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Salon & Fundraiser on Sauvie Island


Join Big Mouth Society in celebrating the end of our first year as a vibrant community and ecosystem of musical artists and art lovers at our Summer Salon and Fundraising event on Sauvie Island. We welcome Big Mouth members, friends, family, and anyone who is curious about Big Mouth.

Here is the agenda:


Small group improvisation, coaching, jamming, and sighreading groups led by various artists across the beautiful farm property (OPEN TO ALL)


supportive community music sharing in the natural epitheater by musicians from Big Mouth and also from the greater Portland musical community

Fundraising Nature Walk and Mini-Concert:

4:30pm-5:30pm (Limited to 25 participants)

Dr. David Taylor, professor of plant biology at the University of Portland, will be leading a nature walk along a trail on Sauvie Island (exact location/meeting point will be disclosed to registrants). He will share fascinating facts and ideas about the diversity of local plants species, while professional musicians will perform nature-themed music in the most intimate setting. It will be an absolute delight to the senses!

This fundraising walk and concert will be offered in a sliding scale from $30-$150 per person, all of which will go directly to support the mission of Big Mouth Society.


Dr. David Taylor, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Portland, where he teaches courses such as Organismal and Population Biology, Field Botany, the Nature of Plants (an introduction to plant evolution and ecology), and Plants as Food and Medicine. David’s research projects have focused on plant
evolution and classification, ethnobotany (the study of how human cultural groups use plants for food, medicine, construction, and other purposes), plant alpine ecology, and plant-pollinator interactions. David has carried out his research in Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and Vietnam, which in part has led David to recognize and name a new genus (group of species) in the large tropical family that includes coffee and gardenias. When David is not teaching or in the field botanizing, he enjoys hiking and all manner of dancing, especially Swing and Lindy Hop.