Friday, August 15, 2003
Calling all budding Van Goghs (and all creative people with their own unique artistic styles). A bright new entry is being added to the summertime event slate at one of the Northwest’s most popular destination farms.
The first “Van Gogh Days” event starts today at Rasmussen Farms south of Hood River, and continues through Aug. 24.
The event celebrates the unique beauty of summer’s signature flower — the sunflower — which Vincent Van Gogh made famous in his series of works painted from 1887-89.
Some 24 varieties of sunflowers will be on hand at the scenic farm. Traditional sunflowers are interspersed throughout their 10-acre pumpkin field, as well. Point them, photograph them, or pick a bouquet from the farm’s U-pick garden. Well-known Columbia Gorge artists will visit the farm both weekends during Van Gogh Days to offer tips on painting. There will also be live music on the weekends, and during the celebration, Rasmussen Farms will feature sunflower recipes, desserts and surprises.
The final weekend of Van Gogh Days (Aug. 23-24) corresponds with the valley-wide Gravenstein Apple Days. In addition to the plethora of sunflowers and the live music, that weekend the farm will serve us a pie walk, family activities — and lots of Gravenstein apples. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the covered picnic area; cold drinks, snacks and fruit can be purchased in the sales barn. The farm’s popular corn maze, with scenes from this year’s theme “Hansel and Gretel,” opens that weekend, as well.
Some 24 varieties of sunflowers will be on hand at the scenic farm. Traditional sunflowers are interspersed throughout their 10-acre pumpkin field, as well. Point them, photograph them, or pick a bouquet from the farm’s U-pick garden.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge