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Art melds with gardens on tour


Dana and Aynia Nelson, new artists in the community, show their work during tour.
The day was a bit gray and overcast last Saturday, Aug. 21, but spirits were high in the eight gardens that were open for the fourth annual Coastal Garden and Art Tour.

Tour visitors expressed delight with the beautiful gardens and art displayed along the tour, and the tour planners were delighted with the income from the sale of 271 passport tickets that will help keep the program thriving for another year.

The wonderful variety of gardens and art ranged from the Otto/Waddell garden 5.6 miles up the North Bank Chetco River, to the Dickson community-supported agriculture farm on the south end of Highway 101, and the amazing variety in size, location, and plantings in the gardens in between.


Volunteers repair home

Volunteers replace siding on Gloria Winkler’s home. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Anyone who observes the group working diligently on the Benham Lane home of Gloria Winkler will be encouraged to know that it’s all about friends helping friends, according to Christine Belmont.

Winkler was surprised last week when a group of friends, coordinated by Belmont, began pulling the skirting and siding off of her home.

Winkler has, over the years, used her musical talents to bring joy and cheer to many others, playing and singing at Good Samaritan Society, Chetco Activity Center, and with Carl Rovainen and his Boondock Band for many local events. However, a stroke last year has curtailed some of her activities.


A week at camp

Boy Scout Troop 32 poses for a picture at Camp Meriwether near Tillamook.
Members of Brookings Boy Scout Troop 32 earned merit badges and patches during a recent week-long summer camp at Camp Meriwether just north of Tillamook.

In addition to doing projects to earn badges and patches, the Scouts also took part in campfire activities, waterfront programs and beach parties.

Those earning badges included Morgan Loring, who had to observe nature and write reports in order to earn his merit badge in environmental science. He also enjoyed Chamberlain Lake and the snorkeling class. Diving down into the lake and visiting a sunken sailboat was part of the adventure, Loring said.


Life in Cleo's garden

Cleo and Anne Aragon sit on a bench in their Brookings yard. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Twenty years ago Cleo and Anne Aragon purchased two blackberry infested acres on Hassett Street in Brookings.

Twenty years later, using donated plants, a shovel, a wheelbarrow and his own two hands, he has created a wonderland. Walking through Cleo’s garden is like entering a fantasy forest. 


Bringing thousands to the port

Read more...After 17 years, the annual Festival of the Arts at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk continues to be one of the more popular events in the area.

Officials estimate more than 9,000 people visited the more than 100 booths during the two-day festival.

The three-time award-winning festival featured everything imaginable that can be handcrafted out of wood, glass, yarn, ceramics and stones, not to mention painted on a canvas or any other surface of the artists’ choosing.


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