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Setting The Stage!
Gerry Frank Salem Rotary Amphitheater Project
Raises Nearly Two and a Half Million Dollars

CB Two Architects Designed
Stage and Cover
That Will Host Entertainment
and Cultural Events

Gerry Frank
Salem Rotary Amphitheater Project
Raises Nearly
Two and a Half Million Dollars
You can help
set the stage
by donating at
or at P.O. Box 3981 Salem OR 97302

    Against the scenic backdrop of the Willamette River and Minto Island, the new Amphitheater will provide a unique and stunning urban park entertainment venue.
    Rotary clubs throughout the world serve their communities at home and abroad. The Gerry Frank Salem Rotary Amphitheater will be a legacy gift to the region and all who visit in the years to come.
    Scheduled to open in 2020, the new amphitheater will host musicians, school concerts, theatrical productions, public films, and a so many other events that will certainly enrich the cultural and economic vitality of our community.
    The innovative design is inspired by the open weave basket pattern of the Native American Kalapuya who lived at the special site of the new Amphitheater. The architecture honors the past and points to the future in one of the largest urban parks in the America.
    "The design is a wonderful way as a community to remember and honor the Kalapuya people - who are such an important part of our history." -- Hazel Patton, Salem First Citizen
    In addition to honoring the legacy of Rotary Service and the Kalapuya, the new Amphitheater is named in honor of Gerry Frank for his more than 60 years of Rotary Service and a lifetime of dedication to Oregonians. Mr. Frank turns 96 next month.
    "I am deeply humbled and honored to have my name associated with what will be one of the most unique entertainment venues anywhere." -- Gerry Frank
    To celebrate 100 years of service, the Rotary Club of Salem is leading a community wide effort to build the new Amphitheater in Salem's Riverfront Park.

Feathering the Hat
The National Hat Museum Brings Exhibit
to the Capitol for the Month of August

    (SALEM, Ore.) -- The National Hat Museum located in Portland, Ore., in partnership with the Capitol History Gateway Project, is bringing an exhibit to the Capitol titled "Feathering the Hat." The exhibit is a look at the hat fashion in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
    Milliners (hat makers) know that a hat is part sculpture, part architecture, part trimming and part craftsmanship. A hat is wearable art. This exhibit will present a myriad of examples across various time periods, while revealing the intriguing story of Vida Moore, a young aspiring milliner in 1913.
    This exhibit will be on display August 1-30 in the Capitol Galleria. It is free and open to the public during building hours, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The building will also be open on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Multicultural Day at the Capitol, and the exhibit will be accessible then.
    The exhibit is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation as part of the Capitol History Gateway Project.
    For more information about the exhibit, please contact the National Hat Museum at 503- 319-0799 or visit . To contact the Capitol, please call Visitor Services at the Oregon State Capitol at 503-986-1388 or go to events at

Jest A Second!
Rollicking Farce at Pentacle Theater
NOW through Aug. 17th

    Who doesn't love a high comedy with a man in drag?
    Theater and film are replete with great comedies featuring cross-dressing characters. Think Tootsie or Charlie's Aunt or many a Shakespeare play, and of course, Monte Python's Flying Circus.
    In this long tradition of madcap characterin- drag farces, Pentacle Theatre's summer comedy, Jest a Second!, opened on July 26. Here's the setup: Sarah and Bob, expecting their first child, are hosting a birthday party for Sarah's mother. Simple, right? But Sarah's brother, Joel, shows up early to tell Sarah what he's put off telling anybody - he's gay.
    But coming out is not the topper. The bigger challenge is that Joel's date, Randy, is not the nice Jewish girl doctor Joel led his family to believe, but a nice Jewish boy doctor.
    And Joel, divorced and in a custody battle over his two sons, has picked this evening to come out of the closet to his parents because he knows his homosexuality will be brought up in court.
    Joel and Sarah's parents, Abe and Miriam, arrive, looking forward to meeting Joel's new girlfriend. But when the doorbell rings, Joel chickens out and won't let Randy in. Bob volunteers to talk to "her" outside and moments later reappears dressed in drag, pretending to be Randy. Abe and Miriam instantly like this Randy, and the party is a great success, ending with Sarah going into labor.
    And that's just the first act. Even bigger and funnier surprises are in store during Act 2.
What: Jest a Second, a rollicking farce by James Sherman.
Directed by: Valerie Steele.

Sponsored by: Rich Ford at Windermere Real Estate.

When: July 26 - Aug 17.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem, Oregon.
Suitability: Jest a Second is suitable for teenage and older audiences who can handle its adult themes.
Tickets: Range in price from $24-29.

Where to Buy: Advance tickets are available at Pentacle's downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE or by calling 503-400-6582 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or online at Tickets are also available at the theater box office 45 minutes before each performance.

Student Rush Tickets: Half-price student rush tickets for remaining open seats are available at the theatre box office 15 minutes before each performance with a school ID.

Tickets for Low-Income Persons: In partnership with Salem for All, Pentacle Theatre offers half-price tickets to Oregon Trail Card holders. For information, go to For more information: or call 503-400-6582.