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River Fusion 22 Regional Festival Over Eclipse Weekend

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ith only a few weeks to go until the Great American Eclipse 2017, scores of volunteers are working overtime to prepare for the first-ever regional multi-day, multi-location festival in North Santiam River Country east of Salem from August 18 – 21, 2017. A concept born out of Rural Tourism Studio Accelerator training with Travel Oregon in spring 2016, River Fusion 22 is a celebration of nature, art, music and hometown charm in the string of small towns that lie along and near Highway 22. “With all of our North Santiam River communities lying directly in the path of totality, our tourism teams opted to launch this festival while so many visitors are here to see the eclipse,” says Allison Ford McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC, the organization coordinating this effort with help from destination marketing organization Travel Salem and dozens of regional volunteers.

Northwest Art & Air Festival: Albany, August 25-27

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he Northwest Art & Air Festival is a truly unique event. Balloonists from around the country flock to Albany every year the third weekend in August. Early in the morning, they launch from Timber-Linn Park for flights around the Albany area. At night, balloonists ignite their burners and let the colors of their balloons shine at the gorgeous Night Glow event. Airplane pilots bring aircraft of all types, and kids can sign up for a free airplane ride through the Young Eagles program. Artists fill the grassy meadows of Timber-Linn Park with a wide variety of artwork, and free nighttime concerts at Timber-Linn amphitheater have brought in acts like Joan Jett and Foreigner. The Art & Air concert series, which was named Oregon’s best music program within a festival for 2013, is always free and open to the public. The Art & Air Festival has been an Albany tradition for more than 20 years, beginning as the Great Balloon Escape and then becoming the Art & Air Festival in 2000. For more information visit nwartandair.org

• “Howl at the Moon” block party in historic downtown Stayton on Friday, August 18, including a howling contest and Stayton’s first fish rodeo; • “Total Eclipse of the Cob” Aumsville Corn Festival and Parade on Saturday, August 19 starting at 11am • “EclipseFest” and “Black Out at Detroit Lake” all weekend, with beer garden and kids’ activities in downtown Detroit on Saturday and Sunday, and live music at Kane’s Marina in the evenings • “Sol Wink-Out in Scio” featuring camping, music, local eats and covered bridge tours all weekend • Mill City’s first River City Music & Art Jamboree at Kimmel Park from 12 – 8pm on Sunday, August 20, hosted by Santiam Hearts to Arts and the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce; a family-friendly “fun float” on the North Santiam River will be led by eNRG Kayaking prior to the Jamboree • Two performances, including lunch or dinner, of pirate-themed Dead Man’s Chest by Aumsville Community Theater on Sunday, August 20 at Santiam Golf Club • “The Night Before S’Mores Party and Fireside Celebration” at Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds on Sunday night, August 20, where we will attempt to break the world record for most folks making s’mores at the same time • Special eclipse viewing parties on Monday morning in Scio, at Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds and riverside in the meadow at Camp Taloali. For more information visit growsantiam.org

Mount Angel Abbey Bach Festival July 26-28 lassical music festival includes music, picnic buffet, wine and a visit to historic abbey. July 26 features the Quatuor Saguenay; July 27 features Elinor Frey, 5-string cello and Lorenzo Ghielmi, fortepiano; July 28 features Fr. Sean Duggan, OSB, piano. Tickets: $55/night. $125/season of 3 nights, tickets includes concert and picnic. For more information visit mountangelabbey.org/bach 4

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The Great Oregon Steam-up

July 29-30 and August 5-6, 2017 The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Powerland Heritage Park during the year and it involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating. We’ll see you July 29-30, 2017 and August 5-6, 2017. Lisa Mann

The Bite & Brew of Salem

The Bite & Brew of Salem, the city’s premiere summer party, set among Salem’s popular downtown Riverfront Park, is a four-day festival for fans of all ages, featuring live music throughout each day, carnival rides and games, unique sweet and savory cuisine, a huge variety of cold beers and ciders on tap, Willamette Valley wine and entertainment for kids of all ages. thebiteandbrew.com

A parade takes place each day at 1:30 pm and it includes vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operates four times a day and the trolley tours the site perimeter all four days of the show. Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon develop and grow. Hear about innovators and manufacturers of times past. Machines on display include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad. antiquepowerland.com/html/steam-up.html

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Look out! Eugene is about to have its first annual bicycle film event! Organized by Dennis Sibilia-Young and Al Hongo, with help from Portland Filmed by bike, the David Minor Theater, and Arriving By Bike, the inaugural Eugene Filmed By Bike festival will premier on Friday, July 21 at 6pm. Attendees will receive valet bike parking, a beer or soft drink, and admission for $15, available exclusively for pre-sale at Arriving By Bike A broad mix of bike tales dances across the screen as you immerse yourself in the world of cycling. Adventures stories, music videos and event a bikebased talk show are just a few of the impressive films you’ll see in this collection. Films included in the Bike Love program come from Portugal, Denmark, London, Canada, The United States, Slovenia and Brazil. For more information visit: eugenefilmedbybike.wordpress.com July/August 2017 • Willamette Valley Life

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or the first time in more than 30 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States, and Oregonians will have a front row seat to the action. On August 21, much of Oregon will go dark. During a total solar eclipse, the sun, moon and Earth align in such a way that the moon completely blocks out the sun, turning day to twilight for nearly two minutes. Communities in the 90-mile wide “path of totality” will experience almost complete darkness while those just outside of the path will experience partial darkness. “If you’re in the path of totality, you will see one of the most phenomenal sights that human eyes can convey

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“If you’re in the path of totality, you will see one of the most phenomenal sights that human eyes can convey to the brain,” notes Dan McGlune, a veteran of 12 solar eclipses. to the brain,” notes Dan McGlune, a veteran of 12 solar eclipses. On August 21, 2017 at 10:15 a.m., the eclipse will start on the Oregon Coast, just north of Depoe Bay, and make its way through the Mid-

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Willamette Valley (Salem, Corvallis, Albany), Central Oregon (Madras, Prineville, Redmond) and Eastern Oregon ( John Day, Baker City, Ontario). Due to the rapid movement of the moon around the Earth, the eclipse will traverse the entire state in just nine minutes. In the days leading up to and immediately following the eclipse, Oregon is expected to see a significant influx of visitors from all over the world coming to witness this phenomenon. “People travel to remote deserts, jungles and islands just to be in the path of a total eclipse,” adds McGlune. Destination Management

Organizations (DMOs) including Travel Salem, the Albany Visitors Association and Visit Corvallis have been working with Travel Oregon, state agencies and local municipalities for the past 16 months or more to prepare for the surge in visitation. “This is a rare event that will be exciting for both residents and visitors coming to our area,” says Angie Onyewuchi, CEO of Travel Salem. “The economic impact from the influx of visitors will have a significant positive impact on our local economy.” While hotels, motels and B&Bs are nearly sold out, there are some privately owned campgrounds and communities that still have tent and RV camping

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spaces available. The Oregon Garden, for example, is offering festival camping on the grounds of its 80acre botanical garden in Silverton. Located just outside of Stayton, Camp Taloali has cabins, tents and RV spaces available, along with a full line-up of eclipse activities. Butterfly Falls, a private campground in Dallas, is offering a 3-night stay package, August 19-22. Many local communities are also planning special events and festivals to make this rare celestial event even more memorable. Numerous wineries – including Brooks Wines, Coria Estates, Eola Hills Wine Cellars and Willamette Valley Vineyards – will hold special wine tasting and eclipse viewing opportunities. The North Santiam River Country has planned a special four-day celebration called “River Fusion,” while the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes will hold the first baseball game ever played in the United States during a total solar eclipse. Dozens of other special events are planned throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley. Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, if you plan to be in the Willamette Valley during the eclipse, experts have some tips for making the most of this rare event: • Be prepared for heavy traffic. Freeways, highways and local roads in the Willamette Valley will be heavily congested before, during and immediately following the eclipse. If you are heading to a community event to see the eclipse, give yourself plenty of extra time for travel. • Carry a map. If you are traveling, don’t expect to rely solely on your phone or online maps. Cell phone service and GPS may be slow or temporarily unavailable due to the increase in users. • Pack provisions. Bring extra snacks and water in case you get stuck in traffic. • Use eclipse glasses. To view the eclipse safely, you need special glasses that prevent harmful light from damaging your vision. You can find them at most area Visitor Centers for $1 - $2. For more information about “Great American Eclipse” events and lodging in the Salem area, go to www.TravelSalem. com and click on the eclipse link.

Ali Ries

Salem artist Ali Ries’ artwork is out of this world. With a growing list of screen credits to her name, Ali specializes in creating nebulae and cosmic art. An Interview with Ali Ries By Randy Hill Salem resident Ali Ries is a specialist in nebulae and cosmic art. Her work can be seen on “Star Trek” map-sets and book covers, and has been used as mattes for sci-fi movies such as “Riddick” and “Star Trek: Horizon.” In 2014 she shared the award for Best Visual Effects at the International Academy of Web Television Awards for her digital work on “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,” which was also nominated for an Emmy Award. We recently spoke with Ali and about her unique art. RH: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today. Can you begin by telling us a bit about your background? Where are you from and what do you do? How long have you been working in the industry? AR: Thank you for having me. I am originally from Florida, but I have lived all over the place. Been here in Salem for 20 years now. I am married to a wonderful guy, I have two kids and two grandchildren whom I adore. I am retired now, and I was a nurse, but have done many jobs prior to that, like wedding photographer.

As for working in the industry, I would say I started around 2009 or 2010 doing industry artwork for “Firefly” merchandise for [licensed merchandise producer] QMx. Before that I was doing artwork for CDs and book covers for independent writers and musicians for a few years. Overall, for around 10 years [I’ve been] doing this particular form of art commercially. RH: As I looked at some of your work online (www.casperium.deviantart.com), I was amazed at how beautiful your work is. I’d call them works of art. Have you always been drawn to creating art? AH: Thanks. Yes, I have always been drawn to creating art. Before computer graphics I was a photographer, and I always did crafts and other visual arts. I love doing design work and DIY home improvements. We have redone our house almost in its entirety, which is another art form all in itself. Art is cheaper than therapy and keeps me sane. RH: When you are asked to create a universe for a commercial project, how do you start? Do you reference photos or do they come from somewhere in your imagination?

AR: Usually I start with asking, “What kind of mood are they setting?” Color is one of the most important issues in starting the process, as it sets the tone for the art. I ask that they look through my gallery and pick a style of nebula that appeals to them and work from that. Aside from color palette I am usually given free reign over the process and let my imagination run wild. I don’t think I have ever had a disappointed client. RH: Do you have favorite tools that you use for your work? AR: Most of my artwork is done with fractals and Photoshop. Apophysis is my go-to for fractals. I use several plugins in Photoshop to do my post work. And of course my computer. RH: What advice would you give to anyone aspiring to make it in the industry? AR: That is easy. First off, make art that pleases you. If you do that, it will come through in the artworks you create and others will see it too. Always try new things, new techniques, and then find your niche, what works for you. Do not be afraid to tell a client that you can’t do what he asks for if it is out of your expertise and comfort zone. They will respect you more for your honesty, [which is better than] giving them something they do not like. And they will be more apt to come back to you when they need something that you can do. Network with your friends in the field and refer your client to someone else that can fulfill their requirements. And most of all, if you do take a job, complete it on time and honor your commitment to your client. If you do a good job, on time and budget, they will use you again and refer you to others. RH: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Is there anything else that you would like to add? Are you working on any exciting projects that you would like to share with our readers? AR: There are quite a few things in the works, new artworks and fan films. Always busy. Looking forward to the total solar eclipse in August, so that is giving my imagination a big boost. Thanks again for having me. You can view more of Ali’s work at her website: http://casperium.deviantart.com/

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Good old fashioned fun at the Butteville Store

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ince the middle of the 19th century, the “villa” sitting on the eastern edge of “la butte” just a few miles northwest of Aurora has been a community known as Butteville. The mid-1800s were a time when the northern area of the French Prairie was being settled by retiring French-Canadian fur trappers turning to farming. The ease of access for ships and the natural docking and loading area at the Willamette River quickly made Butteville a bustling center for shipping goods and bringing on travelers. During those days before trains and automobiles, shipping was the most favored method of getting wheat, hops, travelers and more to Portland, making Butteville the most happening scene on the river. Not only was it convenient in terms of shipping, but it was also convenient in terms of flooding: Butteville survived the Great Flood of 1861 – a feat which Champoeg, just up the road, could not accomplish. One of the last remaining historic buildings in Butteville is the Historic Butteville Store, which is owned by the Oregon State Parks Division and managed by Friends of Historic Butteville. Friends has dedicated itself to the preservation and presentation of Oregon’s longest continually operating retail establishment. They open the store every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and sell hand-dipped ice cream, deli sandwiches, drinks, local wine, and the seasonal goodies one can expect from the Willamette Valley’s diverse agricultural splendor. There are also displays of memorabilia and photos of the era when Butteville was the transportation highway of the Northern French Prairie. Things are in full swing with the Historic Butteville Store’s newest venture: a season of serving music with dinner. In this kick-up-your-heels event, 60 guests undulate to live music while savoring a delicious homemade meal. The music – folk, bluegrass, country, and even some jazz – is the perfect accompaniment for dining in the historic building. Entertainers include Ash Creek Bluegrass with their “eclectic acoustica,” the fun and energetic duo Slipshod, and Corral Creek Bluegrass with their highly acclaimed storytelling. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner every Saturday night through September, and the band starts to play at 7. This season, 8

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folks have been going plum wild over the prime rib, vegetarian lasagna, roast chicken and salmon, each with sides, dessert and music for only $20 per person. August 21 of this year stands to be the creme de la crème, as the Butteville Store hosts a celebration in true hoedown fashion. Though the details have not been fully disclosed, it’s a sure bet that the Friends of Historic Butteville will dish up something historic, friendly, rich, sweet, and swingin’. Butteville may not be the most happening place on the Willamette again anytime soon, but when there’s swingin’ music, great company, and scrumptious food, it sure will feel like it. Tami Richards is a native of Salem. An avid bibliophile, she has a keen interest in the people of the community, both past and present, local and far-reaching. She enjoys the Willamette Valley for all the obvious reasons, but her favorite aspect is taking advantage of all the rivers and streams; day-hiking along them, smelling that amazing fresh scent, and searching for waterfalls to photograph.

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Pilot House Distilling (Astoria/Seaside) Opened in 2013, Pilot House already has two tasting rooms and a slew of spirits, everything from vodkas and gins to more esoteric fare like absinthe and aquavit. pilothousedistilling.com —This summer, try: Bar Pilot Cucumber Vodka. The smooth cucumber flavor comes through strong, but isn’t overpowering. It especially shines in a greyhound, with the cucumber offering a mellow, cool undertone to the grapefruit’s sweet, sour, and bitter notes. Cannon Beach Distillery (Cannon Beach) Started in 2012 by one-manshow Mike Selberg, Cannon Beach Distillery offers very small batches of lovingly crafted rum, gin, and agave spirit. cannonbeachdistillery.com —This summer, try: Il Keyote agave spirit. Although not technically tequila, this spirit has the same slightly sweet caramel flavors you’d find in a reposado. It would be delicious in anything from a margarita to a tequila sunrise, but my favorite is a Jalisco maid. Rogue Ales Bayfront Public House (Newport) In addition to its beer, Rogue distills spirits as well, mostly from

ingredients grown on their farm near Independence. They have a penchant for whiskeys, but also offer vodka, gin and rum. rogue.com —This summer, try: Chipotle Whiskey. It’s a tough spirit to drink alone, with the strong chipotle flavor burning across your tongue in moments, but it certainly makes a unique cocktail. If you’d rather fight fire with fire to stay cool this summer, a chipotle whiskey sour is just the thing. Stillwagon Distillery

(Bandon/Charleston) Stillwagon offers more varieties of rum than you can shake a cocktail umbrella at – ten and counting! They also have a vodka distilled from sugar cane, and a whiskey. stillwagondistillery.com —This summer, try: Devil’s Own Gold Rum. You could make a very tipsy trip just out of tasting each of Stillwagon’s ten rums, not to mention their vodka and whiskey. But if you can only get one, go with a classic. The gold rum has a honey sweetness and a vanilla kiss on the tail end. My favorite drink

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with this one is a golden daquiri, so called for the use of gold rum rather than white. Brandy Peak Distillery (Brookings) Sadly, Brandy Peak is closing its doors for the owners to retire, but you can still buy their remaining stock. They have several brandy varieties, as well as grappa and blackberry liqueur. Call (541) 469-0194 to set up a time to come by, or find them at your local liquor store. brandypeak.com —This summer, try: Pear Brandy. Unpretentious, uncomplicated, and delicious, Brandy Peak’s Pear Brandy is like biting into a pear, right down to the slightly bitter note of the skin. I haven’t spent a lot of time with brandy in the past, but this spirit convinced me to get to know it better. My favorite drink is the Perfect Pear recipe from blossomtostem.net/perfect-pear-pearbrandy-cocktail-thirstythursdays/. In addition to their tasting rooms, all these distilleries have spirits available in liquor stores throughout the state. So whether you’re visiting the beach or making the long, hot trek to the kiddie pool out back, relax with a cold cocktail in hand, compliments of Oregon’s coast distilleries.


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