I’m happy to start off round five of these Chamber Corner columns that began 11 months ago.
Thanks again to The News-Review staff and in particular, Craig Reed, features editor, for keeping this column going in the weekly “Money Monday” issues. It’s a great way for all the chambers of commerce in Douglas County to provide regular updates about their businesses and their community events.
I last wrote for this column on Aug. 19. Since then we closed out another very successful Music in the Park summer concert series. It was our 27th consecutive year and thanks to a very generous grant we received from the C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust in early September, we have sufficient seed money to ensure there will be a concert series during the summer of 2014. It’s the longest-running free concert series in Douglas County.
I have already booked the opener for Thursday, July 10. Over the seven years that I have been coordinating Myrtle Creek’s Music in the Park, I have learned that you must book early to get quality bands and groups during the summer months. I am pleased that we have already secured two of the very best local blues and roots rock performers for our opener.
Recently our chamber sponsored another very well attended Downtown Halloween Street Fair. It was estimated there were about 800 trick or treaters. More than 30 of our businesses participated in the event. Many decorated their storefronts, dressed up in costume — some of them pretty darn scary — and stayed open late to accommodate everyone who came out to our safe corridor Halloween celebration. Thanks to the city of Myrtle Creek for blocking off streets. Thanks also to WinCo Foods, Ray’s Food Place and Shop Smart for donating lots of candy that we distributed to participating chamber members.
Again this year, volunteers at the Myrtle Creek Elks Lodge set up many fun games for kids to enjoy and the Family Fellowship Church entertained them with their “trick or trunk” setups.
Acting on a recommendation from the Park Commission, the Myrtle Creek City Council, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 17, unanimously approved the construction of a nine-basket disc golf course and a resolution to establish a Disc Golf Task Force. The proposed course will be developed on 9 acres in the annex area of Millsite Park, just west of the RV park, by a group of volunteers who are avid disc golf players. The group has already hosted one fundraiser and held a “Tame This Beast” cleanup event last Saturday to clear brush and debris from the course area.
The group has also agreed to maintain the course after it opens to the public (possibly in late spring of 2014) at no cost to the city. Except for planned tournaments, there will be no fee to use the course.
Disc golf is a fast-growing sport with thousands of established courses throughout the world, and many new courses being planned. Once the Myrtle Creek Disc Golf Course opens, we expect that many visitors will come to play it, and shop our shops while they’re here.
The following events are coming up soon: The grand illumination of the official Myrtle Creek Christmas tree; the fourth annual Winter Wine Walk on Dec. 7; and the 20th anniversary of the D.R. Johnson Memorial Timber Truckers Light Parade on Dec. 14.
You can call me at 541-860-2037 for more details about these well-attended events.
Ted Romas is the president of the Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce.