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Yard sales and music on tap in Central Point

Central Point residents will have the chance to enjoy a dose of much-needed normalcy Saturday with some good old-fashioned live music and a nice warm day of yard sale shopping.

The city’s annual spring citywide yard sale was canceled due to pandemic restrictions, and most citywide sales around the valley were canceled as well, but yard sale organizers for the Central Point Chamber of Commerce decided to try and hold a late summer sale, albeit with some social distancing guidelines.

In an attempt to spread out the fun, community volunteer Debbie Saxbury has recruited some local musicians to liven things up in the evening.

Saxbury said she reached out on her community Facebook page, Central Point Oregon What’s Happening Around Town, and got plenty of volunteers.

Saxbury said she figured that after a long day of thrifting, shoppers could park their lawn chairs at one of three locations, eat some takeout food for dinner and enjoy a little live music.

“I just did it because we couldn’t have any concerts or events in the community for so long, and I just felt like it would really add to the day,” she said.

“Everybody is out doing garage saling, and it will just be really fun if people are able to listen to these great musicians ... like a shot in the arm.”

Stephanie Hendrickson, executive director of the Central Point Chamber of Commerce, said it was encouraging to be able to have one of the community’s best-attended summer events take place after so many things have been canceled or postponed in recent months.

Hendrickson said a list and map of yard sales would be made available outside the chamber office, 650 E. Pine St., before and during the sale. It will also be posted on the chamber website, centralpointchamber.org.

“I know a lot of other places are having sales but just not publicizing them, so we decided why the heck not?” she said.

“We need something fun and, as long as we’re careful, it’s perfectly fine. I’ve always been a thrifter — I love yard sales — and I’ve been to many this summer, and I’d say 95 percent of people have been in masks and really respected social distancing rules.”

Hendrickson said more than 140 households have signed up to be included on the yard sale map — twice as many as usual. Hours vary, and details are included on the list of addresses.

Hendrickson said the Central Point Library and the Horse Blanket saddle shop would host special sales as part of the event in addition to a handful of shops and eateries.

Saturday’s music will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Twin Creeks Park, Pfaff Park and near Crater Works at the You Lucky Dog hot dog cart.

At Twin Creeks Park, Southern Oregon Songwriters Association will have eight musicians singing their original songs and some covers.

At Pfaff Park, David Christian (folk, pop and country) will play at 6 p.m., Robert Bee (’80s, ’90s, rock alternative) will play at 6:30 p.m., and LAM J Stallsworth (hip-hop and R&B), will play at 7 p.m.

In the Crater Works parking lot on old Highway 99 next to Rogue Creamery, Heather Ann (covers from Patsy Kline, Credence, Tina Turner, Loretta Lynn and others) will play from 6 to 8 p.m.

For details online, see www.facebook.com/CENTRAL-POINT-OREGON-WHATS-HAPPENING-AROUND-TOWN-122246884471087/ and centralpointchamber.org.

Reach freelance writer Buffy Pollock at buffyp76@yahoo.com.

Community wide yard sales