Creativity on the Palouse — Local activity center provides fun and creativity during the summer months


In Uniontown, Washington, the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, a non-profit community creativity center, host a plethora of interesting and creative summer activities. With concerts, art classes, cooking classes and other events, there is something to attend all summer long. Here is a look at some of those activities.

The barn’s third annual concert series begins June 17 and goes through Sept. 2. Doors open for every concert at 6:15 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. and admission is always $15. Snacks, wine and beer are also for sale each time.

Claude Bourbon

Claude Bourbon, a classically trained musician in Switzerland, will show off his arrangement of classical, blues and jazz music in the first concert of the six-concert line-up at Dahmen Barn, June 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. His style incorporates eastern influences with western folk sounds. His unique guitar sound, paired with his throaty voice will make for a melodic atmosphere.

Bridges Home

On July 8, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Bridges Home, will play at the barn as part of their third performance in the concert series. This band plays Americana, Celtic and roots, and blends a mixture of vocals with an array of instruments.

The Hankers

The Hankers a southern rock and blues band of five, will take the barn stage July 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. With a blend of the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica and the harmonious vocals of southern-voiced lead singer, Julie Layne Niehenke, this band brings an energetic presence to each song.

The Cherry Sisters Revival

On Aug. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Cherry Sisters Revival will play their mix of old country, traditional and what they call “everything in between.” A fairly new band to the Palouse, The Cherry Sisters Revival, was formed in 2015, and has played at various venues around the Moscow and Pullman areas. Their sound blends a combination of vocals with several kinds of ukuleles, along with the harmonica, washboard and concertina.

Sesitshaya Marimba Band

This band, which plays on Aug. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature rhythmic sounds from traditional and contemporary songs of Sub-Saharan Africa. Characterized as having an earthy tone, the band produces an upbeat and spirited sound.

Jessica Lynne Duo

The last concert of the summer series is the Jessica Lynne Duo based in Seattle. Jessica Lynne, a Haslev, Denmark, native will bring the sounds authentic country music to the barn stage Sept. 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lynne released her first single in 2014 and has been traveling around the United States since.

While the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn offer concerts all summer, there is also an array of creative activities to engage in as well.

Palouse Landscapes in Pencil, Ink & Watercolor

Wes Hanson, the instructor for this two-day art workshop will teach sketching and painting local landscapes. The class takes place from June 24 to June 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The workshop, which costs $144 is for students with an intermediate level of experience.

Ceramics Classes

Adult ceramics classes with the barn cost $150 for five classes to $250 dollars for ten classes. These classes take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays through Aug. 13.

Cooking Classes

The barn will also host varying cooking classes throughout the summer months. The Perfecting Your Backyard BBQ Game class costs $65 and takes Place June 28. Those interested in attending should register online by June 25.

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