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Northwest Art & Air Festival marks 13th year Wrap up summer in Albany Aug. 24-26, 2012 at the community’s signature event, the ATI Northwest Art & Air Festival at Timber-Linn Memorial Park and Albany Municipal Airport. This is the free festival’s 13th year, continuing its most popular events and changing up a few: More than six dozen Northwest artists display and sell their wares. Art includes pottery, jewelry, metalwork, wood craft, paintings, fused glass, toys, tapestries, and photography. Local artists will demonstrate their skills in their chosen media. Hot-air balloons launch at dawn each morning. Rides are available for a fee. Contact the Albany Visitors Association at 541928-0911. The panda balloon returns this year as Ember, promoting fire prevention and to raise money for the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund. Tethered rides are available Saturday morning. The hot-air balloon Night Glow happens Fri-

day night. Live music performances, featuring professional and amateur talent from the mid-Willamette Valley are scheduled on the Festival Stage, all three days, sponsored by Oregon Freeze Dry. T ie-dye, build birdhouses, photo frames, make windsocks, create with clay and experience other hands-on art in the locallyowned Red Robin and Carino’s Italian Art Village. Styx plays on the Oregon Amphitheater stage on Saturday. Fireworks over Timber Linn Lake, sponsored by Fisher Funeral Home, follow the concert. Firefall performs Sunday on the Festival Stage. The Festival’s biggest-yet car show and a toy drive for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital happens Saturday, presented by Lassen Toyota, Northwest Toyota Dealers and Toyota Moving Forward. Free Young Eagles airplane flights for kids ages 817 are part of activities at Albany Municipal Airport. The Oregon Pilots Association annual conference

coincides with sessions for pilots at the Linn Fair & Expo Center and keynote address by former SR-71 spy plane pilot Brian Shul. Northwest wines and microbrews and international foods are available all three days. The Barrett Businness Services, Inc. Wine and Microbrew Garden will feature local brewer and festival sponsor Gilgamesh Brewing throughout the event. On Saturday during the Styx concert, in the Amphitheater, Gilgamesh will also provide microbrew service. No outside alcohol will be allowed in the amphitheater. Dry camping is available for RVs and tents. Parking is free until 4 p.m. each day and $5 after 4 p.m. More than 53,000 attended the 2011 Northwest Art & Air Festival, with more than 15,000 at the Friday balloon Night Glow. The Northwest Art & Air Festival is presented by Albany Parks & Recreation and the Albany Visitors Association. ATI is the title sponsor for the 13th year.

Shuttle service connects festival venues The City of Albany will provide shuttle service for visitors to the Northwest Art & Air Festival, providing transportation between Timber-Linn Park and Albany Municipal Airport, the Linn County Expo Center, the main parking areas and the Oregon Amphitheater. Here is the schedule.

Airport Shuttle

Saturday,Aug. 25: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 26: 8 a.m. to end of festival. Shuttle leaves Timber-Linn Park at top and bottom of the hour,stops at the Expo Center on the way to the airport Shuttle leaves airport at 15 and 45 after each hour, stops at Expo Center on the way to Timber-Linn Park. Evening Shuttles

Friday,Aug. 24: 5:30 p.m. to close Trolley runs continuous loop between Expo Center and Timber-Linn Park for Night Glow Saturday,Aug. 25: 5:30 p.m. to close Trolley runs continuous loop between south parking lot and Oregon Amphitheater for Styx concert and fireworks





Airport activities include Young Eagles Local and visiting pilots in the Linn County Cloud Busters will host the popular Young Eagles flights for children ages 8 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday of the Northwest Art & Air Festival at Albany Municipal Airport. Registration opens each day at 9 a.m. The free sessions include 20 minutes of classroom instruction on the basics of flight, followed by a 20minute ride in a plane over the mid-valley area. Each young flyer will also receive a commemorative photograph of the event. Space is limited and the flights are popular – plan to come early. Also at the airport:

Rides are available aboard a New Standard biplane. Pilot Dave Greer will give discovery rides in a Cessna. Albany Thundervolts will fly models off the taxiway north of 695 Aviation Way and have a display on the plane wash pad. The Cottage Grove Museum will host a booth northwest of the patio. Displays of American Plastic Models, World War II memorabilia, other military equipment and aviation antiques will be displayed in hangars. A variety of planes will be on display on the tarmac. The Young Marines will

provide breakfast and lunch as a fundraiser Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7 a.m.

MASSAGES Licensed massage therapists will be at TimberLinn Memorial Park through the Northwest Art & Air Festival to knead weary muscles and help Festival goers who shop ‘til they are about to drop. Massage hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Prices are $1 per minute.


Styx performs Saturday Veteran rockers Styx are the headline act for 2012 Northwest Art & Air Festival, performing Saturday, Aug. 25,on the Oregon Amphitheater stage in Timber-Linn Memorial Park.Like all Festival events,the concert is free, but donations are encouraged. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of the band’s 40-year career combined. After two Super Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, and Bad Company, and two more studio albums, Styx keeps going. From a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx transformed into a virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, fond of big rockers and soaring power ballads. Early on, Styx’s music reflected such then-current bands as Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Moody Blues. Albums and nonstop touring helped the group build a good following, but mainstream success began with “Lady,” in late ’74, which reached No. 6. Most of their subsequent albums in the late 1970s earned at least platinum certification and spawned such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man”


CONCERT EXPECTED TO FILL AMPHITHEATER Record crowds are expected to fill the Oregon Amphitheater for the Styx concert on Aug. 25. Event organizers are making plans to ensure crowd safety and a quality event for all concertgoers. This year, the amphitheater will be fenced to allow organizers to more closely manage crowd size. Entry is by donation only; no fee is set, but visitors should remember that their generous financial support helps to keep the event free for everyone. Once the amphitheater reaches capacity, the fence will be closed and attendees will be able to listen from other areas of the park. Concert-goers who want to ensure a spot on the amphitheater berm should plan to arrive early. People who leave the amphitheater for food or shopping at craft booths will have their hands stamped for re-admittance. and “Fooling Yourself.” The band’s 1981 album, Paradise Theater, became the biggest hit of Styx’s career, selling more than 3,000,000 copies in three years. Styx soon became

one of the top rock acts in the U.S. with hits like “Too Much Time On My Hands,” and released four consecutive triple-platinum albums, a music industry first.



Artists Michael Abando, McMinnville, drawing Brian Agee, Albany, mixed media Doris Andrews, Corvallis basketry, weaving Lyle Ang, Mill City, jewelry, stones Jennifer Aylward, Bend, other Jenni Babcock, Springfield, jewelry Dennis and Norma Barnhart, Sweet Home, mixed media, candles Suzan Bechtel, Sweet Home, jewelry M. Kay Beckham, Creswell, calligraphy, quotes Teri and John Benefiel, Vida, stained glass Richard Bower, Clarkston, Wash., woodwork Wayne & Kathy Bricco, Albany, drawing Patrick Brooks, Springfield, tie-dye Denise Bruchman, Jefferson, photography Jan Bullock, Corvallis, pine needle baskets Bill Chase, Sweet Home, soap Rodger Cooley, Albany, woodworking Paul Crabtree, Portland, niobium jewelry Gary Crossley, Crooked River Ranch, fused glass chimes Shelby Day, Boise, Idaho, jewelry Jodie Edmond, Salem, other Raychel Emmons, Albany, hair braiding Will Elliott, Kingman, Ariz., metalwork Kelly Ensor, Corvallis, glass Kevin Farnsworth, Hillsboro, woodworking Tamara Fountain, Cheshire, metalwork Rick Ground, Albany, photography Jeanne Ground, Albany, photography Karen Guthrie, Philomath, jewelry Brandi Hamilton, Portland, painting Mark and Meg Hebing, Mill City, ceramics Dave Heitzman, Crescent, metal art Georgetta Howard, Lebanon,

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License plate birdhouses by Brian Agee.

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Jewelry by Dru Marchbanks.

glass, fused glass Diane Hughes and Darrel Williamson, Keizer, jewelry Tamara Kelly, Bellingham, Wash., jewelry Amber Kiker, Newport, Airbrush Marilyn Lindsley, Corvallis, wearable art Dru Marchbanks, Corvallis, jewelry Larry Masters, Redmond, nuts Carolyn McBee, Lebanon, glass John and Cathy McFadden, Roseburg, candles Rod and Barbara Merritt, Albany, glass and wood Dianne Muhly, Cornelius, fused glass Brittany Novak, Albany, painting and drawing Carroll Oakley, Eugene, other Adrienne Priess, Eagle Creek, wearable Art Bob and Lyn Purdy, Shady Cove, packaged gourmet foods

Michelle Reid, Eugene, sports-themed jewelry Wendy Rover, Portland, henna Michael Sage, Vancouver, Wash., mixed media collage leaves Carol Rice, Jefferson, glass Marjorie Ross, Wilkeson, Wash., book jewelry Michael Sage, Vancouver, Wash., skeleton leaves Debby Scheele, Albany, glass Valerie and Dennis Smith, Portland, jewelry Lindsay Spencer, Corvallis, other Mikaela Stoner, Lebanon, other Pamela Stroda, Monroe, fiber art Jake Szramek, Salem, woodwork, toys Tammy Tanner, Brookings, jewelry Clare Troutman, Jefferson, photography Evelyn Villegas, Beaverton, jewelry Robert Villegas, Beaverton, caricatures June Walker, Fall Creek, other Pat Wallis, Oregon City, copper kinetic sculpture Brandy Watson, Gresham, photography Ashlee Weitlauf, Albany, other Richard White, Albany, painting and drawing Maurita Wolf, Corvallis, beaded jewelry Ron Wolf, Salem, photography Jan Zuhlke, Albany, jewelry



Wooden toys: For the fun of it As surely as Albany has hosted the Northwest Art & Air Festival for 13 years, wooden-toy maker Jake Szramek of Salem has been among the artists there. “It’s outside, it’s friendly, I like grass shows,and the people who work there are really helpful,” he said.“I’ve always enjoyed it. Once I’m set up, I’m as happy as a lark.” Jake makes stout toy trucks, boats, planes, and cars for all ages. He’s made things from wood for about 40 years, “which is hard to believe because I’m only 27,” he says, working in his garage (“I call it my studio”). He started selling toys at community art shows 14-20 years ago and enters 15 or so shows around the Northwest every year. He got interested in making things to sell when his wife started doing it years earlier – porcelain jewelry, snow men made from bread dough, knitted hats. Jake tried stained glass,color photography, woodworking, candles. “My wife finally said, ‘Pick one.’ I picked toys.” He said he used to make boxes with drawers for Barbie doll accessories (he has two daughters and two granddogs) but women bought the boxes for their own jewelry. He also made easels for kids with rolls of newsprint on spindles so they could draw, tear off the piece, pull on the roll,and draw something new. “That’s the only thing I got tired of making,” he said.

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Jake Szramek has toys starting for as little as $5 and average $10-15.

He likes making toys. They’re less than 14 inches long, easy to handle, easier to make and to finish, he said. “Wooden toys are neat because I like to play with them,” he said. Jake’s toys start at $5; average price is $10-$15. His designs are simple and the pieces are thick and solid. “Everything I do is overbuilt because I’ve watched the kids play with them,” he said. “When you make a toy, you take off all the parts that kids can break. You make them stronger than kids can break.” He hasn’t tracked the number of toys he’s made over the years or how long it takes him to complete them. His favorite is the baby car – he likes its shape. His newest design is a float plane, adapted from a photograph in an artist’s booth across from his at another community show. He looks out for his customers, frequently talking parents or grandparents out of buying something that’s too big for their child or grandchild, or more expensive than they need to pay for how the toy will be used. “Why spend $25 when they’re only gonna chew on the wheel anyway?” Jake said. “I tell them ‘Come

back next year and buy a bigger one.’ You can buy a $50 toy for a teething baby but why? Wait ‘til they are 2 to 3.” He specifically labels some toys as appropriate for teething babies, others for older children. All the toys reflect the natural colors of the hardwoods that he uses, including maple, ash, oak, red heart, Brazilian cherry, blood wood, and purple heart. “I have 125 different wood species in my shop,” he said, “enough to last me another 50 years.” He uses only American woods for the baby cars. Those wheels that babies like to chew? Made from hardrock maple, also called sugar maple, of maple syrup fame. Jake’s toys are finished with food-grade butcher block mineral oil, a common ingredient in cosmetics. “Parents seem happiest with that,” he said. His toy boats also carry three coats of marine varnish, applied by his wife. Jake retired several years ago from the Oregon Water Resources Department. He applies to get into the same art shows every year and gets picked for most, rejected by a few. “I enjoy all the shows I go to,” he said. “If you get in, you do. If you don’t, you don’t.”



Schedule of Events Friday, Aug. 24 6:45 a.m. — Balloon lift-off 4 p.m. — Art and food vendor booths open Throughout the day — Artist demonstrations 4 – 7 p.m. — Kid’s Art Village 4 – 10 p.m. — Festival Stage Wine/Microbrew Garden 5:30-7 p.m. — Vicki Stevens Band, Festival Stage 7:30pm-Dusk — The Coats, Festival Stage Dusk – Night Glow

Saturday, Aug. 25 6:45 a.m. — Balloon lift-off 8 a.m. — Car Show by Festival Stage 10 a.m. — Art and food vendor booths open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Young Eagles flights 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Kid’s Art Village Throughout the day — Artist demonstrations 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Fabulous Farelanes, Festival Stage 1-3 p.m. — Fabulous Farelanes, Festival Stage 4:30 – 6 p.m. — Brave New Sextet, Festival Stage 11 a.m.-10 p.m. — Festival Stage Wine/Microbrew Garden 5-10 p.m. — Main Stage Wine/Microbrew Garden 5:15-7:30 p.m. —Sponsor & Pilot Dinner 8 p.m. — Styx, Main Stage

Sunday, Aug. 26 6:45a.m. — Balloon lift-off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Young Eagles flights 11a.m. — Art and food vendor booths open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Kid’s Art Village Throughout the day — Artist demonstrations 1:30 p.m. — FireFall, Festival Stage 11a.m.-3 p.m. — Festival Stage Wine/Microbrew Garden

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A scene from one of the balloons from last year.





Oregon Freeze Dry becomes a key sponsor for festival Oregon Freeze Dry, one of Albany’s biggest employers and oldest local industries, is starting its 50th year with a gift to the community by becoming a key sponsor of Albany Parks & Recreation programs. OFD is sponsoring the Festival Stage at the Northwest Art & Air Festival this year. “Looking back over the last five decades, we’re proud that our products, made right here in Albany, have played a part in our country’s history,” said Jim Merryman, president of OFD. “We are also proud to be part of the Albany community and want Albany to be proud of us. So we decided to kick up our contributions locally to remind folks that we’re still here.” “It is exciting for us to be a sponsor for the first time of the Northwest Art and Air Festival,” he added. “We are a long-time sponsor of River Rhythms, which has provided our families and friends many enjoyable Thursday summer evenings.” Oregon Freeze Dry Foods started in Albany in 1963. The company was established as a publicly-held corporation and began producing a single item, strawberries for cereal, at a plant on 29th Avenue SW. Soon, OFD began making military rations, adding freeze-drying capacity, food prep, cooking, and additional packaging capabilities. Veterans returning from Vietnam were searching for meals similar to their rations, which led OFD to develop Mountain House, its own brand of backpacking food.

FOOD VENDORS A&R Enterprises Cactus Jack’s Castle Kettle Korn D&R Fair Venture Dana’s Dog Hut Eva’s Fresh Fruit Firdale Food Company Fisherman’s Grotto Happy Eddy’s Pronto Pups Homemade Fried Bread Ice Cream Dreams King Concessions NW Mobile Cuisine Pizza and Salad Rice Place Sweet Apple Pie Fries

OFD’s food has been on the moon and on space shuttle flights, on military missions, and Mountain House has provided nutrition for outdoor recreation since the 1970s. Later, when people began storing it away for emergencies as well, notably the Y2K scare, natural disasters and in times of economic uncertainty. OFD was purchased by 7-Up in 1978, which was later acquired by Philip Morris. Then-president Herbert Aschkenasy led a management team to purchase the company from Philip Morris in 1986 and it remains privately owned. The company also changed its name then to reflect plans to apply freeze-drying technology beyond food. Some of the materials the company has successfully processed are pharmaceuticals, rocket fuel and nanoparticles. The company is in the beginning stages of planning a new facility in Albany dedicated to providing contract services and manufacturing for pharmaceutical products. OFD has 390 full-time and about 200 temporary employees at plants at 770 29th Avenue SW and 525 25th Avenue SW; the 25th Avenue site also houses the company’s corporate offices and research and development. “We are pleased to be able to contribute to some of the festivities that make the Albany area a great place for families to live, work and play,” Merryman said. “It has been an exciting 50 years of growth and reinvestment, and we are looking forward to the opportunities the next years will bring.”



Balloonists Hot air balloons launch Jeanne Anson, Brandon, S.D., Dragon Moon Drew Brown, Medford, Daybreak Jason Fast, Dallas, Rising Son Randall Fuehrer, McMinnville, Magic Tim Gale, St. Helens, Checkmate Ron Grove, Salem, 7th Heaven Gordon Hall, Colbert, Wash., Vesta Carrie (Smith) Hanneman, Eugene, Saranyu Gay James, Orland, Calif., Wanderer Russ James, Orland, Calif., Wild Goose Dale Justice, Newberg, Outer Limits Michael Layman, Tigard, Anonymous Marianne LeDoux, Jefferson, SewHappy2 Robert LeDoux, Jefferson, SewPointee Ken Lehr, Sacramento, Heated Passion Ingrid Martell, Sparks, Nev., Obsession Greg Miller, Meridian, Ida., I’ll Fly Away II John Miller, Grass Valley, Calif., Tahoe Flame Koh Murai, Yamhill, Yuzakura Robert Raper, Miles City, Mont., Independence Larry Ratkoviak, Etna, Calif., Scarlet Ribbons Terry Ratkoviak, Etna, Calif., Ember the Fire Panda Alan Sanderson, Albany, Mothra Scott Shields, Everett, Wash., Brian’s Flight II Jeff (Kong) Shields, Milwaukie, Nat Brann Smith, Chico, Calif., Skydancer Jim Smith, Tigard, Pacific Rainbow Byron Stevenson, Grass Valley, Calif., Icarus Mark Trujillo, Corvallis, ilsoar William (Bill) Wells, Carson City, Nev., Sierra Sunrise Chris Whitfield, Albany, Heaven Bound Bill Woodhead, Grants Pass, WWJD

at dawn; glow at dusk

Hot-air balloons launch at dawn from the south end of Timber-Linn Memorial Park every day of the ATI Northwest Art & Air Festival, weather permitting. Lift-off is scheduled at 6:45 a.m.Balloon pilots from throughout the western United States come to Albany for the annual event.Amerigas of Salem/Albany sponsors the lift-off. Gracepoint Church will provide breakfast at the launch site as a fundraiser for the church Friday-Sunday from 5-11 a.m. Menu items include breakfast burritos, donuts, coffee and tea. Visiting pilots depend on local volunteers to be part of each balloon’s crew chase team. Crews help set up and take down the balloons and learn how they fly. Volunteers must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult. Call the Albany Visitors Association at 541-928-0911 to sign up. Half a dozen balloons also participate in one of the Festival’s most popular events, the Night Glow on Friday at dusk, also weather permitting. Balloon pilots

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Night Glow during the 2011 Northwest Art & Air Festival.

and crews set up the colorful fabric envelopes in open area on the east side of Timber-Linn Park, inflate them with hot air while on the ground, and illuminate them in a series of patterns. About 15,000 watched the 2011 Night Glow; come early to get a good seat. Balloon pilots also sell a limited number of rides at $225 each to members of the public, available on a first come, first-served basis. Call 541-928-0911 to find out what’s available.



CHILDREN’S ART VILLAGE A maze, young artists selling their creations, and adult art mentors are all features of the Children’s Art Village at the 2012 Northwest Art & Air Festival. The Village is sponsored by the locallyowned Red Robin and Carino’s Italian restaurants. Throughout the week-end, young artists will display and sell their art in the Village, which is located at the south end of Timber-Linn Memorial Park near the Veterans Memorial. Interested young artists should visit or contact Debbi Richards at debbi.richards@cityof Free art and craft activities are scheduled at the Village throughout the weekend:

Friday, Aug. 24 4-7 p.m. — Rock Painting and Craft Stick Creations; bubble table

Saturday, Aug. 25 10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Wooden Spoon Flowers and Water Color Frames 10 a.m.-7 p.m. — Mural Painting, Bubble Table, Maze, and Albany Indoor Park Toddler Area 11 a.m-1 p.m. — Tie Dying with Magic Macaw. Up to 120 children can dye bandanas; the finished items can be picked up at Albany Parks & Recreation Department at City Hall, 333 Broadalbin St. SW, on Wednesday, Aug. 29. 1-3 p.m. — Paper Bag Hats and Up, Up, and Away Necklaces 4-7 p.m. — Kaleidoscopes and Craft Stick Creations

Sunday, Aug. 26 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Wooden Trinket Boxes and Masks 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. — Mural Painting 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Bubble Table, Maze, and Bean Bag Toss 1-3 p.m. — Grab Bag of Crafts

Artists give demonstrations Several artists who will display and sell their wares at the Northwest Art & Air Festival this year also plan to demonstrate what they do in the artist demonstration area. Here is the schedule:

Friday, Aug. 24 4-5:30 p.m. — Jennifer Aylward, copper flashing 5:30-7 p.m. — Sam Becerra, clay

Saturday, Aug. 25 10-11:30 a.m. — Marilyn Lindsley, clay

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Kay Beckham, calligraphy 1-2:30 p.m. — Teri Benefiel, stained glass 2:30-4 p.m. — Billie Moore, watercolor, oil painting 4-5:30 p.m. — Vivian and Lyle Ang, jewelry and stones 5:30-7 p.m. — Carroll Oakley, candles 7-8:30 p.m. B r i t ta ny Novak, painting, drawing

Sunday, Aug. 26 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Albany Arts Commission members, pop-up art



Musical acts set for Festival Stage The Festival Stage music venue will feature Northwest artists Friday and Saturday of the Art & Air Festival, with a classic, internationally-known rock band to wrap up the event on Sunday. The Festival Stage is sponsored this year by Oregon Freeze Dry.

Friday, Aug. 24 5:30-7 p.m. — The Vicki Stevens Band has been on the Eugene and Oregon Coast scene since October 2008. They are led by dynamically talented vocalist Vicki Stevens, The Rooster Awards Best Female Blues Vocalist of 2009. 7:30-Dusk — The Coats vocal band started on the street corners of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. Singing for tourists, locals, fish vendors, and fellow buskers, their humble ambitions of earning a few clams to fight off tuition bills quickly evolved into a full-time international performance career. They’ve won national vocal competitions, sung for the President of the United States, and have shared the stage with many talented fellow entertainers.

Saturday, Aug. 25 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — The Fabulous Farelanes is a fun, energetic, and authentic ’50s and ’60s rock and roll band from Vancouver, Wash. James Unger, lead vocalist and guitar player, formed the band in 1993. They won first place in Best of Clark County for Best Local Band in 2000. 4:30-6 p.m. – Fresh from Mel Brown Jazz Camp in Monmouth, West Albany High School’s Brave New Sextet offer up blues and jazz, playing classics and their own compositions.

Sunday, Aug. 26 1:30 p.m. – Platinum and gold-winning Firefall layers harmonies backed by driving rhythms that transcend music genres. The band’s hits include “You Are The Woman,” “Strange Way” and “Just Remember I Love You.” Other major Firefall radio hits include “Cinderella,” “Goodbye I Love You,” “Livin’ Ain’t Livin,” and “Mexico.” Performing for 30 years, Firefall has toured extensively with Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, America and many others.

Art of Cars set for Saturday Three mid-valley classic car clubs are joining together for the Northwest Art of Cars show at the ATI Northwest Art & Air Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25. The show starts at 9 a.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m. Lassen Toyota, Northwest Toyota Dealers and Toyota Moving Forward are the show sponsors. Participating car clubs are Studebaker-Willamette Chapter, Beaver State Corvair Club and Beaver State Corvette Club. Vehicles in the show pay a $15 fee; registration is on site. The show benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital; visitors are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. For additional information, call 541-967-8716 or visit

or www.studebakerclubs. com/willamette. For information about the Corvette Club, email joraeperkins@; about Corvairs,

call Jerry and Patty Mello, 541-926-2631. The car show will be by the Festival Stage near the south edge of the festival venue.



Ember offers tethered rides The panda-shaped hot air balloon returns for this year’s event to raise funds for the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund (AFFCAF). Festival-goers can purchase tethered rides on Ember the Fire Panda at $5

for children and $10 for adults. Tethered rides will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 25 on the south side of Timber-Linn Park about 7 a.m., after other hot-air balloons at the Festival have launched and weather permitting.

AFFCAF provides financial assistance and shortterm housing to victims of fire; taxi rides to the hospital; bike helmets for children who can’t afford them; water safety life vests for loan and other financial and service assistance.

Microbrews, wine, cider available at festival Event sponsor Gilgamesh Brewing, a family business in Turner, will provide microbrews, wine and hard cider in two locations at the Northwest Art & Air Festival this year. A beer and wine garden, sponsored by Barrett Business Services, Inc. will be

open near the food area throughout the event. Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, beer, wine and cider will also be available in the Oregon Amphitheater for the Styx concert. In order to meet Oregon Liquor Control Commission requirements and improve

crowd service, all alcoholic beverages consumed in the amphitheater must be purchased from Gilgamesh. Outside alcohol will not be permitted in the amphitheater on Saturday; concertgoers will be able to bring in sealed bottles of non-alcoholic beverages.



Northwest Art & Air Festival 2012