The answer to the question of “What do orchardists do in the middle of winter?” has never been a simple one: the tasks include pruning, vehicle repair, and product development, to name just a few.
But suddenly, the answer gets more complex, thanks to three diverse community events planned for the next two weeks. To summarize:
n Shooting basketballs: The first ever “Orchard Shoot-out” will be Friday at the Horizon Christian School Hawks Nest. (Details on page A1.) This event will take place during the halftime of Friday’s boys game. Six orchardists and fruit industry representatives will compete in the first-ever fun event.
n Talking history: Randy Kiyokawa of Parkdale speaks Feb. 5 in the “Sense of Place” lecture series, at Columbia Center for the Arts.
n Doing local drama: Mike Oates of Odell performs in a star-studded new local production, the Feb. 14 Valentine’s Dinner at Elks Lodge, presented by St. Mary’s Church. Also in the cast are Sheriff Matt English and District Attorney John Sewell. (Tickets are available through Feb. 6 — details on page A3.) Oates is an old hand at writing and performing in Lions Follies productions, but Sewell and English are hitting the boards for the first time.
All three events are worthy of support and, any kidding aside, they are a reminder of the wide range of involvement by local business owners and civic leaders, people from all walks of life.
As to the people who are giving their time to diverse examples such as the Orchard Shoot-out, Sense of Place and Valentine’s Dinner, the important work of such things as growing fruit, as well as catching and prosecuting criminals, still goes on, but otherwise busy people find the time to contribute to the community.
There are many such cases to be found: the Chamber recognition event and senior meal at Mount Hood Town Hall, described in section B, point to more examples of ways people double up by doing their jobs and doing something in the spirit of service.