Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 26, 2018
By Pat Edwards
Hard on the heels of the Saturday, August 4 “Community Triathalon” (the Lorane Community-Wide Sale; the Art in the Country Festival near Crow; and the Crow Grange Chicken ‘n Pickin’ BBQ that I’ve already discussed in recent columns), I want to be sure that all of you are aware that on the following weekend, Sunday, August 12, is another “Big-Three” celebration in Lorane proper.
Beginning the activities at 12:30 p.m. on that day is the annual Lorane Community Potluck/Picnic at the Lorane Grange. Come early and visit, because as soon as everyone gets their fill—leaving room, of course, for pie and ice cream—they will be heading down Old Lorane Road to the area in front of the Lorane Fire Station to partake in the many fun activities and the aforementioned desserts at the Lorane Ice Cream Social.
Then, at 3:00 p.m., everyone is encouraged to head down to the Lorane Family Store where the unveiling of the beautiful new mural designed and painted by local artists, Karen Pidgeon and Alix Mosieur, will take place. I have offered my services to give a short talk before the unveiling of why, for me, the mural tells a story of how Lorane’s present has been impacted by its past. I promise that I won’t keep you waiting long! I hope to see a large gathering to honor not only the mural, but the artists, as well.
The setting around it will probably not be as dressed up as much as we had hoped because of the current “Extreme Fire Danger” situation where mowers, weedeaters and power tools that could cause a spark cannot be used right now. Our daughters, Gloria Edwards and Michele Kau, did a lot of the mowing, power-washing and weedeating one morning, a couple of days before the restrictions went into effect, so it’s not as bad as it could be. The installation of a picket fence around the mural will have to be done after the unveiling.
Speaking of our store, Jim and I have just announced that we have decided, after 41 years, that we will be putting the Lorane Family Store on the market shortly. We’re hoping to find a buyer who will fit into the community and love it as much as we do. It would be wonderful if the tradition of being a “family store” can continue. It first began as the Mitchell (family) store in 1934 and then we bought it in 1977. It’s only had two owners in its 84 year history. We’ll try our best to find someone who will be part of the community. That’s important to us, too.
Just a quick reminder on the busy, busy Saturday coming up—August 4.
Have a pancake breakfast at the Rebekah Lodge between 7 to 11 a.m. Then make the rounds of the over 20 yard sales happening at individual sites around the community and at the Lorane Grange. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
In addition, the Lorane Community Association is sponsoring a Free Clothing Exchange with clothing for children ages birth to five years at the Lorane Christian Church.
Before you totally spend your wad, then head over to the Art in the Country fine art and author festival to look at and, hopefully buy, the beautiful works of art on display. Meet over 20 Oregon authors and have them sign a special book you want to add to your reading list. While you’re doing that, listen to the live music and in between sets, enjoy drama readings and those from some of the Oregon authors. Food, drink and dessert trucks will be on site and there will be a place to play for the young ones in the Kids’ Zone. (10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Hopefully, you’ll still be hungry, because just 3 miles down Central Road, at the Crow Grange is its 14th annual Chicken ‘n Pickin’ BBQ with a mini car show and live music from 4 to 7 p.m.
Did I mention that there’s going to be lots to do in the next two weeks??