Sweet Lorane Community News, September 17, 2015

Fern Ridge Review                                    
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 17, 2015
By Pat Edwards

I guess that I’ll start off with a report on our first annual Lorane Celebration that was held on September 12. Despite a lot of work by a lot of community members, there was a very low attendance. As the date approached we all knew that the fact that neighboring communities were also having big events that same day might affect our attendance. In spite of that, however, I think that many of us are encouraged and are hoping that, with a few changes, we can give it another try next year.

I didn’t get to participate in all of the activities and events. I had rented two tables from the Lorane Grange – one for book sales and another for garage sale items. I sold several books – mostly to other vendors – but nothing from my other table. There was a good representation of items offered for sale, quite a few vendors and several other private garage/yard sales happening.

I also went on the early morning walk, too. There were only four of us, but I enjoyed meeting Leslie, Shirley and Dave, none of whom I had previously met. The route of the walk was five brisk rotations around the “track” behind the school.

I didn’t get to go to the outdoor John Wayne movie that was shown on the side of the Rebekah Lodge, but I heard that for those who did attend, it was a huge success. The pizza that was served was delicious, the movie was very “John Wayne,” and everyone enjoyed a good time.

I hope that the light attendance won’t dampen the spirit to try it again next year. By looking at what works and what doesn’t work, I think that this can be made into a fun time for all. Thank you to the committee that worked so hard to make this happen!

We are working hard to get the new Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology ready for publication. I’m hoping that by the time you read this column it will be in the review process and we can send for our first order of books. It definitely will be ready before our big Groundwaters Live! event that has been scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Library. Thank you to the generous staff at the FRL for hosting it! We are also planning a similar event in Eugene a bit later. For more information and updates, go to my website at https://allthingslorane.com/portfolio/groundwaters-2015-an-anthology/.

We have invited some of our local contributors to do some readings from the book. Following the readings, we will have some light snacks while we distribute books to those who have pre-ordered them. It’s open to the public and if you want to pick up a copy of the new book at that time, be sure and let us know how many to order for you, so we’ll be sure to have enough on hand (edwards@groundwaterspublishing.com).

The book has grown to at least 221 pages and now, counting those who sent us vintage photos to include, there are a total of 61 contributors – authors, poets, artists and photo submitters. Several of them are from the Lorane area – Norm Maxwell, Bridgett Johnson-Elliott, Alice Ford, Hayden Larsen, Gene Conrad and me.

We hope to see a big turnout to recognize the exceptional talent we have in our area.

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