“Off the Record” Open Mic: In Memoriam

Storytelling at 4Spirits to Theme: In Memoriam

Our Storytelling Open Mic nights are back, although they’ll be going by a new name. Rebranded as “Off the Record,” these nights will stay the same in their purpose of providing a brave space for anyone in the community to come share true stories about their lives to a theme. Though rebranded as “Off the Record,” we hope to incorporate optional audio recording for anyone wishing to be “on the record” and catalogued on our website. We stress that this is completely optional, and no pressure will be placed on storytellers to be recorded or catalogued.

This month’s theme will be “In Memoriam,” honoring those who have passed from our lives. Please feel free to bring memorabilia such as photographs and other sentimental items to share while telling your story.

The event will be held on Thursday, October 17, at 4Spirits Distillery from 7 to 9 p.m. 4Spirits is a veteran-friendly distillery established in 2011 with a mission to honor and raise a glass to service members, past and present, with their hand-crafted spirits and donation efforts.

Founder Dawson Officer named and dedicated 4Spirits in memory of four late combat soldiers he served with in the Oregon National Guard 2 Battalion, 162 Infantry Brigade: Lt. Erik McCrae, Sgt. Justin Linden, Sgt. Justin Eyerly and Sgt. David Roustum. All four lost their lives while serving in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

Each year, 4Spirits donates 10 percent of proceeds from whisky sales to combat veteran reintegration programs in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Michigan. The distillery also began the first ever veteran scholarship endowment at Oregon State University, with hopes to expand to other northwest universities.

We at The Advocate see this collaboration as an opportunity to promote a local business that shares our values and mission to bridge gaps, while promoting health and wellness in our community.

Storytelling Night provides a judgement-free zone to all who attend. Sign-up starts at 6:45 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. Contact editor@corvallisadvocate to pre-register. Proceeds benefit independent journalists at Corvallis’ only locally-owned newspaper, The Corvallis Advocate.

By Stevie Beisswanger