Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Cornucopia of Wines - Auction Benefit Saturday Sept. 9th 6:30 - 10:00 PM

The Friends of Skamokawa would like to announce our annual fundraiser “A Cornucopia of Wines”, Wine Tasting & Auction, Saturday September 9 at the Skamokawa Grange from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM. The doors will open at 6:30 PM. The Skamokawa Grange is located at 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Skamokawa, WA 98647. 

This gala evening in Skamokawa draws visitors from throughout the Northwest. There will be fine wines to sample with a delectable menu prepared by Don and Kitty Speranza. Join us for a spirited evening of bidding on exciting auction items including getaways to local bed and breakfasts, paintings, ceramics, blown glass, gift baskets, river kayaking, gift certificates to local restaurants, breweries, farmers markets 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/Central School/Redmen Hall. Here is your opportunity to help keep this beautiful building standing tall.

Advance tickets for “A Cornucopia of Wines” are $15 each or two for $25 and can be purchased at Daisy Chain Floral in Cathlamet, the Skamokawa General Store and at the River Life Interpretive Center/Central School/Redmen Hall in Skamokawa. Tickets sold at the door will be $20 each or two for $30.

If you have any questions please call (360) 795-3007, send an email to fos1894@gmail.com or stop by The River Life Interpretive Center in Skamokawa during our open hours, Thursdays through Sundays 12:00 – 4:00 PM. We are located at 1394 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa, WA 98647.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"How To Love A River" by Robert Michael Pyle


“How to Love a River” by Robert Michael Pyle is one of the pieces featured in our current exhibit. Published in Hipfish Monthly in 2005 and featured in Dr. Pyle’s most recent publication, "Through A Green Lens, Fifty Years of Writing for Nature", this moving and powerful piece is sure to stir up feelings of love, caring, and concern for all rivers. Our summer exhibit 'For the Love of the River' brings together artists, authors, and creative community members of all ages uniquely expressing their views of the Lower Columbia Basin. There are photographs, sculptures, poetry, paintings, textiles, and more. This exhibit runs through Labor Day weekend, September 3rd and we are open Thursday - Sunday from 12 noon to 4PM. We are located at 1394 State Route.4 in Skamokawa, WA and you can always reach us the following ways:
Phone: 360-795-3007
Email: fos1894@gmail.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 67, Skamokawa, WA 98647.
Website: http://www.redmenhall.blogspot.com
Facebook Page: Friends of Skamokawa/River Life Interpretive Center

Thursday, July 13, 2017

For the Love of the River ~ Exhibit Opening this Sunday, July 16



The Friends of Skamokawa are pleased to be sponsoring our summer exhibit titled 'For the Love of the River'. This exhibit features artists and authors of Wahkiakum County expressing their views of the Lower Columbia Basin. There are photographs, sculptures, poetry, paintings, textiles, and more, showing the variety of our local artists' and authors' views inspired by the beauty of this beautiful and unique area. This exhibit runs from Sunday July 16th through Labor Day weekend, September 3rd. Refreshments will be served this Sunday for the opening and all are welcome to join us as we celebrate rIver life in Skamokawa. We are open Thursday - Sunday from 12 noon to 4PM and are located at 1394 S.R.4 in Skamokawa. For more information please call 360-795-3007 or email us at fos1894@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1894 Schoolhouse Needs Painting ~ Go Fund Me Campaign


We are very excited to announce our Go Fund Me Campaign for painting!

Below you will find the link with all of the details. It’s very easy to support this way with just the click of a button. Thank you so much for your support, every little bit helps!


1894 School House Needs Painting!

Nestled on a bluff above the Columbia River in scenic Skamokawa, WA stands this 1894 two-story schoolhouse. Central School House sits as a “historical gem.” It served as a school from 1894-1927 and then as a lodge for the Order of the Redmen until the 1950s. It was refurbished in 1985 by civic-minded residents who formed the non-profit organization called “Friends of Skamokawa.’’ Since 1986 it has been home to the “River Life Interpretive Center” with a mission to house historical archives and reflect river life and culture through historical displays and exhibits. Central School House is a 30‘x50’ building. Plans for this painting project include: • Pre-prep pressure wash cleaning with mildew cleaner • Scraping of any loose paint and priming • Caulking around doors and windows • Paint the building with custom paint including the bell tower, doors, windows and trim • Rental of a Genie Lift Please join us in our effort to raise $16,000 for a new coat of paint!
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Friday, May 19, 2017

'The Wonderful Women of Wahkiakum County' Exhibit continues through June 25th

Friends of Skamokawa’s current exhibit, 'The Wonderful Women of Wahkiakum County' continues through June 25th. This display presents the beautiful craft work of four groups representative of the talented women in this county. The groups are the Skamokawa Grange Women's Activity Group, the Seattle Children's Hospital - Puget Island Auxiliary, the River City Strippers, and the GFWC Cathlamet Woman's Group. Besides their fine craft work these groups all contribute a great deal of their work to charity and there is detailed information about each group included in this beautifully colorful display. Most of these groups do not usually show their work and we are incredibly fortunate to have the honor of showing these pieces. We are located in Skamokawa, WA at 1394 State Route 4, directly across from the Skamokawa Post Office and the Skamokawa General Store. We are open Thursday - Sunday 12-4 pm. For further information call 360-795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Wonderful Women of Wahkiakum County Exhibit ~ Opens this Sunday May 14, Mothers Day

Friends of Skamokawa opens our new exhibit on Mother's Day, Sunday May 14th. 'The Wonderful Women of Wahkiakum County' presents the beautiful craft work of four groups representative of the talented women in this county. The groups are the Skamokawa Grange Women's Activity Group, the Seattle Children's Hospital - Puget Island Auxiliary, the River City Strippers, and the GFWC Cathlamet Woman's Group. In addition to their fine craft work these groups all contribute a great deal to charity. There will be detailed information about each organization included in this colorfully unique display. These groups do not typically show their work which means we are quite fortunate to have this event as our celebration of mothers in Wahkiakum County and beyond. This exhibit  will run through Sunday, June 25th. We are located in Skamokawa, WA at 1394 S. R. 4, and we are open Thursday through Sunday 12-4 pm. For further information please call 360-795-3007 or email us at fos1894@gmail.com. Sweet treats will be served on opening day.

We look forward to seeing you there!



 The Seattle Children's Hospital - Puget Island Auxiliary. Photo by Diana Zimmerman in the Wahkiakum County Eagle http://www.waheagle.com/story/2016/09/15/news/thousands-of-quilts-have-gone-north/11938.html?m=true

 GFWC - Cathlamet Woman's Group

Skamokawa Grange Women's Activities Group

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

FOS Photography Exhibit runs through Sunday May 7th. Open Thursday through Sunday 12-4:00 PM



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This Thursday through Sunday is our last week of showing the powerful display of photography which highlights the natural beauty of Wahkiakum County and the surrounding areas. We are proud to feature the work of three artists who each have their own way of capturing our uniquely local landscape. Megan Blackburn, Laurie Michaels, and Teddy Townsend are all experienced photographers who have an instinctual sense for showing the natural world of Wahkiakum County and have caught the essence of our amazing place on the Columbia. This exhibit lasts through this Sunday May 7th and is on display upstairs in Friends of Skamokawa’s River Life Interpretive Center located at 1394 State Route 4, Skamokawa, WA 98647. We are open Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM with plenty of parking at the top of the driveway and an easy, gentle walking path to the entrance of the building on our main floor. All are welcome to come and explore. For more information, please call (360) 795-3007, email us at fos1894@gmail.com or comment or message us here on Facebook with any questions or inquiries. Here are links to two newspaper articles about our current FOS photography exhibit, Moments of Reflection: http://tdn.com/…/article_89175350-fa9b-55fb-8528-e5ede44083…
http://www.waheagle.com/…/megan-blackburn-finds-…/12798.html