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Our top Willamette Valley event picks!

A “Charming” New Way to Explore the Mid-Willamette Valley Wine Country

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ooking for a little adventure this winter? Explore the mid-Willamette Valley by following the new Tri-County Charm Trail. Created by Travel Salem and Travel Yamhill Valley, in partnership with other area visitor centers and chambers of commerce, the TriCounty Charm Trail showcases 33 wineries and attractions throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. Follow the trail and collect keepsake wine glass charms as you explore the scenic beauty, award-winning wineries and cultural and historic treasures of Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.

Charms are available at the wineries and attractions on the trail for a nominal fee or included with a qualifying purchase. Area visitor centers also have designated charms representing their communities. Stop at any of the participating visitor centers to pick up a Charm Trail brochure, map and free charm to start or add to your collection. “The Charm Trail will lead visitors through lush countryside, charming small towns and to hidden gems,” says Maricela Guerrero, Travel Salem’s Destination Development Manager and coordinator of the Charm Trail project. “The trail offers a unique, fun way for visitors and area residents to explore the region and collect keepsakes that will make their trip to the mid-Willamette Valley even more memorable.” For more information and a list of attractions on the Tri-County Charm Trail, go to travelsalem.com/tri-county-bounty. – Kara Kuh

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Eugene Comic Con

Popularly known as EUCON, the Eugene Comic Con is a fun and vibrant celebration of pop culture in the beautiful Eugene-Springfield, Oregon area with special guests, artists, writers, exhibitors, comic books, cosplay, gaming, video games, toys, in-depth panels and much more. EUCON brings the community a quality, fun, energetic event for fans of all genres and ages. eugenecomiccon.com

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” –Fred Rogers

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John Doan with his acclaimed “Christmas Unplugged — Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” program at Hudson Concert Hall located on campus at 900 State St. at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Imagine stepping into a time machine with Dr. Who to experience the world when people actually entertained themselves and each other. That is what it may feel like entering the performance site that has been transformed into a period parlor. The immersion experience is heightened by group sing-alongs and whistle-alongs, archival photographs and by hearing the very sounds of a century ago on period instruments common then (harp guitar, classical banjo, various zithers) but rarely if ever heard today. Advanced tickets are available at the Music

Department in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, or charge-by-phone at 503-370-6255. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18. willamette.edu/events/celebrations/Victorian/

2017 Christmas Ships 63rd Season Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Fri, Nov 24 - The Shedd Institute

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he Shedd welcomes Béla & Abigail back to the Jaqua Concert Hall. Fleck’s reflections on the Fleck/Washburn duo: “What can I say about my wife Abby, except that the first time I listened to a CD of her music, I started driving so fast that I got pulled over for speeding and was made to walk the line by the men in blue! She’s a beautiful singer/

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songwriter who builds her material around her distinctive claw-hammer banjo style. This results in very rooted and soulful, yet original music of the first order.” Friday, November 24, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute, Eugene, OR. theshedd.org

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The Christmas Ship Parade will open Friday, December 1st, in North Portland Harbor The boats, 14 to 65 feet long, are brightly decorated for the holiday season. The ships draw thousands of residents each night to the banks of the rivers for their performances. Up to 60 holiday boats are expected to make up the two fleets. The privately owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. christmasships.org


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Valley Jam Sessions Open jams are popular with musicians and music lovers alike

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rowing up as a drummer in central Texas in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, my friends and I would gather at one of our homes, set up our instruments and play, the music swirling around us. We listened to and watched each other play, and as we watched and listened we learned new rhythms and chords, and new ways to express ourselves. The formal name for these group musical experiments is a “jam session.” Although the term probably first arose in the early 1900s among jazz musicians who would congregate after a formal gig for some informal improvisation time, I can imagine that there have been jams since someone first held a couple of sticks and beat in time on something. As a young man, jamming with friends was a way for me to grow as a musician. The Willamette Valley hosts a wide variety of jams. Just about any night of the week, you’ll find a group of friends gathering regularly for a sort of music “church.” You can find just about any kind of music and musicianship level at these events. Ted Samsel isn’t new to jam sessions. An accordionist and Willamette Valley transplant, he originally hails from Austin, Texas. “[ Jam sessions are] a family tradition. My folks both played the piano and my old man would host impromptu jams on weekends. He’d also sit in on piano with bands in shrimper bars on the Texas coast.” His advice on attending a jam? “Jam protocol varies from place to place and from genre to genre. In the Midwest, there are folk jams where all players put their names in a hat and threesomes are drawn. A threesome will have to figure out a song or tune to play that everyone knows. Boggles the mind a bit. On the East Coast you may not get to play because no one knew you in college or even high school. Attitude varies, too, so behave yourselves.” Jams aren’t limited to musicians. Willamette Valley native Jerry Kroker attends jams to try out his own musical passion of building amplifiers. “Since I am not a musician of any kind, or even a singer, it may seem odd that I go to so many jam sessions. I am, however, a builder of tube amps, and have been for the past 55 years or so. Jam sessions are a good place to mingle with musicians and learn about their amplifier requirements. Then I research and experiment to create the best amp

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The formal name for these group musical experiments is a “jam session.” Although the term probably first arose in the early 1900s among jazz musicians who would congregate after a formal gig for some informal improvisation time, I can imagine that there have been jams since someone first held a couple of sticks and beat in time on something.

Friends and musicians from around the Willamette Valley gather at Calapooia Brewing in Albany every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. for a blues music jam.

for the musicians’ wants, needs and desires for their particular instrument, style, and discipline. I love listening to what the musicians are doing and I appreciate getting input on my amps. This helps me hone my craft, and, hopefully, when they get the best possible amp, it helps them hone their craft as well.” Whether you are an accomplished musician, a beginner or just a lover of music in general, there’s a jam session somewhere in the Willamette Valley that would love to have you. The sessions I’ve collected below are just a starting point; I encourage you to look and find the perfect jam for you among the scores of them available. —Calapooia Brewing in Albany hosts two jams. At 4 p.m. every Sunday, they host a blues jam. From 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. every second Thursday of the month, they partner with Wild Hog in the Woods for a kickin’ night of new and used songs, strings, horns, fun, friends and more. Everyone welcome. —Bluegrass jam at Trexler Farm between Stayton and Mehama on Ferry Road just off Highway 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Acoustic instruments only, bluegrass and old-timey. Hosts alternate. Intermediate to advanced. —The Wooden Nickel restaurant in Sublimity, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Sunday. Host is either Bill Geibel

or Ken Cartwright. All acoustic, bluegrass, country, swing and Americana. Intermediate to advanced. —ZCBJ Hall in Scio, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every fourth Friday of the month. All acoustic. Great for beginners. —Trails’ End Saloon in Oregon City, 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Featuring Big Yellow Taxi. —John Knox Presbyterian Church on Cummings Street in Keizer, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every first Sunday of the month. Old-timey. Contact Roger Applegate

or John Adams. Mostly experienced players, very welcoming. —Old World Deli on Second Street in downtown Corvallis, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. Hosted by John Luna. Oldtimey fiddle tunes played up to speed. Big fun. —Shotski’s Pizza in Salem, 6 p.m. every Monday. Rock ‘n’ roll. —Silver Spur in Salem, 6 p.m. every Sunday.

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Celebrate The Season with Holiday Events BY

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December 19: Magic at the Mill

Deck the halls, stuff the stockings

and join in on yuletide fun this holiday

season! Celebrate

the season with these

festive holiday events

happening in the midWillamette Valley: Nov. 10 “A Christmas Carol”

Directed by Jeff Sanders, Pentacle Theatre in Salem will perform “A Christmas Carol” from Nov. 10 to Dec. 2. This adaption of the timeless story captures Dickens’ ironic point of view while it creates a panoramic picture of Victorian London. pentacletheatre.org 6

Nov. 17 Tree Lighting Ceremony

Santa arrives at Woodburn Premium Outlets on Nov. 17. Join the community in welcoming Santa with caroling, reindeer, a parade and the tree lighting ceremony. premiumoutlets. com

Nov. 18 Salem On Ice

Salem on Ice will open for its inaugural season at Salem’s Riverfront Park. The seasonal ice skating rink will be open daily from Nov. 18 to Jan. 21. salemonice.com

Nov. 24 Christmas in The Garden

The Oregon Garden in Silverton will host Christmas in the Garden from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31. The charming event will feature ice skating, snowless tubing, an artisan vendor market, fire pits, live music and more. oregongarden.org

Thanksgiving Wine Weekend Wineries throughout the midWillamette Valley will open their doors Nov. 24-26. Guests will enjoy

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December 9: Silver Falls Christmas Festival

special tastings, entertainment and light bites. This weekend provides a rare opportunity to visit many small wineries that are not regularly open to the public. travelsalem.com

Nov. 28 An Evening with Kenny G Kenny G, a world-renowned

saxophonist, will be performing holiday hits and contemporary classics on Nov. 28 at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. elsinoretheatre.com

Nov. 29 Holidays at the Oregon State Capitol

Celebrate the holidays at the Oregon


State Capitol in Salem. The Capitol will host free musical performances daily and festive decorations in the Rotunda from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22. oregonlegislature.gov

Dec. 1 Dallas Winterfest

Sip some coca or apple cider and nibble on some cookies on Dec. 1 while awaiting Santa’s arrival in downtown Dallas. Enjoy musical performances, caroling and shopping with local vendors. exploredallasoregon.org

Dec. 1-23 A Charles Dickens Christmas This presentation by Enlightened Theatrics tells the story of the Christmas before the carol.  “A Charles Dickens Christmas” gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the holiday classic at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre. enlightenedtheatrics.org

Dec. 2 & 3 Aurora Wine and Chocolate Walk Indulge in local wine and artisan chocolates in historic downtown Aurora, Dec. 2-3. Explore local stores and historic buildings as you visit tasting locations around town. auroracolony.com

to dress in their best holiday outfits and costumes. keizerchamber.com

Silver Falls Christmas Festival Make a wreath, build a gingerbread house or decorate cards and ornaments at the 40th Annual Silver Falls Christmas Festival on Dec. 9. Festivalgoers will also enjoy live music and storytelling. oregonstateparks.org

Dec. 16 Holiday Tea

Dec. 19 Magic at the Mill

Attendees will appreciate the beauty and history of the Willamette Heritage Center during the annual holiday lights display. The event will feature children’s activities, tours of historic buildings, demonstrations, seasonal treats and shopping. Dec. 1923. willametteheritage.org

Dec. 20 Pajama Party with Santa

Dress the kids in their warmest PJs on Dec. 20 and join the party at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel. Includes visits and photo with Santa and friends, food, crafts, carousel rides and more. salemcarousel.org For many more events happening in the Salem area, go to travelsalem.com

On Dec. 16, enjoy a three-course holiday inspired tea menu featuring Deepwood’s signature organic rose tea, topped off with a champagne toast in this historic Salem home decorated for a Victorian Christmas. deepwoodmuseum.org

Dec. 17 Festival Chorale Oregon – “Sing We Now of Christmas”

Celebrate the season with Festival Choral Oregon on Dec. 17 with traditional carols performed by an ensemble dressed in Victorian costume at Salem’s Elsinore Theatre. The audience can participate in sing-along carols and enjoy a special story for children. festivalchorale.org

Dec. 2-3 Mount Angel Hazelnut Fest and German Holiday Market

The annual Hazelnut Fest and German Holiday Market in Mount Angel. The festival includes a German-style holiday market, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature hazelnuts. hazelnutfest.com

Dec. 9 Jingle Dash 5K Run and Walk Keizer will host a festive 5K run and walk on Dec. 9. Participants are asked

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The Harvest Table ‘Tis the season for family meals in wine country, from the hearty lunches to keep vineyard and cellar crews going on a long day, to the intimate dinners celebrating our region’s local bounty. Try your hand at one of the wineries’ favorite recipes, paired with Willamette Valley wines of course.

Brooks Winery - “Tomatillo Braised Chicken Tostada

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rooks Winery was founded in 1998 by Jimi Brooks, a passionate leader for organic and biodynamic farming. While Jimi is no longer with us, his dynamic spirit lives on through his wines, family and friends. With the outpouring of generosity by the Oregon wine community, Brooks Wines continues to produce beautiful Riesling and Pinot noir. For the 2016 Pinot blanc, I choose a festive New Mexico dish that highlights the Hatch Chile harvest. This only happens for a brief few weeks in the late summer time. The chiles are drum roasted to a char that creates a beautiful smoky flavor profile. The wine has a touch of sweetness on the finish that helps the heat in the chile crema linger beautifully and makes wine refreshing. The chicken is stewed in a tangy tomatillo sauce that marries with the green herbal notes in the wine. I think this dish is a fun appetizer to share with friends. You may substitute Anaheim peppers for the Hatch Chiles and enjoy this recipe any time of the year. -Winery Chef Abby McManigle

Tomatillo Braised Chicken Tostada Hatch Chile Crema, ChipotleTomato Salsa Recipe by Abby McManigle, Executive Chef Brooks Winery Ingredients Sauce: 10 tomatillos roasted until blackened

2 garlic cloves minced

1 cup sour cream

Sliced radishes

1 bunch cilantro

Salt to taste

Tostadas

Salt to taste

Puree all ingredients until smooth. Place in a squeeze bottle.

Puree all ingredients and add to the chicken. Heat over low heat and simmer about 15 minutes for flavors to come together. Hatch chile crema:

2 cups chicken stock

4 hatch chiles roasted, peeled (if you cannot find hatch chiles, Anaheim is a good substitution)

2 tsp. Cumin

2 limes juiced

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Chipotle-Tomato Salsa: 2 pints mixed cherry tomatoes 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Salt to taste Place in a squeeze bottle Shredded lettuce

Instructions Divide tomatillo chicken among the tostadas. Squeeze the hatch cream over each tostada in a zig zag pattern. Do the same with the chipotle tomato salsa. Mound some shredded lettuce over each and place a few radishes on top. Sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt. willamettewines.com/13706-2/


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Ice Skating on Cottage Grove Lake? Yes—In 1949 Historic cold snap let many Willamette Valley residents try out the sport for the first and, in some cases, only time.

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n January of 2009, western Oregon got a brief cold snap along with enough snow to close down Interstate 5 and freeze a water pipe or two. But it was nothing compared to what western Oregon went through almost 70 years ago. Those of you old enough to remember the winter of 1948-49 know exactly what I’m talking about. Maybe you even traveled to Cottage Grove Lake to join the crowd of 1,500 people gliding around on the six- to 10-inch ice covering the 100-acre reservoir from shore to shore.

Oregon’s timber-based economy skidded to a halt. The mills couldn’t function in zero-degree weather. Log trucks and skid loaders were hard put to avoid sliding off the narrow, twisting logging roads and landings they plied during normal weather. If all that is before your time, perhaps you always thought dad and grandma were telling tall tales when they described skating on the Truax ponds near Riverside, or the Springfield mill race. Well, they weren’t. It happened. What’s more, it went on for a month and a half. The ugly weather started on Dec. 12 in 1948, according to back issues of the Cottage Grove Sentinel. By the end of January, the cold spell had set a record, lasting for 45 days and plunging to one degree below zero on Jan. 24, 1949. On Jan. 10, the mercury plunged as low as seven degrees and skaters started

plying the frozen lake. Oregon’s timber-based economy skidded to a halt. The mills couldn’t function in zero-degree weather. Log trucks and skid loaders were hard put to avoid sliding off the narrow, twisting logging roads and landings they plied during normal weather. With everything frozen solid, work in the woods was even more of a suicide run than before. And, of course, the schools were closed. So a whole lot of people had nothing to do but weld old files to the trucks of their roller skates and

head out on the lake. Skaters of all ages hit the lake, from toddlers to 91-year-old A.L. Woodard – who, according to the Sentinel, “Took off across the lake where it was a mile from shore to shore and returned as though it were a daily habit.” It wasn’t the coldest the Valley had gotten (Christmas Eve in 1924 saw seven degrees below zero) nor the most snow (15 inches were on the ground on Feb. 24, 1917). But no other cold snap had ever come within a month of this one’s duration. It nearly lasted the

entire winter. It wasn’t until Feb. 16 that warm, rainy weather roared into the Valley as suddenly as the cold had come, melting the lake and sparking fears of more catastrophic flooding. (Remember, this was one year after the great flood of ‘48 drenched downtown Portland and swept away the town of Vanport.) The flooding never materialized, though – at least, not that year. Mother Nature must have figured Oregonians had taken enough abuse for one winter.

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