What's the best way to learn about Lewis and Clark?

Go out and share their experiences, of course.

Eight "living historians" will be joining attendees at Fort Columbia State Park's historic theater at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, to dine on salmon with berry sauce, fresh greens, molasses baked beans, sourdough biscuits, new potatoes and wild berry cobbler, presented by the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway and catered by the Sanctuary Restaurant. The historians will be portraying members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in commemoration of the bicentennial of the Corps of Discovery's travels in the area.

Tickets for the evening are $25 and are available at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center's bookstore, or reservations can be made by calling (360) 642-3029. The FOTCRG requests that you purchase your tickets or make reservations by Wednesday, Oct. 5. Fort Columbia State Park is located one mile east of Chinook, Wash. on U.S. Highway 101.

The theater at Fort Columbia State Park was built to serve as the fort's ordinance storehouse from the 1890s through World War I. During World War II, the building was used as a theater for troops stationed at Fort Columbia. Recently, Washington State Parks renovated the theater, with the help of the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway, to be used for public and private events and celebrations.

The FOTCRG is a nonprofit group set up to support the Long Beach Area State Parks. One of the group's main responsibilities is to operate the bookstore at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park.

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