Aug. 27--A bluegrass festival, special movie screening and two cello performances by a Pacific Crest Trail through-hiker are planned by Timblerline Lodge for guests and visitors over Labor Day weekend.
The Timberline Lodge Americana Music Festival's bluegrass music is in the historic outdoor amphitheater, beginning at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2.
Local favorite fiddler and singer/songwriter Chris Kokesh and her band, Broken Top, kicks off the day with a blend of country-folk, bluegrass and original Americana music.
Next, at 2 p.m., the Great Northern Planes will entertain with traditional yet slightly irreverent bluegrass. At 3 p.m. Kokesh comes back on stage with award winning North Carolina singer/songwriter Jonathan Byrd in a duet paring called The Barn Birds.
At 4 p.m the rootsy, California-based quartet of Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack will perform.
At 6 p.m. the Timberline Americana Music Festival will feature the headliner, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
Admission is free. The venue is family-friendly (but no dogs) and food and beverage will be for sale, including featured beverages from the Mt. Hood Brewing Company, coffee drinks from the Boyd Coffee Company, and barbeque from Timberline's culinary team.
Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and jam on the back pickin' patio where the Oregon Bluegrass Association and various outdoor recreation groups will be set up for outreach, including the Pacific Crest Trail Association, which will be offering short guided hikes on the section of the PCT which runs right behind Timberline lodge.
Directly following the Timberline Lodge Labor Day Americana Music Festival, guests are invited inside to a special screening of a new documentary film by local filmmaker Fred Schwoebel.
"The Mountains Will Wait for You" is the story of Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to scale all 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. She was a founder -- as well as the historian and matriarch -- of an elite group of mountain climbers known as the Adirondack 46ers. Today, the group numbers around 8,000.
In 1993, when the documentary was filmed, Grace was 87 years old. View the trailer at themountainswillwaitforyou.com.
Also at Timberline over the Labor Day weekend, Pacific Crest Trail through-hiker, and professional concert cellist Mark Votapek will give two special solo performances.
For hikers on the 2,650 mile PCT, Timberline Lodge is a legendary attraction along the trail. Votapek is a consummate cellist who plays with the Oregon, Honolulu and Sacramento symphonies. He also is a consummate long-distance trail hiker.
Both of those things will come together at Timberline, when Votapek rests from his current trek northward to give two free concerts for anyone who wants to come up for the music.
He will play an hour long evening concert of classical music in Timberline's Main Lobby on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Then at noon on Labor Day, he will warm up the audience at Timberline's Americana Music Festival from the stage of the historic outdoor amphitheater while he shares a set of classical music more rooted in folk tradition.
And then he will hit the trail.
-- Terry Richard
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