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The Scene on Stage: Action packed August posted on 08/01/2021

When Katie Murphy took on the task of booking just one band for Sandy Summer Sounds this year, one group came to the top of her head. Scott Pemberton O Theory (SPOT), with their “Timber Rock” mix of jazz, funk, blues and rock, was a crowd favorite from the 2017 concert series.

 

“He just has a really wild, unique way of playing guitar,” Murphy said of Pemberton, adding that she received more positive comments than usual regarding the 2017 concert. “It’s almost like an extension of his body. He makes you happy watching him. He’s an upbeat person.”

SPOT will play from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, in Meinig Park (17670 Meinig Ave. in Sandy), part of a celebration of the City of Sandy’s 110th anniversary, featuring the theme of “Sandy Past and Present.” The city will also offer movies in the park, free ice cream, Bingo, a “reverse” parade and more throughout August, all free of charge.

More music will take place in Meinig Park from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 with the Sol Path Music Festival, featuring four bands: Ten Spiders, offering funky, bluesy folk rock; Silent Temple, playing jazz fusion; Flying Caravan, with psychedelic folk; and the Neptune Bass Association, offering eclectic reinterpretations of classics in a band of two bass players.

Murphy noted the festival’s origins came from a local group of professional musicians who were frustrated with not being able to play in the past 18 months due to the pandemic. They offered to put on the festival with just minimal help from the city.

“We couldn’t say no to that,” Murphy said. “It made it very doable.”

She added that unlike in prior years food vendors will not be on hand, but that people are welcome to bring picnics and beverages to the park. As of late July, Murphy also noted that visitors should check with the city’s website (https://www.ci.sandy.or.us/) and the city’s Facebook page to get any updates on COVID-19 protocols.

The city will offer two movies this month at Meinig Park: “Raya and the Last Dragon,” about the fantasy world of Kumandra where humans and dragons live together (rated PG), at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7; and “Trolls World Tour,” about six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands (rated PG), at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or some lawn chairs.  More events from the city in celebration of its 110th anniversary include: free ice cream with the Sandy Trolley from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 on the Sandy Shopper Shuttle Route; city-wide Bingo from Saturday, Aug. 14 to Tuesday, Aug. 23, where citizens can solve clues at local businesses to be entered in a drawing for prices (cards can be found at Sandy City Hall, the Sandy Library, local business and more); and a “reverse” parade from Saturday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Aug. 28, when local families, neighborhoods, organizations and more throughout the city will offer decorations for people to enjoy as they walk, bike or drive around Sandy (those wishing to decorate can register through the city’s website).

And the city will also hold a celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, featuring chalk art from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (registration is required through the city’s website) and Visit Todos Juntos, children’s craft and a prize spinwheel, at the Sandy Library (38980 Proctor Blvd.). Also on that day, the Sandy Historical Society and the Sandy Actors’ Theatre will bring history to life with a combination of living history reenactors and historical photographs from Sandy’s past from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centennial Plaza, 39295 Pioneer Blvd, at the corner of Pioneer and Hoffman Street. And at 4 p.m. the Wy’east Artisans Guild will dedicate, “Growing Together” a colorful 120-foot mural, created by Becky Hawley.

For more information, visit https://www.ci.sandy.or.us/.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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