Hootenanny celebrates Dolly Parton
Wallowa Valley Music Alliance Executive Director Janis Carper said the choice was obvious.
“The board realized we hadn’t featured a woman in a while, so we decided we need to have a female musician this year,” Carper said. “The decision was unanimous.”
Carper said the board chose Parton for her prolific songwriting. Many of her tunes have been recorded by other artists.
“She also has such a fun personality. It’ll be great for us to really dig into what all she has done,” Carper said.
The Hootenanny and pie social is all about country music and pie.
“We have two of the most American things I can think of (in one event),” Carper said.
Even the location fits the theme.
“We always attract such a particular audience, it’s nice that the (Odd Fellows Hall) provides such a homey and country feel,” she said.
The combination of music and treats is a large part of what makes the WVMA spring fundraiser such a hit each year.
“Even for a specific audience, we attract a pretty wide demographic,” Carper said.
The music is performed by a regular crowd of local artists, including Carper, Heidi Muller and Bob Webb.
“We do try to bring in a few new (musicians) each year,” Carper said.
The Shoo-Fly Pie portion of the event includes homemade pies donated by the community and a blind taste test competition.
The crowd favorite walks away with a prize, and participants walk away with “full stomachs,” Carper said.
Admission to the event is $10, and each pie slice costs $1.
To sign up to donate a homemade pie, call Muller at 541-432-0156. For more details, contact the WVMA at 541-426-3623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.