Juggler Rhys Thomas will perform “Jugglemania” for the Music in the Parks free summer outdoor concert series tonight at the Boardman Marina Park.
Before the performance, Thomas will hold a free juggling workshop for people of all ages. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Thomas is the only juggler to earn a Portland Magazine “Best of Portland” award. Thomas juggles a wide array of props and quips, often with the help of audience volunteers. It’s like a Pixar cartoon in real time. Thomas has served as Artist in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution, won “Best American Act” at the street Performer’s World Cup, and performed for cruise ships and festivals in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and across America. The first 20 kids who attend the workshop will receive free hacky sacs.
The Music in the Parks concert series is held each summer alternating between Boardman and Irrigon Marina Parks. The concerts are free to the public and begin at 7 p.m. on Mondays through to Aug. 22. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Judy’s Chuck Wagon. The Music in the Parks series is funded by the Morrow County Unified Recreation District and Portland General Electric and sponsored by the North Morrow Community Foundation.
Additional dates and performers during the season include; 7-Wheel Drive in Irrigon on July 25; Brass Fire in Boardman on Aug. 1; on Aug. 8 in Irrigon is Dakota Brown; Jamie Nasario in Boardman on Aug. 15 and in Irrigon on Aug. 22 is the band Fallout.
Boardman Marina Park is located off N. Main Street on Marine Drive in Boardman.