Walla Walla Corn Maze now officially haunted

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If you get lost in the stalks of the Walla Walla Corn Maze, be careful of what might come jumping out of them.

The corn maze has transformed to “haunted” mode starting tonight.

Operators have planned some new additions designed to scare the wits out of visitors at 853 Five Mile Road.

The corn maze, a creation and operation of the Filan farming family, has been open since Sept. 19. But in the days leading up to Halloween, the destination is known for providing a fun-filled fright night to those who attend.

Those who aren’t into being scared can drop in this weekend and next from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise, the maze will be for thrill-seekers in search of a scare.

A few tips: Those who attend should plan to bring their own flashlight. Loss of phone service is not part of the haunting, it just happens to be geographic. The area has little service and no land line available.

Scary trips are $8 apiece. Those 11 and younger must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years old.

For more details, visit the corn maze website, wallawallacornmaze.com or call 525-4798.

Know a man or woman who’s made a difference through volunteerism?

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you.

The business membership organization is preparing for its 131st annual Awards Banquet in December. The top honor of the night is the Award of Merit, which recognizes one man and one woman for consistent and significant community service over at least 15 years.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office, 29 E. Sumach St., or online at wwvchamber.com .

This year’s banquet takes place Dec. 4, starting with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. Tickets are $60 per person. For more details, call the Chamber at 525-0850.

If you missed the Walla Walla Symphony’s season opener earlier this month, there’s still time to tune in.

Symphony Chief Executive Officer Leah Wilson-Velasco said season passes for performances are still available at a pro-rated cost.

The season passes include six performances, including the Oct. 8 opener of the 107th season. Also offered this season is the youth and family “Foodraiser” concert; the Guest Artist Soiree Series; and the annual fundraising gala, Evening Serenade, set for later this month at $75 per person.

Wilson-Velasco said the pro-rated tickets still provide savings over 20 percent of the cost of single ticket purchases. Subscribers also get free membership to Naxos Online Music Library, a $200 value, and access to special events. For more details call 529-8020.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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