Tag: Applegate Harvest Festival

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 13, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 13, 2022
By Pat Edwards

I welcome the coming of fall this year—well, to be honest, I guess I’m glad to see its arrival every year—but this year it’s especially welcome for some reason. This past spring and summer have been especially difficult for both Jim and me… the selling of our store that we owned for almost 45 years in early March, Jim’s back surgery, three runs to the emergency room, his rehab, the recovery process, and Covid have taken a lot out of us both. I’ve been struggling to focus on anything other than our immediate situation, and in the past few months, I’ve felt my writing, especially, has gone through a rather rough patch. I’ve asked my editors to allow me to send in columns only when I have something to write about other than health issues.

Our recent trip to New England seemed to cleanse my brain a bit, allowing me to interact with others socially as well as see and experience a beautiful, different part, of our great country that we’ve never visited before. I boarded the plane in Boston feeling refreshed and revitalized. Unfortunately, on the 6-hour flight home, I sat next to a woman who was obviously not feeling well, and three days after we got home, I tested positive for Covid. Consequently, last week was spent in isolation—even from Jim—but, I didn’t feel all that bad. I never ran a fever and only had minor head cold symptoms… and fortunately, Jim didn’t get it.

So, I’m going to use the rest of this week’s column to tell you about some great community events planned for both the Lorane and Crow areas and we’ll see where we go from there.

One of the exciting upcoming Halloween events is something I’ve been wanting to tell everyone about for some time. The “Haunted Barn of Old Lorane” began a few years ago in a barn on the property of Shauna Doughty and Aaron Scaletti. Shauna was born and raised in Lorane and has always wanted to do something special for the community she loves. She and Aaron started out with handmade Halloween displays and populated it with ghosts and goblins for the local kids and their parents. Each year since, it has grown with the help of other volunteers and has become popular with not only Lorane residents, but some from out of the community as well. Shauna says that, this year, they have been working for the last several months to add new things and are extremely proud of what they have accomplished.

The Haunted Barn of Old Lorane will be open October 21 and 22; and October 28 and 29, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night. It’s free, but donations are accepted. The address is 80421 Old Lorane Road, Lorane, OR 97451. (Old Lorane Road runs past the fire department, lodge, church and grange in Lorane.)

Then, on Friday, October 21, the Applegate Elementary in Crow is hosting a Harvest Festival from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Join everyone for an evening filled with free carnival games, costume contests, trick-or-treating and a Haunted House.

Also scheduled for October 21, is Lorane Grange’s Dessert and Bingo Night, beginning at 7:00 p.m. No mention has been made to wear a Halloween costume, but ghosts and goblins are welcome there, too.

On Halloween night, everyone is invited to take part in the annual Lorane Christian Church’s “Trunk ‘n Treat” get-together in their parking lot where those who choose, can bring their cars with decorated trunks and Halloween goodies to give out to local trick-or-treaters. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and enjoy the evening, drinking hot cider, sampling the goodies and visiting with their neighbors and friends.

There’s lots to choose from in the coming weeks. Let’s all get out and support our communities and enjoy the festivities!

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 31, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 31, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I spent an enjoyable day last week participating in the Creswell Grange’s Holiday Bazaar. I reserved a table at the last minute and was pleasantly surprised to sell more books than I had hoped. A bonus was that I was able to spend the day with a group of nice people and visited with many who stopped by my table to chat. Thank you, Martin and Louise McClure and Patrick Dearth, especially, for your hospitality!

That same weekend, I volunteered to help with one of the game booths at the Applegate Harvest Festival in Crow. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like that… the last similar event I attended was the Lorane Spring Fling which was held in the Lorane Elementary School during its final year in June 2011. The article I wrote about it can be found on my website at http://allthingslorane.com under “Writings” for those of you who would like to relive it.

Our granddaughter, Stephanie Furlong, and her husband, Chad, and daughters, Harper Lorane, Hayden Rae and Shiloh Kate all showed up at the Harvest Festival, dressed in Toy Story costumes that Steph had made. It brought back so many memories as I made my rounds in the cupcake walk with Harper and then went to visit the Fish Pond and bean bag throw with her after my shift ended. The gymnasium was filled with other family groups who were all In costume. What a fun evening!

In today’s column, I thought I’d tell you a bit about the new yoga group that I have recently joined in order to work on my core strength and balance following my recent surgery. My good friend and co-editor of Groundwaters, Jennifer Chambers, has obtained her certification as an adaptive yoga instructor and has been holding classes on Tuesday and Thursdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Rd., Eugene, north of Crow. The group is growing, so Jen has decided to offer another class on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Classes are varied, but include chair yoga, floor movements, meditation, and balance bar work. Balance bars are provided, but you’ll need to bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. The classes are $4 per person, per class. It’s a relaxing, no-stress way of keeping at bay the aches and pains of those of us who don’t get as much exercise as we’d like. For more info, contact Jen at jenniferbyerschambers@yahoo.com.

Speaking of Jen, she’s rehearsing to portray one of the main characters in her most recent book, “Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon,” in an exciting new play called “An Evening With Three Great Americans” taking place at the Applegate Regional Theater on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17. Abigail Scott Duniway, the character that Jen portrays, was one of the main forces in obtaining women’s rights in Oregon. One of Abigail’s harshest critics in her fight for women’s voting rights was the editor of the Portland Oregonian newspaper, Harvey W. Scott—Abigail’s own brother.

Another of the great Americans being featured is Abraham Lincoln, who will be portrayed by Steve Holgate. Steve has professionally portrayed Lincoln on many occasions around Oregon and is said to do an excellent job. The third American will be Mark Twain, portrayed by Don Schmieding. I don’t know Don personally, but I’ve heard good things about his work. This should be a wonderful experience! You can order tickets on-line at http://www.art-inc.org.

The Lorane Movie Night for this month will be held on November 7th at the Lorane Grange. The scrambled title for this month’s feature is “Het Dogs Stum eb Zarcy” (PG, 1980). Hint: it’s an action Indie film. The Lorane Fire Department is this month’s sponsor. Check the Rural Art Center’s website for more details.

The Lorane Christian Church will be hosting the annual Lorane Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange.
The Grange will be collecting not only non-perishable foods for the Holiday baskets, but they are also asking for donation of items for the U.S. soldier that they have “adopted” this holiday season. Contact Lil Thompson 541-942-5701 for suggestions for the items needed.

Sweet Lorane Community News, October 17, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
October 17, 2019
By Pat Edwards

As you all know from my past columns, I sometimes struggle to figure out what I can write about that will be of interest to not only Lorane residents, but others of you who have told me that you read my columns each week. So many of those times, like today, I sit down without any idea of what I am going to write about and just let it “flow.”

One thing that I want to include today is information relating to the upcoming Territorial Highway road project that Lane County will be starting after the first of the year. People have been wondering what is going on at our daughter and son-in-law’s place—Michele and Brian Kau—on Lorane Highway, just north of Gillespie Corners. Many large dump trucks and other equipment have been going in and out of their north pasture for the past couple of weeks, hauling in gravel and dirt to level it. Lane County is leasing the pasture from Brian and Michele for the next 3 years to use as their equipment base during the Gillespie Corners-to-Lorane project on Territorial Highway. It’s important that drivers be aware of this as they approach the site because big trucks are going in and out of there on a regular basis. Please use caution.

Jim and I just returned from an early morning doctor appointment for him, and I thought I would update those who have asked about his health. His broken pelvis has healed, but the fall evidently messed up the sciatic nerve in his back and he has been in constant pain for months now before he could even get in to see a neurosurgeon about relieving it. Even after they determined that he needed an epidural injection in hopes of bringing him relief, that injection was scheduled at least another month. Finally, his appointment for the injection is only a week away. It’s been a long haul for him with limited mobility, but I’m praying that he will soon again be walking with little pain.

Yesterday, I learned that Crow High School graduate and former resident, Chase Boehringer, is going to attempt to break the Guinness world record for the highest altitude achieved on a motorcycle by riding his bike to 22,145 ft. on the world’s highest volcano in Chile over a period of 9 days.

Chase Boehringer

He’s expecting to have to deal with negative temperatures and very intense, freezing wind chill. The FirstGear USA company has donated its toughest heated gear to help him make it to the top. Chase’s goal is to share his experience in hopes of inspiring someone to push past what they think might not be possible.

I’m still a small town guy from Oregon. I will be the first to tell you I wasn’t born special, gifted or even particularly smart. I do things like this to push my own edges in hopes of somehow giving permission to someone with a big dream to chase it, against all odds.

Chase is trying to raise another $3,000 from a corporate sponsor to help pay for the expenses of getting himself and his motorcycle to Chile. Chase has a Facebook page and he can be messaged there, or I can put anyone in touch with him who is interested if you contact me at paedwards42@yahoo.com.

Here’s another reminder for the upcoming Harvest Festival that will be held at the Applegate Elementary School in Crow on Friday, October 25, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. They are still looking for volunteers to staff games and activities. Signups are posted on both the Lorane and Crow Facebook pages, or contact Marissa McNutt Cooper at 541-517-6608.

Another Halloween event—a costume contest, trick-or-treating and kids’ storytime—will be held in Creswell on Sunday, October 27, between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Creswell Community Market hosted by the Tractor Supply Co., 190 Emerald Pkwy, Creswell.