805 Southwest Industrial Way
Pickin’ & Paddlin’ featuring The Blackberry Bushes
What began as a couple of kayakers pickin’ tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into a huge community celebration in to raise funds for the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance and their efforts to transform the Colorado Bridge Dam into Oregon’s first whitewater playpark. Highlights include kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board demos throughout the late afternoon, local and regional acoustic, bluegrass and Americana acts in the evening, microbrews from Bend’s best breweries, food carts, non-profit information tables and more.
With the passage of Bond Measure 9–86 in November of 2012, the majority of funding was secured for Bend Parks & Rec to construct a safe passage for tubers and a whitewater play park in place of the mill-era dam below the Colorado Bridge. The BPTA has promised to raise $900K through grants, fundraising and private donations to fund the whitewater features of the project. Currently they have $300K more to go and they need your help. All funds raised at Pickin’ & Paddlin’ go towards this cause.
Admission: $5 and children 12 and under are free. Pint glasses are $10 and come with two drink tickets for those 21 and older
The June 25th event features The Blackberry Bushes from Port Townsend, WA as well as Quincy Street and solo opener Franchot Tone.
Demos from 4 – 7 p.m.
The opener begins playing at 5 p.m. and the headliner is done by 9 p.m.
This event is part of the Subaru of Bend Outside Games.
During this month’s Pickin’ & Paddlin’, we’ll also be hosting the 5th Annual Deschutes Wooden Boat Gathering on the backlawn from 4 – 6 p.m. Builders will have the opportunity to meet other builders, talk shop, and swap tips and techniques. If you own a wooden kayak, canoe or SUP bring it down and show off your craft. This is also a great even for those thinking of building a floating wooden object.
Special thanks to Deschutes Brewery and Cascade Lakes Brewing for donating the kegs for this event.