Again, I've been busy this week scanning more negatives from the 1960s and '70s, including the three I am sharing with you this week.
The first one pictures members of the Bandon Playhouse practicing in the gym at Ocean Crest School, where many of their shows were held before they moved downtown to Harbor Hall and much later to the Sprague Community Theater, which they enjoy today.
While attending the recent production of "Annie" at The Little Theater on the Bay, I purchased two copies of a book titled "Encore, A History of Theaters and Theatre (their spelling, not mine) on Oregon's Southwestern Coast," by Dow Beckham.
The story of Bandon Playhouse is told in 32 glorious pages in the fascinating book (which sells for $5), and after reading about the productions the Playhouse put on in 1978, I think this must have been a rehearsal for "Anything Goes."
I can see Larry Means and Bob Burch, far left, and Alice Stadelman, in the middle front, as well as Willie Shindler, in white shirt, at left. I can see Tosca Means in the back facing the exit sign, and I think Anne Dixon (now Goddard) may be in this picture, but I'm not sure. She may be the one at far left with her arms outstretched.
I don't need to tell you how the accommodations have improved over the years, but this picture pretty well describes the Ocean Crest Gym and its small stage, which you can barely see at right.
The second and third pictures were taken 45 years ago ... in September of 1973 on both sides of Highway 101 at 11th Street.
The first one is looking west on 11th toward the Ocean Crest Grade School. The building at right, which was occupied by several real estate offices over the years including Jack and Modina Worden and Larry Means, now houses an exercise business, and has been added onto over the years.
The third picture is looking east on 11th, and the parking lot, which was adjacent to the 76 station, is now the home of Banner Bank. The brick building at the far left was the former bank, which changed names many times over the years, but started out as Bank of Bandon and was Western Bank for many years. The 76 station, which at one time was owned by Lanny Boston, is just out of the picture at left. I can see by the barely visible sign that the price of regular gas was 39.9 cents a gallon. The low-slung building in the center was Kaping's Florist, and today it is owned by Mary Cameron and is known as Bandon Floral and Gifts.
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Judy Knox, the long-time executive director of the Bandon Historical Society museum called me this week with a history question. Unfortunately, neither one of us has been able to find the answer. Where was Dreamland? And was it a large dance hall here before the Fire?
I have determined that at the time of the Fire in 1936, there were two dance halls, including Silver Spray Gardens, which was said to be the largest on the Oregon Coast, and Azalea Gardens, which was owned by Tipperary Smith and was east of Bandon off what is now Highway 42S. I have searched through my history books and can find no mention of Dreamland, but Judy and I are sure we didn't "dream" it. We both know that it existed. These are the kinds of things I wished I had asked my mother, who died five years ago at age 96, and my uncle, who died two and a half years ago at age 92, as they most surely would have known the answer. But I promised Judy that I would keep looking.
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While scanning in my "new" pictures this week I came across several of one of my very favorite people, David L. Davis, who died nine years ago at the age of 68. I sent them onto his brother, Fred Gernandt, who told me he had forwarded the pictures onto David's daughter, Sophie, who was the love of his life.
I learned that Sophie, 32, is now Dr. Sophie White, a neonatal pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, Calif. She graduated from OHSU medical school in 2010, and completed her pediatric residency and her neonatal fellowship at UC Davis.
Her husband, Eric White, is the co-head of Pension Consulting Alliance's defined contribution team.
Both are Oregon Ducks.
David would be so proud of her ....
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My sisters and I have purchased tickets for the Coos County Friends of Public Health Recognition Lunch on April 10 where one of the four Super Stars being honored is from Bandon.
Linda Maxon, who is the executive director of Coast Community Health Center, is being honored along with Char Luther, New Community Connections; the Coos County Search & Rescue Dog Team Unit; and Linda Furman Grile, South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care Services.
The event is being held at the Black Market Gourmet in Coos Bay from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and people wanting to purchase tickets may call 541-266-6804 for reservations, according to Frances Smith, president of CCFPH.
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The NCAA women's basketball tournament has had special meaning this year, with both the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers making it to the Sweet 16, along with Stanford and UCLA out of the Pac12 conference. Stanford lost early. Oregon State lost Sunday, as did UCLA, but hopefully Oregon will win their Elite Eight game against Notre Dame Monday at 6, which would put them into the Final Four Friday night.
The championship game is Sunday, April 1, which also happens to be Easter Sunday.
It is doubtful that anyone will beat UConn, but Mississippi State proved that was possible last year when they ended UConn's 111-game winning streak in the championship game on a buzzer beater in overtime by their 5-5 guard Morgan William.
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Coos-Curry Electric suffered a major power outage Friday, which rendered Gold Beach and areas south to Brookings without power for several hours, due to a transmission line failure. My sister has an office in Gold Beach and she happened to be shopping when the lights went out and put the building into pitch darkness. Not a pleasant feeling when you've stepped away from your cart, your purse and your phone.
The power went off at 11:19 a.m. and by 2:10 p.m. most power was said to be restored.
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I heard that the new owner of The Wheelhouse is offering a Bento plate on weekends, so I decided to try it out Sunday. I ordered it to go, and it was absolutely delicious: salmon, shrimp, tempura vegetables, egg roll, sushi roll and a salad. I often get one to go at Sumin's in Coos Bay, and I worried that it wouldn't be as good. Not too worry. It was actually better from The Wheelhouse. Bandon is indeed fortunate to have so many wonderful restaurants.