Mirror Pond Crop Runs About 75 Tons to Acre

mirror pond crop“About 75 tons to the acre.”

Such was the estimate of the mirror pond underwater weed harvest made today by Frank Smith, who, aided by several CCC boys, is now engaged in the difficult task of cutting the aquatic plants from their moorings with long handled scythes. Yesterday afternoon one of the boys tumbled into the river, but got out without any great difficulty.

The mirror pond harvest crew is working from a special boom, anchored across the river. Reports indicate that the long scythes are doing effective work.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1935

Arranging the Heavens

Not entirely satisfied with a majestic arch of futuristic design that will stretch across the river below the Drake Park footbridge, nor with the fountains of light that will illuminate the west bank of the mirror pond, the committee in charge of Bend’s 1935 water pageant, so we have been told, has arranged for an unusual celestial scene for the late evening of July 4. On that evening, a beautiful crescent and star will hang in the western skies.

To the thousands massed along the east side of the mirror pond, from the bridge down past Drake Park point, the crescent and star will hang directly above the great arch, through which the gayly decorated floats will glide into the stream behind the royal barge holding the celebration queen and her attendants.

It has taken no little work to arrange this celestial spectacle for the late evening of July 4, Walter G. Peak, chairman of the pageant committee reports. On that evening, the crescent moon will be only four days old. Its starry companion will be lustrous Venus, also a crescent when viewed through a telescope. Brilliant Venus will be just a little north of the thin, new moon, about 4 degrees distant.

Very careful calculations were required to arrange properly this extra show for the water pageant, crowning feature of the Fourth of July celebration, the committee in charge intimates. One day sooner and the moon and Venus would have been entirely too far apart. One day later and the crescent would be well up the evening sky, a bit too remote for the bright evening “star” to be unusual or spectacular.

But when deep twilight comes to the Deschutes Basin on the evening of July 4 and thousands of people take their places along the banks of Bend’s picturesque mirror pond, the setting will be ideal — a crescent and star in the western heavens above a mighty arch thrown into relief through the use of subdued lights. Through this big arch will come the royal barge.

There was no such beautiful setting as this, even for Cleopatra in those days when she dazzled the rulers of Rome as she drifted in queenly splendor down the Nile.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1935

Big Celebration One Month Away

One month from today, Bend’s Fourth of July celebration will be in full swing.

This fact was recalled here this morning as committees got down to work, preparing a two-day “show” that is expected to attract people here from all parts of the interior country and even from Western Oregon. Highlights of the celebration will be rodeos, baseball games, various athletic contests, a parade of pets, an outside show of more than 200 people and, to climax the two days of fun, the annual Mirror Pond water pageant.

First group to announce a candidate for queen of the celebration was the Bend club of Lions. Kenneth Cruickshank, in charge of the contest for the clubmen, early in the day announced that Miss Margaret Van Matre, member of the Bend High School graduating class of 1935, will represent the Lions in the queen contest.

Various local civic, service and fraternal groups are being asked to participate in the queen contest, and in addition outside towns will be invited to cooperate. Last year, Lois Maker of Shevlin won the contest and reigned over the impressive water pageant, viewed by more than 14,000 people, as Queen Lois I. All entrants will be princesses of this year’s celebration.

Plans for the rodeo are well under way, Art Seale, of Mollala fame, has announced. Seale is to be arena director, with Fred Van Matre manager of the rodeo and J.D. Donavan chairman of the committee in charge. Seale plans to bring to Bend the meanest horses that can be found on the Central Oregon plateau. He also has the promise of the “ZX” riders of the Chewancan valley that they will be here in force.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1935