At the Oct. 20 Fall into Art Auction, Arlington Arts Council will honor the people who built a stage in Legion Park the year. The team will be named the 2018 Art Advocates of Arlington.

The stage project was initiated by Johnny Green and Darren Massingale, both talented performers who are also skilled in the construction trade.

As a cowboy poet, Johnny Green and the Pack String perform at the Rendezvous, and the 49er Days.  Massingale plays guitar with The Wild Turkeys mostly in Eastern Washington.

Green said he was inspired by Winthrop. 

“In Winthrop, they have a nice stage and the Red Barn,” for performances, Green said. “We decided we should build a stage in Arlington.”

After recruiting support from fellow entertainers and friends in the construction trades, Green and Massingale approached Arlington City Council early last year, offering volunteers to design and build a stage for the community. They got permission to proceed and continued recruiting donations. 

When it became apparent they would need more money, the city’s community revitalization manager, Sarah Lopez, applied for and received a city tourism grant of $12,000 to cover the cost of materials. 

Along with material donations, cash donations were offered by Downtown Arlington Business Association, Stilly Diner, Action Sports, Unique Interiors, Olympic Escrow and Arlington Arts Council.

The team of volunteer carpenters includes musicians Pete Frothingham, of The Folsoms, and members of Green’s band, the Pack string, including Kristina Faller.

The team comprises a variety of other special talents: Skookum Brewery founder Ron Walsher and distiller Dave McGlothern. A steel guitar player, Kenny Alvers was part of the concrete team.

Assistance was provided by Craig Christianson, Keith Faller, Dave Branscome and Wayne Radder, along with others who stopped by and helped out.

Electrical work was done by Craig Holt, Kenny Mayfield and Darik Green.

The concrete foundation and dance floor were installed by Spencer Cave, of Bayshore Concrete, with help from Jim Boone, Kenny Alvers, a steel guitar player, and Cliff Wilson, Jesse Walker, Bruce Aalmo, Lauren Aalmo and Logan Harding.

Materials and equipment were donated in part by Arlington Hardware, Rex’s Rentals, Smokey Point Concrete, Brian Hendry, Island Masonry, CNB Iron Works, Ralph’s Concrete Pumping and Ahern Rentals.

Green said it was a fun project.

“It all came together,” he said. 

Help us celebrate

Any one who wants to help honor these people is encouraged to attend this year’s Fall into Art Auction on Oct. 20 at Gleneagle Country Club, an elegant “Black and White Affair” that celebrates all kinds of arts in Arlington.

AAC’s one major fundraiser of the year includes two silent auctions, a live auction, dinner, dessert dash, and a free beverage for the early birds who arrive before 6 p.m., thanks to Arlington Pharmacy.

Tickets are $40 per person at Flowers by George, 355 N. Olympic Ave., in historic downtown Arlington, or call AAC Treasurer Jean Olson, at 360-435-5866.

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