Celebrate Memorial Day by reliving the 2019 Iowa City Jazz Festival on KCCK in Cedar Rapids

The 2020 Iowa City Jazz Festival, a popular celebration in downtown Iowa City on Memorial Day weekend, was cancelled due to the shelter-in-place rules from COVID-19. Instead, jazz station KCCK in Cedar Rapids is broadcasting performances from the 2019 festival today from 6 a.m. today until 1:35 a.m. tomorrow Central time. Check the full schedule … Continue reading Celebrate Memorial Day by reliving the 2019 Iowa City Jazz Festival on KCCK in Cedar Rapids

2020 Woodland Planters Days Celebration moving forward in June despite COVID-19

Artwork by Elizabeth Lee, Woodland Middle School, Woodland, Washington The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many events to cancel because of the state bans on large gatherings, but some organizations are finding creative ways to move forward. The Woodland Planters Days is among them. The annual festival on Thursday-Sunday, June 18-21, in Woodland, Washington, will move … Continue reading 2020 Woodland Planters Days Celebration moving forward in June despite COVID-19

2020 season of Original Practice Shakespeare goes virtual

Photos by Cheryl Landes Because of the ban on large gatherings from COVID-19, the Original Practice Shakespeare company moved all of its performances online for the 2020 season. The company hosts free performances of Shakespeare's plays in the original practice techniques of Elizabethan England: no rehearsals, actors' scripts on scrolls, audience interaction, and an onstage … Continue reading 2020 season of Original Practice Shakespeare goes virtual

Vancouver Farmers Market open to sell grocery items, offers online service

Photos by Cheryl Landes In typical years, the Vancouver Farmers Market at the 800 block of Esther Street in downtown Vancouver, Washington, has 165 vendor stalls selling fresh produce, handmade local crafts and food products, cooked food to order, flowers, and many other items. But this year is far from normal, thanks to COVID-19. The … Continue reading Vancouver Farmers Market open to sell grocery items, offers online service

The Fruitlands Museum grounds reopening May 18 in Harvard, Massachusetts

Photo by Cheryl Landes On Monday, May 18, the grounds at The Fruitlands Museum open to controlled entry. If you want to go, parking tickets are available on a timed entry. For more information and to buy parking tickets, visit the Fruitlands Museum COVID-19 page. The museum buildings are closed until further notice, but you … Continue reading The Fruitlands Museum grounds reopening May 18 in Harvard, Massachusetts

Timberline Lodge and ski area to reopen May 15 with limited operations

A chairlift at the Timberline Lodge ski area in Oregon (photo credit: Timberline Lodge) Starting Friday, May 15, Timberline Lodge and the ski area will reopen for limited operations. All visitors must wear masks and practice safe distancing, and online reservations are required for all skiers. The ski area's hours will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m., … Continue reading Timberline Lodge and ski area to reopen May 15 with limited operations

Armchair photo tours: Traditional British tea time at the Sweet Peas Tea Room

Photos by Cheryl Landes Southwest Washington is far away from England, but that doesn't stop people here from enjoying a spot of tea. And there's a place where we can go to enjoy it in the traditional British way in Battle Ground, 18 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Sweet Peas Tea Room owner and England … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Traditional British tea time at the Sweet Peas Tea Room

Enjoy Vancouver, Washington from your home

Image credit: City of Vancouver, Washington The City of Vancouver, Washington, and Visit Vancouver USA have compiled a range of activities and information about the city. Listen to a Vancouver playlist, watch movies, find restaurants that have takeout or delivery, download pages of local sites to color, enter weekly photo contests, write a letter to … Continue reading Enjoy Vancouver, Washington from your home

Pickathon Festival postponed until 2021, hosts virtual “A Concert A Day”

The popular Pickathon Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon, is postponed until August 2021 because of Governor Kate Brown's directive to postpone large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the entire statement at this Pickathon page. Ticketholders can transfer their tickets to the 2021 or 2022 festival, or donate them to support the organization. Refunds … Continue reading Pickathon Festival postponed until 2021, hosts virtual “A Concert A Day”