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Come one, come all! Join us for the first night of our annual light display featuring this year’s theme “One Glorious Day.”
Enjoy live music, complimentary refreshments, and the opportunity to make lasting memories with family and friends as we countdown to turning on the lights.
With over 150,000 lights, an interactive children’s area, a miniature train village, and multiple indoor and outdoor displays, there’s something to spark the light within each soul.
December 12th-27th 2015
What ever happened to Vortex 2? Find out at Exploring Vortex I
August 8th, 2015 Saturday 3-8 PM
Commemorating the 45th anniversary of the only state-sponsored rock festival in American history.
Live Band • Family Activities • History • Free ($5 parking)
Milo McIver State Park
Download Vortex Flyer
Clackamas River Outfitters Now Open at Timber Park!
Your Source for Paddlesports Rentals, Tours, and Instruction on the Wild & Scenic Clackamas River
Check Out Our SUP Rentals (SUP = Stand Up Paddle Boards)
Clackamas River Outfitters
– Our convenient on water location offers quick water access, minimal traffic, and great scenery!
– High quality boats, boards, and accessory rentals.
– Experienced and friendly staff.
– Our dedication to fair business practices.
– To support your local small business.
July 24th & 25th, 2015
CELEBRATE THE ARTS & MUSIC
Welcome to the 15th annual Estacada Summer Celebration! This free festival of music and art takes place Friday night through Saturday night, July 24th and 25th 2015, in the heart of beautiful, and newly designed, downtown Estacada when it is transformed into a magical place of fun for a weekend. Help us celebrate the area’s wealth of art and music for all ages!
ABOUT THE SUMMER CELEBRATION
The Estacada Summer Celebration takes place every year on the fourth weekend in July. It began in 2000 as a small celebration of the Artback Artist Cooperative’ painting of their annual “mural-in-a-weekend” project. Celebrating the new murals is still the main purpose of this festival, but it has grown every year. Starting on Friday night, Broadway street is closed and we bring you live music on the big city stage.
Saturday morning brings fun activities for children with giant puppets, lots of live music, free hands-on art activities for children and adults, a silent art auction, lots of food vendors and the beautiful Broadway Street Art Fair. It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate this wonderful community through the art.
If you love the arts, don’t miss this rewarding opportunity! We invite you to join us in supporting the arts and our community by volunteering to work with artists and art-lovers in a fun, welcoming atmosphere.
Since 2000, our celebration has been 100% volunteer-driven. Our celebration planning committee is made up of volunteers from all walks of life, skills and interests. We offer opportunities for people with a wide variety of skills and time commitments.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of the premier arts events in this entire region. Volunteer today! Visit the “Contacts” page on this site and send us your information via email or give us a call.
The Estacada Timber Festival is Back at the Timber Park just like the old days of log rolling, bucking, sawing and pole climbing. Estacada Oregon welcomes you! Onsite Parking $10, Kids under 8 are Free.
July 3rd ~ Friday Night
July 4th ~ All Day Saturday
11am – TIMBER FESTIVAL ~ Gates Open
Tickets: $5 Per Person (8 and Under FREE)
- Timber Qualifications
- Kids Zone ~ Rock Wall, Giant Lion House, Live Exotic Animals, Pony Rides, Face Painting Dunk Tank & More!
- Food Vendors ~ BBQ, Oriental Noodles, Pepe’s Taco Truck, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Drinks, Sweet Treats & More!
1PM – Timber Competitions Begin
- Speed Climbing
- Choker Setting
- Double Bucking
- Jack and Jill
- Obstacle Pole
- Single Bucking
- Stock Saw
- Modified Saw
- Open Saw Class
- Ax Throw ($5 Entry Fee – 50/50 Prize)
- Log Rolling – Log Pond
- Log Loading
6pm – Horse Pulls
6pm – Live Music
10pm – Big Bang Fireworks Sky Show
Convenient Onsite Parking $10 per Vehicle
Kevin Barron and his family learned about geocaching from a Parents magazine article in 2003 and gave it a try. They put their zip code into the geocaching Web site and found that there were 10 sites within 2 miles of their Oregon home.
“We found four of six we looked for that first night out and have been hooked ever since,” Barron says.
Barron likes the hobby so much, he even set up a cache of his own that people can find. He prefers using a dedicated GPS unit – it is more rugged and accurate than the units found in cell phones – and reminds people that it isn’t a competition, but something to do to explore.
Officials from Groundspeak, a Web development company that runs the geocaching Web site, they say since September 2000, the number of caches have grown from 75 in Oregon, to more than 1 million worldwide. They also estimate that between 3 and 4 million people actively take part in the hobby.
It all started in May 2000, when David Ullmer, a computer consultant wanted to test the accuracy of the recently opened to the public GPS system. He placed the first geocache at N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800 and then put a message on the Internet. Geocaching was born.
Now, someone like me, with an iPhone and a 5-year-old daughter, can punch in a ZIP code and find 10 urban caches near my home in Canby, Oregon. My first adventure into geocaching was fun, and at the end of the day I found one of the two caches we looked for. The one we found, ironically, was taped to the back of a ‘No Trespassing’ sign right off a public sidewalk. There is usually a hint – in this case it said there were “slim pickings” – which can help you find the hidden treasure. This cache didn’t have anything in it, but did have a sign up sheet, so you can show people you found the cache. We left some stickers in the cache for the next person, which is a tradition, if you take something, you leave something.
Barron says he has seen many parts of Oregon that he normally wouldn’t have seen if it wasn’t for his hobby, and even with his children now older, he still goes out exploring.
“There are all kinds of geocaches for all different kinds of people,” Barron says. “There are puzzle caches, urban caches, caches that involve long hikes, well camoed caches that are hard to find and caches that once you get your feet wet you’ll be able to spot there hiding place as soon as you get out of the car and see where the needle is pointing. Try them all. If you don’t particularly enjoy hunting one type of cache or another, that’s OK. Hunt the ones you like and leave others to have fun hunting the ones they enjoy.”
About the geocaching: It’s a hide and seek treasure hunt using a handheld GPS device and your wits. There are more than 1 million geocaches worldwide and Oregon is home to several thousand. Whether you want to sign up for an account on www.geocaching.com or simply use an iPhone application, geocaching is a unique way to discover areas around Oregon. The caches range in difficulty from very easy to hard, in both the level of investigation needed to find them and the effort you have to put in to get there. Some are urban caches which are simple walks around a residential neighborhood and others can be found in state parks.
What to bring: First off a GPS is a requirement, whether that is in your phone or a handheld device. Secondly, make sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and depending on the type of cache you are looking for, make sure you always bring enough water, and comfortable shoes. Also, don’t forget your sense of discovery and adventure.
Season: You can geocache year round, but Fall and Winter in Oregon can be rather wet and cold.
Tips: www.geocaching.com offers these tips:
1. If you take something from a cache, replace it with something else.
2. Cache in, trash out. If you see trash, pick it up.
3. Always get permission if you find a cache is on private property.
4. Always let someone know where you are going, especially if the cache is in a wilderness area or state park.
5. Don’t put yourself or others in harms way.
6. Caches are intended to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
7. Review cache requirements and guidelines before heading out.
8. Pack any needed supplies such as water, food, and extra clothing.
9. Make sure you have extra batteries.
10. It never hurts to carry a compass.
Story by Patrick Johnson, a free-lance writer based in Canby, OR.
Photos courtesy of Kevin Barron.