Fiddlers Festival Successful

The Fiddler's Fest was wonderful. We raised about $400 as the folks there generously contributed to our fund and bought raffle tickets, ate a dozen kinds of homemade cookies, found flowering shrubs and herbs to bring home from the plant sale, gorged on steamed hot dogs and then made more donations for tickets for the quilt raffle in October. Much fun had by all.

Click on the video and hear it again. Thank SO MUCH to all the members who helped and especially to the fiddlers who sounded fantastic. What a lovely day to sit outside the old schoolhouse and listen to them play.

Fiddlers Festival

Build-a-Bathroom Fiddlers Festival
Sunday, August 16 3-6pm

Over the past few years we’ve gathered enough money to purchase a septic system to replace our ancient outhouses. We need about $5000 more in materials and labor to build the bathroom.

Help us raise money while enjoying a day of fiddling and festivities. Come hear old time music, take a tour of the 97 year old one-room schoolhouse, play horseshoes and meet your neighbors.

See the homemade quilt and other raffle prizes. We’ll pass the hat for donations and if you’re handy with a hammer, we’ll invite you to help build the bathroom during work parties in the next few weeks. Our goal is to have this bathroom in and working in September. Can we do it? With your help, it's very likely we'll be ready flush soon.

The Venersborg Schoolhouse is on the National Historic Register and is fully supported by community donations and the loving care of the Venersborg Community Club members.


The Venersborg Community Club has been working on fundraising all year to install a bathroom to replace the outhouses at the historic old one-room schoolhouse that serves as our community center.

L&S Contractors of Yacolt did a fine job getting our septic system into the ground. They had to maneuver around big boulders under the ground and managed to find a path to put the pipes. They only had to blast one small area of rock and that went smoothly.

We had a surprise contribution from Progress Electric, a Venersborg electrical contracting company, who installed the electric system for the septic and donated their labor, saving us hundreds of dollars.

Tom Dunn brought many yards of nice loamy soil to fill in the holes. After hours he drove the dump truck up to his home in Yacolt, dug up the soil and then drove it back to the schoolhouse and unloaded it, all for free to us.

The Hockinson Fire District 3 donated $1500 they raised at the Hockinson Fun Days Pancake Breakfast. This photo was taken when they came to the schoolhouse and presented us with the check.

The Dietel family donated $1000 in memory of Rolland and Jeaneane Dietel. High Valley Homeowners Association donated $500 and many donations have been made in smaller amounts from Venersborg residents who are, like us, eager to get this project completed.

That money paid the balance on our new septic system. We are deeply grateful to everyone for their generosity. Observe vice president BJ Schulte's response to these donations!

Now we're ready for the last phase -- building the bathroom. We need a few talented volunteers to help. If you have some carpentry or architectural design skills and a bit of free time, let us know.

We still need about $5000 more for the building materials. Our goal is to have the bathroom built and in use by September. Can we make it?

To help raise money we are having an old time fiddlers' afternoon on Sunday August 16 from 3-6. Come and hear the fiddlers, play horseshoes, snack on our home-baked goodies, admire the handmade quilt we'll raffle off in October. We'll have local prizes to raffle, too. We hope you enjoy yourself so much you'll make a donation.

Carpentry volunteers can call with a time they are available to do a few hours work. If you or your business have something you'd like to donate to our fiddlers raffle, call Jacqueline Freeman at 687-8384.