The Camas High School Drama Department ended its “Brigadoon” run Saturday night at CHS Theatre to an impressed audience.

The two-act play, written by Alan Jay Lerner, with music by Frederick Loewe, was directed by CHS Drama teacher, Sean Kelly, and was filled with a talented cast and crew. The Orchestra, directed by Richard Mancini, had its 15th musical production under his direction, and they, too, made an incredible difference to the play’s overall performance. The CHS choir introduced the play and has performances throughout the evening.

“We thought it was wonderful,” said Louise Wynn, a Camas resident. “They did a great job!”

The students have spent months in preparation for the play, which is a story about love and fear.

“After all,” says director Kelly, “To love someone is to take a courageous leap of faith and entrust another with knowledge of your truest self.”

The story involves two American tourists (Tommy Albright, played by Forrest Myers-Power, and Jeff Douglas, played by Omar Shaufiuzzaman) who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village which appears for only one day every hundred years.

The New Yorkers have traveled to Scotland on a vacation, but they quickly get lost. They begin to hear music (“Brigadoon”) coming from a nearby village that does not appear on their map. As they head over there to get directions, they find a fair in progress (“McConnachy Square”), with villagers dressed in traditional Scottish attire. Andrew McLaren (played by John Nelson) and his daughters arrive at the fair to purchase supplies for younger daughter Jean’s wedding to Charlie Dalrymple (played by Andrew Henson). Harry Beaton (played by Jonah Bates) is madly in love with Jean and is depressed at the thought of her marrying another. One of the girls asks Jean’s older sister Fiona when she’ll marry, and she says she’s waiting for the right person (“Waitin’ For My Dearie”).

Eventually, Tommy falls in love with Fiona (Brooke Moltrum), a young woman from Brigadoon, and the challenges ensue.

“And here we find the protagonist,” said Kelly. “An unsatisfied groom-to-be, Tommy, is at the very center of the struggle between succumbing to the modern world’s cynical attitudes and taking a leap of faith into the unknown. His best friend, Jeff, has already resigned the battle and takes solace in the way a young bachelor can. But Tommy just can’t let it go. There simply must be something better out there.”

The students, both on and off the stage, did a stellar job with acting, singing, dancing, set design, and timing. The orchestra was outstanding. The Drama Department didn’t disappoint.

In all, the acting team put on five performances of “Brigadoon” to mostly filled theaters.

To learn more, visit www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

“Brigadoon’s” History

The original Broadway production, directed by Robert Lewis and choreographed by Agnes de Mille, opened March 13, 1947, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for 581 performances. The production enjoyed an extended North American tour.

The film adaptation of “Brigadoon” was directed by Vincente Minnelli and was released by MGM in 1954 with Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, and Cyd Charisse in leading roles.

A TV film starred Robert Goulet as Tommy, Peter Falk as Jeff, and Sally Ann Howes as Fiona. It first aired in 1966.

The play continues to be performed onstage across the United States.

Brigadoon Singing

Tommy (Forrest Myers-Power) and Fiona (Brooke Moltrum) act a scene.

 

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A scene from “Brigadoon.”

 

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This is one of the early scenes in “Brigadoon.”

 

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Jeff, Tommy and Fiona listen to advice on the stage of “Brigadoon.”

Vancouver, WA — The Camas Freshman baseball team got their new season off to a great start on Friday night, beating Columbia River, 8-1.

The 18-member team, which is coached by Zak Webb, got an early lead, thanks to some walks and hits by the starting lineup: Damon Gilmore, Grant Heiser, Shane Jamison, Brogan Layne, Luke Brewer, Caden Wengler, Jacob Trupp, Camden Ford, and Joey Schnell.

Brewer pitched the majority of the game for the Papermakers, and was relieved in the sixth inning by Jake Taylor. In the third inning, Carson Farra, Christian Geigenmiller, and Taylor entered the game.

“It was a great way to start off the season,” said Thea Jamison, of the parents. “Many of these kids have been playing ball competitively since they were very young, at Camas Little League.”

Geigenmiller said that’s one reason the team works well together, as they’ve been playing the game since T-ball or Pee-Wee division at the local little league.

“We just know how to work well with each other,” he said.

The team plays game two of the season this coming Tuesday at 4 at Battle Ground.

To learn more, visit www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

Photos by Blake Schnell.

High School Baseball

Camas Freshman, Joey Schnell.

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High School Baseball

Inside.

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Camas Freshman, Grant Heiser, caught the entire first game.

High School Baseball

Pitching against Camas.

Camas Baseball

Grant Heiser throws the ball.

High School Baseball

Camas Freshman, Luke Brewer.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Lacamas Magazine subscriber, Katie Shepard, was up late last night preparing a leprechaun basket for her young children, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Her kids love surprises that make these kinds of days even more special.

“I do it every year,” says Shepard. “Reina couldn’t sleep last night because she was so excited. She was excited to show me the treasures that they brought her. Every year they bring something different from gold dollars, to movies, to toys. But they always get a shirt to wear. Jay (her youngest) still doesn’t get it yet.”

Shepard’s mother-in-law is Irish, “so that is why I do it.”

At the Sanville home, the leprechauns come every year.

“Sometimes they are naughty and leave a mess and turn the milk and toilet water green,” says Rebecca Sanville, mother of four. “Other times they bring gold coins or green treats for all the kids! We set a trap each year, but have yet to get a little, feisty green man!! Thank Goodness!!”

St. Patrick's Day

Camas resident, Brielle Sanville, enjoys St. Patrick’s Day.

At Helen Baller, first grade teacher, Diane Loghry, used to have her students use their imagination to create their own leprechaun traps.

Do you have any fun traditions on St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick died on March 17, 461. But did you know that he wasn’t even Irish? Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick and this fun day.

Origins of St. Patrick’s Day

History, according to National Public Radio:

Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn. He was born in Roman Britain. He was kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland.

He escaped to a monastery in Gaul (France) and converted to Christianity. He went back to Ireland in 432 as a missionary. While Christianity had already taken hold in the country, tradition has it that Patrick confronted the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites, making Christianity more widespread.

Patrick became a bishop and after his death was named Ireland’s patron saint. Celebrations in Ireland were understated though. When the Irish emigrated to the U.S., they created the bigger celebrations and parades known today.

Eighteenth century Irish soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick Day parades. The celebrations became a way for the Irish to connect with their roots after they moved to America.

Fun Facts:

The shamrock: According to legend St. Patrick used the three leaf clover (or shamrock) to explain the Trinity.

Dyeing the river green: The practice of dyeing the river green started in Chicago in 1962, when city officials decided to dye a portion of the Chicago River green.

Corn beef and cabbage: This is an Irish American dish. Irish Americans were so poor they could not afford certain meals. On St. Patrick’s Day, the best meal they could afford was beef and cabbage. It became a staple for the holiday.

This website has some fun information about the holiday: http://www.theholidayspot.com/patrick/historyofpatrick.htm

Immerse yourself in the creative world of cycling at the 14th Annual Filmed by Bike, a film festival featuring the world’s best bike movies May 6-8 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The festival will host a diverse array of movies, a lively street party, filmmaker Q+As, a Festival Lounge with craft beer and fine coffee, VIP screenings and a brewery tour with the filmmakers.

Fifty-nine short films will show for three days, with five unique programs. The work of 55 filmmakers representing 19 countries will be showcased, including Slovenia, India, Russia, Switzerland, and Italy.

The opening night features a New Belgium Street Party from 5:00-9:30 p.m. The free event is all ages and features a beer garden, live entertainment, a video storytelling booth, a photo booth and a gigantic bike parking arena. The Street Party takes place behind Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue.

The event benefits NW Documentary, a non-profit organization that helps people tell their stories through film.

The film festival showcases the world’s best bicycle movies with this huge film festival in Portland every year, then the curated movie collections travel the world. Filmed by Bike is inspiring a culture with cycling is woven seamlessly into everyday life.

Filmed by Bike Film Festival KOM

“King of the Mountain” by Orlando von Einsiedel | London, Great Britain.

 

2016 Filmed By Bike Highlights + Background

  • Filmed by Bike was founded in 2003 by Ayleen Crotty.
  • 59 films. 55 filmmakers. 19 countries.
  • The festival features film genres including documentaries, animation, dramas and comedies from Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Italy, India, Slovenia and, of course, Portland.
  • Awards ceremony will honor top filmmakers with the Golden Helmet Award, presented by Travel Oregon, and the Independent Music Award, presented by Radio Room.
  • The festival occurs each May in Portland, Oregon. The new Filmed by Bike Traveling Program is open for screenings in host cities. For more details, please contact info@filmedbybike.org.
  • Filmmaker Q&A sessions.
  • Intermission Speed Raffle with over $3,000 in prizes presented by Solemates Socks.
  • Brewery Bike Tour on Sunday, May 8 with visiting and local filmmakers.

Tickets + Information

  • Showtimes and complete schedule are available online at FilmedByBike.org
  • Cost: $11 per show; $55 for VIP Festival Pass that offers exclusive screenings and events, unlimited access to all screenings and a VIP-only screening, Filmmaker Brewery Bike tour and beer garden discounts.
  • Screenings and events are open to all ages.
  • Tickets are on sale now at FilmedByBike.org or at the Hollywood Theatre box office on opening night, space allowing.
  • Contact Info: 971-221-7228

Filmed by Bike benefits NW Documentary, a non-profit organization that helps people tell their stories through film. Sponsors include: New Belgium Brewing, Amtrak, Travel Oregon, Brompton, Yakima, Portland Design Works, Showers Pass and Radio Room.

Filmed by Bike Film Festival Kazbegi

“Trail to Kazbegi” by Joey Schusler | Boulder, Colorado.

We compiled a fun list of things that show you have lived in Camas for a while. How long have you lived here?

  1. You bowled at Riverside Lanes before Big Al’s entered the scene.

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    Riverside Lanes on Third Avenue.

  2. You associate Gyro’s with Friday night Camas Varsity football games at Doc Harris Stadium.
  3. You never speed by the Fire Station on Parker Street because there’s usually a police officer there. Speed trap. You know where all the speed traps are.
  4. You know who Joe Papermaker the Mean Machine is, and you defend him when people make fun of the name.
  5. You know Lacamas Lake is disgusting but swim in it anyway during the warm summer months. Plus, you know where the tree rope is.

    Lacamas Lake

    Lacamas Lake

  6. You know a small order of fries at Top Burger will feed you and three of your friends just fine, but you order a large anyway. You also know fries at Top Burger taste even better with their ice cream.
  7. You know movies are just better at Liberty Theater, even with the old building smell (you get used to it after a few minutes).
  8. You remember when band concerts and performances were held at Garfield.
  9. The odor from the paper mill doesn’t faze you anymore.
  10. Going to the “beach” during the hot summer months means going to Cottonwood, aka BA Beach.
  11. You remember when the Camas Hotel was gross. It’s not anymore.
  12. Summer isn’t summer without a blizzard at Dairy Queen in downtown Camas.
  13. You did all your shopping at Sprouse Reitz in downtown Camas.

    Camas

    Spouse Reitz was located where Lizzabeth A is today.

  14. You got your hair cut at Baldy’s (formerly next to Lily Atelier). Some refer to it also as Jack’s Barbershop.
  15. You know the original town’s name wasn’t “Camas.” Hint: Look at our magazine’s name.

We welcome you to add to this list. Just comment below.

To learn more about Camas, visit: http://www.cityofcamas.us

 

CAMAS — Arktana Shoes, as part of their celebration of being named a Top 3 Boutique by Best of Clark County, is offering a special contest this week. The shoe boutique, which features women’s and men’s offerings, has announced a special giveaway contest for a pair of classic wedges from TOMS. The shoe is a scarlet multi, cross stitch, with a cork wedge.

The store celebrates its second anniversary in May, and owner Ann Matthews is pleased with their success.

“We are grateful for our customers,” said Matthews. “And we’re proud of our team. They provide great customer service. I feel like Arktana is unique because we truly want everyone to feel like they are family here. When our customers come in, we enjoy their company so much that sometimes we talk and talk, and forget to even look at shoes.”

The name, Arktana, comes from a blend of Arkansas and Montana.

“My husband is from Arkansas, and I’m from Montana; we just blended them and got Arktana,” said Matthews.

She said her entire family helped her start the shoe boutique, and made sure everything was perfect on opening day.

To enter the contest, go to the Lacamas Magazine Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lacamasmagazine/ and click “Like,” comment and share this with friends on social media. Arktana wants at least 100 people to comment, like and share, in order for their names to be drawn for the giveaway.

TOMS shoes

Arktana Shoes is giving away a pair of these TOMS classic wedges if you enter their contest at the Lacunas Magazine Facebook page.

 

 

 

Each month, beginning on the First Friday, the Camas Public Library hosts a new art exhibit in the Second Story Gallery. For the month of March, the library is displaying the exquisite Raku Ceramics artwork of clay artists, Dave and Boni Deal.

The couple work full-time at their craft, producing quality art pieces at their rustic, off-the-grid home in the Columbia Gorge. Their work is recognized for its size, classical form, and surface design that has a Pacific Northwest feel.

Raku Ceramics are known for dramatic firings, and Dave pulls his work out of the 2000 degree F kiln, and lowers it into a barrel of organic burnables. The rapid cooling, as well as the flames, and smoke, give rack its hues, crackled glaze, smoky tones, and metallic accents.

Raku Ceramics Background

According to the library, Raku is a pottery technique with an ancient Japanese origin. “American Raku” was popularized by Hal Riegger and Paul Soldner in the 1950s and 60s. Dave learned the art form at Clark College and at PSU/Haystack school in Cannon Beach, Oregon. The couple eventually took Raku workshops from Riegger and Soldner, and started working full-time in their chosen craft in the mid-1970s.

Their work is a collaborative effort. While Dave creates clay forms on the wheel, Boni draws in the clay, and does the glazes. She earned her degree in graphic design from Portland State University.

“Clay offers a lifetime of possibilities for expression in form and surface design,” said the couple. “Awe of nature motivates us. A high aspiration is to reflect the beauty of God’s creations: plants, geology, and wildlife of rustic places are recurring themes — timeless, relevant today and even more so for the future.”

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607. To learn more, visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary

 

Ceramics

This is the Raku work of Dave and Boni Deal.

Ceramics

This is a Raku Ceramics vase made by Dave and Boni Deal.

The Camas High School Drama Department premieres “Brigadoon” this Friday at the CHS Auditorium, with curtain at 7 pm.

“Brigadoon” Synopsis from Tams-Witmark:

“Once in the Highlands, the Highlands of Scotland, two weary hunters lost their way.” It is this desolate situation which Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, two young New Yorkers, are contemplating when the curtain rises on a misty glen in Scotland. As the two exhausted men reflect on what they have forsaken in the States for their present predicament, a lift in the Highland veil reveals to them the awakening village of Brigadoon; a village which comes into being for only one day in each century.

The strained and strange greetings of the villagers bedecked in 18th century costumes, who have gathered in the market square to sell their wares and to discuss the final wedding preparations of Jeannie MacLaren and the boyish Charlie Dalrymple, are softened for Tommy by his encounter with Jeannie’s lovely sister, Fiona, and enlivened for Jeff by his reluctant entanglement with the maid, Meg Brockie.

The blissful occasion is momentarily tinged with gloom when the fate of Brigadoon is threatened by Harry Beaton, Jeannie’s rejected suitor. And Tommy, now burdened with the knowledge of Brigadoon’s secret and enraptured by the gentle charms of the beautiful Fiona, is confronted with the choice of remaining forever at the side of the Scottish lass or returning to the unsatisfying world familiar to him. At the close of the day he is still unable to commit himself without doubt or regret to Fiona and to Brigadoon, and leaves with Jeff for America.

Restless and unhappy in New York, Tommy finally yields to the haunting memory of Fiona and, guided by the faith and strength of his love, finds his way back to Brigadoon.

Production dates are as follows:

March 11, 12, 18, 19, with the lobby opening at 6 pm, and the House opening at 6:30. Curtain is at 7 pm.

Matinee is March 19, with the House opening at 1:30, and the curtain at 2 pm.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, ASB, and students 13 and under.

The CHS Auditorium is located at 26900 SE 15th Street, at the Camas High School. Use the South Entrance.

Tickets available online here: https://wa-camas.intouchreceipting.com

The Clark College Orchestra performs De Falla’s Three Cornered Hat and Chabrier’s Espana, directed by Don Appert, this Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 pm. Guest violist Brett Deubner solos in Don Appert’s Fantasy for Viola and String Orchestra, as well as Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher for Viola and Chamber Orchestra.

Location: Durst Theatre, at the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics.

Admission is FREE.

There are several other musical performances happening this week, as well.

Women’s Choral Ensemble & Chorale Concert

The Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble & Chorale perform on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 pm. Directed by April B. Duvic. Special guests, Seton Catholic Prep Concert Choir directed by Janet Reiter, opens the program. The Clark College Women’s Ensemble continues with several riveting selections about love, hope, heaven, and revelation. The men of Seton Catholic and the Clark College Chorale combine for the concert’s inspiration, Grieg’s “Brothers, Sing On” before the Chorale shares its varied program of choral classics. The concert concludes with Chorale and Seton Catholic bringing down the house with a choral arrangement of Mozart’s famous Rondo alla Turca.

Location: Gaiser Center, Clark College

Admission is FREE.

 

Concert Band & Concert Choir

This performance will feature the Concert Choir (April B. Duvic, Director) on the concert title, Musicks Empire, a song about the origin of music and Jubal who “tamed” the music of nature and created man-made music. The event will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 3 pm. Other eclectic highlights from the choir include Magnificent Horses based off the Mongolian folk tune; a French song, Dirait-on, and A Boy and a Girl, based off the English translation of a poem by Octavio Paz. The Clark College Concert Band (Richard Inouye, Director) will feature well know pieces inspired by the tradition of the American wind band. Highlights include Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades, and Spoon River by Percy Grainger.

Location: O’Connell Sports Center

Admission is FREE.

This season was made possible with the generous support of the ASCC, Clark College Foundation, Mark Moreland Violin Shop, Beacock Music Center, the David Kerr Violin Shop, Music World, Dr. Peter Phillips Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic, Gillespie Dentistry, the Blind Onion, and the Heathman Lodge.

For more information, http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts/

The Touchjet Pond Projector turns any flat surface (wall, ceiling, table) into a supersized 80” interactive touchscreen that you can use with just the click of a stylus. It has a built-in Android operating system, so you can download any apps directly to the device itself— everything from Angry Birds and Scrabble to Skype and Netflix.

It’s ultra-portable and easy to use. All you have to do is turn it on, grab a stylus and you can instantly start interacting: play games, write on documents or watch videos, all in one place. It’s roughly the size of a day planner, so you can easily fit in a briefcase, backpack or purse.

The power is in the stylus. Simply touch the stylus to the projected images with pinpoint accuracy, just like the smartphones and tablets you are used to.

The process is the same as giving commands with your fingers on a tablet screen. You can even zoom in or out by using two pens at once. Just move the pens on the projected screen in essentially the same combined motion you would use for expanding or pinching together two fingers on a touch screen. You can also give commands with the accompanying remote, which doubles as an air mouse. You move the remote to move a mouse pointer on the screen, and then give the equivalent of a touch command by pressing a button.

The Pond itself weighs about 10 ounces and measures 1.3 by 3.8 by 4.3 inches (HWD). That built-in computer, which runs Android 4.4.2 and, according to Touchjet, offers 18GB of available memory for storing apps and data. The weight of the device itself doesn’t include the power block, the two interactive pens, or the combination remote and air mouse. Add those in, along with the hard-shell case Touchjet includes to hold everything, and the total weight is a still highly portable 1 pound 8 ounces. The case measures roughly 2.5 by 9 by 9 inches (HWD).

To learn more, visit www.touchjet.com

Touchscreen projection

The product is very lightweight and simple to use.

TouchJet Pond Projector Launch Video

This video provides a general overview of the product.