St. Helens, OR – Book Signing, Open Mic, Fiber Art & Leather Making Demos, all ages Coloring Contest and more fun. What do all of these have in common? It’s the 3rd Annual Spring Into Art event at The Columbia Learning Center, 375 18th Street St. Helens hosted by the Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) on May 5th from 10 AM- 4 PM. This is a free family-friendly fun community event.
Columbia County, OR – The Home & Garden Show continues to grow every year. It’s happening this Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Last year an estimated 3,000-5,000 attended each day. Organizers expect a larger crowd this year due to the increase in vendors. This year more than 49 vendors will be on site along with product demonstrations, food and fun!
The Home & Garden show has all sorts of new Spring items for both your home and your garden. This show is sponsored by The Chronicle, St Helens Community Credit Union & Dahlgren’s Do It Best. If you forget to grab your free ticket, it’s only $3 Admission at the gate. You can stop by local businesses to pick up Free Tickets at the any of the above sponsors and The Chief, Don’s Rentals, Sears Hometown Store of Scappoose, and Discount and Deals in Clatskanie.
Growing the show means many new vendors are coming in this year such as Sunset Equipment which will have an Excavator outside the pavilion. Cedar Farm from Clatskanie Oregon will have their patent-pending product Hizap, an insulated fence extender, a PVC pipe extension making electric fences higher and wider. Organizer, Amy Johnson also mentioned that there are more garden vendors this year such as BlackBerry Bog Farm, offering plant starts, herbs, and plants. A few of the highlights of the Show will include local companies such as Clatskanie Builders Supply grilling up samples of tasty barbeque on their Traeger Grills to share with attendees and Dahlgren’s Do It Best Building Supplies will have onsite Cordless Power Tool Demonstrations. The food was so good they brought back St Helen’s Grill which offers gourmet style food for purchase.
Staying up to date with what’s happening at the show is easy as local radio station KOHI 1600 AM which will be broadcasting LIVE on Saturday so you can listen in to what’s going on. OSU Extension Service of Columbia County will be on site doing pop up demonstrations/workshops.
Amy Johnson, Organizer & Sales Representative for The Chronicle/The Chief, mentioned she enjoys this event because “I love that we can put local businesses in front of our customers to help grow our communities. They do well and we do well.”
Meet your neighbors. Find local resources for your home & garden needs. See you this weekend! #home #garden #columbiacountyor #shopcolumbiacounty #spring #community #family #businessresources #neighbors #community
Scappoose, OR – The new business that has everyone buzzing comes complete with a water feature as one would imagine from its name, The Lake House. It is located at 1600 SE 9th St. in Scappoose, OR. They opened their doors to events after hosting their first wedding in August of 2017.
Since then they’ve hosted many types of events such as baby showers, class reunions, weddings, birthday parties, memorials, family reunions, holiday events, and much more. They have a blast at everything they do with the main goal to make their client’s vision come to life.
It’s not surprising that this new event, performance & concert venue is such a success from the start. Bart Hafeman, the owner, decided to open the doors to events because of his years of experience in the industry and his desire to create a warm, positive atmosphere for celebrating unique moments and milestones in life. If you’ve seen Bart play, he carries that rock n roll, have fun just dance attitude always with a big smile. He makes you want to get up and go. His positive outlook on life carries thru in his interactions with his audience and clients.
Bart’s experience gives The Lake House its own relaxed atmosphere that draws people to his venue. Bart Hafeman is widely known as the singer for Hit Machine, and because of that he’s been able to entertain at a handful of our events- However, they have hosted small private exclusive events like Jennifer Batten, guitar player for Michael Jackson on the Bad, History and Dangerous world tours. Bart joined in and sang “Human Nature” with her that evening. Tommy Tutone who sang the 80’s hit, “867-5309” has performed on the property as well. They are currently working on a Lake House Summer Concert Series and would love to hear from people about who they would like to see perform at The Lake House. Please send your suggestions to email@example.com. They want to hear from you!
If you are looking for a venue to host an event, you may want to consider The Lake House. They can accommodate between 20 to 200 people. For winter events the barn can hold up to 85 individuals downstairs and 30 people upstairs- summer events offer more room due to better weather conditions, which allows up to 200 guests. Additionally, they offer a complete package for the one-stop shopper, or can customize an event when desired. They have a list of preferred vendors but are always open to our client’s dreams and desires for their event. The Lake House offers an incredibly unique atmosphere that carries a rustic and elegant element all at the same time. The barn has a warm intimate feeling that not many venues offer.
We want to welcome The Lake House to Columbia County and wish them continued success! #columbiacountybusinesses #concertvenue #TheLakeHouse #performancevenue
Columbia County- Thanks to the Columbia Arts Guild, 2018 brings many opportunities for Artists and Art Enthusiasts alike. The Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) has accomplished big things in just a few years for local artists. This group of committed and talented volunteers continues to work together to bring more to the table in 2018 for our communities. In 2017, the group became an official 501(c) 3 and fundraised to build a secure cabinet to display art at the St Helens Public Library. You can find more about their group on their website
Columbia Arts Guild is connecting like-minded artists with one another by creating together, hosting a countywide art competition, a community art project and a celebration with hands-on art. A little something for everyone. Here are more specifics about the upcoming CAG events and ways you can get involved:
Art Happening- Paint the Town. Weekly group of artists that meet on Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the hallway of the Columbia Learning Center. The goal is for the artist to Bring Your Own Art (BYOA), work on your project, get advice, share information, listen or join the Urban Sketchers as they go out to Paint the Town!
CAG Virtual Arts Competition will run until Dec 31st, 2018. The competition is called Adventure & Art in Columbia County. To enter go to their Facebook paged upload your submission photo in the album. Competition is open to all Columbia County residents. Basic guidelines, you can enter as many times in as many categories as you want. Open to all mediums. Judging will be in January 2019, people’s choice awards will be chosen by a number of likes on the Facebook post with people’s choice. The competition is for the I LOVE Columbia County Book will be created with winners published by December 2019 available on Amazon in 2020. The I LOVE Columbia County book proceeds will go to further Art Opportunities in Columbia County through the Columbia Arts Guild.
“This is Us” St. Helens is a Community Art Project. During the next several months the CAG will be hosting “This Is Us” paint events throughout the St. Helens area. Paint events are the opportunity for you and your group of 10 or more to take part in this project. They provide everything you need to paint your house and participate. CAG will keep all the painted, signed houses created by the community so that we may assemble them into one large piece of community art. Everyone can create/paint one house to represent themselves in our diverse community. You can even take a picture of your house and share it on this page. Call or text Joan@5033691081 to schedule a paint event.
Spring Walk Into Art is in its 3rd year to Celebrate the Arts! It has a Professional Art Show, Youth Art Show, Music, Dancing, Open Mic, Book Signing, Culinary Art, Hands on Art and more! Save the date for May 5th at Columbia Learning Center, 375 S 18th St, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
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 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.
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
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