Red Crass left behind a legacy of volunteerism in the outdoors, and he also left behind a lot of fishing gear.
The Loon Lake resident, who died in 2009, was an avid fisherman and his gear has not found a new home. The Crass family hopes to rectify that with the Red Crass Memorial Fund Raiser on Saturday.
“My mom has been trying to figure out what to do with all of Dad’s fishing gear for quite a while,” wrote Debbie Crass, Red’s daughter, in an email. “She thought about a simple yard sale, and she would donate the money to the Loon Lake Conservancy, which watches out for the wetlands on the lake. Well, the simple yard sale has escalated to the Red Crass Memorial Fund Raiser sponsored by the conservancy. Boats, sonars, and fishing gear will be for sale along with music and refreshments for entertainment.”
Others are adding to the inventory by donating fishing tackle, fishing boats, life rafts, a paddle boat and a 14-foot Vagabond sailboat.
The event will be held at the Old School House in Loon Lake, 4000 Colville Road. The event runs from 4-8 p.m.
Bing hosts film tour
The Hunting Film Tour is coming to Spokane on Aug. 5 at the Bing Crosby Theater.
The collection of nine high-quality hunting films has been edited into a two-hour show that includes archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts for big game ranging from whitetails to bighorn sheep, plus wingshooting, waterfowling and international adventures.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The two-hour show starts at 7. Get tickets online through the Bing or TicketsWest: $14.
Inland Northwest bicyclists can take advantage of a busy schedule of organized rides this month starting with Saturday’s Eight Lakes Leg Aches. Info: (509) 343-5020.
Other great events include the Le Tour de Koocanusa, Aug. 9, out of Libby. See details for these and other bicycling events in the online calendar, “2014 Northwest Bicycling Events: expanded list” under Rich Landers’ links at spokesman.com/outdoors.
Most recent column
In November, my friend Walt called asking for advice on getting a bird dog. “I’m in the market for a hunting dog and I’m wondering,” he asked: “Has getting older changed your preference for big-running dogs?”
Recent blog posts
WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. Consider wildlife one of your most special gifts.
HUNTING -- Although it's mainly a West Side issue at this point, all Washington waterfowlers should be on avian influenza alert after two birds have been documented with the disease ...