Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer

The "Taste of Curry" shared by more than 100 participants at the

storytelling session at the Redwood Theater or the culinary delights

next door at MoVino Wine Bar, or both, was extremely well received.

An e-mail from Janet Pretti, dean of the Curry County campus, noted

that the unusual fundraising event "cleared almost $3,000, plus some

promised additional pledgesandsbquo; to be added to the building fund for the

new campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College on property near

Lone Ranch Beach.

History came alive in the Redwood Theater as storytellers shared

three different views of the "good old days" or "bad old days" of Curry


The first storyteller was author and historian Mike Adams, who, with Doris and Archie McVay, Elaine and Keith Smith, and other "old-timers" has been compiling a book about the history of Curry County, scheduled for publication in December.

Adams shared slides on the huge theater screen as he discussed the history of the county, beginning with the Chetco and other related Indian tribes first inhabiting the area and views of the changes, and reasons for the changes, over the years in the towns of Harbor and Brookings and the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Walt Schroeder, who has already published two short histories of Curry County and its inhabitants, went even farther back in history, explaining the evolution of the geography of the coast.

Walt Thompson, early sawmill owner of Driftwood Tack and builder of Driftwood RV Park and Driftwood Estates, talked about the changes he has seen in the county, and, as a father who has put three children through college, shared his belief that it was high time that Curry County had its own campus here in Brookings.

Those who attended the feast at MoVino Wine Bar shared tantalizing Taste of Curry prepared from Curry County ingredients including, wild salmon, locally caught shrimp, wild mushrooms, Oregon free range chicken, hazelnuts, Meyer lemons, wild fennel, Rogue Creamery blue cheese, Brandy Peak blueberry liqueur reduction, Cliff Creek Red, red wine, and Foris pinot gris.

Comments from diners included "to die for," when describing the pear delight dessert.

In fact, the event was so well-received that planners have promised to do it again.

When asked the next day if the chefs, Rebecca Streaker of MoVino Wine Bar and Anne Boulet, nationally-known TV chef, were ready to do it again, the answer was positive.

Streaker said that the unusual gourmet menu was planned in total collaboration. "We cooked all day with a little prep the night before and we really enjoyed it. Are we ready to do it again? Yes, totally."

Those interested in viewing the former Borax property may find it just south of Lone Ranch Beach on the right side of the Highway when driving north. It is identified as the SOCC building site by a large sign.

In the meantime, stay alert to avoid missing the next Taste of Curry event. Donations and pledges of support for the college building are welcomed at any time.

The hope is that enough funding will be received to build both the Phase I and Phase II at the same time, before building costs rise.

For information about the building or to view plans, visit the current campus location, 420 Alder St. just behind the Abbey Mall shopping center, or call 541-469-5017.