Summer is festival time. And, the Cascade Geographic Society has three unique ones that
are being held at Mt. Hood Village, located at 65000 East U.S. Highway 26. So jot these down on
your calendar:
Mount Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show & Old-Time Fiddlers Jamboree
    July 22nd, & 23rd 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days
    August 25th, 26th, & 27th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Huckleberry pancake breakfast being served from 8 a.m. to Noon)
Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival
    September 30th & October 1st

Other News in this Issue:

JULY 22ND & 23RD
The Cascade Geographic Society's third annual quilt show has undergone an interesting and refreshing transition. It not only has a new name, but has even added fiddle music. So mark your calendar for the "Mount Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show & Old-Time Fiddlers Jamboree" for July 22nd and 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26, near the Village of Brightwood, Oregon.

This quilt show features historical quilts from the days of the Oregon Trail and Old Welches, that has been saved as part of the Cascade Geographic Society's collection. Many of these could have been lost, but thanks to the kindness of many far-thinking people, they were given to the organization before they were lost forever.
Old-time fiddlers will be providing a lot of entertainment through Saturday, July 22nd. The music will conclude with a "Fiddler's Gospel show" between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, July 23rd.

On sale will be some early Christmas gifts. These include history and nature books (many not available anywhere but through the Cascade Geographic Society), post cards, note cards, Huckleberry jam and candies, and much, much more, making this an Ideal event to do your holiday, birthday, and special occasion shopping!
For additional information on the "Mount Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show & Old-Time Fiddlers Jamboree", please give Cascade Geographic Society a call at (503) 622-4798. Hope to see you there!

SCHEDULED FOR, Monday evening, July 31st.

If you would like to contribute some time to the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days", you are needed. There are plenty of opportunities to help out.

This is the 16th Annual "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days". And, the jobs are many. Selling and bagging Huckleberries, putting out signs, making Huckleberry milkshakes, selling Huckleberry jam, candy, and other goodies, assisting at the music stage, helping out with the "Worldıs Record-Breaking Watermelon Launch", assisting with set-up and tear-down all three days, assisting with resale items, giving information, assisting with the historical tours, running errands, and a lot more. Just give us some time and we'll give you a job to do.

If you are interested in being a part of the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days" as a volunteer, please give Nita Kreuzer a call at (503) 622-4798.

Cascade Geographic Society's "Rhododendron Meadow" is a "rare habitat" in today's world, according to botanist Larry Scofield. Scofield, who retired after 25 years with the Bureau of Land Management, has been conducting a botanical study of this natural area, assessing past impacts, and developing a restoration plan.

Larry said that "Rhododendron Meadow" is a wet meadow that was, at one time, very typical of what you would have seen. However, on Mount Hood today, they just don't exist anymore They've been developed. This year's survey began in April and will conclude at the end of October, because plants emerge at various time periods through the year. However, not only plants, but also mushrooms and lichens, are being studied by Larry, Already, some rare species have been discovered due to his efforts.

Larry's initial examination of "Rhododendron Meadow" took place in 1999. At that time there were various vegetative species that he did not initially observe. However, because of the protection of this habitat, plants are returning. For example, a crop of Camas was discovered, along with the extremely rare Wild Crab Apple trees.
At one time, Crab Apple trees lined the segment of the Oregon Trail that passed through "Rhododendron Meadow". Time, however, caught up with this unique natural orchard, and developers, wanting to convert this special habitat into condos, chopped them down. Now, since this special place is in the hands of the Cascade Geographic Society, they will return through our restoration efforts.

The work of Scofield has been invaluable. His wealth of knowledge has been an incredible resource for the protection, restoration, and management of "Rhododendron Meadow". As Larry continues his vegetative survey work, more and more is going to be learned about both the historic and contemporary botanical species in "Rhododendron Meadow". His findings will assist in returning this habitat to what it was, and serve as a guidepost for the restoration work.

CGS WEBSITE UP & RUNNING --- members.tripod.com/cgs-mthood
Have you checked out our website yet? As more and more people become connected to that strange and mysterious world known as cyberspace, the Cascade Geographic Society decided to go online and change with the technology as we continue to preserve natural areas, and cultural and historic sites. The website is and will continue to undergo changes, thanks to webmaster Brian Lehman and Kimberly Seits of Tigard, Oregon. Keep checking it for updated information on a lot of Cascade Geographic Society's activities. 

The year 2000 marks the 155th Anniversary of the Barlow Trail over Oregon's Mount Hood --- the Oregon Trail's most infamous route, & the 154th Anniversary of the first so-called Toll Road over the rugged Cascade Mountain Range, which was actually an Indian path on which a toll was charged.

If you haven't experienced Mount Hood's Oregon Trail, you need to join us!
Free tours during the "Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days", August 25th and 26th.
Please call the Cascade Geographic Society at (503) 622-4798 for details!

More and more calls are coming in concerning the widening of East U.S. Highway 26 between the villages of Zig Zag and Rhododendron. A lot of members are aware that in this area there is a segment of the Oregon Trail, wetlands, spawning and rearing areas for endangered Salmon, Native American cultural sites, and the historic Faubion Bridge. They are also aware that the last time the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) proposed such a project, all of this would have been destroyed, but they were stopped.

History refers to the widening efforts that took place on east U.S. Highway 26 in the Eighties as the "Highway Wars". While some people claimed that highway improvements and the preservation of resources could never co-exist, we always believed that they could. Today, ODOT is back with another plan, but this time they are working with us. The goal is to improve Highway 26 without destroying heritage resources.

"We have always said that modern highways and heritage treasures can co-exist, but you have to be sincere and creative in your efforts," explained Michael P. Jones, Curator and Cultural & Natural Resource Consultant for the Society. "We are hoping that the highway improvements between the Villages of Faubion and Zig Zag will be an example of how entities with different perspectives can work together to accomplish their desired objectives."

UPCOMING TOURS (links will take you to tour page, there is no direct link back)
(Dates in yellow are still to come, green have passed us by, but check back with our next news letter for more.)

Sacred Landscapes & MYTHOLOGY: 
Native American Sites & Cultural Traditions on Mt. Hood
-- $15 for CGS Members; $25 Non-Members.
Thursday, July 20 (9-4:30 p.m.), Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

Living History & FRONTIER LIVING EXPERIENCE FOR EDUCATORS -- $25 for CGS Members; $35 Non-Members.
Tuesday, July 25 (9-4:30 p.m.), Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

Mt. Hood Wilderness Storytelling Camp -- $25 for CGS Members; $35 Non-Members.
Wednesday, July 26 (9-4:30 p.m.), Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

Lewis & Clark-Native American Trail of Discovery:
Oregon Coast Heritage sites
- $25 for CGS Members; $35 Non-Members.
Saturday, August 5 (10-5:30 p.m.), Outside the main doors of the Northwest Maritime Museum in Astoria, OR. (on Highway 30 at 1792 Marine Drive). OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE FOR THIS TOUR AND THE NEXT DAY'S EXCURSION: If you need a place to stay, a special place on Willapa Bay is available with a limited number of beds for $55 a night, which includes two meals and shower accommodations; or, you can bring your sleeping bag and sleep on the floor for $15 a night, which is a great price that also includes two meals and shower accommodations. Please call Barbara Britton at 360-665-6838 if interested in accommodations.

Lewis & Clark-Native American Trail of Discovery: 
Shoalwater Bay --- Willapa Bay HeritAge Sites
-- $25 for CGS Members; $35 Non-Members.
Sunday, August 6 (10-5:30 p.m.), Outside the doors of the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, 115 S.E. Lake, Ilwaco, WA.

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Please note regarding payment for classes/tours: Participants should register in advance so that any update information or changes can be passed on. Always dress for the weather. Because there is no time to go out to eat, all participants must bring a sack lunch, something to drink, and snacks if needed. Cameras are optional, but you should bring extra film. You also need to bring at least $10 in cash to take care of any museum fees or for emergencies. For additional information, please call the tour leader, Michael P. Jones, at (503) 622-4798.
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The "Portland Underground" is still undergoing changes. Restoration and clean-up of these infamous "Shanghai Tunnels" continues, thanks to dedicated volunteers. Stay posted for updates!