ILWACO - A reception sponsored by the board of directors of The Confluence Project and the Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark is planned for Thursday, July 24, at the Inn at Ilwaco, 120 Williams Avenue.

"Mint Juleps in July," which will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will give the public an opportunity to hear an update on artist Maya Lin's vision for designs of installations planned for four sites in the state - The Confluence Project - one of which will be located within Fort Canby State Park.

Kathleen Sayce, a Confluence board member, says she sees Lin's design as "a memorial that will transcend the bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lin wants to use the four installations as a way to look back across the country itself, and that will look at the larger landscape and the history of the country, not just the expedition."

On the menu at the reception will be food similar to what expedition members would have enjoyed including wine from Virginia, Meriwether champagne, buffalo meatballs, venison sausage, quail eggs and oysters.

Lin won't be at the party because she is hard at work on the concept designs. The first design for the Fort Canby sculpture is expected to be ready by fall.

Admission to the July 24 event is $25. Seating will be limited and reservations are essential and may be made by calling the Shoalwater Restaurant at 642-4142.

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