Etcetera - 11/17/10

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A musician nominated for the Muddy Award by Cascade Blues Association for Best New Act 2010, will donate a vintage early 1970s guitar to benefit Walla Walla Blues Society's Blues in the Schools program at his Friday performance here.

WWBS member Patty Keyes said in a release that the "Tommy Hogan Band, is a dynamic, original powerhouse blues and rock band. The band recently exploded onto Northwest stages, quickly developing a great supporting review from legions of fans, making an immediate impact on the music scene."

Frontman Hogan exhibits "a relentless drive, compelling song writing and a high-energy, soulful performance that incorporates blazing guitar, booming vocals and a tight rhythm section."

The performance will be 8-11 p.m. at Sapolil Cellars Tasting Room, 15 E. Main St.

Hogan will donate the solid pine-top Aria American Roots-style classical acoustic six-string guitar for a raffle at his show.

Blues in the Schools sets up different bands or individuals to give presentations at various schools. Patty said, "the presentations have varied extensively from blues history lessons, comparing different styles of blues, making trombones from different-sized PVC pipe to make different sounds, writing a blues song with help from the kids, and letting the kids try different instruments. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Tommy Hogan show. There is a $10 cover. For more details, call 520-5258.

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Milton-Freewater's Central School gained the distinction of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Way back in 1909, Milton-Freewater School District 31 enlisted Walla Walla architect Charles Edward Finkenbinder to design a brick school each for the towns of Milton and Freewater that would meet the educational needs of the area's rapidly growing population.

At that time they also planned to expand the School District's services by offering free high school education at Central School, a first in the community.

While the district sought to meet a practical need, Central School was not a simple utilitarian design.

Finkenbinder's design of the building reflected the latest in school design, such as modern mechanical equipment and well-appointed interiors. For the building's exterior, Finkenbinder incorporated classical, renaissance and Romanesque design elements that "successfully communicated the educational purpose of the facility and the aspirations of a successful and rapidly growing town," a release from the school district said. Finkinbinder designed many Eastern Oregon schools, including the current Milton-Freewater City Hall, which started out as Columbia College.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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