Holiday weekend packed with events

Written by Jayson Jacoby May 25, 2012 10:33 am

From special events at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to the Sumpter Flea Market, there will be lots to do in Baker County this Memorial Day Weekend.  

The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

An opening prayer will be given by Chaplain Jerry Hunter, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048. Alan Schmeits of the American Legion will serve as the master of ceremonies and introduce the special speakers. Jane Chandler, Veterans Services coordinator, will present the history of multi-era Baker County veterans, the history of the military fly over and talk about Baker County World War II Honor Flight recipients who have traveled to Washington, D.C.

A dedication of honored veterans casket flags will be given by Sgt. Maj. Wayne Chastain, Chaplain Jerry Hunter, and VFW Commander Gina Reed. Taps will be played by Chastain.  

A National Guard F-15 Fighter Jet from Kingsley Field at Klamath Falls is scheduled to fly over Mount Hope Cemetery at 12:15 p.m., weather permitting. If operational or weather problems do arise, the jet might be forced to change its flight time or cancel the fly over altogether.

The jet is from the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, 114th Fighter Squadron. Flying the jet is Lt. Col. Robert Mitchell. After the Mount Hope Cemetery fly over, the jet will do another fly over in La Grande. 

The fly over was arranged by the Lone Pine Tree Chapter Daughter of American Revolutionary War (DHR). After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided at the VFW Club on 2005 Valley Ave. for local veterans.

The ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery is being presented by VFW, Post 3048, American Legion, Post 41, Elkhorn Eagles, Aerie 3456, and Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338.

Memorial Day events this year will be provided by the American Legion. Improvements at Mount Hope Cemetery are continuing to be made as money is raised for the project. 

“Where we are at now is we’re working with the property owner adjacent to the cemetery’s property to put up a fence temporarily in order to keep cows from crossing over,” said Joyce Bornstedt the sexton at Mount Hope Cemetery.

The American Legion received a $6,200 Leo Adler cash matching grant to go toward cemetery improvements. 

“We are in the process of raising the funds needed to match the grant,” Bornstedt said. The VFW also gave $1,000 toward improvements and will be donating the proceeds from its Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally lunch this year as well.

Dennis Teskey, Stone Tributes, and the Baker City Rotary Club have been volunteering at the cemetery, re-configuration headstones in the Veterans Section. 

“The two bottom rows have been reset,” Bornstedt said.

They will continue their volunteer work at the cemetery this year, but more work on leveling the ground and headstone repairs will be delayed until more money has been raised.

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is hosting the event “Meet the Pioneers” today, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historical re-enactments will demonstrate authentic Oregon trail frontier life from textile skills and crafts, to black powder shooting and ink writing. 

Continuing through Monday at the Interpretive Center is “Trail Through Time: Photos of the Oregon Trail” by students in Toni Zikmund’s photography class at Baker High School. The “Pack Your Wagon” children’s exhibit will also continue through Monday. This exhibit gives youngsters a learn-by-doing understanding of Oregon heritage and frontier adventure on the Oregon Trail through the use of costumes, life size games, puppets and a full scale packable wagon. 

The Sumpter Flea Market with all its vendors and visitors, is opening up for the year on Memorial Day Weekend, running from 8 a.m. to dusk today through Monday. 

The Sumpter Valley Railroad will be operating Memorial Day weekend on its revised holiday schedule. From the McEwen Station, trains will be departing at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Trains will be departing from the Sumpter Station at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (one way only).

The Adler House Museum is opening up for the summer season beginning Saturday. The museum is at 2305 Main St. The restored home of Baker City philanthropist, Leo Adler, will be open every weekend through the summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Monday. Museum admission is $6 for adults, and free for children age 12 and younger. For more information call 541-523-9308.

“Nunsensation,” an Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre production sequel to last spring’s performance “Nunsense” will be showing at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. The production will also be showing Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Iron Gate Theater inside the Basche-Sage Place, 2101 Main St. Tickets are $25 and available at Betty’s Books. Ticket price includes a $3 credit to Charlie’s Ice Cream Parlor.