Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe’s Pickin’ & Paddlin’
Years ago some of Bend’s whitewater crew began having little get-togethers after a long day of work and paddling. You can picture it? A little fire pit, some barbecue and beverages, combined with some Blue Grass styled funky jams? This is the Pickin’ &’ Paddlin’ movement. What started out a few friends sharing songs and stories on the banks of the Deschutes has remained true to its roots, and grown through the years. The vibe is inspiring and motivating. The event has become one of Bend’s most popular evenings.
Despite it’s humble beginnings, this event has become a huge community celebration helping raise funds for Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA). The BPTA is on a mission to establish a navigable “paddle trail” within Deschutes County, to enhance river and lake recreation opportunities and promote water safety, education and stewardship.
The Outside Games had a chance to speak with Jason Bowerman from the BPTA, and given that he is also one of Bend’s most recognized musicians, we felt it would be appropriate to have him describe the vibe and energy at the event.
“Everyone has a great time at Pickin’ and Paddlin’ from young children up through grandparents. The bands especially love the home-grown feel and intimate connection they feel with the audience, feeding on the crowd energy once the sun goes down and the dancing begins. Its no wonder that many locals say that in a calendar stuffed with events, this is the one they try not to miss each month.”
Come enjoy live music and boat demos on the back lawn of Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. Its only $5 (children 12 and under are free) and all proceeds go directly to BPTA to fund access, restoration and education. Given the popularity of the event, tickets are available for pre-sale to those families and friends who like to plan ahead. Please leave your pets at home for this one. This helps us keep the space feeling comfortable for our the attendees.
We highly recommend using alternate transportation to get here. There is a parking lot but it will fill up fast. The event takes place in the center of town near the Old Mill District, so riding a bike, walking or carpooling is the best choice.
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