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For the first time in 25 years, you can ride a steam train in the Valley, as the Northwest Railway Museum hosts rides on the historic Santa Cruz and Portland Cement Locomotive 2, a 1909-built Porter locomotive, for Railroad Days. This summer is the 125th anniversary of passenger train service to the Valley. On July 4, 1889, the inaugural run was a day trip from the foot of Western Avenue in Seattle to Snoqualmie Falls. The excursion was operated by the M.E. Church Society over the lines of the Seattle, Lake

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A steam-powered train engine, the Santa Cruz and Portland Cement Locomotive 2, is coming to Railroad Days. dozen working steam locomotives in the U.S.” The locomotive will be pulling all the passenger runs during Railroad Days. “People will be able to ride with a real steam engine pulling their car,” Barchi said. Visitors can

hear a steam whistle, something most living people haven’t heard. “It’s part of the mystique,” Barchi said. The railway museum has fundraising plans to restore one of its own steam engines.

Experience living history at Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days Join some of the region’s most accomplished history re-enactors, the Fort Nisqually Time Travelers, as they provide demonstrations and hands-on history activities, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Railroad Days. Visitors can take a step back in time to experience life as it once was, as the the group highlights 19th century crafts and skills that were common as settlements developed in the Valley. A “History Comes Alive” hands-on demonstration area will be near the Snoqualmie Depot. Watch re-enactors in period clothing from the 1800s, and try your hand at making rope, churning butter, or starting a fire with flint and steel.

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A blacksmith will demonstrate his work, as well as a Dutch oven cook. One demonstrator will show how railroad ties were squared by hand. Re-enactors will also narrate their crafts and history to visitors. “We’re looking at craft skills (and) knowledge that would have been used

when Snoqualmie was being settled and the first trains were coming out here—the mid-19th century to early 1900s,” said Peggy Barchi, spokeswoman for the Northwest Railway Museum. The impetus for the living history exhibit is the host organization for Railroad Days, the Northwest Railway Museum. It’s also the 125th anniversary of the first train’s arrival in Snoqualmie. “It’s a way to let people experience history first-hand, instead of reading about it in a book or having someone talk about it,” Barchi said. “There’s nothing as cool as seeing children’s eyes when they can try something, especially in this day and age when everybody’s plugged in.”

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Children and families can get more out of Railroad Days, thanks to a new “Passport to Fun” program. Children can visit downtown businesses and collect a prize while exploring historic Snoqualmie and the Railroad Days attractions, and get their passports stamped. A completed passport merits a special prizes, including a kid’s cone at the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory and a glider toy at Carmichael’s True Value Hardware. There may also be chances to sign up for a raffle to win prizes sponsored by other area merchants. Some events, such as the Kids Paint Junction, occur only on certain festival days. Children can pick up their passports at the Railroad Days information booth, and at other stops. In the past, organizers said, some attendants at Railroad Days missed out on every attraction, as they are spread out around the community. The passport helps give children and families an incentive to explore more of the things Railroad Days has to offer.

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Mount Si football coach Charlie Kinnune is Railroad Days grand marshal By Seth Truscott Editor

Charlie Kinnune’s gravelly voice rings out across Mount Si stadium. With a command here, a compliment there, a gentle ribbing for one elementary-age boy with his hands in his pockets, a fist-bump for a young girl doing well in drills, he’s bringing up a future generation of high school athletes. Kinnune has led the Mount Si High School football program for 23 years. As head coach, he is really only the foremost member of a widening circle of coaches, parents and volunteers who make the program work. So, when I ask Kinnune about his efforts and approach, which have earned him grand marshal status for the 2014 Railroad Days parade, he tends to refer to the football family more than himself. “Kids are our future,” says Kinnune. “We’re around a lot of kids.” First, there’s the little leagues and speed camp, where Kinnune spends most of his summer. Then the junior leagues. Finally, there’s the high school program. Between C-team, junior varsity and the varsity squad, there’s about 350 families whose sons and daughters are directly influenced by Kinnune. He agreed to be marshal because the event, like football, is part of the community. “We’re a very young community,” he says, recognizing that, with two decades into the program, he’s earned some credibility. With children’s Speed Camp underway, some of Mount Si’s many assistant coaches, Wayne Lewis, Brian Tawney and Randy Griffin, are at the stadium today. Dozens are part of the program (See them all at http://mtsihsfootball. com/coaches.asp). “They’re all kid-magnets,” Kinnune said. Coaching has changed a lot since he was a kid. It’s different now. Coaches are teachers, learners. Can a football coach be a nice guy? I ask. “Look at Pete Carroll,” the famously positive head coach of the Seahawks, Kinnune said. “You have to be able to coach the modern athlete. You have to work with kids and parents, and really be in tune with what makes them tick. We spend a lot of time learning our learners, finding out what works for them.” “I try to take 120 of the most aggressive males in our hallways, and keep them tempered and focused,” Kinnune said, “and allow them to have an outlet on the football field and in the weight room, so that in the classrooms and commons, they’re gentlemen. And they can handle themselves.

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Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune leads a group of elementary-age athletes at summer speed camps Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Wildcat Stadium. Kinnune has headed Wildcat football for 23 seasons. We have our times. It’s all about choices. Kids have so many choices. I feel my job is to hold them accountable to what they say, do and act.” Coaches take academics seriously. “We know that’s the backbone of the development of these kids,” Kinnune said. Kinnune’s work with younger children is fun for him, and pays dividends down the road for them. “I love it, I invite them to our high school events, and they look forward to coming up to the high school,” he said. “We

Vital stats Kinnune is a 1981 graduate of Issaquah High School. Among high school awards, he was KingCo All League player from 1978 to 1980. He played college ball at Spokane Community College in 1981 and 1982, then at Western Washington University. He was an assistant football coach at Western and at Kentridge High, where he also was head wrestling coach. In 2006, he was named KingCo Head Coach of the Year. Last year, he was the WIAA /Washington State Coaches’ Association SeaKing District Football Coach of the Year.

have great families, great parents. They want to see their kids active, and develop a lifelong love of fitness.” The activity, all the running, stretching and conditioning, also teaches kids how to be athletic safely and prevent injury. That’s important, not just for football, but many sports. Valley residents and businesses can help Kinnune and the program by coming to games and supporting the team, offering financial assistance if possible. “We put a lot of money into our academic support program,” said Kinnune. “We scholarship a lot of kids,” providing help with the costs of play to boys who wouldn’t be able to do this otherwise. He teaches at Mount Si, and with football in the fall and speed camp in summer, he doesn’t take a lot of time off. “My wife and I love to be around in the summer,” he said. “We love the Valley, love Puget Sound. We do little day things. When we get out of town, we get out of town in the winter… I have probably taken five weeks of vacation in my 20 years.” At one point, our interview is interrupted by a phone call, and Kinnune asks to take it. The call concerns college scholarship prospects for one of his 2015 seniors, lineman Chris Schlichting. “It’s his third offer,” Kinnune said. “Welcome to my world.” There are 26 ex-Wildcats playing college football this fall. “This will be our 27th,” Kinnune said. “It’s just going to get greater.” • You can learn more about Mount Si football at http://mtsihsfootball.com.

Essential events Snoqualmie’s 76th annual Railroad Days has lots of not-to miss events, including:

Grand Parade For over 70 years, Railroad Days has included a grand parade down Railroad Avenue, downtown. The parade is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.

Art in the Park View local artistic creations and meet the people who make art, all weekend at Snoqualmie’s Railroad Park. Art in the Park is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, across King Street from the Depot.

Wagon rides Take an old-fashioned wagon ride, free, at Snoqualmie’s historic Railroad Days, on the Carmichael’s horse-drawn wagon. Visitors can hop on the open wagon, drawn by Wayne Buckner’s draft horses and enjoy a leisurely trip up and down Falls Avenue, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Board at the corner of Falls Avenue and River Street. Carmichael’s True Value has sponsored the rides for years.



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Snoqualmie Railroad Days’ Main Stage features a mix of styles and sounds. You are sure to find music you will love. So, check out the schedule and plan to be front-rowcenter and get your groove on.

Friday, Aug. 15 • Main Stage, 7:30 to 9:30 pm • Train rides, 11 am to 4 pm • Arts Stage, 5 to 8:45 pm • Art in the Park, 5 to 9 pm • Wine garden, beer garden & food, 5 to 9 pm

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• 11:45 am to 12:30 pm, Clan Gordon, pipes and drums • 12:45 to 1:45 pm, Stillwater Hill Bluegrass Band • 2:15 to 3:15 pm, Kickin’ Dust, country • 3:45 to 4:45 pm, Jeff Menteer, blues • 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Heart by Heart, classic rock • 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Left Coast Gypsies, original rock & folk • 8:15 to 10 pm, Spike & the Impalers, classic rock

• Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 11 am • Plein Air Paint Out, 9 am to 3 pm • Railroad Days Fun Run, 9 to 11 am • Beer garden, noon to 10 pm • Food and vendors, 10 am to 6 pm • Grand parade, 11 am to noon • Train rides, 11 am to 4 pm, also Sunday • Art in the Park, 11 am to 8 pm • Timber Sports, 1 & 3:30 pm • Main stage, 11:45 am to 10 pm • Arts stage, noon to 8:45 pm • Kids Paint Junction, 11 am to 3 pm • Wagon rides, noon to 3 pm • Wine garden, noon to 9 pm • Field of Fun, noon to 5 pm, also Sunday • Kids’ Stage, 12:30 to 4:15 pm

• 1 to 1:30 pm, Mikaela Barnard, teen talent • 2 to 3 pm, Alex Ivy, originals, covers, pop and gospel • 3 to 4 pm, Tyler Dobbs, covers, pop, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll

On the Kid’s Stage For more family fun, visit the Kid’s Stage. Look for a bounce house, motor car rides and historic railroad demonstrations, too.

Saturday, Aug. 16 • 12:30 to 1:15 pm, Brian Vogan • 1:30 to 2 pm, Big Star Studios Performance Team • 2:20 to 3:05, and 3:30 to 4:15 pm, Eric Ode

Sunday, Aug. 17 • 11 to 11:45 am, Eric Ode • 12:30 to 1:15 pm, Brian Vogan • 2 to 3:05 pm, Nancy Stewart

Sunday, Aug. 17 • 11:30 am to 1 pm, Keith Scott, Chicago blues • 1:30 to 3 pm, Little Hurricane, classic rock

On the Arts Stage: Snoqualmie Railroad Days’ Arts Stage showcases talent from throughout the region.

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See timber sports pros in action at RR Days demos Visitors to Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days will see timber sports in action, as done by the pros. See whirling chainsaws, flying hatchets and swiftslicing axes at two shows, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Sandy Cove Park, just off King Street, downtown. Snoqualmie’s own David Moses, an international timber sports competitor, heads up a roster of experienced timber athletes performing the demos. The first show, at 1 p.m., showcases local police and firefighters giving a repeat performance of their timber sports competition from last year. Besides David, you may see Annette Moses, David’s wife and a pro timber athlete in her own right, perform. David Moses, Sr., an experienced timber sports enthusiast and David’s trainer, may also give some chopping demonstrations. Expect to see underhand standing chop, springboard chop, the single and doublebuck saws, and the jackand-jill sawing event. You’ll also see demonstrations of the hot saw, a modified chainsaw that’s revved up and a cut above your typical tool. David may also be inviting a lucky few from the crowd to try their hand at throwing a full-sized axe at a target, another event in the timber sports competitions.

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free). Children can also explore fire engines and ambulances, and parents can find lots of photo opportunities with the firefighters. A $2 raffle for items from local businesses and a silent auction for items, such as stays at the Salish Lodge, golfing at TPC, and gift certificates from Woodman Lodge, DirtFish Rally School, Northwest Railway Museum, local spas and athletic clubs, is also part of the breakfast. T-shirts, bike helmets and bandanas for pets and people are available for purchase. To learn more, call the Snoqualmie Fire Department at (425) 888-1551.

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Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint Out happens Saturday

Artists of all levels can find inspiration, learn from each other, and participate in the magic of painting in the great outdoors. At the sixth Annual Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint Out, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, artists are welcome to explore the city, find an inspiring place to paint, then share their creations. “Plein Air” is French for open air, and the paint out is simply a reason for artists to gather, create a painting in the outdoors, in a single day, in a beautiful setting. “Plein air has become the big thing in art. Of course it goes back hundreds of years to Cezanne and others, but plein air is suddenly what all the artists want to do,” says event founder Jeff Waters “They love to be outside painting. That’s part of it. The other part is the incredible beauty of this Valley... this is just a rich tapestry of places to paint.”

Artists paint throughout Snoqualmie’s city parks and key locations, and there are also several venues for instructor demonstrations. Rules and requirements for participation are minimal. For those artists who don’t want to enter the poster contest, there’s only one rule: “You have to be on-site, working,” Waters said. Painters can also sell their works, of course. “We encourage that, and we don’t take any commission,” Waters added. For those who hope to win the honor of making next year’s event poster last year’s poster pictured at right), you start with a blank canvas, and have it stamped by organizers. There is no entry fee. The deadline for the poster contest is 3 p.m., when an artists’ reception begins at The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Avenue. Members of the Snoqualmie Arts Commission will select the winning entry. Food will be served. The grand prize: Seeing your work on the poster for next year. New this year, are second and third place prizes - $100 and $50 gift certificates to Daniel Smith Art Supplies. Last year’s winning painting, by Stan Chraminsky, appears on the poster available at Carmichael’s Hardware.


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Last March, The Fire Inside was chosen to play at the prestigious Irish Heritage Festival at Seattle Center during “Irish Week,” an honor bestowed upon only four bands over two days. They released their first album “Strike the Match” in December. A new album, “Spark,” comes out this fall. These musicians range in age from 34 to 63, most fitting in families and jobs with year-round touring. “We play a lot of different audiences,” said Curtis. “We do senior homes, which is great—they listen to our every word. You can tell these stories that they laugh and get… you can unfurl a story.” But The Fire Inside also plays the pubs, where it’s a different vibe by far. “You have 10 seconds in a pub to get a story across,” Edfeldt said. Go too long, and you will be hollered at. When you’re in a pub, listeners don’t need instrumentals or tales.

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