Audrey Perkins wanted a neighborhood club with a casual atmosphere where people age 50 and above could go listen to live music.
She saw an opportunity to do that at the Chintimini Senior and Community Center in Corvallis.
“I thought there’s this beautiful venue here, and we have a shortage of music clubs. My job is telling the community about special events, so why don’t I just make a night club?” said Perkins, the events coordinator for Corvallis Parks and Recreation and the senior center.
The Chintimini Night Club opens its doors for the first time Friday night and features a live performance by mid-valley, old-time string band Wild Hog in the Woods.
Perkins aimed to produce a venue where fellow baby boomers and older generations could see musicians play. She said the mission of the Chintimini Senior and Community Center is to create programs for people who are 50 or better, though the club will welcome all ages.
“The reason I picked the band I did is because they would appeal to all demographics,” Perkins said.
Light refreshments served by Valley Catering are included with the $8 admission price. Beer, wine, 2 Towns Hard Cider, and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
Perkins said the venue has space for people to dance or visit; the aim is to create the ambiance of a good night club. As a longtime musician herself, she wants the club open to local bands to play.
She emphasized that this is a neighborhood club, because it is within walking distance for many residents.
Her hope is the Chintimini Night Club becomes an event people can attend several times a year, though the short-term goal is to host three more club nights before Christmas.
“I think it will have all of the qualities that people look for in a club without any pressure to give up your table or buy anything,” she said.