‘Romancing the West’ tour in Hood River July 26-27

“ROMANCING THE WEST Legacy Tour” returns to the Northwest this summer after playing to standing ovations in Oregon and California.

All Star Line Up Brings to Life 240 years of the American West decade by decade in the music of every era in this time traveling documentary concert.

Coming to Happy Canyon Arena, Pendleton, July 19, Rimrock Inn, Enterprise, July 24, Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, July 26 and 27.

The Romancing the West Tour is a narrative-style concert featuring an ensemble of acclaimed performers telling the epic story of the American West.

The musical and visual presentation journeys across a rich cultural history of 240 years, from the Native tribes, the Spanish Missions and Gold Rush to the Great Depression and the Sixties.

A diverse group of recording artists perform an original score that capture the eras, from ragtime to rock, swing bands to folk tunes. The show comes to landmark theaters along Main Street America, offering audiences a unique theatrical experience.

International award-winning pop/folk duo Gypsy Soul are featured artists in a cross-genre gathering of award-winning artists including Native American “Educator of the Year” Jacque Nunez; cowboy balladeers Sons of the Oregon Trail; jazz pianist Patti Moran McCoy, who played with Duke Ellington; Martin Gerschwitz (Iron Butterfly); Chuck Girard (Lovesong); fusion rock guitarist/composer Byron Fry; multi-instrumentalist/songwriter John Elliott and Nick Garrett Powell (The Fret Drifters).

Singer/songwriter Christina Duane, who created and produced Romancing the West, and co-producer legendary cowboy poet Butch Martin will also share the stage and bring the stories of the characters of the West on screen with historic imagery and reenactments.

This multimedia theatrical presentation was inspired by Duane’s vision and includes period costumes and full-screen imagery, reflecting significant times over the last two centuries.

Romancing the West, a celebration of hope, faith and woven histories of the people of the Great West, is at the Columbia Center for the Arts on July 26-27, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Concertgoers will enjoy an entertaining and educational production for all-ages that boldly remembers the tragic and celebrates the triumphant episodes in Western History. “Romancing the West” covers themes across the decades of social and political change to celebrate the pioneering human spirit and diverse legacy of the American West.

Romancing the West is establishing it’s annual tour route in historic destinations in Oregon, California and Idaho that are featured in the documentary concert. Among Oregon destinations are Pendleton, Portland, the Columbia River Gorge, Joseph, and the gold mining town of Jacksonville. In California, San Juan Capistrano, Old Town San Diego, and The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Portions of proceeds will benefit “Oh Oregon Frontier Park and Cultural Center” and its interpretive history walk and children’s camps. The show is sponsored by Travel Pendleton. For dates and theater locations visit www.RomancingtheWest.org.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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