Sol Fest 2012 – Got Sol?

Prepare to Retreat
Attention Sol Coasters, Sol Subs, Clients & Community Collaborators:  Save the Date
August 17th, 18th and 19th for Sol Fest 2012 – A Summer Retreat & Celebration
West Fork Millicoma River – Camp, Eat, Sing, Dance, Swim, Play & Recharge
A  Self Reliant Coos County Means All of Us Working & Playing Together!

Greetings Sol Coast community!  Summer is finally here and we can’t wait to see you all.  The SolFest retreat has been scheduled for the weekend of August 18th, all up the West Fork of the Millicoma on the Schwarz/Shamet family lands.  As always, the big event is the Saturday evening feast and music sponsored by Sol Coast.  Those looking to settle in for the weekend are welcome to do so, we will again have the outdoor kitchen, restrooms and stage set up and ready for you and your family.

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Our gracious host family has allowed us to hold our retreat in the beautiful and inspiring setting of their family lands on the West Fork of the Millicoma River, just prior to Camp Millicoma and the Fish Hatchery. (go to directions)  In order to set the tone for the event, we have developed a description of the amenities and expectations for the retreat.  Please take time to read it as it will help you to plan what to bring and maintain a peace in our weekend neighborhood.

If camping out just isn’t your thing, or if you have multiple events over the retreat weekend, check out the oh-so-flexible schedule of events to help you prioritize your visit.May we recommend the Saturday Evening dinner and music time slot, as this is likely to be the best attended element of the weekend and we will be steaming up homemade tamales, firing up a mixed grill, enjoying the snow cone and wine/keg bar, tasting the offerings of the potluck dessert table and listening to some fine local music?)

Schedule of events:
Friday August 17th:
  • Evening Soul Food Potluck
  • Featuring: Your brews (we will have a keg or two tapped as well), foods, and flames from the community kitchen and your music, dancing, juggling acts on the Barn Stage (with some quazi scheduled acts to be announced)
Saturday August 18th:
The Community Kitchen
  • Whenever the Industrious Chefs Wake Up:  Dutch Oven Cook Off  – bring your oven and your tasty morning treat to bake up…coals, coffee and juice will be provided.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
  • Noon – 3ish:   Potluck lunch snacking….bring your favorite sunny day snacks to savor and share with friends (old and new!).  Running water, grills, stove tops, dish washing stations and iced cooler space provided.
  • 4 p.m.:             Sol Fest Feast preparations – try to vacate the community kitchen so we can get your evening feast underway!
  • 5 p.m.:             Appetizers in the buffet tent.  Wines, lemonades and beer at The Shack. Mingling in full effect.  (Tamales in the steamer and tuna on the grill)
  • 6 p.m.:             First wave of main dishes to the buffet tent
  • 6:30 p.m.:        Second wave of main dishes to the buffet tent
  • 7:30 p.m.:        Chocolate Tamales to the buffet tent
At the Barn Stage
  • Noon – 2         Badminton and Crockett Tournament First Round – Get your team on the chalkboard next to the court/field…Good luck
  • 2 p.m.              Juggling or Capoeira with Brendan
  • 3 p.m.              Rhythm Village W. African dance and drum class – In front of the barn stage….get ready to get down!
  • 4 p.m.              Hula Hoop workshop with Chelsea – bring a hoop if you have one, otherwise come and borrow (or buy) one of Chelsea’s
  • 5 p.m.              Tim Dailey (unconfirmed)
  • 6 p.m.              Sean and Marley (unconfirmed)
  • 7 p.m.              Davey Lucas & Friend(s)
  • 8 p.m.              Che’s Lounge
  • 9 p.m.              Pancho and Friends
  • 11 p.m.            Bon Fire Drum Circle    -    Glow in the Dark Badminton and Crockett    -    Barn Stage Rave    -    Spinnin da Fiya
Sunday August 19th:
  • Morning Dutch Oven Cook-Off – mmmm, still really a great way to start the day around the kitchen fire with a mug of coffee.
  • Sleep in, eat left-overs, take a swim, pack up and bid farewell for the year!

Your health and safety is of highest priority.  If you did not plan to stay the night but find that you tasted one too many glasses of our fine varietals let us set you up in one of the spare tents/sleeping bags – OR – let us call a cab in from town.  The ride home is long and windy and not to be attempted after imbibing.  Don’t be offended if we snag your keys….at least until the morning.  Staying over or catching a cab are no big deal.  Risking lives is.  Please take a moment to visit the Retreat Info: Facilities and Weekend Rules for more information on what to expect at Sol Fest.

There is space for tent and trailer camping on site.  (go to the lay of the land map) If you are attending with a wee little one or an elder, consider setting up in the Family Camp in the garden which is near the cabin with a traditional bathroom, running water and kitchen.

Driving Directions

Directions for the North

South on 1-5 to HWY 38 at Drain

West on 38 to HWY 101 at Reedsport

South on 101 to Eastbay Drive

(left at light just before bridge over the bay)

Follow Eastbay for 9 miles along the shorline

(Dont follow th raod up to Kentuck at mile 2!)

Eastbay ends on Coos River Highway

Directions from the South

North on 1-56 to HWY 42 near Roseburg

West on 42 to HWY 101 near Coos Bay

North on 101 to Allegany/Coos River turn-off

(right just past Abel Insurance Company)

Follow signs to Allegany/Coos River

(Take the green bridge over the river)

Bridge ends on Coos River Highway

Once on Coos River Highway:

Continue up the river to Allegany

At Allegany Store (about 13 miles) turn left up the West Fork of the Millicoma

Follow road toward Fish Hatchery approximately 8.5 miles

Look for Sol Coast signs on the right

If you want to “map it” online, enter your start address in the map below to get you to West Fork Millicoma then follow the directions above the rest of the way!

Well, that’s about all.  We hope you and your family make it out to play with us!  If you have any questions, just get in touch with us:

sam@solcoast.com  541.266.0877 shannon@solcoast.com