Circling the Square

Linda Hazen (front left) hosted a high tea at which her friends were asked to decorate straw hats. Hats off to the chapeaulooza.

Linda Hazen recently hosted the first ever “Poker Ladies Tea Party.”

She invited several ladies to her house for high tea and finger sandwiches. The fun began when each guest was handed a straw hat and directed to tables full of ribbons, flowers, pins, glitter and glue guns. The ladies were asked to decorate their own hats and then sit for high tea. Beautiful hats were made by these fun ladies.

Attending the tea were Nancy Stockhouse, Lori Kyle, Lynne Wagner, Ruth Harrington, Diane Peterson, Karen Van Norman, Deborah Supowit and Linda Hazen. Also invited was Mary Obringer, who was unable to attend. It was so successful that Linda plans to host this event every year.

I just returned from a week of cruising on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. An authentic paddlewheeler took 100 of us on a seven-night cruise. We traveled the epic route forged by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. The views were spectacular as we traveled from mountain forests and meadows to desert canyons. The cruise began in Portland, Oregon, and ended in Clarkston, Washington. Shore excursions that were most memorable were Astoria, Oregon, Multnomah Falls and Mount St. Helens. On board were historians, naturalists and musical entertainers that brought the spirit of the frontier alive. I highly recommend the trip, as it was well organized and friendly. All 100 passengers were older adults ... like me.

The Columbia River is the fourth largest river in the United States by volume. Of the 1,243 miles of Columbia River, 498 are located in Canada. There are 14 hydroelectric dams along the Columbia and it’s responsible for a third of the hydro potential in the United States. There are more than 450 dams in the Columbia River watershed. Twenty-two tributaries flow into the Columbia. The Manhattan Project beginning in the 1940s resulted in radioactive material being released into the Columbia. The nuclear reactors have leaked waste that is now traveling by groundwater into the river.

Something interesting but chilling is the Columbia River Bar. It is where the enormous, swift moving river collides with the immense power of the Pacific Ocean. Since 1792 approximately 2,000 vessels, which includes over 200 large ships, have sunk and more than 700 people have lost their lives there. It is known as “Graveyard of the Pacific.” It is one of the most dangerous bar crossings in the world.

Everyone is invited to an ice cream social this afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole. The center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Email your Circling the Square information to Connie Owen at or call her at 734-9512.

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