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SATURDAY  Night on the Town

As I was contemplating how to spend today many ideas came to mind… Head off to the Dune Fest in Reedsport or make my way to the Oakridge Ukulele Festival, or perhaps check out Coburg Car Classic ( I do love classic cars) or stroll through the Santa Clara Barbecue Chicken Fundraiser.

And well, thinking I’m in the mood for something like the Saturday Market, or the Oregon Country Fair, I was very happy to know that today is the 5th Annual Whiteaker Block Party, which started today at noon and goes till  at least 10pm tonight.

Whitetaker Block Party Art Auction

Located int he heart of the historic Whiteaker neighborhood, at 3rd Avenue and Blair, this is a free event with over 30 different  local bands and DJ’s, a raffle of local goods, a Kid’s Zone and even a fashion show!  With skads of original art to see and buy along with the many food carts and other craft vendors, the organizers are saying that the biggest draw to the one day block party is the the chance to meet people with ties to other people who live in the neighborhood.

David Priest, this year’s volunteer coordinator tells me  “You know, a lot of people are pushed or pulled from Ithaca, New york, or Portage, Indiana, or Baltimore, or Philadelphia… following a part of themselves that they love, and they get to come here and have a big beautiful accepting canvas on which to paint their art.

In keeping with Block Party tradition guest are invited to dress up or down to the 9’s or 11’s as comfortable as you care to be for this family friendly all day, and most of the night, event.  Woo hoo!  Get to break out my ceramic mask!

From what I can tell, last year there were close to over 7000 people who strolled the streets on Blair Blvd and 3rd Avenue.  Better wear some comfy shoes!

Eliza Rickman

Later tonight the plan is to swing by Diablo’s and catch the Eastman and IB6-UB9 performance with IB6 starting first around 9:30pm.  And the beautiful Eliza Rickman is performing at the Goat so I need to swing by and see her.  She is a singer songwriter, pianist from California who has a unique and haunting sound combining the sweetness of Feist or Annie Clark with the gritty sensibilities of PJ Harvey and the playfulness of Kurt Weill.  The daughter of a Baptist preacher, Eliza discovered the piano at age eight. She innocently pounded away at a 120-year-old piano inherited from her grandfather while growing up in southern California. She went on to study classical piano, specializing in Ragtime at Azusa Pacific University. Eventually changing her major to arranging and, at the urging of a teacher, began singing. Over the next few years, she developed her original and unforgettable vocal style.

I’m down in that area anyway, it’s easy to make my way to some good coffee… or a nice beer for that matter.

The driver has the night off tonight… seems he met a lady friend after dropping me off last night, and well, he’s not surfaced yet…maybe he got lucky?

While I’m pretty sure I won’t see my driver out there, I’m sure I’ll see you out there!

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Nancy grew up in Eugene, graduating from Churchill before heading off to the big city of Portland, and later on to Los Angeles, CA where she pursued her interests in event coordination. After 5 years she returned to Portland where she began her career as a music journalist. After writing for local and national publications Nancy started her own music magazine, Only Local Music, highlighting and promoting local musicians. In 2008 she was the master mind behind the online music magazine, Oregon Music News, Oregon's Only Online Music Magazine. Cultivating several alliances with organizations such as Music Millennium, The Portland Jazz Festival, the Waterfront Blues Association, The Mississippi Street Fair, and like groups, Nancy quickly grew the fresh start up from a mere idea to fruition within the scope of two years. Concurrently she sought out and pursued business management consulting and continued her own business, Navigation Consulting. With over 20 years experience managing every kind of business imaginable Nancy has been fortunate enough to further engage her purpose of helping others to helping business owners actually grow their business. Returning to her other passion, promoting music as well as musicians, Nancy continues to write about music and band across the state.

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