Come help celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum on Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This is a free day for everyone in honor of the support the community has provided over the years.
The museum is busy preparing for the big day. New images are being installed on several text panels; picnic tables will be out; 456 windows washed; the Corliss engine greased, rope adjusted and ready to run. The locomotive cab will be open for visitors with the BN-SF Safety Interactive Module placed nearby.
The celebration begins as 11 a.m. with a flag ceremony under the direction of the American Legion Post #137 followed by some rousing brass band music. "The Whiskey Flats Band,"under the baton of band leader, Mark McCormick, will play patriotic and 1830s brass band music, their specialty.
Traditional hand crafts such as spinning, beadwork and quilting will be demonstrated at various locations in the museum. Single cylinder engines will "putt-putt" near the entry, operated by trained volunteers. Children's activities will include face painting.
The art gallery will feature the work of four fiber artists, "The Four Directions." On second floor the Bozorth Pacific Northwest Native American Collection will be available for viewing. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and will be allowed to handle, with supervision, some of the artifacts.
In contrast to Native American collection, a small apron display will also be on second floor. "Let's Tie One On" will provide the history and samples of various types of aprons. The aprons are on loan from several collectors and include examples made by the Seminole Nation that date from the mid-1800s.
Antique appraising will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a $5 donation, a non-certified certificate will be provided. So rummage through the attic and bring that gizmo you don't know what it is. Appraising is limited to three items per person.
At 2 p.m. the annual membership meeting of the Skamania County Historical Society will convene in the DeGroote Theatre to elect board members. This short meeting will conclude with Merna DeBolt providing an entertaining program with her humorous twist on county history.
The afternoon would not be complete without listening to the local combo, "Ray Matta & Friends," in the Grand Gallery. Their country western music will accompany the serving of light refreshments commemorating the occasion.
If you have questions, call the museum (800) 991-2338 or 427-8211.
On Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. the public is invited to return to the museum and attend the first concert in the Guest Artist Series of the Sunday Afternoon Summer Concerts presented by the Skamania Performing Arts Foundation.
The Chamber Players of the Portland Baroque Orchestra will provide a lively approach to Baroque music.
Tickets are only available from the Foundation.
Call 427- 7047 or go on line www.skamaniaarts.org.