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Duncans gifts are for the dogs

Beverly and Forbes Duncan make gifts for dogs, with proceeds benefiting Curry County Animal Shelter. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins

Forbes and Beverly Duncan hope to bring a lot of holiday cheer to visitors at the Christmas Bazaar – and to the scores of dogs that Pennies for Pooches help at the Gold Beach Animal Shelter each year.

The Duncans serve as the fundraising arm of the nonprofit organization; this will be the group’s first time at the annual holiday bazaar in Brookings, which takes place Nov. 10 at Kalmiopsis Elementary and Azalea Middle schools.

“We love animals; we are animal fanatics,” Forbes said. “We knew (shelter supervisor) Catherine (Powers) needed help because they were going nonprofit, so we stepped forward to help.”



Hotel Hell: People are dying to get in

Newlywed zombies (Karen de Lucca and Christopher Eckersley) are dying for the brains of hotel guests. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

The Chetco Pelican Players are presenting a terrifying tour of a haunted hotel inside the former West Coast Appliance warehouse at the corner of Highway 101 and East Hoffeldt Lane in Harbor.

The haunted house, called “Hotel Hell,” was open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has made people jump and, in a few cases, run out of the building to catch their breath.


Vienna Boys Choir sings in concert

The Vienna Boys Choir will be performing Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Friends of Music presents The Vienna Boys Choir on a special day and location – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy St., Brookings.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Vienna Boys Choir is one of the oldest boys’ choirs not attached to a church or a college. It began as a traveling choir attached to the Austrian court. Its roots go back to the 13th century, but records from the early phases are tenuous and scarce, according to a Friends of Music press release. 

In the late 15th century, the choir was part of the court music of Maximilian I, the holy Roman emperor, who moved the court from Innsbruck to Vienna and thus is credited with the foundation of the Chapel Imperial.

The choir of around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14 is divided into four touring groups. The choirs are of equal standing; the tours, appearances in Vienna and recording projects are shared among them. Each choir has a choirmaster, and two tutors who travel with the boys. 

The choirs are named after famous Austrian composers associated with the choir’s history – Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. 

The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of nearly half a million people. Each group spends nine to 11 weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Tickets for the perfmance are $20 for adults and free for students and available at The Book Dock in Harbor and Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings.

Season tickets are available for $75 for the remaining oncerts of the 2012-13 season. Concerts will be on Sundays at 3 p.m. at Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave., Brookings. 

Concerts are:

•Jan. 6 – Sierra Ensemble Trio;

•Feb. 10 – Christy Dolan, piano, and Emmett McCutchenne, flute;

•March 10 – Andreas Klein, piano;

•May 19 – “An Afternoon of Beloved Songs from Opera and Musical Theater” performed by Eugene Brancoveanu, baritone, and Marie Plette, soprano.

Those purchasing season tickets will have to option to become a member of Friends of Music. Seasonal membership is $10 and lifetime membership is $75 per person.

Information is available online at http://fombrookings.org or by calling 541-469-7625.

Cider on Sunday: Museum event caters to everything apple

Pat McVay prepares to grind apples as they are dumped into cider press. After the apples are ground, the juice is squeezed from the fruit, leaving behind a dry pulp. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins

Lines formed at three cider presses, where thousands of apples were crushed and pressed into sweet cider. Other people milled around the museum and sampled apple bars, pies and other delicacies.

Keith Smith and Glen Garvin brought their own presses to help out with the activities; Jane Opiat demonstrated her weaving on a loom; and Charlotte Heatherly entertained people on her hammered dulcimer.

“There was plenty going on,” said Patty McVay, a member of the Chetco Valley Historical Society, which hosted Cider on Sunday. “And we had a ‘taste-off’ in both divisions (of the pie contest) as there was a tie. So that added to the excitement – and a longer judging period.”



Parents, teachers hosts Azalea Carnival Friday

A pie pitch, balloon dart throw, bean bag toss and a haunted house are a few of the attractions that will be a part of this year’s Azalea Carnival.

The carnival will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  on Friday, Oct. 19 at Azalea Middle School, and is sponsored by the Azalea/Kalmiopsis Parent Teacher Organization. Tickets are 50 cents.

From 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 just the haunted house will be open. Tickets are $5.



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