By Judy Woods
It was a crisp autumn day and the rain was falling softly. You could hear it as it landed on the leaves and the grass below. It would pick up intensity every so often as if to check whether you were paying attention, and then it would return to its soft way.
The leaves of the surrounding forest are beginning to change color from their exciting bright green of summer to the beautiful multitude of colors only seen on autumn days. Every so often one would fall from a tree as it was kissed by a drop of rain or touched by a whiff of wind, dancing across the opening in the forest as if to celebrate its return to its place of origin, the earth.
The young man had feathers in his hair and was of slight build. He held a flute of Native American origin. When he lifted the flute to his lips, a magic occurred as the melodic notes floated outside to join with the rain and light wind.
An older storyteller was there, telling stories of the creation of the eagle, her long, gray hair flowing freely in the wind; she was beautiful in her own soft way.
There were drums there, and dances, but mostly, there was a crisp cool day, soft rain and a light breeze as if to remind us that this day belonged to the salmon. How perfect it all was.
Now we have to wait another year for such a perfect time again, and the next Return Of The Salmon celebration.
Susie Hollenbeck has had to have surgery. She will not only be needing our moral support but some financial help would be greatly appreciated. You can take your donations for her to Coastal Community Bank here in town. She has done so much for this community; we really need to do whatever we can to help her now. Cards and letters can be sent to the Visitor’s Center.
The Sultan High School Homecoming parade will be Friday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. We are going to need extra volunteers, because of a prior commitment, for traffic control. We will need those volunteers to meet at 12:15 p.m. at the Police Department. I hope that you can make it; it’s so fun watching all of the excitement and positive thoughts that the kids show on this special day.
The Sultan Harvest Dinner is going to be on Thanksgiving at the Senior Center, as usual. The big difference will be that Gordon MacDonald will not be cooking this year, so an emergency meeting will be held on Monday Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Sultan Senior Center to discuss alternative plans. This is such an important meeting; please plan on attending.