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Refreshing Mountain Staff Bio for Suzanne Harnish

lancasterI began working in the kitchen with my parents Marlin and Sharon (owners) when they were still doing all of the cooking here. Working in the kitchen is my earliest memory…because that was where we did everything. I was maybe only 7-9 years old but it was an understood chore that we had to have the tables set with a napkin, and plastic utensils for each served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had to clean up too. We would run off and play as soon as we were done, but had to make sure we were back in time to get the tables ready for the next meal.

Even though I don’t currently work in the kitchen anymore, the kitchen has so many good childhood memories for me. We played pirates in the back storage room, we helped dish the food on the guest’s plates when going through the line (asking if they wanted one piece of garlic bread, or two), we sang for the groups when mom and dad needed some more time to get the food ready, we would cool off in the walk-in refrigerator on hot summer days, and mom would allow us to make our own cooking “experiments” with instant pudding and chocolate chips, and when the group was all finished with breakfast, dad would show off his grilling skills by making a pancake bigger than our plates.

Once we transitioned to our full time Food Services Director Ken Hedrick, I still worked in the kitchen for a few years. It was a good transition and I made new friends. From there, I transitioned to the camp store where I purchased the items to sell, and also managed the inventory. I also covered most of the weekends and finished up high school over that time.

In the spring after I graduated, I began training in the office as Guest Services Coordinator. They asked me if I thought I could do the job aice creamnd I honestly wasn’t sure because I had never done anything like it before. 🙂 But as time when on, I grew to really enjoy working in the office and felt really blessed to be a part of what goes on here. Refreshing Mountain is a beautiful place and is full of amazing people.

My hobbies would include playing various instruments (piano, cello, ukulele, accordion, etc.). I also do some audio recording and photography, and when my brain needs to get away from a computer, I enjoy being outside in the sun and maybe do some gardening.

If it’s my day off and you are here on site, you might see me at the pool, weeding a garden somewhere, or taking pictures around camp. It’s my home, so I take time to enjoy it once and awhile too.