Downtown Camas Association

Haunted Walking Tour: Downtown Camas

The Downtown Camas Association is hosting the first-ever Ghosts & Spirits Haunted Walking Tour of downtown Camas, just in time for Halloween! Experience a one-hour guided walking tour through downtown Camas while hearing riveting, ghostly stories that have been collected by downtown building owners and merchants over the years—as well as mediums who have done readings downtown. Tourtakers will be pleasantly spooked by paranormal folklore about downtown buildings, with a lively dose of Camas history thrown in for good measure. Locations include the old Georgia Pacific Mill, Camas Antiques, Arktana, Camas Gallery, and other locales where strange goings-on and otherworldly sightings have been reported. The tour is presented by White Light Paranormal Insight and sponsored by The Wild Hair.

The tour will end at Salud Wine Bar with more ghost stories. Tickets are $15 per person, and the price includes treats and two “spirits” of the alcoholic variety. Tickets are expected to sell quickly and the tour may, in fact, sell out. There are two tour times offered: at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. The tour starts at Camas Gallery, 408 N.E. 4th Ave in downtown Camas, with your first “spirit” of the evening, and the tour ends with another “spirit” at Salud Wine Bar. This is an outside tour, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring an umbrella, just in case! Registration is required. To sign up, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-spirits-downtown-camas-haunted-walking-tour-tickets-37960614219. If you can’t attend on Saturday but are interested in future walking tours, email events@downtowncamas.com.

Camas Vintage & Art Faire

It’s enough to make a vintage-treasure-hunter weak in the knees: the Camas Vintage & Art Faire returns to the streets of lovely downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Over 60 vendors will offer vintage, antique, repurposed, refurbished, handcrafted and upcycled gems for your home and garden (or beach house or lake house or mountain chalet). This ninth annual street faire is hosted by the Downtown Camas Association, Camas Antiques, VV Larue Presents, and Plum Deluxe Teas.

Before you dance a jig of anticipatory glee, allow us to add this icing on the cake: original artwork by many local and regional artists, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, and recycled art. If your spirits begin to flag after so much shopping, refresh yourself with live music and mouthwateringly carbolicious sweet and savory treats from Hello Waffle and other vendors of scrumptious prepared food. And—last but certainly not least—you can bask in the dappled, tree-shaded charm of picturesque downtown Camas on a late summer day. Stick around and enjoy dinner and cocktails at one of many local eateries, cocktail lounges, wine bars, and brewpubs.

For a complete list of vendors, artists, and food carts, visit the Downtown Camas Association event page at http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/2017-camas-vintage-art-faire/.

Camas Vintage & Art Faire

It’s enough to make a vintage-treasure-hunter weak in the knees: the Camas Vintage & Art Faire returns to the streets of lovely downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Over 60 vendors will offer vintage, antique, repurposed, refurbished, handcrafted and upcycled gems for your home and garden (or beach house or lake house or mountain chalet). This ninth annual street faire is hosted by the Downtown Camas Association, Camas Antiques, VV Larue Presents, and Plum Deluxe Teas.

Before you dance a jig of anticipatory glee, allow us to add this icing on the cake: original artwork by many local and regional artists, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, and recycled art. If your spirits begin to flag after so much shopping, refresh yourself with live music and mouthwateringly carbolicious sweet and savory treats from Hello Waffle and other vendors of scrumptious prepared food. And—last but certainly not least—you can bask in the dappled, tree-shaded charm of picturesque downtown Camas on a late summer day. Stick around and enjoy dinner and cocktails at one of many local eateries, cocktail lounges, wine bars, and brewpubs.

For a complete list of vendors, artists, and food carts, visit the Downtown Camas Association event page at http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/2017-camas-vintage-art-faire/.

Above: fun things from One Little Blackbird, a local artisan who makes whimsical birdhouses and silhouetted wood wall art.

Camas Poker Tour & Game Night

Many things in life are a gamble, but First Friday in downtown Camas is always a sure bet! From 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2, you can bet that you’ll have a great time at the tenth annual Camas Poker Tour & Game Night, sponsored by Camas Antiques. Here’s how to play:

  • Collect a “poker card” from each participating merchant
  • Turn in your cards to the dealer at Camas Antiques by 8 p.m.
  • You’ll be dealt actual playing cards to match the number of business “poker cards” that you have. The more businesses you visit, the more chances for a great hand!
  • Great prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to the five highest hands

Enjoy other games throughout town and earn tickets to win a prize basket. Try your hand at Jackpot Plinko, Lucky Rollers, Spin and Win, Downtown Dice, Card War, Toss It In. Poker lists can be found at the Downtown Camas Association table at Journey Commuity Church and at participating shops. There’ll be live music to keep you in a good mood, games and crafts for the kids (including painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party), gallery exhibits where you can meet the artists, great restaurants to eat at, and of course things to buy in downtown Camas’ one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. See a special showing of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid at the Liberty Theatre at 8:15 p.m. To see a complete list of all the evening’s activities, click here.

Camas Needs Artists!

The Downtown Camas Association needs the help of local artists to create images for promotional items that will reflect the character of downtown Camas. Selected pieces will be used on items such as bags, t-shirts, banners, mugs, cards, and also in conjunction with online and print promotions. Artists—both adults and kids—can submit colorful artwork depicting one of three different themes: a downtown Camas streetscape, the Camas car show, or the Camas Farmer’s Market. Multiple entries are permitted, and submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. There is no entry fee or cost to participate.

In addition to being showcased on promotional items that will be given to visiting dignitaries, to welcome new businesses, and for sale at events, each participating artist whose work is chosen will receive recognition on DCA social media, in the downtown weekly newsletter, on the DCA website, and in a press release to local media. The artist will also receive two promotional items that the art is used on.

Here’s how to enter: high-resolution (300 dpi) .jpg or .pdf images must be submitted by email to director@downtowncamas.com. Art can be originally created on computer or on paper, no smaller than ten inches by ten inches. The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number, and email address of the entrant in addition to a brief, two-sentence statement about the art. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. All entries will become the sole property of the Downtown Camas Association and may be used at the Downtown Camas Association’s discretion on its web site, social media, print materials, and promotional items. More information can be found at http://downtowncamas.com/celebrating-downtown-camas-promotional-art-project/. For additional questions, email director@downtowncamas.com or call 360-904-0218.

A Chocolate Affair to Remember

This just in: due to concerns about our next winter storm, this event has been moved to Friday, Feb. 10.

Chocolate treats, romantic movies and activities, art shows, crafts, games, prizes, and more will all be part of the sweet First Friday event in downtown Camas, happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. Downtown businesses will be serving and selling chocolate delights and other romantic gifts, plus offering wine tastings and Valentine’s Day-inspired promotions. What’s not to love? It’s Camas’ 11th annual “Chocolate Affair to Remember,” a very popular First Friday family event (for obvious reasons). Here’s a sampling of the evening’s activities:

  • Guess the candy jar amounts in each participating location and be entered to win the candy and other great Valentine’s themed prizes
  • Art receptions with refreshments at Attic Gallery, Camas Gallery, and Second Story Gallery
  • Painting “love rocks” with The Paint Roller; paint two rocks—one to keep and one to hide in downtown!
  • Valentine’s Day crafts for kids and grown-ups
  • Natalia’s Café will offer chocolate fondue for two, chocolate crepes and cookies for kids to frost
  • The Liberty Theatre will show the romantic comedy Groundhog Day at 8 p.m.
  • Free hair glitter strands and sparkles at The Wild Hair
  • Special sales and chocolate tastings throughout downtown shops
  • Earn tickets to win for every $10 you spend in downtown

For details on everything, click here or visit downtowncamas.com.

Hometown Holidays in Camas

Photos with Santa, crafts, lighting the Christmas tree, hay rides, entertainment, and food—it’s Hometown Holidays, the First Friday event in downtown Camas happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

Activities include welcoming entertainment and photos with Santa at 6 p.m., with free hot cocoa courtesy of Journey Church. The tree lighting—complete with fireworks!—happens at 6:30 p.m. sharp. From 6:45 to 9 p.m, downtown Camas will be bustling with over 15 school and community choirs, bands and dancers, tractor hay rides, and crafts for the kids. If you get hungry, you can buy a dinner from street food vendors, and of course downtown restaurants and shops will be open for business with an abundance of deals and discounts.

You might also consider stopping by the Downtown Camas Association table in the lobby of Journey Church to sign up for the Holiday Sip & Shop on Thursday, Dec. 8, with cocktails, shopping, and a ride on a red double-decker bus.

This annual event is hosted and organized by the City of Camas. For more information about this and other events in downtown Camas, visit the Downtown Camas Association website at downtowncamas.com.

Thankful for Pie: First Friday in Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? The endless combinations of crust (pastry, Graham crackers, Oreo, crushed nuts…) and filling (fruit, cream, chocolate, chiffon, meringue…) provides a tantalizing taste tailored for every palate, especially when finished off with a soft dollop of whipped cream or cool, sweet ice cream. Aren’t you glad that, no matter how bad your day might be, a slice of pie will always make it better? Aren’t you thankful for pie?

The Downtown Camas Association invites you to celebrate your love of pie during Thankful for Pie, the First Friday event happening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, with a pie tasting contest in downtown shops. Even if pie’s not your thing (and we won’t judge), there are so many other things to see, do, and taste: holiday shopping, dining out, art shows, kids’ crafts, and sipping a pumpkin ale or savoring a seasonal cocktail. Here’s a list of exactly what’s happening when and where:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses; vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win prizes from the merchants.
  • Pie walks starting at 7 p.m. at Journey Church, 304 N.E. 4th Ave.; win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle and kids autumn crafts at the Downtown Camas Association tables in Journey Church
  • Gratitude Wreath: pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you’re grateful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Wreath, which will be displayed in Journey’s window through Thanksgiving. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes.
  • Art shows and receptions at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery
  • Roasting marshmallows for s’mores at the corner of 4th and Birch, weather permitting
  • Dance party!

For more information, click here or go to www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Camas & the ‘Couve Win Big

Vancouver’s Downtown Association received the Economic Vitality award at Washington’s Excellence on Main awards ceremony in Bellingham on May 7. The ceremony is held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington’s Preservation and Main Street Conference. Specifically, the award recognizes a brochure and video that have been incorporated into the region’s economic development efforts and have become a valuable tool for landlords to fill spaces downtown. The video has been viewed nearly 9,000 times since it was posted, and the brochure has been viewed hundreds of times online and is in its second printing. For more details, visit vdausa.org.

The Downtown Camas Association will be honored at the same awards ceremony for its marvelous First Fridays, which are being recognized with the Outstanding Promotional Event of the Year award. First Fridays bringing people into downtown Camas for art, activities, dining, and after-hours shopping. This year marks the tenth anniversary for Camas First Fridays, which was also recently voted by The Columbian’s readers as “Best in Clark County for Outdoor Family Fun” (plus the event was runner-up for “Best Family Event”). The event draws locals and visitors off the sidewalks and into stores, boosting sales for merchants and introducing shoppers to stores they may have overlooked otherwise. Restaurants and shops claim record sales on First Fridays, and are expanding and hiring as a result. To learn more, visit downtowncamas.com.

It’s Easy Being Green

Wear chartreuse, celadon, spring green, Kelly green, lime green, forest green, seafoam green, or emerald green for Go Green!—the March 6 First Friday event in Downtown Camas. You’ll see lucky leprechauns, Eartha the clown, and a Green Zone featuring local nonprofits that care for the environment. The event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., also features outdoor s’mores roasting on the corner of Fourth and Birch.

Participating merchants will sport “lucky leprechauns” and for every leprechaun you find, you’ll receive a prize ticket to be entered to win prizes. Lucky leprechaun “passports” can be found in stores, at the Downtown Camas Association table at Journey Community Church at 304 N.E. Fourth, and at the Second Story Gallery upstairs at the Camas Library. If you drop by the gallery, you’ll want to attend the opening reception for “Murmurations of Art,” the new exhibit showcasing five women artists from all over the country creating art from many different mediums. Other activities include:

  • Wear green and receive a prize ticket to be entered to win prizes from the merchants; wear a green hat and receive three!
  • Merchants will have “green lists” in their windows showing all the ways downtown businesses care for the environmen
  • Navidi’s Olive Oils will host Leslie McMillan, who recycles sweaters into stylish dresses and gives all proceeds from sales to the homeless
  • Bring kid-friendly food items for Journey Church’s “Pack the Pantry” drive to support Treasure House Food Bank and be entered into a prize drawing
  • Camas Souvenir Company will give away $10 gift certificates for in-store purchases of Camas items
  • Live music by the Stellar Jays at Camas Gallery and by Bylines Duo at Birch Street Uptown Lounge
  • Irish-inspired ale and libations at downtown pubs and lounges
  • Free green hair tinsel at The Wild Hair

For more information about First Friday and other wonderful happenings in downtown Camas, visit www.downtowncamas.com.

Artists Needed for Vintage & Art Faire

The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) is inviting artists and crafters from all around Washington and Oregon to take part in the sixth annual Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Faire on Saturday, Aug. 23. The DCA is looking for sculpture, drawings and paintings, handmade jewelry, fiber art, recycled art, ceramics, woodcarving, paper art, and any other kind of art you can think of! The “art” portion of the Faire is new this year—a perfect partner for the “vintage” element. Works of art don’t need to be old, antique, or vintage in nature—just original and high quality.

The Faire will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Camas on Fourth Avenue and Birch Streets, near Camas Antiques. The DCA is expecting to feature more than 40 vintage and antique vendors with decorative items, housewares, indoor and outdoor furniture, garden embellishments, clothing and accessories, along with upcycled and refurbished goods. Visitors to the Faire will also enjoy live music and delicious food from an array of local food vendors. Free coffee will be available for early birds!

If you’d like to be one of the Faire’s featured artists, click here for an artist application. If you’re interested in being one of the vintage vendors, e-mail camasantiques@gmail.com or roostreimagined@gmail.com.

Above photograph: an original hat created by Mack & Momma, whose other items can be seen at Camas Antiques.

“Spring into History” Day in Camas

Spend an afternoon exploring Camas history from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. You never know what you might discover about this charming riverside mill town, home to one of the Northwest's oldest papermills as well as some of the world's most cutting-edge tech companies. Bring your smart phone for a "Photo Scavenger Hunt" that starts at the Camas Library, work your way through town to the finish line, then exchange your photos for raffle tickets. Enjoy a historical walking tour, starting at noon at Fourth and Birch, followed by an unveiling of an addition—a new book!—for the beloved bronze girl statue that sits beside a fountain. For kids, there's papermaking crafts (in honor of Camas' paper-filled history) with Georgia Pacific papermill staff starting at 1 p.m., and storytelling with local historian Virginia Warren. Share your own memories of Camas with volunteer Suzy Truitt, who'll be recording them at the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. Papermill artifacts will be displayed both in the library and at Camas Antiques, and special historical photos can be seen at the Camas Gallery. And don't miss the book signing with author René Carroll at Runyan’s Jewelers from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. For a more details schedule of event, view or download this flyer.

After all that activity, you'll probably be hungry, and the Downtown Camas Association invites you to stay and savor a meal in one its fine local restaurants: Harvest, Nuestra Mesa, Twilight Pizza Bistro, Mill City Brew Werks, and K'Syrah, to name a few. If you'd just like a drink (or two) and light fare (and if you're over 21), try Caps n' Taps, Birch Street Uptown Lounge, or Krystal's Champagne Lounge.

“Spring into History” Day in Camas

Spend an afternoon exploring Camas history from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. You never know what you might discover about this charming riverside mill town, home to one of the Northwest's oldest papermills as well as some of the world's most cutting-edge tech companies. Bring your smart phone for a "Photo Scavenger Hunt" that starts at the Camas Library, work your way through town to the finish line, then exchange your photos for raffle tickets. Enjoy a historical walking tour, starting at noon at Fourth and Birch, followed by an unveiling of an addition—a new book!—for the beloved bronze girl statue that sits beside a fountain. For kids, there's papermaking crafts (in honor of Camas' paper-filled history) with Georgia Pacific papermill staff starting at 1 p.m., and storytelling with local historian Virginia Warren. Share your own memories of Camas with volunteer Suzy Truitt, who'll be recording them at the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. Papermill artifacts will be displayed both in the library and at Camas Antiques, and special historical photos can be seen at the Camas Gallery. And don't miss the book signing with author René Carroll at Runyan’s Jewelers from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. For a more details schedule of event, view or download this flyer.

After all that activity, you'll probably be hungry, and the Downtown Camas Association invites you to stay and savor a meal in one its fine local restaurants: Harvest, Nuestra Mesa, Twilight Pizza Bistro, Mill City Brew Werks, and K'Syrah, to name a few. If you'd just like a drink (or two) and light fare (and if you're over 21), try Caps n' Taps, Birch Street Uptown Lounge, or Krystal's Champagne Lounge.

 

Camas First Friday: Spring Into History

The theme for Camas First Friday is "Spring Into History," and—as the name suggests—will celebrate the history of this charming riverside town. Here are some questions you might find answers to during the "History Hunt" activity: Why is the city called Camas? Where did the big trees on Fourth Ave. come from? What famous Portland man founded the mill? Collect a fact at each store you visit, and win prizes from downtown merchants.

You'll also want to visit the libary's Second Story Gallery, where you'll see art from photographer Cindy Kassab. Other family activities include mustache-making and papercrafts with photos, face painting, guessing what famous (or semi-famous) figures hail from Camas in the Legacy Squares game, estimating the number of Peeps in a jar, and a toilet paper toss in honor of the Camas Paper Mill. Wear a vintage hat or clothes and get a free ticket! Or visit Lil' Dudes and Divas children's consignment shop to have your photo taken with old-timey props. For complete information, visit this page on the Downtown Camas Association's ebsite.

Green Is Lucky at Camas First Friday

Leprechauns will be hiding in downtown Camas from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, March 7. If you can find the "Lucky Leprechauns," who are expected to be tucked away in any number of shops and restaurants, you'll get a pot of gold! No, not really. But, if you find enough leprechauns and collect enough raffle tickets, you might win a fabulous prize. Wear green and get a free raffle ticket—and get extra tickets if you wear a green hat. Go on—we dare you!

Browse through Camas' utterly charming boutiques (including our favorites Camas Antiques, Lily Atelier, Lizzabeth A, Ballard & Call, and Navidi's), meet Eartha the Clown and her cockatoo, make yummy s’mores over real fire pits, and learn more about local green-focused businesses and organizations. Sign up for a Master Gardeners or Master Composters class. Buy a box of cookies (or two or three) from our favorite "girls in green" (the Girl Scouts, of course), and hear the band Medium Size Kids perform in front of Nico Bella Salon. Have dinner at one of Camas' many fine restaurants (K'Syrah, Harvest, Mill City Brew Wërks, Nuestra Mesa, or Twilight Pizza Bistro, to name a few), and then have an after-dinner drink at Krystal's Champagne Lounge, Birch Street Uptown Lounge, or Caps'n'Taps. If it's raining, that'll only make your enjoyable evening greener.

Feeling lucky? Click here to see a flyer, or click here to see a more detailed description of the event.