Beyond the Burbs- Holidays

Courthouse Plaza St Helens Dec 2019

It‚Äôs beginning to look a lot like ūüéĄ Christmas! Saturday 14th has many events:. SHPD Donut Day 2019: New LocationlChristmas Ships Parade & City Of St. Helens – Government Tree Lightening at 5:30 PM. The plaza is decorated & beautiful.

Posted by Beyond The Burbs – Faces, Places and Happenings of Columbia County on Friday, December 13, 2019


Small Towns Celebrate Independence Day in Columbia County

Columbia County, OR ‚Äst Family, friends, picnic, barbeque, community, and fireworks! ¬†¬†How do you like to celebrate the 4th of July?¬† You have many options in Columbia County from Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia & Clatskanie or a combination of a few events since our small towns are so close.

It‚Äôs a tradition in Scappoose to start the day off with a Pancake Breakfast in Scappoose from 7:30 -11:00 AM.¬† It’s a donation breakfast brought to you by the Scappoose Fire Department, Scappoose Volunteer Firefighters & Highway 30 Cruisers. Families can gather and share a meal to start the day off right.¬† A highlight is meeting your local community responders who are raising money for graduate scholarships.

St Helens is bringing back a local favorite Hit Machine to celebrate the holiday.  The 5th Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony takes place at the Courthouse at 2:00 PM to revive an old tradition of celebrating the guardians that have gone before to protect our freedom.  Others are encouraged to join at other locations across St. Helens.  They will be shooting off the fireworks from Sand Island this year.  Follow their website to stay up to date.

Clatskanie has Heritage Days is a not to miss event.  It starts the Saturday before on the 29th with an annual Car Show and a 5 K Race to support a nonprofit that supports kids Against Child Abuse.  Heritage Days on the 4th of July is complete with all day activities like contests such as mustache & beard competition a talent show, ice cream eating, a rubber ducky contest and fireworks to end the evening.  For a full list of events visit their website. 

Once again, Vernonia is hosting The Great American Bash complete with an evening parade and fireworks hosted by Vernonia Firefighters.  The parade starts at 5:00 PM with a ticketed concert to follow at Hawkins Park.  You can find more events on their facebook page.

We wish you a happy and safe 4th of July from all us at  BeyondTheBurbs!


Local Holiday Bazaars

Columbia County, OR РLocal Bazaars happen almost every weekend in Columbia County starting in November. Many are fundraisers for nonprofits.  They provide an opportunity to purchase homemade, custom products or find a direct sales company that has products you are looking for a special someone for the holidays or for yourself.   They also provide a sense of fellowship seeing your local business people and meeting new friends. A few of the listed events are both annual and new to Columbia County but not an exclusive list:

Nov 9th & 10th:¬† 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Faire at Christ Episcopal Chruch. 35350 E. Division Road, St. Helens, 9-4 PM.¬† Unique handcrafted items: jewelry, windchimes, quilted, embroidered and sen items, soaps, ornaments, knitted 7 crochet items, cards and paper crafts, pottery, art prints, sculpture and free children’s activity table.¬† Favorite Raffle “Holiday Basket” and more.¬† Get a bowl of soup or chili & don’t forget to browse bake table so many homemade goods!

Nov 10th:  Rainier Church of God Bazaar 10 Р4 PM.  Hot cinnamon rolls for sale as well as many vendors.

Nov 17th:  

  • Fall Harvest Festival, St.Helens Recreation Program,¬†¬†The City of St. Helens and St. Helens School District have partnered to bring a Recreation Program to St. Helens.¬† They are hosting their first Fall Harvest Festival between 9-4 PM with over 40 vendors at 1810 Old Portland Road, St Helens, OR.
  • ¬†Elks Bazaar put on by the Ladies of the Elks at 350 Belton Road, St. Helens, OR.¬† Open to the public between 9-3 PM.

November 24th:  Columbia County Shop Small Saturday at Meriwether Place, 1070 Columbia Blvd, St.Helens, OR 9:00 AM Р2 PM.  Local businesses and many artists from across Columbia County.  Santa will be on site between 10-1 PM.  Take your own pictures donations welcome.  Entertainment by Columbia River City Singers, Vernonia Dickens Carolers, & the St Helens Public Library Ukulele.  Door prizes, Free Hot Chocolate Station & treats while they last.  Shop Local Bags given to all attendees while supplies last.  Bring your Letters to Santa.

December 1st: 

  • St Helens Christmas¬†Bazaar¬†Over 45 vendors to help you find perfect¬†Christmas gifts!¬†¬†Lunch will be served from 11 -1 PM and includes popular items from last year such as cabbage rolls and potato soup.¬† Santa will also be on site. Be sure to bring your kids and camera!
  • The St. Helens Moose Lodge¬†Annual Holiday Bazaar December 1, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 8th 

  • Holiday Bazaar for Columbia River Fire and Rescue Scholarship Fund, 10-4 PM at Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavillion, 58892 Suaslser¬†Road.¬† Door Prizes on Saturday.¬† Event held December 9th as well.
  • ¬†Lions Holiday Bazaar Sponsored by St Helens High School Commons 10:00- 4:00 PM¬†

 


Upcoming Halloween Events

St. Helens, OR –¬† It’s that time of year when you drive down St Helens Columbia Blvd and scarecrows adorn the outside of many local businesses.¬† You can even join in the fun by voting online for the Spirit of Halloweentown Scarecrow Contest¬†which starts on October 6th.¬† 2018 marks twenty years since the movie Halloweentown was filmed in St. Helens.¬† The whole county has jumped in to help celebrate.¬† The month-long¬†celebration put on by the City of St.Helens is called the Spirit of Halloweentown complete with ticketed events and some free activities centered down at the Riverfront.¬† Other nonprofits are putting on Halloween or Fall events to provide fun for locals and tourists alike.

Parades bring the community together kicking off the festivities.¬† Two local businesses, American Family Insurance, Heather Epperly & Pat Olson, Guild Mortage have banded together to put on the 3rd Annual Spirit of Halloweentown Parade on October 6th at 6:00 PM starting at Hwy 30 & Columbia Blvd down parade path to Dockside. The Little Spooks Parade sponsored by The Chronicle happens every year downtown St Helens right after the Children’s Fair at 4:00 PM.

Both the Caples House located in Columbia City and St Frederics in St. Helens are holding Fall Festivals the weekend of Oct 6th.  Caples House starts at noon with Free Admission until 5:00 PM.  Historic flair complete with food, activities, vendor booths, cider press, silent auction, raffles, and music. St Frederic Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch is over a two day weekend Oct 6th & Oct 7th with great food, horse rides (weather permitting), hayrides, indoor games, picture spots, locally grown pumpkins for sale and more open Saturday 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM and Sunday 10;30am -4:00 PM at 175 South 13th Street, St. Helens, OR.

Local nonprofits like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) are hosting events like the Halloween Inverted Experience on the weekends during the month for $10.00 Admission. They have also launched a free mobile app to explore St Helens called The Great Halloween Hunt to help you locate the various haunted spots, movie filming locations, family-friendly activities, and more.   To Participate; download the Actionbound application from your mobile app store. Search for The Great Halloween Hunt and download the bound. From there you will be able to select which area/attractions you want to start exploring first.  SHEDCO is giving away prizes see their facebook event page for more details.

Every weekend you’ll find our local Shoestring Players at their new location giving tours and performances with a different show on every weekend in October.¬†¬†Tickets will be on sale¬†online¬†and at the ticket booth in the Rose Garden Park in front of the Old¬† Columbia County Historic Courthouse.¬†¬†The Columbia County Museum Association is also giving tours of the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse on October 13th & October 20th from 1:30-4:15 PM¬† first come first served line up on steps donation $3.00 suggested.¬† The Courthouse was featured as City Hall in Halloweentown and the courtroom was home to Mayor Kalabar’s office. There will also be several photo opportunities.

At the end of the month, the¬†St Helens Kiwanis Club Children’s Fair¬†provides free entertainment for kids,¬† Trick or Trunks is put on by the local Moose Club from 2-5 on 20th and in Rainier Oregon on Oct 28th sponsored by Hometown Pizza will keep your family busy this month!

Looking for a spooky run a 3 k or 6 k? The Graveyard Run starts at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery on Oct 27th at 9:00 AM.  This event is spookily good.

Some fun just for adults 21 and older includes the Boos Cruise an event sponsored by South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Oct 27th from 7:30- 9:30 PM purchase tickets online.  If you in the mood for a Masquerade Charity Ball, Windermere Foundation, hosts a party with great food, music, costumes and chance to raise funds for a local nonprofit.

You’ll find more ticketed events such as Gothic Party, Celebrity Photo Ops, and more.¬† To get a full view of Halloweentown events sponsored by the City of St. Helens and to purchase tickets go to the Offical Spirit of Halloween Agenda on www.discovercolumbiacounty.com.

 

 

 

 


Annual Tradition Wings & Wheels

Scappoose, OR ‚Äst Three local membership groups have combined two annual events that were typically held in August at Scappoose Airpark.¬† The 8th Annual Wings & Wheels is now hosted by the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce,¬†Highway 30 Cruisers, and¬† Northwest¬† Antique Airplane Club NWACC.¬† This partnership brings this event up a notch from prior years leveraging one another strengths offering more on one day for all who attend.

The day starts with a 2nd Annual Wings & Wheels Half Marathon.¬† ¬†Uberthons will be timing the race.¬† Afterward, runners can enjoy a Pancake Breakfast & Beer provided by NWACC.¬† Adults and students are invited to register for the event the race¬†which starts at 7:30 AM and will end at the airport at¬† 34020 Skyway Drive, Scappoose, OR.¬† It’s a fairly flat race with slopes but not hills, 4 first aid stations with Porta Potties, placer pins for 4 classes first, second and third place for both men and women.¬†¬†

Big kids and little kids love the event with Free Admission. The family-friendly Cruise-In/Fly-In opens at 9:00 AM and goes until 5 PM.¬† You’ll find a lot to do and look at the event.¬† You’ll see beautiful¬†cars & planes.¬† For 21 & older, a beer garden run by Flyboy Brewery & Pub with a DJ on site and many vendors.¬† Stay tuned to the Wings & Wheels Facebook page for updates.¬† New events this year include, St. Helens and Scappoose First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams and it’s rumored the antique plane the BT13¬†will make an appearance.¬†¬†If you want to show off your car and enter it,¬† you can find more information on Highway 30 Cruisers Facebook page.

Bring your family out and enjoy the events.¬† It’s a great chance to see our local airport.¬†¬†#columbiacountyor #thingstodocc #cars #airplanes #scappooseor # halfmarathon #runners #wingsandwheels¬†


Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR –¬† Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is an annual tradition here in Columbia County.¬† ¬†This year marks the 103rd year for the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.¬†¬†Attending the fair provides you and your family with many opportunities for fun and a chance to see your neighbors.¬† You will be able to experience the Warren Grange Farm Museum, Master Gardeners Gardens, carnival rides and food, Open Exhibits that include art, canning, baked goods, floral arrangements and more, 4-H Animals demonstrations and the Youth Livestock Auction, local vendors, a plant sale, free family-friendly entertainment, a beer garden for 21 & Older, and so much more.¬† ¬†The Columbia County Fair & Rodeo has plenty of events to fascinate everyone in your family.

Wednesday 18th at noon marks the start of the Fair with events thru 5:00 PM on Sunday 22nd.  A few of the daily highlights include:

Wednesday 18th invites Seniors/Veterans to attend for FREE.  RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is hosting a luncheon to recognize senior volunteers followed by My Fair Lady Padget at 1:00 Pm.  Stay around to enjoy live music by local band The Decades from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.   You can entertain kids by learning about parrot species in a fun-filled, and entertaining pirate-themed show at The Pirates Parrot Show!  Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  View detailed schedule online.

Thursday 19th is Junior Rodeo/Kids Day this means free fair entrance until 3:00 PM.  Hit Machine, a local favorite band, performs from 3:00-6:00 PM.   Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  Buck Trout drives around in his little truck, his zany antics and comical stories always make a lasting impression that brings smiles and laughter to children of all ages!  Plus, a pie eating contest at 2:00 PM stick around to see The Junior Rodeo which starts at 6:00 PM.  

Friday & Saturday  РKick off your weekend with the National Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) Rodeo Friday & Saturday night. Live music includes Brewers Grade delivers a set list that is always fresh, built around the latest Country material as well as covers for classic and outlaw country and  country sensation, Showdown.

Saturday & Sunday – Straight Up Racing’s Monster Truck show Saturday & Sunday at this years Columbia County Fair & Rodeo! Go on a ride in a monster truck before the show starts!! Admission is $20 for adult, $15 Senior/Veterans & Kids 7-17, 6 & under are free!¬† Fair is done at 5:00 PM.

To stay up to date, please follow the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook page and get your tickets ahead of time on their website.  You can get more information about specifics from the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo:  4-H Exhibit Information, Open Exhibits, and  Columbia County Youth Livestock. 

See you at the Fair.  #BeyondtheBurbs #fair #carnival#traditions #columbiaocountyor #shoplocal #carnivalfood #4H


Small Town 4th of July Celebrations

Columbia County, OR –¬† Living in a small town provides the opportunity to know your neighbors.¬† Communities across Columbia County have local traditions each community has a different way they participate in celebrating July 4th.

We suggest you start off your morning with a Pancake Breakfast in Scappoose from 7:30 -11:00 AM brought to you by the Scappoose Fire Department, Scappoose Volunteer Firefighters & Highway 30 Cruisers. The kids will love eating pancakes at the Fire Station.¬† Plus, it’s a way to meet your local community responders who are raising money for graduation scholarships.

Clatskanie has Heritage Days with a Car Show starting on June 30th so if you are a car enthusiast this is the place for you to be.  This year the committee has added quite a few new events such as a softball Game for Rainier Vs. Clatskanie, a Mustache & Beard Contest to mention a few.  Heritage Days on the 4th of July is complete with fireworks to end the evening.  For a full list of events visit the Clatskanie Heritage Days Facebook Page.

St Helens will have live music, vendors, tailgating opportunities down at the waterfront ending the evening with fireworks.  You can follow their website to stay up to date.

Vernonia is hosting The Great American Bash complete with an evening parade and fireworks hosted by Intercultural Society of Vernonia.¬† The parade starts at 5:00 PM with a ticketed concert to follow at Hawkins Park.¬† Jessie Cain LIVE in Concert Nashville’s latest up and coming country music singer/songwriter, along with the Hill Road Band, both right from Vernonia’s backwoods will perform a concert you won’t want to miss.¬† Get your tickets at Eventbrite.¬† ¬†Fireworks will follow the concert.

Rainier hosts Rainier Days in the Park July 6th-8th.¬† They have a weekend celebration with live music, rides, vendors and the fireworks.¬† To wet your whistle on a few of the highlights that include a variety of interests to match everyone’s taste such as a Wrestling Match with AC/DC Tribute band on Friday night, Totally Awesome 80’s with Music by Live B on Saturday afternoon, Sanctus Real on Sunday at 5:00 PM.

No matter what you do or where you go, we wish you a great 4th of July from all of us at BeyondTheBurbs!

 

 

 

 


June 16th Community Events

Columbia County- The 3rd Saturday in June is a day filled with family fun activities around Columbia County.¬† The Kiwanis Parade in St Helens happens every year at noon on the 3rd Saturday. This year a few other local events such as the Cycle Columbia Challenge starting and ending in Scappoose and Scappoose Party in the Park with live music and extended Scappoose Farmers Market hours also happens the same day.¬† It’s a day full of community fun right in your backyard a little something for everyone.

The Kiwanis Parade is a yearly tradition.¬† This year’s theme is “Honoring Those That Serve.”¬† Spectators can set up a prime spot anywhere along the streets of Columbia Blvd. The standard parade route starts at the corner of Hwy 30 & Emmert Motors and continues down to to the Dockside restaurant. It starts at 12:00 and typically lasts about an hour or longer depending on the number of entrants.¬† This is a FREE parade to enter to showcase your business or community.¬† If you want to participate in the parade or want more details, follow the Facebook Event.¬† ¬†Parades are a fun way to meet your neighbors and celebrate small-town life.¬† You can also tune into KOHI 1600 AM or stream from App Tune IN to listen to the parade as our local radio station broadcasts live from the event.

If you are a cyclist, you can join in the 3rd Annual Cycle Century Challenge.   This is the only cycling event in Columbia County.  It has two different routes a Century Plus and a Metric Century Plus with scenic views of farmland, timberlands, on unpaved historic CZ Trail, and charming small towns. Plus all the Cyclists are invited to the Scappoose Party in the Park after the race.  You can sign up in advance or register the day of the event. It starts early at 6:00 AM. Go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com for more details or to register.

Why not end the day¬†with a community party?¬† This year Scappoose Party in the Park starts with extended Scappoose Farmers’ Market hours and live music¬†Hit Machine Unplugged will perform a kid-friendly¬†performance from 4-6 PM.

Get to know your community Beyond the Burbs!¬† It’s What’s Happening.¬† #community #columbiacountyor #cycle #parade #family #kiwanis #farmersmarket #livemusic #outdoorrec #thingstodoincc #thingstodocolumbiacounty