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Showcasing the music

Steve Knudson of Brookings dances with granddaughter Jena James of Carmel, Calif., while Stagelights House Band performs at Azalea Park on Sunday. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Four local bands and one visiting from North Dakota performed for an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 300 people at Azalea Park Sunday.

“The event was a tremendous success. I’m very happy with the turnout,” said concert organizer Gordon Later.

The event, billed as the Stagelights Community Music Showcase, was part of the American Music Festival’s series of summer concerts in the park. 

Sunday’s event was a fundraiser for Stagelights Musical Arts Community (http://www.stagelights.us), a non-profit group that spotlights local musicians and provides education and outreach opportunities to people of all ages interested in the musical arts, regardless of their ability to pay. 


Feeling the heat

Dori Blodgett serves up chili at the Chili Cookoff. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting.
Those attending the 13th annual Chili Cookoff Sunday at the Port of Brookings not only felt the 83-degree heat of the day, but also the fire of a dozen chili entries.

According to Pat Silveria, owner of Slugs ’N’ Stone ’N’ Ice Cream Cones and event organizer, Sunday’s cookoff, at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk, raised $1,001 for Oasis Shelter Home in Gold Beach.

The total included the $150 prize money, which was donated back to the shelter. Receiving the prizes chosen by the judges were Dori Blodgett (entry 72) for first, Sara Tierheimer (entry 68) for second and Mike Dollar (entry 105) for third place. Sam and Sherry Appleton (entry 27) received the People’s Choice Award.


Celebrating the solstice

Scandinavians in Brookings dance around the maypole on the beach. Submitted photo
Midsummer is one of Scandinavia’s most popular cerebrations, right along with Christmas. 

It is one of the oldest traditions, originating about 1,500 years ago from pagan times. It is linked to the summer solstice and celebrated the defeat of darkness and power of the sun god. 

Midsummer was also a fertility festival with many customs and rituals associated with nature and with the hope for a good harvest during the coming fall/autumn. One of the many traditions that has evolved over the years is that unmarried young women would pick seven different flowers and place them under their pillows to see their future husband in a dream. 


Rendezvous: Shooting for the past

Roy Johnson draws a bead with his bow and arrow on a bear target.
SMITH RIVER – Walk past the RVs, up the redwood trail and toward the buckshots.

Once the clearing is reached, animal hide-capped men with rifles and women adorned in hide dresses await visitors at the 32nd annual Jed Smith Mountain Men Tall Trees Rendezvous.

Monday kicked off a week dedicated to shooting competitions, history lessons and living off the land for the self-proclaimed mountaineers.

“We are re-enacting history,” said John Clark, president of Jed Smith Mountain Men.


Memorial ceremony a moving moment


Bea and Robert Maxwell were welcomed by VFW Commander Jim Thebaut at Moving Wall ceremony.
It has been a massive undertaking, requiring hundreds of volunteer hours and more than $4,500 in donated funds, but all those who attended the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Opening Ceremony Thurs., June 24, at the Port of Brookings Harbor, indicated grateful appreciation for the moving experience.

It all began last November with a suggestion from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 966 Commander Jim Thebaut and, like Topsy, it just grew, to include Brookings Lions Club, Elks Lodge 1934, Brookings Emblem Club 265, Daughters of the American Revolution Cape Sebastian chapter, and Christian Family Fellowship Church Choir, plus additional organizations and more than 100 individual volunteers.


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