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All about water! Port Orford festival comes to a close at Saturday film festival


Jenn Vonbork of Myrtlewood Montessori Academy in Bandon explains aquatic life in a tide pool tank.
PORT ORFORD – The main events of the fifth annual Port Orford Water Festival may have occurred earlier this month, but the final event is yet to happen.



Gothard inspired by smart, talented past Azalea princesses

Roxanne Gothard wants to use her talents to be a positive role model for other girls. The Pilot/Submitted photo

Roxanne Gothard wanted to be an Azalea princess to be a role model for young girls, as past princesses were for her. 

“I want to show girls that they can get where they want to go without having to do anything bad,” Gothard said.

Ever since she was a little girl,  the daughter of Erick and April Gothard has admired the princesses. She always thought they were smart and talented. 



A musical story about a girl and her gun

The Pilot/Graphic by Lon Goddard, photos by Jef Hatch

When country girl Annie Oakley accepts a shooting challenge and quickly finds that “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” she reminds her partner that “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,” but when she falls in love, she also learns, “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun.”

This is the story of “Annie Get Your Gun” in a nutshell, the Irving Berlin musical based on the book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, being performed by the Chetco Pelican Players. The song titles are just three of many that are performed during the production.

Oakley, played by Tawndy Davidson, is a farm girl from Ohio who must shoot game to feed her family. Because she is poor, she has learned to make every bullet count. When “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and Congress of Rough Riders from Around the World” comes into town, they begin to set up in front of a hotel. The hotel owner Foster Wilson (Tommy Jones) asks that the show find another location, but  the show’s pitchman Charlie Davenport (Lon Goddard) strikes up a deal that the company will leave if Wilson can find a marksman better than Frank Butler (Erick Gothard). Wilson accepts the challenge, meets Oakley and puts her against Butler.



A perpetual art student

Dale Wells chooses a tool to create a watercolor painting in his basement studio. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
The first time Brookings watercolor artist Dale Wells entered a painting in a county fair he didn’t see it hung with the other paintings. 

Wells, who had only begun painting six months prior,  figured fair organizers thought the piece wasn’t good enough to show. 

After looking at the rest of the pieces, Wells walked through the special section area where all of the blue ribbons winners were hung – there was his painting. Wells was a first place winner.


Desserting traditional art

“Incredible Inedibles” are on display at Brian Scott Gallery. No refrigeration required. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

Decadent cakes, mouth-watering pies, chocolate-dipped strawberries and colorful sugar cookies are all part of artist Audi Stanton’s newest project, “Incredible Inedibles.”

Incredible Inedibles, Stanton’s “whimsical and humorous” dessert sculptures, are on display and for sale in the Brian Scott Gallery, located at 515 Chetco Ave.

“They’re really fun, and I was hoping to get a good laugh,” Stanton said.



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