The Spring/Summer activities season is in full bloom and it can be a challenge to keep up with what’s happening. If you have an event or activity you would like us to list in our calendar send an email message to our Events Coordinator and let us know what, where, who and anything else you can include. If you’re really industrious you can fill in the form on our Submit Events page.

Cory Pellegrini

Cory Pellegrini

Tree Lighting Caroling - Photo by Joanie Jones

Tree Lighting Caroling – Photo by Joanie Jones

Festivities begin at 5:00pm but come out early and visit with friends and shop!

The Okanagon International Chorus will be performing at the Oroville Christmas Tree Lighting at Centennial Park. The Tree Lighting is a beautiful event that drives away the Grinch, lifts the spirit, and spreads the joy of music. Please come out and celebrate this special holiday event. And sing your heart out!!

Our friends with the Issaquah Singers group in Issaquah are doing a beautiful thing for our area. Please tell your friends and share the poster linked at the bottom of this post.

Issaquah Singers Fire Benefit Concert Flyer

Issaquah Singers Fire Benefit Concert Flyer

CONCERT TO BENEFIT EASTERN WASHINGTON FIRE VICTIMS

On September 15, 2015 the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/) reported that there were 13 active fires in eastern Washington still burning that have destroyed over a million acres and that over 6,000 firefighters were working to put out the flames that have destroyed about 200 homes and 150 other structures. People and animals are still being impacted by the devastation.

To support those in need, a concert to benefit fire victims will be presented by the Issaquah Singers on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00pm at Faith Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah Pine Lake Road, Issaquah. Admission is by donation. Due to the generous sponsorship of Faith United Methodist Church, all the money collected will be donated to three agencies serving those impacted by the fires:

  • Okanogan County Action Council – works to provide housing, food and job services to reduce poverty, currently directing their efforts to assist fire victims. http://occac.com/
  • Soup Ladies – volunteers provide meals for first responders in disasters and emergencies.

http://www.soupladies.org/

  • Restoring Hope Foundation – provides support for livestock and ranchers impacted by the fires.

http://www.restoringhopefoundation.com/

 

Those unable to attend the concert may mail donations to Issaquah Singers, P.O. Box 387, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Guest artists Dr. Duane Bowen and Velma Walker will perform with Issaquah Singers. Dr. Bowen is a retired music professor at Eastern New Mexico University and former conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. Velma Walker is the pianist and music director for the Community Church of Issaquah where she and Dr. Bowen regularly perform.

For the past 40 years Issaquah Singers has been singing joyful, inspirational and uplifting songs without charge at civic events and senior living centers. Issaquah Singers is supported in part by a grant from the City of Issaquah Arts Commission and by private donations. www.issaquahsingers.com.

Come for the great music and contribute to a worthy cause. Questions may be directed to Dorothy Hay, Conductor, Issaquah Singers, dorothy_h23@hotmail.com.

Please share this PDF poster.

Issaquah Singers Fire Benefit Concert Flyer

The Ruby Scene Band

by Dennis Peterson

Named for the little ghost town of Ruby, Washington, the Ruby Scene group is a varying lineup of local performers led by Denny Richardson. The players on this evening were Denny (guitar, vocals), Ruby Collins (keyboard, vocals), Cristina Del Rosario Solorzano (vocals, cello),  Steve Bell (conga drum), and Patti Bell (flute).

Denny, Cristina, Ruby, Steve, and Patti

Denny, Cristina, Ruby, Steve, and Patti

After a minor glitch getting the sound gear going the band hit full stride, delivering stirring ballads interspersed with light and happy tunes well into the evening. The mix of songs coupled with the instrument selections was mesmerizing, and the soft voices of the flute and cello blended into spiritual and spirit-lifting harmony that belongs to the night sky.

Ruby Collins exploited the dynamics of the keyboard to drive the mood from slow gentle to driving rhythms, and Denny’s vocal interpretations were at times mystical. Cristina’s voice is unbelievable. Ranging from low, deep and sultry to lively and vibrant gospel, every note she delivers is filled with a piece of her soul. You cannot get enough of it. The skill Steve brings to the hand drum is legend, and this night was exceptionally exceptional. Patti’s flute soared above the orchards and vineyards like a soft wisp carried on the wind.

Esther Bricques Winery’s music garden is the ideal location for performances like this, and as the shadows grow long and fade, and the stars ease across the sky, the sense of peace and calm works wonders for the soul. It is hard to imagine a more enjoyable early fall evening.

Fun at the Market

by Dennis Peterson

It’s a beautiful morning, the Okanogan Farmer’s Market is a patch of fresh green grass under a smoke-free sky, all the vendors have their wares on display and the only thing missing is music. That didn’t last long.

An invitation went out for musicians to show up and play what they brought so we did. The impromptu and hastily assembled band consisted of Jack Burchard on the drum, Norm and Bud on 6-string guitars, Rod blew a smooth saxophone, Steve Kelley brought a keyboard, Randy Battle had his ubiquitous Taylor 12-string, Linda Pruitt brought her magic percussion kit of guiros, bells, shakers, and a train whistle, Dennis had his acoustic ukulele and a stack of harmonicas, and Nancy provided vocals.

There followed a fun 2-hour acoustic jam of what ever songs popped into the players’ heads and while probably nobody knew all of them, nobody didn’t know some of them and that is why busking is so much fun. Everyone reading this is urged to support and encourage buskers everywhere!

Here’s some photos that Nancy took and which explains why she’s not in any of them.

Norm and Bud

Norm and Bud

The "Band"

The “Band”

Jack, Steve, Norm, Bud

Jack, Steve, Norm, Bud

Dennis, Linda, Rod, and Randy

Dennis, Linda, Rod, and Randy

Dennis, Rod, and Randy

Dennis, Rod, and Randy

And there was a little bit of appreciation coin of the realm in the hat at the end of the day.