DETAILS HAVE been announced for the 5th annual Spirit of the River!Â The highlight of this yearâ€™s event on September 24th, will be the river paintings of Noel Thomas.Â Thomas work can be seen in Astoria at the Riversea Gallery. One of his paintings will be featured on the poster and a selection of Thomasâ€™s paintings will appear on the 12â€™ x 12â€™ screen on stage at the Clatsop College PAC as background for the performers.Â This yearâ€™s special guest is the estuaryâ€™s favorite author, Robert Michael Pyle, who has just published his 15th book, Mariposa Road: The FirstÂ Butterfly Big Year.
SPIRIT is scheduled at the end of September, a month earlier than in the past, so put it on your calendar now. This ever-successful and always inspiring fundraiser is for Columbia RiverkeeperÂ ~ Funds are used for legal costs to fight proposed LNG terminals and pipelines andÂ to protect theÂ Columbia River Estuary.
This annual event features the best of local and regional performers, musicians, poets, painters and artists. Â A silent auction takes place across the street at theÂ Masonic Lodge Hall at 6:30pm â€“ with numerous artist pieces donated. BiddingÂ begins at 6:30 pm andÂ closes at 7:50, just before the start of the program.Â This year the silent art auction WILL NOT continue during the intermission, all bidding will be concluded prior to the program.
If you have not previously attended SPIRIT OF THE RIVER, you are in for an incredible evening inÂ as well asÂ an opportunity to support the ongoing work to protect our magnificent river!Â If you have attended in previous years, you already know to put this on your calendar and invite your friends!!
Performance at the PAC at 8pm include: Willapa Hills, Jennifer Goodenberger, Knappa Marimba Band, Fisher Poet â€“ Patrick Dixon. Beginning at 8pm. Coordinator of the event is Cheryl Johnson.