A "Month of Thanksgiving for Canby" is the subject of four Saturday performances by Canby youth presenters and tour guides and Oregon's only history entertainers -- The Oregon New History Minstrels a capella quartet.
Funded by Community Partnership Grants from Clackamas County's Tourism and Cultural Affairs and sponsored by the Canby Historical Society, "these Saturday events will showcase Canby's unique cultural history in an entertaining way with young people assisting a skilled barbershop quartet," said Ken Daniels, secretary of the Canby Historical Society and a tenor in the Minstrels quartet.
The program begins on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Canby Public Library's Willamette Room. Visitors will learn about the Willamette River, Native American tribes, and the cultural history of the region.
The Nov. 11 presentation will feature veterans and the contribution of those in the region at American Legion Post 122 from 6 to 8 p.m.. At that event, participants can take part in a spaghetti dinner at the Post as well.
Mayor Brian Hodson will speak and commend his city's citizens and veteran contributions. Also during that night, young resident actor Adam Doty will proclaim the story if Raggedy Sam, a Canby farm hand.
The Nov. 18 program will be held at the Canby Depot Museum and feature the importance of railroading in Oregon's settlement, the contributions of railroad industrialist Ben Holiday, and an in-depth look at regional history presented by 20-year-old Joshua Beckham.
The Thanksgiving series culminates on Saturday Nov. 25, at the former site of The Place to Be Café and Delicatessen downtown. Steve Hurst, Canby resident and bass in the Minstrels said, "It's great to be back in the winning circle and be able to present a unique program involving our music of Americana performed in barbershop style. This quartet, The Oregon New History Minstrels, got its start at The Place to Be Café several years ago. It will be great to be back in the café along with our other three Canby locations this November."