Weekend Planner for August 13

Saturday - Sunday: Wine, nibbles

McCrea Cellars is opening its Olympia Wine Tasting Room this weekend in the New Caldonia Building, 116 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. The new venture is celebrating with free tastes of wine and nibbles from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The winery – the pioneer of Rhne varietals in Washington state for more than two decades – is near Yelm; the grapes are grown in the Yakima Valley. Go to

Saturday: Barbecue enthusiasts battle

Follow your nose to the best barbecue burgers at the Cascade Cookoff in Chehalis. Those who were selected as finalists will prepare burgers between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday. The cookoff also includes a high-powered professional competition, beer, music and food. Would-be pros also can learn tricks of the trade at an all-day cooking class Saturday. And auto enthusiasts can enjoy the Chehalis Classic Car Show on Sunday. It all happens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stan Hedwall Park, 1501 Rice Road, Chehalis. The competitions and cars are free. The class, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, is $150. Call 360-748-6836 or go to

Sunday: Berry, berry delicious

Scrumptious blueberry pies will be centerstage at the 33rd annual Blueberry Bash, put on by St. Christopher’s Community Church on Steamboat Island. You can buy pies whole or by the slice. Also on the menu: bratwurst, hot dogs, beans, corn on the cob, milkshakes, bingo – and tunes by Snake Oil and Cricket on the Hearth. For kids, the festival has games, crafts and face painting. (And, that’s right, pie.) Admission is free; the festivities begin at noon Sunday and wrap up at 4 p.m. The church is at 7902 Steamboat Island Road N.W., just outside of Olympia. Call 360-866-2111.

Saturday & Beyond: A horror flick that's real

“Cropsey” might sound like one of Peter Rabbit’s well-behaved siblings, but it’s Staten Island’s version of the bogeyman. Yes, the film – showing through Thursday at Capitol Theater – is a horror flick, but the truly horrifying part is that it also is a documentary. The filmmakers grew up with the legend of an escaped mental patient who snatched children. Then, kids began to disappear. “This film is a real-life horror story that puts most Hollywood movies to shame,” wrote Lou Lumenick of the New York Post. The theater is at 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $8, $5 for Olympia Film Society members; for the matinee Thursday, tickets are $7, $4 for members. Call 360-754-6670 or go to

Sunday: Dessert and jazz

Jazz pianist Scott Cossu of Olympia is the headlining attraction Sunday at a fundraiser for Interfaith Works. The event features desserts to snack on during musical performances as well as an auction of more goodies to take home. Joining Cossu, who was one of the original Windham Hill artists, will be vocalist and violinist Jessica Blin and guitarist Van Manakas. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church, 2300 East End St. N.W., Olympia. Admission is by donation, with a suggested minimum of $15. Call 360-357-7224.

Wednesday: Play that funky music

The Tacoma rhythm and blues band Fingertips aims to have people get on down to Sylvester Park on Wednesday. The eight-piece combo – inspired by such artists as James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin – will play a free concert at 7 p.m. in the park at Legion Way and Capitol Way in downtown Olympia. It’s part of the Olympia Downtown Association’s Music in the Park series. Call 360-357-8948 or go to