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By Brittany Allen
News Editor 

Maryhill's last hurrah before the holidays


As October has now drawn to a close and November will soon welcome signs of a forthcoming

winter, Maryhill Museum is hosting its last few events of the 2016 season before they wrap the place up like a present to be gifted again in the new year.

Speaking of gifts, at Maryhill’s Closing Season Celebration, which is to take place through the weekend of Nov. 12 and 13, there will be special discounts for members of the museum in the gift shop and--according to Executive Director Colleen Schafroth--they will be once again taking non-perishable items in lieu of admissions fees.

Last year they were able to collect 135 pounds of food to donate to the local food bank, and this year they hope to beat that total. In order to enter the museum on this weekend, the individual requirement is two cans of food or two non-perishable items.

“…It was pretty significant,” Schafroth says of the amount of food donated last year. “We’d like to beat it this year.”

Sunday, Nov. 13 will also be the last chance to see a handful of different exhibits which have called Maryhill home for the past year. Among these are the the Animal Kingdom exhibit, the

Fred L. Mitchell Collection of American Art Pottery, the Sam Hill and the Columbia River

Highway exhibit, and the A Kaleidoscope of Color: American Indian Trade Blankets exhibit.

This year has seen many new and well-received exhibits, and it has also seen a growth in admissions, besides the successful stucco restoration project.

“This has been one of the most fantastic years Maryhill has had,” Schafroth says. “…We had great programming and exhibitions—really stunning exhibitions; we have participated in the Columbia Gorge scenic highway anniversary, which Sam Hill was tied to; we’ve redone the exterior of the building and it’s almost jewel-perfect; it’s like the jewel in the Columbia River Gorge and it is gorgeous….We’ve accomplished some great landscaping … it’s been a great year here at Maryhill and admissions have been up so a lot of people have been hearing about us and loving us.”

That being said, she has high hopes for programs to be brought to fruition in 2017. Here’s a sneak peek of some events and coming (or coming back) to Maryhill next year:

Featured in 2017 will be a new-to-Maryhill exhibit entitled: A Particular Beauty: Romanian Folk

Clothing. They will also host their 2nd Annual Star Party on July 15, a Summer Art Institute on

July 24-28, the 13th annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the Columbia River Gorge in

August and the Car is King Weekend Oct. 7 and 8. So, once you inevitably receive your 2017

calendars in your Christmas stocking, remember those dates so you don’t miss out on all

Maryhill will have to offer in 2017.

To find out more information about events and the museum itself, you can visit .

“People come here from all over the place and they’re amazed by the beauty of the place and the museum and the locality and the county—I could go on and on,” Schafroth says. And, of the upcoming season, she assures that “There’s a lot of things in the works.”


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