Lewis County’s largest artisan gathering of the year is coming up soon, with more than 40 people showing works in their homes and studios. ARTrails of Southwest Washington’s annual Studio Tours are coming soon!
Combining art with scenic drives from Centralia to Toledo and beyond, the annual ARTrails Studio Tours offer a self-guided look at art in a variety of forms at the Exhibition Gallery in Centralia Sept. 17-25, with individual galleries open Sept. 17-18 and 24-25. Hours for all exhibits are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 11th Annual Pioneer Pie Social makes its way to the historic Claquato Church west of Chehalis Sunday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m. Join the folks from the Lewis County Historical Museum for an afternoon of live music, fun games, a quilt raffle, live auction and so much more.
This is one of the Museum's primary fundraisers of the year, and it brings dozens if not hundreds of people out to the historic Claquato Church near Adna for an afternoon of fun and friendship.
Come join the fun at the historic Claquato Church. From Chehalis, take State Route 6 about three miles west of downtown and turn right on Chilvers Road, then take an immediate left onto Stearns Road. Take another left onto Water Street, and the church will be right there!
Pe Ell's annual 4th of July celebration brings a lively celebration of our nation's independence to the westernmost town in Lewis County.
A community parade begins at noon on July 4, with several vendors and more activities for families around town.
A fireworks show will be held at Pe Ell School in the evening. Enjoy Independence Day in Pe Ell this year!
Additional information may be found at Pe Ell 4th of July Fireworks Facebook page.
From serious cyclists to families wanting to get out and enjoy a rural slice of life, the first-ever Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival provided a scenic ride for all who participated.
Washington State Parks invites the public to celebrate the completion of four bridges linking major segments of the Willapa Hills Trail in Lewis County with an event June 18 at 10 a.m. at the Adna Trailhead.
This event will dedicate the bridges, which carry the trail over the Chehalis River three times and over Rock Creek once, fully linking the trail from Chehalis to the Pe Ell area in Lewis County. The ceremony includes speakers, including Commissioners and project partners, Lewis County Community Trails, the Washington State Parks Foundation and The Boeing Company. Staff from Washington State Parks will be on site with project displays and information, and after the ceremony everyone is welcome to walk or ride the trail and visit the new bridges.
With the support of Lewis County Community Trails and the local business community, State Parks has made significant progress developing the long-distance trail. Recently completed bridge projects include:
· Bridge 5, five miles west of Chehalis: The project replaced decking and rails on combination steel and wood bridge with trestles. Project cost was $550,000, with grant funding provided by the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. Design by State Parks and MC Squared of Olympia, and construction by Tapani, Inc., Battle Ground.
· Spooner Bridge, 6 miles west of Chehalis: Replacement of railroad trestles destroyed in 2007 flood, with 300-foot, single-span post-tensioned steel truss and concrete bridge. Project cost was $2.3 million, with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. Design by OTAK, Inc., of Vancouver and Portland, OR and construction by Quigg Brothers, Inc., Aberdeen.
· Dryad Bridge, 16 miles west of Chehalis: Replacement of bridge destroyed in 2007 flood, with a post-tensioned steel-truss and concrete deck structure. Project design by OTAK, Inc., of Vancouver and Portland, OR and construction by Quigg Brothers, Inc., Aberdeen.
· Bridge 27, funded with a mix of support that includes $62,000 in capital dollars, $100,000 from the Washington State Parks Foundation through a donation from the Boeing Company and a $40,000 donation by Lewis County Community Trails. Design and construction was completed by State Parks staff.
The Willapa Hills Trail is part of a greater effort from Washington State Parks and its partners to make a cross-state trail system that goes from the Pacific coast to the eastern border. The Willapa Hills Trail extends from Chehalis to South Bend, and ongoing projects are making more of the trail accessible to more people as time goes along.
This June 18 event is free and open to the public. The Adna Trailhead is located on Dieckman Road, about 5 miles west of Adna. Follow the signs to Back Memorial County Park from State Route 6, and the trailhead is located nearly adjacent to that park.
(Information about the bridges was provided by a Washington State Parks news release.)
The Tour de Farms on the Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride brings the agricultural offerings of five of our region's prominent farms front and center during the Fat Tire Ride, which aims to concurrently showcase the Willapa Hills Trail and the town of Pe Ell to visitors from outside the area.
This event, which starts at the Spooner Road intersection with the Willapa Hills Trail (trail mile 6), offers the opportunity to pet farm animals, taste the goodness of real farm produce and experience a break from the ride on some beautiful scenery.
Farm events include the following:
• Rosecrest Farm will donate Organic Valley milk and cheese snacks for the ride. Products will also be available for sale at the store and kids can see the new calves up close!
• Wedin Farm & Friends is teaming up with Dawn's Delectables for some tasty food options on this historic 1918 farm. Product demos, music and more are here!
• Willapa Hills Creamery will provide snacks, refreshments and restrooms for the ride. Their Farm Store will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Black Sheep Creamery will have a lamb pen open for viewing, and will also host a wool spinning demo. Products will be made available for sale, with delivery options.
• Newaukum Valley Farm will host the Chefs in Our Field evening farm-to-table dinner from 4:30 - 8 p.m.. Tickets for dinner available at their website–.
For information on each farm offered in the Tour de Farms, visit the official website for the Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride.
Also, the Tour de Farms offers a unique opportunity for riders of the Centralia-Chehalis Railroad & Museum's Steam Train to disembark at the Spooner Road stop, allowing them to take in the Tour De Farms. With three train trips on June 25 (at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.) the trains will let people off at Spooner at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Riders can be picked up for the return trip to Chehalis at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
The appropriately-named Rainbow Falls State Park features a gentle waterfall along the Chehalis River as its main attraction, but it’s what you can’t immediately see from simply pulling off State Route 6 that makes this west Lewis County gem a place you have to visit.
Just in time for Mother's Day, the annual Wedin Farm & Friends Spring Antique Show is bringing a variety of vendors together on one of Adna's most historic farms.
The historic Wedin Farm will fill up with everything from antiques and primitives to vintage, shabby chic and much more! Local vendors include Jeff's Potting Benches & Birdhouses, Karla's Pillows & Quilts, Jessica's Soap, Jewelry By Amber, Art by Gary Bilodeaux and Krahe Prints by Rudi Hurzlmeier.
This is one of the most anticipated gatherings of the year for antique, vintage goods and farm lovers.
Food on site will be available for purchase from Dawn's Delectables.
For more information, visit the Spring Show's Facebook page.