July 2017 Around Town 1

Sisters Folk Fest Wins Award, Raises Funds, Adds to Lineup

The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has been awarded the Organizational Achievement Award from The Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West). FAR-West is a chapter of Folk Alliance International, who fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the U.S. SFF has grown from an annual folk festival into an arts organization that provides art and music education in the Sisters School District.

SFF has announced it raised over $100,000 for music and art programming at their My Own Two Hands fundraiser. Donating artists, generous patrons, sponsoring businesses, talented musicians and volunteers helped to make the two-day celebration a success.

SFF has released additions to their 2017 lineup, September 8 – 10. The roster includes 2017 Grammy-winning artist Sarah Jarosz, western-swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown, and California country band Tremoloco, as well as over 40 other artists. SistersFolkFestival.org

Farm to Flask Tour Rolls On

The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is presenting five themed farm tours this summer. Each tour visits three farms or agriculture businesses and hears presentations from the owners. The popular tours run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $10 per person, which includes free shuttle van service.

The agriculture businesses visited range from lavender fields to barley-processing plants for beer. The last tour included talks on growing custom rye for distilled beverages and included a trip to New Basin Distilling.

HDFFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Their mission is to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon to increase access to fresh healthy food, support sustainable farm land use and foster relationships among farmers and consumers. HDFFA.org

Arts and Culture 
Alliance of Central 
Oregon Receives Grant

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has awarded the Arts and Culture Alliance of Central Oregon (ACA) a $15,000 grant. The money is earmarked for the hiring of a community coordinator to improve marketing, branding and membership strategies to promote the creative economy in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties.

OCF’s mission is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. The mission of the ACA is to support the success of a diverse collection of arts organizations, businesses and artists throughout Central Oregon. ArtsAndCultureCo.org

Bend Brewfest 
Sets 2017 Dates

The 15th Annual Bend Brewfest has chosen August 10-12 as the dates for this year’s festival at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend’s Old Mill District. Traditionally held the third weekend in August, the dates were changed to avoid conflict with the solar eclipse.

Bend Brewfest expects over 40,000 beer-lovers to sample over 170 craft beers from 75 regional breweries. The popular X-Taps showcase low-production, specialty beers not available in stores or restaurants. Cider and wine are also available.

In addition to promoting the craft beer industry, the Bend Brewfest supports local nonprofits. Last year, they raised over $18,000 for the Deschutes River Conservancy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, and Neighbor Impact. BendBrewfest.com