grants pass activities: 51st Boatnik - Grants Pass, Oregon - 06/04/10 12:39 AM
51st Boatnik - Grants Pass, Oregon Boatnik

2010 was better than ever!  The Active Club of Grants Pass, Oregon has again made Boatnik something special.
This is the 51st Boatnik, and it certainly has been memorable!  The Boatnik festival draws people from all over the country, and is as lively and interesting at the Oregon state fair.
The Grants Pass population of 33,000 must have swelled to over 150,000 people for this Boatnik weekend.  Earnings brought in by Boatnik go to benefit children's programs, and again, we need to thank the Active Club for their community spirit. … (6 comments)

grants pass activities: Boatnik 2010 - Grants Pass, Oregon - 06/02/10 12:27 AM
Boatnik 2010 - Grants Pass, Oregon

Boatnik 2010 was the 51st year of a huge community effort spurred by the Active Club of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Memorial Day services at Boatnik 2010 were very moving, and enhanced by a strong Army and Air Force presence.  Beautiful and touching, the sounds of "taps" still floats throughout the valleys of the Rogue.

The fourth day of Boatnik 2010 carnival activities and speed boats continued.  Drag boats, sprint boats, and Monday's hydroplane racing made this a fantastic Boatnik.
 
How can the Active Club top this one?  … (2 comments)

grants pass activities: "Passport To History" - Grants Pass Pharmacy - Grants Pass, Oregon - 06/02/10 12:02 AM
"Passport To History" - Grants Pass Pharmacy - Grants Pass, Oregon
The Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History" continues.
Today we stopped in at the Grants Pass Pharmacy for a "phosphate," which was an old-fashioned, hand mixed fountain treat.  I couldn't believe the price ­­-- 25¢.
This quaint Pharmacy is full of modern goods and looks like any other modern day drug store, only with very expensive merchandise to the average fare.  That is, until you approach the soda fountain, and then it's like a "Twilight Zone" return to the past.
To use a term to … (1 comments)

grants pass activities: Memorial Day At Grants Pass, Oregon - 06/01/10 12:02 AM
Memorial Day At Grants Pass, Oregon
 

The Boatnik races on the Rogue River were preceded by an elegant and touching Memorial Day tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 
 

Started by an F18 flyover by the Air Force, a memorial wreath moved slowly down the Rogue River, and seemed to defy the speed of the current and lingered while taps sounded.

The "National Anthem" and "God Bless America" reverberated throughout Riverside Park at this Memorial Day tribute. 

Our military was present on the bridge to fire a salute followed … (3 comments)

grants pass activities: The Bear Hotel - Oregon's Newest Museum - 05/31/10 12:39 AM
The Bear Hotel - Oregon's Newest Museum
 

The "Bear Hotel" in beautiful Grants Pass is the creation of Brady Adams. I have referred to Mr. Adams before as the "Grants Pass Santa Claus," because he has done so much for our city.

The themes of events over the years have featured "Bears." In interviewing people about the origin of the "Bear" themes, it just all comes down to Brady Adams, as the "Bears" are all his inspirations. Before moving to Grants Pass in the Fall of 2008, we had visited here on vacations, and each time … (1 comments)

grants pass activities: Boatnik / Bearfest In Grants Pass Is In Full Swing! - 05/30/10 12:29 AM
Boatnik / Bearfest In Grants Pass Is In Full Swing!


The Boatnik Memorial Day parade this morning was fantastic; what community spirit!  There were estimates that our small town's population would swell today from 33,000 to over 100,000, and I do believe it has happened!



We have two North-South one way streets in Grants Pass, and one three lane street was closed for the parade. 




These boats will appear in races throughout the weekend, and they were reved high enough to break your eardrums!







The … (0 comments)

grants pass activities: Memorial Day Bearfest / Boatnik - Grants Pass, Oregon - 05/29/10 12:01 AM
Memorial Day Bearfest / Boatnik - Grants Pass, Oregon
 

Memorial Day with the Bearfest  "Wild Bunch" courtesy of Brady Adams, "the Godfather of Grants Pass."

Thanks again to Brady Adams and his creative genius, Grants Pass Memorial Day parade will feature the Bearfest  "Wild Bunch" bears mounted on Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and created by local artists.  There are fifteen Bearfest "Wild Bunch bears in all.
 

Del Hearn created this tough Bearfest biker,
 
 

 and features the slogan; "Best River Town In America."

Not resting to take a bow, Del is … (1 comments)

grants pass activities: 51st Year Of Boatnik - Grants Pass, Oregon - 05/20/10 12:29 AM
51st Year Of Boatnik - Grants Pass, Oregon It's almost Memorial Day weekend, so that means it almost time for Boatnik! This will be the second time we've attended Boatnik, (we moved here about 18 months ago), and are looking forward to it, as I'm sure everyone else down here is.  The Active Club of Grants Pass has been sponsoring Boatnik since 1959.  The goal of the club is to give support to the kids in our community, and their motto is "No man stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child."  There are dozens of other sponsors for Boatnik; … (3 comments)

grants pass activities: Saturdays in Downtown Grants Pass, Oregon - 05/06/10 12:25 AM
Saturdays In Downtown Grants Pass, Oregon

Saturdays In Grants Pass are off and running.  The streets are starting to come alive!

A tour of the open air Saturday Growers Market  and the Artisan and Crafters Market are a fun way to begin Saturdays In Downtown Grants Pass.

Next, just a couple of blocks away, we stop for a latte at Dutch Bros, and then down historic "G" street.  People are everywhere, from fund raisers to campaigners, and of course shoppers.

As we tour some of the delightful downtown stores, we realize that this … (6 comments)

grants pass activities: 365 Things To Do In Grants Pass - 04/16/10 12:10 PM
365 Things To Do In Grants Pass
 
Do you have a favorite or fun activity that you like to do in or near Grants Pass?  If so, I'd like to invite you to share it with the rest of us on the Facebook fan page 365 Things To Do In Grants Pass.
There are so many fun and educational Things To Do In Grants Pass, let's show off our area by sharing as many of these activities with others who may not be aware of them.
 
It doesn't matter if it's shopping, a nature walk, a … (3 comments)