Inspired by Community
Welcome, September! After a whirlwind summer, Central Oregon sinks into cooler days and the routine of the school year. In Bend, fall means a transition from the nonstop outdoor adventures and concerts of summer to the quieter but still inspiring community-minded cultural events of autumn.
In August, Bend Magazine presented Oregon Adaptive Sport’s annual fundraising private concert, Bigstock Bend. This one-day music festival supporting OAS’s mission of outdoor recreation for all is a celebration of community, great music and an outstanding cause, and the tenth anniversary festival was better than ever.
Four bands played the night away—thanks to Stealhead, the Sleepless Truckers, the Freddy Jones Band, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters for sharing your talents with the Bigstock crowd. We’d like to especially thank our title sponsors ASI Wealth Management and Pine Tavern Restaurant, alongside many other generous sponsors and community benefactors (see page 144 for a full list of Bigstock sponsors as well as photos of the event). It was a night to remember, which generated valuable funding for Oregon Adaptive Sports.
And now we roll into fall, and its bounty of cultural and community events. Bend Magazine is proud to sponsor the BendFilm Festival and the Bend Design Conference, both of which are held in October. BendFilm is packed full of films, lectures, parties and community discussions as it enters its 11th year. Bend Design hits the five-year mark in stride, with four full days of workshops, talks and events meant to encourage creative thinking and problem solving.
October is rich with other events too, including the Bend Venture Conference and the Swivel Digital and Creative Conference. Collectively, Bend’s October events are linked under the umbrella of “Tenth Month,” a wall-to-wall series of independently organized events exploring art, culture, film, tech, and business.
No matter if an event celebrates live music or independent film, creative culture or recreation for everyone, Bend Magazine is thrilled to be involved, and to be a part of this amazing community. We’ll see you around town this season!
Heather and Ross Johnson