Amphitheater Debut!

Campfire area at the new Crooked River Amphitheater.

Oooo.  Toasty.

Welcome to the grand unveiling of our BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW AMPHITHEATER!

After months of chiseling, chainsawing, laughing, crying (from laughter…mostly), and hammering, the new Crooked River Amphitheater is now complete!  Shiny and offering spectacular scenery, the new area will provide comfortable rustic benches (think no more hot buns on the hot stadium bleachers), views of Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood and the rest of the Cove Palisades vista, and a giant woodsy screen to view the coolest of movies.

I know you have been combing your inbox, pacing and waiting for the latest juciest Cove post from the Rattler to appear in your email.  Thank you, so much, for waiting patiently while our writers were elbows deep in this project!  Now that it is complete, we are already to blog again…hurray!

Project...Finite!

Project…Finite!

There is also a BONUS campfire area for roasting marshmallows during our Star Spangle S’mores Memorial Day celebration along with spacing that is ADA accessible.  The concrete pad was textured to have a natural, earthy blend with the desert.  Basically, in a nutshell, this new amphitheater is like a posh Street of Dreams house meets juniper country.  We can’t wait for you to come enjoy it!

Though the journey to build this amphitheater was never easy, the outcome was well worth the adventure.  Read on for the gripping, fanciful construction story of our own (small-scale) Flavian Colosseum.

How to Make a 1 month Amphitheater Project Look Like It Only Took 3 Minutes: A Photo Christmas Miracle.

By Ranger Talia

Narrated by Santa Clause*

    * You must provide Santa Clause to narrate.

The Crooked River Amphitheater, sad and lonely with no benches.

The Crooked River Amphitheater, sad and lonely with no benches.

Well, cinnamon and gravy!  Here we have some benches.  Well, more like a series of logs.  But how convenient! (Sort of.)

Well, cinnamon and gravy! Here we have some benches. Well, more like a series of logs. But how convenient! (Sort of.)

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After measuring the logs, their length, and coordinating them with the blueprint and pedestal height, Chris chainsawed the logs so we could chip away for the pedestal placement.

And Dave, Heather, & Chris did lots of discussing about leveling and spacing and other ings.

And Dave, Heather, & Chris did lots of discussing about leveling and spacing and the concept of fancy words like “balance” and “feng shui”.

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And then we chiseled.

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…and chiseled some more.

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…and sanded some.

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Pre-chisel. After chisel. Meanwhile, our abs were chiseled.

Talia demands more chizzling.

Then Talia demanded more chiseling.

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And then a little bit of a storm came.

Just a little bit of a dust storm came with that storm.

Just a little bit of a dust storm came with that storm.

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But with Summer 2013 programs in our hearts, we chiseled some more.

 

Only to stop and take a picture of our wild 60mph wind hair and, you guessed it…our chisels.

And then with the help of Chris and Steve and a deer, we safely transported our new benches.

And then with the help of Chris and Steve and a deer, we safely transported our new benches, carefully maneuvering each one onto it’s pedestal.

After we got the bolts down, Dave, our specially selected host, used his MacGyver skills to take of the tops.

After we got the bolts down, Dave, our specially selected host, used his MacGyver skills to take of the tops.

And a little paparazzi action for ya... of Chris using a ratchet!

And a little paparazzi action for ya… of Chris using a ratchet!

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And…VOILA! Our new benches are installed! Look at them, they’re so pretty. Aww.

The End.  Or should we say, The Beginning!  Of many awesome amphitheater interpretive presentations to come!

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Posted on December 19, 2012, in Events. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Love this post! Excited to see the amphitheater!

  2. We had so much fun working on this project! Thanks Ranger Talia for making it fun and for keeping us laughing! Can’t wait to see these benches filled with spectators to your awesome Crooked River programs 🙂 This amphitheater has the best views!

  3. Reblogged this on DaveHeatherDizzy and commented:
    The official State Parks blog entry about our newly completed Crooked River Amphitheater!

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