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Trio to play at art auction

Benefit for the Columbia Riverkeepers

On Friday, Oct. 8, the Kate Meloy Trio will play at Columbia Riverkeeper's second annual Art Auction at the Portland Yacht Club from 7 to 10 p.m.

This year's event is titled, "Columbia - Great River of the West." It will feature art of all types to be auctioned from Northwest artists as well as river experience packages.

The Kate Meloy Trio plays acoustic blues, rock & roll ballads, jazz, swing, and some knee slapping, foot tapping, finger burning bluegrassy fiddle tunes. Playing such an assortment of musical styles can be a little complicated but that is how they like it. Audiences seem to appreciate the musical variety and tight harmonies.

The trio consists of Kathy Sneider on upright bass, Glen Holmbrg on guitar, and Jim Drake on mandolin. All sing lead and harmony. It will be a fun evening of gourmet food and spirits (including wine and beer tasting), live music by the Kate Meloy Trio and good company.

Many items have been donated by Gorge artists and river experience companies that care about a healthy river. Items donated include oil paintings, pastels, photographs, jewelry, garden art and an array of fun river experience packages. River experiences will include kayaking and windsurfing lessons, dinners, perhaps a massage and a stay at a cozy Bed and Breakfast.

Some of the participating artists include: Ellen Dittebrant, Judith Cunningham, Steve Datnoff, Rebecca Bashara/Scott McDonald, Steven Daniel, Morley Knoll, John Maher, Carla Nomalia, Louise Wilson Noyes, Jay Noyes, Jane Pagliarulo, Cathleen Rehfeld, Ernie Reynolds, Darlene Schaper, Polly Schoonmaker, Cleo Sterling, Lynn Weyand, Don Perry, Will Richards, Steven Bloch, Joshua Flint, Stephen Gerould, Richard Hallman, Sorcha Meek, Pat Hood, Daniel Dancer, Elizabeth Anderson and many more.

The event MC will be Channel 8's Matt Zaffino with Steve Talbot as auctioneer.

"It's been really great to see how much the community is supporting this event. That is what is going to make this evening a success as well as a great party," stated Columbia Riverkeeper executive director Cyndy deBruler. She added, "It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the river while supporting work to keep our Columbia River healthy. I know the River's beauty is a powerful inspiration to many local artists.."

Tickets for the Oct. 8 event are available for $45 each and can be purchased by calling 541-387-3030


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