SNOHOMISH COUNTY LANDSLIDE: ONE YEAR LATER | Several events will be held next weekend to commemorate the 43 who lost their lives, and the continuing community resolve, following the March 22, 2014, slide.
A variety of events in the Stillaguamish Valley next weekend are set to recognize the one-year mark since the Highway 530 mudslide killed 43 people and severed a community’s main link to the outside world.
Organizers are seeking to balance the privacy needs of families who lost loved ones and the communities’ needs to acknowledge common pain, support and resolve.
Although the public is welcome at a variety of events, one — a solemn observance at the slide site next Sunday morning — is intended for families of the victims, survivors, local residents, first-responders and those who worked at the slide.
Among the activities:
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7 p.m. “Gathering in Hope,” a service of remembrance with music, prayers and readings at the Darrington Community Center gym, sponsored by the Darrington and Arlington Ministerial associations. Refreshments and fellowship follow.
11 a.m.: A Darrington Library meeting room will be dedicated to retired librarian Linda McPherson, who died in the slide.
1 p.m.: “Oso Strong — 1 Year After” at Rhodes River Ranch at Oso is a concert, buffet and 4:30 p.m. auction to benefit the Oso Fire Department and Oso Firemen’s Association. Backers describe it not as a celebration, but as a time of healing and community. Sponsored by Rhodes River Ranch, Skookum Brewery, KeyBank and Pirates of Treasure Island.
Sunday, March 22
9 a.m. to noon: Highway 530 will be closed through the slide zone. At the slide site, a solemn event will be held for families of those who died, plus first-responders, slide volunteers and local residents. This observance is not being planned for the general public, but the public is invited to other Sunday events:
Noon to 4 p.m.: A “Soup Social & Open House” at the Oso Fire Department.
1 p.m.: “Community Dinner Potluck” at the Darrington Community Center.
1 to 3 p.m.: Open house at the Darrington Fire Department, with an ongoing presentation about the slide, along with a display of donated artifacts from the slide.