Community briefs for Sept. 5, 2019

Skamania Lodge to host Fall Fest this Saturday; Camas Parks releases fall program guide; 54-40 Brewing donates to Gorge Stewards

timestamp icon
category icon Latest News, Life, News
Skamania Lodge will host its first Fall Fest at the new Riverview Pavilion (pictured here) from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. (Contributed photo courtesy of Skamania Lodge)

Skamania Lodge to host inaugural Fall Fest on Saturday

Skamania Lodge, part of the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels group, will host its first Fall Fest at the new Riverview Pavilion from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

The outdoor Riverview Pavilion, which opened in May, is located adjacent to the sprawling Cascade Lawn and offers panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge.

Fall Fest will feature a host of Pacific Northwest wineries and breweries, live music and food from Chef Matt Hale, who will be cooking at the Pavilion’s new barbecue. Bites include smoked beef brisket, beer brined kabobs and Everybody’s Brewing Mountain Mamma Sorbet. It’s a celebration of the bounty and offers an intimate look at the producers of the region as fall gets underway.

“We’ve previously done Celebration of Beer, but we wanted to utilize the new pavilion and give our guests a quintessential Gorge experience with wine, beer, music and sweeping view of the Columbia,” said Ken Daughter, general manager of Skamania Lodge. “Our new Fall Fest really gives guests a chance to connect with some of the best producers of our great region.”

Skamania Lodge focused on bringing Gorge and Washington-based breweries, wineries and distillers to its inaugural Fall Fest, including Backwoods, pFriem, Full Sail, Double Mountain (which will pour Depeche Mode 2017), Everybody’s Brewing and Walking Man Brewing, while Washington wineries AniChe Cellars Winery and Cor Cellars will be pouring among others.

The event is for ages 21 and older only, and costs $20 per person. Tickets are available for purchase at the site on the day of the event, and the cost includes a pint or wine glass, plus four drink tokens. Guests can also enjoy games on the lawn, and compete with friends to see who will be the toss champ with games like cornhole and ladder ball as well as a growler painting area with Vine Gogh Artist Studio.

For more information on Skamania Lodge, located about 27 miles east of Washougal in the Columbia River Gorge, visit or call 800-221-7117.

Stewards receive funds for restoration project

The Columbia Gorge Stewards have received a financial donation from Washougal’s 54-40 Brewing Company.

Bolt Minister, owner of 54-50 Brewing Company, gave a check for approximately $890 to Dave Pinkernell of the Stewards on Friday, Aug. 30.

54-40’s Restoration Ale, which was released in April, was created to raise funds and recognition for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge habitat restoration and flood control project, which aims to reconfigure the Port of Camas-Washougal’s existing Columbia River levee system to reduce flood risk, reconnect 912 acres of river floodplain and increase recreation activities at the refuge.

The stewards are a group of volunteers who work to protect three national wildlife refuges on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, and are assisting USFW with volunteer coordination, outreach and fundraising for the restoration project.

Unite! Washougal Coalition asks residents to complete online survey

Unite! Washougal Coalition, a youth substance-abuse prevention group, is asking residents to complete an online survey.

In 2018, more than 400 people responded to the group’s survey, helping Unite! prioritize and strategize for the upcoming year.

The group’s leaders say this year’s input will help select a positive message to be shared in mailers, banners, billboards and/or theater and newspaper ads in Washougal.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary, and responses are kept confidential. Participants can skip questions and stop the survey at any time.

The survey typically takes participants between five and 10 minutes to complete.

For an English-language survey, visit For a Spanish-language survey, visit

Camas Parks & Recreation releases fall programs guide

The Camas Parks and Recreation 2019 Fall Program Guide is now available.

View the full newsletter and register for classes online at or register in person at Lacamas Lake Lodge, 227 N.E. Lake Road, Camas. For more information, call 360-834-5307.

Among the 2019 fall classes offered are: a coed flag football league; Busy Bees preschool; Kidz Love Soccer; children’s yoga classes; toddler yoga classes; Kung Fu for children, teens and adults; music classes; Weight Watchers; craft classes for a variety of ages; Tai Chi and cane defense for seniors; casino and cultural tours for seniors; and fitness classes for seniors.

Classes are always being added, even after the programs guide’s publication. For information on new classes, or updates, visit sandrecreation/.

WSU-V to host documentary on Chicago Black Arts Movement of ’60s, ’70s

Washington State University Vancouver will screen the documentary film “BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement” at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 10 in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The screening is free and open to the public.

Drawing on extensive interviews, the film looks back on the history of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and reflects on the artists and institutions that have extended its impact since then. “Black Chicago is the epicenter of our diaspora because the roots are deep and they stay,” said one interviewee, Carol Adams, former CEO of the DuSable Museum.

A Q&A with the film’s directors, Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan, will follow the screening. Lewis is serving as the interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Narayanan is serving as interim co-academic director for the College of Arts and Sciences.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4 per day.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.