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Museum celebrates 9th anniversary

Demonstrations, cake, music part of festival

Meet Lucy, Meriwether Lewis' mother; learn about spinning, quilting and bead work; listen to Sgt. Gass as he details the plants found in the Gorge by the Corps of Discovery; enjoy music, refreshments and assist in firing an 1856 cannon!

Come join the fun as the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson celebrates the 9th anniversary on Saturday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony conducted by the Girl Scouts, punctuated by the first firing of the 1856 Ft. Rains Cannon. Cannon firing will continue throughout the day under the supervision of Company "L" 3rd U.S. Artillery. Official certificates of cannon firing will be awarded to those who assist and learn the firing commands.

Merna DeBolt will be on hand to portray Lucy, Meriwether Lewis' mother. The Lewis and Clark Expedition theme will continue with a presentation by Sgt. Gass (Gary Lentz) at 2 p.m., "The Soil & Face of the Country." The emphasis will be on the contributions the Corps made to scientific knowledge about plants.

A special treat is in store for the Lewis and Clark enthusiast as well as anyone interested in art. Henry Balsiger and Linnie Talmon of White Salmon have loaned the bronze sculpture, "Council Fire on the Columbia," by David Manuel. The attention to detail and authenticity are signatures of this Joseph, Ore., artist.

The featured exhibit will be a collection of Pacific Northwest Native American artifacts provided by Ralph and Shirley Bozorth. Of interest are traditional dress, tools, beads, models of dwellings and masks.

In the art gallery, have a conversation with the artists as they demonstrate their techniques in carving, wood block printing and painting. The art on exhibit, "Water Works: Inspirations From the River," is for sale.

Weather permitting, single cylinder engines will be operated near the front entrance. And, don't miss the guided tour of the locomotive, a work in progress.

Music will be provided by The Continental Combo under the direction of Jeff Sellner. Add the demonstrations of spinning, bead work and quilting with a cup of coffee and anniversary cake, and you have a formula for a great day!


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