assortment of wind instruments throughout the day to demonstrate the use and versatility of wind power.

At 2:30 p.m., Juyne Bowles of Pomeroy and Jon Van Vogt, director of the Mill, will lead area accordionists of all levels in a jam session of old-time Gospel songs and other songs from days gone by.

Accordion players who'd like to take part should call the Mill at 509-843-3799. Other instruments, including harmonica, fiddle and bass fiddle, will also be played.

Several pump organs will be demonstrated. Attendees may bring a wind chime to share in presenting "a united symphony of praise," Van Vogt said in a news release.

At 7 p.m., the brass quintet Fair Winds will perform. Group members include former Pomeroy schools music instructor Garry Walker on the tuba; John Alley and Dr. David Wilkinson on the trumpet, Louise Van Vogt on the French horn, and Ken Taylor on the trombone.

Former Pomeroy resident Janet Parsons of Clarkston, Wash., will sing several numbers. Paul Guenther on the trumpet and his wife, Judy, a vocalist, will also take part.

Whistlers and other kinds of musicians are inivted to participate.

Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Both meals are by donation.

The Mill's Old-Thyme Photo Parlor will open at 10 a.m. A variety of costumes and props are available for dressing up for vintage photographs. Walk-ins are welcome, but people with reservations will have priority.

For more information or for reservations for dinner, call 509-843-3799.

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