Friday night was not short on smiles at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon. OPB members and guests from around Central Oregon said goodbye to “Oregon Field Guide” host Steve Amen, who is retiring after 28 years on the show.
Theatergoers saw an advance screening of a “Field Guide” tribute to Amen and his contributions to OPB and the Pacific Northwest.
“You come away from a program that you’ve done and you feel better about yourself. You feel like you’ve learned more about the world … I just want to thank you for that,” one member told Amen after the show.
“Well, that’s exactly how we feel,” Amen responded. “You can’t help but love [the people] … it’s all about heart, it’s all about passion. And it’s making sure we get out of their way, that we let them tell their story and we don’t interfere with it. Because they’re just so much better at it.”
The “Oregon Field Guide” tribute to Steve Amen will air March 23 at 8:30 p.m. PST on OPB TV.
See photos from Friday’s event in Bend in the slideshow above.