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Annual Cabin Fever Festival offers something for everyone

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Although the valley lacks snow, it has been reported that last weekend brought snow up at some of the Sno-Parks in the Gifford Pinchot including six inches at Snow King. Sno-Park permits may be purchased at the Mount Adams Ranger District or the Trout Lake Grocery.

That snow is good news because as mentioned in last week’s article, this year’s Cabin Fever Festival will take place Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.  With a range of activities, there is something for everyone.  Friday night kicks off the festival with “Himalayan Dreams: The Quest for Kumari” at the Trout Lake Grange, 7 p.m., with Hood River photographer Peter Marbach. In Spring of 2013, Marbach volunteered to document the story of trekking guide Jagat Lama and his effort to bring health care, education and a women’s skills center to his remote Himalayan village of Kumari. Peter will share stories and photos from this Himalayan dream come true.  Donations are encouraged to benefit the Sukman Memorial Clinic in Kumari, Nepal.

Saturday, Feb. 1, the fun continues with the classic 8k Nordic Classic Ski Race at Pineside Sno-Park, 9:30 a.m.  The race is open to both competitive skiers and those just out for fun (costumes welcome!).  Destino Gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a craft project for all ages.  Come by the Grange for the Winter Soup Contest and the community lunch (free) starting at 11:30 a.m.  Cascadia Creamery will host a cheese tasting at Destino from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  And to wrap up the day, head to the Snow Ball Costume Party at the Trout Lake Inn at 7 p.m., whose proceeds will support the Trout Lake Youth Nordic fund.

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Gotchen Creek Cabin Open House will finish off the weekend at Snow King Sno-Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There is an event for everyone.  Please come out and join the fun.  For questions or information on volunteering, please contact Camden McMahon at (509) 395-2617.


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