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Five Acre School presents public barn dance

Get ready to kick up your heels and enjoy some good old-fashioned boot stompin' and shoe shufflin' during a community barn dance.

Five Acre School Parent Service Organization is hosting a "Beat the Blues" barn dance in the Cedarfield Barn, off Kitchen-Dick Road, from 6-11 p.m. Feb. 28.

Deadwood Revival and the Black Diamond Fiddle Club will provide live entertainment. Alder Wood Bistro, Blue Flame Barbecue and Bella Italia will sell food at festival-style booths. Olympic Cellars Winery will provide wine and locally brewed beer.

Live and silent auctions and a raffle will help raise money for scholarships and equipment. Live auction items include "Twilight" and Port Townsend getaway packages, as well as farm-style products that include 10 bales of hay and a truckload of manure fertilizer. Silent auction items include handcrafted, limited-edition arts and crafts.

The raffle consists of nine items, including a home-improvement package valued at $1,300. Raffle tickets cost $5 and are available at the door or prior to the event through Five Acre families.

Ross McCurdy - a Sequim comedian, filmmaker and waiter at The Oak Table Cafe - will serve as auctioneer.

The entire community is invited to attend the barn dance and learn what Five Acre School has to offer children, said Lynette Brown, fundraising chairwoman and mother of 10-year-old and 5-year-old students.

"This event will really reflect to the community who we are while sharing the flavor of the school in a family-friendly environment," Brown said.

"Sequim is, or was, a farming community," she said, reminiscing the nights she spent at barn dances as a young girl growing up in Sequim.

Organizers are hoping to raise at least $20,000.

"That's shooting big, but I think it's going to happen," Brown said.

The barn dance is not only a fundraiser; it's a way to say "thank you" to the community, according to Mary Loftstrom, mother of three children attending Five Acre School.

"The community supports Five Acre School in so many ways, and we want this to be a fun event for them to attend," Lofstrom said.

Ashley Miller can be reached at ashleyo@sequimgazette.com.

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