From Frank Geltner, Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside Curator
Work continues in preparation for the dedication of the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside on July 20 and 21, 2018.
We are in the midst of getting the remaining pieces gathered for the dedication. One of those pieces was moving the original 1976 Ernest Bloch Memorial Stone back to the redeveloped wayside. The Memorial Stone sat in this wayside (in another location) from April 10, 1976 until it was moved to a more prominent position at the entrance to the Newport Performing Arts Center in 2008. Now, as seen in the photo below, it is sitting next to the concrete pad for the monument being readied for installation next month in time for the dedication.
Another element of the installation are these benches which will surround the monument. These are on display in Seal Rock by Zen Stone Garden. One is made possible by a gift from Hunter Noack and Thomas Lauderdale in honor of Ramona Martin, one of Newport’s Community Legends. One is presented by Dr. Stephen Burns. The third is made possible by a member of our committee. There is room for four benches around the monument. If anyone is interested in honoring someone special, the fourth bench can be dedicated for $1,000.
Dr. Alexander Knapp and I have been talking about his trip from London, England to Newport next month. He will be helping me edit the Ernest Bloch Booklet (by internet) so we may distribute newly edited copies at the dedication. The reprint is being done courtesy of the Lincoln County Economic Development Alliance.
During the week of the dedication, we have added three midday talks to be staged at the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside. Dr. Knapp and I will be providing some historical background about the life and times of Ernest Bloch. These talks will take place from 10 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 18, 19 and 20 at the Wayside.
Speaking of talks, we have yet to raise the necessary funds for two important features: 1) a three by four kiosk sign describing the life and times of Ernest Bloch for visitors to the site; 2) a smartphone application that will allow visitors to the site to listen to Bloch’s music and learn of the life and times of the composer.
Reservations for the Dedication Dinner are now closed. We have started a waiting list. For those who have already reserved a seat, we ask that you send a check ($60 per person) made payable to “Ernest Bloch Legacy Project” to “Ernest Bloch Legacy Project, P. O. Box 1215, Newport, Oregon 97365.”
The City of Newport is a major partner in our effort. In addition to maintaining the site, they have paid for the concrete pad on which the monument will be placed, and have agreed to pay for the sign to signal the location of the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside to those driving on Highway 101.
Mark your calendars now and spread the word. It is not too late to donate to this project for those last minute expenses — like paying for the crane to move the monument from Seal Rock to the site.
Thank you for your support.
Ernest Bloch Legacy Project
and committee members