‘We could see the black smoke’: Event south of Spokane postponed after Wednesday fire

SPOKANE, Wash. — For the past four years, Celeste Shaw has hosted Terrain Table, an event that benefits local artists and restaurants. Shaw said she expects 300 guests, all of whom will be seated at one large table on her property.

“I think one of the most vital parts of this dinner that should be recognized is that this is the single most important fundraiser for Terrain during the year,” Shaw said.

Shaw added that she believes in strength in numbers and that having this many people together helps deliver the message that “art is love.” It’s a message felt by artists benefitting from the event, and a message that almost wasn’t delivered after a fire Wednesday.

“We could see the black smoke blowing out across the trees behind us, and there were fire trucks in the area. We immediately evacuated, and the volunteers shut everything down that had power,” Shaw said. “At that time we knew we were 50/50 whether we could continue the event the next day or within a few days or if we had to postpone it completely until next year.”

Postponing it to next year would negatively impact local artists that the event directly benefits.

“It continues to support artists and makers throughout the community for an entire season and moves into the next season,” Shaw said.

Luckily for Shaw, local artists, and the volunteers helping out, the event was postponed by just a day.

Krista Leifker, a line cook and volunteer at the event said she was just happy they were able to come back after evacuating Wednesday.

“I actually attended the event last year with my wife and it was just such a cool event, the food was great and I met a lot of really cool people. I’m just excited to be a part of that and be able to bring that out with other people,” Leifker said.

Terrain Table will take place on Thursday at 6:00 pm.

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