Small towns go nutty this weekend with community celebrations, and city folk are encouraged to join the fun.
Four towns near and far are hosting unique festivals to highlight their personalities. They probably hope to bring in your bucks, too.
If you want to spend some money - and relatively little, considering the amount of entertainment you’ll find - hit one of these festivals. Here are the details.
Northeast Spokane gathers for Hillyard Festival ‘95 this weekend; Saturday is your best bet for variety.
The Lions Club Parade starts at 10 a.m. down Market Street, followed by a car show in Harmon Park. There are craft and food booths open throughout the day, bingo and an 8:30 p.m. dance at the park.
Sunday is family day; there’s bingo, food and live entertainment.
The Colville Rendezvous is a considerably larger affair. Running today through Sunday, the rendezvous includes lots of live music (The Singing Mountain Man, Eagle Ridge Band), more than 100 arts and crafts booths, a beer garden and tournaments for (Little League) baseball, basketball, tennis and horse shoes.
New this year is “Gospel Sunday,” a full-day program of spiritual music and services. All of the activities take place in City Park at Colville, about an hour north of Spokane on U.S. Highway 395. Call (509) 684-5973 for more information.
If you’re feeling a bit more “arty,” hit the first-ever Old Schoolhouse Summer Festival in Loon Lake, just north of Deer Park on U.S. Highway 395 (actually, you can stop there on your way to or from Colville).
The festivities begin tonight with a wine-tasting party and fine-art silent auction at 7 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse. Tickets are $3. Local artists such as Kathleen Grant (watercolor), Pete Stone (stained glass) and David Govedare (creator of the Runners in the Park sculpture in Riverfront Park) will have work up for auction.
The craft fair is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school grounds. During the same hours, the Schoolhouse Quilters will hold their first annual quilt show; one quilt will be raffled.
For tickets to the wine tasting and other information, call (509) 233-8615.
The Kaslo Jazz Festival is Saturday and Sunday in Bay Park on Kootenay Lake near Ainsworth Hot Springs in British Columbia.
Performers include woodwind artist Paul Horn, salsa giants Rumba Calzada, funk/jazz by Seattle’s Kilgore Trout and more.
Tickets are $16 for one day, $28 for both. You can get information by calling 747-8132, seats by calling 325-SEAT.
Take me out
Win or lose, a Spokane Indians game is always a good time. There’s ample chance this weekend to catch the team in town, beginning tonight with 50-cent Feast Night.
Hot dogs, ice cream and pop cost only 50 cents each. Steve “Wild Thing” Wolfert will be on hand to entertain fans.
Saturday, the Seattle Mariner Moose will visit and the Indians will give away Ken Griffey Jr. trading cards. Fans also can sign up to win $100,000 if an Indians player hits a grand slam.
It’s Darigold Sundae night on Sunday (also, bring cans for the Spokane Food Bank). The Indians also play Monday and Tuesday. They play Yakima tonight and Saturday and Everett the rest of the home stand. All games are at 7:05 p.m. except Sunday, when it’s an hour earlier.
Tickets are $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for kids, senior citizens and people with military identification.
They’re doing it again. The Greyhound Park and Miller Genuine Draft are holding The Weiner Dog Nationals at 7:40 p.m. Saturday at the Post Falls race park.
Bud Bishop will be returning to defend his title of last year and 63 other dogs will try to best him.
Here are a couple things for people with finely tuned entertainment requirements.
First, the Spokane Highland Games are all day Saturday in Riverfront Park. There will be Highland dancing and piping, sheep dog demonstrations, games and more.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 10. Everyone under 4 is free.
Empire Classic is holding an Antique & Collectors Show and Sale at the Interstate Fairgrounds; 80 percent of the items have never been seen before in the Spokane area. More than 100 dealers will be there from California, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Ohio and Idaho.
You can go during the dealer setup this evening, but it will cost you $20 (good for the whole weekend), or you can wait until Saturday and Sunday and pay $4 general admission.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church holds its annual Augustfest today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the church grounds at 130 S. 10th St. in St. Maries, Idaho. A combination garden party and bazaar, Augustfest features shopping for fresh produce, baked goods and crafts.
Tim Nordstrom brings his band Grupo Serenata to The Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door. The band plays salsa, candombe, rhumba and bolero music as they perform popular Latin songs and folk tunes.
And finally, University Legal Assistance, a service of the Gonzaga University School of Law, will hold Justice Run ‘95 at 9 a.m. Sunday - a four-mile fun run on the Centennial Trail.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the law school, 601 E. Sharp. It’s open to anyone; cost is $15 if you want a T-shirt, $8 if you just want to run. Call 324-5791 if you have any questions.