The Sisters Rodeo starts this week

Sisters Rodeo

This year is a big one for the Sisters Rodeo, as it’s the 75th annual rodeo—having started in 1940, it is I believe Central Oregon’s oldest. The official dates are this weekend, June 12, 13, and 14, though there are events earlier in the week, starting Tuesday. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Barrel Race Jackpot – 6 p.m. • Free

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
PRCA Xtreme Bulls 6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.)
Sponsored by Identity Zone – This is an all bull rides evening!

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Slack, Free Admission 8 a.m.
Breakfast Concessions open 7 a.m.

Friday, June 12, 2015
Les Schwab Family Night
Rodeo Performance 7 p.m. – Family Night, Children 12 and Under FREE

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Rodeo parade 9:30 a.m. – Downtown Sisters
Afternoon Rodeo Performance 1 p.m. – Sponsored by Ray’s Food Place
Evening Rodeo Performance 7 p.m. – Sponsored by Identity Zone

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Pepsi & Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort Day
Kiwanis Buckaroo Breakfast 7-11 a.m.
Cowboy Church Service 9 a.m.
Final Rodeo Performance 1 p.m.

I know a lot of people for whom this is one of the highlight events of the summer, and they have a great time. It’s not called “The Biggest Little Show in the World” for nothing!

Tickets range in prices each day and you can check out pricing details here.

Finally, bear in mind that the rodeo grounds are just east of Sisters on Highway 20—so this weekend, expect traffic to be slow and possibly backed up if you’re heading into or through Sisters going either way.

Bend Beer Chase Relay & “Keg Leg”

Bend Beer Chase race vehicle
Decorated vans and SUVs shuttle runners between exchange points.

As you make your way around Central Oregon this weekend, you might see a few wildly decorated vans filled with sweaty, smelly runners ringing cowbells. That’s right… it’s relay season. And this Saturday is the second running of the Bend Beer Chase which is growing quickly to be one of the most popular one-day running relay events, anywhere. It also features a standalone, two mile fun run / pub crawl called the “Keg Leg” for anyone who isn’t quite up for the relay.

If you’ve never done a relay, here’s how it works! Gather a few friends or co-workers and form a team of up to six runners. The more team members you have, the less you have to run! The course is broken up into legs, and these shorter distances are divided (somewhat) evenly between team members. At the start, the first runner takes off with the other teams. From there, the rest of the team hops into a support vehicle – usually a van or SUV. They might stop once or twice to cheer on their runner before meeting them at the first exchange point. This is a predetermined spot on the course – staffed by official race volunteers and with designated parking – where the first runner will “tag” their next teammate who can then start their next leg. For the Beer Chase, if you have six runners then everyone will run two legs, which works out to about 10-13 miles for each person.

The Relay

BBC 2014 Team "Don't Suck" enjoys beer samples at Wild Ride Brewing.
BBC 2014 Team “Don’t Suck” enjoys beer samples at Wild Ride Brewing.

The relay course starts at Worthy Brewing on the east side of Bend, heads up to Redmond, over to Sisters, and then back into Bend. The official finish line is at Crow’s Feet Commons in downtown Bend. Along the way, runners will visit both brewery locations and “pop ups” along the course, all offering 3-5oz samples of beer and cider. Between Sisters & Bend, teams will also stop by Bendistillery where they can sample gin & vodka from tiny thimble-like vessels.

If you happen to travel along the following roads, you might see runners and their support vehicles: major roads on Bend’s east side (27th, 18th, Cooley), Bend-Redmond highway, major roads in Redmond (S Canal, Antler), Hwy 126 between Redmond & Sisters, Jeep trails east of Sisters (NF-4606, NF-900), rural roads between Sisters & Bend (Trout, Harrington, Gist, Sisemore, Couch Market, Collins, Walton, Pinehurst, Mock, Tumalo Reservoir), and OB Reilly Road in Bend.

Please roll down your windows and cheer them on! You’ll probably get a smile and a wave, and cheering is less jarring than honking your horn. Runners also love hearing ringing cowbells, so if you plan to cheer, bring one along and ring it to show your support

The Keg Leg

After finishing the relay at Crow’s Feet Commons, teams run the two mile “Keg Leg” as a group. You can also register to run just the Keg Leg – either meet up with friends who are relay runners, or gather your own group to enjoy this running + pub crawl experience. The “Keg Leg” includes stops at Bend Brewing, Deschutes, Silver Moon, McMenamins, Atlas Cider… and finishes at Crux. Roads where you will see the most Keg-Leggers are between downtown and the Old Mill – especially Bond and Arizona.

The Party

Crux beer and El Sancho taco at the 2014 BBC Finish Line
Crux beer and El Sancho taco at the 2014 BBC Finish Line

This wouldn’t be an event put on by the great folks at Cascade Relays without a party at the finish line. There will be sixteen breweries pouring at the event, along with food and live music. Crux will definitely be hopping and filled with excitement. The organizers have also arranged for shuttle service between Crux and downtown Bend, so tired runners won’t have to walk back to their relay vehicles after enjoying the finish line festivities.

Join Us!

You can still sign up for the Keg Leg, and relay teams are still looking for runners. Packet pickup is tonight at Outside IN, downtown. Stop by and ask the volunteers any questions you might have. I hope to see you out on the relay course, along the Keg Leg route, or at the finish line party. Cheers!

A bottle opener "medal" and sampler glass were some of the 2014 Bend Beer Chase finisher awards.
A bottle opener “medal” and sampler glass were some of the 2014 Bend Beer Chase finisher awards.

Silver Moon Brewing celebrates 15 years this summer

I haven’t seen much (or any) fanfare about this other than on Silver Moon Brewing‘s own Facebook page, but this first Friday, June 5 (which is tomorrow) they are kicking off “a summer of celebrating 15 years”—here’s the post:

The First Friday of summer is right around the corner and we’re going big this month, celebrating our 15th Anniversary, with SIX pouring locations! Stop by Jubeelee, Patagonia @ Bend, Bishops Barbershop Bend, Hola! Downtown, Element 909 Bend , and Revolvr Menswear for tasters, then head down to Pine Tavern, Brickhouse Steak & Seafood, JC’s, or D&D who will have our taps throughout the month! The after party is back here, at the taproom, with Free live music by 2nd Hand Soldiers!

That should be fun and it’s a great idea that I hope see some additional events revolving around this 15th anniversary.

However… if you’ve read my book (particularly chapter 5) you’ll know that Silver Moon celebrating 15 years starting in June is a bit of a stretch. Yes, then-owner Tyler Reichert acquired the brewery license for what would become Silver Moon Brewing in December of 2000, so technically the license has been active for nearly 15 years. But it wasn’t until February of 2001 that Reichert acquired the actual brewing equipment (from Bandon, Oregon), and he sold his first beer a few months later.

But the continuum of Reichert owning The Home Brewer homebrew supply shop and then adding Silver Moon Brewing begins in 1999, so if they want to throw a party, more power to them! (What would be cool is, a year-long celebration starting this month and culminating next June…)

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for further updates.

Silver Moon Brewing 15th anniversary

Sweetheart Donuts – free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day (June 5)

Sweetheart DonutsThis Friday, June 5, is National Doughnut Day, and accordingly Sweetheart Donuts (located on SE Third Street, just south of the underpass) will be offering a free cake doughnut for everyone who stops by (one per person, while supplies last). They sent out a press release:

National Donut Day, the first Friday in June, you’ll find one of the sweetest deals yet at Sweetheart Donuts, a FREE cake donut!

We invite you to join us as we help celebrate National Donut Day and honor the “Donut Lassies” who served traditional cake donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Founded in 1938 in the City of Chicago, National Doughnut Day is actually a patriotic remembrance of a time when Salvation Army volunteers handed out doughnuts on the front lines to soldiers. When the soldiers came home they brought their nostalgic donut memories with them fueling the donut industry as we know it today.

The donut continues to be a comfort food served by the Salvation Army to those in need during times of disaster.

I don’t know if the “cake doughnut” applies to any of the ones they list on their menu or just a plain one, but I can tell you I just tried some of their doughnuts the other day and they were really good—so if you can try to hit them up early on Friday for the free one. And then grab another dozen for work or home or wherever!

The Bend Farmers Market starts back up today

Bend Farmers MarketToday is the first day of the 2015 season for the Bend Farmers Market! It takes places in downtown Bend every Wednesday from 3 to 7pm through October 14, and this year they’ve added a new second location that will take place on Fridays from 2 to 6pm from June 19 through August 21—at the north parking lot of Mountain View High, on 27th Street.

Their downtown location is in the Brooks Street alleyway, right behind the Tower Theatre. They have a great list of vendors selling a wide variety of foods and produce and more, which you’ll be hard-pressed to find fresher anywhere else in town.

And as an added bonus, once again this year Worthy Brewing is setting up shop in the Tower Theatre for their “Worthy Wednesday” during the Farmers Market (from 3:30 to 6pm) where you can get free samples of Worthy beer and free popcorn from the Tower—just duck inside the theatre from the Market! They’ll be there most Wednesdays through the summer I believe.

Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express $1 movies starts this month

It’s that time of year again, when the summer activities start back up (and I’ve been updating the Free Summer Activity Guide for 2015) and the schedule for the $1 movies with Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express program has been posted. This is a great deal that takes place each Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am, starting June 23 and running through August 19 down in the Old Mill. They are all family-friendly movies so it’s a great way to fill some time in the schedule with the kids.

Here’s the schedule:

  • June 23 & 24: The Nut Job (PG) & Annie (PG)
  • June 30 & July 1: Earth to Echo (PG) & The Boxtrolls (PG)
  • July 7 & 8: Paddington (PG) & Turbo (PG)
  • July 14 & 15: Rio 2 (G) & How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)
  • July 21 & 22: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG) & The Book of Life (PG)
  • July 28 & 29: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG) & Penguins of Madagascar (PG)
  • August 4 & 5: Madagascar 3 (PG) & Dolphin Tale 2 (PG)
  • August 11 & 12: Muppets Most Wanted (PG) & Alexander and the Very Bad Day (PG)
  • August 18 & 19: The LEGO Movie (PG) & The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG)

Regal Summer Movie Express

Pics from Sunday’s Scott Weiland concert

It was a bit last minute but we got into the Scott Weiland concert at the Century Center Sunday night, the first show of 92.9 FM’s Toyota of Bend Summer Concert Series, and snapped a bunch of pictures (some of which went on the new Instagram feed). Overall it was a great night for a concert, comfortably cool with no rain, and the Century Center venue makes for a good space for music—smaller, more intimate, but the acoustics are good considering three sides around the state are concrete and brick.

Here are the pics posted to Instagram:

Prep for the @scottweiland concert #inbend @929online

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Jones Road is on stage at Century Center #inbend with the Toyota Concert series @929online

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@scottweiland on stage at Century Center #inbend.

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@scottweiland #inbend

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@scottweiland just called #inbend Beer town USA!

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All in all a pretty good show; they covered Stone Temple Pilots songs, of course, but no Velvet Revolver. A few rough moments—let’s face it, Weiland has had more than a few years of hard livin’ and from what I hear his 2008 show with STP was, er, very rough—but they worked it out.

And, the other shows that will be playing for this Summer Concert Series are Ziggy Marley on August 11, and Social Distortion on September 7.