Ah!!! Bach!!! Can't get enough Bach in your life? Well, here's your chance to Bach out until your Bach aches. Well, enough of that.
Since 1971 two classical musicians, German, Helmuth Rilling and U. of O. Professor Royce Salzman have collaborated in putting together a classical music festival. And it isn't all classical music. The festival usually runs for about three weeks from mid June to mid July. Dates vary. Always there are performances by jazz, pop, operatic, and ballet artists. Workshops, free concerts, plus big extravaganzas are all part of the show.
People literally come from all over the world for this event. And considering the limited air service to Eugene that is saying a lot. Elderhostel has several programs tied to the festival.
If planning to attend, better get your hotel reservations early as it is popular among those in the know.
Zipping down Highway 58 east of Eugene, you suddenly find yourself driving along side a long, skinny reservoir. In spring, summer and fall, the Dexter and Lookout Point Reservoirs are dotted with boats. Whether you like to picnic, fish, boat or just walk, you'll find a pair of convenient day-use parks on the lake.
Lowell, accessible by crossing over the reservoir at the Lowell turn-off from Highway 58, is a great place to take a break. Picnic areas, a short walking trail, boat access and a marina are just a few of the amenities packed into this small park.
Get yourself down to the newly re-opened and expanded Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. This beautiful brick museum is located off of the quad at the UO and houses some amazing art including impressive collections of Korean, Japanese, and Russian art. Also, now there is a wonderful space for temporary exhibitions. Right now, for the opening, Andy Warhol's screenprints are gracing the walls. Don't forget to wander into the central courtyard to see the gazing pool. There is now a cafe and musem store on site.
Admission is $5 for adults, less for children and students. Wednesdays: 11AM-8PM. Thursday through Sundays: 11AM-5PM
If you find yourself in Eugene on a Saturday (April through Thanksgiving), check out Saturday Market (on the corners of 8th and Oak) for a time warp to the sixties. You will quickly discover where all the hippies have migrated since the days of peace and love. This is people watching at its absolute best. Don't forget to buy a slice of Dana's Famous Cheesecake in the food court near the stage. The best flavor is Chai, but all flavors are well worth a taste. Grab a mocha or hot chocolate at Dana's, too, and take in the local scene. If you are lucky, you'll see at least two elderly hippie men (quite possibly in dresses) right by the stage twirling to the music of local artists.
Born on January 25, 1951, Steve Prefontaine was raised in Coos Bay, Oregon by his father Raymond, a carpenter, and his mother Elfriede, a seamstress. He set records in track from the beginning of his running career at Marshfield High School and went on to run at the University of Oregon under noted track coach, Bill Bowerman.
Prefontaine was the first athlete to win four consecutive NCAA titles in the same event, the 5,000 meters. In 1972, he won a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, barely missing a medal to come in fourth in Munich. By the time of his death in May 1975, Prefontaine held the American record in every event from 2,000 to 10,000 meters.
In addition to his outstanding athletic performances, he was admired for his enthusiasm, determination, and charisma. He never lost a meet at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, and thousands of loyal fans would gather and chant "Pre, Pre, Pre," as he competed. Prefontaine made the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine at the age of 19 and was known for the passion and confidence he brought to his sport. Not a tactical runner, Prefontaine ran hard from the start, at least partially relying on an extremely high threshold of pain.
He participated in the community as well, often volunteering at Roosevelt Junior High School and the Oregon State Prison where he eventually started a running club while corresponding with many of the inmates. Prefontaine was outspoken against what he saw as injustice and was well known for his stance against the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) for their allegedly shoddy treatment of amateur athletes.
On May 30, 1975, driving home from celebrating at a meet earlier that day, he was killed at the age of 24 after his MG convertible sports car hit a rock wall and overturned. One of the best and most controversial track athletes of the 1970s, his legacy continues with running trails, track meets, and memorials named in his honor. Two movies about his life have also been produced.
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The University of Oregon's historic track & field venue was named after the University's first head track coach, Bill Hayward. Hayward directed the Ducks' track & field program from 1904 to 1947. Hayward Field has hosted three Olympic Trials, and a variety of National, NCAA, and Masters championships.
Hayward Field was first built as a football stadium in 1919. In 1921 a six-lane cinder track was added. The track was widened to eight lanes in 1970 and its first all-weather surface was applied. In 1983, the infield was leveled to remove a crown and improvements were made in the shot put area, the javelin runway and the high jump apron. Also added was an all-weather inner lane for jogging.
The most dramatic renovation took place in 1988. A $1.9 million dollar remodel reconfigured the track from 440 yards to a 400-meter oval. This decreased the sharp angle of the turns, a major drawback to the old 440-yard configuration. Additional projects included a 200-meter warm up track, a new hammer throw area, a weight room facility and a storage area near the southeast end of the field.
A new $200,000 scoreboard was added to the south end of the field in 1991. The computerized scoreboard shows unofficial times for the first eight finishers as they cross the finish line.
The last major addition to Hayward Field was completed in 1992. The Bowerman Family Building, which is located at the northwest end of the field, was made possible by a generous donation from Bill Bowerman, head track coach at the University of Oregon from 1948 until 1973. This impressive 15,000 square foot building houses locker rooms, U of O track memorabilia and the university's International Institute for Sport and Human Performance.
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Oregon in itself is a unique place, interlaced with mountains and the Pacific Ocean. They say things are different here, i believe them.
I live in Eugene, Oregon, if you ever want to take a trip back to the late 60's early 70's come to Eugene. We have the County Fair, Tye Dyed T-shirts, artists of every kind come to Eugne to sell their wares at the Saturday Market. I have found a place to call home, so wherever i may roam, there is no place like home. There is Seaside Oregon, a coastal town with special gift shops, art music and restaurants. I took this picture at Seaside, Oregon on November 21, 2004. A place to draw strength.
What to say. Eugene is supposedly the home of the hippie movement and once a year (in July when I was there in 1999) they have a country fair where Hippies congrugate from all across the country. Plenty of music, food and entertainment in way that just can't be described.
If you are in Eugene when its on, don't miss it. They have a website here http://www.oregoncountryfair.org/Bottom/culturejam.html
The website calls itself the "The original Saturday Market, the oldest weekly open air crafts festival in the U.S."
It's pretty cool. But I think they can smell my big city attitude now when I visit.
When I was a teenager growing up in the Eugene area I fit right in. I had long hair, walked with my head down, didn't dress very nicely. It was here in the Farmer's Market portion that me and my friend would come often and try to find the hottest peppers that we could stomach. We worked our way up from mild to searing hot with each visit.
The Market is a great place to find unique crafts, excellent food, and people who walk to the beat of a different drum.
The lesser visited Tuesday Market is on the same grounds and is primarly farm goods.
open from 10 am to 5 pm (morning is the best time)
A definite Eugene must! Get yourself a tie-dyed shirt, a hemp hat, incense, some beaded jewelry, pottery, and all kinds of other interesting goods. Save your appetite for the market and try one of Ritta's Burritos or any of the other great food stands. Let your 'inner child' loose and dance to the groovy tunes usually playing near the food stands. Also, the Farmer's Market across the street has fresh produce, plants, and flowers.
I happen to visit it as soon as i stepped in Eugene, and decided to take a full view with all my luggages. It is very beautiful and original. Every Saturday it looks people just meet there to have a nice talk and see new or old things.
Unfortunately i could not take any pics, the one here is from http://www.eugenesaturdaymarket.org/, this website is really detailed, take a visit.
What I bought: a pillow for long plane flights, hyppie flower style, naturally ;)
Hendrick's Park Rhododendron Garden is a beautiful park to visit, especially in the springtime when the rhodies, azaleas, and other flowers are in their prime. The park has large grassy areas for picnics and several secluded benches for reading or just enjoying the lovely scented flowers. There is also a view of downtown Eugene from the park.
Any entertaiment center is good, though you may want to try and ask around for the one that has the bumper hovercrafts (!). Also, up the big hill is a spot where you can see about 500 feet down to the city of Eugene.
1. Oregon Country Fair
2. Eugene Celebration
3. Art and the Vineyard
First or second week of July. A hippie gathering from round' the globe. Lots of music, food, crafts, nature, drugs, and naked hippies.
1. Fall Creek
2. I'll never tell
3. Bryce Creek
Fall Creek has many water holes and cliffs to jump off of. There was a major fire there in the summer of 03. I fought the fire on a fire crew for 14 days in a row. The sights and water holes were spared, for the most part.