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Lil’ Smokies “newgrass” Bluegrass a favorite at Newberry Event

September 2016

La Pine Grange Adds Storage Space With New Building Grange started many, many years ago in Europe. When pioneers came to America, Grange Halls were built and established to house community gatherings, meetings, church, school, dancing. “A meeting place equaled a Grange Hall,” said Dave Coen, “and it’s been flourishing ever since.” According to the Oregon State Grange website (, “Since 1873, the Oregon State Grange has been a grassroots, non-partisan advocate for agriculture, rural issues, and American values. Community Granges across the state serve local needs by volunteering countless hours and making their hall the social center of the community.” The Little Deschutes Grange would like to thank local businesses who have helped make this new building possible with support, discounts and materials. “We are truly thankful for all the help and support,” said Coen. Regular events held at the Grange Hall

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“It’s like a giant private party,” said Doug Watt, founder with his wife, Gloria, of the Newberry Event Music and Arts Festival. “Where else can you hear so many award-winning and up-andcoming musical groups in a rural nine acre setting, just outside La Pine.” “It’s a family-friendly party,” Gloria added. “Children 12 and under come for free, and we have activities, vendors, food, art, and Photo by T. BearHampton music for all ages.” The charity The Lil’ Smokies bluegrass group entertained a event is hosted by the Watts large crowd with their “newgrass” progressive at their DiamondStone Guest sounds. The talented group was the 2015 winner Lodges. The 4th annual Newberry of the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition in event met its goal of almost 500 Colorado. The Lil’ Smokies will return to Central persons attending on the peak Oregon on Wednesday, November 9, performing day, Saturday, July 23. This year at the Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend. the large main stage and the other more intimate venue featured more than 30 groups over three days. Some people opted to camp on the grounds so they could take in everything. “We had at least 20 RV and 50 tent camps at our site, from as far away as Idaho and southern California. Even some of the locals camped, wanting to make the whole long weekend an affordable get-away, close by,” Doug commented. For the fourth year, the Watts’ partner in the event is Shawn Jackson of ActionDeniro Productions in Bend. Jackson donates his time and expertise as a booking agent and promoter, bringing to Newberry a wide variety of musical groups. “These groups are on tour to major cities,” said Jackson. “When they hear about our incredible venue and that it’s a cause-related effort, well known groups--such as The Lil’ Smokies and Andy Frasco & the U.N. this year-as well as musicians who are building their following, they all get excited to be a part of this festival.” To see if you’re in one of the many photos from event photographer T. Bear Hampton, Photo by T. Bear Hampton and to keep in touch about next year’s 5th annual festival, see Uhane Hawaii dancers performed to an appreciative audience at the festival, sharing the art and music of Hula and Tahitian dances. The all- diamondstoneguestlodges/ volunteer group of adults, teens, and children of all and Instagram@newberryevent. Product and art donations ages performs at a variety of community service to the silent auction from and fundraising events in Central Oregon. sponsors and 14 arts and crafts vendors, the financial support of the festival’s many expenses by local businesses, and the time and labor given by dedicated volunteers, made the fundraising efforts a success. The Newberry Event raised over $2,000 this year for the ongoing beneficiary, the Oregon chapter of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society. Gloria, who was diagnosed with MS over 30 years ago, noted “We’ve created a growing summer music event and stimulated the local economy, while raising research funds for this mysterious and progressive condition.” “We could not sustain this huge effort without our volunteers and sponsors” Doug said. “Local businesses who were key 2016 sponsors include Deschutes Brewery, Crater Lake Distillery, La Pine Frontier Days, Nevado Mountain Adventures, MidState Electric, Bancorp Insurance, La Pine Realty, Little D Technology, and Peak Performance. Other important sponsors were the Broomsmen, who will return next year to work towards making the Newberry Event a Zero Impact Festival. Adventure Medics brought much appreciated medical services with their onsite trailer and amazing professionals. We appreciate all our supporters.” The Newberry Event is a nonprofit 501c3 association. DOLL HOUSES, HOBBY SHOP, & FAMILY BOUTIQUE “Contributions of any size are needed and appreciated” said Gloria. “You get a tax 16487 Bluewood Place deduction and a great Suite 1, La Pine sense of satisfaction, store: 541-536-6199 direct: 541-280-7206 knowing you are Robert & Shirley Kindell supporting good fun email: for a good cause.”

Little Deschutes Grange of La Pine is in the process of constructing a new storage building on their property at 51518 Morson Street in La Pine. This project has been in the works for months and Grange members broke ground on the project earlier this summer. A team effort, the new Grange building is currently being built by a few members lead by Dave Coen, Grange member. “This building is a much needed addition,” stated Coen. “We need additional space to store furniture and other items donated to the Grange for our annual Labor Day weekend sale we hold each year. Funds we raise from this sale helps fund our scholarships we offer to local youth every year. Everything we make on these sales goes back into the community.” The new building is 14’x40’ in size and will cost $15,000 total to build. Planned for quite some time, Coen said it took two months to get the needed permits from Deschutes County and the City of La Pine. Although the Photo by Lynette Confer Grange members Work continues despite the heat on the storage building were hoping to have the building built, being built next to the Historic Grange Hall. extremely busy contractors during the summer season include: Saturday Market the first Saturday dictated that they move ahead with the of each month, vendors are invited to pay project on their own. “I’m working on this a small fee, the Grange kitchen is open around the clock right now,” stated Coen. and all proceeds go toward Scholarships “We plan to have it completed within the for local youth. For more information on Saturday Market, call Sam McClellin, next month.” 541-536-9265. The fourth Friday of The Little Deschutes Grange’s original each month beginning at 2:30 is a Food white building on the property was built Giveaway, food is donated to the Grange in 1912 as the Pioneer Hall, a Community and given away to anyone in need, free of Hall in La Pine. A strong advocate for charge, no qualification required. Other Historical buildings and preservation, groups and organizations use the Grange Coen noted that “this is the only building Hall for meetings, and the Grange Hall is left in La Pine that is a complete historical available for rental for special events. For structure.” Coen went on to note that the more information on rental of the Grange, Grange building is listed on the City of La call Ann Fenwick at 503-680-9321. Pine’s register of Historical Places. The Little Deschutes Grange holds “The Grange brings people together,” monthly meetings and potluck dinners stated another Grange member Beverly on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 Coen. “We try to help others in the p.m. Everyone is invited and encouraged community as much as possible, we have to attend! For more information, call Pam fun and gather together for the good of Cosmo at 541-536-3007. the community.” The Coens explained the origins of the Grange, stating that the

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Newberry Eagle September 2016  
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