Monday, April 28, 2008

Wow, that's some Barn!




Twice in one week I was in a huge old barn in the middle of Ebey’s Reserve. One night I was dancing at a party with a rock band and a great group of people, average age 60, dancing their hearts out.

The other time was an auction put on by the local Lions Club to raise money for scholarships for local Coupeville kids. We were served soup and bread – in a barn. A farmer was the auctioneer. We won 5 hours of labor from a Boy Scout Troop. $20K was raised.

I’ve heard the Crockett Barn called a “century” barn. I don’t know if it’s because it’s more than 100 years old, or because it’s gigantic, I just know it has become a great place for events. There’s no livestock in the barn, no hay or feed (accept maybe for d├ęcor), but this beautiful, solidly built barn has a new life and is fast becoming the best place in Central Whidbey to hold an event.

We have an old barn behind our house. It leans in 4 different directions and sits on dirt – lots of character – just not too sturdy anymore. I hope we can keep it standing – not for dances and auctions, but because it says as much about the history around here as anything.