Tuesday, September 4, 2001
On Sunday (September 9th) from 6-10 P.M. River City Saloon in Hood River is hosting a benefit concert, the Honky Tonk for Highland Farm. Portland¹s The Countrypolitans will headline backed by local band, Wild River. The Countrypolitans have been described as Œa dash of Hank Williams, a smidgen of the Texas Playboys, and a half-cup of Roseanne Cash.¹ Wild River plays a mix of bluegrass, swing, old time fiddle tunes, and blues.
Highland Farm is an extraordinarily beautiful and biologically diverse farm and old forest property on the cliff overlooking the Columbia at the west end of Underwood Mountain. Highland is the proposed home of a center for sustainable agriculture, education, and the performing arts. A number of institutions have become involved in the planning process for a collaborative learning facility at Highland, including Washington State University, Lewis and Clark College, and local elementary, secondary and high schools.
Highland Farm is a collaborating partner in the Little White Salmon Biodiversity Reserve which was founded in August of 2000 by a partnership between the Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation, Pacific Power, and five local landowners. The farm and forest properties were acquired as the land base for a working school in the art and science of sustainable watershed management, which will include research, training and hands on learning.
Highland Farm was purchased with the help of a loan from the Bullitt Foundation of Seattle, which will need to be paid back next year. This benefit concert is a chance for people to find out more about the mission and upcoming opportunities at Highland, as well as to contribute to the campaign to permanently protect the unique biodiversity of the Little White Salmon watershed. Cover charge is ten dollars.
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