An evening of food and fun at the Saturday, July 12 Plush Sunstone Festival translated into a large donation to the Schminck Museum at a formal ceremony held at the museum in Lakeview on Friday, Aug. 15.
The Sunstone Festival was organized by Oregon Outback Mining Company (OOMC), based in Portland, as a way to connect with the local community and celebrate the official state gemstone that is mined in close proximity to Plush. The event featured an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed, silent auction, live music and much more. Many volunteer hours from individuals and organizations went into the event, which had a turnout far surpassing expectations.
OOMC declared the event a rousing success, so much so that they intend to make it an annual festival at the community park in Plush. The proceeds compiled from silent auctions comprised a check for $878 given to Schminck Museum Docent Louise Taylor.
“This means a lot,” said Taylor. “I couldn’t believe it when they said they would donate proceeds, I was overwhelmed. Our board couldn’t believe it either.”
The idea for donating funds to the museum came from conversations between OOMC and Lake County Chamber of Commerce Exec. Dir. Tule Chiono, who recommended the museum as a way to give back to the community in light of recent financial hardships the museum had faced.
“The Schminck Museum gives us so much history, it’s easy to step into the past here,” said Chiono. “It’s a treasure trove of Lake County memorabilia, and it is our hope to get more interest in the youth to come see how important this is.”
The Schminck Museum recently reopened in early August after being closed all of 2014, with operating hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Only the top floor of the museum is currently available for viewing while repairs and upgrades continue on the basement floor exhibits. The museum is owned by the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (OSSDAR).
“Our chapter of DAR is the core support for the museum, “ said Taylor. “We need younger, more energetic ladies involved, as we want to perpetuate the history stored here. We need new membership in the Lake View Chapter, all it takes is tracing family history to the American Revolutionary War.”
With plans already underway for the 2015 Sunstone Festival, OOMC is hard at work to make next year’s events bigger and better, planning two days of festivities this time around. They hope that will translate into even more funds raised for the museum.
“Next time we would like to put a one in front of that, or a zero behind it,” added OOMC Pres. John Price.
The Schminck Museum is located at 128 S. E St. in Lakeview.
For more information on the 2015 Sunstone Festival contact John Gregos at 503-860-9706.