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Concert planned to benefit island goat dairy

Coyote Farm Creamery was set to be the next farming sensation on Bainbridge Island.

Until the fire.

“Coyote Farm Creamery is going to be Bainbridge Island’s next goat dairy,” said Julie Rosenblatt, a friend of brothers Andrew and Wesley Barclay of the Coyote Farm Creamery. “They were on target to open this fall and start to provide this community with fresh goat milk.”

The Barclays were getting the dairy up to speed while also working full-time jobs. Brand-new milking equipment and supplies were purchased and set up, and the young farm was close to becoming a licensed operation.

But a fire on Thursday, Sept. 20 destroyed the building that contained all the new equipment, as well as other important supplies and veterinary equipment.

It has been a major hindrance for the Barclays.

“A fire would be devastating for anybody,” said Cinnamon Harrington, a friend of the Barclays. “They’ve worked hard to get to this point, so it’s a pretty big setback.”

Friends of the Coyote Farm Creamery, such as Rosenblatt and Harrington, have organized a benefit concert to help speed up the farm’s recovery.

“We are going to have music and a silent auction,” Harrington said.

Music by local artists including Jesse Rosenthal (a senior at Bainbridge High School), Mino and Lexia Christante, and dance music by Psycho Sushi will perform at the Bainbridge Island Grange Hall on Madison Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Islanders who want to donate items or services to be auctioned off can contact Harrington at cinnamonlou@hotmail.com or 206-948-7185.

The concert will be a family-friendly event.

“Please bring the whole family out to support this locally grown business,” Rosenblatt said.

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