Jennifer Brenes, district commissioner of the Mercer Island Pony Club (MIPC), stands with Caroline Bombar-Kaplan, MIPC instructor and board secretary. Courtesy photo

Jennifer Brenes, district commissioner of the Mercer Island Pony Club (MIPC), stands with Caroline Bombar-Kaplan, MIPC instructor and board secretary. Courtesy photo

Halloween event to benefit ‘Care for the Cottage’ restoration project

The Pioneer Park Youth Club will present a Toddlers-to-Tweens Trick-or-Treat Party from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30 at Sunnybeam Playground, Cottage and Stables, located off Island Crest Way just south of Southeast 68th Street. All proceeds will benefit the “Care for the Cottage” restoration project.

Face masks are required for the event, which is $15 per child suggested donation that includes entrance, decorating a Halloween treat bag and cookie and meeting horses. There will be a special photo opportunity with a “unicorn.” Parking is free. For more information, email

The event will be hosted by the Pioneer Park Youth Club, Sunnybeam School, The Children’s Dance Conservancy, Mercer Island Saddle Club and Mercer Island Pony Club.

In May, a “Care for the Cottage” event took place to focus on the restoration of the old Lakeview Schoolhouse’s teacher’s cottage, which was built on the grounds in 1918 — along with the school — and caught fire in 2018. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has remained uninhabitable since the blaze.

The campaign has reached $115,000 in funding and campaign members are pushing to raise the additional $85,000 to reach the $200,000 needed to complete the project. They’re applying to King County for a grant, as well as other private and corporate grant-makers.

When restored, the building will house a caretaker to look after the historic school and barn. Presently, the cottage’s exteriors are completed enough for the interior to be started.

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