Marys River Grange offering special event on Saturday

Marys River Grange No. 685 in Philomath does its part to raise money for various organizations, such as the $1,300 given to Philomath Community Services out of the Plant Sale and Seed Swap that occurred earlier this year.

On Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the grange will try to bring in some revenue through the annual Amazing Grange Day. This time, it’s an event that will help pay for some of the organization’s own projects.

“This is the one fundraiser that we do that is actually for us and the hall,” said Sonny Hays-Eberts, Marys River Grange president. “We’re currently working on our bathrooms because we had a leak in the concrete slab, so we repaired that, and our next project is to work on the junior hall where the kids hang out.”

The junior hall needs safety-related improvements, such as eradicating mold, as well as upgrading ventilation and just making it look more attractive.

Amazing Grange Day will feature a rummage sale with items donated by members and other friends of the organization and a pie auction. Sunbow Produce, a longtime organic farm operation, will also be on site.

“In the past, we’ve done games and prizes for the kids,” Hays-Eberts said. “I’m not sure how many kids will be out given the current pandemic being so strong and kids not being vaccinated, but we’ll still offer that.”

The event will be held entirely outside for safety reasons.

“Willamette Grange is going to loan us one of those big pop-up tents for the pie auction,” Hays-Eberts said, “otherwise, we’ll have stuff out in the yard.”

The organization’s historic building is located at 24707 Grange Hall Road.

Hays-Eberts said they’ve received a lot of donations from people for the rummage sale from a chicken coop to camping gear.

“It’s an odd mix and it’s different every year based on the donations,” Hays-Eberts said.

Marys River Grange started the fundraising event in 2018 when the hall needed repairs to the roof.

“It did pretty well and people enjoyed it,” Hays-Eberts said. “So we’ve repeated it every year since except last year, obviously, because of the pandemic.”

In 2019, Amazing Grange Day funds went toward the cost associated with replacing a 60-year-old furnace.

Hays-Eberts said in its best year, the special event brought in approximately $4,000.

“This year with the pandemic, I’m not expecting anything like that but it’s also probably going to be our last event for a while,” he said. “So it’s got to tide us over until this whole (COVID) surge starts heading in the other direction.”


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