TwispWorks Advocacy Work Continues

Ashley Thrasher thanking Newhouse Unfortunately, we‘re all too aware that fire season is upon us again. With the Crescent Mountain and McLeod Fires still actively burning and the thick smoke from 500+ fires in British Columbia, we are constantly reminded that summer is fire season in the West. Despite all the doom and gloom, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful! TwispWorks continues to lead the effort to keep the North Cascade Smokejumper Base (NCSB) in Winthrop – read the latest update here!

TwispWorks goes to Mazama

Mazama Store Beers & BratsCome enjoy delicious beers & brats and learn more about TwispWorks at the Mazama Store’s weekly Beers and Brats night on Thursday, August 9 starting at 5 p.m.

Learn more about TwispWorks efforts to create a vibrant and sustainable local economy in the Methow Valley. Enjoy 15% off Methow Made products, $1 off drinks on the patio and products from eqpd sold at cost! All this, in addition to the tasty food and beverages served as usual – don’t miss it!

Welcome New Board Member Mike Port

Mike PortTwispWorks is delighted to announce that Mike Port has joined the TwispWorks Board of Directors! Mike brings his extensive knowledge of the Methow Valley and strong support of local business to the Board. Read more about Mike here!

Shivelight Exhibition Opens at the Confluence Gallery

ShivelightTwispWorks partner, Mary Apffel, of Shivelight Studio will be exhibiting new work in the Community Gallery at the Confluence Gallery. Her exhibit, aptly entitled Shivelight, opens July 7th and runs through August 11th. read more about Mary here!

Twisp, the movie!

Twisp Movie LogoTwispWorks partner Leslee Goodman reports that she has nearly completed shooting on her documentary-in-progress, Twisp: The Power of Community. The film explores the people and values that make Twisp a thriving community, rather than another abandoned farm town or commercialized strip of interstate.

“It’s essentially a love letter to my adopted home,” she says. “I’m so impressed with the way the people of the Methow are willing to endure a certain amount of hardship and forego a certain amount of wealth accumulation in exchange for activities that build happiness and community. How many towns our size tackle big challenges like affordable housing and childcare, or boast cultural amenities like an orchestra, a theater, art galleries and studios, a radio station, a newspaper, writing and poetry groups, a marimba band, line dancing, concerts, and even primitive skills gatherings?”

TwispWorks—and TwispWorks partners—have been a centerpiece of filming thus far, with Don Linnertz, Don Ashford, Don Nelson, Glenn and Carolyn Schmekel, Danica Ready, Julie Muyllaert, Ray Johnston, Sarah Jo Lightner, Trent Whatley, and Jonathan Baker all contributing interviews. (For clips from some of those—and other—interviews, visit TwispWorks was also the setting for the WildMind Film Camp, where Goodman first acquired her documentary skills six years ago.

Goodman received an Artist Trust GAP grant to launch the project and is seeking sponsors to help defray the film’s other expenses—like music rights, stock footage, and film festival entry fees. (T-shirts are also available!) Early sponsors include Hank’s Harvest Foods, Barnyard Cinema, Parks Construction, and the MVCC. The film will be completed by October. For more information about Twisp: The Power of Community, visit