Try This: ‘Meet Me’ in Washougal

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Teenage romance blossoms in the production of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” The story follows a family as they anticipate the upcoming 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. But unrest comes to the family when the father announces that they’ll be moving to New York, leaving behind friendships, relationships and the arrival of the big fair. The musical features the songs “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song” and others. Presented by Metropolitan Performing Arts of Vancouver.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

Admission: $8-$12.

Telephone: 360-975-1585.

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The musical is one of several entertainment options this weekend. Others include a lantern tour and a murder mystery.

2. Finding the perfect one

Haven’t picked a pumpkin yet? Visit the Pomeroy Living History Farm for a mile-long hayride through Pumpkin Lane, filled with “pumpkin people,” on the way to the farm’s pumpkin patch. Be sure to check out the hay-bale maze, children’s games, scarecrow making, animal petting and the Farm Cafe.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Pomeroy Living History Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt.

Admission: $6, $4 for ages 3-11.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.

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3. Explore by lantern light

Bundle up and tour the grounds of Fort Vancouver’s palisade and nine buildings by lantern light. The 90-minute tour, guided by a park ranger, showcases fort life after the sun went down. Reservations required, be sure to call in advance.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $3; $5 per family; free for children 15 and younger.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

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4. Mysteries abound onstage

Try to solve the mystery of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” as the famous whodunit takes to the Loves Street Playhouse stage. The story begins with a young couple welcoming travelers into their guest house, when the group becomes snowed in. Suspicion abounds when a body is found and the murderer could be anyone.

Hours: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Loves Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland.

Admission: $10, $8 for seniors and youth, $55 for dinner performance.

Telephone: 360-263-6670.

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5. Flash back with ‘Footloose’

In this new take on the 1984 film classic, Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves to a small Southern town where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A law in the town prohibits loud music and dancing, put in place by councilman the Rev. Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid). When Ren meets Ariel (Julianne Hough), the minister’s daughter, he begins to challenge the ban and the town. “Footloose” is rated PG-13.

When: Showtimes vary.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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