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Columbia Theatre
1231 Vandercook Way, Longview WA 98632
Columbia Theatre

The historic Columbia Theatre opened as a vaudeville venue and movie house in 1925, declined during the mid-20th century and escaped what would have been a tragic ending in 1980 when excavation and demolition equipment heading toward the theater was diverted to help with the cleanup following the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Subsequently, a group of visionaries got together and saved the building. Today, the vibrant 1,000-seat theatre hosts nearly a dozen shows each year, ranging from musicals to comedy to children’s theatre.

360.575.8499
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
115 South Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.

To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago.

Lilac Days 2018
April 21 – Mothers Day – May 13th

History of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Woodland is perhaps best known as the home of Hulda Klager (1863–1960), who was a prolific breeder of lilacs. The “Lilac Lady” Hulda Klager née Thiel, was long the pride of Woodland. She immigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1865, when she was just two years old, and came West when her family bought a farm in Woodland. Later she married and settled down on the family farm. When a friend gave her a book about Luther Burbank, she began creating flowers, hybridizing new varieties of roses, dahlias, even apples, and lilacs in particular. By 1920 she had created such a magnificent array of new hand-pollinated lilacs that she opened her garden on Lilac Week every spring for visitors. The floodwaters of 1948 rolled over her garden, destroying every shrub and hand-pollinated lilac. The loss grieved those who visited her garden or who had purchased her lilacs. From all over the Northwest, people sent starts of her lilacs from their own gardens. By 1950, at the age of eighty-seven, Klager, who loved flowers and who had been honored by the state of Washington as well as such organizations as the nationally famous arboretum at Cambridge, Massachusetts, again opened her home for Lilac Week. After her death in 1960, the Woodland Federated Garden Club, shocked that the garden might be bulldozed for industry, succeeded in raising money to buy it and have it declared a state and national historic site.

Mt St Helens Stables at Eco Park Resort
14000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649
Mt St Helens Stables at Eco Park Resort

Eco Park Resort, just 24 miles up SR-504 offers Guided Horse Back Tours in the beautiful back country.
Take a guided tour on horseback, lead by park owner Mark Smith, a survivor of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
They have over 12 miles of trails to ride on. Some of the trails cross over parts of the old highway.
Tour on the mud-flow itself, and see the life returning to the area first hand.

360.274.7007
Willow Grove Gardens and Pumpkin Patch
8561 Willow Grove Rd.
Longview, Washington
Willow Grove Gardens and Pumpkin Patch

Willow Grove Gardens and Pumpkin Patch

360.423.3492
Stageworks Northwest Theatre
1433 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Stageworks Northwest Theatre

The Theatre strives to enlarge live theatre arts as a vital part of the local quality of life by stimulating interest in, appreciation for, and participation in the theatre arts.

A community theatre in every sense — an active player in reviving Downtown Longview; a creative space that welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities and interests; a performance space featuring quality work at an affordable ticket price.

360.636.4488
Regal Cinemas 12 – RPX
341 Three Rivers Drive
Kelso, WA 98626
Regal Cinemas 12 – RPX

Regal Cinemas 12 – RPX

844.462.7342
The Patch
612 Whalen Road
Woodland, Washington 98674
The Patch

A Family Pumpkin Patch with Activities, also offering Squash, Gourds and Corn of all kinds!
Open October 1st – October 31st
Prices according to variety and size with free parking and no admission fee….Family-Fun Activities include:
Hay Maze
Hay Rides (Weekend & Weather Permitting)
Pumpkin Bowling (Weekend & Weather Permitting)
Photo Op PropsWe sell over 40 varieties of Pumpkins (large and small), Squash and Gourds as well as Corn Stalks, Corn and Hay.

360.225.8594
Cowlitz Farmers Market
Cowlitz Farmers Market

Tuesdays – 9 am to 2 pm
(May through October)Saturdays – 9 am to 2 pm
(April through October)
7th Avenue – Longview
(across from Cowlitz County Fairgrounds)

360.785.3883
Roland Wines
1106 Florida Street
Longview, WA 98632
Roland Wines

Roland Wines was established in 2008 with the purpose of making world-class wine from historic Longview, WA.

We are a local winery who values friends, family, and community life. Marc and Nancy Roland are teachers who love to share their love for wine and life with everyone. We make wine by hand with minimal intervention in a traditional French style. We only use grapes from the best vineyards in Washington state and we are constantly learning how to get the most out of our unique wine region.

http://rolandwines.com/
360.846.7304
Cowlitz County Historical Museum
405 Allen St.
Kelso, WA 98626
Cowlitz County Historical Museum

The Museum collects, preserves, and interprets information and artifacts that tell the story of Cowlitz County.
They provide exhibits, research facilities, and educational and public programs that serve a wide range of local citizens, students, and tourists.

360.577.3119
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