Last July, Gorge Owned planned a Green Drinks community gathering in the town of Mosier, when quite unexpectedly, the tone of that event took a sharp turn. That June, 16 oil cars derailed and several exploded and burned— yards from the school, residences, and the river. Green Drinks that month became an impromptu community touchstone, a way for residents and neighbors throughout the Gorge to learn, connect, support, and heal following the crisis.
Gorge Owned offers our next installment of Green Drinks on Wednesday, September 13, from 5:30 - 7 pm at Mt. Hood Town Hall in Parkdale as another such opportunity to convene as friends, extended family, and residents of this place that we love and are grieving for. Please join us to learn, connect, support, and heal as we navigate the loss from Eagle Creek and beyond.
We will learn about and take inspiration from the history of Mt Hood Town Hall, where volunteers and community members have worked tirelessly for more than 10 years to breathe life into this historic structure and the community it serves.
We will also use this opportunity to honor Don Benton, who made a tremendous mark on community organizations throughout the Gorge (including ours) and leaves a legacy of compassion and giving. And we will look to what's next for the Gorge, as we conceive of the future, of rebuilding, reforestation, and recovery. Open to all. $5 suggested donation, includes Full Sail beer and hors d'oeuvres.
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