River City revels Music & Art Jamboree takes second bow

August, 2018 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

The second River City Music & Art Jamboree offers more than good music.

“We will feature several local artists and three local bands over a two-day event,” said Tom Peters, coordinator. “Also featured is a photography contest, and a scavenger hunt will bring a different twist.”

Hosted by Santiam Hearts to Arts and the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce, the festival runs 12 – 10 p.m. Aug. 18 and 12 – 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Kimmel Park in Mill City. Performing will be Cascade Rye, Canyon All-Stars and Bigfoot Mojo. Trio Tavern will host a beer and wine garden, and there will be activities for the kids. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to “enjoy an awesome day at the park,” Peters said.

“People can enjoy great art displays, artist painting, potter creation, face painting and more,” he added. “There will also be an interactive gold mining activity.”

Admission is free; donations are accepted. Visitors can shop vendors while enjoying music and art along the Santiam River. A drawing wraps up the event.

Entries to the Santiam Gallery of Photography contest and exhibit is open to photographers of all abilities living in the Santiam Canyon area. Rules and entry forms can be found at staytonevents.com. Entry deadline is Aug. 11.

The North Santiam Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the scavenger hunt, which, Peters said, “adds a fun activity for vendors and attendees during the Jamboree weekend.”

Dave Shelton cited NSCC’s Santiam Canyon Scavenger Hunt as a business networking event that will benefit both participants and businesses. Title sponsor is Sandy Lyness Real Estate Investments.

“We have 30 businesses in Lyons, Mill City and Gates who have registered to be on the map,” said Michelle Gates, Chamber liaison. “Businesses from Idanha to Stayton can participate.”

All businesses and non-profit groups can participate. Those interested must register by Aug. 6 at www.nschamber.org/scavenger-hunt. Each participating organization is asked to donate an $20 item to be given out to players at the end of the game. Gift certificates and prize items totaling approximately $600 will be awarded. Participating businesses include Kelly Lumber, Mountain Café, Poppa Al’s Famous Hamburgers, Fur Sure Outfitters, Expressions Salon, Lyons Market, Rex Images, Heavenly Treasures, Metal Art Your Way, Paparazzi, Tupperware, Sandy Lyness Real Estate and more, Gates said.

The game starts at noon at Kimmel Park, where players can get a map of participating businesses. Players earn prize drawing tickets by visiting each location and getting their map stamped. Each stamp is worth one to five tickets, and the $250 cash prize will be awarded at 6 p.m. at Kimmel Park. Must be present to win.

“The odds of winning depend of the number of players, and we anticipate that we will see around 250 players in this first year,” Gates said. “We’d really like to see a lot of people using this as an inexpensive family activity. Bring the kids and grandma – they each get their own map and can earn up to 30 tickets each just from visiting the vendors at Kimmel Park at the Jamboree.”

“The volunteers who work behind the scenes at the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce are dedicated to promoting the economic development of the region, and they have opened the event to all organizations who are interested in participating,” Gates said.

Maps will be posted online at 8 a.m. on Aug. 18 on the website, so that players from outside of Mill City don’t have to come to Kimmel Park first, Gates said.

“This is just one way that the Chamber is working to bring more awareness to our local business community,” Gates said.

“Our hope is that the River City Music & Art Jamboree will be a must-attend event in the Santiam Canyon to enjoy a family-friendly day or weekend of music, art and good food,” Peters said.

Vendors may still sign up by contacting David Nelson at acacia1@msn.com or Alison DeRenzo at tufftruckgirl@msn.com. Sponsors are also needed may contact Shelton at baxterboy57@hotmail.com.

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