By Cherie Robbins, Rummage Sale Chair
The Cascade Blues Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of blues and roots music in the Great Northwest. Formed in 1986, the CBA has since become one of the largest blues associations in the country, and it holds events to support our region’s musicians and bring the blues community together, such as the Journey to Memphis Competition, The Muddy Awards in November, many co-sponsored shows, monthly meetings with musical acts, the Red, White & Blues Dance, a merchandise tent at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, a members-only picnic, and a holiday party to name just a few. On Saturday, October 15, we held the rescheduled CBA Rummage Sale that helped raise funds for the CBA.
As chair this year, I want to thank Rae Gordon for starting the Annual CBA Rummage Sale — thank you for your vision, you’re a true Portland treasure, singer, entrepreneur, and you give back big time! I want to thank the Wong family for allowing us to move the CBA Rummage sale to their barn after being rained out in September. I want to thank the musicians, Kathryn Grimm, Justus Reece, Timothy James, and Gabe Cox for providing music, and thank you Robin Gibson for providing the PA. A BIG thank you to the volunteers, coming out both dates with heavy rain and storm warnings. Extra thanks go to the volunteers who helped with loading, unloading the U-Haul, set up and break down at barn, The Bomber and at Rae’s: Rae Gordon, Jimmy Wong and family, Gary Jaskowiak, Deidre DeMier, Al Hooton, Fred & Joann Morgan, Robin Gibson, Kristi Pierce and Greg Johnson. I am sorry if I left out anyone .
Thank you to the Cascade Blues Association board: Greg, Fred & Joann, Wendy Schumer, Jody Gunn, Brenda Docken and Merry Larsen. If anyone who isn’t a member of the CBA and wants to get involved please contact these people. You can also sign up online at The Cascade Blues Association http://cascadebluesassociation.org/ or attend a monthly meeting.