For example, the epicenter of the Hood River arts scene on Wednesday, Feb. 29, will host noted National Geographic photographer Erik Boomer, who also happens to be the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2012.
Boomer will speak and show slides about his 1,485-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in Canada with fellow adventurer Jon Turk.
For those not inclined to do-it-themselves, just imagine:
- The world’s 10th largest island
- Lots of dangerous ice (compared, say, to the stuff in a cocktail glass).
- Days spent dragging a 220-pound, 13.5-foot kayak across the ice.
- 800 miles of dragging later, the ice begins to break up — and you have to jump (like they did) over cracks and between unstable ice floes.
- Until you can begin to paddle through slivers of open water.
After hearing about all that, you’ll probably need a restroom break. Phew. Hard work.
You can experience all this, warm and indoors, for a mere $10. A reception at 7 p.m. leads up to the show at 7:30 p.m.
So WHAT if it’s cool, damp, raining and snowing … it’s time to Par-tee!
Maybe it’s not the perfect storm outside, but it certainly is, inside, this weekend. Hood River has dueling events on Saturday night, Nov. 19.
First up (it starts at 7:30 p.m. ) is the Really Big Show at Columbia Arts. It’s a local variety show (no, no Ed Sullivan), featuring … all sorts of “entertainers.” The first show last year became the talk of the town, for all the fun everyone had — laughing with, and AT, the performers.
Afterward (or instead of), hard partiers might want to drop in to the Hood River Elks Club — not because it’s an Elks meeting, but because it’s the site of the Native Eyewear “thank you” and catalog launch party.
The company came to Hood River last summer and engaged a bunch of Hood River residents in telling why they love this community so much. Local filmmaker Manny Marquez filmed a video to show those people having fun and wearing Native Eyewear. And locals also penned encomiums to the Hood for use in the catalog.
The long of it is, Native is thanking anyone and everyone for being Hoodies. Just show up, for FREE beer and food and dancing. Sweet.
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