The Observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1968-current, June 03, 2021, THURSDAY EDITION, Page 4, Image 4

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
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Carter Junction performs
this weekend
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BAKER CITY — There are a
few chances to catch musical duo
Carter Junction this weekend in
Baker City. They will perform at
the National Historic Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June
5-6. And, on Saturday, they will
play for the summer concert series
in Geiser-Pollman Park at 5 p.m.
For information and updates, call
Learn old skills for a new
time at
Travel Baker County/Contributed Photo
Take a hike with
Musical duo Carter Junction will perform this weekend in Baker City.
JOSEPH — Saturday, June 5,
Wallowology kicks off its summer
activities with a field trip hike in
Joseph Canyon led by ecologist
David Mildrexler, PhD. The free
event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pre-registration is required: email
Attendees must be 21 years or
older. Beverages and food will be
available to purchase during the
Tickets are $20 and available at
The Ison House, 1790 Washington
Ave., and at www.theisonhouse.
Ison House concert series
begins Saturday
Music and movies in the
park — free this summer
BAKER CITY — This summer,
the Ison House Bed & Brew will
hold concerts on the lawn. The first
is Saturday, June 5, featuring Eric
“Sugar” Larsen.
Gates open at 4 p.m. The house
band Trailer Hitch plays at 6 p.m.,
followed by Larsen at 7:30 p.m. The
music wraps up by 9:30 p.m.
LA GRANDE — The Riverside
Concert Series returns this sum-
mer beginning July 1. Enjoy free
live music from local artists in the
park every Thursday from 6-8 p.m.,
rain or shine (if the weather is bad,
the concert will move to inside the
The series is organized by La
Grande Parks and Recreation and
sponsored by the La Grande Arts
Commission. The summer’s lineup
will be announced soon.
At Pioneer Park this summer
— also free, thanks to Parks and
Rec and the Union County Safe
Communities Coalition — watch
movies outside with family and
friends. Bring lawn chairs, blankets
and snacks (remember to pack out
what you bring in).
The Friday night movies begin
July 9 with “Robin Hood,” and
“Onward” will be shown July 30.
“Doolittle” winds up the trio of free
movies in the park on Aug. 20.
To learn more, visit www. and keep an eye
on the La Grande Parks and Rec
FLORA — The annual Flora
School Days is virtual this year,
held Tuesday-Saturday, June 1-5,
online at
The mission is the same — pro-
moting and celebrating pioneer
skills and lost arts — but presented
in a thoroughly modern format.
June 1-4, a pioneer artist walks
viewers through a prerecorded
demonstration. The live broadcast
each evening begins at 6 p.m.
Nickie Sanchez (Custom Cre-
ations by Nickie, San Diego, Cali-
fornia) on Tuesday demonstrated
patchwork sewing, hand-piecing
nine-patch placemats using the
card trick block, and on Wednesday,
Andy Boyd (Boyd Blacksmithing,
Lostine) pounded out rosehead
clinch nails.
Thursday’s broadcast features
Justin Riley (Riley River Forge,
Walla Walla) who prepares a hide
for tanning and then tans a hide
using brains.
David Spurlock (YouTube’s
“Hanging with Dave” and Little
River Forge, Mountain View,
Arkansas) on Friday shows how to
find plants in your own backyard
for medicinal and food use.
Saturday, June 5, delivers a full
day of demonstrations with a live
broadcast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8 a.m. — Andy Sparrell (Andy
Sparrell Specialties, Dayton,
Washington) twists, bends and
pounds out a fork, knife and spoon,
a matched set.
10:15 a.m. — Nathan Thomp-
son (Rusty Hammer Forge, Walla
Walla) uses hand tools and hot
metal to transform blocks of wood
into bowls.
12:30 p.m. — Mark McVane
(Metalcraft Northwest, Walla
Walla) walks viewers through mak-
ing hinges.
2:45 p.m. — Vanessa Thew
Thompson (North End Crossing,
Flora) shares tricks for using a
wood cookstove as she creates a sa-
vory galette and a dessert galette.
To enjoy the demonstrations pro-
duced by Flora School volunteers,
go to and click
on the “Live Broadcast” tab or go to
the Flora School YouTube page.
During the demonstrations,
whether live or prerecorded, view-
ers may ask questions.
More detailed information on
this year’s “Old skills for a new
time — Flora School Days online”
is available at
Or contact the Flora School Educa-
tion Center at 1-541-828-7010 or