My Lake Chelan Photo Contest

4 Photography Tips for Capturing the Best of Lake Chelan

2016 Winners

Let’s be honest. Lake Chelan is a photo-worthy destination. It’s evident in the numerous Instagram, Facebook and Twitters posts shared from recent vacations and weekend gatherings.
Whether you live here, visit often, or are here for the first time, we want to see your stellar Lake Chelan photos.

Enter them into our annual photo contest and you could win big:

  • First Place: $300
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $100

You know we love pictures of the lake, but we also want to see photos of the people, activities and scenery that weave together your Lake Chelan traditions!

Ready to enter? Here are some fun photography tips to help you stand out in the competition.

1. Use lighting to your advantage.

Try to shoot early in the morning and late in the afternoon in order to avoid harsh sunlight. Not only will it help avoid awkward shadows on people’s faces, but on other important objects in the picture as well.

2. Don’t be afraid to get close.

Some of the best photos are taken by those that dare to move closer then other photographers. The best photographers are the ones that seek out photos that are normally unseen by the human eye.

3. Mix up your angles.

If you are willing to put in extra work to get the perfect shot, then climb a mountain, lay on the ground or go somewhere you normally wouldn’t and photograph at an angle you have never seen taken before.

4. Use the rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds works by splitting an image into thirds both horizontally and vertically, so you end up with 9 sections. If you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines, your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.

Pull out those smart phone cameras, DSLRs or point-and-shoots and get to snapping. We are excited to see your talented work!

All photos must be submitted by November 30, 2017.

>>Enter the My Lake Chelan Photo Contest

 

from Lake Chelan http://www.lakechelan.com/2017/02/my-lake-chelan-photo-contest/

Insider Tips for Lake Chelan Winterfest

Is this your first time attending Winterfest? We’ve got the inside scoop to everything you need to know for Washington’s most exciting winter festival. Over the course of two weekends, you will be able to discover an incredible line up of activities that we are so excited for you to enjoy!

Here are just a few tips to get your weekend started:Winterfest2017_ProfilePhoto_720x720_v2

Get your all-access pass to Winterfest today! Buy your Winterfest button before Friday, January 13th and save $2 a button! Winterfest buttons not only get you access to some of our most popular events, but you also receive over 40 different offers from local restaurants, shops and wineries!

Take a selfie at the Winterfest Ice Throne. Our ice throne is made out of 10 tons of ice! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #LCWinterfest!

Eat a bacon burger at Lakeview Drive-In. Craving one of the best burgers and fries in town? Crave no more! Lakeview Drive-In will be re-opening for Winterfest weekend on Friday, January 13th. You definitely do not want to miss this – or the fries.

Jump into Lake Chelan! Join the crazy group of polar bear plungers that take a dip in our very own glacier-fed lake this January! Don’t worry – you can warm up by the beach bonfire afterwards, while you enjoy a fireworks show right above you!

Relax, grab your mittens and discover our winter wonderland – Lake Chelan… a Washington Original!

 

from Lake Chelan http://www.lakechelan.com/2017/01/insider-tips-for-lake-chelan-winterfest/

Early Bird Pricing for Winterfest 2017!

This year, we are offering an amazing deal on Winterfest tickets! Buy now until November 30th and receive $5 off each Wine Walk, Alefest, Battle of the Bloody Mary and Bubble Bar ticket. Winterfest2017_ProfilePhoto_720x720_v2

Each ticket also comes with a free button! Enjoy exclusive deals and incredible offers at shops and wineries! Here are just a few:

  • $5 bloody mary or mimosa from Campbell’s Resort
  • Free cookie with any purchase of $5 or more at Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery
  • 10% off entire bill at Lake Chelan Brewery
  • 20% off all clothing at Main Street Gallery
  • Free chili dog with wine purchase at Rio Vista Wines at the Cabin
  • 25% off selected wines at Wapato Point Cellars and Lake Chelan Winery
  • …and so much more!

Join us at Lake Chelan Winterfest, January 13th-22nd! Enjoy all Lake Chelan has to offer during our magical, snowy winter months!

from Lake Chelan http://www.lakechelan.com/2016/11/early-bird-pricing-for-winterfest-2017/

Cruizin Chelan Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in last weekend’s Cruizin Chelan Classic Car show! We had over 140 cars register this year, with many more in attendance. In case you missed out, below is a list of all of our Cruizin winners!

  • Best of the 1920’s-1940’s: 1931 Ford Coupe, Leo Miller
  • Best of the 1950’s: 1956 Chevy Convertible, David Markland
  • Best of the 1960’s: 1969 AMX, Matt Runnels
  • Best of the 1970’s: 1970 Plymouth Cuda, Terry Luker
  • Best of the 1980’s: 1989 Camaro IROC, Jim McKenzie
  • Best of the 1990’s-2000’s: 1995 Rolls Royce Silver Spur III, Jerry Tiberio
  • Best of the 2010’s: 2015 Chevy Corvette, Jeff Kirksey
  • Earliest Entry: 1928 Studebaker Dictator, Wayne & Wendy Soderquist
  • Most Original: 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396, Troy Vines
  • Best Hot Rod: 1941 Willys Coupe, David Averill
  • Best of Show: 1932 Ford Coupe, Richard Williams

Lake Chelan Giveaway: Ed Enkerud

Poker Walk: Jenifer Troxel

PNW BBQ Competition:

  • Reserved Grand Champion: Pit Bull BBQ
  • Grand Champion: Caveman BBQ

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off summer here in the Lake Chelan valley. Make sure to stop in to see us at our new location, 216 E Woodin Ave in Chelan, to say hello or pick up some helpful visitor information. Have a safe and fun summer!

from Lake Chelan http://www.lakechelan.com/2016/06/cruizin-chelan-winners/

The big Kamal confession: What happens next?

It takes exceptional courage to speak out against power abuse in Pakistan. To expose someone infamous for violent politics. To challenge the status quo. Regardless of the authenticity of claims, Mustafa Kamal exhibited extraordinary courage in an unprecedented tirade against the party’s chief Altaf Hussain.

He accused him of working against the state and deceiving people of Pakistan. He exposed the internal workings of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and even made a revelation about the party’s alleged links with Indian spy agency RAW. Interestingly, there was nothing too shocking about the revelations. It all sounds like familiar stories. A recent BBC report had also raised similar concerns by indicating a financial link between the MQM and the Indian government. What is deeply intriguing and distinctive about the whole episode is the fact that it came from a widely respected insider which automatically renders credibility.

The big question now is, what happens next?

Should MQM be worried?

Are we going to witness culprits being probed and held accountable?

While there have been numerous instances of disturbing revelations about the party and its notorious chief in the past, any decisive action has been rare. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report on the deadly Baldia factory fire incident is a case in point. Around 259 people lost their lives in what has been termed as the country’s worst fire incident. Poor workers paid a fatal price for the factory owner’s failure to pay extortion money.

Is there any hope for justice for the victims’ families? Accountability has been missing from our story. Who could dare take any action? Who could dare catch the big fish despite enough evidence to get convictions? The federal government or worse, the Sindh government?

The scourge of corruption in Pakistan has been made possible by the excessive power abuse and acute lack of accountability. The ruling groups have traditionally crippled laws and institutions of accountability for personal gains. Selfish motives trump basic human rights. Dozens of children have lost their lives due to widespread malnutrition in Tharparkar. Karachi and the rest of Sindh is one big rotten mess because those in control are part of the rot. Politics in Karachi is characterised by a politics-crime-corruption nexus where the political parties, city district government are among land grabbing mafias. Organised crime and terrorism are rampant.

If MQM or the ruling party is so well-intentioned, why is the state of service delivery so dismal? Why is there no adequate water supply in the metropolis? If MQM is the only party that seems to care about the indigenous Muhajirs, why are the streets full of litter and manholes? Why do we still have dilapidated old style buses? Why is so much claimed and so little done?

Amid these facts, allegations of corruption and violence against MQM naturally seem to gain traction. The state of present mess has been made possible by the grand unholy alliance between the major political groups in Karachi. Both MQM and Pakistan’s People’s Party (PPP) have collaborated not for wider public good, but for protecting personal interests. Imagine MQM and PPP joining hands to improve food security in Tharparker region.

The blatant criminality and abuse of power by the rulers has gone unabated, until recently when the rangers posed a serious threat to the evil nexus of political leaders, gang lords and civil servants. But even they have faced considerable challenges in their attempts to clean the mess.

Ethnic grievances have informed the core of MQM’s political strategy. MQM claims to be the only political party which represents the interests of the Muhajir community, however, it has done little in improving their life chances and providing them with basic amenities. Instead it has used the Muhajir rhetoric to create a climate of fear and hostility fuelling anti-Punjabi sentiment.

By emphasising ethnic differences, it has failed to inculcate a nationalistic sense of identity.

Given the recent revelations, it is high time MQM comes forward and provides the public an honest explanation for its wrongdoings. Aggression and personal attacks are no longer an option. The sickness on display and the devastation that has been perpetuated must end now!

from The Express Tribune Blog http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/32772/the-big-kamal-confession-what-happens-next/

I was never his wife, I was only his slave

“I maybe from a  third world country but I have a heart like you do, emotions like you have, and dreams to pursue. On my first Eid as a married girl, I wanted to dress up and celebrate my new beginning instead of being in a hospital bed recovering from the effects of abuse.”

I got married in March 2014 in Chicago with dreams of starting a new life and a future built out on love and trust in my new home. My parents were so assured that they were giving me into the hands of an educated guy; someone who would value their daughter and appreciate her.

The day I got married, not even 24 hours after my parents left Chicago, I was evaluated on the dowry that I was given. My in-laws felt that it wasn’t enough – even though my dad had given all that he could. He had fulfilled every demand my in-laws had made and yet it did not satisfy them.

My husband, and in-laws, felt that all that I had brought in with me was not enough. The iron and ironing board were missing and there just weren’t enough comforter-sets to keep the entire family warm. They were so disappointed that they began scheming on ways to end my marriage.

My resistance infuriated my husband and then he became violent. I hid his brutality from my parents because of their heath condition. I never spoke of his foul behaviour in worry that it would affect their health.

My mother-in-law would summon me and make dowry requests. When I discussed this with my husband, he would say,

“Even our Prophet (PBUH)’s daughter got a dowry”

And then he would yell at me and say,

“If you won’t get anything, you can sleep on the mattress.”

I was shocked and horrified that someone who held the position of a Vice President at a bank, and who could afford a house was fixated on asking my father for furniture. As if this wasn’t deplorable enough, he demanded a 50-inch TV saying I was lucky he demanded only that because,

“I want a smart TV, but I will settle for the 50-inch TV.”

Finally, I resorted to asking my sister for help who paid for those things after marriage. I ordered everything my in-laws demanded on my sister’s credit card and went to pick them up with my husband. I was ashamed of being married to a man who was forcing me to take funds from my younger sister.

Despite succumbing to their requests, my husband and in-laws treated me akin to a slave. They would snatch away food from my plate if I did not finish cleaning the house. I would be forced to mow the lawns, while he would sit and watch. I was overburdened with domestic chores and on top of that, my in-laws’ attitude towards me left me emotionally and physically exhausted.

But my husband would brazenly vindicate this abuse by saying,

“I am giving you a roof, food and shelter.”

My health started to deteriorate with each passing day. I had become an emotionally torn person. I became deprived of my individuality. With each day getting worse than the last, my life turned into a living hell.

My marriage was completely devoid of any respect; I got none from my husband or his family. I was treated like a servant, was confined to the four walls of our house and was advised to ‘win hearts’ and not mope about my situation. Despite being his wife, I enjoyed no such place or position. There were restrictions laid upon me on going out by myself, cooking for myself, or my husband, and even staying in touch with my friends or family.

They wanted to exert control over every aspect of my life; I was forbidden from working or socialising, and bound to them in every way. I was to say I felt suffocated it would be a gross understatement. I was imprisoned in my own house and would cry to my sister about my pain, if I had the fortunate opportunity of talking to her. I would keep giving in to save my marriage and kept preventing the possibility of being a societal taboo; a divorced woman.

About a week before my six-month visa was expiring, he asked me to sign a postnuptial agreement. At that point, I was not aware of what that was. I was not even allowed to ask questions and was expected to blindly trust my husband. I was shown the document only minutes before reaching the notary office where I had to sign it. I was horrified to read the contents of the agreement. It stated,

‘The wife will not get alimony’

‘The wife will not have the right to contest divorce’

And the cherry on top of the cake was,

‘The wife has transparency to everything’.

In my five months of marriage, I had never had any transparency to his assets or his salary because he never considered me his partner. I was a slave from a third world country with parents far away from home.

Finally in Ramazan, one day before Eid in 2014, I was able to escape. I can never forget that day. He physically attacked me and then snatched my phone to stop me from reaching out for help. I thank God that I was able to find a laptop and use it to call my sister on Skype for help. I thought they were going to kill me, because when they snatched my phone, I had heard his mom say,

“We have to do something about her.”

I shudder when I recall the day I left their residence, bruised. I was 70 pounds in weight and shaking. On the day of Eid, I was in a hospital bed traumatised at my state, my health and my condition.

Since then, I have been going for counselling to bring myself, and my life, back together, and today, after months, I feel I have battled what thousands of women are still suffering. Every day thousands of girls suffer such form of abuse in silence and put up with domestic violence. Every day, thousands of parents become victims of threats and feel the urge to save their daughters from divorce.

To them, all I can say is, save your daughter. Educate and empower her, don’t allow her life to be put through hell. Her life is as important as any boys, it is as important as anyone else’s; don’t deprive her of the joy of living. I thank God for the support I have gotten from my family and friends, and they will thank you too. Please give them the opportunity to live. Be more vigilant. It is time that we stop using the words divorce and taboo synonymously. It is time we let our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and female friends know that they have the right to live their lives as they please as much any man has that right.

If my message and story has had an impact on even one person, I believe I have saved a life. Here is to a new year with hope of a better society that doesn’t oppress anyone’s daughter in any way.

from The Express Tribune Blog http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/32713/i-was-never-his-wife-i-was-only-his-slave/

Stop blaming Afridi for Pakistan’s dismal T20 performance!

As our Pakistani cricket team hits rock bottom, keeping in mind their recent T20 form, the amount of criticism hurled towards Shahid Afridi has been increasing. Before I elaborate on anything, let me make it clear, I am not a diehard Afridi fan and hence I am not here to defend his lack of consistency. Sure enough he has been making errors on and off the field and he could have definitely performed way better, but delusional Pakistani cricket fans must realise Afridi is a part of the problem and not the only problem.

As our Pakistani cricket team hits rock bottom, keeping in mind their recent T20 form, the amount of criticism hurled towards Shahid Afridi has been increasing.
Photo: AFP

Being a captain of a subcontinent team is anything but enjoyable. No matter how a team loses, the biggest chunk of criticism will have to be swallowed by the skipper. It’s just something that comes as part of the package. Just look at our neighbours, they still criticise MS Dhoni for losses, despite his phenomenal success as a captain for India.

A captain can set the right field, make the right bowling changes and even inspire his teammates to achieve higher success.
Photo: AFP

A captain can set the right field, make the right bowling changes and even inspire his teammates to achieve higher success. However, a captain cannot carry the weight of 10 other players on his shoulders. There are certain things that are just beyond a captain’s control.

It is not Afridi’s job to help Khurram Manzoor stay on the pitch longer than the time he took to walk to it. I mean, it’s not as if Afridi selected him and is responsible for his actions. It is not Afridi’s job to run in for Anwar Ali and bowl one decent over without getting smacked all around the park. It is not Afridi’s job to teach the so-called ‘Professor’ how to run between wickets. Believe it or not, even diving from the other side of the field to help Mohammad Sami’s misfielding is not Afridi’s job.

I hate to break it down to Pakistani fans, but sacking Afridi will not change anything for the Pakistani cricket team.

The problem at hand is beyond Afridi.

There is a serious lack of talent.

There I said it.

There is a shortage of talent coming down the line. If Mohammad Aamir is excluded from the current team, Pakistan will even find it tough to win against associates. Let’s open our eyes; the problem is bigger and darker than mere captaincy issues.

If Mohammad Aamir is excluded from the current team, Pakistan will even find it tough to win against associates.
Photo: AFP

Until we face this harsh reality, we will never be able to fix it.

Let’s focus our criticism on the system that has given up its responsibility to discover, manage and develop talent. Let’s criticise root level cricket that is slowly evaporating. Let’s focus our attention on the board that hires one bowling coach after another despite heavily paying Waqar Younis, the head coach, whose credibility is entirely built on his bowling performances in the past. One can only wonder what Azhar Mahmood will add to the bowling tips which Waqar Younis has failed to address.

Instead of embracing reality in order to fix it, we tend to find the easiest target to hit. Afridi is definitely the easiest one to target while the role of Waqar Younis and company remains unquestionable.

Till then, let’s keep changing captains and blaming him for our inept team and selectors.

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from The Express Tribune Blog http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/32716/stop-blaming-afridi-for-pakistans-dismal-t20-performance/