Pet photoshoots with Albert Lewis

Professional fashion and portrait photographer Albert Lewis loves dogs—shelter dogs, show dogs, household pets, and the Alaskan Huskies of the 1000-mile Iditarod race that he portrays in his book, “Born to Run/Athletes of the Iditarod”.IditarodDogPhoto2

Alumafandango attendees, you’ll have the rare opportunity to have Albert capture the personality of your own pet in a professional photo session. (All breeds welcome, even cats too.)

Alumaevents is excited to announce that Albert will be conducting several charity pet photoshoots during Alumafandango week. Your $20 donation includes a 15 minute session with Albert and his camera, and a high resolution digital file of the image you select from his website. (A donation of $30 includes a lovely 8×10 print for framing.)

Proceeds will be donated to the Toby Fund of Wolf Creek Oregon, an organization dedicated to protecting animal life in the Sunny Valley area of Southern Oregon. Look for the sign up sheet at the Alumafandango registration desk.

Passionate about helping animals, Albert uses his work to elevate awareness of pet overpopulation, and volunteers with animal shelters and rescue organizations. He photographs dogs and cats in shelters to boost their chances of being chosen for a new home. (His subjects have a 100% adoption rate.)

“It is my mission to help find homes for as many homeless animals as I possibly can,” he said. “Taking photographs is just a small part of what can be offered. This is my deepest passion. We have a voice, we have the means, we owe it to these homeless animals to do our best to help find them a home.”

“They are self-less, loving and forgiving—qualities I think human beings can admire and only hope to replicate,” he said. “We need to show these creatures that we are grateful for the amazing beings that they are.”BTR_COVER.indd

See more of Albert’s work at his website,

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Alumafandango covered bridge tour

Oregon, 1855. When timber was king, and the pioneers were brawny. Using brute strength, hand tools, and the abundant local Douglas fir trees, Oregonians of yesteryear began building river bridges with house-like structures atop to protect the trusses from the aggressive Northwest rain—extending the life span of the bridge from nine years to eighty or more. bridge 1

Thus began the Oregon covered bridge craze, which lasted until the late 70s. Once upon a time, 600 covered bridges could be found in the state; today, fifty remain—the greatest collection of covered bridges in the west, and one of the largest in the nation.

On the self guided Covered Bridge Tour on the scenic back roads of Southern Oregon you’ll meet four of these gems: Horse Creek Bridge, built in 1930; important Rochester Bridge with its side windows and curved lines, built by noted bridge designer Floyd Frear; Neal Lane, one of the shortest covered bridges in the state; and pretty modern-day Canyon Creek Bridge in Pioneer Park near the Alumafandango event site.

The tour ends in historic downtown Roseburg, with lunch at fun and fantastical McMenamins Roseburg Station Brewery in the beautiful old Southern Pacific train depot. Like a pub in a railroad museum, you’ll enjoy period photos, paintings and decor along with your Oregon microbrew and Northwest-style tavern fare.bridge 2

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Sutton seminars at Alumafandango

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As returning sponsor of Alumafandango, George M. Sutton RV will share invaluable staff expertise, a variety of fascinating seminars, and gleaming new Airstream models (all for sale to those looking to make a change or join the Airstream community for the first time!)

Sutton favorites Mark Henrich and Thom Locke will be on hand throughout the week.

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Mark will be happy to provide tours of the new models and will be available to chat and offer advice as he roams about the campground. “Last year I can’t tell you how many people pulled me aside to ask questions, compare notes, and to just show off their most recent mods,” he said. “I’m looking forward to sharing time with fellow Airstreamers once again.”

Thom will facilitate several seminars that will enlighten long time Airstreamers as well as newbie owners…and leave everyone laughing as well. Don’t miss Thom’s “Batteries, Solar and Charging Systems” seminar to learn how to install and use solar power for off-the-grid Airstreaming.

Got maintenance questions? Who doesn’t? Bring them all to Thom’s “Airstream Maintenance” session, when he’ll outline the most important items to keep in top shape, and provide suggestions and advice.

In addition:

Mark and Thom will present two hitching and towing sessions—one exclusively for women. T Locke 2

Eric Benson and Jeremy Orlando from Sutton RV will lead a discussion about the ins and outs of trading in, buying, and financing your Airstream.

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Alton Chung, storyteller

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We’re excited to announce that storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung will be performing on Friday evening during Alumafandango!

With cultural roots in Japan, Korea and Hawaii, Alton tells his tales and personal stories with passion, reverence, and authenticity. He can “touch into the fire” of ancient Hawaiian legends, as he was raised on the superstitions and magic of the Hawaiian Islands.

Alton also enjoys sharing true stories about the Japanese-American experience during WWII, but his favorite genre is ghost stories…some of those true, as well. The hairs on your neck will stand up when you hear the real accounts of a mysterious Oregon campground “ghost dog”, and what once happened to campers in an Airstream on the Big Island!

“In Hawaii, we don’t sit and have a conversation, we ‘talk story’,” Alton writes on his website. “‘Talking story’ is way of connecting deeply with another person, of sharing, and of having a really good time. Stories capture the essence of any culture. Through story, we can find bridges to understanding, compassion for ourselves and others, and appreciation for our differences.”

“Through stories and tales we see ourselves and learn to reclaim those parts of ourselves which we have lost or forgotten, and we can remember who we truly are,” he continued. “We can revitalize our imagination, passion, and our sense of awe and wonder. It is our creativity and passion that gives color, texture, and meaning to our lives. Stories are one way for all of us to retain or regain our passion for life.”

Award-winning Alton was the recipient of the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award by the National Storytelling Network, and has participated in the first National Story Night in Jonesboro, TN.

Learn more about Alton at his website.

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Tips for Tiny Trailers


No matter which model you tow, Airstreamers agree on one thing: we all want to save space and cut down on weight.

For owners of the Bambi and other 16-foot Airstreams, that “want” is more of a “need”. Minimizing to save space and ‘Streaming with all the comforts of home can be a challenging balancing act.

If you’re an owner of a small coach or B-Van, considering downsizing to a more manageable trailer, or just looking for clever new ideas, be sure to attend the “Tips for Tiny Trailers” seminar at Alumafandango on Wednesday, September 3.

You won’t need to sacrifice style with the latest foldable gear and stowables, and you’ll pick up some (surprising) multipurposing strategies and techniques for maximizing your teeny interior without remodeling.

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The Hellgate Jetboat river tour!

Among the offisite excursions on the Alumafandango program is a fun and fast-paced jetboat ride through Hellgate Canyon, scheduled for Thursday, September 4.

During this two hour, 36-mile round trip from Grants Pass you’ll speed just inches above the surface of the scenic Rogue River aboard a hydro-jet boat.

Your witty and well educated pilot will provide a narrated historic overview of the region, make note of the majestic landscape features, and point out the various wildlife living at the river (nesting ospreys, deer, river otters, bald eagles, and more).

Expect a few screams and splashes! It’s a safe and fun adrenaline rush for all ages.

Sign up onsite at Alumafandango. The dock is about an hour carpool drive from the event; $40 per person.

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Big fun at Alumafandango 2014!

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The program for the west’s best Airstream event is available now! Check it out here!

Alumafandango 2013 was a hit, and we’re returning to top-rated Seven Feathers Resort in scenic Canyonville, Oregon, September 2—7, 2014.

The Preliminary Event Program is just that—preliminary—but it will give you an idea of the outstanding on- and off-site activities we’re building, including:

  • Top-notch entertainment
  • A long bike ride (led by an Oregon cycle sport promoter)
  • Regional wine tasting (Oregon is famous for her Pinot Noir…but you knew that)
  • A jetboat excursion on the Rogue River
  • A tour of historic covered bridges

And, of course, informative Airstream seminars—including Vintage Valuations, hitching and towing techniques, tips for tiny trailers, and special seminars for women who want to develop their tow-alone skills.

Sponsor George M. Sutton RV will host the infamous Back-up Derby, a display of the latest Airstream models, and present tech talks and seminars on Airstream maintenance, batteries, solar systems, and how to buy, finance, and trade up your coach.

You’ll be surrounded by the green trees and hills of Southern Oregon at the Seven Feathers campground, where you can enjoy full resort amenities: heated indoor swimming pool, Nevada-style casino, the River Rock spa, and more. There’s much to see and do on your way to and from Canyonville, too.

Space IS limited, so don’t delay. Register today!

See you in September!

PS Check out the Alumafandango Facebook page early and often to connect with Airstreamers prior to the event and get updates and info.

PPS: Aluma-events are open to any brand of RV, so please forward this post to your non-Airstream camping companions too. Our events are designed to offer the camaraderie of a rally, the educational benefit of a seminar, and the entertainment of a festival to anyone who loves aluminum trailers, vintage trailers, or just RV travel.


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One day only! Register and receive a FREE Alumafandango T-shirt!

This is no prank.

Register for Alumafandango on April 1, 2014, and get a free T-shirt!

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(How it works: you’ll receive a credit of $19.95—which can be applied to one of our cool and coveted logo T-shirts.)

Camping season is sooner than you think, and Alumafandango is just five months away. We’re planning for a great time in green and glorious Southern Oregon at a top notch RV resort!

(Did you know all brand of RVs are embraced at Alumafandango and our other events? Attendance is a wonderful way to get to know the Airstream brand, models, and owner community, so let all your RVing pals know they’re invited, too.)

Register soon for Alumafandango, our westernmost event—or on Tuesday, April Fool’s Day, to get that FREE t-shirt!


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Things to do in the area, part two

More ideas of things to do in the Canyonville, OR area!

The Canyonville area in Southern Oregon is a playground for all ages and has something for everyone. Other area attractions and day trip destinations include:

Out ‘n’ About Treehouses, Cave Junction, OR

Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, OR

Crater Rock Museum, Central Point, OR

Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR

Butte Creek Mill, Eagle Point, OR

Rogue Creamery, Central Point, OR

West Miner Street Historic District, Yreka, CA

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Things to do in the area, part one

Located one hundred miles north of the California border, and two hundred miles south of hip and happening Portland, the tiny town of Canyonville (population 2000-ish) is perfectly situated for fun in the fall, one of the most scenic seasons in Oregon.

Whether you’re arriving at Alumafandango from the north, south, east, or west, “refined and rugged adventures” await that you’ll find nowhere else but Southern Oregon.

Here’s a sampling (with their distance from Alumafandango, the premier Airstream event in the Northwest):

The world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival—80 miles

The 2014 season of the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland includes comedy, romance and tragedy in all three theatre spaces.

Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, Richard III, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Tempest will be presented, as well as works not by The Bard: the Sondheim musical, “Into the Woods”; “The Cocoanuts” (a Marx Brothers farce), the science fiction fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time”, and much more.

Crater Lake—114 miles

Often assigned as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, cobalt blue Crater Lake is an Oregon must-see.

The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake offers hiking, boat and trolley tours, ranger-guided programs, swimming, and fishing. The view is magnificent from the deck of the historic Crater Lake Lodge, a thousand feet above the lake.

The Oregon Coast—123 miles

Port Orford, Gold Beach, Bandon…the Southern Oregon coastline is wild and rugged, unspoiled and uncrowded. More of a sightseeing and beachcombing location than a bikini beach, the pines, cliffs, and bracing sea air will revitalize you.

Port Orford, due West of Alumafandango, is the oldest town site on the Oregon coast and one of the best whale watching spots in the state.

Oregon Caves National Monument—93 miles

Rainwater from an ancient forest formed the “Marble Halls of Oregon” near Cave Junction, where rare and unique plants and animals thrive. Your guide will lead you deep into the spectacular (and surprisingly spacious) caves to see stalactites, stalagmites, and weird flowstone formations. Take a jacket…it’s cold down there.

Rogue River -42 miles

The raging Rogue is famous among outdoor enthusiasts for salmon fishing, whitewater rafting, and gorgeous, rugged scenery. It begins near Crater Lake and flows through the Cascades.

For a day trip from Alumafandango, consider visiting the quiet South Umpqua River, which passes right through Canyonville.

This river guide service offers a one-day fishing trip on the nearby South Umpqua, an exciting four-day fishing trip in September and October through the “wild and scenic” section of the Rogue, and, for the thrill ride of your life, a three-day rafting trip in the Rogue canyon (which includes a couple of Class-5 rapids).

The Oregon Vortex- 58 miles

For sheer camp you can’t beat the Oregon Vortex. Well known in the northwest, it’s a “glimpse of a strange world…of naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomena, which can be captured on film. No matter your education or profession you will find a challenge to all your accepted theories.” Maybe. Fun for all!


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