These days Bend, Ore., is better known as a skiing mecca than a logging town.
But the High Desert Museum in Bend will nod to the town’s timbering heritage with a demonstration of the turn-of-the-century sawmill Aug. 10 and 11.
The original mill, once located at the Robert Lazinka homestead in Pilot Rock, Ore., turned out thousands of board feet of lumber a month until the late 1920s.
The mill was dismantled and reassembled on the museum grounds.
The sawmill will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that weekend only. Admission to the museum, located 3 miles south of Bend on U.S. 97, is $6.25, $5.75 for seniors and teens, $3 for kids. The museum’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the summer.
Above the treeline: A full slate of outdoor courses will be run by the Glacier Institute in Glacier National Park in August.
Among the offerings are a guided 12-mile hike to Grinnell Glacier Aug. 3-4, sketching along the trail Aug. 3, watercolors on location, Aug. 10-11, bears and people Aug. 15-16 and Two Medicine Valley geology Aug. 18.
For a complete schedule of courses for both adults and youths, contact Glacier Institute, 137 Main St., Kalispell, MT 59904, or call (406) 755-1211.
It’s not free, but it’s close: Those who travel inexpensively via lodging in hostels can send for a new free map of the American Youth Hostels in the U.S.
The map includes the hostel in Spokane (930 S. Lincoln, 838-5968) as well as seven other Washington state hostels and two in Idaho. For a copy of the map, contact: HIAYH Map, 733 15th Street, N.W. Suite 840, Washington DC 20005; (202) 783-6161 or fax (202) 783-6171.
More for display than warmth: Avid quilters should plan to be in Sunriver, Ore., Aug. 10. That’s when the eighth annual Sunriver Quilt Show will be staged, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sunriver Village. The one-day event is organized by the Mountain Meadow Quilters and will feature more than a hundred quilts made by Northwest quilters. Admission’s free.
Ice, snow and stone: The Icefield Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper in Alberta boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
The Columbia Icefields tumble out of the Rockies nearly to the roadway and glacier-fed rivers scour the valleys bare of vegetation.
Womantours of Idaho will offer an escorted bicycle tour (women only) on the Icefield Parkway Sept. 1-6. The ride is suitable for those with all experience levels. A support van will carry luggage. Lodging is in creekside cabins and lodges.
Cost is $783. For details: Womantours PO Box 931, Driggs, ID 83422; (800) 247-1444.
Relaxing by the lake: The resort town of Bigfork, Mont., located on Flathead Lake south of Glacier National Park, draws hundreds of tourists mid-summer for the summer theater in the town. But life becomes more calm in this pretty little town in late summer and early fall. That’s the time to go, and the Marina Cay Resort is offering special rates on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays through Sept. 17.
The Marina Cay is within walking distance of downtown Bigfork, the Bigfork Playhouse Theatre and is near the Eagle Bend Golf Course. For information: (800) 433-6516.
Cascade Mountain tunes: It may be named Icicle Creek, but the music will be nothing short of hot at the Icicle Creek Music Center Summer Chamber Music Festival Aug. 3-25.
The music will be at the Sleeping Lady Conference Retreat Center three miles from Leavenworth, Wash.
The event includes new chamber music as well as jazz; concerts are at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through the festival. Tickets are available by calling (800) 574-2123; lodging and meal packages are also available. Information’s also available on the Web at: http://www.cascade/icicle.
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