Head to the Florence Events Center on Friday, February 9 for a 7 p.m. presentation of the Oregon Origins Projects II: Seven Wonders. This FREE event  is a captivating music exploration into the ancient roots of the state of Oregon, led by Matthew Packwood, director of the Oregon Origins Project and composer of the evening's featured composition. Join Packwood and a string quartet for a performance of "Oregon Origins: Seven Wonders", a musical journey through Oregon’s wild places — from Steens Mountain to the Oregon Dunes, and many stops in between.

The musical segment will be followed by an enlightening geological presentation by geologist Ian Madin. Attendees will then be treated to "An introduction to the lands and history of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians" by Jesse Beers and Patricia Whereat Phillips, culture bearers of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

"We are delighted and privileged to present this unique blend of arts, culture, and science at the Florence Events Center. This presentation offers something for every member of the family to enjoy, and it was imperative for us to make it a free event to ensure accessibility for all," stated Andy Vobora, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations at Travel Lane County. "We encourage individuals from the valley to turn it into a Staycation by joining us on the coast for dinner, a captivating show, and an overnight stay at one of Florence's magnificent lodging properties."

Presented in Florence by Travel Lane County and proudly sponsored by the City of Florence and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, this event is a special encore performance of the project's acclaimed second event held in May 2023.

Donations will benefit the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative.

Oregon Origins Project  Established in 2021, the Oregon Origins Project serves as a dynamic platform for indigenous culture bearers and invites artists from diverse backgrounds to craft new works inspired by the state's rich origins. Generously supported by grants from Ronni Lacroute, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Reed College, the project embodies a commitment to artistic innovation and cultural exploration. Contact: Matthew Packwood, matthewpackwood@gmail.com, 503.853.9546, oregonorigins.org