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So Excited and I Just Can't Hide it!

Published: June 19, 2013

I wear my emotions on my sleeve. Ask anyone who’s ever worked with me. The world always knows when Molly’s happy, excited or, on rare occasions down in the dumps.

Right now, I’m crazy giddy excited. In any other office, this frenetic energy would be met with a bunch of eye rolling. Not at Travel Lane County. Not when we have two brand new arts festivals to look forward to. Like live music outside? We have something for you. How about painting in the park, or at least the desire to have the courage to paint in the park? Yep! Something for you too!

Check it out:

1. Cascadia Music Festival

TOURISM - Cascadia Music Festival LineupThere are few ways I'd rather spend my summer nights then listening to live music outside. Eugene already has an awesome outdoor music venue at the Cuthbert Amphiteater, but now we have one more!

Emerald Meadows is a brand new venue near Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, a park blanketed in wildflowers and lined with endless hiking trails. The inaugural Cascadia Music Festival kicks off Emerald Meadow's concert series July 5, 2013.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Railroad Earth lead the rockin' lineup. This year’s show is just a teaser for what’s to come in the future. Cascadia organizers hope to turn the festival into a multi-day event and attract other big names to this beautiful woodland treasure.

Terrific RV and tent camping is available on-site, or take advantage of great lodging deals just for going to the show.

Buy tickets now. 2. Create! Eugene

I come from a very artistic family. My mom's abstract paintings will hang in a New York gallery this fall. Sales from my uncle's watercolors raised $30,000 for a scholarship fund in Ohio. Put a paintbrush in my hands and I freeze.  I like art and love color, but am terrified of making a mess and not liking what I paint. That's why I'm so excited for the first ever Create! Eugene, August 1-31, 2013. The month-long celebration of the arts is the chance for folks like me to choose from nearly 200 different classes covering all corners of the arts from watercolor to sculpting to dance to cooking to music and textiles. The classes will be welcoming, inspiring and led by accomplish artists.

TOURISM - Create! EugeneI'm really looking forward to the the Plein Air Paint Out. Plein air is the art of painting outdoors. Think - easels, color palettes and berets in Paris. The Plein Air Paint Out runs August 15-25 and includes workshops, demonstrations and a one-day competition. Paintings will be put on display and judged in Kesey Plaza that night, followed by a multi-day art exhibit at DIVA Gallery.

Register now.

And to think, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing arts events in our region this summer.

View all summer arts festivals & events in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast.

How 'bout them apples?

Author: Molly Blancett

Molly Blancett is a previous employee with Travel Lane County.  Work brought her to Eugene, but her love for the city and the region kept her here. Molly enjoys the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region by running Pre's Trail, sipping wine at Sweet Cheeks or hiking to a new waterfall.


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