McKenzie Memories – SOLD OUT

Friday, April 4th, 2014 from 6-8:30 pm

At Cozmic – 199 West 8th Ave in Eugene
Tickets: $10, a fundraiser for the McKenzie River Trust

Tickets are now SOLD OUT for the 2014 McKenzie Memories event. Thank you for your interest, and please subscribe to our mailing list using the form in the upper right corner to get information about other events like McKenzie Memories.

Join the McKenzie River Trust for another unforgettable paddle down memory lane with storytelling, music, rare historic films and photographs. The evening will kick off with live acoustic music. Then Dave Helfrich will share early family stories as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Helfrich family up the McKenzie. Also, learn about the evolution of the McKenzie Wooden Drift Boat with historian and author Roger Fletcher, and hear River Stories presented by the University of Oregon Environmental Leadership Program. Randy Dersham will be our guide for the evening. This event has sold out two years running, so buy your tickets today!

If you share our love of Oregon’s wild McKenzie River and its remarkable history, this evening of storytelling and films is not to be missed.

Drift Boats and River Dories Book for Sale

Copies of Roger Fletcher’s book, Drift Boats and River Dories: Their History, Design, Construction and Use, will be available for sale at McKenzie Memories. The book chronicles the story of the McKenzie’s unique contribution to the riverboat world and the people behind these beautiful boats. Mr. Fletcher also describes how wooden boats are built and presents plans on how to build or model 10 of the historic McKenzie and Rogue River boats.

The book will be on sale for $49.99. Roger Fletcher will be available to sign books, either purchased in advance or at the event. Mr. Fletcher will also generously donate $15 to the McKenzie River Trust for each book sold.

Live Auction

During a brief live auction at this year’s event, you will have the chance to bid on some very unique items.

Float Down the McKenzie River with Dave Helfrich Value: Priceless
Spend an afternoon floating down the majestic McKenzie River with Dave Helfrich at the oars. Along the way, Dave will share personal memories and stories of his family’s 100-year history on the river. Lunch will be provided riverside. Dave Helfrich is generously donating his time on the river for this unique experience to help raise money for MRT. Thank you Dave!

Wooden Replica of the 1947 Double-ender Drift Boat Value: $550
A historic scaled model of Woodie Hindman’s first wooden boat, the McKenzie double-ender with a transom. Originally built 1947, this lovely boat measures 15 inches in length, an ideal size for display on your desk, table-top or shelf. The replica includes a wooden stand and brass identifying plate, and this commissioned piece will be delivered no later than June 1st, 2014. The replica is generously donated by Roger Fletcher and Steve Schaeffer.

Fall on the Banks of the McKenzie Framed Canvas Giclée Value: $550
This lovely painting is part of Dan Rickards’ Wild River Project. An accomplished artist, Dan owns the Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, OR. Mr. Rickards will also donate 20% of all future 2014 sales of this painting – originals or giclées – to MRT. For more details go to: This framed print is generously donated by Dan Rickards.

Don’t forget your checkbook, so you can bid to help raise money for our local lands and waters!

Kickoff the April Matching Gift Challenge

McKenzie Memories kicks off a month-long Matching Gift Challenge offered by our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs. From April 1st through 30th, every dollar donated to the McKenzie River Trust will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 by Mountain Rose Herbs! Your donation will help protect and care for special lands and the rivers that flow through them in western Oregon.

And if you donate $100 or more from April 1st to 30th, you’ll receive our new ceramic mug. To donate online, click here.

For more information about McKenzie Memories contact Brandi Ferguson, Donor Relations Manager at 541-345-2799 or

Photographs courtesy Roger Fletcher and Dave Helfrich.