IT’S GOLD DUST DAYS
IN GOLD BAR!
July 25, 2009
(GOLD BAR, WA) -- A touch of Western Washington’s old pioneer times comes to Gold Bar this weekend as the town celebrates its heritage with the annual community fun fest “Gold Bar Days” through Sunday. And there’s something there for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Gold panners circa 1889. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Schedule of events. CLICK TO ENLARGE
All elements of the festival take place at the Gold Bar elementary school. To get to the festival drive east on Highway 2 to the town of Gold Bar and look for posted signs on the right hand side of the highway for information on where to park.
The annual event commemorates the town’s colorful history, which harkens back to a time when railroad workers and others panned for gold in the river hoping to strike it rich.
During the festival folks can relive those golden times by panning for gold at the Washington Prospectors Mining Association booth. For five bucks you can pan to your heart’s content and keep all the gold you find.
Saturday the parade starts at 10:00 a.m. to be followed at 11:00 a.m. by the custom car Show N’ Shine. There are also pony rides for the kids; a “living history” civil war encampment and a judged barbecue cook off contest.
There’s also live music Saturday:
12:00 pm Native American Flute
1:00 pm the band Short cuts (Classic rock)
3:30 pm (TBA)
6:00 pm Blvd Boys (from Olympia)
For a complete Saturday and Sunday schedule click on the image to the upper right to enlarge.
WEEKEND ACTON IN THE METHOW VALLEY
Also going on this weekend is the annual Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. It brings the sweet sound of classical music to diverse performance venues throughout the Methow Valley.
This year marks the 14th annual music festival and includes a move to a new memorable site high above the Methow Valley between Winthrop and Twisp. More info at: http://www.methowmusicfestival.org/
THE LOGANBERRY FESTIVAL ON WHIDBEY ISLAND
And on Whidbey Island it’s the annual Loganberry Festival at The Farm which features wine tasting, music, artisans, craftspeople and food booths. The Farm is a living-history preserved landmark farm, scenic recreation site, and cultural community center. More info: http://www.greenbankfarm.com/history.html
The Greenbank Farm Management Group, formed as a nonprofit Board of Directors comprised of Whidbey Island residents, meet regularly to ensure that The Farm serves its owners - the residents of Island County.
Today, The Farm operates a Wine Shop specializing in local and regional foods and wines, featuring the Whidbey Island Greenbank Farm private label Loganberry Wine and specialty products.
In addition, The Farm hosts community events, receptions, meetings, classes, workshops, the annual Loganberry Festival in July and the year round markets featuring local produce, crafts, art, plants and food.
BELLEVUE ARTS FESTIVAL
And the big Bellevue Arts festival is also going on this weekend in the downtown area (expect a crowd of over 200,000). The festival is celebrating its 25th year as an annual juried arts and crafts fair featuring 200 of the most talented and popular artisans and craftspeople in the Northwest and beyond.
The event offers a wide range of finely crafted items including jewelry, photography, textiles, glass, fine art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics and pottery. More info: http://www.bellevuefest.org/
And here’s the list of Sky Valley area Farmer’s Markets to peruse this weekend. By local and buy fresh!
Monroe Farmers Market - Downtown
209 E Main St - Back Parking Lot
Tuesday, 2pm - 7pm (Jun 02 - Sep 15)
Lynn Gose 360-794-4926
Monroe River Valley Farmers Market
19829 168th St SE
FRI-SAT-SUN 10am - 5pm (May 01 - Nov 01)
Lynn Gose 360-794-4926
Bothell Farmers Market
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
Fridays, 12pm - 6pm (Jun 05 - Sep 25)
Nancy Stoll 425.483.2250
Edmonds Museum Farmers Market
5th Ave N and Bell Street
Saturday, 9am - 2pm (May 02 - Oct 03)
9 to2 May through June 27 9 to 3 July through October
Jerry Freeland 425-742-4512
Everett Farmers Market
1600 W. Marine View Drive at 16th Street
Sunday, 11am - 4pm, May 31 - Sep 27
Tone and Inger Hutton 425-258-3356
NEW Everett Farmers Market
A new Farmer’s Market has opened behind the Everett Public Market building at the corner of California Avenue & Marine View Drive in Everett. Called Bayside Art & Farmers Market the venue is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. through September. Web site: www.baysidefarmersmarket.blogspot.com
Granite Falls Open-Air Market on Getchell
8416 Highway 92 and 84th St. NE Getchell Rd
Saturday, 9am - 2pm (Jun 13 - Oct 10)
Not open July 4th.
Hope Lervik 360.293.6338
Mukilteo Farmers Market
609 Front Street
Wednesday, 3pm - 7pm, May 14 - Sep 24
Cherri Paul 425-418-6064
Snohomish Farmers Market
1st and Cedar
Thursday, 3pm - 7pm (May 14 - Sep 24)
Karen Erickson 360-348-2674