Etcetera - 9/18/12


Water and soap will fly when the Walla Walla High School Choirs host a Suds-a-thon car wash from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at O’Reilly’s Auto Store, 715 W. Poplar St.

Students have sponsor sheets for those who would like to help fund their efforts, said Norb Rossi, director of choirs.

The car wash is free and donations will be accepted.

Proceeds will go towards Choir Scholarships to help students pay for outfits and trip fees.

Hey Walla Walla! We’re celebrating our 150th birthday this year with a host of events.

Among them is one that could provide just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for: to dress like Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler and dance your socks off like it was 1862, since this is the era when our little town was established.

As a part of the Walla Walla Sesquicentennial Celebration, Kirkman House Museum is sponsoring the Victorian-themed ball from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Walla Walla Armory, 113 S. Colville St.

What better time than this to hear music played by a retro Civil War-era band and get some coaching from dancing master Mitchell Frey, who will walk participants through each dance before it begins?

A variety of characters from Walla Walla’s past will be on hand for the dancing to music by the New Columbia Cotillion Band.

“Do you fear left-foot syndrome or haven’t lived long enough to remember Victorian-era dances? Don’t let that keep you home,” implores a release.

A workshop for novices and others wanting to brush up on their historic dancing skills will be from 1-3 p.m.

Refreshments will land in the middle of the evening.

Victorian dress is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you have a partner, great, but “don’t worry because you don’t need one. These balls were meant as mixers so you will end up dancing with everyone and having a good time with all.”

Tickets for the ball are $25 per adult and $15 per child under 18.

Kirkman House will also host a formal reception there, 214 N. Colville St., from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 21.

Wine, hors d’oeuvres and chamber music will be offered. Tickets are $10, but are limited to 40 people. Victorian dress is mandatory.

Details and ticket information are available at Kirkman House Museum or call 509-529-4373.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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