The Trout Lake Council of the Arts, now in its 7th year of operation, works to support the arts and artists of the Columbia Gorge.
Its goal is to provide a venue close to home for artists, writers and musicians. At the same time the council works to provide a stage for our local communities to have fun and enjoy their talented neighbors.
This year the council was able to help support Adam Paxon, Trout Lake School student, present a concert on a Steinway Baby Grand Piano for the benefit of the community. The council is planning to present a live performance cultural program for the Trout Lake community during the long winter of 2002.
To support this work, the council is presenting its annual fund raiser; Northwest Saturday Night, A Perfect Summer Evening.
Northwest Saturday Night will take place at The Farm, A B&B at 490 Sunnyside Road on Saturday evening from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be a social hour from 6 to 7 during which attendees can enjoy the work of artists at the Art Festival and music by upcoming musicians, while whetting their appetites for a gourmet picnic prepared by Chef Peter Gatlin of Applewood Catering. Dinner will begin at 7.
A concert by The Jazztones will begin at 8 in the barn at the Farm.
This year's performers are a nine member group including piano, bass, drums, guitar, baritone, tenor, and alto sax, trumpet and trombone. The members have played together as the Jazztones for about five years.
While most members met in the Portland Community College Big Band in the 80s and 90s, some met as far back as Vanport after World War II. Players come from all over the US and bring a variety of musical experiences..
The music has grown out of everyone's favorite music including mainstream, historic, standard and original jazz tunes.
The bass player had the same gig in the same lounge for 25 years. The trumpet player saw Fats Waller live; the drummer is a walking jazz encyclopedia, and the baritone sax player could hear your screen door slam and write an arrangement for it.
Attendance is by reservation. Tickets are $35 each if purchased by July 9, and $40 after July 10.
Attendance is limited to 125 persons and tickets are selling quickly.
Call Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527, or the Hostetters, 395-2488, to arrange for reservations.