b'COOLIN CIVIC ORGANIZATION & PRIEST LAKE SPRING FESTIVALHousedina1914one-roomschoolhouse(theCoolin Community Hall) is the home to the Coolin Civic OrganizationWINTER(CCO)whichprovidesresourcesforthemaintenanceofat Priest LakeCoolin Park, and for our building which functions as a center for local events and as an auxiliary disaster relief center forby Becky Palmerthe Priest Lake area. Ourthreerosycheeked,breathless The Community Hall provides space for activities suchgrandchildrenareshriekingwithpure, asmonthlypotlucksforallthatwanttocome,exerciseunadulterated delight as they grip their sleds classes, a weekly bridge group, handicraft get-togethers andand careen down a freshly-powdered slope. more.The building has full kitchen facilities and is availableThey end up in a snowy heap at the bottom for rent for meetings (community groups, etc.) and eventslaughing uproariously before beginning the (wedding receptions, birthdays, etc.).Call (775)842-3252 fortrek back to the top. It is winter at Priest information. Lake. Sledding is just one of the numerous At the Community Hall each year the CCO provides a freeoutdoor activities available at the lake and the Fourth of July Ice Cream Social (on July 4th) and hosts itssurrounding area that make it truly a year-round annual Sell It out of Your Trunk Sale on the Saturday offamily destination for adventure. Set against Labor Day weekendno cost to sell!! the spectacular backdrop of the towering peaks And FINALLY, the CCO sponsors the Priest Lake Springof the Selkirk Mountains with their old growth FestivalduringtheMemorialDayweekendeachyear.forests and pristine streams and waterfalls, the This is a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday.Visit us onarea surrounding the crystal clear water of the priestlakespringfestival.com.Were also on facebook.com/ lake is excellent for snowshoeing, x-country CoolinIdaho.#plspringfest skiing, and sledding. November through April is especially inviting, featuring early winter PRIEST LAKE snow, sunshine, breathtaking scenes of deep forest full of snow laden trees and natural SPRING FESTIVAL snow castles. 400milesofgroomedtrails Thereare OverMemorialDayweekendmaintained in the area. It is possible to reach just eachyear,thecommunitiesaroundshort of the tip-tops of surrounding mountains PriestLakecometogethertoshowby snowmobile. Sundance Mountain offers a offourCrownJewelandtofundmagnificent panoramic view of Priest. Where communityprojectswhilethesunelse can you find an annual snowshoe softball shines.Our first festival was held intournament, vintage snowmobile races and a 1963 in Coolin, with our first Fun Runsnowshoe volleyball tournament? Indian Creek in1978fromCoolintoCavanaughCampgroundhostsanannualfreeskiand Bay and back, 8.2 miles.Our firstsnowshoe day, usually in January, in an effort Parade(reallyaflotillaofboats)to entice newcomers and introduce them to occurred in 1979.These days, besides the Saturday paradethe winter wonderland terrain and recreation and Sunday fun runs, we have an arts-and-crafts fair withpossibilities.over fifty vendors who bring their hand-made wares to sell,Years ago when our young family came to pancake breakfasts, sausage/hotdog booth, bake sales, quiltPriest annually for a week of boat camping on display, and more! Kalispell Island, we only knew this lake through So perhaps youre reading this too late to attend thetheclearWedgewoodbluesky,spectacular 2019 PL Spring Festival on May 25th and 26th, but thinkstarrynight,andsandy,mica-fleckedbeach about putting us on your calendar for 2020.Wed love you tolensofsummer.DuringthoseidyllictripsI see our wonderful lake and have lots of fun! would laze in a hammock, looking up through thecrownofpineforestandwonderabout what it would be like to be at Priest Lake in the winter. Now I know it is the same magical place regardless of the season.19'