Celebrate the 4th of July with us -Join the Concrete Caravan!

What are you doing for fun this summer? With so many regular events being postponed or canceled, some of us are feeling a little let down. That’s why the Concrete Chamber of Commerce is planning something special for the Fourth of July.

For the last nine years, the Chamber has hosted a family-friendly event to mark Independence Day. While none of the usual activities are acceptable right now, we believe there are ways to connect and celebrate safely.

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On Saturday, July 4 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., a “reverse parade” will take place on Main Street. We’re calling it the Concrete Caravan. 🚗 🚙 🚓

Participants will stay safely in their cars 🚘 🚖 while traveling the route on Main Street to Town Center. Who knows what you might see along the way? There could be famous characters — including Uncle Sam! – and happy volunteers.

In Town Center, you can treat yourself to popcorn 🍿 or ice cream 🍨 at the Concrete Theatre, served at curbside, or a carry-out meal ordered from the Lonestar Restaurant.

Then you can cruise around Bear Square to enjoy live music provided by Marcia Kester, a popular musician known for her upbeat personality.

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Everyone can be part of the fun. Want to fire up your community spirit and help with this event?

If you have a business or residence along Main Street, you’re encouraged to decorate a “stay-in-place float” or maybe just stand out front with a flag. Or certainly you and your family can sing, dance and wave as the parade goes by, right? 🚗 🚙 🚓

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If you’d like to be included, please send a message to: Chamber@Concrete-WA.com and let us know what part you want to play in the 4th of July Concrete Caravan.
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Please note: this event will adapt to any changes necessary to adhere to the WA State Safe Start policies, and may be updated as we move through the 4 phases.

The eagles have landed!

We hope to see you at this year’s Skagit Eagle Festival!

Even though the bald eagle is a year-round resident of Northwest Washington, late fall and early winter offer prime viewing opportunities in eastern Skagit county as these iconic birds gather to feed on the carcasses of salmon that have died following their spawning runs.

In fact, the Skagit River Valley is known to host the largest concentration of bald eagles outside Alaska.

Veteran eagle watchers say the best time to watch is just before noon on a cloudy day. Eagles tend to feed about 11 a.m., so the birds will be most active then. Cloudy days find eagles perched in trees or flapping lazily only a few dozen feet in the air. On sunny days, they’re flying higher.

Murder Mystery Evening

Joining us for an evening of murder and mayhem? On October 24, 2019, you’ll hear true stories of crimes in Skagit and Whatcom Counties during the early twentieth century. Everything from public hangings, husbands killing wives, wives killing husbands, and strangers coming to town. Filled with intrigue and rich, true history, this is a glimpse into the darker side of humanity, all from the safety of your theatre seat.

Todd Warger is the author of a series of true crime stories that take place in Washington State’s northwest corner.

“Our region has had a vivid history of slayings much like anywhere else, including beheadings, shootings, stabbings, poisonings, hangings, strangling, and bludgeoning,” Warger says.

Warger is on the staff of Whatcom Museum, is an Emmy Award-winning nominee for the documentary film “The Mountain Runners,” a history of Bellingham’s famous Ski to Sea Race. He’s also a recipient of the Washington State Historical Society’s David Douglas Award for the documentary film “Shipyard,” and is co-author of “Images of America: Mount Baker.”

Sponsored by the Concrete Chamber of Commerce, and hosted by the Concrete Theatre, the proceeds from this event will benefit the Concrete Heritage Museum. The event is funded in part by a grant from Skagit County, to encourage visitors to our area.

Concrete Old-Fashioned Fly-In

The annual Concrete Old Fashioned Fly-In (formerly North Cascades Vintage Fly-In) has grown to become a favorite fly-in for vintage, classic and antique airplane enthusiasts. Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range in Washington state, the Concrete Old Fashioned Fly-In draws numerous significant and interesting aircraft.The Fly-In not only appeals to vintage aircraft enthusiasts and locals enjoying the community, but also Skagit Valley visitors driving the Cascade Loop and visiting the North Cascades National Park find it an excellent festival stop on their vacation.

 

We are pleased to announce that the following food vendors will be with us this year:
Donut Seed Co.
Outlaw Catering
Ma and Pa Kettlekorn
PNW Espresso
Concrete Cheer (sno-cones)
Concrete Lions Club – BBQ
Glacier Peak Resort & Eatery – wine tasting!

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Parade Entries Welcome!

Plan to join us for the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, March 2, starting at 3:00 p.m. in Town Center. All entrants are welcome! Entry forms available here. Please complete and return to the Chamber office or via email: Chamber@Concrete-WA.com.Parade check-in and line-up will start at 2:15 near the Concrete Post Office, on west Main Street.

Into the Wild with Photographer Leah Serna

Into the Wild!
Saturday, January 19
2:00 p.m. at the historic Concrete Theatre

Enjoy beautiful photography on the big screen, with info and commentary from popular wildlife photographer Leah Serna.

Whether you’re a photographer wondering where to get that next amazing shot or you want to compare equipment details with other shutterbugs…. or you just love hearing about and seeing nature at its best, this workshop will become your favorite memory of the 2019 Skagit Eagle Festival.

Leah was born and raised in the Cascade Foothills. She says that although she grew up hiking, fishing and riding a horse, she never thought she’d be crouched in a field waiting for a short-eared owl to fly by, sitting on the river all day with the eagles, or traveling around the country to find bears and moose.
“However,” she says, “here I am doing just that and I love it!”

The event is FREE.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Concessions available for purchase, including the best popcorn in Skagit Valley, with real butter and free toppings. Coffee, tea, water, candy and soda also available.
Sponsored by the SKAGIT EAGLE FESTIVAL and funded in part by a grant from Skagit County.

See Leah’s work at: www.leahsernaphotography.com or https://www.facebook.com/leah.serna.3

Questions? Contact theatre owner Valerie Stafford, (360) 466-8754 or Valerie@Concrete-Theatre.com.

January Chamber Meeting

The January 2019 meeting of the Concrete Chamber of Commerce is Thursday, January 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Annie’s Pizza Station. Lunch is on your own – choose from a very tasty menu of pizza, soup, paninis and other favorites.

Questions? Contact Valerie Stafford.

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