Camas Days 2016 July 22nd and 23rd!

Camas Days is coming up July 22nd and 23rd (with other fun activities like the Ducky Derby on Sunday, too!) brought to you by our friends at the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. For a full Schedule of Events, click below!
http://www.cwchamber.com/cwdata/Portals/0/2016_Schedule.pdf

Camas Car Show Date Change! Now August 6th!

PLEASE NOTE: Camas car Show rescheduled to Saturday, August 6th, 4-8:30pm because of the rain forecast. Our award ceremony would have been  wet! Updated registration forms will be on website soon. Thank you everyone for understanding and hope to see you August 6th!

For all the info, visit our car show webpage. It will still be great in August! :)

Camas Car Show Poster Revised Date 2016

August First Friday “Small Town Summer Fun”!

Come celebrate summer with us for August’s First Friday! August 5th, 5-8pm. Live music, outdoor party, summer activities and crafts, art shows, after hours shopping and dining, and more! For all the info, click here!

First Friday August 16 window flyer

“Dog Days of Summer” First Friday Was Delightful!

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The doggie fashion and talent shows were a hoot, the vendors had great offerings, and everyone had a wonderful time enjoying being downtown with their pooches! Thank you to our sponsor Naturally Healthy Pet, our show judges and emcee, and to our community for bringing such friendly and well mannered pups!

The many art shows were a success and the restaurants and shops were filled with happy people. What a night! Thank you to everyone that came, supported, and enjoyed time in Downtown Camas.

For all the pictures (dog lovers must see!) of the event, click here!

June First Friday “Camas Poker Tour & Game Night” Was a Blast!

Poker and games, art shows, prizes, shopping, ribbon cuttings, treats, painting, kids’ crafts, and more! Thank you again to Camas Antiques for sponsoring this event!

Click here for all the photos!

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Allure Boutique Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening:
This new shop in downtown is absolutely lovely! Beautiful clothing selections, accessories and creative decor. Come see and welcome owner Bobbi Lee to Downtown Camas! 407 NE 4th.

For pictures of the ribbon cutting, click here and see more on theAllure Boutique Facebook page.

Apiary Security Expand with a New Spy Shop!
You can now find clever spy equipment in Downtown Camas! Apiary Security is an expert in the latest technology in access control and integrated security systems and can  also now provide fun gadgets as well! Hidden cameras in pens and water bottles are just a few of the items you’ll find. Make sure to check them out the next time you’re in downtown! 418 NE 4th

For pictures of the ribbon cutting, click here.

The Sushi Joint 2 Ribbon Cutting!
What a fun event! It was great to hear why Paul and Tressa Le decided to open their second Sushi Joint location and to celebrate the ribbon cutting with them! Such delicious sushi! Welcome Paul, Tressa, Andres, Kasey and the entire Sushi Joint crew! 500 NE 4th

Ribbon cutting pictures here!

Hidden Bronze Bird Tour!

The Downtown Camas Association is creating a Hidden Bronze Bird Tour in Downtown Camas! This will be a fun way to bring engaging art to our community. Please take a look at the full project and we’d appreciate your support! Visit our GoFundMe campaign or our bronze bird art webpage.

Street Emblems Bring Color to the Streets of Downtown Camas

Art students from Camas High School, members of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA), and the City of Camas worked together to paint downtown street murals that will add vibrancy and sense of place on either side of the location of the Camas Farmer’s Market which opens June 1st. Fun!

Project Background:

After seeing the transformation of a neighborhood city intersection in the Arnada neighborhood in Vancouver, Caroline Mercury, the Board President of the DCA, brought the idea of doing a street emblem (or mural) to Downtown Camas. The DCA Design Committee thought that doing street murals in the intersections on both sides of the Camas Farmer’s Market block would be a nice tribute to what this market brings to our town and create more of a sense of place.

After discussing the idea with the City, the DCA contacted Gina Mariotti Shapard, the chair of the Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) program, then in its first year, about the project. Inspired by having students contributing to a real life art project in the community, Gina had her 28 freshman students design art with the guidelines that it needed to be able to be reproduced on a street intersection scale and that the art should reflect the feel of the Camas Farmer’s Market. All of the entries of hand drawn art were submitted to the DCA Design Committee and Brianna Cloutier’s design was chosen. A graphic designer at the school working with the art students, Tamra Sheline, helped to convert the hand drawing into a graphic rendition that could be used to create the street stencil. The murals are 20’ x 20’.

Caroline contacted the citizens who had worked on the Arnada street murals to find out details about creating the stencils, the type of paint to use, etc. and worked with the stencil creator in Portland. Denis Ryan with the City of Camas coordinated the street prep and connected the DCA with the proper traffic paint by Sherwin Williams which offered the DCA a discount because of the nature of the community project.

“It’s exciting to be painting the street mural for the Camas Farmer’s Market in my home town where I’m growing up,” says Paton Bates, sophomore in the CHS Integrated Arts & Academics program. “We can leave a mark, especially artwork that the program (IAA) can take pride in.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able connect with the community in our school work.”

Thanks to everyone who came out–what a great community collaboration!

For all the pictures of the project, click here!

Camas Plant & Garden Fair 2016 was Spectacular!

Amazing plant & garden art vendors, live music, kids’ activities, dedicated volunteers, loyal merchants, fresh food and the nicest weather we could have asked for all added up to one heck of a Plant & Garden Fair in Downtown Camas. Thank you all who came as visitors, as vendors, as volunteers and of course our generous sponsors. The DCA is forever grateful–what a day! Click here for pictures!

plant fair crowd 2016

First Friday “Garden Gnome Gala!” Was a New Hit!

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Mischievous little gnomes had fun all throughout Downtown Camas on May’s First Friday! Gnome activities and games, a ribbon cutting, kids’ activities, art shows, live music and Cinco de Mayo party, and so much more!

Click here for pictures of the event!

Journey Community Church and DCA Collaborations Win Excellence on Main Award!

Journey Church and the Downtown Camas Association were honored to be presented with an Excellence on Main “Community Partnership” Award at the 2016 Revitalize Washington State Main Street Conference on April 26th. Journey and the DCA have worked together in many ways since 2009 to bring stronger offerings and events to Downtown Camas. Ellen Scott (second from left) from Journey was able to make the trek with us to Chelan to be a part of the conference and awards ceremony. Click here for an article in the Columbian about our partnership.

We are so grateful to the Washington State Main Street Program for the recognition and to Journey for the heart for service in Downtown Camas!

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