Lake Oswego gets its groove back
Lake Oswego is inching back to pre-pandemic normalcy as more people receive COVID-19 vaccinations. With lower risk levels of infection in Clackamas County, larger outdoor gatherings are beginning to return.
Summerscape, an outdoor benefit concert, will be the first event of its kind in Lake Oswego since the start of the pandemic.
"Our ultimate goal with this, aside from raising money, is we just want it to be a great event for the community to come back together," said Lakeridge High School graduate Paul Corso, one of the organizers of the event. "We really haven't had any large events in well over a year where the community could just come out to the same spot and enjoy shared experience together."
The event will be hosted by Corso and fellow Lakeridge High School graduate Barbara Roehm Friday, June 25.
Roehm and Corso were the leading forces behind past student-run concert events LOchella and SNOWchella.
Money from Summerscape will be donated to Lakewood Center for the Arts, Tualatin Food Pantry and the Children's Center of Clackamas County.
"The money is going toward charities that are helping people who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic," Roehm said.
Sponsors for the event, which include Terry Sprague of Lux Christie's International Real Estate, David Platt of Banner Bank, Hansen Realty Group, D'Amore Law Group and restaurants Babica Hen, Gubanc's and Lola's, nearly cover the cost of hosting the event, Corso said. Ticket sales and donations made at the event will result in direct donations to organizations helping those disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Sprague said he would match any donation made the day of the show up to $5,000, in addition to his base donation.
Corso said the event will have something for everyone's music taste.
"Our set actually spans 68 years," Corso said. "We're playing everything from The Beatles to Harry Styles."
The five-piece band will play one original song and many popular songs from the last six decades.
Roehm said Summescape took six months to plan. The pair got the idea when they were both home from college for winter break in January. Corso and the rest of the band had the set list finalized for four months but the timing wasn't right. Clackamas County still remained in "High Risk" for COVID-19 cases.
"Everything seemed like it was trending in the right direction, but no one really wanted to put firm things on a calendar," Roehm said.
When the county recently dropped to a lower risk level, they knew the time was right.
"We wanted to make sure that we had all of our T's crossed and I's dotted with our COVID safety," Roehm said.
Given that the event is outdoors, concert-goers won't be expected to wear masks, except when first entering the venue. Guests are asked to maintain a safe distance from others not in their party.
Corso said there will be "COVID monitors" to make sure people aren't mingling too much.
He also said tickets will not be available for purchase at the door due to capacity limitations.
Roehm said although organizing an event in a pandemic was a lot of work, she's excited to see it come to fruition.
"It has always been about putting the community first — wanting to bring people back together and to see faces outside safely," she said.
For more information, visit @summerscape.2021 on Instagram.
If you go:
What: Summerscape benefit concert
When: Friday, June 25. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Tickets: $11 for general admission, $7 for children 12 and under. Get them at eventbrite.com/e/summerscape-tickets-157314543033
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