Thursday, February 11, 2016

River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall Early 2016 Event Calendar-February through April



February 27th
1:00 pm - Birds of the Lower Columbia-Speaker/Lecturer Andrew Emlen
3:00 pm - Keith Hoofnagle Book Signing-Special 50th Anniversary Edition of “The Story of Linda Lookout”
March 6th
1:00 pm - Annual Membership Meeting, Special Guest Speaker: Chinook Artist Charles Funk from Chehalis, WA
March 12th
1:00 pm - Wahkiakum High School Science & Art Class Exhibit Opens. This exhibit will include demonstrations of award winning projects including robotics, habitat restoration, art contests, and other activities in progress!
April 16th
1:00 pm - Racheal Wolford Art Exhibit Opens

Image of Keith Hoofnagle with artwork for "The Story of Linda Lookout" courtesy of the Wahkiakum Eagle.

All bird images are courtesy of Sol Mertz, Rose Creek Retreat, Rosburg, WA

Image of Charles Funk at the River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall courtesy of The Daily News





Friday, January 29, 2016

Feb. 27, 1:00 pm Birds of the Lower Columbia River - Andrew Emlen/ 3:00 pm Keith Hoofnagle Book Signing, Special 50th Anniversary Edition of "The Story of Linda Lookout"


Announcing our opening event for 2016 on Saturday, February 27th here at the River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall featuring two excellent local speakers. These two great programs are sure to inform and inspire!  

At 1:00 pm, Andrew Emlen will present Birds of the Lower Columbia River. Co-sponsored by the Willapa Hills Audubon Society (WHAS) and Friends of Skamokawa, this program will feature life histories of a number of Lower Columbia River birds and special stories of these birds in connection to the Columbia.

At 3:00 pm, Keith Hoofnagle will be here for a Book signing celebrating the very special 50th Anniversary re-issue of "The Story of Linda Lookout"!

See below for more detail about each event and please feel free to call or email with any questions. For parking and accessibility information and directions to the River Life Interpretive Center in Skamokawa’s National Historic District, please call (360) 795-3007. The River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall is located at 1394 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa, WA 98647


Birds of the Lower Columbia River - Andrew Emlen


The life histories of a number of Lower Columbia River birds will be the theme of a program offered on Saturday, February 27th at the River Life Interpretive Center (Redmen Hall) in Skamokawa. Andrew Emlen is the speaker talking about bird species having special stories connected with the Columbia River. The program will begin at 1 pm. Co-sponsored by Willapa Hills Audubon Society (WHAS) and Friends of Skamokawa. There will be no charge for admission, although donations to the building upkeep are always appreciated. 

Since starting the Wahkiakum Christmas Bird Count circle in 1998 sponsored by WHAS, Mr. Emlen has been the organizer and compiler for this count. He has conducted shorebird census for US Fish and Wildlife, helping to establish the Lower Columbia as a national Important Bird Area, and leads field trips for WHAS, Washington Ornithological Society, and the American Birding Association. He is currently co-owner and guide for Columbia River Kayaking.

Following Mr. Emlen’s program, Keith Hoofnagle, retired chief artist for the National Park Service will read from his book “The Story of Linda Lookout”. It is a history of the fire lookouts, originally published in 1965 and re-published recently. Copies will be available for sale after the program, and Mr. Hoofnagle will be signing books.

Photo of Blue Heron: www.public-domain-image.com


Book Signing by author Keith Hoofnagle-


Special 50th Anniversary re-issue of 

"The Story of Linda Lookout"

We here at Friends of Skamokawa are very pleased to welcome local treasure, historian, artist, archivist, author Keith Hoofnagle for a book signing on February 27th following The Birds of the Lower Columbia Presentation. Keith is the retired chief artist for the National Park Service and will be here at River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall to read from his book “The Story of Linda Lookout" which has recently been re-released in celebration of its' 50th anniversary! It is a history of the fire lookouts that was originally published in 1965. Copies will be available for sale after the program, and Mr. Hoofnagle will be signing books.

Photo of "The Story of Linda Lookout": amazon.com


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rolling on the River - A Maritime History

The Friends of Skamokawa Foundation
PO Box 67 - Skamokawa, WA 98647 
 (360) 795-3007 - fos1894@gmail.com


Rolling on the River
A Maritime History
The Friends of Skamokawa and Redmen Hall are looking for some great stories and pictures depicting the life on the lower Columbia River-Past and Present

If you have any personal pictures and stories about fishing, tug boating, kayaking, stern wheeling or any other commercial ventures on the lower Columbia, please fill out the following form so that our exhibit committee can contact you to be a part of this great presentation to open early summer 2016. (Besides, stories and photos, we are also looking for contributions such as, but not limited to, model fishing boats, tug boats or sternwheelers. All materials will be returned at the conclusion of the exhibit.)

Name:________________________________________________________
Email:_______________________________________________________
Phone:_______________________________________________________
Description of materials/stories you will be willing to share with us: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Would you be willing to be part of an oral presentation at a given time during the exhibit? Please check one: ______Yes _______No
·         You may print and mail this form to: Redmen Hall, PO Box 67, Skamokawa, WA 98647.
·         You can also send your information via email.

·         If you have any questions, email us at fos1894@gmail.com - Phone: (360) 795-3007






Friday, December 11, 2015

Final Weekend of our Annual Holiday Gift/Open House "Deck the Hall", Dec. 11th, 12th and 13th-12-4 PM





 This is the final weekend of our annual holiday gift/open house, “Deck the Hall". Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 11th, 12th and 13th  we are open from 12-4 PM.

The gift shop, book store, and upstairs have many unique local treasures, favorites, new items, and crafted work of many local artists. Including but not limited to: 

  •         Copper designs by Jo Schnotala
  •         Wood trivets,
  •          Cooling racks,
  •          Spreaders from Steve Ullakko
  •          Favorites such as herbal teas
  •          Jewelry
  •          Ceramics
  •          Puppets
  •          Singing birds
  •          T-shirts
  •          Woven scarves
  •       Photo art
  •     Artistic paintings
  •          Photography
  •          Cards and more! 

Whether you are looking for that unique gift, stocking stuffer, art, or a great book, we have a wonderful selection of choices.  Stop by, take a look around and “Shop Local!”

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Our Holiday Gift Bazaar Continues for Two More Weekends!

Only two weekends left to come on over to Redmen Hall and take a look at our wonderful selection of unique, high quality items created by local artists, crafters and musicians. Our holiday hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm. We are open through Sunday December 13th!










Monday, November 23, 2015

This Sunday, Nov. 29th Reading/Book Signing by Robert Michael Pyle at Redmen Hall from 12-4:00 pm!

We here at Friends of Skamokawa/Redmen Hall are proud to present a Book Signing/Reading of this special 30th anniversary edition of Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land by notable guest, author Robert M. Pyle on Sunday, November 29th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at Redmen Hall. 

This 30th Anniversary edition of Robert M. Pyle's Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land, has just been released by Pharos Editions with a new introduction by David Guterson and updated afterword by the author. The 1987 John Burroughs Medal for best natural history book of the year, Wintergreen remains as relevant today as when it first appeared.

Between 12:00-3:00 pm Robert Pyle will be here to sign books, answer questions and discuss this timeless and important piece of literature. The reading will be presented between 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

Here is more information about Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land and this 30th anniversary release:

Wintergreen is a tale of survival. In the Willapa Hills of southwest Washington, both the human community and the forest community are threatened with extinction. Weaving vivid portraits of the place and its inhabitants—animal, plant, and human—with the story of his own love affair with the hills, Robert Michael Pyle has written a book so even-handed in its passion that it has been celebrated by those who make their living with a chain saw as well as by environmentalists. As he writes, “My sympathies lie with the people and the woods, but not with the companies that have used them both with equal disregard.”
1987 Winner of the John Burroughs Medal for best natural history book of the year, Wintergreen remains as relevant today as when it first appeared.
1987 PNBA Award winner
Author bio: ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE is the author of eighteen books, including Chasing Monarchs, The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland, Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place and the recent poetry collection Evolution of the Genus Iris. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer and naturalist living in the Willapa Hills of southwestern Washington.

Contributor Bio: David Guterson is the author of the novels East of the Mountains, Our Lady of the Forest, The Other, Ed King, and Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; two story collections, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind and Problems With People; a poetry collection, Songs for a Summons; a memoir, Descent; and Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense. He lives with his family on Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Deck the Hall" Holiday Gift/Open House Opening Weekend November 27, 28 and 29



Our annual holiday gift/open house, “Deck the Hall,” will begin November 27 through December 13th Thursday-Sunday 12-4 PM.  

Our Holiday Gift/Open House schedule will be:

Friday, November 27 from 12-4Saturday, November 28 from 12-4Sunday, November 29 from 12-4


"Deck the Hall" will continue through the next two weekends:  Thursdays-Sundays from 12-4.  The last day is December 13.  


There will be refreshments and live music from local musicians the opening weekend. Local author Robert Pyle will here on Sunday November 29th between the hours of 12:00 to 4:00 pm for a Book Signing/Reading of his book Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land with the reading scheduled for 3:00 pm.



The gift shop, book store, and upstairs will be full of restocked favorites, new items, and crafted work of many local artists. New to the holiday fare is:

  •         Copper designs by Jo Schnotala,
  •         Wood trivets,
  •          Cooling racks,
  •          Spreaders from Steve Ukkallo.
  •          Favorites such as herbal teas,
  •          Jewelry
  •          Ceramics
  •          Puppets
  •          Singing birds,
  •          T-shirts,
  •          Woven scarves
  •          Photo art
  •          Artistic paintings
  •          Photography
  •          Cards and more! 

Whether you are looking for that unique gift, stocking stuffer, art, or a great book, we will have a wonderful selection of choices.  Stop by for hot cider and cookies and “Shop Local!”