Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SAVE THE DATE! 2014 Annual Wine Tasting and Auction!

Our Annual Wine Tasting and Auction event will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 6:30-10:00pm!  Tickets will go on sale next week at Redmen Hall, Bank of the Pacific, Skamokawa Resort Store, and Elochoman Marina.  Presale ticket prices are $25/couple and $15/single.  If purchased at the door, prices will be $30/couple and $20/single. 

This year, we will be offering rides on the Wahkiakum Trolley from Elochoman Marina (5:30pm) and Vista Park (6:00pm).  Round-trip tickets are $5.00.  Seating is limited, so get your tickets right away!

This is a can't-miss-it event!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Legacy of the Columbia River Fishery Exhibit Now Open!

On June 28th, Redmen Hall reopened with a gala celebration for its 120th Anniversary!  Board Vice President Pam Emery's thoughts on the opening weekend:

"We put the finishing touches on the Net portion of the exhibit just before the door opened, excited to share history of the Columbia River Fisheries.  Goodies, savory treats, punch and coffee greeted each visitor.  There was a steady stream of visitors (30 total) admiring the 14 panels of the “Legacy of the Columbia River Fishery” (mounted by Keith Hoofnagle and Jill Hatier) and a steady crowd to watch fisherman and expert net mender Kent Martin show how to mend a hole in a fishing net.  Precise measurement of mesh size  and handling of the net mending needle are extremely important. Kent said the first nets were linen and the women knitted them. The best linen was from Ireland and Scotland. 

Gary Emery demonstrated how to hang cork on a net and attach a net to a cork  line.  Both Kent and Gary learned the art of fishing, hanging and mending net as teenagers.  In fact, it was Kent who taught Gary! Included in the net history portion of the exhibit were a needle filling machine, different kinds of nets for fishing smelt, blue back, and salmon, various tools of the trade, gaff hook, kerosene running lights, mending needles, a stencil of Peacock Fishing Co. to label boxes, lead molds, and historic ledgers of fishing drift rights, buoy floatation kegs to mark the ends of nets, and several pictures of fishing over the decades. We hope you will plan to attend this “award winning” exhibit on now until August 10th. 

Contributors to the net mending and fishing antiques portion were: Kent Martin, Gary Emery, Gary Bergseng, Fred Ostling, and Greg Prestegard. All from fishing families."

The Legacy of the Columbia River Fishery exhibit will be at the Hall until August 10th.  The demonstration was for opening weekend only.  Come and see this wonderful exhibit before it travels to another location and to shop in the gift shop stocked with the wares of local artisans!
Kent Martin and Gary Emery
Local artifacts

Local artifacts
Local artifacts