Tuesday, August 5, 2003
The 2003 Sprint Families in the Park series begins on Thursday featuring the music of the Swingline Cubs. The Cubs is the premier dance band in the Northwest and consists of eight members who perform a variety of music from the Big Band era, Calypso, Reggae and Rhythm and Blues. Lead singer Rupert Blaize is an established entertainer known for making everyone involved in the music.
The 21st season of Families in the Park consists of four Thursdays with the main entertainers taking the stage at 7 p.m. All Families in the Park will be held at Jackson Park at 13th and May in Hood River.
Rounding out the remaining three Thursdays of music will be the bluegrass sound of the Knott Brothers on Aug. 14, national jazz recording artist Tom Grant and his band will perform on Aug. 21, and then on Aug. 28 it’s the fun sound of the 10-piece Satin Love Orchestra with their 70s sound and stage antics. Each concert is free to the public due to the generous donations of dozens businesses and organizations.
On opening Thursday, it will be Hood River Heights Business Association and US Bank Night in the park. Gorge Gymnastics will be performing as the warm-up entertainment from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. The evening starts off with a fundraising dinner in the park put on by the Lions Eyeopeners Club. They will be serving a Fajita dinner starting at 6 p.m., and will continue to serve food well into the evening. There will be many food vendors in the park offering tastes from root beer floats to kettle corn. The opening night will feature a raffle for a special prize. Concerts last until 9 p.m.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge