Chewelah was abuzz with activity this weekend.
This is something we find ourselves saying more and more as the community continues to find reasons to gather, and do something special, in our little slice of Washington.
The city wide yard sale in Chewelah last Saturday brought plenty of buyers and sellers. Cars could be seen all over trekking from street to street and sale to sale.
When you consider that there’s fewer than 2,700 people living in the city limits of Chewelah — it is rather remarkable the amount of activity going on within its confines. Just this week — signalling the end-of-spring with great weather — there were several events you could have shared this weekend to truly experience what our town has to offer.
You could have walked around beautiful Main Street Chewelah and gotten a taste of local businesses there in the First Thursday Artwalk. The was food, live music, local art and even a surprise visit from Chewelah’s award-winning float which won an award this weekend in Wenatchee.
While small town America has seen a downtick in its main streets – some becoming a row of shuttered businesses – Chewelah’s downtown has become spectacularly vibrant and walkable.
Also this week, our community had a National Day of Prayer near City Hall, local businesses pitched in to help preserve historic buildings like the Old Indian Agency Building, community members donated their time to clean up the Chewelah Center for the Arts, and probably a hundred of other things we missed somewhere along the line.
Saturday we had yard sales galore but that wasn’t all. We had a Furry 5k put on by The Humane Society’s Becky Washington, along with vet care provided as part of Pet Lovers Day going on by the St. Paul Lutheran Church as the yardsale hubbub was just getting started. The Jenkins High School Mother’s Day Plant Sale sold out almost as quickly as the release of a new Xbox at a tech store.
Then as the sun was setting, Chewelah’s own public radio station KCHW put on “Chewelah’s Got Talent” that featured a multitude of local artists. It’s amazing to see a stagefull of talented artists entertain a crowd of hundreds at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center.
Chewelah’s certainly got talent. People of all ages with various acts ranging from drama, music and dancing. It’s incredible that out of our small population that so many individuals can have so many skills in the performing arts.
What we’d like to get across to you is that this isn’t certainly the norm for a lot of small towns. It is unique that Chewelah can get a great deal of support for community events. It is unique that seemingly half of Jenkins High School’s prom attendees was performing or attending “Chewelah’s Got Talent.” It is unique that we have passionate business owners that are trying their darndest to make our town vibrant. It’s unique so many community members are donating big chunks of their own personal time to non-profit operations like PACA.
There’s always a worry about uncertain economic times, or Chewelah’s future. But when you look around and see so many people going above and beyond – making home seem like home – it’s refreshing to see a small town doing big things.
Chewelah’s certainly got talent and we’re pleased we can serve such an active community as your local weekly newspaper. Keep up the good work. What you’re doing on a seemingly daily basis is showing why this town is a wonderful place to live.