Library throws annual ‘Feast of Words’

AT 2013’s Feast of Words, Paul Harmon chooses from the “wine wall” with help from volunteer Elda Orr. On Saturday the Wine Wall will include ale and cider.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
AT 2013’s Feast of Words, Paul Harmon chooses from the “wine wall” with help from volunteer Elda Orr. On Saturday the Wine Wall will include ale and cider.

On Saturday at the library, the tree hosts a party so the branches can flourish.

The Hood River County Library Foundation invites the community to eat, drink and be merry in the library at the third-annual Feast of Words, its annual gala fundraiser, on March 8, from 6-9 p.m. This year, the Library Foundation’s goal is to raise $18,000 for big projects in the Cascade Locks and Parkdale branches.

In Cascade Locks, the library will move from City Hall to the Cascade Locks School, giving the branch more room and the opportunity to partner with the school district and Mt. Hood Community College. The Parkdale branch will get a much-needed facelift including new carpeting, furniture and a defined children’s space.

Feast of Words will include desserts and savory appetizers, local wine and beer, and live music in the historic downtown Hood River Library. Parking is available across State Street in the Hood River News parking lot.

There will be many fun events for the whole family at the Feast of Words. People can dance along to live music by Kerry Williams and Friends. Children are welcome, too: library staff will be on hand with activities for kids downstairs in the children’s library.

Desserts are being coordinated by Polly Wood. There will be live and silent auction items up for bid, including a party for 25 with Solstice’s mobile pizza oven, one week lodging in Oaxaca, Mexico, a weekend at a beach house in Neskowin, or a bronze art piece from Soderberg Studio of Cascade Locks.

Event sponsors are the Mary Hoyt Stevenson Foundation, Portland Spirit/Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Double Mountain Brewery, Nestlé Waters, Cardinal Glass, Best Western Hood River Inn, Best Western Columbia River Inn, Bear Mountain Forest Products, Sierra Olympic Technologies, McIsaac’s Store, and Hutson Museum. Beer and wine sponsors are Double Mountain Brewery and Viento Wines.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at any library branch, Waucoma Bookstore, Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, or online at

foundation. Tickets may also be bought at the event itself.

For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or, or visit


March 16 brings the kickoff of the 2014 Hood River County Reads project, which this year celebrates the work of poet William Stafford in the book “Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems.” The kickoff event will be 2 p.m. at the Hood River Library. Hood River County Reads culminates with a workshop and reading by Stafford’s son, Kim, on April 26-27.

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