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The Eastern Oregon Film Festival offers three days of entertainment for people of all ages. The fifth annual event is being held at the Granada Theater and the Stage Door Theatre Feb. 20 through Feb. 22.
Although the winterish weather kept us at home these last few months, it won’t be long until the warm sun and blue skies energize us and we will feel the need to get out and do something different. We think if only we could get away and travel somewhere — anywhere that would inspire us, give us an adventure, or help us find a new outlook on life.
When I first started to write this I was thinking of giving you some ideas of short trips away from La Grande that would nicely fill a weekend without costing a lot of money. Then, I thought about the getting away part and decided I would first share some possibilities right here at home that might substitute for an on the road trip and that could be just as inspiring at a lot less cost. Events, adventures, sightseeing, and entertainment don’t just happen when planning a long distance trip. You need to be aware of what is available, plan your itinerary and then be open to whatever comes along. The trip becomes just what you make it to be. Two people could have the same itinerary and have totally different experiences just because of the spirit in which they executed the plan. Events, adventures, and entertainment in La Grande are much the same. You have to be informed and open minded.
Now for those who think there is nothing to do right here at home, think again. There are multiple events going on every day of the week, you just have to be aware. Not everything is going to be of interest, but you may pass by an activity and later find that you missed out on a real jewel.
For programs that are both entertaining and educational our public library is a wonderful venue. I have attended programs informing me of making doll house furniture, hauntings of The Dalles downtown buildings, the importance of Legos in teaching math to children, an evening of classical guitar music, and slide shows and lectures about Oregon historical events and places. All of these have been at no cost to me. I know I have missed others I would have enjoyed because I failed to be aware of what was happening around me.
Eastern Oregon University has supplied many fun-filled days and evenings for Dale and me. Most of the activities we attend there do have an admission fee, but the cost is reasonable. They have provided us with plays, art shows, musical programs, and sporting events. The recent illusionist, Reza, whose performance on a Friday evening was so exciting to our two granddaughters that they insisted we take them to see it the next evening. There I made my stage debut as an audience member selected to aid in the execution of one of the illusions.
Nothing planned, but a willingness to be open to opportunity.
Other local venues furnish entertainment on a regular schedule. Joe Beans offers a variety of evening events including music and poetry reading. The Stage Door at the Liberty Theatre has provided some wonderful musical performances by both local and traveling entertainers with diverse genres, as well as lectures, plays and classic movies. Ten Depot and other restaurants offer musical entertainment several nights a week.
Are you aware of the upcoming fifth annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival being held at the Granada Theater and the Stage Door Theatre Feb. 20 through Feb. 22? For three days you will have the opportunity to get away, get inspired and perhaps have an adventure. I will warn you at the get-go that this event is planned and executed by individuals who are 40 to 50 years younger than I. It took me a while to realize that although they seem to come from a totally different world, I could learn a lot if I would be open to what they had to share. So here is the deal. For those three days you have the opportunity to learn, to stretch you mind, and to be entertained. There are nine feature length films and as many shorts that will be presented, including documentaries, pure fiction, and some that fall in the middle. Don’t let the hype of the after parties and music groups lead you to believe this is only for the younger set. There is much for the older generations who are interested in what is going on around us. Rather than walk blindly into the movies being shown I highly recommend that you spend a few minutes with the trailers on www.eofilmfest.com. This will let you know if there is something that you have no desire to see or would make you feel uncomfortable. I spent a bit of time doing just that and I found that I am looking forward to seeing the majority of the films. This website will also give you ticket information.
I promise that if you attend the film festival you will have a lot more to talk about than the weather. Be open to new worlds and ideas.
Don’t miss this opportunity. See you there. Enjoy.