It’s Washington’s Birthday on Saturday. Do you need to get out of town to escape the annual visit by your uncle, the unrepentant George Washington impersonator? Here are ideas to help get you on your way:
1 Celebrate native culture in Vancouver, B.C.
Celebration of Powwow Culture: 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.; pay-what-you-can.
The annual Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver explores aboriginal culture through the arts. Events this weekend include “Celebration of Powwow Culture,” featuring traditional and contemporary dance exhibitions by dancers ranging from toddlers to elders, along with the sale of arts, crafts, music and food. Talking Stick Festival runs through March 2, various venues around Vancouver; prices vary. Tickets and more information at www.talkingstickfest.ca.
2 Go for wine and cheese in Portland
6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; $45 in advance, $50 at the door, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E.Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.
Make tracks Friday evening for the Portland Showcase of Wine and Cheese, featuring hundreds of wines, dozens of gourmet cheeses, plus hors d’oeuvres and specialty foods. Guests receive a complimentary wine glass and a tasting book to guide them through the evening, which also features a silent auction, raffle prizes, a wine wall and live music from the Millennium Dance Band and — start spreadin’ the news — a Frank Sinatra impersonator. Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland. More information here.
3 Sleep like George in Port Angeles
As of Thursday noon, rooms were available for this weekend, starting at $235 (or $275 for the Presidential Suite). 939 Finn Hall Road, Port Angeles; 360-452-5207 or www.georgewashingtoninn.com
Then again, if you embrace the whole George Washington thing, take your uncle along to Port Angeles and book a room at the George Washington Inn, a rather stunning replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Va., home.
Outside, it’s almost an exact replica, built and opened as an inn in 2008 as a tribute to our first president by owners and innkeepers Dan and Janet Abbott. It sits on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, between Sequim and Port Angeles.
And, by the way, there will be another George Washington impersonator there on Saturday while they celebrate Washington’s Birthday with a high tea (sorry, the tea is sold out).