Have you ever wondered what happens on the Britt hill in the off-season? Of course, there’s much planning for summer events, but have you wondered about the hill?
Over autumn and winter on Britt hill, Jacksonville’s wild turkeys migrate to some yet quieter protected country, deer enjoy an abundance of dropped apples, and the lawn goes dormant while the oak leaves fall.
During the past winter, crew at the pavilion removed more than 30 cubic yards of leaf and yard debris from the grounds. They winterized outbuildings, mitigated erosion in a few garden beds, attended to a small fleet of Britt trucks and tools, and made maintenance repairs and updates, including swapping light bulbs to more energy-efficient LED bulbs.
We have a little fun in the off-season, too. Britt’s guitar, bass amps, and B-3 organ with Leslie cabs, our ‘backline’ in industry terms, are periodically powered on and given a whirl.
Come February and March, flickers, those oddball woodpeckers who’ve had free flight over the hill all winter, share space with returning robins, and an occasional bald eagle enjoys a less turbulent spring day in the Rogue Valley.
Some of you have passed through too, perhaps on a Jacksonville Woodlands hike. Maybe you’ve paused on the hill for a beautiful view and reminisced about live music, magical summer nights, and dreamed of a wonderful future…
We look forward to seeing you again on the hill. Thank you for supporting our beautiful venue!
Production Manager/Volunteer Coordinator