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6A | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 | SIUSLAW NEWS
Annual ‘Big Wave’ poetry to make splash in Florence this Saturday
Get set for an evening of great
entertainment as the third an-
nual Big Wave Poetry Slam rolls
back into town.
Sponsored by the Florence
Regional Arts Center (FRAA),
the event features poets from
across the Pacific Northwest
who will compete for the largest
cash prizes in the state.
The contest will be held at the
Florence Events Center (FEC),
715 Quince St., starting at 6:30
p.m. on Saturday, June 30.
Up to 30 poets will perform
their 3-minute original poems
or spoken word pieces for the
audience and the judges. The
entry fee for poets is $15.
Admission for the audience is
only $5 this year.
The first-place prize is $500,
second place takes home $250
and third place is $100. Contes-
tants are judged on both poem
content and presentation.
Friends of poets and the arts
are invited to attend and enjoy
a great evening of poetry per-
formed in the slam style. This
simply means the poems or spo-
ken word pieces are performed
dramatically, which makes for
some great entertainment.
Doors open to the public at 6
Judging for the contest is
done by five random audience
members, scoring each partici-
pant from 0 to 10. The top and
bottom scores are then thrown
out and the three middle scores
are added together for the poet’s
Audience members are en-
couraged to snap their fingers
during parts of the poems they
like, and to voice opinions about
the judges scores by booing or
“This ain’t your grandma’s
poetry,” committee chair Kar-
en Brown said. “Even people
who profess not to like poetry
will love this competition with
3-minute performances that
will move you to tears one mo-
ment and laughter the next.”
The Big Wave Poetry com-
mittee is encouraging all poets
interested in entering the slam
contest to start polishing their
poems and practicing their per-
Florence has an excellent op-
portunity for poets to come out
and practice in front of fellow
poets during the open mic po-
etry night on the first Tuesday
of each month at FRAA.
For more information or to
register for the contest, visit
www.fraaoregon.org and click
on “Poetry Fest,” or contact
FRAA at 541-997-4435.
FRAA is located at 120 Maple
St., Florence, OR 97439.
Darlings Marina to host fireworks show Saturday
Darlings Marina and RV Re-
sort in Dunes City will host its
second annual Sparkle on the
Siltcoos, a professional fire-
works show, on Saturday, June
30, at 10 p.m. on the north
shore of Siltcoos Lake.
This community event is a
celebration of American inde-
Parking is limited to guests of
Darlings, but the public is wel-
come to walk in, bring a chair
and enjoy the show from the
“After a successful first year,
we’ve decided to make Sparkle
on the Siltcoos an annual event.
It’s destined to be even bigger
than last year,” said Lori Olson
from Darlings Marina. “We’ve
added a second fireworks pack-
age which will increase the
length of the show to about 30
This year will also have the
addition of a live band and a
barbecue on the lakefront.
“Siltcoos Lake is a great place
for viewing fireworks because
of the wide-open expanse,”
Olson said. “However, there
is limited lake access, so folks
should find ways to access the
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