The magic of music returns at last
A healthy number of cars filling slots in the Ackerman Building parking lot certainly was a good sign for this year's Record Bonanza in Canby Sunday morning, Oct. 24.
The largest music memorabilia show on the West Coast had canceled its 2020 show, then pushed the 2021 version back six months from its usual April slot, hoping to get a little more distance between itself and the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the pandemic is still here, so is the Record Bonanza — and judging by the numbers of people walking its widened aisles, the thirst for music and memorabilia hasn't gone anywhere, even after 18 months away.
"I'm tickled to death to be here — at last," Willie Stamos said with a chuckle. "I really missed not having it last year and then waiting another six months for it to arrive this October was killer. Well, here it is and here I am and all's right with the world."
Stamos, from Clackamas, said he's been coming to Canby for the Bonanza for about 10 years and credits it with helping him develop a lifelong love of music into a fun hobby.
"There are a lot of Elvis and Beatles collectors out there, but I have found my niche in the British music scene," he said. "I love to discover older British bands that were part of the British invasion that didn't quite make it big. I love the search because when I find something new or different, it's quite a thrill."
And that seemed to be the theme of the Record Bonanza: finding something new, different or just something to enjoy.
"I'm glad it's back and I kind of like it at the end of the year," Canby's Karen Hampsted said. "I like the older stuff like The Carpenters, Linda Rondstadt, Captain & Tenille, that kind of thing. Brings me back to my youth, I suppose. We are lucky to have this kind of event right here in Canby. It's unique and I think people who come really enjoy it."
Though there were fewer vendors and few out-of-state travelers this year, there were plenty of people willing to look through boxes of 45s, 33s and other musical memorabilia.
"It went well," event organizer Don Rogers said. "We had, oh probably 250-300 people through the door. We were down on tables this year, trying to create more space, so we had about 60 tables."
Rogers said it was clear that those who attended the Bonanza were pleased, as were those who were there to sell. Business was crisp throughout the event, with Rogers describing a scene with one of his regular vendors.
"We didn't have any problems with the public as far as wearing masks and that was something I was hesitant about," Rogers said. "But that was just fine. It's been almost two oyears since we were able to have a show and people are hungry for it. As far as people through the doors, the people who came came to buy."
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