Park Happenings: Quilt Show and Photo Contest

<I>Donella Lucero/State Parks photo</I><BR>The Commanding Officer's Historic House at Fort Columbia will be open for two days this weekend, a rare opportunity to see this gem decked out for the holidays

When the weather gets cold, we think of ways to stay warm, we turn up the furnace, start a fire in the woodstove, or grab a blanket.

In the past, we would stoke the fire and bring out the quilts. They were not only attractive but something warm to snuggle under on a cold night. I have a wonderful quilt at home made by my grandmother. All the little snips and scraps of fabric came from old dresses or aprons she wore when I was growing up. I still look at it today and I can see my grandmother in the fabric of the quilt.

My mother was a wonderful quilter, so I also understand all the effort and love that goes into these warm and beautiful pieces of art.

Quilt ShowThink how warm you will feel when you attend the Holiday Antique Quilt Show being held at the Commanding Officer's Historic House at Fort Columbia State Park near Chinook (on top of the tunnel). On Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can enjoy beautiful antique quilts courtesy of Karen Snyder, in one of Washington State Parks early 1900s historic military houses. Best of all, you can enjoy yourself and help our local food bank. Admission is two non-perishable food items or donation to F.I.S.H. Have fun and make a difference to our neighbors in need this holiday season.

Photo ContestWe are all so lucky to live in an area with so much natural beauty. How many of us actually get out and see it for ourselves? Here is your chance. Washington State Parks would like you to help us create our next temporary exhibit at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The exhibit is called "Art of the Park" and will be a photographic exhibit of our Long Beach Area State Parks. Of course there are rules and also there are prizes for the best photograph of each park area and a "best of show." Park areas include: Leadbetter, Pacific Pines, Loomis and Fort Columbia State Parks; Cape Disappointment State Park including North Head, Bell's View, Beard's Hollow, and trails.

Each individual may enter up to two photographs. Minimum size is 8x10 and maximum size 16x20. All photographs must be matted with a hook for hanging on a wall. A label on the back of each photo should tell your name, address, phone; park area and location of photo and date photo taken. Deadline for photos to be entered at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is 5 p.m., Jan. 19. Copies of the rules can be picked up at the Picture Attic in Long Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park Office, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Contact Donella Lucero if you have any questions, 642-3029 or 777-8221.

We hope you take the time to help our local food bank and attend the Holiday Antique Quilt Show. The warm feeling of helping out our neighbors will feel good against the cold wind. We also hope you get out of the house and enjoy the natural environment in our local state parks. Share what you find with all of us by helping to create our next exhibit. Who knows, you might even win a prize.

Donella Lucero is an interpretive specialist at Cape Disappointment State Park. To contact her, call the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at 642-3029 or e-mail

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