Evedene Bennett is a retired teacher, singer, and music teacher who has lived in Albany for fifty-two years, engrossed in developing arts festivals. She has a degree in music, received a Fulbright scholarship to research beginning reading methods in Europe, and she performed and taped her thesis on old English folk music of the Appalachians for the University of Oregon Archives. She also leads a local writers' group, had an article about the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis published in Private Investigator magazine on the 200th anniversary of his death, authored two genealogy books, is the former program chair of Friends of the Library, and serves as the Conversation Partner program manager for Crossroads International.
Albany Arts Festival
The Albany Spring Arts Festival was a highlight of Albany from 1970 until the late 1980s. The idea began in 1969 when Dick Blunk, vice president of Wah Chang Corporation (a rare metals manufacturer) and new president of the Chamber of Commerce, brought together a group of people to brainstorm …