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Monday, February 26, 2024
Feb. 26, 2024

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Try This: Old Apple Tree Festival, BirdFest and Bluegrass, Oktoberfest

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

Not far from the tree

Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree Festival returns from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way. The apple tree, planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, is the oldest in the Northwest and the matriarch of our state’s apple industry. The trunk failed in 2020, but a new tree from the original root system has grown in its place. The free event offers Vancouver Land Bridge tours and hands-on crafts as well as apples and food to buy. The Juleps, Ottomatics and Bobbie, Joe and the New Guy will perform. The Urban Forestry Commission will give away apple tree cuttings and Urban Abundance will host free cider pressing; bring apples and containers to participate.

Birds and banjos

BirdFest and Bluegrass is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (free for the day with all trails open) and in downtown. Take a sandhill crane tour by reservation at FRNWR.eventbrite.com, a self-guided Carty Unit Refuge hike at 28908 N.W. Main Ave., or a van tour of the River S Unit, 1071 S. Hillhurst Road. Enjoy a vendor market in Overlook Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., orienteering in Abrams Park from 10 a.m. to noon and a used book sale at the Ridgefield Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live bluegrass music will be offered around town from noon to 5 p.m.; everyone is welcome to bring their own instruments and join the jam.

Pretzels and prost

Battle Ground’s Northwood Public House and Brewery, 1401 S.E. Rasmussen Blvd., will be transformed into a Bavarian-style beer hall from 11 a.m. until close on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Oktoberfest. Enjoy traditional German beer and food along with live music and entertainment by Those Darn Accordions (Saturday) and Festival Brass (Sunday). Do the chicken dance and join the stein-holding contest. For kids, there’s a coloring contest, balloon art and face painting. Menu highlights include whole roast pig with bratwurst, cabbage rolls, spaetzle, sauerkraut and pretzels. Admission is free.

The old homestead

The Covington House Heritage Society invites the community to an open house at Vancouver’s Covington House and surrounding grounds 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy history from the 1850s to the present. Tour the log cabin at 4201 Main St. and learn more about Vancouver’s oldest home and school, available to rent for events and meetings. The afternoon also features historic games, live music and costumes. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Susan at 360-936-8479.

Boo who?

The Clark County Historical Museum will host guided Haunted Walking Tours at 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October, sharing stories about Clark County’s haunted history. Tours start at the museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Guides will lead groups of 25 people for a mile-long walk with frequent stops. Tickets are $18 at cchmuseum.org/haunted-walking-tours. Rain-or-shine tours are best for ages 10 and older. Costumes are welcome and flashlights are encouraged. Tours sell out quickly; reserve your spot at 360-993-5679.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like History on Tap at the Kiggins Theatre, Nancy Wilson’s free performance at ilani and Salvador Jimenez-Flores Movidas’ artist talk and exhibit at Archer Gallery — visit events@columbian.com.