On FRIDAY September 27, 2013, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe will host 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 with plenty of paddling experts on hand to answer any questions and get boaters comfortable out on the water. Our last Pickin' of the season has been moved to a Friday this year to celebrate the American Canoe Association Paddlesports Conference which will take place in Bend September 27 - 29.
The music starts at 5 p.m. with progressive newgrass band, The Giraffe Dodgers headlining the evening.
Pickin' & Paddlin' raises money for the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, a local organization who has been working for nearly a decade to transform the Colorado Dam into a whitewater playpark. This fall, Bend Parks & Rec Bond Measure 9-86 was passed by the residents of Bend: this Bond will fund most of the reconstruction of the dam into a safe passage for tubers and floaters. But the work is not over yet: The BPTA must now raise $900,000 to build the whitewater features that will complete the park, and they need your help. The whitewater park will become an invaluable amentity which will be enjoyed for generations to come, and is predicted to bring in millions of visitor dollars into our economy. Every donation gets us closer to this goal. Thanks for your support!
And another huge thanks to our sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Pipefish, Ruffwear, Bend Radio Group, Rebound Physical Therapy, SGA Accounting, Therapeutic Associates, Bigfoot Beverages, Eclipse Engineering, Rick Wright, Backbend Yoga, Lowes Group, Jackson Kayaks, Greg Bridges, Edward Jones, Shelter Studio, Kialoa Paddles, Bowerman Guitars. We really appreciate your support for the BPTA!