Celebrate May in SW Washington – 28 Ways!
The lilacs are blooming. Wildflowers are coming out in the Gorge trails. Outdoor events like the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands and the World’s Longest Garage are happening. And the wineries are ready to serve you. Celebrate our active corner of Washington State this month! Here are 28 ways to get out there:
May 1-4 – Shadowlands at Magenta Theater – The play based on C.S. Lewis memoir of his life with American poet Joy Gresham is beautifully presented at Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver. Buy tickets here.
May 1-12 – Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens – Celebrate gorgeously hybridized lilacs at the historic Hulda Klager home in Woodland. Tour the Klager home and smell those lovely flowers. Author Jane Kirkpatrick will be at the gardens on Mother’s Day. Her new novel about Hulda Klager, “Where Lilacs Still Bloom,” will be available for purchase in the gift shop
May 2 – Weldon Wagon Road Hike with Friends of the Columbia Gorge. It’s time to explore the Gorge and see those gorgeous wildflowers! Go on a seven mile hike near Husum. Check out the Friends Web site for lots of hikes. Register here or call 971-634-2028.
May 3 – Downtown Vancouver Artwalk – The galleries, restaurants and brewpubs will be open in Downtown Vancouver. Lots of openings. Join the crowd. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
May 4 – May Day is Lei Day – Ke Kukui Foundation. Lei contest, the Royal May Day Court, Hawaiian Food, Shave Ice, and Arts & Crafts, Thomas Jefferson Middle School. 3000 NW 119th St. Vancouver, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 4-5 – Loyalty Days – Ilwaco. Not only does Long Beach have the World’s Longest Garage Sale (see May 24-27 below), it has the “longest consecutively running Loyalty Day celebration in the nation.” The two-day event includes a children’s parade, blessing of the fleet, oyster feed (yum!), grand parade and cowboy breakfast. This event is always the first weekend in May. Saturday schedule here. For Sunday’s schedule, go here.
May 5 – “It Happened at the World’s Fair” – Columbia Theatre, Longview – The Rainy Months Series presents plays for 3 to 9 year olds and their families. Two 6th graders take a trip to Seattle Center. But, after encountering a mysterious elevator operator they step out of the Space Needle elevator and, somehow, it’s the year 1962! Buy tickets here.
May 11 – Contra in the Couve – Put on your dancing shoes. Vancouver has a contra dance, held on the second Friday of every month at the Hazel Dell Grange, 7509 NE Hazel Dell Ave. Nan Evans will call the dance. Portland/Port Townsend band Full Circle will play with Nan Evans of Port Townsend calling. Lessons at 7:30 pm. Dance 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
May 11-12 – Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Steam Mother’s Day Special – Take a ride on the delightful Chelatchie steam train. You’ll travel from Yacolt to Moulton Falls and back. Make your reservation here. Noon and 2:30 p.m.
May 11 – Museum Collection Open House – Fort Vancouver – Explore the lives of fur trade families at Fort Vancouver on the second Saturday in May. Two tours occur during the day: one at noon and 2 p.m. Tours are limited to 15 people. Children over 10 years old are welcome. Register in advance for a Museum Collection Open House tour by calling 816-6255.
May 12 – “The Lewis and Clark Wildflower Discoveries” – The Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge – The Second Sunday Event Series will be kicking off with a presentation by Joan Hockaday, garden historian. Guided tours of the Plankhouse and children’s activities will be available from 12-4pm. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a full-scale Chinookan Plankhouse located on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
May 14-July 2 – Lady Washington Public Tours and Excursions – Various Columbia River ports. The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of Washington State, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain will have a seven-week tour of Columbia River ports. Visits include tours, evening sails and three-hour Battle Sails featuring booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Check here for the complete schedule and tickets.
May 17 – Paula Poundstone – Columbia Theatre, Longview – The Boston Globe says, “Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician…swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net.” Buy tickets for the very funny stand-up comedian’s show here.
May 18 – “Trains, Dames and Prohibition” – Centralia – Lots happening on Saturday, May 18 with a special historic walking tour in the downtown Centralia historic district plus feature film showings and a celebration of 100 years at the Centralia Timberland Library.
May 18 – 17th Annual Mt. Adams Endurance Ride – Events for all levels of trail riders: 12-to-25 mile trail rides for beginner endurance riders to 50-75 mile divisions for the more experienced competitors.
May 18-19 – Herb, Vegetable and Sustainable Living Fair – Pomeroy Living History Farm – It’s the perfect time for a country drive out to the Pomeroy Living History Farm, which is north of Battle Ground. Thousands of plants will be for sale. There will be a farm cafe, vendors and entertainment. This is a lovely destination. Directions here.
May 19 – 49th Annual Hazel Dell Parade of Bands, Vancouver – If it’s the third Saturday in May, you can count on a whole lot of music happening in Hazel Dell. Dust off the lawn chairs..The parade route follows Hwy 99 North to 78th St., west to Hazel Dell Ave., south to 63rd St. and back to Hwy 99. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m
May 19 – “British Masters” with the SW Washington Wind Symphony –Union High School Performing Arts Center. Music by Holst, Gregson, Grainger and more. 3 p.m.
May 22 – “Finding David Douglas” – Volcano View and Brews from the Mount St. Helens Institute – Tommy O’s, 8th and Washington, Vancouver. Speaker Lois Leonard and special presentation of the new documentary movie on David Douglas, the intrepid 19th century Scot botanist who trekked through locations in Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia. Learn about the film here. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Program is at 6:30 p.m.
May 23 – “Finding David Douglas” – Volcano View and Brews from the Mount St. Helens Institute –Kelso Theater Pub, 214 S Pacific, Longview. See program description above.
May 25 – Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Wine Run Special – Travel to Moulton Falls Winery on the Chelatchie Prairie steam-powered train for some great wine. Stop at the winery for a sampling in the beautiful tasting room at the end of the ride. Noon. Buy tickets here.
May 25-26 – The Infinite Power of Music and Young Artists Concert -Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – The VSO ends the season with Prokofiev’s masterpiece symphonic salute to the Russian Prince Alexander Nevsky. The Oregon Repertory Singers perform. Also featured will be the winners of the Young Artists Competition, Andrew Yoon (piano), Megan Yip (violin) and Isabel Skau (clarinet).
May 25-27 – Clark County Wineries – Memorial Weekend – Visit the wineries of Clark County on Memorial Weekend. You’lll need to entire weekend to visit all the local wineries! Click on the Web site for a map to the 14 wineries in Clark County.
May 25-27 – Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Memorial Day Weekend Winery Open House– Wineries in the Columbia Gorge will be offering open houses for Memorial Day Weekend with huge discounts, food pairings, new releases and fun surprises. GorgeWine.com for a list of participating wineries and specials, map and hours. For a wine touring map, click here.
May 24-27 –World’s Longest Garage Sale – For more than 20 years on Memorial Weekend, the garages, yards, patios and other flat surfaces of the Long Beach Peninsula have been filled with treasures for, count ‘em, 28 miles! Get out your most comfortable shoes and lots of dollar bills.
May 31-June 2 – White Salmon Spring Festival – Rheingarten Park, White Salmon, WA Featuring entertainment, parade, food and drink, games, competitions, gear swap, and lots of family activities. Complete schedule here.
See you out there!