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Hot time at the port

James Vermaak, right, serves guests chili with crumbled cornbread made by John Hawthorne. His chili was winner of the People’s and Judge’s choice awards.

John Hawthorne was the big winner in the 18th annual chili cookoff July 4 at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk.

Hawthorne was the winner of the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice award for his simple chili recipe with cornbread mixed in.

Hawthorne did not attend the cookoff and had someone else serve his winning chili. His wife, Paulie Hawthorne, also a contestant, accepted the awards on his behalf. The Hawthornes donated their winnings to Oasis Shelter Home, sponsor of the event.


Tuba Skinny performs jazz during concert in Azalea Park

The sounds of “Crescent City” (nickname for New Orleans) jazz will fill Azalea Park Sunday when Tuba Skinny performs. Submitted photo.

The sounds of authentic New Orleans jazz will delight music fans when Tuba Skinny performs at Brookings’ free Summer Concerts in the Park series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Azalea Park.

The concerts, presented by sponsor Rogue Credit Union, typically draw crowds of 300 to 500 people who bring blankets and lawn chairs to the park’s natural amphitheater. 

Formed in 2009, Tuba Skinny has steadily evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world, according to the band’s website (www.tubaskinny.tk). 

Drawing on a wide range of musical influences — from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz — the band’s sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home. 


Knights in action

Kingdom An-Tir’s knights get ready to rumble on a field in Ophir during a Medieval reenactment.

The Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) did its best last week to transform the fields east of Ophir to those of pre-17th century Europe — a once-upon-a-time of Vikings, nobles and knights. 

The SCA is both a nationwide and international entity of 30,000 people who temporarily leave their “day jobs” behind, shunning cars and computers to live in the past.

Nearly 1,000 self-described history lovers visited Curry County  the first five days of July, harkening back to a time when chain-meshed netted, sword wielding, shield carrying knights defended the honor of their king. 

This day it is the pretend tale of two kingdoms. 


Music of The Beatles comes to life Thursday in Azalea Park

Abbey Road LIVE! will perform The Beatles songs during a concert in Azalea Park at a special time — 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9. Submitted photo

Relive the magic and music of the Beatles when Abbey Road LIVE! takes the stage Thursday, July 9, as part of Brookings’ free Summer Concerts in the Park series at Azalea Park.

This is a special mid-week show that starts at 6 p.m. 

Music fans are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the park’s natural amphitheater to enjoy the concert, presented by sponsor Rogue Credit Union.


Celebrating the Fourth

A large firework set off at Wednesday night’s demonstration appears to be an erupting volcano.

Food and fireworks will highlight Fourth of July festivities at the Port of Brookings Harbor today.

A few festivities have already begun, including a fireworks show at the Living Waters Foursquare Church’s Crackle Jax fireworks stand at South Coast Center.

Harbor Fire Department volunteers set off fireworks, demonstrating what the products sold at the tent look like.


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