High school football kicks off this weekend, and at Friday night’s Kelso-Mark Morris season opener, the Mark Morris Foundation will be serving up a pre-game barbecue, with burgers, chips, cookies and sodas available for $6 per person. They’ll start serving at 5:30 pm, and will continue until about halftime. Proceeds will help support scholarships offered by the MM Foundation.
The re-scheduled screening of “Finding Nemo” at Lake Sacajawea is set for Friday night at Martin’s Dock. You’re invited to bring the family, along with your blankets, low-back chairs and picnic dinners for the free show, which should start around 8 pm. Get there a bit early to get your preferred spot.
They didn’t have enough entries to run the “Battle of the Bowls” chili and chowder competition, but there’s still plenty of other activity planned for Saturday’s Wooden Boat Festival at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet. There will be rubber duck races, sea chanties with the Skamakowa Swamp Opera, youth boat building, “shingle boat races” and a whole bunch more. Admission is free.
Out at the beach, the annual Chinook Art Festival starts on Saturday and runs through Monday with blown glass, photography, jewelry, oil & watercolors, pottery & more. This is free to attend, and is open to the entire family.
At Fort Stevens, the annual Civil War Reenactment will be taking place, with re-created battles, Union and Confederate camps, demonstrations of medicine, fashion and other aspects of the period. Activities are planned Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with the last battle planned for noon on Monday. Go to visitftstevens.com for more information.
Starting at 10 am on Monday, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Labor Council hosts its annual Labor Day Picnic, going from 10 am until 3pm at the Toutle River RV Park, just west of I-5 off of exit 52, north of Castle Rock. They’ll be serving all of the regular picnic goodies, along with swimming, a giant croquet tournament, a bouncy house, Simon Says games, face-painting and prizes for the kids. Call the RV Park at 274-8373 for additional information.
Monday afternoon in Clatskanie, the Astoria-based North Coast Big Band will perform in Clatskanie City Park. At 1 pm on Monday, the Clatskanie Arts Commission will start selling food as a fundraiser, and then the concert will run from 2 to 4 pm. The CAC will also be celebrating its anniversary, serving free cake at the band’s intermission. You can bring your own chairs and picnics, as well. Get in touch with the CAC if you need more help.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market will be open on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, set up in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. They’ll have plants and plant starts for sale, along with fresh produce, hand-crafted gifts and garden items, honey, baked goods and more. Admission is free.
The Clatskanie Farmer’s Market is open from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturdays on the lawn at Cope’s Park. Vendors of fresh fruits and veggies, plant starts, hand-crafted gifts and other merchandise will be joined by special events, cooking and tasting demonstrations, carnival games and chances to win prizes. Find out more on their web page, or on their Facebook page.
The Puget Island Farmer’s Market is open each weekend through October 16th at Stockhouse’s Farm on Birnie Slough Road near Cathlamet. Along with the fresh produce, local beef, fruits, baked goods and other items. Hours are 3 to 6 pm on Saturday.
The Kelso Bridge Market is open on Sunday in its new venue at the Three Rivers Mall. This year, the Bridge Market is operating in the space across from the new Three Rivers Cinema, open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday near the Southwest door of the mall. They’ll have fresh Rainier Cherries, blueberries and Marionberries for sale this weekend, along with fresh produce and plant starts, hand-made craft items and other special trinkets.