Summer in the City.

When a friend of the Groove began singing the praises of the Summer in the City program on Broadway, she was met with no small amount of cynicism. Here we go again with another ill-fated attempt to solve DOWNTOWN. (The word forever doomed to be accompanied by the Law & Order Dun Dun).

Ah, the bittersweet taste of crow. To be so wrong yet have so much fun doing it.

We’ve been to three different downtown events this year — Dodgeball for the Cure, Circus Circus and now Open Studio — and each has been a delightful amalgam of Eugeneness — which means, of course, accompanied by great music. This week it was Jazz Station/Willamette Jazz Society with SoulJazz

Open Studio offered the opportunity for visitors to both watch art being created and take part in their own versions. From paint by number murals to collage postcards to linoleum block printing to sheep’s wool felting, artists brought their talent and their teaching skills to share and from one table to another the experience was free flowing and magical.

If you missed it, take a moment for a pang of regret and make a note to get there next year, which I certainly hope there will be.

But just in case you can’t join the Groove and get past that “Downtown Sucks” mentality, Summer in the City be found scattered about town each week. Music. Movies. Breakfast at Bridges. River Festivals. (FYI: The Sunday evening concerts in Washburne Park are a step back in time, in a good way!)

Do yourself a favor, get out and celebrate Summer in the City. Check here for upcoming events.

If you get a chance, thank these local folks for making a difference in Eugene.

Jerry Ross
Betsy Wolfston
Imagine Gallery
New Zone Gallery
Vistra Framing & Gallery
City of Eugene Art A La Cart
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Eugene Storefront Art Project
12th Ave Collaborative
Oregon Art Supply
Brian Walker
Dean Slatsky

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