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Winlock Pickers' Festival includes instructional workshops, open mics, plenty of pickin' and grinnin', and organized kids activities! Check out the rest of the site to see details about the live bands, the workshop schedule, camping details, ticket info, links, and more.

The festival officially starts on Friday, but the jamming and camping begin on Thursday!

Nestled in a beautifully wooded area, Winolequa Park is conveniently located close to Interstate 5. Less than 2 hour's drive south of Seattle and an hour north of Portland, this gem of a pickers' fest is within close driving distance for plenty of great pickers who show up every year for it. And since the festival is put on by an all-volunteer staff, the price of admission is remarkably inexpensive.

Food is available on the premises from the Winlock Park Board starting at noon on Friday through Sunday Breakfast.

The Winlock Pickers' Fest is a labor of love created by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Washington Acoustic Music Association (WAMA) and co-sponsored by the Winlock Park Board.

The 2019 list of performers will include:

  • Richard Smith
  • The Portland Radio Ponies
  • Runaway Train
  • The Cowchips
  • Ash Creek

Cost is $15 per day or $25 per weekend per person. (WAMA members get a discount admission.)

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August 2-4, 2019
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Stumptown Swing takes audiences back to 1920's Paris, when gypsies with guitars, violins and upright basses made the leap from French musette to American "hot jazz" and kept Parisians dancing to this evocative new sound.

Tim Connell (mandolin and voice) and Mike Burdette (guitar) of Rio Con Brio formed Stumptown Swing after nearly a decade of playing pick-up gigs with Portland's best acoustic string musicians. They snapped up the hottest upright bass player in town, Keith Brush (Stolen Sweets, Pete Krebs Trio, Blue Cranes) and are proud to feature their long-time friend and collaborator, the absolutely pyrotechnic violinist, Ben Blechman.

Named after their hometown, Portland "Stumptown" Oregon, the quartet is closely associated with the network of Lindy Hop, Balboa and Swing Dance clubs that have made Portland a major center of the Swing Dance revival. They are in demand as a live band for the almost nightly swing dance events throughout Portland. In addition to Stumptown's thumping dance-oriented set, the group frequently performs a concert set featuring a wider variety of tempos and styles, appearing at both jazz and world music festivals.

Cost: $20.00 per person and you can buy your tickets HERE.

Location: Hope Grange 118 Antrim Road in Winlock

Everyone is invited, but space is limited, so order your tickets soon.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:00pm
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There's even more to look forward to when it comes to festivals and fun times with the family! Several gatherings and events fall just outside the realm of the officially-sponsored community festivals that take place annually across Lewis County — but these are all worth checking out and participating in!

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Historical Museums and Societies throughout Lewis County bring history to life and help us experience our region and state’s heritage. Discover Lewis County and the Lewis County Historical Museum have partnered to bring the history of Lewis County to you. For a physical version of this map, drop into the Lewis County Historical Museum, the area’s hub for all things history, and branch out throughout our area to discover more about Lewis County's past!

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The Lewis County Historical Ride is one of Lewis County's longest-running organized bicycle rides! Get your road bikes ready for May 11, 2019 and make your way to Bethel Church-Assembly of God in Chehalis, which offers four route options. Easy 20 and 40 mile routes are offered, along with moderate 68 and 100-mile routes. All routes take you through some of Lewis County's prime back roads and offer views of some natural wonders, wildlife, farm life and more. Choose the 68 or 100-mile ride to get the best experience and glide through scenic prairies and rolling hills in the northern, central and southern portions of Lewis County. The longer routes take participants by three of Lewis County's most important cultural heritage sites. The shorter routes offer a fantastic opportunity for families to enjoy a ride on country roads with very little traffic to worry about. The 20 and 40-mile rides go through Napavine on some very scenic roads that offer views of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens on a clear day. Food stops are included in the ride, and the course is marked. SAG wagons will also sweep the course, and members of the local amateur radio group assist in taking accountability at each checkpoint. Rest stops are available at three of our most beloved historical areas: the Evaline School, a two-room schoolhouse north of Winlock; Cowlitz Mission (more formally known as St. Francis Xavier Mission), the oldest Catholic congregation in Washington state; and the Claquato Church, one of the longest-standing churches in the western United States. Don't want to drive down the morning of the event? Arrive the night before and grab a hotel! Check out our Lodging page for ideas. More information forthcoming as the event approaches.

For more information visit the Chehalis Centralia Optimist Club website. 

 

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00am
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Lewis County is a pleasant surprise for cyclists of all abilities when it comes to picking a destination to ride on two wheels. With more stretches of open road than you could tackle in a couple weeks, more miles of trails added by the year, and beautiful scenery of farms, forests and mountains — your next cycling excursion awaits you here!

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Lewis County is home to several Washington State Parks that offer access to beautiful expanses of nature. Whether it's hiking along a peaceful stretch of the Chehalis River, camping in the middle of an old-growth forest or pedaling your bicycle from Chehalis to Pe Ell, several State Parks offer the opportunity for unlimited fun in the beauty of Lewis County's outdoors!

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Start your New Year's Day off right with a hike in Lewis & Clark State Park near Toledo, brought to you by Washington State Parks.

Join those wanting to get outdoors on the first day of 2017 at one of Washington's oldest State Parks, Lewis and Clark State Park just north of Toledo on Jackson Highway. Explore the old-growth forest and its habitat, and get to know more about this beautiful piece of nature right here in Lewis County.

Information provided by State Parks:

When: 10 a.m.
Where: Meet at the main entrance gate
Name of trail: Trail of the Deer Path
Length of Hike: 1.5 miles or shorter depending on hiker’s choice of route
Difficulty: Moderate
Things to know: Be prepared for some minor uphill travel
Minimum Age: None
Gear: Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, warm clothing and rain gear (just in case). Sturdy hiking shoes or muck-boots are strongly encouraged
Pets: Dogs, on a leash
Cancellation info: (360) 274-0962

For more on this and other First Day Hikes, visit Washington State Parks' Adventure Awaits blog!

To get to Lewis and Clark State Park from I-5, take Exit 68 and head east on Highway 12. Take a right at the traffic light at Mary's Corner and proceed just over a mile to the park entrance. If coming from the eastern reaches, follow U.S. 12 west to Mary's Corner, take a left at the light and go about a mile to the park entrance. The entrance will be on your right.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10:00am
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