Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000


Power crisis forces cancellation of Northwest Boychoir concert

Valley View Editor
   DUVALL - A shut-down of power at Cedarcrest High School forced the cancellation of the Northwest Boychoir presentation of its 2000 A Festival of Lessons & Carols scheduled for Dec. 10.
   The cause, according to Arts Commission member Jan Weekes, was the contract Riverview School District holds with Puget Sound Energy, in which the district agrees, in exchange for lower year-round rates, that it will shut power down at the schools during peak hours with just a two-hour warning.
   Puget Sound Energy, with power shortages looming, requested that the district shut down the power at Cedarcrest on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 5-8 p.m., thereby cancelling the concert scheduled for Sunday.
   "The school district had to comply with the contract with Puget Sound Energy, or face a large fine," said Weekes. "We found out at the last minute (Saturday) and have been trying to contact those who have tickets."
   Weekes said those who show up for the concert will receive a refund.
   "This is devastating for Arts on Stage," she said. "We were in hopes the school could use a generator, but there is no interruptor device there, and we could find no other place to hold the concert."
   Weekes said County Councilmember Louise Miller contacted "the powers that be" in Olympia, in hopes of getting the fine waived, but was unsuccessful.
   "Louise was wonderful," said Weekes. "She went to bat for us and really tried."
   Weekes said in the future, during wintertime, concerts may be scheduled for afternoons, rather than evenings.
   Arts on Stage presentations are sponsored by the Duvall Arts Commission, the Duvall Foundation for the Arts and the King County Arts Commission.