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Interpretive museum offers workshops of interest to Gorge residents, visitors

First session starts on Oct. 6

Learn more about the place where you live and play.

Four workshops are being offered at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson with the purpose of providing Gorge residents and visitors an opportunity to renew their appreciation of the area's landscape.

Les Hastings, retired teacher and museum volunteer, has organized the October workshops consisting of four Thursday evening sessions followed by Saturday field trips that will present new information and reinforce the evening programs.

The lectures will be in the Creation Theatre of the museum, starting at 7 p.m. and lasting approximately one hour.

Those participating in the Saturday field trips need to meet in the public parking lot of the museum by 9 a.m.

Hastings cautions, "Be certain to bring water, a sack lunch and wear comfortable hiking clothes. We will car pool. Please, no pets. The field trips will end about noon with the exception of the river cruise. The cruise is the field trip associated with the program, "Sternwheelers of the Gorge." For that one, we will gather at 11:30 a.m. at the museum and board the sternwheeler at the Port of Cascade Locks as a group."

The first session, "Mushrooms of the Gorge," will be presented by John Davis on Thursday, Oct. 6. The area for the field trip on Oct. 8 is yet to be determined.

The second session, "Sternwheelers of the Gorge," will be presented by Captain Tom Cramblett on Oct. 13. As mentioned, the Saturday field trip is a cruise on the river narrated by Captain Cramblett on Oct. 15. The Port of Cascade Locks is allowing registered participants to board for an additional $5. The fee is to be paid with registration.

The third session is "Lewis and Clark at The Cascades," presented by Les Hastings on Oct. 20. The Saturday field trip, on Oct. 22, will be a tour of the upper, middle and lower Cascades area, west of Stevenson.

The final session is "Lewis and Clark in the Gorge," by Gary Lentz, a Lewis and Clark authority, on Oct. 27. He is best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Patrick Gass. The field trip, on Oct. 29, will be a tour of the Gorge campsites. Lentz will be the guide. The field trip will be over in time for participants to attend the Lewis and Clark festivities at the museum.

A new Lewis and Clark exhibit will be dedicated at the Stevenson Interpretive Center Museum on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. and will include a performance by Grammy nominee Looking Wolf of Grand Ronde, Ore., and a musical presentation by the Issaquah Choral. The afternoon will conclude with a program at 3 p.m., discussing the Condor breeding program at the Oregon Zoo.

Registration for the "Experience the Gorge" fall workshops can be made by calling the museum, 427-8211.


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