ADRIAN NEWS: Market, discussion on books on tap

Adrian hops on with the return of the community market two Fridays a month, plus a few special dates, and a lecture on Elaine Cockrell’s novel about Japanese-American families forced into camps during World War II.

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Market time

Adrian’s Community Market is operational for the 2022 season on the first and third Friday of each month in the summer, as well as special dates related to events in the city.

For the most part, the market will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the small park next to Succor Creek Coffees on Oregon Highway 201. The market runs through September with additional dates scheduled for October and December.

The July 4 market will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., during the city’s festivals.

Additional market dates are September 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and October 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and December 3 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Quilts, baby blankets, aprons and other hand-sewn items as well as pies, cookie jams and syrups are available at the market.

To become a seller, contact Jada Ishida at 208-573-3272 or Heidi Purnell at 541-709-1391. The cost for vendors is $5 for a market or $20 for the season. For more information, follow the market on Facebook and Instagram on Adrian Community Market.

talk about book

“A Shrug” by Elaine Kurtz Cockrell will be the focus of a book discussion at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Adrian Community Church. The event is open to the public.

Cockrell was born in Nyssa and raised in Nyssa and Adrian, graduated from Eastern Oregon University and taught high school literature and writing for many years.

Her novel, published by Latah Books, taps into the rich vein of Malheur County history with the story of Japanese-American families during the resettlement and internment years of World War II.

The characters face racism, upheaval and hardship in a story that spans from the assembly center of Portland to farming communities in eastern Oregon and internment camps such as Minidoka in Idaho.

Author Jane Kirkpatrick called the book “a unique perspective of Japanese Americans creating a new world from a broken one”.

“I didn’t want this story to end,” Kirkpatrick concluded.


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