With community celebrations gearing up, things are getting really busy at Whitman County Library. I hope you can join us for some or all of these fabulous events.
In Colfax, First Thursdays begin June 6 with Sammy Eubanks and his band starting at 6:30 p.m. Eubanks has been voted best male vocalist in Washington 12 times and is a member of the Inland Empire Blues Society Hall of Fame.
Sammy’s playlist ranges from country to blues, and his vocals are stellar. Bring a lawn chair to find a comfy spot near the stage, or plant yourself in the beer/wine garden starting at 5:30 p.m.
Either spot affords you a great seat to enjoy this fabulous and free music opportunity, located on Spring Street at the second stoplight in town.
Besides the band and booze, lots of activities are planned for First Thursday. Starting at 3 p.m., the Colfax Library and Center host an all-ages Fish Painting Party.
Come get creative by painting one of hundreds of fish that will adorn the chain link fence surrounding Colfax’s flood control viaduct.
By the end of summer, schools of colorful fish and large creative murals will adorn Colfax as part of the local Arts Council project.
Along with the painting party, the library features Slinky the Clown and his balloon tying talents, Virtual Reality experiences for those 13 and older, and a stunning art and photography exhibit in The Center.
Street vendors begin at 3 p.m., while many restaurants and local merchants are running sales all day long.
Outside of Colfax, there are a number of celebrations that you’ll want to put on your calendar as well.
On June 1, Rosalia Battle Days celebrates its 50th anniversary with a slate of activities including a rodeo, fun run/walk, car show, dance and more.
A breakfast at the fire station and a 10 a.m. parade begin Saturday’s event, with the Rosalia children leading the parade in celebration of the summer reading space theme, “A Universe of Stories.” Call the Rosalia Chamber of Commerce at (509) 523-3311 for more information.
The 91st annual Slippery Gulch Days is set for June 15-16 in Tekoa. This two day event features a two day vintage market, comedy, music, dancing, a parade, fireworks, and tons of fun activities for all ages. On Saturday, the Tekoa Library hosts an historic exhibit along with access to the town’s museum from 1-5.
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For those interested in high-speed action and excitement, Sprint Boat Racing at Webb’s Slough in St. John is set for June 16. Webb’s Slough generously supports teen summer reading with free passes, so you’ll likely see some of our teen readers in attendance. Visit http://www.webbslough.com/ to learn more.
Coming June 21-22 is the LaCrosse Farmers Festival, featuring a band and great food Friday night, followed by a parade, photo contest, car and truck show, barbecue in the park, Wine & Stein event, street dance and a whole lot more Saturday.
The Ice Age Flood Museum makes its debut in the renovated LaCrosse Rock Bunkhouse from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. This collaborative project between the library’s Whitman County Heritage project and a local group called LaCrosse Community Pride tells the story of the region, from its earliest glacial beginnings and native ancestors to its ranching roots and recent efforts to preserve and promote this amazing town. Contact Sharon Schlomer at (509) 549-3498 for more information about Farmers Festival.
Closing out the month, we’ll be back in Colfax from 1-4 p.m. June 23 for the 46th annual Ice Cream Social at the Perkins House. Guests will enjoy Ferdinand’s ice cream, homemade pie, vendors, exhibits, a vintage fashion show, live music and the library’s Whitman County Heritage booth. Our goal is to connect people with our region’s past — much of which revolves around community gatherings and celebrations that continue as traditions today.
For more information on these June events or community celebrations throughout the summer, visit Whitman County Library events calendar at http://www.whitco.lib.wa.us/ or call (509) 397-4366.
Kristie Kirkpatrick is the director of the Whitman County Library.