As the Crow Flies
A Collaborative Event
Cascade Locks Historical Museum, the Columbia Gorge Museum, The Dalles Art Center, the Goldendale Library, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, and Maryhill Museum of Art present As the Crow Flies, a month of public programs to celebrate the history, culture and seasonal beauty of October in Columbia River Gorge area.
As the Crow Flies is a metaphor used to join the diverse and rich collection of programs happening at these six cultural institutions from Cascade Locks to Goldendale. Imagine a crow, its curiosity piqued, flying down the Columbia River, and stopping at each location to explore. This is the essence of “As the Crow Flies.” Locals and visitors alike will be treated to programs that bring the spirit of Fall and Halloween to life in ways unique to each cultural institution.
“The people who visit all six organizations participating in ‘As the Crow Flies’ in October will be treated to inspiring programming from the Magical History Masquerade dinner cruise with Cascade Locks Historical Museum to creating life-sized ghosts at The Ghosts of Maryhill Museum and everything in-between. The collaboration and communication between our organizations is exciting and unprecedented. We focused our efforts on creating something special for our community. I plan to participate in as many programs as possible, starting on October 5 with the ‘As the Crow Flies’ landscape exhibit at The Dalles Art Center and later in the month at The Goldendale Library for Crafternoon! Ravens & Crows & Bats! Oh MY!!”
— Laura Matzer
Columbia Gorge Discovery
Center & Museum
Each organization is offering one or more public programs as part of “As the Crow Flies.” During October, residents and visitors can plan to attend activities such as Nevermore, a reading of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe at The Dalles Art Center, help create a public art display, “A Murder of Crows!” at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum or build a ghostly scarecrow (with music by Whiskey Flats) at the Ghosts of Skamania County event at the Columbia Gorge Museum. There is something for everyone from families to couples or seniors.
“I thought that this group of six cultural organizations could join together to create programming that locals and visitors alike would enjoy. Here at the Columbia Gorge Museum, we are hosting the Ghosts of Skamania County where people can make their own ghosts and learn about the history of the area. I have set a challenge for myself to attend as many of the ‘As the Crow Flies’ programs as I can in October! I see ‘As the Crow Flies’ as a first of many collaborative programming efforts with this group of organizations.”
— Louise A. Palermo
Columbia Gorge Museum
and the instigator of this collaboration
Calendar of Events:
Sunday, October 1st - Thursday, October 26th: Create a Murder of Crows! With admission, each guest will receive a feather to create the Murder of Crows community art project (with information posted about the Gorge-wide event). The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.
Thursday, October 5th, 5 - 7 pm: As the Crow Flies Art Exhibit Opening Night Party, Opening Night with the artists and complimentary snacks and beverages. FREE. About the exhibit: artists created real and imaged landscapes a crow might see flying across Washington or Oregon state. This is a landscape show that includes abstract and/or interpretations of landscape along with traditional landscape composition. The Dalles Art Center.
Saturday, October 7th, Noon-4pm: The Ghosts of Maryhill Museum - Come and get creative! Join us in the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Education Center for an engaging, hands-on art experience for all ages. We’ll be using mannequins and white tissue paper with mixed media to craft life-size ghosts of some of the characters involved in the founding of Maryhill Museum and its collection. Queen Marie of Romania, or modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller or perhaps a sculpture from our Rodin collection! Add a small detail or get more involved. Whatever your contribution, it will add to the spirit of the piece!! Free with admission. The Maryhill Museum of Art.
Saturday, October 14th, 6pm-9pm: Magical History Masquerade. Join us aboard sternwheeler Columbia Gorge for our annual dinner cruise auction with a haunting new theme. Tickets on sale September 1. Cascade Locks Historical Museum.
Thursday, October 19th, 7 pm: As Far as the Crow Flies Art Exhibit Artist Talk. Join Sally Johnson in a conversation with artists from As the Crow Flies. Tickets are $5 and benefit The Dalles Art Center. Complimentary snacks and beverages. About the exhibit: artists created real and imaged landscapes a crow might see flying across Washington or Oregon state. This is a landscape show that includes abstract and/or interpretations of landscape along with traditional landscape composition. The Dalles Art Center.
Saturday, October 21st, 1:00 - 4:30: The Ghosts of Skamania County. Whiskey Flats will play as YOU conjure up a ghostly scarecrow! Using plastic wrap and packing tape, you can make ghosts using your own body or one of the mannequins we’ll provide. Hang your ghost at your home, at the museum, or on the streets to show your Halloween spirit. Use provided props to turn your ghost into a “former” member of the history of our county! Fun for everyone. Free with a donation. The Columbia Gorge Museum.
Thursday, October 26th, 6pm – 8:30pm: Paint a Crow! Paint night with Denae Manion. Guests will experience a night at the museum painting a crow and special lights out tour of museum; cost is $45, food & drink available for purchase. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.
Thursday, October 26th – Thursday, November 30th: Murder of Crows community art project on display at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.
Friday, October 27th, 2:30, 4:00 pm: Crafternoon! Ravens & Crows & Bats ! Oh MY !! Please join us at the library for an all-ages craft event! Enjoy this Origami and Craft Program at The Goldendale Library.
Friday, October 27th, 5 - 6 pm Nevermore, A Reading of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. A secret-surprise guest will read the Edgar Allan Poe Poem, The Raven. Complimentary snacks and beverages. Make your own Raven window art activity. FREE. The Dalles Art Center.
Saturday, October 28th: Annual Bugs & Birds Day with OSU extension scientists and Billy the entomologist, with special museum scavenger hunts; admission free for those in costume. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.
Tuesday, October 31st
9 AM - 6 PM: Trick-or-Treat at the Library! Costumes encouraged. The Goldendale Library
10am - 5pm: Trick-or-Treat at the Museum! Celebrate the last day of museum season with candy and free admission for costumed visitors of all ages. Cascade Locks Historical Museum.
Locations and Contact Information:
Cascade Locks Historical Museum
417 SW Portage Rd
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
The Columbia Gorge Museum
(formerly The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum)
990 SW Rock Creek Drive
Stevenson, WA 98648
Goldendale Community Library
131 W. Burgen Street
Goldendale, WA 98620
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Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Goldendale, WA 98620