Lincoln County Recovery/Wellbriety Month will be recognized this Saturday [September 26] with the annual Hands Across the Bridge Ceremony and Recovery Celebration, in Waldport. The event, now in its seventh year, is a joint effort of the county, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, and local prevention, treatment and recovery organizations.
It honors local residents who are in recovery from substance use and mental health disorder, recognizes both U.S. National Recovery Month and Native American Wellbriety Month (wellness + sobriety); and seeks to increase public awareness that “prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover” every day from addiction and mental illness.
The Hands Across the Bridge Ceremony features a walk across the Alsea Bay Bridge at Noon from the bridge interpretive center at the south end of the bridge. (The first 200 marchers to arrive will receive a free event T-shirt.)
The Recovery Celebration follows immediately after the bridge walk, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Seashore Family Literacy Center Shelter Me Building, at the old Waldport Middle School on Hwy 34.
The celebration features a free barbecue, courtesy of Chinook Winds Casino; information booths; a participatory all-ages rhythm jam (drums provided) with the Newport Community Drum Circle’s Chandler Davis (pictured left) ; Native American drummers; and Mary-Beth Nickel, of the Thunder & Lightness Duo, on Native American flutes. (Davis is a retired addictions and mental health counselor, Nickel is a mental health therapist in Portland.)