On the Road: Packwood Mountain Festival

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 28, 2013 


Packwood Mountain Festival

What: The 11th annual event is a celebration of mountain culture, heritage, crafts and customs. There will be demonstrations and workshops on folk dancing, flint knapping and wood carving. The festival is presented by the White Pass Country Historical Society.

When: Friday-May 5.

Where: White Pass Country Historical Museum, 12990 U. S. Highway 12, Packwood.

Highlights: Among the people giving demonstrations will be Larry Nelson on flint knapping and Gene Sieber on woodworking. Keven Flories of the U.S. Forest service will give an update on the La Wis Wis Passport-In-Time restoration project. Work started in 2012, the first part of a multi-year restoration and rehabilitation effort to prepare the cabin for future use.

Fun run: There will be a fun run at 10 a.m. May 5, starting at the Packwood Timberland Library, 109 Main St. W. There will be a 1k kids fun run, 5k run/walk and 10k run. Registration is $20 for individuals participating in the 5k and 10k and free for the kids run. Day of race registration is $25.

Other activities: There will be a chili feed Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Packwood Presbyterian Church. It will be a fundraiser for the Packwood Youth Program run by AmeriCorps. At 1 p.m. May 5, there will be a native American drumming ceremony with Roy Wilson, the spiritual leader of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Also on Sunday will be a drumming ceremony with the Kinswa Family dancers and singers.

Admission: By donation.

Information: Go to whitepasscountrymuseum.org.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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