Thursday, May 19, 2016

David McKenzie in Concert - Saturday, June 18th at 7:00 PM



The Friends of Skamokawa Foundation is pleased to present David McKenzie in Concert! David, one of the favorite singer/songwriters in this area, will be giving us a wide range of his latest songs, accompanying himself with various instruments he sings of history, nature, friendship, blues, rock and more. Featuring an excellent blend of blues, rock, folk and originals plus a nice variety of cover songs by many different artists! He has been part of the music events in this county for several years and FOS is grateful for his participation in our Summer Music Festival.

This event is a fundraiser for The Friends of Skamokawa Central School/River Life Interpretive Center. $5 per person/under 12 free.

The Friends of Skamokawa/River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall is located at 1394 S.R. 4 in Skamokawa, Washington. For questions, please call our office (360) 795-3007. Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4:00 PM as well as special evening events.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hank and Lloyd in Concert - June 12th 2:00 PM (Beth Semar Sheets & Pete "Mandolin Pete" Davis)


Friends of Skamokawa presents: Hank and Lloyd in Concert
Saturday, June 12th at 2:00 PM
Fundraiser for: The Friends of Skamokawa Central School/River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall
$5 per person/under 18 free.

Featuring an eclectic blend of traditional country, old fiddle tunes and original music.
Pete Davis on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals
Beth Sheets on guitar and vocals

These performers have a wonderful range of folk, blues, and 'soft' rock that has been enjoyed by many audiences. They are each masters of several instruments and sing with a true sense of joy and, sometimes, comedy that has entertained all of us. Their music is pulled from many sources including many songs Beth and Pete have written. They will have several of their CD's for sale at the concert.

The Friends of Skamokawa Central School/River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall is located at 1394 S.R. 4 in Skamokawa, Washington. For questions, please call our office (360) 795-3007. Open Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4:00 PM as well as special evening events.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Robert Michael Pyle and The Cliffs of Cathlamet - An Evening of Music and Poetry





Join us for an exciting evening of music and poetry! 

CHINOOK AND CHANTERELLE is Robert Michael Pyle’s second full-length book of poetry. Rich in natural images, stories, and indelible episodes from the whole world around us, Pyle’s poems also track the territory of loss and grief as it rises into the higher ground of rediscovery, redemption, and re-enchantment. They exalt the ordinary even as they find the extraordinary in physical details that we too often look right through.

Robert Michael Pyle’s new poems are exquisitely shaped by his learned, joyful, avid consideration of the natural world and its cycles of life, death, and rebirth. Grief for his late wife, “she who made sense of the world,” is balanced by all they had and did together, and what comes next. At the heart of this marvelous book is the saving grace of close observation, the life-affirming depth of feeling and engagement and understanding of birds, butterflies, fish, critters, the rich flora all around us. Pyle savors and praises, seeing what joins us to our environment and what it can show us of ourselves, lifting his and our spirits. His richly descriptive language embeds in his readers’ minds such wonders as the way “the papery vanes” of butterfly wings “make hope/from nothing more than nectar and dust.”

—Floyd Skloot

From Pangaea to pledge drives, “Pedestrains on Roadway” signs to a platypus’ silky pelt, these poems cover terrain, species, and moments too often overlooked. Thankfully, Robert Michael Pyle’s life work as a naturalist means he doesn’t miss much, and his keen observations of the natural and human world are fully in evidence in this fine collection. Here, the reader will find poems ranging from the pleasure of pencil shavings to moving poems written for the poet’s late wife Thea. Pyle’s delight in language and lively wit sound clearly throughout, whether describing a Yuletide smorgasbord or his neighbors: “the Douglases, fir and squirrel; the Townsends, vole and mole.” In the words of the title poem: “What gifts these are.”

—Holly Hughes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE writes essay, poetry, and fiction from an old Swedish farmstead along a tributary of the Lower Columbia River in southwestern Washington. His twenty books include Wintergreen and The Tangled Bank. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has received the John Burroughs Medal and several other writing awards. Pyle’s poems have appeared in magazines including the North American Review, and in a chapbook, Letting the Flies Out. Evolution of the Genus Iris was his first full-length book of poems; Chinook & Chanterelle is his second collection from Lost Horse Press.

The Cliffs of Cathlamet are an exciting local duo featuring Erik friend on mandolin and vocals and Jillian Raye on Banjo and vocals. Playing an eclectic selection of originals, americana, traditional, indie, soulful hits and more! Great rhythms, harmonies and a foot-stompin' good time for all!
We'll see you there!

The Friends of Skamokawa Central School/River Life Interpretive Center is located at 1394 S.R. 4 in historic Skamokawa, Washington. For questions, please call our office (360) 795-3007. Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4:00 PM as well as special evening events.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Kerrie McNally Concert June 5th at 2:00 pm

Local singer/songwriter Kerrie McNally performs creative original compositions ranging from serious ballads to fun, rockin' sing-a-longs! This newly recorded artist has something for everyone including blues, country, folk, pop and even some reggae style. Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk. Featuring Layton Elliott on lead guitar!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

This Saturday, April 16th at 1:00 PM Rachael Wolford Exhibit Opening/Reception "Elements" An Exhibit of Painting and Poetry


“The River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall will be showing an exhibit by artist Rachael Wolford. Rachael has been a major part of Redmen Hall since it was restored in 1987 by the Friends of Skamokawa. She is a noted watercolor artist and also a founding member of the St. James Family Center, currently serving as a Deacon and Chairman of the Board. She was trained at the Portland Art Museum and has shown her work at many local exhibits, this being her fourth at Redmen Hall. It is also her final exhibit here, since she is moving out of the area. Her work shows a deep understanding of the Columbia River in all its moods - she and her husband lived in a sailboat and then a house boat until finally coming to land on Puget Island. Her close connection to the River has given her an unusual vision, with her painting and poetry showing her rare insight into the beauty of this unique Lower Columbian Basin. The exhibit opens on Saturday April 16th with a chance to meet the artist from 1 - 3 pm. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit is at The River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall 1394 W.SR4 in Skamokawa. The Hall is open Thursday-Sunday 12 noon -4 pm. For further information call the Hall 360-795-3007 during open hours."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Last weekend of the Wahkiakum Students' Art and Science Exhibit!


Last weekend of the Wahkiakum Students' Art and Science Exhibit! This exhibit will run through Sunday April 10th. Many of the students have their pieces available for purchase. Prices range from $3, $10, $15 or $20. Come on by the River Life Interpretive Center and support these aspiring local artists. 

Original art work from Mary Moonen’s elementary school students, Tina Merz’s middle school students and Sue Garn’s high school students will be featured.
A combination of art and science projects from Kyle Hurley’s Ag Science class will also be on exhibit.

The River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall is located at 1394 W. SR 4 in Skamokawa, WA. The Hall is open Thursday through Sunday from 12-4 P.M.
For more information call 360-795-8675 email: fos1894@gmail.com or go to our website:www.redmenhall.blogspot.com
See you there!


Photo Credit: Kathleen Morgain

Thursday, March 10, 2016

This Saturday, March 12th, 1:00 PM - Wahkiakum Students' Art and Science Exhibit Opening at the River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall



This Saturday, March 12th at 1:00 pm, The Wahkiakum Students' Art and Science Exhibit opens! This exhibit will run through Sunday April 10th.

Original art work from Mary Moonen’s elementary school students, Tina Merz’s middle school students and Sue Garn’s high school students will be featured.

A combination of art and science projects from Kyle Hurley’s Ag Science class will also be on exhibit. 

On Saturday March 26th, we will be hosting the “Battle of the Robots” presented by Ron Wright’s 4-H Robotics Club, Jeff Pillar’s 8th grade robotics class and Jeff Rooklidge’s high school robotics class. This is a special one day only event from 1-3 P.M. Both the 4-H club and the high school robotics class have competed in district robotics tournaments. The high school team made it to state competitions in the past. All robots are assembled and programmed by the students. This should make for an exciting time!

The River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall is located at 1394 W. SR 4 in Skamokawa, WA. The Hall is open Thursday through Sunday from 12-4 P.M.

For more information call 360-795-8675 email: fos1894@gmail.com or go to our website: www.redmenhall.blogspot.com