A day-long celebration of the written word will fill the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center this Saturday, Sept. 9, as authors and performers gather for a literacy festival.
From 9 am and 4 pm, several Oregon authors will be selling and talking about their books against a backdrop of food and family activities. As well as selling their books in the main hall, authors will break out into side rooms to read from their work, play music or demonstrate a craft.
The free event is jointly sponsored by the cultural center and Penman Productions in conjunction with Oceana Family Literacy Center.
“We planned this celebration to coincide with International Literacy Day, celebrated around the world the day before,” said Oceana Director Vickie Meneses. “More than 30 million adults in the US cannot read or write or do basic math. Worldwide, that number is 758 million. Reading is the key to everything in life. If you can’t read and write you cannot get the job you want or make the income you need to support your family.”
After the day’s festivities, the celebration will continue into the evening, with music and theater performances. At 6 pm, well-known violinist Kathy Follett will play selections from Mozart, Grieg and Handel, accompanied by Walt Hoggset on cello.
At 7 pm, Lincoln City theatrical mainstay Patti Siberz will perform her one-woman play, “The Bookshop.” Written as a senior project for her degree from Linfield College, the play tells the story of Rose, who has worked in the same shop for the past 50 years. On the last day, for both Rose and the business, she reminisces about the customers she has met and the books she has loved.
Tickets for the evening event are $10 at the door.
All proceeds from the festival will benefit Oceana Family Literacy, which has been providing educational services to the residents of Lincoln City for the past eight years.
For more information, contact Meneses at 541-921-1865.
Throughout Saturday, people traveling throughout Lincoln City will be able to see the brightly decorated entries in a CHAIR-ity auction to benefit Oceana Family Literacy.
“What better way to represent intergenerational reading than a rocking chair?” said Oceana Director Vickie Meneses. “It’s an easy process. A person sits in a rocking chair, children gather around, and everyone listens.”
Decorated by local artists, rocking chairs of all shapes and sizes will be on display around town as well as at the cultural center. They will be sold in a silent auction on Sunday, along with baskets containing everything from wine and books to violin lessons and art instruction. Winners announced at the Sunday Farmers Market.
On Friday, Sept. 8, the cultural center’s Chessman Gallery will hold an opening reception for its children’s book illustration show from 5 to 7 pm. The month-long exhibit will feature work by Sarah Gayle, Aria La Faye, Matt Fitzwater and Krista Eddy.