Cascade Avenue Update: Lighting Up the Town

Cascade Avenue Update: Lighting Up the Town

Drive through downtown Sisters, and it’s hard to believe that just a few short months ago, the main thoroughfare through town looked like this: Now, as the finishing touches of the Highway 20 rebuild project are completed — first the expanded sidewalks, then the wooden benches, stone planter boxes, aspen trees (see photo, right) and extensive landscaping — it’s possible to see the end in sight. And what an vision it’s shaping up to be.   The project, which began Jan.22 with the closing of Cascade Avenue to all vehicular traffic for a three-month stretch, recently received perhaps its most dramatic punctuation mark: gorgeous timber-frame streetlights that are now standing guard over each block of downtown. The massive — 18 1/2-foot tall!– craftsman-style posts are impressive, and not just because they’re so tall. They’re beautifully designed and greatly enhance Sisters’ already distinctive appearance. Constructed of laminated coastal Douglas fir from TimberWood Products and featuring light fixtures by Sternberg Lighting, they’re worlds removed from the standard city streetlight. Which is exactly the idea. Meanwhile, another impressive long-in-the-works public project has been  unveiled: the Fir Street Park.  Way to go, Sisters.   About the AuthorLisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and...
A Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Central Oregon

A Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Central Oregon

I just finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Poisonwood Bible author Barbara Kingsolver. So I’ve got food on my mind.      Kingsolver’s eye-opening first-person account of her family’s one-year commitment to eating only food produced in their community or raised on their farm (which also incorporates disheartening, often hard-to-swallow facts about the food industry) has convinced me to make more of an effort to buy locally.  Luckily, now is the perfect time to do so: Summer is the season for farmers’ markets, and Central Oregon is blessed with a bounty of them. Here’s a closer look at the main markets in the region: Bend Farmers’ Market: One of Oregon’s leading farm-direct marketplaces brings together growers and producers with people in search of fresh, local, healthful foods and agricultural goods. EachWednesday from 3-7 p.m, through Oct. 8. Downtown Bend in the Brooks Street alleyway behind the Tower Theater.  NorthWest Crossing Saturday Market: Fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers & handcrafted items, plus food & drink. The market stage features talented local, regional & international entertainers; during the “Market Spotlight,” guest chefs serve up tasty bites, & wellness & garden experts share new ideas. Each Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Sept. 20, Northwest Crossing, Bend.  Cascade Summer Street Fair: Fare from area farms and ranches, plus a swap meet, antiques & collectibles, crafts, plants, a petting zoo, pony rides, live music & food-truck fare. Each Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., through September. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond.  Redmond Farmers’ Market: Locally grown produce, artisan foods, crafts and live music. Each Tuesday from 3-6 p.m, throughSept 30. Centennial Park, 7th & Evergreen.  Sisters Farmers’ Market: Food and music festival...
2014 COBA Tour of Homes: What You’ll See

2014 COBA Tour of Homes: What You’ll See

Yesterday, after showing property in Three Rivers South, I was able to sneak in a visit on the final day of the first weekend of the COBA Tour of Homes. The tour, organized by the Central Oregon Builders Association, has been a summer staple for years. Not only is it a free, fun way to satisfy the voyeur in all of us (who isn’t curious to see how other folks live?), but it’s an ideal opportunity for those considering building a new home or buying new construction to check out the latest home-building trends in Central Oregon (to be featured on the tour, a house must have been completed within the past 24 months). Because the tour draws from many of the area’s best-known builders (including Pahlisch Homes, Pacwest, Sun Forest, Greg Welch Construction, Norman Building & Design, SolAire Homebuilders, Tyee Development, Woodhill Homes and Timberline Construction, among others), it’s also a great chance for folks in the market for a new home to compare the various builders’ styles. And, believe me, there are key differences in their design and construction approaches. On this gorgeous summer day, I wasn’t the only curious tour participant — not by a long shot. At a Tetherow home on Blurton Court, its beautifully landscaped courtyard was littered with shoes of all sizes (the “shoes-off” policy is standard for new construction — we don’t want to mar those gorgeous new wide-plank wood floors!). Inside, navigating from room to room was no mean feat; the crowd was elbow to elbow. But then, this was a high-end custom home designed by longtime Bend favorite Norman Building...
2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: A Photo Tour

2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: A Photo Tour

Well, Sisters’ main annual event — the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show — has come and gone, and what a show it was! Now in its 39th year, the onetime one-day festival has gradually evolved into an international quilting extravaganza — with with more than a week cram-packed with activities geared toward serious quilting enthusiasts. Its reach now even extends far beyond Sisters — with related quilting events in Black Butte Ranch, Bend and Redmond. This year’s theme was “It Takes a Village,” and, when it comes to the world’s largest outdoor quilt show, it certainly did: According to the Bend Bulletin, the festival drew 10,000 to 12,500 quilt fans, relied on the help of more than 550 volunteers and had about a $1.7 million economic impact on Sisters. Last Saturday, more than 1,400 quilts were on display in just about every nook and cranny of downtown Sisters. They blanketed shop exteriors from top to bottom, were clipped onto makeshift clotheslines in front and back yards, adorned the lawn of the Sisters School Administration building, hung alongside every type of fine art within Sisters’ many galleries, filled makeshift tents scattered around town, graced the walls of clothing boutiques and dining establishments alike. It was a quilters’ nirvana. Even non-quilters like myself could appreciate the handiwork here (hey, in my youth, I was a fierce embroiderer). Although the festival officially ran from 9 am to 4 pm, the show was in full swing even earlier. I spoke to one gallery owner who arrived at her shop to set up at 7 a.m. — only to find folks lined up and waiting...
It’s Independence Day! July 4th Events for Central Oregon

It’s Independence Day! July 4th Events for Central Oregon

Happy Birthday to Us! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate America’s independence, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in Central Oregon.  Here’s a look at the weekend’s festivities: July 3-6 La Pine Frontier Days: Midway, live music, kids’ games, fun run, talent show, fireworks & July 4 Parade. Downtown La Pine. 541-536-8721. July 4-6 La Pine Rodeo: 12th Annual event, with mutton bustin’, bull riding, barrel racing & steer roping. La Pine Rodeo Grounds. 541-536-7500. July 4 Wings & Wheels Fly-in & Classic Car Show: Pancake breakfast, a presentation by Parents of Sisters Military & music. 7:30 am-noon, Sisters Eagle Airport, 15820 Barclay Dr. 541-719-0602. Pet Parade & Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration: Kids of all ages are invited to participate — come dressed in costume with your pet or stuffed animal on pulled wagons, floats, bikes or trikes. 10 am; lineup at 9:30 am on Wall Street & Idaho by the Boys & Girls Club. Followed by Old-Fashioned July 4th Festival, with craft& food booths, old-fashioned games & live entertainment, Drake Park. 11 am-4 pm.  541-389-7275. Sound Fourth Concert: The 72-member Cascade Horizon Band & the 100-member Festival Chorus perform this inspirational concert of show tunes, popular favorites & patriotic selections. 3-4:30- pm, Bend High School Auditorium. Free; donations appreciated. 541-639-7734. Redmond’s 4th of July Parade: More than 70 entries & floats will run along Sixth Street, from Dogwood to Forest avenues, with a patriotic backdrop that includes the placement of hundreds of American flags. 10 am start, along Sixth Street from Dogwood to Forest, downtown Redmond. 541-923-5191. Redmond’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration: Free community event features pony...
What’s New? A  Sisters Business Update

What’s New? A Sisters Business Update

These days, Sisters is abuzz with activity — and not just because the work crews that rebuilt  Highway 20 are still hard at work finishing the massive road project (adding the crosswalks, the landscaping, gaslights and wider sidewalks. For one thing, many buildings downtown recently received (or in the process of receiving) much-appreciated  face lifts, thanks to almost $100,000 of grants awarded to local businesses by the City), numerous businesses have recently opened downtown. Latigo, an upscale restaurant that focuses on “urban ranch” cuisine, quietly opened in mid-May in one of the most prominent locales on Cascade Avenue (370 Cascade). Chef/owner Tim Christman showcases natural ingredients from the region (hearty entrees like beef short ribs, filet mignon and lamb porterhouse with decidedly uptown touches (black truffle duxelle, leek gorgonzola potato gratin, red wine demi-glace). Another interesting addition to Cascade Avenue is Great Stuff/I.M.M.S, an almost impossible-to-categorize outfit. Here, owner (and former Realtor) Dennis Johnson has combined an antiques shop with his consulting business (he says I.M.M.S. stands for “Innovative Management and Marketing Systems”). The interior of the shop is studded with Johnson’s personal collection of unique antiques and vintage log cabin/mountain-inspired art.   Meanwhile, the local arts community welcomed another strong contender Memorial Day weekend with Hood Avenue Art. The artists’ co-op features the works of more than 20 regional artists, encompassing a broad spectrum of media, including painting, sculpture, metalwork, pottery, photography and jewelry-making. The large, diverse space is located next-door to the Gary Cooley Collection Gallery and a few doors down from Clearwater Gallery  — not to mention, on the same street as Sisters Gallery, Ken Scott’s Imagination Gallery, DonTerra ArtWorks and Cha...
Summer Celebrations in Central Oregon: A Seasonal Event Schedule

Summer Celebrations in Central Oregon: A Seasonal Event Schedule

Summer at last! So much to do, so little time. Here’s a look at some of Central Oregon’s most popular summertime festivities. Through Sept. 26: Sisters Farmer’s Market: Food & music festival held every Friday during the season; includes locally grown plants & produce, plus locally made foods & local crafters; a different local musician or group performs each week. 3-6 pm, Barclay Park. A program of Sisters Park & Recreation District. 541-420-8931 or 541-388-7314. Through September Cascade Summer Street Fair: Farmer’s market featuring fare from area farms & ranches, plus swap meet, antiques & collectibles, crafts, plants, a petting zoo, pony rides, live music & food-truck fare. 8 am-4 pm., Deschutes County Fair & Expo Ctr. Free. 541-385-3364. Through Oct. 8 Bend Farmer’s Market: One of Oregon’s leading farm–direct marketplaces, bringing together growers and producers with people who hunger for fresh, local, healthful foods and agricultural goods. Wednesdays 3-7pm, downtown Bend, in the Brooks Street alleyway behind the Tower Theater. 541-408-4998. June 25-Sept 3 Music on the Green: Grab a blanket & bring a lawn chair to one of the longest-running community music events in Central Oregon, spotlighting some of the region’s best musical talents in a block-party atmosphere, plus arts & crafts, food & drinks, rock climbing, inflatables & playground, Free; every other Wednesday at 6 pm, Sam Johnson Park, Redmond.  541-923-5191.  June 28–Sept 20 NorthWest Crossing Saturday Market: Fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers & handcrafted items, plus food & drink. The market stage features talented local, regional & international entertainers; during the “Market Spotlight” from 11:30–noon, guest chefs serve up tasty bites & wellness & garden experts share new...
Season’s Greetings: Christmasy Holiday Events in Central Oregon

Season’s Greetings: Christmasy Holiday Events in Central Oregon

Are you feeling festive, now that winter weather is here and the Christmas season is in full swing? If so, you’re in luck -– there’s a wide variety of celebratory holiday activities in Central Oregon between now and year’s end. Here are some highlights: Through Dec. 22 Three Sisters Lions Club Holiday Faire: Local vendors & artists offering handmade items for sale. Outlaw Station, next to Ray’s Food Place, Sisters. 541-595-6967. Dec. 14-15, 21-23, 26-30 Carriage Rides at the Old Mill: Free horse-drawn carriage rides from Cowboy Carriage. Pick up/drop off is near Regal Cinemas, between Ben & Jerry’s and Francesca’s. Tips and donations benefit Kid’s Center. 2-5 pm. (541) 815-3951. Through Dec. 21 Redmond’s Gingerbread House Contest: Houses will be displayed in various businesses in downtown Redmond. 541-526-1626 or 541-923-5191. Through Jan. 1 Traditions at Sunriver Resort: A massive holiday celebration that harks back to a time when generations embraced the season. More than 150 family events, including Christmas Brunch & Christmas Dinner, holiday market, Santa’s workshop, Gingerbread Junction, sleigh rides and snowshoe tours. 800-801-8765. Starfest Holiday Light Celebration: Mile-long animated holiday-light exhibit adjacent to Eagle Crest Resort Lodge. Walk, drive or schedule a horse-drawn wagon ride on Fridays and Saturdays (Nov. 29-Dec.23). Canned-food donations for Redmond’s food banks are welcome (drop off your donation at the red sleigh by the reader board on the corner of Falcon Crest Dr & Mountain Quail). Dec. 13 Annual Christmas Kayak: Bend’s most dedicated paddling enthusiasts dress up their canoes & kayaks in holiday garb & paddle around the Deschutes River for a few hours. Meet at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe at...