Would you like to stay up to date on events, business news and other information pertaining to the Concrete area? Subscribe to our free monthly email updates!
April 20th, 2013 by Concrete Chamber
December 23rd, 2012 by Concrete Chamber
If you haven’t visited eastern Skagit County in awhile or ever, January is the month to do it! The annual Skagit Eagle Festival offers a chance to get an amazing glimpse of mother nature — eagles, of course, but also salmon, elk and other wildlife. In addition, the festival celebrates the heritage, history and joyous spirit of the people who live in these small communities.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy Native American dancing, singing and drumming, or see a special presentation about “Life in a Small Town,” or tour our local museum for a taste of the past. It’s all here in January!
Start by choosing the weekend that’s most convenient for you. Next, gather up your warm clothing, sturdy boots and waterproof outerwear (expect temperatures to be in the 30s and 40s, and don’t let a little rain scare you away!). Then, spend some time with the activity list online, and select the things you’re most interested in. A lot of what’s offered is free, others have small entry fees, most are “first-come-first-served,” so you’ll want to arrive early.
Have questions? Please contact the Concrete Chamber during the week, or stop in at the Concrete Center when you get to town. The Center is open every Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is staffed with people who can point you in the right direction.
Enjoy your visit, cherish the experience of wildlife and wintertime in this remarkable part of the world.
September 16th, 2012 by Concrete Chamber
It could be because so many hard-working, hard-living characters shaped this town in the past. The gritty miners, mill-workers, loggers and cement plant workers who spent their lives (and sometimes lost them) in these dangerous, dirty jobs were the ones who raised their families here and have become part of our local legends.
Join us in October for the Concrete Ghost Walk, where you’ll hear the stories, maybe even meet one or two of these characters from the past.
June 11th, 2012 by Concrete Chamber
We’re gearing up for a number of summertime events right now:
Fourth of July on Wednesday, July 4
Parade at 11:00 a.m. – everyone welcome!
BBQ & Community Picnic in Town Center following parade
North Cascades Vintage Fly In on July 27-29
Presented by Skagit Aero Education Museum
Cascade Days, Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19
Presented by Cascade Days Association
If you haven’t been to Concrete to participate in these events before, why not make 2012 the year you visit the most beautiful area of Skagit County? Enjoy the mountain scenery and friendly, laid-back atmosphere!
Need more details? You’re welcome to contact the Concrete Chamber.
Email the Chamber
Phone: (360) 853-8784
Office: East County Resource Center
45770 Main Street in Concrete
November 19th, 2011 by Concrete Chamber
… and so is the annual Skagit Eagle Festival! We’re pleased to announce a number of exciting highlights you can enjoy in January, when the festival is underway.
The Kuteeyaa Dancers
Native American dancers will perform on Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m in the historic Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street in Concrete. Admission is $10. Kuteeyaa is made up of many Tlingit Clans: T’akdeintaan, Wooshkeetaan, Kiks.ádi, Kaagwaantaan, Deisheetaan, Teikweidí, L’uknax.ádi and Chookaneidí. They also have members from the Puget Sound area consisting of Quileute and Muckleshoot peoples.
Skagit River Float Trips — the best way to view the eagles — by various local companies, including Skagit River Guide Service.
The Grassmere Village Art Walk & Recycled Art Show
January 21-22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
44568-44586 State Route 20, Concrete
Works from local artisans will be on display and/or for sale in a variety of Grassmere Village shops and restaurants. Included in the show will be the third annual Recycled Art Show, in which entrants are encouraged to be creative with recycled materials. Entry forms, rules and details for both events may be obtained by contacting Anne Bussiere at (360) 853-7227.
Watch for lots more information about the Skagit Eagle Festival coming soon!
November 10th, 2011 by Concrete Chamber
If you were unable to attend the Chamber meeting on November 10, please review the notes.
September 19th, 2011 by Concrete Chamber
Q. Why a Ghost Walk?
A. Because Concrete has a history of colorful characters and stories. We believe there are many folks who liked the town so much, they decided to stay. After you hear what some of the present-day Main Street merchants have to say, we think you’ll agree. A ghost walk is a fun (and slightly frightening) way to bring the past to life.
Q. What’s an example of a Concrete Ghost Story?
A. The old “Mount Baker Hotel” was built in 1924 by a man named Stoneman to take care of the influx of people during the building of the Lower Baker River Dam. Over the years, the hotel has served as a rooming house, hotel, liquor store, café, barber shop and office building. It was also the bus stop for the Ben Solomon stage line in the early days. According to local story-tellers, if you go upstairs in this building, you may see a little girl about 4, with red hair and a pink shirt. This apparition may try to push you down the stairs but people who have had this experience say that all you can feel is a sort of tingle go through your body. It’s also said you can hear a little girl’s voice saying “The bad woman’s gonna hurt me!” or, “Turn around, the bad woman will hurt you!”
Q. How do I sign up for the Concrete Ghost Walk?
A. Details of the 2011 event.
July 17th, 2011 by Concrete Chamber
North Cascades Fly InJuly 22 and 23, 2011
Mears Field in Concrete
July 22 – Friday
Early arrivals & Registration
Aircraft judging for awards
Camping. Restrooms and showers at pilots lounge
Fly-bys and buddy rides
Open-Cockpit Rides available
Skagit Aero museum open to the public
7:30 pm Movie at S.A.E. Museum Hangar #3
9:00 pm Hot air Balloon burn (weather permitting)
July 23 – Saturday
Aircraft arrivals & Registration
7:00 am – 11:00 am Breakfast at the High School
Food vendors on site all day
Fly-bys and buddy rides
Open-Cockpit Rides available
Aircraft awards presented in the afternoon
7:30 pm Movie at S.A.E.Museum Hangar #3
9:00 pm Hot Air Balloon burn (weather permitting)
July 16th, 2011 by Concrete Chamber
Make your reservation now to tour Puget Sound Energy’s largest hydropower operation, located in the beautiful, mountain-rimmed Baker River Valley off the North Cascades Highway. See PSE’s internationally lauded facilities for transporting migrating salmon around the utility’s two large dams. Visit the new PSE-built hatchery for boosting Baker River sockeye salmon runs. Gaze downriver from atop the 312-foot-high Upper Baker Dam.
July 11th, 2011 by Concrete Chamber
A popular part of the Cement City Street Fair & Motorcycle Show is the Poetry & Music Festival that takes place in the Concrete Theatre.
Stephany Vogel is a visual artist and poet who has been exhibiting and teaching in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This is the 4th year that Stephany has produced Cement City Poetry & Music.
Richard Lee “Dick” Harris, Bellingham, returns to the theatre of his youth to read his upriver poems. Harris came to the Upper Skagit River Valley with his parents in 1935. He lived beside the Cascade River, “across the ferry” at Rockport, and in Concrete. While attending Concrete High School, he wrote high school sports and “Teen Topics” for the Concrete Herald. He will have copies of his book Reimagine: Poems, 1993-2009 with him. It is also on sale at Albert’s Red Apple Market. You may learn more about his writing by visiting his website, www.richardleeharris.net.
Jason lives and writes in Concrete. His poems have appeared in Kinesis, Willow Springs, Northwest Boulevard, and Northwest Literary Forum. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University and is the publisher and editor of Concrete Herald.
Sam’s musical career has run the gamut from garage bands, lounge acts, an Elvis impersonation show, to blues, punk and heavy metal rock bands. His most recent work has been providing musical soundscapes for his wife Betty Bastai’s art installations.
Born in Red Skelton’s hometown of Vincennes, Indiana, and raised in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky to adulthood, Greg was brought to the Northwest on a family vacation when he was 11 years of age and fell in love with the mountains and forests and people of this great state of Washington. After numerous vacations to the Northwest, he finally realized that it just made sense to move out here. Though music was a part of his early education, he didn’t start studying guitar seriously or writing his own songs until 7 years ago. Now music is the real passion of his life, and he wants to share his observations in song of the human condition.
Bill has a strong, sultry voice and dives into the realm of social issues and the love between a father and daughter. He’s been singing since he was 7 years old and playing the guitar since was 9.
Cate sings at various venues around the area, including Ristretto in Mount Vernon and Thai Season in Anacortes. Cate writes fiction and teaches secondary English.