On the last Wednesday of every month throughout the summer, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe hosts live music and boat demos on the back lawn behind the store, on the banks of the Deschutes River. From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tumalo Creek’s fleet of 50 demo boats will be available to try for free with plenty of paddling experts on hand to answer any questions and get boaters comfortable out on the water.
The music series and demo days are a fundraiser for the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA) and donations are encouraged. The music starts at 7 p.m., and with some of Bend’s best live bands on the schedule, the whole family will be out groovin’ in the grass as the sun goes over the Cascade Mountains.
This summer’s line-up includes: the all-girl earth pop trio, Sweet Harlots on June 29; electroacoustic experimental bluegrass, The Pitchfork Revolution on July 27, high-desert slamgrassers the Moon Mountain Ramblers on August 31; and hot and fast bluegrass pickers, Blackstrap on September 21.
One of the primary goals of the Pickin’ and Paddlin’ series is to raise awareness about the safety hazards of the Colorado Bridge and raise money for improvements. The BPTA is working with Bend Parks and Rec, the Old Mill District and many other public and private entities in hopes to transform the bridge into a public whitewater play park.