From the Desk of the Mayor June 2022
I have to admit that spring with all its rain made me feel a bit uneasy about going into summer. Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen stated it perfectly, “I don't know why, but I've always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot!" I admit that my kids think I'm part reptile, and that my husband is ever searching for the perfect real estate for me - on the sun. Mostly, besides the sunshine, summer to me means - longer days, family time, BBQing, day tripping, vacation, sunsets, beach time, and lots of outings.
By now, summer fun calendars have been circulated and plans are well underway for a grand slam summer of joy in the Longview area! Aside from spending time at the Mint Valley golf course, or at Longview Parks and Rec activities, there's Kelso’s Catlin Rotary water spray park, Willow Grove Park and Boat launch, and 17 local playgrounds where you can picnic, play, splash, or cool down. LCC Black Bear games, Longview Outdoor Gallery, shopping in historic downtown Longview, fishing, boating, and nearby hiking and ocean beaches are also favorites.
There's only one thing keeping any of us from truly diving in and enjoying summer in the Longview area. That's right- you've got to show up!
Here's a sneak peek at where some of the fun begins in the Longview area:
*Farmers Market: Saturdays April 16 - October 29 and Tuesdays May 10 – September 13
*Oceans of Possibilities reading program @ the Longview Public Library: June 15 - August 13
*Summer concerts at the Lake Sacajawea, 6 -8pm @ Martin’s Dock:
- July 7 - Abbey Road (Beatles Tribute)
- July 14 - Mainstreet (Bob Seger Tribute)
- July 21 - Eagle Eyes (Eagles Tribute)
- July 28 - Hit Factory (America's Top Cover Band)
- August 4 - Carl Wirkkala & the Whistle Punks (Country)
- August 11 - Long Live Rock (Classic Rock)
*Longview Go-Fourth festival: Saturday July 2, 3 and 4 @ Lake Sacajawea
*Cowlitz County Fair: July 27-30 @ Cowlitz County Event Center and Fairgrounds
*Summer movies at the Lake Sacajawea @ 7:30pm - movies begin at dusk:
- Aug 12 - Luca
- Aug 19 - How to Train Your Dragon
- Aug 26 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
*Squirrel Fest: August 20 @ Civic Circle in Longview
*Unique Tin Car show: August 27 @ Cowlitz County Event Center
I am looking forward to seeing you at these outstanding events.
Be safe, be kind, and get out and make some memories this summer!
Best to all of you,
Mayor MaryAlice Wallis