Imagine waking up on a mountain morning. You watch the sun rising into clear blue late-summer sky. Then you start your day with a challenge, something you have always wanted to try like lightweight packing, wildlife photography or open air landscape painting. Later you wander among three stages sampling the most soul-stirring music that Southern Oregon has to offer, from bluegrass to roadhouse funk. Hunger calls. You stop for a to-die-for barbecue plate.
All this bliss and more awaits you at the first ever Greensprings Mountain Festival on Saturday, September 8.
Ready to commit? First you need to make some choices? Go to greenspringsmountainfestival.org and choose from 16 morning outdoor activities and workshops ranging from mountain biking to landscape painting with Harriett Rex Smith.
As far as music is concerned, you can have it all (or most of it). More than two dozen bands and performers, including such top Rogue Valley talent as The Rogue Suspects, Siskiyou Summit and guest artist Craig Chaquico of Jefferson Starship, will play on various stages all within a short walk of Green Springs Inn.
Food? Beverages? Crafts? Fresh air? Sample them all as you wander the festival.
Details? Of course there are details.
Field trips planned for Saturday morning include an Applegate Trail exploration, bird and botany walks, introduction to local frogs and Pacific fishers, and tours of both Pinehurst School and the Oregon Extension college semester program.
Mountain sports offerings include 2K and 5K fun runs, a cruiser bike poker ride, a mountain bike excursion, paddling on the Hyatt Lake Water Trail, a Pacific Crest Trail run and clinic.
Workshops and demonstrations include an introduction to kayaking, mountain lakes sailing on Howard Prairie Reservoir, nature photography, light-weight backpacking, plein-air painting, and wine tasting.
Musical offerings will range from rock, bluegrass and jazz to original compositions by singer-songwriters on three stages. In addition to The Rogue Suspects and Siskiyou Summit, performers will include Eight Dollar Mountain, Jef Fretwell & The Detractors, Jive Coulis, LEFT, Deux Coté, Phoenix Sigalove, Robbie DaCosta, Sage Meadows & High Country, the Teri Coté Band and The Waltz featuring Justin Gordon, along with numerous individual performers and acoustic groups.
A grand finale will feature Craig Chaquico sitting in with the Teri Coté Band and performing original solo compositions.
Detailed information about the festival and tickets are available online at www.greenspringsmountainfestival.org.
The first ever Greensprings Mountain Festival will benefit the Greensprings community, including Greensprings Rural Fire District, Pinehurst School and Greensprings Food Pantry. Sponsors and community partners include, among many others, Clif Bar, Project A, BLM/Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Ashland Shop’n Kart, Caldera Brewing Company, TerraVita Springs, Green Springs Inn & Cabins, Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Friend of the Greensprings, Chris Molé Design, Southern Oregon Media, Jefferson Public Radio, Cherry Street Market, Main Street Tours, People’s Bank, Rogue Valley Runners, Ashland Outdoor Store, The Oregon Extension, Kokopelli River Guides, Harriett Rex Smith, Marty’s Cycle and Moore, Ashland Bicycle Works, Greensprings Box R Ranch, Rogue Yacht Club, Northwest Nature Shop, Ashland Wine Cellar, Pinehurst Inn, Hyatt Lake Resort, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Howard Prairie Lake Resort, Hyatt Lake Resort, Pinehurst School Foundation and Klamath Bird Observatory.
What else do you need to know? Note that the organizers (all Greensprings community volunteers) are planning on about 1,000 participants. Tickets are available on-line for advance purchase, and when sales reach that number, the portal will close. Sign up now.