Thursday, August 18, 2016

Photos from our Rolling on the River Exhibit - A Maritime History


Photos from our Rolling on the River Exhibit which has been extended through the end of September. Image credit: Genie Cary










Thursday, August 4, 2016

"A Cornucopia of Wines" Annual Wine Tasting and Auction, Sept. 10, 6:30-10:00 PM






The Friends of Skamokawa would like to announce our annual fundraiser “A Cornucopia of Wines”, Wine Tasting and Auction, Saturday, September 10 in the Skamokawa Grange #425 at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds, 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Skamokawa, WA 98647. The doors will open at 6:30 PM. This event draws visitors from throughout the Northwest. There will be fine wines to sample with a scrumptious menu prepared by the experienced caterers Ginger Schmitz and Jake Collins of Sharon’s Pizza and More. Join us for a spirited evening’s bidding on silent and open auction items including getaways to great local bed and breakfasts, paintings, ceramics, blown glass, gift baskets, river kayaking, gifts to local businesses and much more! Auctioneer Brian McClain will be presiding over the open auction with his friendly, fast paced style. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. This is our main fund raiser of the year with all funds directed to the maintenance and operation of the “River Life Interpretive Center” at Redmen Hall. There will be a ‘paddle raise’ during the evening to help fund a brand new coat of paint! Here is your opportunity to help keep this beautiful building standing tall.
Advance tickets for “A Cornucopia of Wines” are $15 each or $25 a couple and can be purchased at the Bank of Pacific in Cathlamet, the Skamokawa General Store and at Friends of Skamokawa's River Life Interpretive Center in Skamokawa. Tickets sold at the door will be $20 single and $30 for a couple. For questions phone 360-795-3007, send an email to fos1894@gmail.com or stop by The River Life Interpretive Center during our open hours, Thursdays through Sundays 12:00 – 4:00 PM. We are located at 1394 W. SR4, Skamokawa, WA 98647. We’ll see you there!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Author Peter J. Brix Book-signing. Saturday July 9, 1:00 pm The Brix Maritime Story; A Century of Towboating and Barging



Our “Rolling on the River” Exhibit will feature an author book-signing presentation by Peter J. Brix on July 9, at 1:00 PM.
Here is more information about this wonderful book and its’ author found online at thriftbooks.com:


Weathering over 100 years of economic tides, Brix Maritime (originally, Knappton Towboat Company) became a major contributor to marine transportation in the United States. Recounted by a third generation Brix, who worked from deckhand to CEO of the family business, The Brix Maritime Story is a unique tale. It shows how logging and marine transportation were joined in the early 1900s, with towboats and barges playing a central role in economic growth in Washington and Oregon. As commerce expanded mid-century and locks allowed vessels to pass upriver, Brix boats reached for broader territories and opportunity, ultimately providing service into Idaho, California, Alaska, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Photographs of over 260 tugboats are shown, and over 170 barges listed, complete with specifications. For the maritime enthusiast, or anyone interested in a personal history of how one family helped to shape an industry, this book is a must-have.

Friends of Skamokawa’s River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall is located at 1394 S.R. 4 in Skamokawa, Washington. For questions, please call (360) 795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com. 

Rolling on the River - Historical Maritime Exhibit Opening and Reception, Saturday July 2, 1:00 - 3:00 PM


The River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall presents:
Rolling on the River-An Historical Maritime Exhibit Opening and Reception
Featuring the history of Sternwheelers, Steamboats, and Tug Boats on the Lower Columbia River.
This exhibit will include stories about the Captains of these boats, the River Pilots, the builders, and the histories of the Companies that managed the complex commerce these boats helped to develop.

Featured in this exhibit will be the place these boats and these people had in building today's busy presence on the River. Until roads were built in the 1930's, these boats were the only way to move logs, fish, dairy products, people, produce, and manufactured goods from communities on the River to the markets.

We will also be presenting the development of this traffic and why it is still so important today. This exhibit opens on Saturday, July 2nd, and runs through Labor Day Weekend. There will be special speakers on most Saturdays of the exhibit, starting with Peter Brix, the writer of a definitive history of the tug boat companies from sail to steam to the present day. He will be speaking and signing copies of his book on the history of the Tugboat companies on July 9th at 2:00 PM

Friends of Skamokawa’s River Life Interpretive Center is located at 1394 State Route 4 in Historic Skamokawa, Washington, 98647 
For questions and more information, please call (360) 795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com. 

Layton and Pam Elliott in Concert, Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 PM


This Sunday, June 26th at 2:00 PM, Performance #6 in our June Concert Series: Layton and Pam Elliott in Concert!
Friends of Skamokawa presents local singer/songwriter Layton Elliott with Pam Elliott in Concert - fundraiser for the River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall on Sunday, June 26th at 2:00 PM. $5 per person, under 12 free.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Layton Elliott will be performing accompanied by his wife, Pam Elliott on drums. They will be performing original songs as well as rock, blues and many popular cover tunes in an eclectic show spanning many genres. They have been playing at many local venues, including Friends of Skamokawa’s River Life Center at Redmen Hall.
Layton’s CDs will be for sale at the concert as well as year round in our gift shop.
Friends of Skamokawa’s River Life Interpretive Center is located at 1394 S.R. 4 in Skamokawa, Washington. For questions, please call (360) 795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com. Come on out this Sunday afternoon to support Friends of Skamokawa and our local musicians! Refreshments will be served. See you there!
Here is a great video of Layton and Pam Elliott performing at the Puget Island Farmers Market last summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4CpjXjqUt0&feature=youtu.be

Jerry Ledtke and the Wahkiakum Vibes Band in Concert Saturday, June 25 at 2:00 PM


This Saturday at 2:00 PM, Performance #5 in our June Concert Series: Jerry Ledtke and the Wahkiakum Vibes Band in Concert!
Friends of Skamokawa presents local singer/songwriter Jerry Ledtke and the Wahkiakum VIBES Band in Concert - fundraiser for the River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall on Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 PM. $10 per person, under 12 free.
Jerry Ledtke will be performing with Cliff Garrison, Pat Conrad, Jimmy James and Becky Ledtke. The group will be playing a blend of entertaining original compositions that include lyrics about life experiences, travels, love, environmental awareness, ranching, logging, Wahkiakum County, humorous situations, plus a few classic good time songs.
Collectively, the group members have many years of performance experience; each individual adds vibrant acoustic interplay and accents to the riffs and leads in the songs.
Jerry has released 2 CD’s of original songs and will also share some new songs with the audience.
Jerry’s CDs will be for sale at the concert as well as year round in our gift shop.
Friends of Skamokawa’s River Life Interpretive Center is located at 1394 S.R. 4 in Skamokawa, Washington. For questions, please call (360) 795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com. Come on out this Saturday afternoon to support Friends of Skamokawa and our local musicians! Refreshments will be served. See you there!
Here is a great video of Jerry and Becky Ledtke performing at Friends of Skamokawa last year (featuring Pete Davis on mandolin)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U5HbfbLm9o