Try This: Light up the night at fort

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Discover what went on after dark in Fort Vancouver’s palisade and nine buildings by candlelight during a Lantern Tour. Guided by a park ranger and costumed interpreters, visitors carry lanterns during the 90-minute tour through the various buildings, learning about 19th-century fort life. The tour begins at the front gate, and reservations are required.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10 for adults and $7 for children younger than 15.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

On the Web:

The Lantern Tour is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a discussion on folk art and a music festival.

2. Celtic music for a good cause

The talented vocalists and musicians of the Winds & Strings Celtic Band will be performing a benefit concert to raise donations for the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelters that provide a place to sleep to the homeless in Clark County. The “Apples in Winter” concert will feature a wide range of instruments, from Irish pipes to a hammer dulcimer, adding a Celtic flavor to the first of two benefit concerts.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road, Vancouver.

Admission: Donations encouraged.

Telephone: 360-892-7160.

On the Web:

3. Become an art collector

Spend the afternoon at the Clark County Historical Museum with folk art collector Carol Pinnell as she shares her passion and knowledge about discovering folk art through her world travels. The event is held in conjunction with the exhibit “Working with Tradition: Folk Artists of Washington State,” which explores the handmade traditional arts carried on by people in the state.

When: Lecture is from 1-3 p.m. and the museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: 1511 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $4; $3 for seniors and college students with identification; $2 for ages 6-18; free for 5 and younger.

Telephone: 360-993-5679.

On the Web:

4. Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass along the river

The RiverCity Music Festival, originally the RiverCity Bluegrass Festival, presents a mix of national musicians and regional performers, from bluegrass bands The Boxcars, Steep Canyon Rangers and Sierra Hull to top acts from other genres such as swing band the Midnight Serenaders, Hot Club of Cowtown, folk artist David Lindley, and others.

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Red Lion on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland.

Admission: $55 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, $12 per day for children ages 12 to 17, free for children younger than 12.

On the Web:

5. Double-crosses abound in ‘Tinker’

Set in the 1970s, a hushed battle of wits takes place between George Smiley (Gary Oldman), an owlishly quiet veteran spy pushed into an early retirement, and a suspected Soviet double agent at the heart of British intelligence. George’s task is complicated by the fact that the prime suspects are career spooks who each played a role in his exile. Will George’s emotions cloud the true identity of the double agent? “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is rated R.

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

Admission: Varies by theater.

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

On the Web:, or