Columbia County Celebrates Halloweentown!

Columbia County-  Leaves are dropping along with the temperature, Fall has arrived and Halloween is quickly approaching for Columbia County.   With the movie Halloweentown filmed in St. Helens in 1998, the city is still celebrating and the many across Columbia County have also embraced this holiday.

Photo Courtesy of Spirit of Halloweentown Facebook. Brian Fawcett, Clatskanie Resident. Sitting 2nd to the left bottom row between his sister and mother.

Local citizens have ties to the movie as many had their debut acting in the movie as extras such as Rainier Mayor, Jerry Cole along with Clatskanie resident, Brian Fawcett.  Brian was a kid at the time who got his first paycheck as an extra to perform alongside his sister and mom in an Aladdin Costume.  Brian shared that his favorite memory of the movie was, “Being part of a locally made movie with my family was a cool experience. And watching the movie near Halloween after the fact to find myself, my mom, and my sister in random scenes made for some good memories.”  Maybe that’s why so many people jump at the chance to celebrate Halloween and welcome curious tourists.

The movie has a cult following that will bring a lot of tourists to the area for Halloween the month of October for a variety of activities.  To view, a list of Spirit of Halloweentown events go to www.discovercolumbiacounty.com and www.keepitlocalcc.com to view many local events.  SHEDCO (ST Helens Economic Development Corporation) has partnered with several local groups to host a few events for locals to have some fun along with the tourists and ways they can get engaged to show off their local community.

A signature event to kick off the month-long celebration is the Halloweentown Parade that is on Oct 7th at 3:00 PM.   Last year,  the parade had a Witches Float, Star Wars of Oregon, Columbia County Sherrif Department, Aliens, Zombie fighters, Scary Clown Bikers and more participated.  The 2nd year parade is sure to outshine the past year.  When asked what will make this year different?” Gretchen Williams, Parade Organizer, replied, “For me, the parade this year is different from the last because of the willingness from groups to participate. Many crowd favorites from last year contacted me immediately wanting to return. I didn’t even have to ask them! I have several families who have signed up to participate simply because they love Halloween. I’m very excited to see their entries! We are on track to surpass the number of entries we had last year. Something else that is new this year is that I did not have to charge an entry fee. Thanks to several additional sponsors, everyone can participate for free.”  Afterwards, the Community Pumpkin lightening will take place in the Holiday Plaza at 7:00 PM.

Ways for you to get involved:

  • September 25th-Oct 6th Participate in a Scarecrow Contest.  Open to all citizens and businesses Across Columbia County are invited to put up a ScareCrow for the Spirit of Halloweentown ScareCrow Contest.  Winners get $150 sponsored by the City of St. Helens.  You can post your photos to the FB page between Sept 25th- Oct 6th details on the facebook page.
  • Oct 7th – Halloweentown Parade sponsored by SCC Chamber of Commerce, SHEDCO & Columbia River PUD Oct 7th.  Locals can participate in the parade for free by emailing  sohtparade2017@gmail.com for an application.  
  • Oct 7th- The Bite of Columbia County – Be a spectator!  It’s a fundraiser for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank & St Helens BackPack Program.  Get your tickets online for $30.00 each or 2 for $50.00 or you can purchase at Bertucci’s and Houlton Bakery.  You’ll get to sample foods from over 20 local restaurants.
  • Oct 14th- Columbia County Rotary- Monster Dash Fundraiser for local Columbia County Veterans. Sign up here.
  • October 6th – Oct 30th.  If you like to get dressed up in costume, you can become a WayFinding Witch.  What’s that?  It’s a chance to share our local businesses and happenings with the tourists in your Halloween Costume.  Click on the link, to sign up for a volunteer spot.
  • Oct 15th – Meet and Treat at Aggies featuring Kimberly Brown. Locals use your zip code to receive a discount on tickets.  Follow the event on Facebook for more information. 
  • Oct 21st – Annual Masquerade Charity Ball hosted by Windemere Foundation Columbia County
  • Oct 19th,20,21st at 7:00 PM & 21st at 2 PM ShoeString Theatre, “The War of the Worlds” on October 19, 20, 21 at 7 pm, and October 21 for a 2 pm matinee.  Tickets on Sale September 30th online or at Bertucci’s. 

 


Business Bits: Tap Into Wine

Photos Courtesy of Tap Into Wine Facebook

St. Helens, OR-  Locals have been longing for a wine tasting room. Thanks to owner Marci Sanders who opened Tap Into Wine this Summer their wait is over!  Columbia County now has a place to sample wine for the locals and tourists are also welcome!

She believes wine ” truly brings out the best in all of us.”  They are different because they carry small batch Oregon wines and offer wine growlers to go.  Marci mentioned, “Tap Into Wine is the first and only Oregon wine tasting room in Columbia County.  We offer a unique experience by bringing a selection of distinctive wines from local small batch wineries by tap in reusable bottles and glasses.  Because it’s fresh from the keg, it tastes great, and no bottled wine makes it sustainable “earth friendly.” Marci loves wine and people who love wine which makes her conversations fun and lighthearted.

Marci tells the story with passion about what inspired her to open her business, “Years ago, when we were in Turin, Italy, we discovered a different kind of wine shop across the street from our small hotel.  The name etched in my memory…Vino Logo,  offered bulk wines from the fabulous Piedmont region of Italy.  The owners worked with small batch wineries and purchased their excess wine directly.  We walked into the shop, tasted from the selection of wines they featured (described generically, not labeled by the winery, hence the “Vino Logo” name), decided which wines to buy, and they were poured from the tap into reusable bottles to take home.  When we finished the wines, we brought the bottles back and repeated the tasting and selection process, this time using our bottle and paying only for the wine.  These were excellent wines available at a fraction of the retail price they typically fetched in bottled wine shops.

While Avenue 30 was in business, we learned that the Oregon legislature had passed a bill (signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber) allowing wine to be sold by tap into “growlers”, giving wine lovers the same benefits that craft beer lovers have had for a less expensive and eco-friendly way to try different varieties.   Since then, several restaurants around Portland now offer tap wines, as well as bottle shops, but usually with a modest selection.  Once again, however, nothing in or near Columbia County!

Is it possible to import the concept from Vino Logo in Italy to our Columbia County?  We know that there are wine lovers in Columbia County who are missing Avenue 30 tastings.  We also know that there are small batch wineries within a two-hour drive that would be happy to sell their bulk wine supply.  Finally, Oregon’s wine growler law allows the sale of bulk wines into refillable bottles, directly from the tap.  Putting all of these pieces together and finding the perfect location in downtown St. Helens became the jumping off point to create a new reality for selling wine.”

The hours are great for one’s hectic schedule.  Open Friday & Saturday 3-7 and Sundays 2-5 PM with Thursdays open for Special Events.  You’ll be able to have a glass of wine or get a 3 or 6 Tasting Flight.  If you buy a growler, the tasting fee is waived.  For locals, the best deal is to fill on Sundays with the 10 % off Refill from 2-5 special.  Welcome to Columbia County Marci Sanders, Tap Into Wine.  We are glad you choose to open your new business here. #winetasting #oregonsmallbatch #columbiacountywine #tapintowine

 

 

 

 

 

 


Business Bits: YooDoo Selfies, LLC

Columbia County- Two sisters, Stephanie Pescio (formerly Hall) & and Sandra Mohler both hail from Rainier, Oregon.  Although the sisters are physically separated by a few miles and a bridge, the girls stay close by growing a new business as Sandra now lives in Longview, WA.  They recently opened their new business in Columbia County that can help enhance local events and create memories.  It’s a  pop up open air photo booth, called YooDoo Selfies, LLC. They serve Columbia County, Cowlitz & Clatsop Counties.

Stephanie shared, “We started YooDoo Selfies, LLC because our mother always wanted us, girls, to create a family business.  We honor her memory of 10 years of caregiving by taking time now to create a business that can unite our family in joy.”  After much research paired with a business plan, they opened their business in Summer of 2017.   When asked what makes them different from their local competitors Stephanie replied, ” We use a Venue Pro Selfie machine.  It’s equipped to send your pictures straight to your email, text, or Facebook.  We are two sisters honoring our mother’s memory by starting a business that creates memories for others and gives joy and happiness.  We are fun and having fun is what YooDoo is all about.”

When asked what makes their business successful, Stephanie was quick to respond, “People are what makes any business successful.  This industry is about memorializing our moments of happiness, joy, and excitement.  YooDoo Selfies, LLC is here to help your event become more than just a celebration.  It is a chance to mingle have fun and take some selfies.  Play with our props or enjoy our green screen options with many backgrounds to choose from.”  This is a fun business that can be added to a family event such as a birthday, family reunion, weddings, bridal showers, graduation parties and many other events.

To find out more about the company, go to www.ydsphotobooth.com.   #events #yoodooselfies #selfiefun #shopcolumbiacounty #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #newbusiness

 

 

 

 


Classic Cars, Antique Airplanes & More!

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County has an active car club.  Have you heard of the Highway 30 Cruisers, a nonprofit with approximately 30 members and growing?  This car club stays busy, especially in the Summer.  Members invite you out to view their cars for some fun, a trip down memory lane sharing history with loved ones or maybe you own a car?  So many ways to get involved at all ages.

In case you missed it, it’s not too late.  Every Friday night in St Helens July-August this group holds an event called Cruzin The Gut.  Still, three weeks to go held on August 11th, 19th & 25th. The club members meet at a different business at 6:30 pm, raffle at 8:30 pm with prizes from local businesses and 50/50 raffle with donations towards their Scholarship Fund.  The cars cruise until they want to go home. This is a great family friendly event to take the kids to see the cars or a great date night.  Follow their Facebook page to keep up to date on the Cruzin The Gut.

Highway 30 Cruisers also co-hosts an annual fundraiser with the Northwest Antique Airplane Club to put on the Northwest Classic Fly-In, Cruise- In at the Scappoose Airpark on August 19th, 2017. Both organizations are non-profits and raise funds for local scholarships.  The event starts early at 8:00 AM and goes until 3:00 PM.  Live music will fill the air and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also get an airplane ride.  You can enter your car to be judged or park your car on the grass.  It’s $20.00 to enter your car or $5 for being a spectator.

If you own an old car, airplane and live in the area, both groups are growing and looking for more members. Highway 30 Cruisers from St Helens, Oregon is active in the Portland metro car scene. The group meets the 2nd Thursdays at 6:30 PM at the Kozy Korner in St Helens.  Please email hw30cruisers@gmail.com.  More of aviation enthusiast?  You can join the Northwest Antique Airplane Club which meets at the Scappoose Airpark.   You do not have to be a pilot to join just be a flying enthusiast. Their main purpose of existence is to offer all generations a chance to experience the thrill of flying and assisting them in learning to fly.   We have something for everyone to get involved in here in Columbia County. #classiccars #airplanes #scholorshipfundraiser #airplanerides #cruisein #flyin #northwestclassic

#classiccars #airplanes #scholorshipfundraiser #airplanerides #cruisein #flyin #northwestclassic


Hoof’s Clicking, Rides Spinning & Faces Grinning 102nd Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is one of the oldest annual traditions in Columbia County along with the Kiwanis Parade.  It’s four days of nothing but fun after a year of hard work by local citizens who donate their time to put on one of the best Fair & Rodeos around.  You’ll find many different entertainments during Fair Week it’s highly recommended you check it out as it has something for all ages.

As tradition dictates, the opening ceremony starts at noon on Wednesday the 19th.  It’s also Senior and Veterans Day that means free admission for both Seniors and Veterans.  Our fair seems to have something for everyone such as live music, carnival rides, exhibits, entertainment, Amateur & Professional Rodeo, local vendors, fair food, Elks Beer Garden, Dairy Princess Ice Cream Booth has the best milkshakes, Bingo at the Grange Booth and so much more.

Adults and kids alike enjoy seeing the open 4-H exhibits such as local photography, baked goods, flower arrangements and livestock with chickens, goats, pigs, cows, and horses.  It’s nice to see a showcase of our rural county represented at our fair.  Additional acts such as Pirate Parrot Show, Jerry Harris Master Hypnotist, Cooks Racing Pigs, Jeff Evans Magician schedules can be found on the Fair Event Schedule.  Don’t forget to check out the Farm Museum and the Master Gardners Gardens on site.

Be prepared to bring some cash to the fair.  It’s a low entrance fee at the gate.  Ages 7-60 years old it’s $8.00.  Seniors & Veterans and older $5.00 except Wednesday it’s FREE.  It’s also $5.00 to park as a local Kiwanis fundraiser.  You can also take the CC Rider out to the Fairgrounds scheduled is posted on their  Facebook page.  If the kids want to ride the carnival rides, make sure to get the pre-sale Carnival bands to save a few bucks.  The can be purchased at the following local businesses:   Chubb’s, all Wauna Federal Credit Union & St Helens Community Credit Union branches but for a limited time.

To stay up to date on all things Fair & Rodeo, follow along on their Facebook Page.  We’ll see you at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo!

#columbiacountyor #columbiacountyfairandrodeo #carnivalrides #4H #horses #cows #livemusic #HitMachine #Showdown #entertainment #kidfriendly

All Photos Courtesy of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo FB Page


July Staycation Fun

Columbia County, OR –   A small community is your community. When you attend events, you meet your neighbors and contribute to the character of your communities.  Nonprofits put on events to preserve traditions and showcase local history for when families who grew up here come “home” for the 4th of July or those visiting get to enjoy the small town atmosphere.  If you ask someone why they live in a small town, some will reply, “the opportunity to get involved.”  Maybe it’s just meeting your neighbors or volunteering but your participation can shape your community. The best time to participate is around the 4th of July to celebrate our Independence.

If you haven’t made plans, you might want to consider staying local.  Columbia County has lots of family friendly events and fireworks shows.  Looking for a logging show?  live music?  ice cream eating contest or talent show? parade?  Check out the variety of fun activities for all to enjoy.

Clatskanie

June 30th – 4th  Clatskanie Heritage Days &  Fireworks

Highlights July 3rd – The 234th Army Band – General Discord – Free Concert at 7:00 PM hosted by Clatskanie Cultural Arts

Photo Courtsey Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce FB page

July 4th – The parade starts at 11:00 with an 11:10 Fly over by  Oregon 142nd Fighter Wing Flyover on July 4th.  Youth & Professional  Logging Show

St. Helens

July 1st- July 4th   St HelaPalooza & Fireworks

Highlights- July 1st- July 4th Live Music with a variety of bands.  Local music sensation Hit Machine plays on the 4th of July before the Fireworks from 8-10 at Columbia View Park.  Tailgate or camp down at the waterfront.  Check out www.discovercolumbiacounty.com for more details.

Scappoose

4th of July – Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast

Vernonia

4th of July – – Great American Bash & Fireworks

Highlights4 Bands & Performances, Vendors, Parade and more.

 Rainier

7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Days in the Park Includes Fireworks

Highlights – 7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Historical Museum Soft Opening, Carnival Rides & so much more!

Thank you for supporting local events.  Have a fun July in your community.  Enjoy your small towns!  #festivals #fireworks #familyfriendly #vendors #artisans

 

 


Business Bits: FinishLine Graphics

Color Charts are Fun. Celeste Hardesty, FLG.

Scappoose, OR –  Have you met Celeste Hardesty?  She’s not your typical business owner and FinishLine Graphics (FLG) isn’t your typical business.   Celeste Hardesty and her husband Todd started their first business in 2011 called Todd Hardesty Fabrication metal fab and cut vinyl.  FLG business has expanded under the parent company Finish Line Technologies as their graphics business has exploded.  In February 2017, the business moved to  Scappoose as they simply outgrew their space.  FLG located at 53303 Columbia River Hwy specializes in branding and marketing.  They can create graphics, signs, printing, custom apparel, customized products and more.  They can also wrap anything from cars to boats, stairs and more.

Once you meet Celeste you can tell she’s not like all the other business owners.  She has Racing in her blood and it runs in her family.  Celeste has both a passion for racing and a passion for design.  When not working, Celeste likes to spend her spare time on the race track.  She currently drives a Dirt Late Model Car.  If you ask Celeste, she will proudly tell you, “I started racing when I was 5 years old sitting on my dad’s lap of an old Jeep. I raced jeeps and off-road vehicles until my family started Mud Drag Racing with the monster trucks when they 1st started. I got to grow up around Grave Digger and Big Foot when they 1st started.”  She explained, “My parents met racing, so I have been in and around it forever. My dad built a special seat in the jeep for me as a newborn to go with on all the relay races. But I got behind the wheel officially when I was 5, racing barrels in our jeep.”  Celeste also shared that her mom was bad @ss too.  She was the 1st female mud drag racer on ESPN and one of the 1st female mud drag racers to compete in King Dome.”  You could say racing is in her blood.

Celeste described how she graduated from one racing level to another, “When I went to college I met my husband Todd and he introduced me to dirt circle track racing. He bought me my first dirt car which I raced at River City Speedway in St. Helens in the Women’s division. After a few years, I finally got my championship and stepped up to run with the Sportsman division. My 1st race with “the boys” as I called it (but there were women competing) I ended up winning. The best part of it all was the fact that my husband had taught me over the years how to work on my car. He had required me to do it all if I wanted to race. So that win meant more to me than anything! I sold that car a few years ago and purchased a Dirt Late Model, which races throughout the tracks here in Oregon. I finished 3rd in points last year and now have my eye set on getting into a Dirt IMCA Modified. With my crew chief, Shawn Etheredge, helping me both last year and this year…. I look forward to the challenge of a very male dominant sport.”

The Racing Season started mid-April.  Celeste is getting excited to get on the track, “but unfortunately my motor program (dad still builds my motors) is a bit behind this year due to the business taking a lot of my time and energy. I hope to have my Late Model motor back by the end of April to start running at Sunset Speedway, Willamette Speedway, and Cottage Grove. Our FinishLine facebook page will announce when the FLG car will be running, but since I am not running for points this year my schedule will be more sporadic with a bit of “let’s go have fun” attitude behind it.”

When she’s not racing, she’s helping her clients.  Her racing clients bring their cars to get decals from all over Oregon. She can design and wrap just about anything from a car to a staircase.  She can work with businesses or families on promotional products where she can print on just about anything creating the perfect customized gift for your clients or loved ones.

Celeste’s Race Car. Photo Courtsey FLG.

Stop by FLG and follow them on Facebook. #racing #carwraps #decals #FLGgrahics #flgwrap #customapparel #racingdesigns

 


Art & Food: Community Fighting Hunger with Empty Bowls

Photo Courtsey of Columbia Pacific Food Bank

St. Helens, OR –  Food and Art.  Art and Food.  No matter how you say it, Food and Art is an excellent combination.  Add raising funds to help fight hunger and the event has elevated to a can’t be missed evening out called Empty Bowls.   Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Columbia Pacific Food Bank and its right around the corner on April 7th from 5:00 -7:00 PM at the McBride School Cafeteria in St. Helens.

What makes Empty Bowls so much fun?   You get to pick out your bowl.  It’s handmade pottery created by local retired teacher, Pat Brame.   Oh, and he has friends that help him as well.  Pat also sells his pottery at the event donating 25 % proceeds back to the food bank.  Pat has been involved over the past 11 years, since the beginning of Empty Bowls.  Then you get to pick out your soup.  The eating part is pretty yummy thanks to local restaurants who donate the food.   The Ridge Runners provide live music for entertainment.

Casey Wheeler,  Executive Director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank, wants the community to know, ” The purpose of this event is to help people understand what food insecure families face in our community.  Often they only have soup, bread and some water for dinner (if they are lucky).  Often the parents do not eat so the children have something to eat.”   Casey mentioned his favorite part of the event is ” Having the St. Helens Middle School Honor Society adopt this as one of their community service projects.  They develop the theme, decorations, set-up the venue, serve food and drinks, clean up and help put everything away. Also, watching the interaction of people as they eat and pick out their bowls.”

This fundraiser is a ticketed event.  You can purchase your tickets for $10.00 each at many local businesses such as Bertucci’s, Sunsations, Grocery Outlet and Scappoose Bagel.    They have been known to sell out so don’t wait if you want to go.  See you there!

Follow Columbia Pacific Food Bank Facebook page to stay up to date. #fighthunger #communityfun #art #food #columbiacounty #columbiapacificfoodbank

 

 

 

 


Open House and Farewell Party – You are Invited!

St. Helens, OR-  Zingti Massage is tucked up on the 2nd Floor of the Professional Building along with neighbor KOHI 1600 AM Radio at 36200 Pittsburg Road Suite F .  You may also recognize the name Zingti  because they support many local nonprofits specifically runs for American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Monster Dash for Rotary during Spirit of Halloweentown.    Zingti Massage owner Paul Estrella is turning over the reins to Lindsey King, new owner but not new to massage.

You may recognize her name.  Lindsey is known for her dedication to children here in Columbia County where she was the prior Executive Director for the  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program. She has a passion for helping people.  She has worked as a massage therapist before 20  years ago in Colorado.  She missed being a massage therapist deciding to go back to her roots in massage as an entrepreneur.

Lindsey wanted to partner with Paul because, “Zingti had been in practice for almost ten years and had a great reputation for their treatment plans, when I became aware Paul Estrella the former owner was looking to move to the coastal region and open another practice there. During this time I spent the better part of a year under Paul’s direct supervision learning how he massaged and why.”

Zingti offers a variety of services such as Deep tissue, Event Sports Massage, Geriatrics, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Pregnancy Massage, Seated Chair Massage, Swedish/American. Reiki and Reflexology.  Lindsey can customize each treatment plan specifically for her clients.  They also offer an easy online schedule system www.zingtimassage.com and work with Insurance.

Zingti Massage is hosting an open house and farewell party for one of our communities’ favorite Massage therapist Paul Estrella on March 23rd from 4:30-7:00 PM.   Paul has helped many in our community for the last 10 years.  Please stop in and learn more about Paul’s new adventures in Ocean Park, WA and meet new owner, Lindsey King.  Best wishes to both as they continue on their next adventures! #smallbusiness #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #healthandwellness #massage #health


Business Bits: Hagz, Bagz & The Hutch

Meet Debbie Loomis & Geri Noble.

St. Helens, OR- If you’ve lived here for awhile, you might have been a customer of Geri Noble.  She ran a business called “The Hutch” for 15 years on Main Street St. Helens.  She’s back giving great customer service and sewing up a storm at a her old shop location but with a new partner, Debbie Loomis.  Debbie,  owner of  Hagz Bagz since 2006 joined forces with Geri and merged their businesses on Oct 1st, 2016, Hagz Bagz & The Hutch located  at 400 Columbia Blvd, St. Helens. You can also reach them at  503-397-1352.

Even with a name change, everything else has stayed the same except with added services. When asked how they decided to open their business Debbie replied, “I wanted to have a place to showcase what we love to do, create one of a kind gift items at reasonable prices.”

Geri is happy to be back on Main Street St. Helens and wants her customers to know she’s got a great new business partner.  She wanted to work with Debbie to help her develop her business and sewing skills and they both love what they do.  Debbie wanted to partner with Geri because “she has been in the sewing business a lot longer than me. Her wealth of knowledge was what I needed to go forward with my dream of having a storefront.”

Need a special gift, contact Hagz Bagz & The Hutch.  Follow their Facebook page for ideas to give a gift from Columbia County that is personalized and from the heart.  You can also shop online from their catalog.

 

#hagzbagzthehutch #shopsmall #personalizedgifts #handmadeincolumbiacounty