In 2020 and 2021 we had to cancel most of our in-person events because of the pandemic. We had several virtual events, including our banquet both years, and I am very proud of our staff and volunteers for pulling those off and for the support it generated from our members. We are very excited that we will be able to return to our normal in-person events in 2022, while monitoring the level of disease in our community and taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety of participants and supporters.
Our first major in-person event of 2022 will be the 26th Annual Membership Banquet on April 10 from 3-7 pm. The event will be held outside behind our building at 539 SE Main Street. We will have awnings over the seating area and heaters if necessary. We are working to cover our stage and will be having live music as well as updates from our committees. Juliete Palenshus will be our keynote speaker and will be talking about the importance of community. The theme of the banquet will be “Giants – Legacy Trees and People of the Umpqua” and will celebrate people we have lost over the last two years and recognize people who have supported our mission over the years.
The Umpqua Brew Fest will be returning this year! We will be having a smaller event, the “Umpqua Brew Fest Redux” on Saturday, June 4th in downtown Roseburg and our regular Umpqua Brew Fest on Saturday, October 8th. We are also planning concerts on the Outback Stage behind our building, hikes, campouts, and many other activities so please stay tuned!