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Stairwell Tagging at HCNW

June 18, 2018 - 8:24am -- Donald Thorn

We are back from a busy weekend at Harmony College Northwest. Yes, there is such a thing as stairwell tagging (great sound). And there we find Brandon and Christine (see above) capturing two others to enjoy making overtones in the stairs (not Lost in the Stars-different song).

I did see most of the Cascade attendees (14 folk) and hope you all had a great time. I always enjoy collecting the money and writing the checks. Most folk seem to prefer the classes, shows and afterglows. Go figure (accountant joke).

We'll see you all Tuesday as we prepare for our weekend of coaching with Chris. You do not want to miss that.

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H-4 is now retired (we hope)

June 10, 2018 - 9:09am -- Donald Thorn

Yesterday ended our operating in a tent as a concession site at historic Hayward Field. Whatever the new iteration of Hayward looks like, concessions will have permanent booths, not a tent. Rain will no longer create rivers running through the booth nor lakes at the front entrance.

The NCAA’s called for more workers than we can provide. Thank goodness for the Greater Eugene Chapter of Sweet Adelines and our brother chapter Oregon Senateaires from Salem. Without them, we could not do the job.

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April 7, 2018-Greater Eugene to the rescue

April 8, 2018 - 6:29am -- Donald Thorn

The Cascade Chorus was excited. We were hosting a Barbershop Singers Convention in Eugene April 7. Then we got a call from the University of Oregon-The Pepsi Invitational was now scheduled for April 7 and we were wanted to run the food booth. How to be two places at once? We couldn't. So a call went out to the Greater Eugene Sweet Adelines chapter.

As always, Greater Eugene jumped in with both feet and saved our bacon (stripples for the vegan among you).

The weather was not cooperating, but the food service was stellar. Our thanks to the 22 members of Greater Eugene who worked yesterday. Go Ducks.


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Oregon Music Educators meet

February 9, 2018 - 7:13am -- Donald Thorn

Recently the Cascade Chorus sponsored a booth at the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) convention in Eugene. Rocky, Phillip, Hugh Turnbull, Stephen Praus and likely others whose names I do not have, set up the booth a day early. Phillip was researching the other booths when he discovered that many of them provided candy for the browsing teachers. Phillip was determined that NO stale candy would be offered to the teachers. We'd like to thank Philip for his diligence in testing the quality of the other booths candy.

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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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