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Posts from — May 2011

June Calendar: Life with Father, Mamas, Pirates, Garlic and the World’s Largest Egg

Welcome, summer! Check out the incredibly diverse events going on in Southwest Washington for June. From the Long Beach to Stevenson, Vancouver to Winlock, there are plenty of choices and no excuses for staying home!

June 10 and 25Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Cape Disappointment State Park. No, you don’t have to fly to Hawaii to experience this Waikiki Beach. The summer concert series kicks off with Mighty Ghosts (country pickin’, bluegrass harmonies and back-porch folk) on June 10 and Southwest Washington’s favorites Misty Mamas (home-style bluegrass, oldtime, gospel and folk) on June 25. Concerts are at 7 p.m.

Misty Mamas

June 10-25Magenta Theater Company presents Life with Father – Vancouver. Magenta Theater presents the classic comedy set in the 1800s. Magenta’s intimate, and recently reconfigured, theater in downtown Vancouver is a very fun place to experience plays up close and personal!

Life with Father

June 11Divine Consign Home and Garden Tour – Vancouver. Tour homes and gardens in historic downtown Vancouver. Proceeds will benefit at-risk youth. Tickets and tour maps may be picked up at 1101 Officers Row in front of the Grant House on the day of the tour beginning at 11 am. $20 in advance. $25 at the door.

June 11Fleur de Lis Festival – Westport Winery, Westport. Enjoy this well-programmed festival including Art in the Vines, local blue cheese samplings, book signings, a belly dance troupe, music, French Onion Soup, grapevines for sale and 5000 blooming iris. And, of course, don’t forget the wonderful wines of Westport Winery, too.

Tasting wine at the Westport Winery

June 11The David Lanz Liverpool Trio – The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson. The Skamania Performing Arts Foundation presents pianist David Lanz, flutist Gary Stroutsos, and cellist Walter Gray. The trio most recently came together to perform David’s arrangements from the recording Liverpool…Re-Imagining the Beatles.

David Lanz Liverpool Trio

June 18Fort Vancouver Brigade Encampment, Vancouver. See costumed re-enactors demonstrating the annual return of the fur trappers to Fort Vancouver. Hands-on activities in the Fort Vancouver Village just west of the Fort’s stockade, on the trail to the Land Bridge.

Re-enactors at the Fort Vancouver Village in 2010

June 18-1930th Annual NW Garlic Festival – Ocean Park. More than 70 specialty food and craft vendors will offer prepare and use garlic in every imaginable way. As they say, “Just follow your nose” to the festival.

June 19 Vancouver USA Marathon – Vancouver. It may be too late to start training, or is it?! The event includes a half marathon and welcomes walkers. Vancouver’s first marathon will should be a good one. Produced by Energy Events.

June 24-26Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze Festival – Westport. You are going to have to enter the festival Web site to learn about ALL the pirate events. Prepare to read pirate lingo or walk the plank!

Pirates on parade

June 24Gorge Blues and Brews Festival Friday Night Waterfront Jam – Skamania County Fairgrounds, Stevenson. The Gorge Blues and Brews Festival kicks off with a Friday night jam. The party starts at 6 pm and the show, featuring local musical talent, begins at 7 pm. Music will include the soulful vocals and driving rhythms of Jackbone Dixie as well as traditional sax blues from The Richard Wilkins Blues Band. Free!

June 25Gorge Blues and Brews Festival – Skamania County Fairgrounds, Stevenson. Three blues bands, 16 regional micro-breweries, 8 wineries and food vendors. Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King will be the headliners. Admission is $15 per person and includes your choice of a commemorative beer mug or wine glass. Children 12 and under are free.

Gorge Blues and Brews Festival

June 25-26Recycled Arts Festival – Vancouver. One of the most creative events of the year happens in Esther Short Park on the last weekend of June. For a preview, take a look at last year’s Festival, take a look at this ZEST blog post.

Glass garden sculptures at the 2010 Festival

June 24-2675th Annual Egg Day Festival – Winlock. The parade starts at 11 a.m. June 25 with the theme “Egg Days and Diamonds Forever.” The festival will include an Egg Day Run and royalty. Check out this charming video about the World Largest Egg and Winlock.

World's Largest Egg in Winlock

May 29, 2011   No Comments

The 10 Minute Conversation: Jill Sughrue

Jill Sughrue is the founder of Sustain NW, which promotes and advances sustainable practices in the Pacific Northwest through training, leadership and connection.A professional trainer and consultant, Jill is a founding member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and an associate with the Natural Step Network. Jill and her husband, Patrick, live in a home they built in the Felida area. We spoke at Farrar’s Bistro in Felida.

Sustainability consultant Jill Sughrue at Farrar's Bistro in Felida

What brought you to SW Washington?

I moved up here in 1998. When my husband and I got married, he was working in Washington. I grew up in Portland. He said you just drive across the river and it kind of slows down a little bit so we bought an acre and decided to design and self-construct our home.

And when I left my job at PGE in 2005 there were all kinds of sustainability consultants in Portland who had been doing it for 20 years. I wanted to help SW Washington become more sustainable. That really was my mission.

What do you love about SW Washington?

First, it is a smaller town. Vancouver is a smaller town than Portland and I like that. I love the services like C-Tran. It is quieter. We live out a little but so it is really quiet at night. I love that you see wildlife. I love that within a few minutes you can be hiking or be at a park.

I have also gotten involved with the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market so I love that there are little pockets up here that are getting more and more involved in farmers’ markets and local food and educating the public about fresh, local, hopefully organic food. It opens on June 16 and runs through September on Thursdays, 3 to 7 pm. at the 134th Street entrance to I-5 (1309 NE 134th Street).

What is the best-kept secret about SW Washington?

The contra dance (Contra in the Couve) at the Hazel Dell Grange! It’s the second Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. with live music. There is a lesson at 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. And I have discovered Zumba at the same place.

What is your favorite place to relax or play in SW Washington?

I like to do the walk on the riverfront between Beaches and Who Song and Larry’s (Waterfront Renaissance Trail). It’s a great walk and or take it down to the Water Resources Education Center and do that walk.

If you didn’t live here, where would you live?

Winter has been so long – somewhere where it is warm. I love the seasons but a little warm sun would be really nice. We were just down in Petaluma, CA. That was kind of nice – a smaller town feel. Walla Walla, WA we look at every once in awhile. We were there last summer. We had some wine and the restaurant owner said – the vintner is right there would you like to talk with him? It turned out that he was a tiny vintner inside another vintner, who was mentoring him. They are competitors but they are very supportive of each other.

When we think about moving, they look at towns and they need to have a community college, they need to have a good health food store, they need to be bikeable, they need to have a little culture whether it is a local theater or part of a community college.

What’s coming up that you are excited about?

I have a grandson coming at any moment, a first grandchild. I am VERY excited about becoming a grandparent.

What would surprise people to know about you?

I LOVE to play poker.

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May 17, 2011   No Comments