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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FOS Photography Exhibit this Sunday, April 2nd at 1:00 PM



The Friends of Skamokawa will be opening our exhibit season with a photography exhibit highlighting and capturing the natural beauty of Wahkiakum County and the surrounding areas. We are proud to present three photographers who each have their own unique way of capturing the profound beauty that surrounds us. Two award winners so far and one well on her way. 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. The exhibit will open on Sunday, April 2nd at 1:00 PM with the artists there to meet, greet, and speak about their visions. The exhibit will last until May 7th and will be 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 and there will be refreshments served throughout the opening weekend. There is no admission and all are welcome to attend any of our events or stop in during our open hours to see our historical displays of steamboats, tugboats, fisheries, creameries, archaeological artifacts of Skamokawa, our Birds of the Lower Columbia River display and more. We also have a lovely gift shop with locally crafted artwork and unique gifts for all ages as well as a bookstore featuring local authors and Pacific Northwest focused titles. For more information please call (360) 795-3007 or email fos1894@gmail.com, We look forward to seeing you there.

Photo: Megan Blackburn

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Annual Members Meeting this Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 PM



To all members of Friends of Skamokawa and interested parties,

FOS will be having its annual membership meeting on Sunday, MARCH 19th at The River Life Interpretive Center in Skamokawa starting at 2:00 PM.
Special guest speakers will be Kent and Irene Martin describing their archaeological digs in Wahkiakum County with photographs of their work.

The FOS meeting will be presided over by our Board President, Pam Emery. The FOS members will elect new Board members and perhaps re-elect current ones who might be interested in continuing their service. There will be a discussion of current business, a financial report, and a discussion of future projects the Board has proposed and an opportunity for members to discuss their thoughts about the future of FOS.

After the meeting, there will be music provided by the Harmony Hearts and a Pie Social with delicious pies baked by our very talented local bakers.     

See you there,                                 
                                                             
Friends of Skamokawa Board