Options aplenty for a special Father’s Day

Bag the tie and coffee mug, and treat dear old dad to a day of hiking, disc golf, or food and fun

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator



More information

For concerts and movies:

Liberty Theater: http://camasliberty.com

Tony Starlight at Old Liberty Theater: 360-887-7260 or http://oldlibertytheater.com

Clark College music at Royal Durst Theater: 360-992-2662 or http://clark.edu.

Tony Bennett at McMenamins Edgefield: 503-669-8610 or http://edgefieldconcerts.com

Sabotage at the Wonder Ballroom: 503-284-8686 or http://wonderballroom.com

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company at Sleep Country Amphitheater: 360-816-7000 or http://sleepcountryamphitheater.com.

For local hikes:

Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge: http://bit.ly/N7LCg4

Moulton Falls Trail and Park: http://bit.ly/13jbb6E

Beacon Rock in the Columbia River Gorge: http://1.usa.gov/OiZebJ

For food and drink:

Father’s Day BBQ at Battle Ground Village’s Outdoor Market: 360-723-5545 or http://bgvillage.com.

Portland Beer and Cheese festival: http://www.portlandbeerandcheese.com.

Good Times and Wine at English Estate Winery: 360-772-5141 or http://www.englishestatewinery.com.

For local adventures:

Vancouver USA Marathon: 360-885-4556 or http://vancouverusamarathon.com

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad: 360-686-3559 or http://bycx.com

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: 503-977-0275 or http://scanheritage.org.

For disc golf courses:

Glenwood Community Church: http://glenwoodcc.org/local-mission/community-ministries/disc-golf

Washington State University Vancouver: http://bit.ly/10WEXzW

Leverich Park: http://bit.ly/19Qom4b

Paradise Point State Park: http://bit.ly/13qVzzx

Dabney State Park: http://bit.ly/115qXAL

Father’s Day gifts don’t always need to be a ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ mug or a fabulously comical necktie. Celebrate dads, father figures and grandfathers of all kinds by doing something together this weekend. Time well spent on memories, from seeing a movie to playing a round of disc golf, can be worth more than any gift card.

Shows of all kinds

While the “Man of Steel” hits movie theaters around the county this weekend, film buffs can enjoy a screening of “Wings,” a 1927 silent film that received the first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929. The screening will be in honor of the Liberty Theatre’s 86th anniversary 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14; 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16; and 5:45 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the downtown Camas cinema, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Admission is $2 tonight, $4 for the rest of the weekend.

Musical genres across the ages are represented for those dads who would enjoy a show. Singer and performer Tony Starlight will be giving a tribute to Neil Diamond at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Tickets are $15 for those 21 and older.

For a big band sound, the Clark College Concert Choir and Concert Band will perform a patriotic-themed spring concert Friday, June 14, and the Clark College Orchestra will perform with Italian pianist Antonio Di Cristofano on Sunday, June 16. Both performances are free and will begin 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Durst Theatre, 3101 Main St., Vancouver.

Up the ante with crooner Tony Bennett at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, Ore. Tickets are $51 to $109.

Bring on the noise with Sabotage: Tribute to the Beastie Boys at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., Portland. Tickets are $8.

Or give the gift of anticipation with tickets to the Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company concert on June 21 at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield. Tickets are $26 to $199 through the venue’s box office.

Take a hike, dad

For fathers who look forward to spending time outside, three local hiking trails offer waterfalls and picturesque scenes worth capturing. The Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge is must-do hike for this area.

The somewhat-challenging hike is 3.8-mile round-trip to the famous Punchbowl Falls. Hikers gain about 500 feet of elevation. Its waterfalls are spectacular and the trail leads through a rugged canyon. It’s best to get there early, as the parking lot fills up by midmorning. Parking permits are required and can be purchased at the trailhead. They cost $5 per car for the day. The trail is off Interstate 84; take Eagle Creek exit 41, turn right and keep right along the creek for a mile to the road’s end.

For a more moderate hike, the Moulton Falls Trail at Moulton Falls Regional Park offers many camera-worthy stops, from volcanic rock formations to a bridge three stories high. First, stop and see Lucia Falls; there’s a chance you’ll spot summer steelhead jumping. Next, drive about -mile to Hantwick Road. The 2.3-mile, barrier-free trail (4.6 miles round-trip) runs from Hantwick Road to Moulton Falls Park. The mighty East Fork of the Lewis River flanks you, with its falls and ripples. You’ll see some gorgeous riverfront houses, too. There is no fee to use the trail or the two county parks. Take Highway 503 past Battle Ground and turn onto Northeast Rock Creek Road, which will lead you onto Lucia Falls Road and past Lucia Falls. Turn on Hantwick Road and go over the river and railroad tracks and the trailhead parking lot is on the left.

Beacon Rock’s summit offers a fabulous view of the Columbia River Gorge and is just 1.8 miles round-trip, making it the easiest of the three hikes. The 848-foot landmark was once the core of a volcano. It’s one of the tallest monoliths in North America and the area is a Washington state park. The trail was built by Henry Biddle and Charles Johnson between 1915 and 1918.

It might be windy on top, but the trip with Dad will become a great memory. A Discover Pass is required to use state parks; a one-day pass is $10. You can get the pass at the park and where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Take state Highway 14 east and the rock will appear in 35 miles. You can park on the south side of the highway.

Good grub

Whether he’s a foodie, beer and wine expert or just has a ferocious appetite, the region is ripe with tasty trips you can take with dad this weekend.

If you’re looking for a dining option a bit more unusual than the standard Sunday brunch, consider checking out tonight’s Good Times and Wine dinner at English Estate Winery, 17806 S.E. First St., which includes music by Portland guitarist Eric John Kaiser and a menu featuring grilled kabobs and more courtesy of Vancouver caterers The Butler Did It. The dinner runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14.

In north county, the Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way, is holding a special Father’s Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15. A barbecue and burger bar will be flaming throughout the day, serving savory ribs and pulled pork sandwiches to fill your father’s belly with meaty goodness. Children can also visit the market’s Kids Club next to the Information Booth to make their dad a special card.

If you care to venture over the river, the Portland Beer and Cheese Festival on Sunday, June 16, showcases a tantalizing selection of cheeses expertly paired with an impressive selection of craft brews. The second annual festival begins 1 p.m. at The Commons Brewery, 1810 S.E. 10th Ave., during Portland Beer Week. For $32, you get a tasting glass, 10 beer and cheese pairings and snacks.

Local adventures

If big machines are your thing, take a ride on the restored steam engine during the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s Father’s Day weekend special. The historic railroad ride travels through the forests of north Clark County on a 12-mile round-trip that includes Moulton Falls, if you don’t feel like hiking. The rides begin at noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, from the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad station, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt. Tickets are $18, $17 for seniors, $13 for children ages 5 to 11, $11 for ages 2 to 4, free for children ages 2 and younger.

Or travel across the globe just by heading to Portland for the 85th annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. It features music, performances, dancing, Nordic food and the raising of the Maypole in celebration of centuries-old traditions. Hosted by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, the festival runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Oaks Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland. Admission is $6, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, $15 for families.

Downtown Vancouver will be a celebration all its own with the Vancouver USA Marathon, Active Expo and Summer Brewfest in Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Even if you’re not participating in the big Sunday marathon, there’s plenty to see, drink and cheer for, especially with 20 regional craft breweries in attendance. Multiple events will take place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 14; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15; and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Admission is free; $5 to $25 for brewfest tasing tokens.

Fresh take on golf

For a sporty experience, disc golf, the modern variation on greens and ties, may be your ideal Father’s Day outing. There are a handful of disc golf courses in Clark County, and at least one more that’s not too far away, if you’re up for a challenge.

Similar to regular golf, you’re aiming your projectile at a target and trying to get there in as few “strokes” as possible. Only in this case the projectile is a disc -- not a Frisbee but a smaller, faster plastic plate, available at local sporting goods stores such as Bad Monkey Bikes -- and the target is a metal basket.

If you’re new at this, try the flat, contained courses available to the public at Glenwood Community Church, 12201 N.E. 72nd Ave., and at Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue. They are both nine-hole courses that should give you a feel for the game without too much challenge.

If you’re more experienced, try the bigger, meandering Leverich Park course at 39th and M streets. Its 12 holes will lead you all over the park -- and watch out for Burnt Bridge Creek, which seems to exert a mysterious gravitational force on discs at hole 9.

The newest course in Clark County is at the far end of Paradise Point State Park, 3391 N.W. Paradise Road. It’s a nine-hole course alongside the East Fork of the Lewis River that tends to stay pretty damp, so enjoy the novelty but bring your waterproof boots.

And, if you’re really up for a disc golf test, Dabney State Park, 30174 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, in Troutdale, Ore., offers a challenging 18-hole course complete with hazards such as water, steep slopes and thorny bramble. Good luck!

Columbian staff writers Stover Harger III, Scott Hewitt, Dave Kern contributed to this report.