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October 3, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Get outta town: Tasty apples in one Vancouver, naughty bits in the other

After Seattle’s wettest September on record, are your feet finally, truly going webbed? Is it time to get out of Rain City? Here are three quick ideas to get you on the road:

GO SOUTH

Bring your own apples for pressing Saturday at the Old Apple Tree Festival in Vancouver, Wash. (file photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Bring your own apples for pressing Saturday at the Old Apple Tree Festival in Vancouver, Wash. (file photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

October is a good month for fresh apple cider. Bring your own apples to be pressed at Vancouver, Washington’s, annual Old Apple Tree Festival, celebrating what is believed to be one of the first apple trees planted in Washington, adjacent to Fort Vancouver. History says an officer in Britain’s Royal Navy, attending a formal dinner on the eve of his departure to the rugged Pacific Northwest, circa 1826, was given some apple seeds left over from the fruit dessert. Dropping them in his dinner jacket pocket, a female admirer instructed, “Plant these when you reach your Northwest wilderness.” The old tree, surrounded now by a busy highway interchange, is celebrated every October with a day of music, cider pressing, apple tastings, tree-pruning workshops and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free.

GO NORTH

Looking for something different? Vancouver, B.C., this weekend hosts the opening of “Boobies & Wieners,” an art exhibit with promotional graphics featuring a blue-footed booby — a bird common to the Galapagos Islands — and, what else, a dachshund. But this is, ahem, no nature show. Let the gallery’s statement speak for itself: “Some artists take the nude very seriously… as it should be. This is not that show. ‘Boobies & Wieners’ is a group show featuring immature, crass, explicit, cartoonish, odd and whatever else is the opposite of ‘classy’ art featuring nude subjects. It’s pretty self-explanatory really: remember that drawing in the bathroom stall of that gas station on the Trans-Canada Highway? Or the drawings in the margin of your school text book? You get the idea.” Well, it won’t be boring. Oct. 3-26, Hot Art Wet City Gallery, 2206 Main St. (at Sixth Avenue), Vancouver.

GO EAST

Like something with a little more kick than apple juice? Beer lovers, go where the hops are grown. Saturday is Yakima’s annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival, featuring 28 craft brewers from across the region (from Paradise Creek to Snipes Mountain), a home-brew competition, live music and lots of food. It’s under the stars from 5 to 10 p.m. at South Third and Yakima Avenue in and around the Millennium Arts Plaza; $30 online ticket includes commemorative glass and $7 in scrip.

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