Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 5, 2020
By Pat Edwards
What a wonderful week of my favorite kind of spring-time weather—sunny days and what can actually be described as a warming trend. Unfortunately, our schedules of doctors’ appointments and errands for the store haven’t allowed for much time to enjoy it, but just being able to be “out and about” in shirt-sleeves helps to raise the spirits.
We have some upcoming events that I need to share with you this week.
The co-sponsored Rural Art Center and Lorane Grange’s last Lorane Movie Night of the season will be taking place on Saturday, March 14 at the Lorane Grange. Because of their licensing agreement, RAC is not allowed to advertise the title of the movie, so they’ve made a game of it each time by providing a scrambled version. The March scrambled movie title is “Vincisut.” It’s PG-13 and was released in 2009. It’s set in South Africa where a newly-elected president (and later Nobel laureate) builds peace in unlikely ways, including working with the Springbok rugby team to help unite the country after apartheid. It stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
The evening begins with dinner at 6:00 p.m., games and doorprizes at 6:45 p.m., and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Creswell Grange is hosting a mini-pie making class for children on Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. They will provide the ingredients for apple, cherry, peach and chocolate cream pies, and the kids can make them and take some home afterwards.
The program is free and open to the public, but children must be accompanied by an adult and they ask you to pre-register so they can have enough supplies and ingredients on hand. If you’re interested, contact Dottie at 541-895-2155.
So many people have been coming into our store lately, looking for hand sanitizer, face masks, disinfectant wipes, etc. Of course, what we did have is gone and there is no one in town that we’ve been able to find who has it, so our shelves in those areas will have to remain empty. With all of the news about the coronavirus and the fact that it is beginning to make itself known on the West Coast, none of us can be too careful. Those who have other health issues, especially, are susceptible and we must all do our part to try not to take any chances on spreading possible flu symptoms.
We received word a few days ago that the King family and administration have decided to close down the public rooms at King Estate for at least a week. The business office, wine-making and bottling departments, and the vineyard will remain open, but the restaurant, tasting room, etc. are temporarily closing for that time period. Because King Estate hosts many visitors from all over the world, they have decided to take extra safeguards and precautions to prevent the coronavirus from infecting their employees and customers in Lane County.
When I contacted Ed King, he said, “We have also urged staff to prepare their homes and families for possible contagion—to learn the proper protocols to avoid infection and self-observation for flu symptoms and to guard against the possible spread of the coronavirus.”
It is this type of concern and foresight by the King family that has earned Jim’s and my respect over the years. Thank you for taking these precautions.