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Stevenson museum to mark birthday

Children can assist with firing cannon

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson will celebrate its 14th anniversary on Saturday, May 16.

Not only is it a free day, but it will include the annual general membership meeting of the Skamania County Historical Society.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony followed by a few black powder rounds from the 1856 Ft. Rains cannon. The cannon will continue firing sporadically during the day. Children can assist by giving the commands under the supervision of trained members of Company "L" 3rd US Artillery. They will receive a certificate of achievement as a souvenir.

The highlight of the morning will be a program provided by The Whiskey Flats Band under the direction of March McCormick. Everyone will enjoy the rousing and patriotic band music from the 1830s.

Light refreshments will be served from 1 to 2 p.m. with the Ray Matta Band providing some toe-tapping tunes.

The locomotive cab will be open for visitors and Eran Howell will be running the single-cylinder engines for those who enjoy machinery.

Traditional handcrafts, such as spinning, beadwork and quilting, will be demonstrated in various areas of the galleries.

Living history characters will be portrayed by Merna DeBolt as Lucy, Meriwether Lewis' mother; Marilynn Weaver as a Native American, and Dick Ferguson as a mountainman. All of these individuals will spontaneously interact with the public.

The annual general membership meeting convenes in the DeGroote Theatre at 2 p.m. under the chairmanship of president Ken Cole.

The primary business will be to elect board members. This very short but important meeting will conclude as soon as possible to allow plenty of time for the special program set for 2:30 pm.

The program, "Instruments of Discovery" will be presented by Gary Lentz as he discusses the history of frontier scientific instruments.

In addition to the activities, refreshments and a special program, there will be a featured art exhibit.

"Nature's Vessels" is the work of two Portland artists, Chris Warren and Leslee Burtt. The hand painted gourds and woven baskets are absolutely astounding and worthy of spending some time in the short term art gallery.

The show is now open through July.


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