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

Armchair photo tours: A brew tour on the Exobus in Vancouver, Washington

Photos by Cheryl Landes For more than a decade, the craft brewing scene has been growing and evolving in Vancouver, Washington. More than two dozen breweries and seven taphouses are located in the city, and more are scattered throughout Clark County. To get a taste of what they have to offer, hop aboard the Exobus. … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A brew tour on the Exobus in Vancouver, Washington

Armchair photo tours: An Original Practice Shakespeare performance at Say Ciao Columbia River Tap Room & Eatery in Vancouver, Washington

Photos by Cheryl Landes Shakespeare festivals are all over the Pacific Northwest, but the Original Practice Shakespeare improv company brings performances to a different level. The company uses the original practice techniques of Elizabethan England, consisting of limited rehearsals, scrolls in hand, audience interaction, and an onstage prompter. Original Practice Shakespeare has free outdoor performances … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: An Original Practice Shakespeare performance at Say Ciao Columbia River Tap Room & Eatery in Vancouver, Washington

Armchair photo tours: The International Police Museum in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes A few steps from Grumpy's Cafe and next door to the Rockaway Beach Police Station is a site you probably wouldn't expect to see in a small ocean town like Rockaway Beach, Oregon—the International Police Museum. The museum is small, but the vastness of its collection more than makes up for … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The International Police Museum in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Two dining experiences in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes During a weekend trip to Rockaway Beach, Oregon, we ate meals at two restaurants in town: the Sand Dollar Restaurant & Lounge and Grumpy's. Both restaurants are popular with locals and tourists and provide fast, friendly service. Sand Dollar Restaurant & Lounge We came here for dinner. Sand Dollar Restaurant & … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Two dining experiences in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: A morning walk at Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Morning walks on the Oregon Coast beaches are relaxing and peaceful. The ever-changing weather creates interesting effects in the scenery. On the morning walk featured in today's armchair photo tour, the somewhat cloudy-foggy atmosphere created soft, subtle layers in the clouds, interesting patterns in the sand, and muted reflections in the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A morning walk at Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Riding the rails on a quadricycle on the Oregon Coast

Photos by Cheryl Landes Ever thought about riding a bicycle on railroad tracks? It's possible with a quadricycle! Kim and Anita Metlen came up with this idea in the early 2010s. Kim designed a model for the quadricycle, and with the help of local manufacturing companies, tested the first quadricycles on an old unused line … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Riding the rails on a quadricycle on the Oregon Coast

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