Tag: Applegate Regional Theater

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, July 11, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle

Sweet Lorane Community News
July 11, 2019
By Pat Edwards

This week I want to share with you not only an exciting upcoming event, but the story of a special organization that I have had the privilege of being closely affiliated over the past 10 years or more.

I have mentioned my work with the non-profit Applegate Regional Theater (ART, Inc) and the events in which I’ve been involved in this column quite a few times, but many don’t realize how the strength and perseverance of the founders, Vicki Sourdry and Marti Byers, and the dedicated board of directors have worked to give the West Lane community a quality performance and event venue. 

My readers in Creswell have long had an exceptional performance center—the Cottage Theater—close by in neighboring Cottage Grove, but those living in Veneta, Elmira, Noti, Crow, West Eugene and other neighboring communities, have had to travel to other parts of Lane County to enjoy live theater. 
After many difficult years of trying to establish a permanent theater and two major moves to build one replete with stage, tiered seating and velvet theater curtains donated to them, the dedicated group finally found a permanent home when they purchased the campus and buildings of the former Central Elementary School on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads (north of Crow; west of Veneta and south of Fern Ridge Lake off of Highway 126).

In the past several years, they have sponsored and/or hosted drama workshops for all ages, plays, readers’ theaters, holiday “sing-a-longs,” TED talks, and so much more. They’ve rented their facilities to local organizations to put on fundraisers, auctions, graduation parties, author readings and other meetings and events. 

ART, Inc. has proven to be a huge supporter of art and creative writing over the years and I am very proud to be affiliated with it.
Recently, my days have been filled with working to organize and plan the Oregon Authors’ tables that are to be part of the 2nd Annual Art in the Country Fine Art and Authors Festival to be held on the ART, Inc. campus on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 & 28. We had a very successful one-day inaugural event last year. This year looks to be even better.

Jennifer Chambers and I have lined up 25 very talented Oregon authors to present their talents at the Oregon Authors’ tables and 12 of them will be reading from their books in the theater every hour, both days. 
There will also be almost 30 professional and amateur artists displaying a wide variety of artwork and demonstrating their particular talents on both days, as well. 

Other features include dramatic readings and mini-plays interspersed with the author readings, a kids’ zone, a beer and wine garden, food vendors, and some of the best live music in the area. The festival and parking are both free to the public.

We hope that you will spread the word about this event and join us on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 & 28. The proceeds of the festival will help benefit artists and authors in Lane County and will allow the Applegate Regional Theater to continue to grow and provide its special gifts to the residents of all of Lane County. 

To see our tremendous line-up of artists, authors and musicians, check out the Art in the Country Facebook page. We are featuring some each day until the event.

For more information, contact Vicki Sourdry at art-inc@hotmail.com.

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 20, 2018

(Note: I wrote 2 short columns this week because of differing deadlines.)

Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 20, 2018
By Pat Edwards

To my West Lane readers… I wish to thank each of you for allowing me to share my thoughts and Lorane’s news with you through another year. As the Lorane columnist, I’m able to connect to my many friends through the pages of the Fern Ridge Review.
Our children and grandchildren went to school first at the Lorane Elementary School, and then the Crow Middle and High Schools over the years. When I took over as the managing editor of Groundwaters magazine, later the annual anthology, it was under the umbrella of the Applegate Regional Theater’s non-profit license in Veneta. This allowed Jennifer Chambers and I to obtain grant support from the Oregon Country Fair to provide classroom book projects at Veneta Elementary School for its students.

I’ve worked closely with ART, Inc. and have grown very close to those who have made it an important part of the West Lane art and performance scene. I’ve also worked with the Fern Ridge Library, producing the newsletter for the Friends of the Library and, later, the monthly program flyer and PR work. Because of this, I feel a strong connection to each of these communities.

I wish each of you the happiest of holiday seasons and for all of us throughout the nation, a new year filled with love and respect for one another. Let’s all work within our families, communities, schools and beyond to add our voices and energies to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

And, may your holidays be filled with joy, love, peace and hope.

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Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 20, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Greetings to my Creswell Readers… I wish to thank each of you for allowing me to share my thoughts and Lorane’s news with you through another year. I frequently travel over Ham Road, which eventually morphs into Camas Swale Road, to visit family and friends who live over the hill from us. We consider you our neighbor!

I love your town with its quaint shops and festive streets during the holidays. Each year, we are “wowed” by the wonderful Christmas light extravaganza on Camas Swale Road. Thank you to the owners for sharing their joy in the season with the rest of us!

Your schools, which two of our granddaughters have attended, are great and I’ve grown to appreciate the music programs – choir and band – especially.

I wish each of you the happiest of holiday seasons and for all of us throughout the nation, a new year filled with love and respect for one another. Let’s all work within our families, communities, schools and beyond to add our voices and energies to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

And, may your holidays be filled with joy, love, peace and hope.