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Celebrate the 4th of July weekend on the Ridge: It’s a family tradition where memories are made of this mountain bliss

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If Oakridge is your hometown, come back and celebrate your family tradition in summer’s grace. Even if you never lived here, come dance, bask, play, and stay. The rains have stopped. Summer is in full bloom, and there’s a certain 1940s romance in our mountain town with bees buzzing, water falling, and trees swaying under a sweetheart moon.  There’ll be great food, art everywhere, music all weekend, and fireworks — just the spark to set the summer of ’22 off under a shower of stars and colorful streams of fireworks.

Every family has their own tradition – whether that’s a picnic at the lake, an old fashioned BBQ on the ranch, or a family roundup on The Prairie – the days-long 4th of July celebration closes at Greenwaters Park as we all gather at dusk with the age old ritual of fireworks.

Friday, July 1 kicks the weekend into high gear with a flourishing Farmer’s Market full of fresh produce, herbs, flowers, and delicious baked goods. From 3-6 p.m. on the east side of the United Methodist Church on East 1st Street, vendors from cottage industries and organic farmers mingle with grateful shoppers hungry for farm fresh goods.

From 5 to 7 p.m. keep heading east to 1st Friday Art Walk for a gathering of local artists and exhibits in Art Works, Boho Chateau, Mane Street Coffee, and 3 Legged Crane Brewhouse and Pub. Refreshments can be found in each establishment while browsing varied disciplines from a colorful coterie of artisans.

Mane Street Coffee extended the exhibit of Sissy Cutchen’s folk art through July in their warm and welcoming space. Hot temperatures call for a special brew of iced coffee or tea from their amazing menu of drinks and eats. Stop in for a visit with baristas Mary or Wendy, and listen as Cutchen talks about her work.

Across the street Art Works has a beautiful selection of all different disciplines in a very contemporary setting. Everything from jewelry to pottery, textiles, paintings, and carvings can be found under the graceful hand of Art Works’ curator, Toni Wassenberg.

Just across the block, Boho Chateau is celebrating its second anniversary. Everything in Boho Chateau is from Oakridge-Westfir, and they’re featuring fine art from Karen Clark and Sharon Carlson – twin sisters from Westfir. Karen is a prolific watercolorist; and Sharon creates vivid images in oils. Both sisters sell only prints of their paintings in various sizes and forms. Neither one sell their originals. This business model is exceptional for the art collector as well as the artists. Prints are more affordable thereby making sales a more realistic option. If the artists retain their originals, the value of their work increases exponentially.

Next door to Boho Chateau, 3 Legged Crane Brewhouse and Pub features a permanent display of Krys Carter’s photography encompassing the area’s natural landscapes. Color prints of waterfalls, dandelions, Lady Slippers, forest and riverscapes –each one a postcard from the edge of the Willamette National Forest. Keenan Rae Olson recently added her collection of bright colorful whimsy with a nod to the mystic.

At 7 p.m. the 3 Legged Crane features live music from the Nomadic Nobody’s, a downhome stomp of self-proclaimed trashgrass from a lineup of classic bluegrass instruments. Grab a pint of ale with some of Oakridge’s most classic food. It definitely sets the mood for a good old Americana weekend.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, hit the Insensitive Wetlands for Deep Woodstock II, a music and art fair at 48217 East 1st Street.  Buen Dia Mexican food truck will be on hand, while an eclectic lineup of music plays into the night. The Oakridge Art Council will exhibit more local artisans while bartenders sling drinks from spirits made locally at Deep Woods Distillery. There’s a $7 cover charge at the gate.

Sunday should be leisurely with late breakfasts from any local eatery. Stewart’s 58 Drive-In, Lion Mountain Bakery, The Campfire – Home of Cowgirl Cook’n, Mane Street Coffee all open early. Robburritoville – The Corner Bar and home of Oakridge’s best burger, Mazatlan, 3 Legged Crane, and Big Mountain Pizza open a little later with great food, beer, wine and cocktails. Check hours on Facebook or Google.

Monday, July 4, Oakridge Independence Day Festival caps off the holiday with a full 12 hours of activities from 10 a.m. til 10 p.m. Take the family to Greenwaters Park on Highway 58 for live music by Oakridge’s own Stewart’s Roadhouse Band, plus Mickey Wicked. Food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, water activities for the kids, all day games and contests can be found throughout the grounds. In traditional style fireworks begin at dusk and end at 10:00 p.m.

The rest of the evening is of your own making. We hope you take our 1940s style romance home after a long weekend of memories made of this mountain bliss.

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Janet Hansen retired from the music industry as a senior marketing exec and publicist in 2017. Her work comprised interfacing with national media in campaigns that include credits in three GRAMMY awards, and two of history’s most popular songs. She returned to her home in Oakridge in 2019 opening Boho Chateau, a boutique dedicated to local history and art in 2020.

 

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