North Rim residents were recently treated to views of a soaring bald eagle that came to rest on the pergola in the community. While it is not unusual to see red-tailed hawks riding the air currents here, a visit from a bald eagle is a rare occurence and an impressive sight. Thank you to Gary and Jan for the photo seen here, taken right out their window.
North Rim is a busy place these days, with three homes under construction and another 11 in the process of ALRC review. And the houses being built right now aren’t the only ones we will likely see in the coming months. We are also experiencing a flurry of activity in homesite sales in the community. Since January, six homesites have sold in North Rim and five additional properties are pending. This level of interest, especially during what has typically been a slower season, provides further evidence that the market is gaining strength and momentum.
When the temperature drops and the first real snow arrives, I look forward to the first phone call or email from a North Rim resident that reports, “the elk are back!” It’s exciting every time. They are beautiful, majestic animals; impressive in their size and stature. They keep to themselves and like to rest here, often hidden in the trees. And when a herd of 50 arrives, it feels like an occasion. Really? Here? Where we live?
I’ll tell you, it’s a privilege.
We are excited to announce our first pending sale of the North Rim Summer 2012 Sales Promotion. One-acre homesites previously listed from $195,000 to $270,000 are now priced $145,000 to $199,000. The promotion expires Labor Day, September 3rd.
For a price list and further information please call 541-788-7769, email email@example.com, or stop by the North Rim Lodge weekdays between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. We are also happy to assist you by appointment.
North Rim today announced that it has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) from The North Rim Deschutes River Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation. The money will be used for vital operating funds for the non-profit group, as it continues to pursue its mission for restoring streamflows and improving water quality in the Deschutes River.
Tod Heisler, executive director for the Deschutes River Conservancy said, “We are delighted that the North Rim Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation continues to support our work restoring streamflows in the Deschutes River. With their help, we have achieved a five-fold increase in Deschutes River flows – water that is so critical to wildlife, fish and the quality of life for Oregonians throughout the state.
The DRC is actively working with irrigation districts and other partners to allow more water, which was historically diverted through irrigation canals, to remain instream in the Deschutes River Basin. As a result of their work over the last 16 years, this section of the Deschutes River has seen a five-fold increase in streamflow during the hot summer months. The improvement to the health of the river, as well as to the resident fish and wildlife, has been dramatic. Similar stories are in progress throughout the Deschutes Basin’s rivers and streams, including the Crooked River, Whychus Creek and other sections of the Deschutes.
To support the work of organizations like the DRC, the North Rim Deschutes River Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) was created through the donation of a percentage of all North Rim homesite sales dollars. The fund has garnered nearly $800,000 since its inception in 2004. A board of directors, comprised of individuals from the North Rim Homeowners Association, consults and advises on the allocation of monies in the fund.
A new exhibit featuring the work of Bend-based photographer Eva Gill is now on display at the North Rim Lodge. Eva, along with her husband and daughters, dropped out of ordinary life for a mid-life gap year (and a half) trip around the world. Travelling slowly, they skied the Alps, rode ostriches in South Africa, walked with hunting hawks in Wales, learned survival skills from San Bushmen, and were visited by lions while camping alone in the Kalahari. Together, they traced the footsteps of Catherine de Medici, Nelson Mandela, Ho Chi Minh, and Ninjas. At the end of their wandering, Eva arrived home to Bend with her well-used camera and has selected a few of her most inspiring images to share. The exhibit runs through July 31st.
80 lucky people in Bend experienced a musical treat in the form of Glen Phillips and Jonathan Kingham Wednesday evening. Glen’s familiar voice can be heard on many Toad the Wet Sprocket hits from the 1990s, including “Walk on the Ocean”, which you can view below. This funny, talented man shared many personal stories, humorous anecdotes and poetic lyrics with the intimate audience.The Lodge provided a beautiful setting.
Jonathan set the tone for a fun evening early. His unlikely cover of the Bobby Brown hit “Don’t be Cruel” included “freestyling” rap that referenced Bend, the North Rim community, audience members and even the delicious Black Butte Porter chocolate cupcakes on hand that night by The Well Traveled Fork. If only we’d have gotten a video of that one (however it would have been shaky and hard to hear from all of the laughter, so you’ll just have to take our word for it!).
Everyone, including the performers, were enjoying their evening so much that the music didn’t stop till after 10pm! Glen’s final song was beautiful… he chose to perform it without a microphone and the acoustic guitar as his only accompaniment. It was the perfect ending to a perfect night.
Stay tuned for the release of tickets for our next Lodge Concert featuring the renowned Greg Brown scheduled for October 4, 2012. Thank you to our sponsors, Bob Reininger, Wealth Manager at UBS, Mount Bachelor Village Resort, The Well Traveled Fork and Horizon Broadcasting.
What do Chamonix, Telluride, and Bend have in common? They recently made National Geographic Adventure magazine’s list of the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns. Surprised? Described as an “adventure paradise” for multisport enthusiasts, Bend’s location on the east side of the Cascade Mountains means light, dry snow and some of the best skiing in the Pacific Northwest. Bend also has the distinction of being the largest of the 25 ski towns on the list. With a population of 80,000, Bend is not only a great place to recreate, it is a thriving community for year-round living. For those of us who call Bend home, it’s the best of both worlds.
There are two things the audience attending Friday’s Catie Curtis concert seemed to learn: (1) Catie is an incredible storyteller whose powerful and uplifting lyrics can likely seduce a smile out of anyone; and (2) there was a little magic in the air that night.
Catie Curtis, an award-winning singer/songwriter, wife, mom, philanthropist and female “folk-rock goddess”, has an uncanny ability to radiate a positive and authentic glow felt by everyone in her presence. While she’s been to Bend a handful of times throughout the past decade, her credits include performing at the White House, and sharing the stage with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dar Williams, Patty Griffin and Melissa Ferrick, among others.
What a night to kick off our North Rim Lodge Concert Series of 2012. It started off a bit magical with a timely light snowfall that looked dazzling against the white twinkling lights outside the Lodge. Yes, we’ve been waiting for this white stuff for some time now and it seemed to make us all a bit giddy as we prepared for Catie’s performance.
And then, a treat for us local Bendites! Catie brought guest, Jenna Lindbo, a Bend High graduate whose blossoming career led her to touring with Catie last fall. While the audience included much of Jenna’s friends and family, by the evening’s end, we all became fans of Jenna’s darling personality, moving lyrics and beautiful, clear voice (and boy, can she play a mean banjo!). One of the most moving moments of the night is when Jenna sang a song she wrote about the piano teacher that inspired her love of music, and her teacher’s late mother who had greatly influenced three generations of musicians. That teacher was in the audience and there were many damp eyes as we witnessed the love and appreciation between the two families.
And just when we thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, we experienced another treat during Catie and Jenna’s final performance of “Let There Be Life”. “Is there possibly someone in the audience who knows sign language?” Catie inquired. One hand in the second row shot up “I’m a sign language interpreter,” was the response. In this intimate crowd of 80 or so people, we learned that this interpreter, CM, had met her future wife on a cruise in which Catie had performed years earlier. This couple has been emotionally connected to Catie and her music ever since, which had landed them in Bend on this winter night. CM spontaneously but beautifully interpreted the lyrics of a moving song that was performed with a power and emotion that was not lost on anyone in the audience. See a clip of it here:
We look forward to many more nights like this at the lodge, bringing people and music together. Please save the date for our next concert featuring Glen Phillips on April 11th. Tickets will be available on our website’s Lodge Concert Series page.
Join us for the next Lodge Concert Friday, January 6th welcoming the talented Catie Curtis to North Rim!
Catie has been a fan favorite on the acoustic music scene for a number of years now. With her tenth and newest project, Hello Stranger, released in August 2009, she gifts her loyal fan base and entices new listeners with a recording that captures some of the magic of her live performances. With the help of her Nashville-based record label, Compass Records, she selected a few of Nashville’s best musicians to make an album featuring fiddle, mandolin and banjo as well as acoustic guitar.
Curtis has created a dedicated following that has grown steadily over the course of her 15-year career. With her live shows, film and tv placements, the 2006 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize, and now the Hello Stranger string-band project, Curtis has proven that she’s the real deal: a musician with the kind of raw talent and artistic maturity that makes her a force to be reckoned with, albeit a sweet force.
North Rim Lodge Concert: Catie Curtis
Friday, January 6, 2012 | Doors open at 7pm
Pre-concert reception featuring wine + desserts
Concert starts at 7:30pm
Tickets $35/person (includes 2 wine tickets)
Due to the intimate venue and limited seating, please reserve your tickets in advance by clicking on the Buy Now link below, or contacting Linda Sealock Schmitz at 541-788-7769, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
A big thank you to our Lodge Concert Series Sponsors: