Magic Mama Music

Magic Mama Music

Eugene’s Saturday Market, held from April through mid-November, helps this visitor define the character of the city. Fresh vegetables and fruits are to be expected as is the food court, but the 200 local artisans are displaying their own handcrafted wares and the music, if Magic Mama Music’s performance is typical, is representative of a vibrant community. My younger brother met his wife while they were students at the University of Oregon. They have raised their sons in this city that has the Willamette River running through it. We were taken to Skinner Butte where we had panoramic views of the city. The terrace area is dedicated to Eugene’s first pioneer family, Eugene and Mary Skinner.

Love and Peace Rose

Love and Peace Rose

We visited the 8.5 acre Owen Rose Garden where the following roses posed: Nicole, Rainbow Sorbet, Love and Peace, and Sheila’s Perfume. We were impressed with the giant Oregon Heritage Cherry Tree. A dragonfly settled in on a flower in the delightful garden area. We then walked the Willamette River path system that allowed us to cross the river and return via the opposite bank. Another walk, near my brother’s home, took us along a filbert (also known as hazelnut) orchard. Another walk took us to Delta Ponds. In this 150 acre wetland area, established in 1979, we saw a western pond turtle basking on a rock, an egret, heron, ducks, and geese. An informational sign presented the Willamette River Channel Changes from 1850 to 1995. You don’t need a ticket to an Oregon Ducks game to have a reason to visit Eugene.

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