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A Siberian Orchestra

November 27, 2017 - 8:29am -- Donald Thorn

Many hands make light work. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra provided an amazing light and sound show. Back in Daisy's Diner, Cascade Chorus, with a huge assist from our friends from Sweet Adelines Greater Eugene Chorus and Diamond Dames quartet, helped feed the concert goers.

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Marching Bands and Barbershop?

November 6, 2017 - 11:46am -- Donald Thorn

Yes, there was that little movie, but this was live and in person. In our continuing role as a food purveyor for the University of Oregon, we had the pleasure of serving the Festival of Bands competition Saturday at Autzen Stadium. 27 high school bands from the Northwest were showing their wares and playing for an appreciative audience.

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Football anyone?

October 23, 2017 - 3:41pm -- Donald Thorn

Willamette Valley Youth Football and Cheer (WVYFC) held their 2017 Oregon State Championships at Autzen Stadium last weekend. Cascade Chorus was invited to operate the food booth for this event. We were pleased to serve.

From Friday at 1PM thru Sunday at 10:45PM 27 football games were played. We sold our normal fare: Hot dogs, pretzels, soda, coffee, nachos, popcorn, and the list goes on.

We would work hard during game changes and half-times. Then have periods of less vigorous activity.

Above you see Roy and Scotty awaiting that next order. Me? Well as you would expect, I’m protecting the money.

I would tell you the tragic story of spraining my right little toe, but you probably wouldn’t believe me, since I’m so light on my feet.

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A Cascade Weekend

October 17, 2017 - 7:22am -- Donald Thorn

For the Cascade Chorus it was a dash up to Vancouver WA for the annual Evergreen District convention. We got to watch Social Insecurity sing Friday, qualify for the quartet finals Saturday and win the right to compete as a Senior quartet at the 2018  Mid-Winter convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The chorus was pleased to bring 30 men to the stage Saturday morning and sing for the crowd. We were very happy to take back to Eugene the Most Improved Chorus award. Coby was smiling as he holds the large traveling trophy (above). We will add our name to the list of winners, and proudly carry the trophy to Spokane in October 2018 to award it to next years Most Improved Chorus.

Sunday was the trip back home for the tired and happy singers.

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Back to Autzen Stadium

September 3, 2017 - 10:34am -- Donald Thorn

Yes, football has started again. Our chapter volunteers to run one of the concession booths at Autzen Stadium. For this we get a percentage of the amount sold for our operations costs. This booth is unique because it is actually split. On one side we provide beer and wine, sodas, and various food items. Across the aisle is a popcorn machine. We run the machine, but the popcorn is free. For those of you that pay stadium prices for snacks, you know what that means. That person is always busy. So a special thanks to Ernst for keeping the fans happy with all that free popcorn.

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Cascade sings at picfest

July 20, 2017 - 11:11am -- Donald Thorn

  Directors of the choirs at this years Boys & Young Men’s Choral Festival

The Pacific International Choral Festivals (picfest) presents a series of choral gatherings in cooperation with the Oregon Bach Festival. Odd years, such as 2017, include the Treble Choral Festival and the Boys & Young Men’s Choral Festival (up to age 18). Even years are Youth Choral Festival and the Young Women’s Choral Festival.

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It Was Spectacular.

June 19, 2017 - 2:13pm -- Donald Thorn

There could have been photos of me counting money. There could have been photos of Hugh setting up the signs on the pathways. There could have been photos of Dan Wolfe driving his golf cart. But no, none of these opportunities struck the photographer (Alan Halfhill-HCNW photographer) as worthy. So who wins the Cascade Chorus most photogenic award at Harmony College this weekend? Dave Peterman. Why Dave you ask? Remember, Dave was looking around for a ride so he wouldn't have to make the drive himself? Finally he said, Voila-I'll bring my wife, Judy. In that one moment of wisdom he became more photogenic than the rest of us COMBINED.

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The Finish Line

June 13, 2017 - 8:33am -- Donald Thorn

It was truly special. The UO women won the triple crown of titles – NCAA cross country, NCAA indoor and NCAA outdoor. The first time ever by a women’s track and field program. And we were there.

However, we SAW none of it. Check out the photo of our concessions booth. Once the lines started they never ended. We moved hundreds of hot dogs, burgers, Vegan burgers WITH CHEESE (don’t ask), gallons of soda, huge containers of popcorn, coffee, hot chocolate (look at the sky). It was a long but rewarding day.

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It's Track and Field time

May 6, 2017 - 4:16am -- Donald Thorn

It was a cold day with moments of drizzle. There was still track and we were invited back to Hayward Field to staff the primary food booth for the event. Above you will see Mary, Joanie, Roy, Hugh's back and, yes folks, that IS Bill Devereaux awaiting the customers. The weather did not dampen the performances on the track, but did reduce the crowd a bit. It was still beneficial. We made some bucks and worked out some kinks in the booth layout. We are ready for the larger crowds Hayward will provide the rest of this month. Drop by, say Hello, and make Dave's day by ordering Nachos.


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